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Young Jamaican man had cast this bone at the preacher. Voodoo and spell casting- or, a finished lunch. nearby Jamaican woman kicked bone away

Young Jamaican man had cast this bone at the preacher. Voodoo and spell casting- or, a finished lunch. nearby Jamaican woman kicked bone away

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We have been in Montego Bay Jamaica for 4 days now. Preaching and evangelizing at the town center and today at the taxi park where multitudes arrive and depart from all over the island, we have nearly 100,000 Gospel tracts and religious literature and many are thankful and often say they still have their tract from the previous year. More and more often this year, some ( not the majority) say “they don’t want literature- they want money” as if money would solve their problems; and they state this as a command or directive. Sadly, a mountain of money could not feed all the Jamaicans for a day, and even worse than that, most here are not penniless but poor enough so that they are frustrated because they can’t buy what they see Americans and Europeans buy.
Their money is quickly spent on cell phones and fashionable clothes.

We brought as many Bibles as weight would allow. Everyone here wants a free Bible. We want to be discerning with the Bibles so that those who are seriously seeking the truth won’t go away empty handed. But when a Bible is given away, often there is a ” feeding-frenzy” attitude by all those nearby. They feel mistreated or slighted if they see someone else receive a Bible; So the Bibles go quickly. We pray that they (Bibles) are used by God to reveal Himself to these people, even if they took it because they wanted “free”.

Upon returning to the U.S., I stayed for a few days with my friend John Barros and his family, helping and encouraging John as he ministers on the sidewalk outside OWC, Orlando’s infamous abortion clinic. This clinic is owned by James Pendergraft, He has had his medical license revoked five times, and just last Fall he was caught in a traffic stop on S. Carolina, where police found illegal drugs and surgical instruments covered with blood and human tissue from abortions he had illegally performed throughout S. Carolina. John steadfastly ministers here 5 days each week, whenever the clinic is performing abortions. On Wednesdays and Thursdays this clinic performs 2nd term abortions, which involve a mom spending most of 2 days, not including her pre-exam and ultrasound, at the clinic until ultimately she delivers her dead baby. Some of the photos of this trip include the work at OWC, and there are some photos of an evening we spent on air at a local AM radio station in Orlando. Although this station is usually conversing on the latest news and politics, one Monday each month they bring John in and let him speak about abortion. There are many callers, often post-abort dads who call in and encourage John to keep speaking out. They regret their part in a past abortion and hope that by publicly and honestly discussing the subject, some of the listeners may hear the truth and be spared a lifetime of guilt, shame, and regret. John always shares the Gospel, and points to Jesus Christ as the blessed hope from which men and women might turn and be forgiven. This was my first and only time on a radio show. I think I prefer answering questions from a crowd downtown or on campus. The Jamaica outreach for this year is ended, we now commend all those who heard the Gospel, received a Bible or a tract, or conversed about the Kingdom of God into the Lord’s hands. May He be merciful and gracious, and may it be pleasing to Him to save many there.

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A Saved Sinners Testimony

Alison Krauss






 

I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
For time won’t matter anymore.

Beulah Land (Beulah Land) I’m longing for you (I’m longing for you)
And some day (And some day) on thee I’ll stand (Someday we will stand)
There my home (There my home) shall be eternal (Eternal)
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land

I’m looking now, just across the river
To where my faith, shall end in sight (Shall end in sight)
There’s just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.

Beulah Land (Beulah Land) I’m longing for you (I’m longing for you)
And some day (And some day) on thee I’ll stand (Someday we will stand)
There my home (There my home) shall be eternal
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land
Beulah Land, oh it’s Beulah Land
Oh Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms


What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms. Refrain:
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

The Gospel Song

O church arise

God loves a cheerful giver

God loves a cheerful giver. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way which through us will produce thanksgiving to God For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the need of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. (2 Cor 9.-12)

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus how He himself said ” It is more blessed to give than receive”. (Acts 20.35)

