"A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the trusted stronghold."--Proverbs 21:22
He reads me when we meet;
Today he reads me in my home.
Tomorrow in the street.
He may be relative or friend,
He may be strange to me;
He may not even know my name,
Yet, he is reading ME.
The Associated Press--Jerusalem--The Dead Sea Scrolls, among the world's most important, mysterious and highly restricted archeological treasures, are about to get Googled. The technology giant and Israel announed Tuesday that they are teaming up to give researchers and the public the first comprehensive and searchable database of the scrolls--a 2,000-year-old collection of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek documents that shed light on Judaism during Biblical times and the origins of Christianity. Officials said the collection is expected to be available within months for free.
"You've Got the Time" Audio NEW TESTAMENT (NIV Version) on MP3 Discs is available free from:
You are lonely or fearful, Read Psalm 23
You are in sorrow, Read John 14:1-6
You are grateful, Read Psalm 103
Others fail you, Read Psalm 27
God seems far away, Read Psalm 139
You need courage, Read Joshua 1
You are discouraged, Read Isaiah 40
You are in danger, Read Psalm 91
You have sinned, Read Psalm 51
You have failed, Read Psalm 38
God has rescued you, Read Psalm 34
You want to praise God, Read Psalm 100
You want to be like Jesus, Read John 15
Responsibility overwhelms, Read Matt. 11:28-30
--No. 201, The Tract League, Grand Rapids, MI 49534-1329, or go to:
"Indignation has taken hold of me bcause of the wicked, who forsake Your law."
January 25, 1941
To the Armed Forces:
As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in recommending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Through the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspiration of the human soul.
Very sincerely yours, Franklin D. Roosevelt
Do we know who these Pilgrims ("Separatists") were? They came from Scrooby, a small town and agrarian community on the east coast of England, arriving at Plymouth in the waning days of 1620 when King James ruled Britain. High Society and conventional thinking may despise small beginnings, but the Scrooby Separatists, in their faithfulness and devotion to God, birthed the greatest nation on earth where religious freedom has flourished for over two centuries while the rest of the world continued under tyranny. The pendulum has swung back--and the Scrooby Separatists are again despised by the governing elites, which now favor tyranny and the end of religious freedom. But the record stands, despite the secularists' revising of public school textbooks to stamp a crass materialistic motive on these Godfearing Pilgrims, while making no mention of the religious aspiration that primarily founded America:
Want to know why they established the first holiday in the new country, Thanksgiving?
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A wind of strong and biting cold
made their sheep turn their backs in the fold.
Poor, despised shepherd men!-- smelling of sheep and the sheep pen.
What hope had they?
None, with none in sight.
But TO THEM FIRST God sent angel heralds of the Delivering Light.
--Eben, Christmas 2010
in order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,
provide for the common defense,
promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity,
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
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1. and 2. Christology (based on Christology book offered on this page)
3. Intro. to Hebrew (Zola Levitt book, information how to order it offered on this page)
3. Intro. to Greek
4. "Messianic Prophecy" Course by Zola Levitt (information on it and how to order it on this page)
5. History of the Cradle of Judaism and Christianity, the Middle East, as well as the history of Islam and some of the other anti-Christ cults and atheistic philosophies and environment, secularist, and animal activist movements (including the Evolutionist theory of Darwinism) affecting Christianity significantly.
The IJS offers a "rapidly growing body of American and international students an expanding curriculum of 14 premium courses, including fall semester offerings of Life of Christ, Major Prophets, Modern Jewish History (1948 and following), Holocaust/Anti-Semitism, the Future, Tabernacle, Daniel/Revelation, Between the Testaments, and Making Christ Known.
If interested, go to FOI's website for more information on the Institute of Jewish Studies distance-learning program on-line. We heartily recommend this to you, in case you are able to take advantage of this great program. You probably won't find its like anywhere else. Contact telephone numbers for FOI are:
TOLL-FREE 800-257-7843. Mail: The Friends of Israel, P.O. Box 908, Bellmawr, NJ 08099.
