Wednesday, May 15, 2024

God Knows Everything We Think, Say And Do

Psalms 139:1-6, “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

I cherish and think often about this passage of Scripture. I woke up today and as I do daily, thanked God for another day of life. I sat up and through about Psalms 139:2, “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” I love that Scripture passage, because it continually comforts me that God sees my suffering and loneliness.

I suffer with constant neck pain and burning nerves. It is medically called Peripheral Neuropathy and Cervical Osteoarthritis. I have Cervical Degenerative Disk Disease from getting severely rear-ended by a church bus in 1992 (which permanently misaligned my neck), and then sustained a steep fall at work in 2004 (which worsened my condition and caused radiating pain down my arms and legs). I've already exhausted all convention treatments (physical therapy, EMG test, CT scans, MRI's, three steroid injections, trigger-point injections, multiple chiropractors, four dozen different medications), and I underwent two major neck surgeries in 2009 and 2010, all of which have failed to alleviate my suffering. Consequently, I don't have a social life. I need to stay home where I am safe. I get frustrated, irritated and wear out physically easily, due to the relentless pain in my neck (which is right next to my head). The constant pain and neck stiffness is debilitating, draining my batteries (so to speak).

My faith in God sustains me. Knowing that I have God's promise of a new immortal body (1st Corinthians 15:51-58), and a body fashioned like unto Jesus' resurrected perfect body (Philippians 3:31), greatly encourages me day by day in my present suffering. Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. I heard a Christian lady once say: Our future is so bright as Christians that we need to wear sunglasses. I like that! She is right.

Dear reader, the Lord watches everything you think, say and do. We are being monitored continually by God. Nothing escapes His eyes. Hebrews 4:13, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” I am far from perfect as a human being. I oftentimes wish I could live my life over and undo some of the foolish decisions that I made in the past. Unfortunately I cannot. But even if I could go back in a time-machine and undo those bad decisions, I still would have made other bad decisions, sinful choices that caused pain and heartache. The Bible declares Ecclesiastes 7:20, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

I have little patience with hypocrites who desire to condemn others for their past sins. Religious people are the worst! A well-meaning Christian man wrote me today, asking for my help to write a book exposing a pastor who committed a bunch of sins at a church over 40 years ago. I won't do it. No way! Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” If a man wants to be a manure-spreader and go around digging up dirt to destroy his neighbour, then he'll do it alone without my help, because I fear God. Proverbs 11:9, “An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.”

God sees everything that we think (Proverbs 24:12), say (Matthew 12:36) and do (Ecclesiastes 12:14). God will hold us accountable for all those things (Romans 14:10-12). You are a horrible sinner friend, and so am I. There's nothing more disgusting than meeting someone who thinks they are better than others. You can identify such a wicked person quickly when they start talking trash about another human being. What they ought to be saying is: There but for the grace of God, go I. We live the Christian life the same way that we got saved, by God's undeserving grace. No one has the power in their own strength to live the Christian life. No one! Jesus lives the Christian life through us (Galatians 2:20).

All my life as a Christian I have been condemned by wicked sinners. The Bible says in 2nd Timothy 3:3b that wicked sinners are despisers of those that are good. If you are a Christian, the whole world is waiting for you to fall. I am not a perfect man, far from it, but I was never ashamed of Jesus in the workplace. I let it be known that I am a Christian. I refused to go with co-workers to the strip clubs in Chicago. I didn't want to hear their filthy jokes. I didn't drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes like many of them did. I didn't listen to their rock music when I worked as a mechanic. I was always different, not better than them, and they hated me for it. In their sinful eyes I was good, and they despised me for it, just as the Bible teaches.

The adage is true: You may be the only Jesus that someone knows. Pastor Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) wisely said: “Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible, the other 99 will read the Christian.” That is so true! What do people see when they read you? I have not always been a shining example of what a Christian should be. In fact, I shamed the Lord sometimes. Like I said, I wish I could go back and relive my life, but I cannot. But even if I could, I would have made different mistakes, sins and failures. The tongue cannot be tamed the Bible says (James 3:7-8). The only safe way to avoid saying something we shouldn't say is to keep quiet most of the time. Let's face it, most of us talk too much. I know I do. Proverbs 10:19, “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.”

