50 Shades of Grieviousness


This will not be a ‘simplemeditation” type message today but I feel it is a message that American women need to hear.

I watched a short segment on CNN the other night on the phenomenon of the movie “50 Shades of Grey” –the two guests of the host were debating the movie in regard to its furtherance of domestic violence–One woman said several times the book itself was poorly written and the movie had nothing to do with domestic violence and in the end it all turns out to the woman’s favor.

The other woman argued that the movie projected domestic violence.

Frankly I believe both women missed the point. (since it seems the largest part of the audience is women)

I haven’t seen the movie and don’t plan to ( I wouldn’t want those images stuck in my mind –which is what happens) but from all the reviews and film clips it is obvious that the movie is indecent and immoral. It focuses on sexuality outside the boundary of marriage.

Two problems with this–first of all sexually activity outside the boundaries of marriage is Sin and even though our society accepts living together –it is still Sin. God has not changed His definition of Sin lately. Guess He didn’t get the memo that living together should be just as good as marriage.

I know the word Sin has fallen into great disfavor in this current generation. Nonetheless Sin is real and it causes harm, humiliation and degradation to all her participate in it.

By the way God created sex. Yes–amazing isn’t it? He planned it to be a pleasurable moment between shared by a man and a woman within in the bonds of marriage. It is a time of intimate bonding that brings them together as one and enhances their relationship with each other. While obviously child bearing is part of the equation; it is much more than that for it gets a completeness and wholeness to marriage. Today’s portrayal of sex on TV and in the movies degrades sex down to an act simple lust and teaches our young people that that is all there is to it. Our culture has made sex into a spectator sport to be indulged in by all who choose to view it–which by the way is called voyeurism.

This book and this movi,e “50 Shades of Grey”, in its immense popularity is exposing the depths of depravity htat the women in our society and culture have sunken to. There seems to be no shame associated with reading the book or viewing the movie. Unlike the days of old (only a few decades ago ) it is not being viewed in some X rated theater where people creep in and out hoping not to be discovered.

What is wrong with this? It is a free society. We are simply exercising our right as women to free choice. What harm can it do?

In  the book of Isaiah in the Bible we begin to understand the problem. Before Israel was judged and taken away into captivity the women began to become immodest and immoral.

Every great society in history has fallen when its women have begun to flaunt their immorality and to revel in. When women begin to assert themselves above men, begin to dress indecently and become bold in their immoral life styles a whole society suffers. Think for a moment of the results of all this free sexuality–STDs, HIV, abortions, destruction of marriages, and children abandoned to other care givers.

In the beginning Eve was influenced by Satan (the enemy of every woman). At Satan’s temptation to sin (disobey God) she looked upon the fruit of the TRee of Good and Evil and determined that it looked harmless and good. Then she tasted it and enjoyed it’s flavor(there is pleasure in sin for a short time) then she shared it with her husband Adam thereby sin entered into all generations of mankind to come. What were the awesome and wonderful results?  She lost a special connection with her Creator that loved her. Her husband blamed her–imagine that happy marriage as he toiled endlessly in the fields to take care of her. She experienced great pain in childbearing and then one of her sons murdered the other. The only winner here  was Satan.

God’s instruction against sin and immorality are meant for our good. Therefore He will allow sinfulness to abound only for a time (because of His great mercy) and then it will bring judgment just as in Noah’s day. Because  sinfulness uncorrected destroys mankind and brings sorrow     and  harm to all people not just those  who practice it.

Oh and by the way—the woman doesn’t  win in the end. Not in the real world. The man just uses her and then casts her assides  and that laughter you hear in the end—It is Satan.

THis  was never God’s plan for us as women. He wants only our good. Flee from sin and evil and the one thatwould  destroy your soul in hell and turn back to God and His ways and delivere our  nation from judgment.

Thankful or Thankless?