RBC Ministries (which publishes Daily Word devotions and many other items) offers forty free courses. At ChristianCourses.com. you will find general courses on the Old and New Testaments, plus courses about specific books of the Bible. You can also choose to learn about public speaking or effective leadership skills--alll from well-known teachers such as Haddon Robinson, Larry Crabb, Craig Blomberg, Douglas Stuart, and Alice Matthews. The free courses will not entitle you to a degree from RBC, but you will earn a degree in heaven no doubt for studying the Word of God. Degrees for paid courses are available too. You can never get too much of the Bible, the living Word of God. Visit:
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Friends of Israel is the American-based Christian/Zionist ministry we cooperate with to plant trees in Israel. This certificate is sent to anyone who participates. We pay the small sum of $10 for a tree in Israel to be planted, and it is a pine, olive, palm, acacia, or some other tree that will find Israel's soil and conditions a good place to grow. Israel has every kind of habitat, from alpine to subtropical, within a few miles of each other too! We give trees to help bring forth the forests that once grew over much of Israel, and since many trees were destroyed in the last northern war that involved Lebanon and the Hezbollah, it is so important to restore those areas, since over 3,000 acres containing 750,000 trees were destroyed by the rockets and the fires that warfare against Israel by its enemies along the border caused.
Is this project important? Yes. It is a very tangible, visible, living fulfilment of the Bible promises that the Holy Land desert would bloom as a rose. Other scriptures speak of various trees that would spring forth again in the restored land, as a visible sign that God was gathering his people back to the land and restoring Israel, not only in the natural sense but in the spiritual sense. If Israel remained as desolate as it was at the turn of the previous century (when Mark Twain on tour observed there wasn't a tree or shrub for miles and miles to be seen!), what would be the sign that Israel was brought forth by God as a fulfilment of his scriptures?
Friends of Israel has a website you can contact anytime if you want to bless Israel with a tree in memory of a loved one or in honor of a loved one, or just to bless Israel with a beautiful, life-giving tree as a token of your friendship.
Jews for Jesus
But is Islam true in its claims? Is Christian faith true? This needs to be decided by everyone involved. We can't have two faiths and two Gods. One only can be the truth. There are no ways to heaven, as Christ himself proclaimed to the world for all time--THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE WAY. Muslims and Christians would certainly agree on this point! Most, that is!
The late Sir Lionel Luckhoo is still, via his writings, the world's expert on Islam, as you will find out by reading his messages on the primary burning questions of faith. He is what you call an "apologist" for our Christian faith, but he also knew Islam and studied it intensively, as he was intimately associated with it from his earliest years. Here is a second message from Sir Lionel, "Prophet or Son of God?" We have a beginning portion to spark your interest in perhaps the most important question there is:
Islam has nothing, it is bankrupt, when it comes to such absolutely thrilling miracles. Egypt is experiencing incredible miracles like these! Word gets around about them, and the authorities cannot stop millions from finding out that Jesus heals, as the Cross of Jesus is used and so everybody knows who is doing the healing! It certainly isn't Allah and Mohammed, for they have nothing to do with the Cross of Christ, every Moslem knows.
Since the authorities cannot stop Christ at work, Egypt will see more of this going on, and millions come to Christ for salvation. Egypt will soon put evangelical America to shame for the revival that will sweep that Moslem-oppressed nation! Christianity is coming back to Egypt in a big way, though it never really ever left despite all the persecution, which is on-going and fierce this very hour.
Thanks to him, and the Jehadists, we can expect a huge increase in anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel, the homeland of the Jews. America, which has been a home and refuge for Jews, is becoming more anti-semitic by the day. This is so indefensible, as there would probably be no America today except for the sacrifices of Jews during the Revolution.
Just because Moslems emigrated from their home countries and live in America now does not mean they are Americans and want to assimilate, they are actually citizens of a state within a state--the state, the government and law of Islam that comes with the religion.
