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.
We have our own Acronym at the Emmaus Walk: For the youth specifically, with a space exploration slant: B.I.B.L.E.--"Blasting Into Blessing, Life Eternal". How about yours? Make an acronym of your own with your own special meaning!
1. Christian Education
3. Holy Spirit
4. Biblical Science
5. Foundational Principles
6. Witnessing (includes Apologetics) and Discipleship
7. Types of Christ (OT)
8. Bible Covenants/Israel/Bible Atlas
9. Christian Hope and Character
10. The Prophetic Calling
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 moveents (including Darwinism) affecting Christianity significantly.
Can you name other things the Bible is? The Gideon Pocket Bible lists a number: The Traveller's Map, the Pilgrim's Staff, the Soldier's Sword, the Christian's Charter. I thought of the
Navigator's North Star. How about Water for the thirsty? Or a Lifejacket for the drowning sinner? Or... Surely, there are more.
BIBLE PICTURES OF ITSELF is a wonderful thing, is it not? The Bible describes itself as LIGHT, FIRE, SEED, BREAD, MILK, HONEY, MEAT, GOLD, SWORD and HAMMER. You can order this tract from: Faith, Prayer, and Tract League, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, Bible Book Mark
No. 162 ($1.80 per doz., $11 per 100).
Can you name other things the Bible is? The Gideon Pocket Bible lists a number: The Traveller's Map, the Pilgrim's Staff, the Soldier's Sword, the Christian's Charter. I thought of the Navigator's North Star. How about Water for the thirsty? Or a Lifejacket for the drowning sinner? Or... Surely, there are more.
And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy."--Habakkuk 3:2.--from Billy Graham Association.
AT A TIME
So, giving all these helps, He can lead us now, and we can now walk in His light. His light is Himself in us, and He gives it to us now--not later on. Want His light? He is available now, this instant. Just call on Him, pray to Him, and abide in Him moment by moment. Everything said here is true, as the Bible teaches it is true. So read your Bible! Immerse yourself in God's Word! Let Jesus speak to You and guide and enlighten you. He will do it all. He is faithful, He is the Good Shepherd.
One of Britain's truly great men of letters, T.S. Eliot, describes what it was like for the Wise Men in his priceless poem below that has many foregleams of Christ's suffering, crucifixion, and death--the very reasons why he came and was born in Bethlehem.
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey;
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter."
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high prices.
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.
Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation,
With a running stream and a water mill beating the darkness.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver.
And feet kicking the empty wineskins.
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.
All this was a long time ago, I remember.
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly.
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death.
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
WSe returned to our places, these kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
You have revealed what you are, Mr. Osteen! Just from that one title! Is that why Jesus came to earth, suffered and died? Just so we could become better pigs in the filthy old pigsty? I was a lost sinner, condemned by my sin, rotten and stinking, a slave to Satan, bound in chains! I desperately needed forgiveness, deliverance, and transformation, and cleansing from all sin! Only Jesus could give me that! Only his Cross, and daily denying myself as Christ said, could give me that! I needed no less than that--but to simply "become better"? That would have been a Band-aid in comparison, Joel Osteen! You are another false shepherd among the televangelists! Offering Band-aids, super cool and scented and in various flavors, with sparkling colors and razz-matazz to please the eye--but they are only Band-aids, which you offer to the perishing and dying sinner, and they can't help save any soul one bit! You can't save a dying man with a Band-aid when he has a terminal tumor or aneurysm exploding in his brain, or someone else with a cardiac arrest or heart attack, or collapsed lungs, or someone who is losing all his blood from a fatal gunshot wound in his main organs or from a bad accident of some kind! How foolish and cruel you are, to offer a cool and trendy Band-aid to perishing and the deeply wounded souls, who are utterly ruined and going to die in their sins if they don't hear the true Gospel that can still save and redeem souls from sin and death.
