before the sun goes down

"Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in His sight" (I Chronicles 19:13).

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Christians as Customers

I am stirred to share a memory from three years ago of something that happened outside the now shut down and demolished murder mill in Kansas City, KS.  

As I stood that morning at the abortion mill, pleading for the lives of my preborn neighbors, I was both verbally and physically threatened.  This is not infrequent in itself, but there was something that made this specific incident stand out.

The aggressor was a large man, bringing his granddaughter to the gates of death to have his great grandchild killed.  As I tried to plead with the young woman, he lumbered over and screamed at me, saying he would call the police on me.  I welcomed the idea, but he didn't follow through on his threat.

He cursed and used gross vulgar language in every sentence.  I answered from Psalm 10—a passage which describes the wicked who shed the blood of the innocent: "His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity" (Psalm 10:7).  God gave me Scripture after Scripture to wield—although intensely stirred I was able to remain calm throughout the interactiion.  He continued using expletives and ended up knocking into me with his stomach.  I considered calling the police myself, since this could qualify as assault, but instead persisted in earnestly delivering truth from the Sword of the Spirit.  

I told him he needed to have "repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21), and he brazenly retorted, "Don't you tell me I need to repent

I'm an ordained minister!"  

"Whoever you are," I replied, "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh and your lips betray your heart!" He was using vile language because he knew he was doing wrong.  And I told him so.  I declared that he was breaking God's command to "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of [his] mouth..." (Ephesians 4:29).  I warned him not to take the name of the Lord in vain, nor murder his little great grand baby.  

He could not defend his actions, but resorted to vain threats of beating me, running me over with his car, and other things I will not repeat.  Finally he got back in his car, and drove off, still ranting, leaving his granddaughter inside alone to face the murderer of her child.  

Remembering this incident again, I leave him in the Lord's hands, knowing that the word of God that pierced him that morning will continue to work.  May he be humbled before God and repent.

I have no way of knowing, other than his own declaration, whether or not he was an ordained minister, but I must say that I and many others across this nation have seen 
people going into abortion mills: 

with Jesus fish, Christian bumper stickers, Bible verses, & Prolife license plates on their cars,  
with Christian T-shirts, cross necklaces, and other accessories on their person,
with Christian words in their mouths, quoting Bible, claiming salvation, and telling us that they are faithful members of churches, even deacons and pastors.  

And they have rebuked us for preaching the Gospel and pleading for the lives of our neighborsin many cases their own children.  I weep even now to think of it.

Not to mention the professing Christians we have seen who work at these bloody businesses, give business to Planned Parenthood by using them for other services, and provide transportation, so their friends can get to the abortuary and murder their children, thusbecoming the getaway driver for a homicide in the worst degree.  All of this making them Particeps Criminis "participants in the crime".

I cannot tell how you how broken hearted I am to have repeatedly been told by "brothers and sisters" who are about have their babies poisoned, burned, or ripped to pieces that "I'll be in church tomorrow!"

Ezekiel 23:39 "For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house."

The grievous fact is that more professing Christians will go the child sacrifice centers of our country as customers than as ambassadors for Christ.
This is OUR holocaust.  Let us repent.

Plain Thoughts from Romans 1:23, Basic as 1-2-3

Just some plain thoughts about the following verse (plain thoughts come easily to a Kansan).

Romans 1:23 "And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."

Thought #1  We were made to glorify our Creator.

Isaiah 43:7 "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him."

Revelation 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

Thought #2 He will not share His glory with another.

Isaiah 42:8 "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images."

Thought #3 When a man glorifies any other that the Lord of Glory, it always ends up with shame on sinful humanity.

Psalm 4:2 "O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah."

Hosea 4:7 "As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame."

Philippians 3:19 "Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)"

As Christians, what should our prayer be for those who arrogantly rebel against God and His glorious Gospel and who seek instead after vanity and their own way (iniquity)?

Psalm 83:16 "Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD."

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Let Us Be NOT Ashamed

Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

There is a hymn, which says,
"Am I a soldier of the Cross?
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause 
Or blush to speak His name?"

A few questions to ponder...
-Are you a Christian?
-Washed in the blood of the Lamb Who died to redeem your soul?
-Are you ashamed of His name and the Gospel?
-Are you ready to stand for His name?
-Even in a generation that despises His name?
-Even when others are silent?
-Even when it means you will be mocked, snubbed, or hated?
-Even when a man with a gun is aiming for your head?

I know the weakness of my flesh, but IN CHRIST (the position of the true Christian) there is strength.  The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation.  He gave all for us.  
-Should we shrink from giving all for Him?  
-Doesn't He have us anyway?  
-Are we not strangers and pilgrims, here only as ambassadors for our King (Hebrews 11:13; I Peter 2:9-11; II Corinthians 5:18-20; Galatians 1:10)?  
-Our affections on this above (Colossians 3:1-2)?
-Our focus on pleasing He Who hath chosen us to be His soldiers (II Timothy 2:4)? 

The second verse of that hymn goes on to say,
"Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease?
While others fought to win the prize
And sailed through bloody seas?"

Let us have the mindset of Yosef Tson (the Pastor in Romania who stood up boldly for the kingdom of God in face of KGB threatenings), that dying for Christ, would not be terrifying to us (Acts 4:29). 

-Should we not see it as our reasonable service to live as unto Him, completely yielded (Romans 12:1)?
-Are we not already crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)?
-Is not our life hid with Christ (Colossians 3:3)?
-Are we not live for Jesus, Who died for us (II Corinthians 5:15)?

Let us glory in the Lord and rejoice that we may be counted worthy to suffer for His sake, whether it be slight or severe.

Philippians 1:27-29 "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;"
28 "And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God."
29 "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;"

In this generation, we find it wholly appropriate to mourn and be in anguish over sin, and the hardness of the enemies of Christ, and at the same time, to rejoice and be exceeding glad to have the honour to make Christ known and share in the stigma of the cross.  In this day, I, as a believer in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ, am to live the seeming contradiction, that is only possible IN CHRIST-- that of weeping and leaping for joy: 

II Corinthians 6:10 "As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."

Weepers and Leapers.  Who will be that?  Christians.

Let us pray for our brothers and sisters, both those near, and those round the world, who are suffering for the testimony of Christ Jesus, pray for comfort of the Spirit, grace, protection, patience, power, joy, and the preas of the word of God to a watching world, working even in the hearts of the persecuters, redounding to the glory of God!

Let us also prepare ourselves, "praypare", yield all to our Lord, and ask Him to help us for what may lie ahead for us, to make us READY to preach, pray, live, and die at a moment's notice.  Remember, 


The hymn concludes with,
"Sure I must fight if I would reign
Increase my courage, Lord
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain
Supported by Thy word."

There is still time to win a battle before the sun goes down.