I fear that we live in a very thank less generation. It is so easy to find ourselves complaining about what we don’t have instead of being thankful for what we do have. I know that I find myself doing this more often than I’d like to confess. More than once I’ve found myself needing to change my point of view.


Here in America we are so rich! Even the poorest among us is rich compared to the desperate poverty of the third world nations.

I am tempted to take for granted the things I have and to long for yet more. I think our commercialized culture is a real instigator of this. Just think about all the commercials you are bombarded with during a one hour television program. Whether you consciously sign on or not your brain is receiving a constant message–” You do not have enough. You need more. Your life cannot be complete until you have purchased this or that product.”


Complaining and grumbling can lead to no good thing in our lives. Just read about how God dealt with the children of Israel and their complaining! But that being said; it is easy to fall into a grumbling pattern.

I’ve found an antidote to this and I want to share it with you. No matter what your lot in life is this “potion” will cure your grumblies and perk up your spirits in no time.


Just start thanking God for what He has done for you and for what He has blessed you with. Oh I know I don’t always “feel’ like doing this especially lately with my dread of winter weather and etc. but if I determine to set aside some time to be thankful even my “feelings’ will change.

I would like to share with you today a hymn that speaks to this very thing and could even act as a guide for you as you contemplate dwelling on more thankfulness in your life.

As believers in Christ I think you will find that we have much more than we ever imagined to be thankful for.




Thanks to God for my Redeemer,


Thanks for all He doth provide!


Thanks for times now but a memory!

Thanks for Jesus by my side!


Thanks for pleasant balmy springtime,

Thanks for dark and dreary fall!


Thanks for tears but now forgotten,

Thanks for peace within my soul!



Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,

Thanks for what Thou dost deny!

Thanks for storms that I have weathered!

Thanks for all Thou dost supply!

Thanks for pain and thanks for pleasure,

Thanks for comfort in despair!

Thanks for grace that none can measure,

Thanks for love beyond compare!


Thanks for roses by the wayside,

Thanks for thorns their stems contain!

Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,

Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!

Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,

Thanks for heavenly peace with Thee!

Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,

Thanks for all eternity!

August  Storm 1862-1914


Will Jesus Find Us Watching?


In light of my post yesterday I thought I would add one thing that I was made aware of yesterday.

Apparently Dateline, or a similar TV program, did a segment some time ago about future events as far as being “micro-chipped.” It seems there is a movement hoping to bring this reality into affect for people by 2017. I thought this was interesting considering what the significance of that coming  year may be.


The Bible tells us that when the Anti-Christ comes to power he will demand that everyone have a number on their person in order to buy and sell. Revelation 13:17,18

Could this be the beginning or end of that fulfillment of prophecy?

I cannot say; but it is certainly worth considering.


Again. what if we only have three more years to the serve the Lord on this earth? What should be our priorities? What should we be busy doing? Perhaps God is trying to get our (believers) attention. I know I easily forget the importance of serving God and not myself everyday. I’m easily distracted by worldly things and responsibilities and it is easy to say to myself—the rapture can’t be that near–I have plenty of time to witness for Him. But do I? Does any of us? None of  us knows what day we might be called home from this earth by death itself. People who expect to live many years die in a few so Rapture or not our time upon this earth is precious. May we not waste it on selfish pursuits.

Here is a hymn that asks this question–


When Jesus comes to reward His servants,

Whether it be noon or night,

Faithful to Him will He find us watching,


With our lamps all trimmed and bright? (Matthew 25:1-13)


If, at the dawn of the early morning,

He shall call us one by one,

When to the Lord we restore our talents (Matthew 25:13-29)

Will He answer thee–“Well done”?

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Have we been true to the trust He left us?

Do we seek to do our best?

If in our hearts there is naught condemns us,

We shall have a glorious rest.


Blessed are those whom the Lord finds watching,

In His glory they shall share;

If  He shall come at the dawn or midnight,

Will He find us watching there?


Oh, can we say we are ready brother?