You aren't even trying to square your preached and televised messages with the Word of God, the Bible, which I notice you seldom quote as you preach. Why would you need the Bible anyway? You do very well with your own foolish and vain and worldly philosophy of life. It is called New Age religionism. It is not Christianity. You are dressing up New Age Religion in an evangelical sheepskin, but you are still a wolf out to devour men's souls and lead them to hell and eternal destruction. You will go to destruction yourself, if you continue on this way! Were you ever a Christian, truly born again? Jesus only knows that. But your preaching is not from the Bible, it is not promoting the Gospel of Christ centered on the Cross, and your manner of life as well as your personal reported statements on LARRY LIVE and other TV programs show clearly that you are a ravening wolf, not a sheep following Christ the Shepherd, and that toothy grin of yours, why, that only proves that human wolves like you can grin and smile as they are about to devour the hapless, clewless sheep!
Keep offering your professionally packaged and marketed Band-aids! Duped by Madison Avenue marketing gimmicks and techniques, people will still buy them by the millions, and put them on, but they will not change anything in a true spiritual sense, or advance a soul one inch toward the kingdom of God and heaven! They'll just look a little better! But millions of Christians will march one day, looking good like you, right into the jaws of Satan--willingly, joyously, trustingly. Come out from among these people, now, the Bible warns us. Flee the City of Destruction, Pilgrim! Do not join in their folly and destruction. Return to the truth of the Bible and the full-orbed Gospel, not joining in with this Band-aid peddler, Joel Osteen and his ilk.
Have we learned anything by the Jewish experience? Apparently, we have not! We in the Evangelical churches are lapsing into spiritual harlotry, into ungodly alliances with the devlish world system, which is clearly shown in the alliances of eminent evangelical leaders such as Rick Warren joining forces with the likes of Barak Hussain Obama, who stands against every evangelical belief and principle you can name. His anti-Christ, anti-morality, anti-marriage, anti-sanctity of human life views were expressed by him in the presidential campaign, and even at Rick Warren's debate or symposium at his Saddleback church at the televised meeting--so we need not repeat them again here. Go to Obama's website, if you want to hear them again. Rick Warren well knows what Obama believes, and yet he will go to Washington to officiate as the man of God in the Innvocation of Obama's inauguration! This is a most devilish and disgusting act on his part, to be sure. It shows his true colors. He is just the same as the Evangelical Lutheran Church pastors who flocked together to support the candidacy of Adolf Hitler, whom they touted as the German "Messiah." They actually called him that! Obama is touted as the messiah or primary agent for America's "Change." What kind of change to the good can come from one so depraved and anti-Christ as this Chicago bred shyster, Democrat party hack, friend of crooks, and Marxist ideologue? You tell me! But I don't have to guess. I know that whatever superficial good he seems to produce in a crisis, we will pay blood and tears for later, just as the German people (many of them evangelical Christians in the Lutheran Churches) paid after their "German Messiah" restored the prostrate, inflation-ruined German economy by military manufacturing orders for his war machine only to seize absolute power and turn into a raging, bloody monster devouring most of Europe while killing 6 million Jews in his gas chambers. Obama does not seem that sort of super monster now, true, but given the opportunity and the power, this little monster from Chicago has all the capability within himself of becoming another full-blown Hitler, as he wields world power from his office of president in the White House and really begins to strut his stuff on the world stage that office has given him.
Put your ear to the ground? What do you hear? I hear the drumming hoofbeats of the Four Horses of the Apocalyse! War, Famine, Disease, death! They are unleashed upon the feckless world! They are now galloping toward us all, bringing unimaginable horrors and disasters. We know that the spirits of anti-Christ, operative in the world since the time of the Apostle John (see his letters), are combining in a spirit of anti-christ that will direct the Anti-Christ himself. Hitler was a forerunner of this Anti-Christ to come. That is very clear. But Obama? He too is a forerunner, that is also clear, though many with the spirit of delusion blinding them cannot see it (for their own lusts, greed, compromising, and guile have led them away into grievous error and outright evil-doing, such as this abominable Invocation by Pastor Rick Warren).