Our great God sees us 168 hours a week. He watches over us 10,080 minutes a week. Our human heart beats 100,000 times a day. In a lifetime of 70 years, our human heart will beat an astonishing 2,555,000,000 times! Wow! God is more than amazing!!! Reputation is what others know about us; Character is what God knows about us.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

You Don't Have To Be Afraid To Die

John 11:12, “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

Many people are afraid of dying. I was astonished when I learned that heathen people are paying $140,000 to have cryonics companies like Alcor, freeze their body upside down in liquid nitrogen after they die. The hope is that when technology advances that Alcor will be able to cone a new body and reunite the thoughts, memories and feelings of the brain with that new body. Dear reader, Alcor is conning people! Mankind will never be able to reverse death. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

No one can escape or reverse the death process. Everything born living is also dying. How long we live depends upon chance and how much we fight to live (i.e., maintain good health). But even though we all must die a physical death, we don't need to die twice. The old adage is true: If you're born once, you die twice; if you're born twice, you die once. Jesus exclaimed in John 3:3b, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Have you been born again dear friend?

This past week I was looking at the things that I own in my living room. The somber realization crossed my mind that everything I was looking at will return to the dust one day. Everything that we see around us in our homes came from the earth. The metal in our possessions was mined from ore in the earth. The wood came from trees that were cut down, tress which grew slowly over time from the earth. The objects made of plastic came from chemicals derived from the Periodic Table of Elements from the earth.

Everything that we see around us will someday return to the ground from which it came, including our human body. That is a humbling thought. I don't know about you dear friend, but I THANK GOD with all my soul for the precious blood of Jesus Christ that washed away all my sins. We are all horrible hell-deserving sinners! That includes you and me. But if you put your childlike trust in Jesus Christ because of what He has already done to pay for your sins, you will instantly have eternal life. You can KNOW that you are going to Heaven (1st John 5:13).

Life is short, Hell is hot and eternity is a long time. We've heard a lot in the news lately about the Middle East, concerning the never-ending conflict between the Arabs and the Jews. Something that makes me sad is that BOTH the Arabs and the Jews are 98% non-Christians. Go check and see online and you can confirm that less than 2% of Jews and Palestinians profess faith in Jesus, and that includes all the cults. That means at least 98% of the Jews and Arabs in Palestine are going to Hell forever when they die. That is tragic and sad. What did Jesus say? Luke 13:23-24, “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

I cannot get saved for you. I cannot force anyone to be saved, nor would I, for God Himself will not force Himself upon anyone. If you go to Heaven someday in the future, it will only be because you willingly of your own freewill chose Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. I received Jesus as my personal Savior at age 13. I have never regretted my decision, but I have been persecuted much since I got saved, because I lived for Christ (2nd Timothy 3:12).

I heard a great truth today preached by Pastor Jack Hyles. The sermon is titled, “Don't Be Afraid To Die.” Ladies and gentlemen, there is absolutely no reason for the child of God to fear dying. If you are unsaved, then you have much to fear. Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” If you are saved and right with God as His child, then you have nothing to fear when you leave this world.

I heard another great truth today from Pastor Jack Hyles, in a sermon titled: “The Secret To A Happy Old Life.” I hope you will take the time to hear this wonderful sermon. I love Bible preaching! We all need preaching to help us think right. Dr. Hyles preached this sermon as an old man at age 74, still happy and excited about God's work, right before he graduated to Heaven in 2001. The sermon was almost like a goodbye message. Brother Hyles shares some great wisdom in this sermon. One day when you get old, you will either say: I'm glad I did, or I wish I had.” Young people, listen to the fundamentalist Bible preacher!
“Find what God wants you to do and do it!” —Pastor Jack Hyles, 'The Secret To A Happy Old Life'