Our leaders already handed the country over to a tiny, tiny minority--have they not?--a tiny minority that totals about 2% too, namely, the homosexual which is Radical Left, and the military too has just been handed over in the latest bill of Congress that President Obama demanded in order to repay his radical left homosexual supporters.
The crescent moon of Islam is now hanging over the Capitol like the legendary sword of Damocles, that will someday soon descend and cut off all our last freedoms from us, as Sharia law is implemented in law, just as has already happened in Britain.
The once great nation of Britain is no more. Britain's freedom is already destroyed by its radical left, socialistic secularists who have bowed shamelessly to Islam, betraying their own nation in order to gain politically and financially by their treason.
Our own country cannot be given up fast enough by our own secularist leaders and Congress! They want what Islam promises to bring: a non-Christian state that is authoritarian, centralized, and where the Constitution no longer means anything but what they say it means.
We Christians who are awake to this reality must pray and interceed, as nobody but Almighty God can deliver us out of the hands of our enemies who have kidnapped our country and are stripping us of our freedoms, day after day, using a corrupt, slavish U.S. Congress controlled by authoritarians, Democrats with some turncoat Republicans in name only, all acting according to the agenda of the White House where President Obama rules like a pharaoh or a Stalinist by executive decree and dozens of his powerful czars set over every sector of our society to do what he orders, thus completely circumventing the Constitution and all Congressional oversight and the necessity to legislate first before a law can be enforced.
AT A TIME
This one lone Scottish missionary lady in West Africa confronted infanticide and cannibalism in a primitive, violent Efik tribal people and won the day with the Gospel of Christ and courage that stood up to all their threats of her instant death if she didn't stop opposing their murderous customs.
"Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince."--Prov. 17:7, another verse for Obama and his followers and all in power like him.
Dr. Smith states that before the transformation into the fiery Black Islamicist, Walcott was "Calypso Gene," a nightclub entertainer. Malcom X was one of the men associated with him in earlier days, at least until someone murdered him after he denounced the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, his former mentor, and questioned his character. He assisted Malcom X (originally Malcom Little) at the Harlem mosque before going to the Boston mosque. You have to remember Farrakhan (Walcott), however, as he is in the news frequently, being quoted or cited in some way. He represented a faction called "Nation of Islam," and was its chief representative. But how did this false religion get started here in America? Please return for the excerpt soon from a great booklet by an authority on this subject called "Nation of Islam."
So look for them to do it--if not stopped by Nov. 2 election results completely in their tracks, or a general uprising of the American people coast to coast, both of which is unlikely.
My hope is in God, friends. I don't believe a political solution is going to be the answer. God is the answer for America, but only if we truly repent of our sins, individual and national, and throw ourselves on His mercy and grace.
I have hope, regardless, of the dire circumstances we face at this hour.
I have good grounds for my hope too. My hope is not based on "hope against hope", nor am I advising hanging by toenails like the kitty on this page. No, I can explain exactly from scripture what this hope is based on and also from our colonial history. Please go to:
The October-November 2010 issue also carries a wonderful gallery of Christian heroes and heroines:
"Where Jerusalem is concerned, it is all or nothing. The fate of the nations is decided by Jerusalem; the nations will cut themselves on her (Zechariah 12:3). Jerusalem is the future world capital from where the Messiah will reign. Jerusalem is the city of truth. The abysmal untruthfulness of the world of nations will be revealed in this city (cf. Isaiah 2, Micah 4, Zechariah 14:12). Jerusalem is, according to the Bible, the sole capital of Israel. There has never been a Palestinian state. This already shows how the facts have been twisted.
In the following article ["The Myth of the Al-Aqsa Mosque: Part I," by Herbert Novitsky], we will do away with two stubborn myths that concern on the one hand Gaza,and on the other hand the Temple Mount. For friends of Israel, these facts are extremely significant.
If only the world would acknowledge objectively what Israel has done toward peace! But as we know, they prefer to listen to the lies of the Palestinian side. This is not surprising; Jesus said of the prince of this world that he is the father of lies."
Precious things in Earth and Heaven
Oct 3--The word of the Lord was precious [sparse] in those days. There was no open vision. (1 Sam: 2:1)
Oct. 10--He that goeth forth weeping, bearing precious seed...shall come again rejoicing. (Psalm 126:6)
Oct. 17--Wisdom...is more precious than rubies, and to all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. (Prov. 3:15)
Oct. 24--There is gold, and a multitude of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. (prov. 20:15)
Oct. 31--A good name is better than a precious ointment. (Eccles. 7:1)
Nov. 14--The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor--the substance of a dilligent man is precious. (Dan. 11:43)
Nov. 21--How precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
Nov. 28--Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable and I have loved thee. (Isa. 43:4) Dec. 5--A living stone, disallowed indeed of man, but chosen of God, and precious (1 Peter 2:4)
Dec. 12--Unto you therefore which believe, He is precious (1 Peter 2:7)
Dec. 19--To them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1)
Dec. 26--Be patient...Unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth. (James 5:7)
2 Isa. 1:18--Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as SNOW.
9 Prov. 26:1--As SNOW in summer, so honor is not seemly for a fool.
16 Isa. 55:10--For as the rain cometh down and the SNOW from heaven, and returneth not thither but watereth the earth...so shall My Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth.
23 Prov. 31:21--She is not afraid of the SNOW for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
30 Rev. 1:14--His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as SNOW; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.
Jewish evangelism is truly scriptural, Jews need Christ just as much as any Gentile to be saved. The Law without Christ never saved anybody, and never could. God did not design it to save anybody, Paul said. The Law was impossible for anyone to fulfil it, save Christ alone, who fulfilled it for us! It was intended instead to drive people to Christ, who alone could save souls after fulfilling the Law and dying on the Cross to pay the penalty for all sin. What the Law actually accomplished was to condemn ALL human attempt to reach God by merit of personal goodness and works righteousness. It does a superb job at that. Who could ever keep all the Ten Commandments, much less the 612 laws that Judaism identifies as essential for a believing Jew to obey in order to reach heaven. If any Jew claims to be able to do that, he truly needs his head examined--yet, amazingly, some chief rabbis do just that! That shows only the supreme folly that can grip the old Adamic religious person! It amounts to a delusion, fatal at that. Such religionists condemned Christ in their midst. Today they deny Christ, for much the same reasons--they don't need Christ, thospel they think, as they can work their way to heaven. Dual Covenantism is based on human pride, dead Adamic religiousness, works righteousness, and delusion. Paul condemns it, just read him! The New Testament condemns it. The whole Old Testament won't support it either. It doesn't matter how renowned the name of the one who espouses Dual Coventism, he is dead wrong. He needs prayer, for he is misleading many, while denying Jews the only gospel that will truly save their souls.
Again, we support James Hagee's ministry, which is wonderful, but must draw exception to his Dual Covenant teaching.
Richard Bewes writes:
"Many of us in the U.K are only too aware of our earlier Christian foundation--built through missionaries, martyrs and even a few God-fearing monarchs.
The Legacy of It. There are reminders everywhere. We even have a city, St. Alban's, named after our first martyr. Our earliest universities were all Christian in origin. True, we had periods of spiritual stagnation, but we also had the mighty Reformation four and a half centuries ago that transformed the nation. Further revivals would follow, under such leaders as Bunyan, Wesley, Whitefield, Wilberforce, Booth, Spurgeon and Moody.
And if singing hymns from one end to the other of the London underground trains is symptomatic of a revival taking place, then indeed we had a mighty revival under 16 consecutive weeks of nightly Gospel preaching from Billy Graham at the great Harringay Crusade of 1954. To quote my longtime friend John Stott (who was there every night): "The people were spellbound." No one can begin to undcerstand present day evangelical life in Britain without taking into account what happened during that epoch-making event, and in subsequent missions across Britain, led by the best-known religious figure of the 20th century.
One could argue that Gospel life and church ministry in Britain were rejuvenated only to then be overshadowed by a permissive society and a new wave of godless materialism. It was coupled with reactionary liberal theology that began to be felt across the whole of the West from the 1960s onward. By the end of the century, a new generation had arisen to whom Bible stories and the language of the Gospel were completely unfamiliar."
He points to glimmers of hope and opportunity to reach the British with the Gospel. Vibrant black churches have sprung up in London and elsewhere in big cities, "indicating a belief that Britain will rise again." Immigration, with all its problems yet brings thousands of vibrant Christian believers from Africa, China, Korea, and Asia, he says.
Below this article it tells of 2,400 young people who made decisions for Christ at the "Celebration of Hope" held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2008. Northern Ireland is part of the U.K, and the fire ignited there can spread to all of the U.K.
This item was not part of the page's articles, but it is also significant to Britain's rise again. A woman pledged and is donating $1 million pounds sterling (a British pound is worth $1.50 or more) to the Daystar Television Network, as a response to the Sharathon going on. She has promised to donate something like 16 million dollars. This is unheard of. Her offer has been verified. I heard this from Marcus Lamb being announced and thought, "There is hope for Britain! There is hope that God will save Britain!"
"The Rise of Central Banks," telling how the Knights Templar (a Catholic religious order of the Middle Ages) ran the best known medieval central banking system, which made them the wealthiest group in the Western World, "The Boundaries of Our Reality: Part 1," exploring some of the most relevant discoveries of modern science and how they impact our Biblical perspectives, "The Kingdom, Power, and Glory, discussing overcomers in the final three churches--Sardis, Philadelphia (not Philly in Penn State, but Philly in Asia Minor!), and Laodicea--don't miss these great articles!
This article is the product of over thirty years of bone-crunching work in intensive archeological digging and classification and study. The author died soon after writing it, as he fell at the site and died in the hospital two days later from his injuries. It is a rather magnificent last achievement for a noted Jewish archeologist. Herod's secrets were laid bare, thanks to him, secrets that were kept covered by the sands of the the Judaean wilderness for two thousand years.
What is my particular impression? What is my take on Herod and his masterpieces of architecture? This man was the Dunce of the Classical Roman World, or one of the chief dunces. He built sparing no expense, grinding the Jewish people into the dust to pay for his extravagances, all to exercise his colossal vanity and self-love and to flatter Caesar Augustus and all the important people of the day whom he sought to impress with his "greatness." How insecure his ego must have been! That billion-dollar complex of palaces and baths and pools and gardens and fortress called Herodium, where hechose to set his tomb as the chief ornament, it all went to ruin within sixty years or so of his death, apparently destroyed by the Jewish rebels when they revolted against the Romans (66-70 A.D.). His tomb was smashed to bits, his mausoleum leveled. The palaces, both on the mount and below it, probably destroyed at the same time, when the Romans returned with the legions under Vespasian and Titus his son to crush the Jews, which they did, wiping out something like 1 million Jews, along with the Temple and much of Jerusalem, and also Masada, and perhaps Qumran too. Romans could do a thorough job when they set themselves against a declared enemy. All of Herod's glory-- smashed and soon buried beneath drifting sands and dust--waiting the archeologist's spade thousands of years later! The vanity of Herod is beyond grasping! This pathetic, blood-thirsty, egocentric, much-hated, much-feared king, who had hundreds of Jewish notables rounded up, imprisoned, and sentenced to die as soon as he ceased to live, just so there would be tears shed when he passed away, died the most excruciating, sickening death imaginable, which is described by Josephus. You don't want to read it! What Herod is no doubt going through right in hell, well, no doubt he realizes too late what a fool of Satan he was. Jesus may have been referring to him when he commented, "What does it profit if a man gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" Take heed, Hugo Chavez, take heed, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, take heed Czar Putin! A much greater despot than you came to absolute destruction and disgrace. Where Herod went and is presently being eaten of worms and roasting in a pitch dark, horribly smelly furnace of unending flames, with no exit possible, you too will go unless you repent and turn to Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness of your sins and crimes! And you, Miss Goody-Two-Shoes, sitting so nicely in choir every Sunday, a Bible on your lap. You're just as rotten and sinful as Herod in God's holy eyes. You're going to the same place if you don't repent and confess to the Lord and receive forgiveness of your sins. Your goodness won't save you in the least, just as Herod's magnificent architecture didn't save him in the least from God's just punishment of him. His friends, Caesar Augustus on down, couldn't save him either. They too are in hell--with the devils using them for trampolines and target practice. It isn't pretty. It is reality. Like Detroit, it may not be pretty, but it still exists. Why not deal with it now and make sure you don't go there? Once there, you cannot change your mind.
Eben's prophecy that performs judgment, well deserved, on this doctrine of Satan:
the questions. Get the DVD. You decide.
The movement of Pietism had profound effects on the church in both Germany and in America. We can benefit to know who led the movement and learn what it is that Pietism was about and aimed to achieve. Here is a CharisLife article, "Lutheran Pietism," which we are bringing to your corner of the world to shed light on this great movement in the Protestant churches, that not only restored devotion to Christ in dead-as-a-doornail churches, but birthed from a formerly dead, stone-cold womb of confessional religionism innumerable Protestant missions and ministries to the whole world.
Marcus Lamb of Daystar Televison Network, Dallas, Texas, has just said that 10-10-10 (or Oct. 10, 2120) will not come again for a thousand years, until Oct. 10, 3010 (whether there is a calender or not at that time he cannot say, of course). But this number 10 has great significance. Ten means, he says, completeness, fulness, perfection or divine order, nothing wanting, a whole cycle is complete. There were 10 generations from Adam to Noah, 10 generations from Noah to Abraham. The tithe is 10 or 10%. Ten Commandments. Ten plagues of Egypt. Ten Wise Virgins. What do three 10's stand for? Marcus Lamb says they stand for each our 3-part individual being, one body, one soul, and God is the third person in us (as the Scriptures say, that each born again person has the Spirit of Christ), our spirit! 10-10-10 is a Sunday. Be sure to go, and give you tithe, says Marcus Lamb, and that day will be a turning point for you [Well, it is Nov. 2, and the day has passed by. Another such date won't come again for another 1,000 years! Well, we warned you! Yet God has mercy on us, why not contact Daystar and give anyway? Better late than never!]
DEAR MR. GRAHAM: I am an insurance salesman. The other day I ran across someone who said he didn't want any health insurance because he just trusted God for the future, and since God was going to take care of him, he did not need any insurance. I just wondered what you think of this--A.N.A.
DEAR A.N.A.: This man was no doubt sincere (unless he was just trying to get rid of you!), but I wouldn't agree with his understanding of faith.
Yes, God has promised to take care of His children. But this doesn't mean they are exempt from illness or fires or accidents, for God has not promised that. Nor does it mean they are to ignore common sense and refuse to take preventive measures or to save--either to avoid such things or to overcome the financial effects of such events.
In fact, the Bible repeatedly warns us against laziness and thoughtlessness, and urges us to plan ahead and be diligent and thrifty so we can avoid disaster: "Go to the ant, you sluggard: consider its ways and be wise...it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest...), but) poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man" (Proverbs 6:6,8, 11). Deliberately refusing to provide for the future is not wise or prudent. If this man becomes ill and cannot pay his hospital bill, someone will pay--his relatives or society or some other person. But why should others bear the burden of his imprudence? In our own organization we have sought to provide as full insurance as we can for our staff.
This man has, however, pointed to an important truth that I hope you will take to heart. Our futures are in god's hands,a nd no matter how much we try to accumulate, He alone should be our security. Are you building your life on Christ and seeking to serve Him every day?--Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Date Unknown
Christ is coming soon. Jesus says so to countless people. Soon he's coming back. Are you ready, friend? Really ready? Cmon, don't lie about it. Chances on, you're not ready, if you're choosing to play footsie and patsy with evil, you're just playing stupid games with God, thinking you have plenty time to get real and get your act straight.
Wrong! You're really Dumb, and Dumber! You don't have that kind of time. Nobody has. All we have is this moment, and the next is anyone's guess what it will be for you or me. So, the Reality Manual for Life, The Holy Bible, says to you and me, "Examine yourself! See if you be in the faith as once delivered to the apostles and by the apostles!"
We notice that more of you are coming to the site than before, and why, pray tell, are you coming? What are you looking for? Christ? Or something else? Something less? That is my question, and that is God's too. Hey, man, or woman, or girl or boy, what's your true reason. Just to tickle your ears, friend? If that is all you come for, why not skip this site. You're not needed here, really. Here is Covenant, sacrifice, the Cross, the Blood of Christ, Repentance, Forgiveness, Sanctification, Love that's real, a Life Wholly Committed to Christ and His mission: evangelizing, making disciples of all nations! Loving others as ourselves (not "like" ourselves, as is normally done). If that doesn't fit your template, then go to Facebook, or YouTube, or your silly friends' bragging, shemeless, tell-all blogs or the sleezy video hang-outs and chats where you can share all that ungodly garbage about yourselves and your friends who are just like you, showing each other pictures of your body as if you were a piece of meat at the butcher's. Oh, aren't you darling without your clothes! Aren't you cute showing off that body God meant you to protect and respect and for others to respect too! God didn't create you to be somebody else's sexual trampoline, that he or she can jump on and off from so they can get their jollies, before they dump you and go and find another more attractive trampoline further down the street. Aren't you really cool! Oh, no your're not! You were created in God's imagine, and no animal was ever created in God's image. No animal was ever the object of his love and fellowship, but you were! The schools told you a lie: you are the last thing to an animal--but you can choose to act like one, to be sure. Instead, God created you for a holy servant life--not that porno stuff you think is so cool and interesting and what your "cool" friends are doing. Looking for self-esteem? Want to feel loved? Well, God who created the whole universe loves you infinitely more than the universe. Doesn't that impress you--at least a little? Christ died for you--he really did die for you! Who else died for you, or would die for you? What good would it do? You'd still be stuck in your sins, in your evil life, in your self-centered self. But just look at the Alternative, just look at those scar marks on his body--he didn't get those by being on Facebook and telling everybody about his coming to earth to die for us--he went to a real cross and suffered a real crucifixion--which is the cruellest, most bloody, most sickening and revolting and painful way to die ever devised by sinner man. Still needing self-esteem, outside Christ and what he did for you because he loved you so he spared nothing of himself? I hope you really get a boost of your poor little suffering self-esteem--right where you desperately need it, right square on your backside like a donkey's kick! Christ is everything you need--but he isn't your patsy, he is Lord of lords and King of kings. He isn't going to be your ice cream cone or your double mocha late. All this to say, we need to get real with ourselves, but most of all we need to get real with God. Here's how. Read on:
The following article is about cholera in Haiti. What it does to actual human beings, many of them little children. It is nothing but real. But, you spoiled and pampered and self-centered, ungrateful American Christian, do you know what "real" is? This article will show you and me. Decide if you measure up or not to "real". If not, you can repent and get right with God, and be made real by Jesus Christ our Real Savior. He came to save us from ourselves. I thank God for that! Why not surrender and plead, "Jesus, please make me real like you?" He will answer that prayer if sincere. After all, he died on a real cross for you and me too!
I wonder if we Gentile Christians ought not to take a specific course in Middle Eastern customs. It would help our understanding of the Bible considerably! For instance, I have yet to hear preached upon that Jesus washed the feet of his own servants and disciples, which no master ever did before him or probably since (though I think Francis of Assisi did it in emulation of the Lord). But that is not the main point. The disciples helped set up this last Passover dinner they celebrated with the Lord, did they not? Perhaps they thought someone else would see to the washing of the guests' (that is, their) feet. As for Jesus' feet, they would then expect his would be washed by a household servant too. So they didn't think about it anymore and proceeded to sit down and enjoy the Passover? No, they found out that there was no servant provided by whomever at that loaned upper room to wash their feet when they entered. But what did they do? They probably felt rather mistreated or out of sorts as they reclined on various couches (they did not sit in chairs in Western style). Imagine that, their feet smelled from the dirty street, and now they would have to put up with that indignity and unpleasant odor (a room full of men with unwashed feet!) for the entire Passover. That would certainly seem to start the Passover off with a sour note! Did they think of Jesus' feet also going unwashed? If anyone did, nothing was done. Not one rose to do anything about it. The worst thing, their master, having to go with his feet unwashed--apparently they could put up with that. Let's face it, this night all the disciples, including John the one who loved Jesus most, behaved like a bunch of selfish, self-centered, sanctimonious jerks! What did Jesus do then? Without calling this bunch of world-class jerks down in scathing terms for their contemptible behavior toward him, humble, meek Jesus proceeded with the Passover, but as it had begun it continued, different from all the many Passovers they had previously known. Then the most shocking thing occurred: Jesus rose, laid aside his outer robe, took a towel, and a container of water, and went to one disciple after another washing their feet! This simply was unheard of! But what could they say? A master behaving as a servant, a lowly slave, in taking upon himself the unclean duty of washing dirty feet? They were appalled, scandalized, no doubt. Yet it was all made clear when Jesus arose, after washing even Peter's feet when he strenuously objected to it at first. Jesus told them they ought to be like him, do as he had done, for he came not to be served but to serve, and no servant is above his master (meaning his disciples should not exalt themselves above what they saw their own master, Jesus, doing. These men must have been heartily ashamed of themselves. They had been taught a loving but rather stinging lesson that they would never, never forget! From then on they knew they had to behave as servants, not masters and rulers over the flock of God. They all remembered this incident until their dying day.
Nowadays we have foot washings in churches, which are rather sedate affairs, and not at all Middle Eastern in details or meaning. People come with clean feet, not wearing sandals that let feet get dirty in a dirty, stinking Middle Eastern street, full of dust and droppings and urine from sheep and goats and the garbage thrown out by households into the street. I have been in the Middle East, and it is still just like this in many places. It has not changed from Jesus' time in this respect. People commonly wear sandals too, not shoes that keep the feet clean. Here our Western style foot washings in churches, meant to teach servanthood, really can't do so with any real force. I have gone through such a foot washing, and it was just a ritual, rather pointless to say the least. Perhaps it is time to learn Middle Eastern customs and culture, or we will continue to get poor sermon treatments of the Passover with Jesus and his disciples and that whole scene that taught them a tremendous lesson about servanthood that would prove unforgettable. It is so important a lesson too, and if a Christian ever forgets he is on this earth to be a servant, can he even be considered a true disciple of Jesus, who said he came to us as a servant, and we ought to act likewise? When this lesson is forgotten or ignored, consider how "disciples" act--hardly, like Christ, you must agree.
Jesus, please forgive me, and forgive all of us who have forgotten this lesson of servanthood.
Isn't that tremendous? It may look like the game is up, we are finished, the Devil has
defeated us, the wicked old world has us tied and trussed like chickens in the slaughterhouse,
but no! It isn't over yet! Our King Jesus still has one more move!
This is taken from Stuart Maxwell Hawkins's book,
and it recalls to mind a story I heard recently. A chess master was shown a painting
by someone. But the chess master kept looking and looking at it, from various angles,
until he finally said, "I am a professional at chess. Either the painter is a liar, calling
this painting, 'Checkmate,' or he will have to change the name." He kept saying this as he
examined the famous painting. Finally he said why: "The king still has one move," he said.
Isn't that tremendous? It may look like the game is up, we are finished, the Devil has defeated us, the wicked old world has us tied and trussed like chickens in the slaughterhouse, but no! It isn't over yet! Our King Jesus still has one more move!
Jesus Christ first, and all the rest, starting with myself the Mighty and Proudly Self-Sufficient King, will fall into line.