Ready for the soul’s bright home?

Say will He find you and me still watching,

Waiting, waiting when the Lord shall come?

Fanny Crosby 1820-1915    W.H. Doane 1832-1913


“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” I Peter 3:15

Are We in the “Last Days?”


I  recently went to see the movie –Left Behind—-

I have never read the books or even seen the first series of movies on this subject so I am seeing it from a fresh perspective so to speak. I had no preconceived ideas before I went so I enjoyed the movie.

I thought it was good and TIMELY—-

I have been reading the book THE FOUR BLOOD MOONS BY JOHN HAGEE and also THE MYSTERY OF THE SHEMITAH BY JONATHON CAHN. These books point clearly to a coming crucial event in history. What that event will be exactly I cannot say. It appears to have some economic ramifications for America.


If you notice– the beginning of the Shemitah year, which began in September, has been met with several potentially disasterous events. The rise of ISIS not just in the Middle East but in our nation. The arrival of Ebola to our shores.

The Shemitah year is the year that Israel was told to keep as a Sabbath year. It was from September to September (on our calendar) Every 7th year they were commanded to let the land rest. In other words they were not to plant or harvest during that  year. The land was to be left fallow and the orchards left so that the poor and needy could reap the benefit from them. At the end of this Shemitah year all debts were forgiven.

As long as the children of Israel obeyed this command they found favor with God but a time came when they would no longer keep this commandment. So God sent judgment in the form of captivity in Babylon which allowed the land to rest for the 70 years that the people of Israel had neglected to heed God’s command. While this was a requirement of the Jewish people it is not required of America but—–

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America was founded by people with a great faith in God. They committed this great land to God and they promised if the people of this land ever strayed from faith in God then God would judge the land and it’s people.

Going back 7 years we can see a pattern emerging of God’s dealing with America on a Shemitah year. For instance the financial crisis in September of 2008. Go back another seven years to September of 2001. Need I say more?


This year of Shemitah that began this September will end in September of 2015. All signs point to it being a year of chaos and unrest across our land. This being said–never forget that God’s ultimate purpose is not to destroy a nation for their sins but to see a nation repent of their sins and turn back to Him.


God is holy, and just, and righteous and He must judge sin. He can’t just wink at it and let mankind sink into a downward spiral of evil doings that will lead to an eternity in hell. For this reason He is far more interested in the spiritual condition of man than his material condition.

The question always comes up–“Seeing all around us a nation in decay rapidly heading towards judgment from a holy God is the rapture of believers eminent?

Of course no one knows for sure. G od wisely kept the date of  ” the rapture” hidden from us.

Will believers suffer through parts of the tribulation before we are taken up to meet Him in the air? Again there is no clear answer from God’s Word.


I happened on a John Hagee program on Sunday where he spoke of a rabbi who lived 900 years ago. This rabbi–Ben Samuel(I think is his name)–predicted future events. These events were figured out by segments of 50 years as is a Jewish custom.  I didn’t take notes per se so I will just give you the last calculation of Ben Samuel’s prediction which is the 50 years since the six day war in Israel for Jerusalem. (1967). This would bring us to 2017 when he predicts –basically the rapture.  I find this interesting in context with the teaching from the Bible that the generation that was born during 1949-1950 would be the last generation. (Luke 21:29-33) In fact this generation (who witnesses the rebirth of Israel) will “not pass away until All is fulfilled.” Could this mean the rapture and the tribulation would take place by the time this generation is 75 years of age?

Are the “End Times” this close? I don’t know–but–what if they are—what if–you and me are raptured in three years. Just think about that for a moment. Believe it for a moment as if you had a word of knowledge from God. What would you, as a believer, set as your priorities in this next three years? What is the most important thing that we can be doing? ( I don’t mean selling all your material possesions and going up to a mountain top to wait)  I ask myself this question—

The world around us is trying to be ready for some coming disaster by storing up food and building bunkers. Buying gold and etc. Are these wrong things to do? I can’t say that they are–if we have stored up food for instance and we are raptured then perhaps that food will feed some hungry people “Left Behind”


A friend of mine mentioned that she has taken Bible tracts and put them in water proof bags and tucked them away in different places. When the rapture happens people will be seeking an answer to their spiritual need.

Of course the answer to my question is–to witness to as many people as I can in the next three years so that they might escape the disasterous events predicted to occur.

All of this is food for thought—-even if the “Rapture” did not occur in 3 years would you be sorry that you warned people of coming judgment and their need to be right with God?  For God’s judgment will truly fall upon this great nation of ours if  its people continue in their wicked ways denying God.

I’d like to share with you a song that was published in 1969.  This song is played at the end of the LEFT BEHIND movie. It is a song I’d forgotten about but I think it is timely for what I have shared with you today.


Life was filled with guns and wars

And everyone got trampled on the floor.

I wish we’d all been ready.


Children died the day grew cold

A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold

I wish we’d all been ready.



There’s no time to change your mind

The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.



A man and wife asleep in bed

She hears a noise and turns her head –he’s gone

I wish we’d all been ready.


Two men walking up a hill, one disappears

And one is left standing still

I wish we’d all been ready.



There’s no time to change your mind

The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.


There’s no time to change your mind

How could you have been so blind

The Father spoke the demons dined

The Son has come and you’ve been left behind!

Larry Norman

Troublesome Times are Here


Anyone watching the news today has to be sobered by the events occurring around the world and here on our native soil.


Terrorism, deadly diseases, Christian persecution, and evil is abounding everywhere on the globe. I suppose that this is nothing new in the great scheme of things but it seems to be far worse in the 21st century than it was in the 20th century. Could it be that time is on the march toward a coming conclusion of the affairs of man on the world’s stage? Are we truly in the “end times” as preachers predict we are? None of this is certain and it is reliant on God’s grace and longsuffering.


But this has become painfully clear to me and perhaps to you as well—Troublesome times are coming and they are coming to America.

So far America has been spared the worst of the worst. Yes we have had our natural disasters and an attack by terrorists on American soil but we have not experienced the horrors that have plagued other countries for many years now.


I heard recently of a report to our church from missionaries to the Middle East that are crying out for a covering of prayer over them. They have seen the atrocities committed by ISIS towards Christians in those countries that are under siege by unimaginable evil. For this is what it is–it is an attack of Satan on believers.

The missionaries told of Christian families that were confronted by ISIS. ISIS first interrogated the children and demanded they deny Jesus. When the children refused they were beheaded in front of the parents. There can be no mistake that Christianity is under attack.

Here in the America it is cloaked in fine speeches of equality and free choice for everyone. The “Religion of Tolerance” abounds setting itself above the Christian faith. In other countries it is outright violent and deadly. But make no mistake either way it is an attack on every believer in Christ. Jesus said His name would be an offence to those who do not believe and it was never more clear than it is today.


Judgment is coming. A righteous and holy God will not tolerate man’s evil forever. He will step in to put an end to it. When he does our world will be in the grip of the “last days” before His coming to set up His kingdom of peace and joy upon the earth. But before that we know from reading Revelation in the Bible that a time of great trouble such has never been before will occur upon the earth. Those of us as believers have the hope of being “raptured” (taken up to heaven) before the time of tribulation begins but——–we have no idea when that will be and no way of knowing what trials and tribulation we may go through before we are raptured. We may be asked to take bold stands for our faith in Christ before that time. We may become martyrs for the faith before that time. We may suffer through times of want and dread and disease before that happens.


So what do we do? Cower in fear? It is tempting–Worry continually? Hard not to do–Become a doomsday prepper? Possibly if you are so inclined. Stick our heads in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening and surely it won’t happen here in our neighborhoods and towns. Again very tempting—-


What does the Bible say about these days? II Peter 3:11 says “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, (the earth and our possession of it) what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of the Lord.”

I want to share with you some thoughts over the next few blogs about what we can do to be ready for “anything” Satan throws our way.


Let’s start with “Gird up your minds.” In other words ‘prepare your mind for action.’

Isaiah 33:6 “and wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation the fear of the LORD is his treasure.” These are days when we must spend time in God’s Word and encourage our hearts and minds from it.


“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed(fixed) on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3


Remember “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces—” Isaiah 25:8


the Lord is at hand. Be careful(worried) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God, and the peace of God which passeth understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Phil. 4:5-7

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” I Peter 1:13

Our minds need to be right before our hearts can be right. We have to remove our thoughts from the negative things that we hear every day and place them in to God’s hands replacing our worries and fears with scriptures.

And then share the gospel of salvation with others so that they might have a hope in the days to come.

The hymn that I would like to share with you today asks a question–“Are Ye Able?” said the Master–It is a question I must ask myself and then find the answer to this question in my own life.


Are ye able,” said the Master, “To be crucified with me?”

“Yea,” the conquering Christians answered,

To the death we follow Thee.”


“Are ye able,” to remember,

When a thief lifts up his eyes,

That his pardoned soul is worthy

Of a peace in Paradise?


“Are ye able,” when the shadows close around you with the sod,

To believe that spirit triumphs,

To commend your soul to God?


“Are ye able,” still the Master whispers down eternity,

And heroic spirits answer,

Now, as then in Galilee.


“Lord, we are able,”

Our spirits are Thine,

Remold them, make us like Thee, Divine:

Thy guiding radiance above us shall be

A beacon to God, to love and loyalty.”

Earl Bowman Marlatt 1892-1976——Harry S. Mason 1881-1964

He is Able


Fear is gripping our nation today.

Muslim terrorists are creeping out from their lairs to “execute” innocent people in the name of Islam.

Ebola has stretched it’s infectious fingers into our country.


Financial markets are in distress.


Natural disasters  are affecting many parts of our great land.

There seems to be no real good news to report.


God is still on the throne in heaven and He is still in control of events upon the earth. His eye is on the sparrow that falls and never leaves us as we travel this weary world.

The great good news is that HE IS ABLE!


Let’s look, for a moment, at some scriptures that define His ABILITY.


If you want to read a tension charged story then read—Daniel 3–Here we have the story of three of God’s faithful men who would not bow to any other god but the true God. They did this upon threat of death by fire. When their time finally arose to stand before a wicked king under the threat of death and  given an opportunity to”change their ways” they boldly declared–“If it be so our God is ABLE to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace–{and here is the best part} but if not{if it is not His will to deliver us but to count us as martyrs for the faith} let it be known unto thee ,O king we will not serve thy gods.” A bold statement of faith and trust from men who drew their strength from knowing God.

You only need read the next few verses to see the great miracle God performed on their part and how the heart of a wicked king was turned to acknowledge the true and  living God.

Many Christians over the centuries and today have faced this situation and stepped out on faith knowing God is ABLE. If He does not deliver the body He will deliver the soul from everlasting torment and welcome it to heaven. Matthew 19:28 “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who can destroy both the soul and body in hell.”  Either way He is ABLE to deliver those of us who have put our faith and trust in Him.

I like John 10:28 which says this–“And I give unto the eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither, shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” If you have trusted Christ as you Savior you are in His hand and nothing can remove you from His eternal grasp.


I have this little chorus to share with you today to encourage you–

He is able, He is able,

I know He is able,

I know my Lord is able to carry me through.


He’s able,  He’s able,

I know my Lord is able to carry me through.


He healed the broken hearted

And set the captive free,

He made the lame to walk again

And caused the blind to see;


He’s able, He’s able

I know He is able,

I know my Lord is able to carry me through.”

Paul E. Paino



Hope —if you listen to the news very often– you will find a constant search for hope.

Hope for a solution to the devastating explosion of radical Islam.

Hope for a stop to the deadly plague of Ebola that is ravaging parts of Africa.

Hope for an ailing economy.

Hope for the job market to improve and prosperity to return to certain segments of the population.

All of this hope is very fragile indeed.

The dictionary defines “Hope” as “to cherish a desire with expectation.”

Often we say “I hope so—” because contemplating the outcome any other way is too difficult to imagine.


Proverbs 13:12 states—“Hope deferred(withheld)  maketh the heart sick” —–We’ve all been there at one time or another and can attest to what a miserable state this is–the verse goes on to say-


-“but when the desire cometh it is a tree of life.”  It is good and nourishing.


I like this verse—“Turn ye to the stronghold (God) ye prisoners of HOPE—” I am a prisoner of hope:)

Here is our most solid and sure hope. We may never experience in this life the realization of our hopes and desires. In fact it may be the opposite. But those that have invited Jesus Christ into their heart and life have an ETERNAL hope.

This life with it’s cares and woes will soon pass but eternity will be forever.

“The pioneering radio preacher Donald Grey Barnhouse used to ask, “When you get to the pearly gates and God asks, ‘Why should I let you into heaven?’ What will you say?”

The song I want to share with you today is an answer to that question—:)

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My faith has found a resting place–

Not in device or creed:

I trust the Ever-Living One—

His wound for me shall plead.


Enough for me that Jesus saves—

This ends my fear an doubt;

A sinful soul I come to Him–

He’ll never cast me out.


My heart is leaning on the Word—

The written Word of God:

Salvation by my Savior’s name–

Salvation through His blood.


My great Physician heals the sick—

The lost He came to save;

For me His precious blood He shed–

For me His life He gave.


I need no other argument,

I need no other plea; (in the court room of heaven)

It is enough that Jesus died,

And that He died for me. (and you:) )

Lidie H. Edmunds  (nineteen century)


“God does not run heaven like a country club or a successful corporation. We cannot get in on our own qualifications. The door is barred to all who try to earn their entry.

But it swings wide for the simple saint who affirms in faith,” I need no other argument. I need no other plea; it is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me.” Great Songs of the Faith.

A paraphrase of Hebrews 3:12-14 says it this way–

“Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.

You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.

For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.”



September 11, 2001–A Day that Will Live in Infamy



The word infamy is defined as—having a evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking, brutal.

I think all of these words accurately define what occurred 13 years ago when our nation came under attack by radical Islamists.

Americans were generally ignorant, until that date, of this strong and evil enemy that was rising up to strike our nation. We had experienced peace on our continent for such a long time that the idea of such an event happening to us seemed –impossible. We couched ourselves in our comforts and moved about our days with our burden of earthly cares unaware that waiting in the wings was an army sent by the “evil one” to destroy all that is true and good.

Christians were comfortable in their place in their church pews and in their home. Complacent about their duty to witness to others about Christ. Perhaps it is this complacency over the last thirty or more years that have allowed this evil to rise up and get a foot hold in the Middle East.


I wonder –where were the Christian Soldiers trained in our Christian Schools–when Sadam fell in Iraq–ready to go forth and reach the Muslim world with the gospel of Christ? I’m sure that God had called some to go and they failed to heed His calling on their lives and chose the “safe” way instead.


None the less, on this day we remember that we have a real enemy. A enemy of America, and Israel, and of Believers in Christ world wide. An enemy that desires to raise the Muslim flag over all nations that have espoused a belief in the Judeo Christian God of the Bible.

With the acknowledgement of this threat comes the realization that we are in danger as a nation, as a people, as a Christian, of an assault on, not only ourselves, but all that we hold dear. Our families and our friends. Our religious freedom hangs in the balance as it never has before. It is under assault from without and from within. The battle rages for the souls and hearts of men. The enemy–Satan-is on the march working evil wherever he is able. Again he wages battle from within our nations borders and from without. He is on the attack against all that is Holy.

Do we then cower in fear? Do we hear the horrible plight of brothers and sisters in Christ over in the Middle East and cringe in our ‘safe places” and hope that this horror never comes to our shores?

The horrible truth of Sept. 11, 2001 is that it has already arrived. It walks among us. It bides its time until it will strike again.

What can we do? How then do we prepare for this eventuality? We walk in closer fellowship with our God. We confess our sins and allow nothing between “our soul and our Savior.” We get on the firing line to witness to all that we can knowing that the only hope for real change in direction for our nation is a heart change. We fix our eyes and  our hope on Him who will win the final battle between good and evil.

We hear the sad news of young people from America signing up to join ISISL. With all the comforts afforded them in our great land their hearts are empty and seeking. Where will they turn? Who will tell them of a “cause” worth living for and dying for. That cause is “Christ.” and He alone can fill the hungry heart to overflowing and change the course of human events.

The hymn I have chosen today is–A Mighty Fortress is Our God—

It was written by Martin Luther in the 1500’s when anyone that dared to join the Protestant Reformation risked all to stand up for their beliefs. Something we may find ourselves doing in the near future.




A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;

Our helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.

For still our ancient foe(devil)  doth seek to work us woe–

His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.


Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,

Were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing.

Don’t ask who that might be, Christ Jesus, it is He–

Lord Sabaoth His name, from age to age the same,

And He must win the battle.


And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.

The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him——–

His rage we can endure, for lo!  his doom is sure:

One little word shall fell him.

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That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;

The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him who with us sideth.

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also—

The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still:

His kingdom is forever.”

Martin Luther 1483-1546—translated by Fredrick H. Hedge 1805-1890



“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble–Psalm 46:1




Speaking of Jesus the apostle John wrote–


I want to share an excerpt from the Baptist Bread written my Dr. Tim Green—–

“Sir James Simpson was a famous Edinburgh chemist. In the course of his distinguished career he had discovered chloroform, among other notable accomplishments.

Near the end of his life he was asked what he felt was his greatest discovery. His prompt reply was, “My greatest discovery was when I discovered what Jesus would be unto me.”

Simpson had accepted Christ as his Savior, Lord and Master, and now resides with Him in Glory.




There is a two-fold discovery I’d like to consider today, one is in our text, “–AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM—” The other is the fact that not only do we receive Him, but HE RECEIVES US!

In Romans 15:7 we read this ” CHRIST HAS ALSO RECEIVED US–”

Surely one can see that we got the best of this transaction:)


However the “shouting ground” with the realization that he received us–you and me—


To think that a holy God would stoop to receive us from the trash heaps and garbage dumps of our earthly existence is WONDERFUL!!!!

His life added to our lives, make life livable. Our lives added to His life, make us fit for Glory, as He,  “—RECEIVED US, TO THE GLORY OF GOD.”

I always thought it smacked a little of pride to way, “I accepted Christ.”

The grand thing was that He accepted me!

What a day of discovery when Jesus and you received one another!”


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This thought amazes me. HE RECEIVED ME!   and each of you that is reading this–if you have put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior can echo the same thing:) How wonderful!


The hymn I’d like to share today was written by James McGranahan  who lived in the 19th century America, He was a musician and composer composing over 250 hymns.

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Sinners Jesus will receive;

Sound this word of grace to all 

Who the heavenly pathway leave,

All who linger, all who fall.


Come and He will give you rest;

Trust Him, for His word is plain;

He will take the sinfulest;

Christ receiveth sinful men.



Now my heart condemns me not,

Pure before the law I stand;

He who cleansed me from all spot,

Satisfied its last demand.



Christ receiveth sinful men,

Even me with all my sin;

Purged from every spot and stain,

                          Heaven with Him I enter in.



Sing it o’er and o’er again;

Christ receiveth sinful men;

Make the message clear and plain:

Christ receiveth sinful men.


James McGranahan  July 4, 1840-July 9, 1907











Turn on any news channel today and you will see scenes from battlefields. You will see innocent people caught in the sway of an evil influence that is bringing war and destruction to their homes and their land.

War has been a part of the human condition for centuries because there will always be those who hunger for the power to rule over others.



In the 21st century we have watched the rise of religious zealots willing, not only to take the lives of others for their “cause,” but to give up their own lives. These enemies of Christianity and Israel are the most dangerous of all because they feel justified to massacre innocents in the name of their god. They feel justified in their cause to bring about the rule of the Mahdi or 12 th  Iman. Which would put all the world under Muslim control.




I was listening to Shawn Hannity the other day and he was speaking to a woman from the Middle East who understood the language of the terrorists. He played a clip of a song, that terrorist were singing, and then of the words they said after for her to interpret. Because I was driving in my car I didn’t get everything she said but this phrase stuck out in my mind.  She repeated the words the terrorists were shouting translated into English and in it they referred, probably to the  American military, as “Armies of the Cross.” They went on to say that they were in a battle with the “Armies of the Cross” and intended to win.

The phrase “Armies of the Cross” really resonated with me.

When you look at the map of the Middle East today with ISIS on the march one can’t help but think of the tail of that old serpent Satan slashing across the land bringing death and destruction. Many of those affected by this brutal enemy are Christians.

We see this in the conflict between Hamas and Israel. Hamas has little regard for the lives of their own people and are willing to sacrifice women and children upon the altar of their hatred for Israel.





In America we are not experiencing this horror yet but that is not to say that that old serpent Satan doesn’t have his claws into us.

With America, so far, his tactics are much more subtle. America’s wealth and decadence are doing a good job without his help. Our nation slips further and further into moral decay. Our Christians institutions are maligned by the rising Pop Culture in our country that are echoing the 60’s phrase–“Anything goes.”

Believers are lulled to sleep by a spiritual complacency. Busy on the “playground” of this world they have no time to be “serious” about their faith. We are not under an immediate attack so it is easy to go through our days busy with our occupations and problems hoping that things will magically get better. Or that we’ll be raptured out before the “really bad stuff” happens.



Here are a few statements I read in the Baptist Bread. “Lost humanity is blind to the truth that—if they give the devil a ride he will soon be driving.” And in our country-“Sin has become a “culture” while “human rights'” strangle the process of justice and punishment for America’s heinous crimes.” Randy Pike



Our nation is on a downward spiral into moral insanity. The next generation arriving into adulthood have no moral compass to guide them. As they flounder around trying to live their lives with out any Christian influence the mistakes they make only cause them pain. What they think will bring them pleasure only brings them despair.

Lest I get any further off topic here I want to include a hymn today that has challenged my heart and I hope will challenge yours. The battle is not lost yet. We can still be “soldiers of the Cross” by daily dying to self and seeking to serve Him. Because we know the only thing that can turn our nation is personal salvation.




In the 1700’s anyone who became a follower of John or Charles Wesley and became a Methodist was taunted and persecuted.  Methodists were stoned, mauled, set upon by bulldogs, homes looted, business ruined. In 1749 Charles Wesley wrote this song to encouraged these embattled believers.

Soldiers of Christ, arise,

And put your armor on,

Strong in the strength which God supplies

Through His eternal Son;

Strong in the Lord of Hosts,

And in His mighty power,

Who in the strength of Jesus trusts

Is more than conqueror.


Stand, then, in His great might,

With all His strength endued;

But take to arm you for the flight,

The panoply  (tools and weapons,suit of armor) of God:

That, having all things done,


Till Christ the Lord descends from high,

And takes the conquerors home.

                           Charles Wesley  1707-1788

 Ephesians 6:13 


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