Today if you have a zeal to see the name of Jesus lifted up, and the Gospel preached at colleges, or if you desire to see prisoners visited, and if you believe in the need for a Christian to be present at abortion clinics speaking out for the lives created in the image of God; and If you are encouraged to hear the Gospel is being preached to the unconverted in the streets of England, Wales, Scotland, Jamaica, and Belize, and here in the U.S. where morality is rapidly disappearing and the light of the Gospel is all the much more desperately needed: then I hope you would consider lifting up your heart to God in prayer, in the name of Jesus, for the strength and means to continue forward. A spiritual battle is ongoing, and the enemy is not flesh and blood. The prayers of the saints are lifted up to the heavens and heard by the Captain of our salvation. God and His holy angels in heaven hear these prayers. Oh magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together. If you are true believer in Jesus Christ and have prayed fervently, be comforted and know we are in the battle together. If after you have prayed you would like to contact me, or to offer assistance, a cold drink of water, or financial support, I would be exceedingly appreciative, and God would receive more thanksgiving. Imagine crossing a spiritual desert, often parched, and spent, but steadfast to move forward; and suddenly a cool drink of fresh water is freely given, or a kind word, or an invitation to stay awhile, or join up. May this be for the praise of God’s glory. To look around is to see the day is much spent, the night time is approaching. How blessed to know our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The day is yet at hand, let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let it be said of each of us, we have done what we could, with our selves, our time, our resources, wherever God has placed us, and in whatever capacity we are of, to fight the good fight of faith, to finish the race set before us, believing we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Eph2.10). Therefore if you need help to walk or  if you want to help me walk, contact me, so that we finish saying we were spent- for Christ’s sake. To know what we should be doing, and to willfully not do it is a sad thing. Jesus is the true vine! Rejoice and be glad in Him. In union with Him we can be fruitful . God is the Husbandman. He trims and prunes, He will not cast off forever; all that come to Him through Jesus He will in now ways cast out. Be encouraged! Don’t faint with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. Straighten up and raise your head, because our redemption is drawing near.

Thanks for visiting the site. My hope is that you would be encouraged by visiting. Yes, some of the comments are negative, but we have not yet suffered to the shedding of blood. Other comments are the cool drink in the heat of battle. If you want to contact me more personally than through a comment { no comments are published until I preview them}, or if you want to help with this ministry in its endeavors, the address is as follows:

Don Karns

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Pro Choice, Pro life, Abortion is Neither

Topics: Video, Abortion, Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood, Reproductive choice, Women’s Health, Editor’s Picks, Life News

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Of all the diabolically clever moves the anti-choice lobby has ever pulled, surely one of the greatest has been its consistent co-opting of the word “life.” Life! Who wants to argue with that? Who wants be on the side of … not-life? That’s why the language of those who support abortion has for so long been carefully couched in other terms. While opponents of abortion eagerly describe themselves as “pro-life,” the rest of us have had to scramble around with not nearly as big-ticket words like “choice” and “reproductive freedom.” The “life” conversation is often too thorny to even broach. Yet I know that throughout my own pregnancies, I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me. I believe that’s what a fetus is: a human life. And that doesn’t make me one iota less solidly pro-choice.

As Roe v. Wade enters its fifth decade, we find ourselves at one of the most schizo moments in our national relationship with reproductive choice. In the past year we’ve endured the highest number of abortion restrictions ever. Yet support for abortion rights is at an all-time high, with seven in 10 Americans in favor of letting Roe v. Wade stand, allowing for reproductive choice in all or “most” cases. That’s a stunning 10 percent increase from just a decade ago. And in the midst of this unique moment, Planned Parenthood has taken the bold step of reframing the vernacular – moving away from the easy and easily divisive words “life” and “choice.” Instead, as a new promotional film acknowledges, “It’s not a black and white issue.”

It’s a move whose time is long overdue. It’s important, because when we don’t look at the complexities of reproduction, we give far too much semantic power to those who’d try to control it. And we play into the sneaky, dirty tricks of the anti-choice lobby when we on the pro-choice side squirm so uncomfortably at the ways in which they’ve repeatedly appropriated the concept of “life.”

Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.

When we on the pro-choice side get cagey around the life question, it makes us illogically contradictory. I have friends who have referred to their abortions in terms of “scraping out a bunch of cells” and then a few years later were exultant over the pregnancies that they unhesitatingly described in terms of “the baby” and “this kid.” I know women who have been relieved at their abortions and grieved over their miscarriages. Why can’t we agree that how they felt about their pregnancies was vastly different, but that it’s pretty silly to pretend that what was growing inside of them wasn’t the same? Fetuses aren’t selective like that. They don’t qualify as human life only if they’re intended to be born.