“Don't you ever let your guard down!” —Pastor Jack Hyles, 'When You Have To Stand Alone In The Midst Of Them That Stand Alone'
I cannot encourage you enough to listen to Bible preaching daily. I'm not talking about all the neo-evangelical garbage today that you'll hear on the radio. I'm talking about Pastor Jack Hyles! Brother Hyles asked his secretary for a list of all his recent appointments for the previous few months. Pastor Hyles found that of 140 counseling appointments with members of his church, 135 of them could have been avoided if people would simply listen to his sermons. That was a startling realization. I often think of this fact which Brother Hyles shared with us, and it compels me to listen to lots of Bible preaching.

Now, you won't be edified in the Lord if you listen to neo-evangelical preachers who are dry, dull, spiritually dead and shallow. We all need fundamentalist Bible preaching from soulwinning preachers! I'm talking about inspired King James Bible only preaching!!! Most of the bad things we do in life are not bad things in themselves, but we do them at the wrong time. God has a proper timing for everything.

Our children are growing up too quickly today. We need to let kids get back to being kids. No grade school girl should be wearing high heels, makeup and a wig. No teenage boy should be married. The Devil wants to turn everything upside down. He wants to make everything backwards. He wants to pervert and confuse youth today. I heard another great sermon today by Dr. Jack Hyles titled, “Tarry In Jericho Until Your Beards Be Grown.

I am 57 years old. I am now entering the last phase of my life on earth. If I live to be 70 years old, I have almost 13 years remaining. If I live to Dr. Hyles' age when he went to Heaven, I have almost 17 years remaining. Life is short! The $64,000 question is: Are you ready to meet your Maker? I am dear friend, and I hope you are too.
Heaven is a wonderful place,
filled with glory and grace;
I want to see my Savior's face,
Heaven is a wonderful place.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

God Didn't Want To Go With The Hebrews

Exodus 33:1-3, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.”

We read in our Old Testament text passage that God was fed up with the Hebrew people. They murmured (complained) about everything. The Lord is longsuffering and patient the Bible teaches. Romans 2:4, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Albeit, even God's patience has a limit. The Hebrews were a stiff-necked people. That means they were extremely prideful and arrogant, refusing to bow their heads in humility before the Lord. They challenged Moses (God's man) on nearly everything.

In so doing they indirectly challenged God. They complained when they came to bitter waters and didn't have any water to quench their thirst. They complained when their food ran out. Then when God fed them manna from Heaven, they complained that they had it better back in slavery in Egypt, where at least they had leeks, onions and meat. So God fed them quail until their bellies were full and they couldn't eat another bite. Yet, they still complained and complained about everything. So, God told Moses in our text passage in Exodus 33:3b, I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.” Literally, God didn't want to go with them because His patience had worn thin toward the Hebrews, and He was ready to annihilate them!

But take a look at what Moses said to the Lord in Exodus 33:15-17, “And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight?  is it not in that thou goest with us?  so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.” Moses told God that if He does go, neither will he go.

Boy, I love that! Moses knew that he desperately needed God's presence in his life. And so do you and I dear friend. Whether you realize it or not, you need God every ever-living moment of your life. I sure do!!! Without God I'm just an idiot. Receiving Jesus as my personal Savior at age 13 in 1980 was the greatest decision of my life. The blessed indwelling Holy Spirit has been with me ever since, convicting, chastising, teaching, guiding, comforting and inspiring me to work hard each day for Christ. God is so good.

