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Are you watching?

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Though nothing will stop the downward spiral,  Jesus told us to 'watch' so that we are not caught unaware.  Are you watching?

Step One..

Come one, Come all

Sometimes, I think I’ve outlived my usefulness.  A doctor once told me that if a man lives long enough, he WILL get prostate cancer.  Not might…WILL.  The point being, at least to my mind, is that when you can no longer be a participant in reproducing a healthy human being, on a natural level at least, your mission here on earth is diminished greatly.  After all, reproduction seems to be central to the purpose of life (one of GOD’s earliest commandments…be fruitful and multiply).   Hence, it’s no surprise that at about the same time that your prostate may start giving you trouble, or you start to experience hot flashes, it’s pretty likely that you aren’t far from being on blood pressure and cholesterol meds as well (if you aren’t already).  Though these, and a myriad of other drugs may buy you some time, the question becomes ‘is that time really worth buying’, and is ‘buying’ time in any way GOD’s will, or for that matter, biblical?  I’ve found nothing positive biblically supporting i…

Is GOD communicating with you?

THROUGH HIS CREATION.Psalms 19:1 For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.THROUGH THE WORD.2ND Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.THROUGH HIS PROPHETS.Numbers 12:6 he said, "Listen to my words: "When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams.”THROUGH VISIONS.Genesis 46:2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he replied.Genesis 15:1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, …

Perspective

I was standing at the kitchen sink one day (doing dishes…does it ever end?), and as I glanced out of the window that was situated right above the sink, I noticed a bright and brilliantly colored yellow bird land on one of my tomato plants in the garden. My first thought was…WOW…LOOK AT THAT….HOW BEAUTIFUL!! That’s when I noticed that that ‘beautiful’ bird was actually very busy about sustaining itself or it’s offspring. It was seeking prey, seeking some other living thing to devour for dinner and/or prepare for dinner for the family. I realized at that moment that to a tomato worm or any other living thing on their menu, they weren’t beautiful at all! Beautifully colored or not, they were monsters…horror stories…merciless killers. It was a lesson in perspective. Don’t be fooled by bright lights, fancy colors, or outward appearance. Don’t be fooled by fine sounding arguments. Test everything against the Word of GOD. A tree is known by it’s fruit. Take your time and look closely at that…

JESUS

The pre-eminence of JESUS, the CHRIST, the ‘ruler’ over GOD’s creation (Revelation 3:14).John 1:-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.Hebrews 1:1-3…¶ In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.1 Corinthians 8:6… yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.1 John 5:1-12…And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.He who has the Son has life…

End Times Persecution…

Matthew 24:9..."Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me."Regarding the scripture above, there was a time when I thought it likely referred to the secular world…that THEY would be the primary force persecuting the Christian church in the end times. After all, the world has been moving away from the basics and the truth…’the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord’…and ‘there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death’. Though I still believe that thought has merit, now I’m not so sure that secularism will be the ‘primary’ source of persecution. From what I am seeing happening in the middle east, from what I’ve learned about islam over the years, I’m beginning to consider (more seriously) that it could well be islam that ends up being the primary source of persecution regarding the Christian church. Of course, we all know that extreme muslim sects have always persecuted Ch…