When we try to act like a pregnancy doesn’t involve human life, we wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand: first trimester abortion vs. second trimester vs. late term, dancing around the issue trying to decide if there’s a single magic moment when a fetus becomes a person. Are you human only when you’re born? Only when you’re viable outside of the womb? Are you less of a human life when you look like a tadpole than when you can suck on your thumb?

We’re so intimidated by the wingnuts, we get spooked out of having these conversations. We let the archconservatives browbeat us with the concept of “life,” using their scare tactics on women and pushing for indefensible violations like forced ultrasounds. Why? Because when they wave the not-even-accurate notion that “abortion stops a beating heart” they think they’re going to trick us into some damning admission. They believe that if we call a fetus a life they can go down the road of making abortion murder. And I think that’s what concerns the hell out of those of us who support unrestricted reproductive freedom.

But we make choices about life all the time in our country. We make them about men and women in other nations. We make them about prisoners in our penal system. We make them about patients with terminal illnesses and accident victims. We still have passionate debates about the justifications of our actions as a society, but we don’t have to do it while being bullied around by the vague idea that if you say we’re talking about human life, then the jig is up, rights-wise.

It seems absurd to suggest that the only thing that makes us fully human is the short ride out of some lady’s vagina. That distinction may apply neatly legally, but philosophically, surely we can do better. Instead, we let right-wingers perpetuate the sentimental fiction that no one with a heart — and certainly no one who’s experienced the wondrous miracle of family life — can possibly resist tiny fingers and tiny toes growing inside a woman’s body. We give a platform to the notion that, as Christina Locke opined in a recent New York Times Op-Ed, “motherhood had slyly changed us. We went from basking in the rights that feminism had afforded us to silently pledging never to exercise them. Nice mommies don’t talk about abortion.”

Don’t they? The majority of women who have abortions – and one in three American women will – are already mothers. And I can say anecdotally that I’m a mom who loved the lives she incubated from the moment she peed on those sticks, and is also now well over 40 and in an experimental drug trial. If by some random fluke I learned today I was pregnant, you bet your ass I’d have an abortion. I’d have the World’s Greatest Abortion.

My belief that life begins at conception is mine to cling to. And if you believe that it begins at birth, or somewhere around the second trimester, or when the kid finally goes to college, that’s a conversation we can have, one that I hope would be respectful and empathetic and fearless. We can’t have it if those of us who believe that human life exists in utero are afraid we’re somehow going to flub it for the cause. In an Op-Ed on “Why I’m Pro-Choice” in the Michigan Daily this week, Emma Maniere stated, quite perfectly, that “Some argue that abortion takes lives, but I know that abortion saves lives, too.” She understands that it saves lives not just in the most medically literal way, but in the roads that women who have choice then get to go down, in the possibilities for them and for their families. And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.

 

Salon staff writer Mary Elizabeth Williams
Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of “Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream.” Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub. More Mary Elizabeth Williams.

Letters from Pastors to their beloved

Beloved,

 consider your soul, look to heaven and fly unto Jesus. Put away every known sin, seek Him with all your heart, make Christ the object of your affection, embrace Him upon His own terms, deliver yourself up, body and soul unto Him. See that you have no reserves, no limitations in your surrender to Him. Give Him your heart, cast away your worldly hopes & expectations, and make Christ your first love.

I call upon you: what is to become of your soul?  Where  is the immortal soul of yours like to be lodged for ever?

Amongsts devils or amongst angels?  ..            Upon a bed of flames or in the joys of paradise?

So, go aside by yourself in secret, retire from the noise of the world and say to yourself:

O my soul where are you going, what have I done, why have I not considered the things of God?

Do I not know in my heart that I am undone, that I must be converted or condemned, I must be sanctified or I will never be saved.

What is my chief care, which way do I follow,, is it of the world and  the things in the world, or do I seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness?

Do I think heaven will drop into my mouth, that glory and eternal life will be gotten with a wet finger, with cold or no prayer and selfish wishes, …. while the world has my heart?

Do I think I can win the race and never run, be crowned victorious and never fight, to enter in at the narrow gate and not strive?

This will never do, you must put away all hope of love toward Christ or heaven forever or else rouse yourself and put your strength in seeking after God and Glory.

 Away with sin or you must let Christ go forever. You cannot have Christ and the world too, to serve God and mammon, this cannot be. If you live in the flesh you must die and suffer corruption. The wages of sin is death.

Count upon it, the Lord has spoken it and all the world cannot reverse it. Give yourself no rest night or day till your love of sin has been put to death, till your will has been conformed unto God’s will. Your soul is at stake. Have no peace till Christ be formed in you. Repent and live and lay hold on eternal life. Win Christ and you win all. Fly from the wrath to come. Fly unto Christ and He will be your city of refuge, your strong tower, your mercy seat. Be humbled, may your heart be broken for your sins and your spirit made contrite. Your soul is in great danger. God can save to the uttermost, look to Christ and be reconciled unto God.

Joseph Alleine to his unsaved niece,  17 century

 

 

 

Letter from Howell Harris to a young man commencing His service to Christ.

 

My dear brother,

Your case lies on my heart.  I had more than common freedom to cry that the Lord would send, teach, lead, and fill you with zeal for His glory; that He would cover your head to the very end. He alone has a right to send and to qualify whom He pleases for the work. It is no wonder you are bowed down with a sense of your corruptions and evil nature, and that you feel the buffetings of satan. It is by a train of experience alone that we are brought to know God, the Saviour, and man in his miserable state as set forth in the Holy Scriptures, so as to be able to open divine truths, with authority and demonstration, and seal them, if so called with our blood. Acquaintance with God and our own hearts, and especially with the glory of the lord Jesus Christ, is essentially necessary to qualify us to be His ambassadors. For if the love of Christ doth not constrain us the discouragements that we shall meet from within and without will soon stop us. For when we truly see the nature of the work and begin to feel the weight of it we will with the Apostle cry, Who is sufficient for these things? But let not this discourage my young brother, but rather stir you up to look to Him who hath the government on His own shoulders, and humbly offer yourself to His service, and under a sense of the honour and glory of the office be willing to undergo all hardships to qualify you for such a place. I doubt not but with strong cries you continually and earnestly look up to the throne of grace. Soon the Lamb that stands on Mount Zion will make Himself and His will more and more clear to you as you can bear it. The thirst in your heart to be useful to precious souls come from Him; and though as yet your knowledge of His will is dark, be not discouraged; since you have begun to speak let none but He shut your mouth. Having set your hand to the plough you know your order is not to look back; and in the work the Lord will make His will more and more known to your mind.

To-day the war was proclaimed at Bristol against France, and press-warrants are in constables’ hands to press men for the land service and marines. {To-day in this nation war has been declared against Christ and all that are His.} ( 2012 insert). These things call loudly on us to join in prayer and humiliation. I trust that next fast-day if others will not, we shall be enabled to humble ourselves indeed both for our own and others’ sins, hoping the judgment over us may be averted, and the door be still kept open nfor the everlasting gospel.

I will believe we shall not yet be given up to Popish darkness.  Pray much, my dear man. O be much in secret with God, and He will teach you glorious things. Pray that you may be kept humble at the feet of the Lord. Some of the brightest angels and greatest men have been ruined by this secret enemy, pridr; the danger of it is the greatest because it is so hard to know it. But Jesus is above this and all other enemies. In Him let us rest, and to His arms with all earnestness, commit my dear fellow-soldier, and am, yours for ever.

Howell   Harris

And this written to Lady Huntingdon

Well now, Madam, there are several scriptures which should of course be brought home to your experience, such as ‘ all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.’ Ii Tim iii.12. Let us, since in all probability opposition and persecution are the Christian’s lot, humbly entreat our blessed Lord for strength cheerfully to bear the cross, being well assured that they who suffer with Him shall also reign with Him in glory for ever. Rom vii.17. yet a little while and it will be seen who are the mad people, and who are in their senses-those who mock at sin and laugh over their destruction, or the despised few that follow the Lamb. Therefore go on dear madam, in the power of His might, and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His temple and subdue those enemies that are yet unsubdued in your unhappy soul. But whither am I going? Am I not writing to a King’s daughter? And though there be some remains of sin in her, yet she shall soon be all glorious within, and her clothing of wrought gold. There are multitudes that will go with us to church, sacrament, church meetings, family prayer, and all the outward forms of religion, and rest there. God forbid we should thus mock Him and deceive our souls for fear of a flea-bite like them. Such alas, shall be torn presently by friends in hell forever.

I must conclude, as it is now midnight. ” Let us take up the whole armour of God and go against the prince of darkness- the evil spirit; and when we have attained that degree of holiness so as not only to hate sin in ourselves but also to reprove it in others, the profane rabble will open their black mouths in full cry after us, saying, There go one of the Saints, one of those who do not cease to speak against our great goddess Diana, which is sin, when dressed in her best clothes.

 

 

 

The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
 
‘You see that the Holy Ghost doth, by the Word, enlighten men’s minds and soften and open their hearts and turn them from the power of  Satan unto God through faith in Christ, and “purifies them unto himself a peculiar people;” and that none but these shall be made partakers of everlasting life.  Now, though I have no desire, needlessly, to pry into any man’s secrets, yet, because it is the office of ministers to give advice to their people in matters of salvation, and because it is so dangerous a thing to be mistaken as to points which involve everlasting life or everlasting death, I would entreat you to deal honestly, and tell me, Whether or not you ever found this great change upon your own heart?  Did you ever find the Spirit of God, by the Word, come in upon your understanding, with a new and heavenly life, which hath made you a new creature?  The Lord, who seeth your heart, doth know whether it be so or not; I pray you, therefore, see that you speak the truth.’  If he tell you that he hopes he is converted – all are sinners – but he is sorry for his sins, or the like; then tell him more particularly, in a few words, of some of the plainest marks of true conversion, and so renew and enforce the inquiry, thus:  ‘Because your salvation  or damnation is involved in this, I would fain help you a little in regard to it, that you may not be mistaken in a matter of such moment, but may find out the truth before it be too late; for as God will judge us impartially, so we have his Word before us, by which we may judge ourselves; for this Word tells us most certainly who they are that shall go to heaven, and who to hell.  Now the Scripture tells us that the state of an unconverted man is this:  he seeth no great felicity in the love and communion of God in the life to come, which may draw his heart thither from this present world; but he liveth to his carnal self, or to the flesh; and the main bent of his life is, that it may go well with him on earth; and that religion which he hath is but a little by the by, lest he should be damned when he can keep the world no longer; so that the world and the flesh are highest in his esteem, and nearest to his heart, and God and glory stand below them, and all their service of God is but a giving him that which the world and flesh can spare.  This is the case of every unconverted man; and all who are in this case are in a state of misery.  But he that is truly converted, hath had a light shining into his soul from God, which hath showed him the greatness of his sin and misery, and made it a heavy load upon his soul; and showed him what Christ is, and what he hath done for sinners, and made him admire the riches of God’s grace in him.  “Oh, what glad news it is to him, that yet there is hope for such lost sinners as he; that so many and so great sins may be pardoned; and that pardon is offered to all who will accept of it!  How gladly doth he entertain this message and offer!  And for the time to come, he resigneth himself and all that he hath to Christ, to be wholly his, and to be disposed of by him, in order to the everlasting glory which he hath promised.   He hath now such a sight of the blessed state of the saints in glory, that he despiseth all this world as dross and dung, in comparison of it; and that he layeth up his happiness and his hopes, and takes all the affairs of this life but as so many helps or hindrances in the way to that; so that the main care and business of his life is to be happy in the life to come.  This is the case of all who are truly converted and who shall be saved.  Now, is this the case with you, or is it not?  Have you experienced such a change as this upon your soul?  ‘I pray you then answer me these questions:
(1)     Can you truly say, that all the known sins of your past life are the grief of your heart, and that you have felt that everlasting misery is due to you for them; and that, under a sense of this heavy burden, you have felt yourself a lost man, and have gladly entertained the news of a Savior, and cast your soul upon Christ alone, for pardon by his blood?
(2)     Can you truly say, that your heart is so far turned from sin, that you hate the sins which you once have loved, and love that holy life which you had no mind to before; and that you do not now live in the willful practice of any known sin?  Is there no sin which you are not heartily willing to forsake, whatever it cost you; and no duty which you are not willing to perform?
(3)     Can you truly say, that you have so far taken the everlasting enjoyment of God for your happiness, that it hath the most of your heart, of your love, desire, and care; and that you are resolved, by the strength of Divine grace, to let go all that you have in the world, rather than hazard it; and that it is your daily, and your principal business to seek it?  Can you truly say, that though you have your failings and sins, yet your main care, and the bent of your whole life, is to please God, and to enjoy him forever; and that you give the world God’s leavings, as it were, and not God the world’s leavings; and that your worldly business is but as a traveler’s seeking for provision in his journey, and heaven is the place that you take for your home?’
Truly, my friend, I have no mind, the Lord knows, to make your condition worse than it is, nor to occasion you any causeless fear or trouble; but, I suppose, you would account me a treacherous enemy, and not a faithful minister, if I should flatter you, and not tell you the truth.  If you seek a physician in your sickness, you would have him tell you the truth, though it were the worst.  Much more here!  For there the knowledge of your disease may, by your fears, increase it; but here you must know it, or else you can never be recovered from it.  I much fear that you are yet a stranger to the Christian life.  For if you were a Christian indeed, and truly converted, your very heart would be set on God and the life to come, and you would make it your chief business to prepare for everlasting happiness; and you durst not, you would not, live in any willful sin, nor in the neglect of any known duty.
‘Alas!  What have you done?  How have you spent your time til now?  Did you not know that you had a soul to be saved or lost; and that you must live in heaven or in hell forever; and that you had your life and time in this world chiefly for the purpose of preparing for another?  Alas!  What have you been doing all your days that you are so ignorant, or so unprepared for death, if it should now find you?  If you had but as much mind of heaven as of earth, you would have known more of it, and done more for it, and inquired more diligently after it, than you have done.  You can learn how to do your business in the world; and why could you not learn more of the will of God, if you had but attended to it?  You have neighbors that could learn more, that have had as much to do in the world as you, and who have had as little time.  Do you think that heaven is not worth your labor?  Of that it can be had without any care or pains, when you cannot have the trifles of this world without them, and when God hath bid you seek first his kingdom and the righteousness thereof?  Alas! My friends, what if you had died before this hour in an unconverted state?  What then had become of you, and where had you now been?  Alas!  That you were so cruel to yourselves as to venture your everlasting state so desperately as you have done!  What did you think of?   Did you not all this while know that you must shortly die, and be judged as you were then found?   Had you any greater work to do, or any greater business to mind, than your everlasting salvation?  Do you think that all you can get in this world will comfort you in a dying hour, or purchase your salvation, or ease the pains of hell?’
 
My friend, I am heartily sorry to find you in so sad a case, but I should be more sorry to leave you in it, and therefore let me entreat you, for the Lord’s sake, and for your own sake, to regard what I shall say to you, as to the time to come.  It is of the Lord’s great mercy that he did not cut you off in your unconverted state, and that you have yet life and time, and that there is a remedy provided for you in the blood of Christ, and that pardon and sanctification and everlasting life are offered to you as well as to others.  God hath not left sinful man to utter destruction, as he hath done the devils; nor hath he made any exception in the offer of pardon and eternal life against you any more than against any other. 
‘If you had yet but a bleeding heart for sin, and could come to Christ believingly for recovery, and resign yourself to him as your Savior and Lord, and would be a new man for the time to come, the Lord would have mercy on you in the pardon of your sins, and the everlasting salvation of your soul.  And I must tell you that, as it must be the great work of God’s grace to give you such a heart,  so if ever he mean to pardon and save you, he will make this change upon you; he will make you feel your sin as the heaviest burden in the world, as that which is most odious in itself, and hath rendered you liable to his wrath and curse; he will make you see that you are a lost man, and that there is nothing for you but everlasting damnation, unless you are pardoned by the blood of Christ, and sanctified by his Spirit; he will make you see the need you have of Christ, and how all your hope and life is in him; he will make you see the vanity of this world and all that it can afford you, and that all your happiness is with God, in that everlasting life in heaven, where you may, with the saints and angels, behold his glory, and live in his love, and be employed in his praises.  Let me tell you that, till this work be done upon you, you are a miserable man; and if you die before it is done, you are lost forever.  Now you have hope and help before you, but then there will be none.
‘Let me therefore entreat you, as you love your soul, First, that you will not rest in the condition in which you at present are.  Be not quiet in your mind till a saving change is wrought in your heart.  Think, when you rise in the morning, Oh, what if this day would be my last, and death should fine me in an unrenewed state?  Think, when you are about your labor, Oh, how much great a work have I yet to do, to get my soul reconciled to God, and sanctified by his Spirit!  Think,  when you are eating, or drinking, or looking on anything that you possess in the world, What good will all this do me, if I live and die an enemy to God, and a stranger to Christ and his Spirit, and so perish forever?  Let these thoughts be day and night upon your mind til your soul be changed.  Secondly, I entreat you to bethink yourself seriously what a vain world this is, and how shortly it will leave you to a cold grave, and to everlasting misery, if you have not a better treasure than it.  And consider what it is to live in the presence of God, and to reign with Christ, and be like the angels; and that this is the life that Christ hath procured you, and is preparing for you, and offereth you, if you will only accept of it; and, Oh think, whether it be not madness to slight such an endless glory, and to prefer these fleshly dreams and earthly shadows before it.  Accustom yourself to such considerations as these when you are alone, and let them dwell upon your mind.  Thirdly, I entreat you, that you will presently, without any more delay, accept of this felicity, and this Savior.  Close with the Lord Jesus that offereth you this eternal life:  joyfully and thankfully accept his offer as the only way to make you happy:  and then you may believe that all your sins will be done away by him.  Fourthly,  resolve presently against your former sins; find out what hath defiled your heart and life, and cast it from you, as you would do poison out of your stomach, and abhor the thought of taking it again.
 
‘My last request to you is, that you will set yourself to the diligent use of the means of grace til this change be wrought, and then continue the use of these means til you are confirmed, and at last perfected.
(1)     As you cannot of yourself effect this change upon your heart and life, betake yourself daily to God in prayer, and beg earnestly, as for your life, that he will pardon all your sins, and change your heart, and show you the riches of his grace in Christ, and the glory of his kingdom.  Follow God day and might with these requests.
(2)     Fly from temptations and occasions of sin, and forsake your former evil company, and betake yourself to the company of those that fear God, and will help you in the way to heaven.
(3)     Be especially careful to spend the Lord’s day in holy exercises, both public and private, and lose not one quarter of an hour of any of your time; but especially of that most precious time which God hath given you purposely, that you may set your mind upon him, and be instructed by him, and prepare yourself for your latter end.  What say you to these things?  Will you do this presently, or at least so much of it as you can?   Will you give me a promise to this effect, and study henceforth to keep that promise?
‘I pray you, take it not ill that I have put you to this trouble, or dealt thus freely with you.  It is as little pleasure to me as to you.  If I did not know these things to be true and necessary, I would have spared this labor to myself and you; but I know that we shall be here together but a little while:  We are almost at the world to come already; and therefore it is time for us all to look about us, and see that we be ready when God shall call us.’

 

To those I love

love for Christ’s sake,

Welcome. I hope you might have a moment to read my thoughts on the nature and duty of all men and women. John 14.6 states that Jesus Christ declares Himself as the Way the Truth and the Life. For just a moment consider this more than a slogan or a nameplate but as the unique and only Christ of GOD.

As the world sees there are many ways, but here Jesus is speaking of Himself in a spiritual way, not pointing to a path or philosophy, but to be spiritually in union with Him. And in union with Him the way of a believer would differ from the way of the world.

As the life, He declares Himself to be the light of men. To be in union with Him is a spiritual resurrection into newness of life. Dry and dead bones brought to life by a spiritual rebirth.

And Jesus declares Himself to be the truth and this is the message on my heart today.  The testimony of Jesus before Pilate was this (from John 18.37) “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

GOD’s Word is true forever settled in Heaven and Jesus Christ is this word become flesh and to believing in Him is to acknowledge all He declares as the foundation of truth. Not in what is felt or seen but in what was said and acomplshished in His virgin birth, sinless life, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension to Glory. But Paul in his letter to believers in Thessalonica makes clear why so many are not ‘of the truth”. 2 Thessalonians 2. When he speaks of the lawless one and the activity of satan with all wicked deception for those  — 

Who are perishing because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore GOD sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Napoleon is quoted as stating that men will believe anything they read – as long as it is not found in the Bible. He may not have been a Christian but he had keen perception into a problem inherent in the nature of man. At creation the word of a serpent was believed rather than the Word of GOD. In contrst Abraham believed GOD and his faith was reckoned for righteousness. .

Does it not seem preposterous that man would believe a created serpent rather than the Creator?T he same men that can not receive Christ as GOD revealed will unresevedly receive the teaching of Pelagius, Muhammed, Ellen White, Charles Russell, L. Ron Hubbard, Joseph Smith, Plato, Richard Dawkins, etc. And is it not incredulous that men believe in things like reincarnation, Mormonism, pantheism, transubstantiation, idolatry, evolution, big bang, etc. All of these are clearly without science or observation but are simply believed because they are told, taught, or have been read and believed, because it is brings about a feeling or emotion that brings peace to their soul. Or. by GOD’s Word, it is because they have a strong delusion and their emotions override their mind. And emotions are from the heart and the heart is deceitfully wicked above all. And this deceiving heart can only be conquered by the grace of GOD through the blood of Christ, administered by the Holy Spirit. This delusion explains why so many can’t trust in GOD’s Word and then so easy to ponder Buddism, philoophy.and socialism, capitalism, and to be comforted by rituals and traditions with superstitions. The moment this delusion passes it becomes clear that the problem with this world is me and you and all mankind. The delusion is that there is no problem or the problem caused by someone else, or that the peoblem can be solved by : the problem.

John 4.24 Jesus makes known to a Samaritan woman that “The hour is coming and is now here when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking  —

Such people to worship Him. GOD is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Not just on a mountain or in a temple.  It’s time to test the spirits and see where your truth originates from. When came you to believe that a wafer is flesh or that wine is blood. Who taught you that a man is reincarnated and lives again or that “as GOD is so a man might become”. From where did you learn your people group was the lost tribe or the existence of hell a metaphor? When did you start to deny the existence of GOD and how was this learned? Why is your will so easily given to deception? Once you have been deceived it evolves into self deception and only GOD can grant repentance or a change of thought or mind. To acknowledge that wafer is a cracker or that the big bang is nothing but unscientific or that you were born a man just like all men is to acknowledge you were not only deceived but you are a part of the deception. You deny the truth and prefer a lie.

So why then is the Word of GOD different, and why should it be considered truth. The Bible is not just rules or stories, or fulfilled prophecies; it is GOD’s revelation to man of what He has done in creation and in the redemption of His creation. Oh there is no denial of the depravity of man or that the universe is passing away. The conscience of man and the universe in which we live and the nightly news testify clearly to the truth of GOD. All of creation demonstrates order with the exception of man who is fallen. And the fallen nature of man (sin) suppresses the truth in ungodliness. And through sin comes death and sorrow, poverty and suffering.

So then, do you worship this one GOD in truth or do you refuse to worship or worship GOD as you were taughtin tradition and superstition? The Gospel is GOD’s invitation to come to Christ and enter into the truth and to have a newness of life, no longer on the broad path the world loves but to be on the narrow path which is Christ. Those who reject the Gospel are those who prefer a lie who are like children who cover themselves with a blanket and then say we have no parent, we have no light, and we can’t see the light or know the way. All men know GOD exists, all of creation bears witness to this and all know Christ exists, your birth date testifies to this, and all men have within them the knowledge of right and wrong (conscience), and they are without excuse for their sin; for their conscience testifies to this. GOD commands all men everywhere to repent and be converted that your sins would be blotted out and that you might have a time of refreshing. Oh believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and be saved. Only GOD can cause the scales to fall from your eyes or your deceitful heart to changed or your delusion to be vanquished. GOD is mighty to save even the atheist godhater full of doubt suppressing the truth about his life and his goodness. Even the self righteouss hypocrite or idolator can be saved. Plead for GOD’s help in removing all your doubts and trust in this truth. Pray that Christ would grant not only forgiveness of sins, and repentance for remission of sins, but repentance from dead works and self righteousness. The Word of GOD speaks “Come let us reason together” No matter what your sin or what your doubts, call upon the name of the LORD, seek Him while He may be found. Pray for His mercy, His grace, redemption, and atonement all given freely in Christ, the fountain of all grace and mercy. Come to Christ as you are guilty with no excuses and confess not only your guilt but your helplessness to desire truth because of your love of the lies that exalt yourself.

Pray that GOD may grant you a love of the truth for the truth will set you free, that you might have a newness of life unlike the carnal life, and worship GOD in spirit and in truth. The carnal mind can not understand things of the spirit. Pray that you may be born again, of the spirit, that your life would be in Christ, crucified to the world and carnal life but in union with Christ and clothed in His righteousness. Acknowledge that only His blood atones for your sin and that witout His blood you are cursed by GOD, condemned not only for your sin but for your unbelief.  And may then this shed blood become more precious than your sin ever was, even more precious than all that you hold to or joy in or desire.. The Gospelis GOD’s offer of peace and good will towards men and HIs demonstration of  love in this,  He made Him who knew no sin to become sin, that we might be become the righteousness of GOD in Him.

To those I love