The spirit of delusion has put the catchwords into the flapping mouths of these compromisers with the world and its anti-christ spirits. What are they? Listen! I hear them increasingly. These people are calling out the catchwords and buzzwords of the new apostasy, the Apostate churches' gospel, which is: "Join together, Christians, let us unite and join together, and put our differences aside, for the common good, for the Gospel!" This is the call, and it comes from the pit of hell. Did Jesus join with Herod, or Caiaphas, or Pilate, or Caesar in Rome? No, he did not. "My kingdom is not of this world," he emphatically told Pilate right to his proud and mighty Roman face. Jesus did not compromise one iota with the authorities of this world system ruled by Satan, but right now we see high churchmen and evangelical leaders such as Rick Warren stumbling over their own feet to get to Obama and join in the elevation of this Chicago scumbag to the highest office in the world as if he were some kind of saint. Sorry, the office of president is not so revered and santified an office, that it can cover sins and follies. That is what the Democrats teach, but it is a false doctrine of secular humanism. The Bible only teaches godliness and righteousness, truth and justice, with the Way of Salvation in Jesus Christ alone. The Bible does not teach spiritual harlotry or compromise with the satantic, anti-christ world system. Rick Warren, unless he repent, will go to a judgment of shame, reserved for false shepherds. To officiate at the Invocation of Obama is to condone an unrighteous Obama and his anti-christ, anti-moral, anti-marriage beliefs and totalitarian Marxist agenda. You made a specious show of moderation and conciliation and truth-seeking at the Saddleback debate, but you are now showing your true colors, you have swung over to the support of Obama and his agenda, whatever the cost to your evangelical beliefs, if you really had any to begin with (which is a question now in my mind).
You, fellow Christian, will be led away with them to destruction if you heed these compromisers, who will seduce you with your music and their charming words and their prestigious monikers (Bishop, Doctor, Prophet, Pastor, etc). Others are celebrities with instant name recognition nationwhide in sports or entertainment or even televangelism ministries. They too will be singing Obama's praises and the need for Christians to join, to unite, to link arms and clasp hands for the grand common good of America and the world! DON'T JOIN THEM! DON'T SING "WE ARE ONE IN THE SPIRIT," OR "KUMBAYA" WITH THESE MULTITUDES OF STRAYING SHEEP! DON'T TAKE THE MARK OF COMPROMISE AND DELUSION AND FALSE UNITY ON YOUR FOREHEADS! YOU MAY DO IT AT THE ULTIMATE COST OF YOUR SOUL, AS THIS RICK WARREN-DRIVEN DECEPTION WILL LEAD TO WORSE AND WORSE DECEPTION, UNTIL THE DEVIL HAS YOU FULLY IN CONTROL, UTTERLY IN THE DARK ABOUT YOUR TRUE SPIRITUAL DEMISE. WHY NOT RICK WARREN AS THE FALSE PROPHET TO THE FALSE MESSIAH BARAK OBAMA IN A FORTHCOMING MOVIE ABOUT THE GREAT TRIBULATION PERIOD? THEY COULD PLAY THEMSELVES IN THOSE ROLES. IT WOULD BE A VERY TRUTHFUL FILM, AND TOO TRUTHFUL FOR THE WORLD'S AUDIENCES, WHO WOULD CALL IT HATEFUL, SINCE THEY WANT TO BELIEVE THAT OBAMA IS THE HARBINGER OF WORLD PEACE THROUGH HIS STILL UNDEMONSTRATED AND UNVERIFIED GENIUS IN DIPLOMACY.
When you see a Lincoln historian go on TV and compare Obama to Lincoln (which I just heard tonight on a book and author interview program), then you know for sure the spirit of delusion has a fatal grip on educated and uneducated Americans alike. If I had not heard it for myself, I could not have believed the report about it. It is sheer lunacy to make such a comparison.