Moses said, “God, if you aren't going, neither am I.” The Lord changed His mind and decided to go after all. We learn from this Scripture passage that God's mind can be changed. We learn from this passage that we all need grace from God. We got saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus, and that is the same way we live the Christian life. You cannot live the Christian life dear reader, and neither can I. It is utterly impossible in our own human strength to live the Christian life. What saith the Scripture?
Galatians 2:20-21, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Could the Bible be any plainer? I think not. Jesus lives the Christian life through us. That is, this is the “fruit” of the indwelling Holy Spirit, which we read about in Galatians 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Amen! All we need to do to let Jesus live through us is to yield to the inspired Word of God.
Trust and obey,
for there's no other way;
to be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey
Moses realized that he needed God's presence in his life. I sure do too! And so do you friend. Only a fool think he or she can make it in life without God. When we don't pray and abide in the Scriptures, we are saying to God that we don't need Him, that we can go it alone. Moses refused to go on the journey without God's presence, and I refuse to live life without God's presence. I NEED GOD!!! I need His inspired Words. I need to know that I prayed about everything, putting the ball into God's court, so to speak (Philippians 4:6-8).

Friday, May 3, 2024

Senator Bernie Sanders Rightly Condemns Israel's President Benjamin Netanyahu As A Thug War Criminal

I thank God for the few respectable leaders that we have left in the United States. I don't agree with everything Senator Bernie Sanders says or does, but I stand 100% with him in the following truthful rebuke of Israel today . . .
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2024 — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today released the following statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s claim yesterday that criticism of the Israeli government’s policies is antisemitic:

No, Mr. Netanyahu. It is not antisemitic or pro-Hamas to point out that in a little over six months your extremist government has killed 34,000 Palestinians and wounded more than 77,000 – seventy percent of whom are women and children.

It is not antisemitic to point out that your bombing has completely destroyed more than 221,000 housing units in Gaza, leaving more than one million people homeless – almost half the population.

It is not antisemitic to note that your government has obliterated Gaza’s civilian infrastructure – electricity, water, and sewage.

It is not antisemitic to realize that your government has annihilated Gaza’s health care system, knocking 26 hospitals out of service and killing more than 400 health care workers.

It is not antisemitic to condemn your government’s destruction of all of Gaza’s 12 universities and 56 of its schools, with hundreds more damaged, leaving 625,000 students with no education.

It is not antisemitic to agree with virtually every humanitarian organization in saying that your government, in violation of American law, has unreasonably blocked humanitarian aid coming into Gaza, creating the conditions in which hundreds of thousands of children face malnutrition and famine.

Mr. Netanyahu. Antisemitism is a vile and disgusting form of bigotry that has done unspeakable harm to many millions of people. But, please, do not insult the intelligence of the American people by attempting to distract us from the immoral and illegal war policies of your extremist and racist government. Do not use antisemitism to deflect attention from the criminal indictment you are facing in the Israeli courts. It is not antisemitic to hold you accountable for your actions.
Senator Sanders is 100% correct. Israel's government is extremist and racist to the core! I am ashamed of our country's international reputation, in lieu of our government's shameful incompetence and gross negligence in so many areas. Our leaders should be greatly ashamed for sanctioning the genocide in Israel. Even worse, our nation's clergy couldn't care less. The one's that do are deceived Zionists who support apostate manmade Israel.

I thank God for faithful preachers like Pastor Chuck Baldwin, who in the following video justly condemns America's incompetent wicked clergy for not crying out against the genocide which has taken place in Gaza over the past several months with impunity.

It is tragic that over 95% of U.S. clergy today don't care about injustice. Tens of thousands of college kids across the United States are protesting in anger against the slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza. Since October 7th, 2023 Israel has brutally murdered 34,622 innocent people (70% of whom were defenseless woman and children). Benjamin Netanyahu is a monstrous war criminal who needs to be held accountable by the international courts for criminal genocide!

College Kids Are Putting Clergyman To Shame

Sadly, 99% of professed Christians today are like ostriches with their heads buried in a hole in the ground. Such wicked believers will one day give account to God in eternity for not doing their part to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3), for not standing against the evildoers (Psalms 94:16), and for not speaking up (Matthew 12:36). Well, I'm speaking up for God!!!

As a born-again Christian, I do NOT stand with the manmade extremist and racist nation of Israel, and shame on you if you do!

God Knows Everything We Think, Say And Do

Psalms 139:1-6, “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought ...