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"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." ~ George Washington

"Brethren, we came to this country to practice our religious liberties, and if we don't get involved, we're going to lose them." ~ John Peter Muhlenberg, 1777

On this page one will find articles and links to articles that I believe are very important to our nation. This page will deal with articles that are religious in nature.

I will repeat that my views are strong Christian Conservative! Period!

 

How to receive Christ as Lord and Savior

 

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:8 - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9 - That if though shalt confess with they mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

John 1: 12-13 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Do you feel as if something really big is ready to go down? 

By Nathan Jones
Evangelist & Web Minister

If you're like me you can feel it. You can sense it. The heavy weight of a coming dramatic change is in the air.

Decay The signs of entropy are all around us. They're glimpsed in the despondent eye of the unemployed worker who cannot find a job, the harried broker who sees no end to market volatility, the average Joe who feels the wheels of justice have totally fallen off the wagon of freedom, and the graduate who sees no hope for the future because our leaders have failed us. People are feeling our best days now lie behind us.

Something's got to change.

Economy The signs of financial ruin are growing. The Western world so steeped in debt vainly pushes back the inevitable knock of the repo man. The nations fall one by one into insolvency, dragging down the economies of what remaining nations are still productive. The East rises ready to claim its investments only to discover the money is artificial, and so tethered stares down bankruptcy as well.

Total and worldwide financial disaster is inevitable.

Nature The signs of natural destruction are evident. The earth trembles under the fatigue of one natural disaster after another. Record tornadoes rip the countryside apart. Tsunamis and hurricanes devastate coastal regions, reaching ever inland. Daily earthquakes level whole cities. Droughts burn and fires scar the land. Everyday there's a report of another, and then another, and then another.

The world can't take much more of this punishment.

War The signs of another global war are exponentially mounting. The entire world is focused on the fate of the little nation of Israel. The sum of the United Nations wants her destroyed. The arms race of the Middle East fueled by a supernatural hatred of the Jewish people is just one trigger pull away from engulfing the Middle East in a bloodbath. The world's resources have grown scarce and so the nations eye hungrily the outcome of such a war, ready to turn a regional conflict into a global one.

The hate cannot be held back any longer.

Immorality And, the signs of immorality accost our most basic decencies. The love for our fellow man has grown cold. Life means nothing to anyone and so we murder even our own children at will. People rail against God and His moral law demanding lawlessness. Christians lose more and more ground in the court systems. Around the world those who stand for righteousness are tortured and killed in record numbers. The restraining force on immorality has all but fled, mostly leaving us to our own self-destructive tendencies.

We are watching the world scream on in its dizzying path towards mutual destruction and know that it cannot go on like this. It just can't. Something's got to give. The world cannot continue to get this evil, this volatile, and this hopeless without finally exploding into chaos.

That's what I see, and if you've got your fingers on the pulse of the world as well then that's most likely what you see as well.

The Final Result

If history repeats itself, and it usually does, then we are all at the brink of something cataclysmic. I'm firmly convinced like no other time during my life that this is the case. Unless the restraining hand of God delays the inevitable, the final days of routine life as we know it are quickly running out.

Inevitable that's the key word, for God has told us that this shattering, world altering change will eventually happen. It must, for God's prophecies always come true.

The nations surrounding Israel will finally attack with all their anti-Semitic fury (Ps. 83; Ezek. 38-39).


The economies of the world will collapse under their own massive debt load, resulting in famine and the emergency solution of a punishing global financial system (Rev. 6:5-6 & 13:16-17).


Natural disasters will increase in frequency and intensity until the mountains are leveled, the oceans are destroyed, and the environment is left in ruins (Lk. 21:11; Rev. 6:12 & 16:3-4,18).


Immorality will sink into such darkness that murder and debauchery will be the way of life (Rev. 9:21).


And, out of this global chaos, where hope seems to have totally fled, the world will trade all their freedom over to a global dictator who will control everyone with an iron fist, annihilating all who stand in his way in wave after wave of wars and persecution (Rev. 6:2 & 13:17).
This is the world of the near future, and it's an awful nightmare to contemplate.

The Hopeful Escape

Despite the soon break of the gathering storm, and despite the hopelessness about the future that it brings, believers in Christ can know that it is not our future. Our future plays out in the polar opposite. Instead of living in a world gone mad, we foresee a new home in Heaven. Instead of persecution by a crushing tyrant, we face a loving and benevolent King. Instead of living under wrath, we see living under love. And, where there is only hopelessness left on earth, there is hope, peace and joy awaiting us (Rev. 21-22).

The change on our horizon is bright, for the King of Kings is coming to take those who are saved up to live in Heaven with Him for ever and ever (Jn. 14:1-14; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1 Thes. 4:13-18). It will be an event called the Rapture, and it is coming sooner than we think. In fact, it could be argued that it has the potential to happen this very week due to the prophetic significance of the Feasts of Israel.

The Feast of Trumpets occurs on September 29-30, 2011. Will it herald the "last trumpet?" Only God knows for sure. The Rapture is an imminent event, and so we don't know the exact day or hour it will finally occur. I can only speculate that with the rise of major world events tied to the prophetic significance of the Feast of Trumpets, that this week is one I'm keeping a very close eye on.

Because the Rapture may be more imminent than ever, and since so many of our loved ones will be left behind to wonder what has happened to us pondering what dark future awaits them in the aftermath, we will be running this Feast of Trumpets week a message of hope. This message explains why millions suddenly and mysteriously disappeared and will give them answers to what has happened. It's our "left behind" message, and my prayer should we be departing really soon, is that it brings people to Jesus Christ.

Revive Us Again: The Fulton Street Revival

Jeremiah C. Lanphier, a layman in New York City, longed for revival. After careful thought, he announced that a prayer service would be held September 23, 1857, at the Old Dutch Church on Fulton Street. When the hour came, Lanphier found himself alone. He sat and waited and finally a handful of people gathered. The next week, twenty came. Someone suggested the meetings occur daily, and soon the building was overflowing. Other churches opened their doors. The revival spread to other cities. Offices and stores closed for prayer at noon. Newspapers reported the story, and telegraph companies set aside certain hours when businessmen could wire one another with news of the revival.

The revival--sometimes called "The Third Great Awakening"--lasted nearly two years, and perhaps a million people were converted to Christ. Out of it came the largest outlay of money for philanthropic and Christian causes America had yet experienced.

Revival is often born in prayer and borne along by prayer. Let's keep praying for God to revive us again!

Revival is falling in love with Jesus all over again. Vance Havner

The Woes of Neglect  

I never was guilty of wrong action, but on my account lives have been lost, trains have been wrecked, ships have gone down at sea, cities have burned, battles have been lost, and governments have failed. I never struck a blow nor spoke an unkind word, but because of me, homes have been broken up, friends have grown cold, the laughter of children has ceased, wives have shed bitter tears, brothers and sisters have forgotten one another, and fathers and mothers have gone broken-hearted to their graves.  

I have intended no evil, but because of me, talent and genius have come to naught, courtesy and kindness have failed, and the promise of success and happiness has yielded sorrow and disaster.

I have no color, no sound, no progeny except grief and disaster. You may not always call me by my name, but surely you are personally acquainted with me. I am NEGLECT.  

In addition to all the above things, I confess that I am causing you to refrain from activities in the most important thing in your life, the salvation of your precious soul!  

The Lord Jesus Christ finished the work of Calvary's Cross. Judgment was poured out upon Him. His precious blood was shed for many for the remission of sin. He has been raised from among the dead and is now seated on the right hand of God in Heaven.

You have heard the Gospel message over and over again. Even now, the Saviour's invitation, "Come unto me," is ringing in your ears. You never intended to be eternally lost. You think you will be saved one day. But I, NEGLECT, am holding you back. I am preventing you from definitely deciding to receive the Lord as your personal Saviour. If I continue to do so until the Lord returns, it will be forever too late. It remains to be seen whether or not you are going to break the hold I have on you. After hearing my honest confession, and listening to my faithful warning, are you going to remain negligent? There is one way by which I may be overcome; that is by immediate, definite action. The power and opportunity are yours. Act now!

"How shall we escape if we NEGLECT so great salvation: which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him." (Hebrews 2:3)

A Good Neighbor April 2011 pg 5

 

Life's Big Choices  

Everyone makes choices everyday. In fact each day begins with a choice: Will I get up when the alarm sounds? What will l wear today? What will I have for breakfast? All day long we make choices as we make our way through life. Right now, as you read this, you are making choices. Should I keep reading, or go do something else? All these small choices add up to bigger choices and are governed by the larger spiritual choices we make.  

The big choices in life are spiritual ones. We all choose whether to follow God or Satan. Matthew 6:24 tells us that we cannot have two masters. We can only serve one. That means you and I are already serving one or the other. Either we are serving God with our lives, or we are serving Satan. I would say if you are not sure you are serving God, then you are already serving Satan. There is no middle ground.  

You are choosing whether to be a follower of God or a follower of the world. Look at I John 2:15. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." Those words are very blunt and clear, and yet I see so many today who call themselves "Christians," but they love the world more than God. They spend more money on their hobbies than on the causes of Christ. They would rather go fishing or golfing than spend an hour visiting the lost. They never witness to others about how much they love Jesus Christ, but they are always ready to talk about the football or baseball game. We talk about what we love. Has your conversation reflected your interest and love of God? Has your money gone to the things of God or the things of the world?  

Throughout history people have been faced with these choices. The message the world gives today is the opposite of the message of God. The world says that man is basically good, that all religions are of equal value, that there are no absolute standards of right and wrong, and all that matters is just being "a good person." The world denies the existence of God, or if it admits God exists (as,do the liberal churches), it denies that God is going to condemn anyone.

God's message given in Scripture has always been clear. God is loving and righteous, and He does not abide sin forever. There is a hell that awaits those who do not accept His grace. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, and each Christian should serve Jesus Christ as if it were the only thing that mattered.  

Finally, these choices we make are going to make a difference in where we spend eternity. For those who listen to the world, and call themselves Christians but don't really believe that Jesus is the only Son of God, and who love the things of the world more than the things of God, death and eternal separation from God are coming. It is a choice between spiritual life and spiritual death.  

What are the choices you are making today? Is there time in your life to spend in prayer and worship? Do you spend time with the Bible, both reading and learning, and also letting God speak to you through His Word? Do you ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you go through your day? Do you prayerfully approach each responsibility with prayer that your life may be pleasing to God?  

If our lives are not focused on Jesus Christ and following Him in all we think, say and do, we are making bad choices. Read Joshua 24:15 through 25, and make the choice to serve God with everything we are and all we have. Make the best choices possible, and do not be fooled by the things of the world which seem momentarily attractive, but which are like quicksand which waits to destroy your spirit.  

Our Good Neighbor  April 2011, pg 4

 

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