Now, you cannot say to the Lord Jesus you were not warned. You have been warned, here on the Emmaus Walk. I don't care if few see this warning, and fewer still heed the warning, which really comes from the pages of the Bible, not from a human source. The Bible is shouting this warning at you, in fact, the ENTIRE WORD OF GOD SHOUTS IT! DON'T TOUCH THE UNCLEAN THING! FLEE FROM IT!
Having warned you as I have, I do not have to take responsibility, as a watchman, as a fellow Christian, for your drift into apostasy, by your joining in with the compromisers, the Rick Warrens, luring you into the grip of the depraved world system ruled by Satan.
I watch Daystar and TBN fairly often, and the heads of these networks do not have a clew about compromise and the spirit of anti-christ and the dangers involved, though it is preached often on those venues. They include the most egregrious charlatans on their stations, week after week, along with true men of God. True men of God also consort, blindly, with these charlatans, which Ic cannot in the least way explain. I don't have to take responsibility to warn the men of God, as they ought to know what their Bible teaches and what the charlatans, such as Joel Osteen and Mike Murdoch and others, preach does not line up with what the Bible teaches. Perhaps, they do not want to confront the TBN programming system and be thrust off. That is just too bad, as they will pay a heavy price, if they are continuing with a network that they know is not squaring with the Bible and faithfully handling the trust of millions of Christians world-wide. The heads of TBN and Daystar evidently think they are acting responsibly, and the dozens of men of God go before the camera with these heads and seem to have full fellowship with them, with no major problems as to the charlatans that also appear on these networks, but the Bible still stands, it is not mocked, and God is not mocked. God will sift out the chaff from the wheat ultimately, but it will be a very painful ordeal to those involved. It need not be so painful, if we would only do more self-examination, and hold one another more accountable in Christian ministry, than we do. We will all pay a very heavy price when we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, which may be very soon, if we come to the Lord with our present terribly compromised and increasingly apostate and idolatrous church. God have mercy on us sinners! We are denying the Bible record, seeking to be free of it, while ensnaring ourselves anew in Satanic delusions and lies. We are mixing unrighteousness and righteousness, and calling it brotherhood and unity and progress and change. But God sees it for what it is: sin and abomination. Let us flee from it now, while we still can! Let us not touch the unclean thing! Let us flee to the Cross of Jesus, cling to it, for only He and His Cross are a safe haven in this evil and perverse generation.
But a man dying of thirst needs real water--not high quality photographs of of water. He has to have the real thing to survive. In the same way, if you are honest and truly needy see yourself as a sinner, you need something more: and then ONLY JESUS WILL DO!
No other Person (no Good Teacher) can save and transform a sinner into a saint--there is no real competition with Jesus the Savior, friend.
Dr. Cooper studied all major religions and says: There is only one Savior, one man who made that claim, that he was our Savior, and could save us from our sins. Nobody else could--not Buddha or Mohammed or Lao Tze, or Confucius, or Zoroaster, or any other great religious teacher. They taught various things to better humanity, but they couldn't deal with sin and transform a sinner into a saint. Jesus's Name means SAVIOR. JESUS IS THE SAVIOR! HE IS THE ONLY SAVIOR! HE CAN BE YOUR SAVIOR, IF HE IS NOT! HE IS MY SAVIOR! Dr. Cooper's Gospel preaching was electrifying. It cleared the prosperity gospel right out of the studio--at least temporarily. The economic downturn is really no problem for a Christian. Economies go up, and then they go down, and then they go up, and then they go down--they always will. We should not be concerned about the economic so much. One thing is certain: heaven, or hell. The worst thing that can happen, Dr. Cooper said, for a Christian, is that he dies and goes to heaven. All the things we worry about and that concern us so much now do not really matter, compared to Him whom the Gospel reveals and proclaims.
Jesus Christ first, and all the rest will fall into line.
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