Monday, 31 July 2017
THE REASON FOR OUR LOVE TO JESUS
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1 John 4: 19  --We love Him because He first loved us.

(following taken from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE, Studylight.org)

…This verse not only declares our love for Jesus, it also tells us when He loved us. Some people imagine that Jesus loved us because He knew we would love Him and come to faith in Him. But He loved us before that, and even before the worlds were created, when our only existence was in the mind and heart of God, Jesus loved us.

"Jesus loved you when you lived carelessly, when you neglected his Word, when the knee was unbent in prayer. Ah! He loved some of you when you were in the dancing saloon, when you were in the playhouse, ay, even when you were in the brothel. He loved you when you were at hell's gate, and drank damnation at every draught. He loved you when you could not have been worse or further from him than you were. Marvellous, O Christ, is thy strange love!" (Spurgeon)…..

SELAH

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Posted on 07/31/2017 9:38 AM by LarryG
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Sunday, 30 July 2017
THE FOUNDATION OF OUR PRAYER LIFE
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Daniel 9:1-6

1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans-- 2 in the first year of his reign, I, DANIEL, PERCEIVED IN THE BOOKS the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3 THEN I TURNED MY FACE TO THE LORD GOD, SEEKING HIM BY PRAYER and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, "O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6 WE HAVE NOT LISTENED TO YOUR SERVANTS THE PROPHETS, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

The passage above sets the context for Daniel’s prayer which leads to revelation of “The Seventy Weeks.”  It’s important to really think about what we are being told about Daniel’s mindset.  There are three things that should jump out at us: first Daniel, read and studied GOD’s word; he was a serious student of the scriptures; and by that I mean HE ACTUALLY THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT HE WAS READING.  Not only did Daniel think about what the scriptures said, but he also thought about them in light of the events and times he was living in.  Second, Daniel’s study of the scriptures and his perception of what they meant in the context of what was going on in his life, drove his prayer life; he TALKED to GOD about what he perceived from the scriptures about Israel’s current situation.  Finally, Daniel realized and admitted to GOD, that his study of the scriptures made it absolutely clear to him, that nobody, and I mean nobody had listened to GOD; nobody had paid attention to what GOD had told them about what would happen, if they rebelled AND DELIBERATED DECIDED TO NOT TRUST THE LORD.

So what should we take away from this?  Well, if it was crucial for Daniel to study GOD’s word and give serious thought as to how it related to his life, shouldn’t we be doing the same thing.  We also need to realize that knowing and studying GOD’s word must drive our prayer-life.  How does our faith or trust in the LORD grow, if we don’t know what He has said, in order to relate His word to our lives.  Here’s a serious proposition to think about: if we are to become fervent about what GOD is fervent about, we need to know what is important to Him.  I don’t think that happens by contemplating one’s belly button.  The scriptures are clear—we are to meditate on His Word continually.  Last—we must pay attention to what He is telling us; we must listen.

SELAH

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Posted on 07/30/2017 9:34 AM by LarryG
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Saturday, 29 July 2017
“SPREAD THE REBELLION”
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These are the words that came out of the mouth of a young person this morning; this individual was participating in one of the “protests” occurring throughout the nation in the aftermath of the presidential election.  Now “protests” is probably not an accurate term to describe these phenomena; but this is what the media chooses to call them.  But in fact, they are “rebellions”.  I say that because that is what the people participating in these activities call them—REBELLION.  Who are they rebelling against; what are they rebelling against? 

Think about this for a moment.  The election is over and the people of the nation have spoken by casting their ballots; their neighbors have spoken; their parents have spoken—the people have spoken and clearly expressed their wishes in regard to how they want to be governed.  But the individuals participating in the “calls for rebellion” will not accept this; their anger is palpable; it is visible; their contempt is oozing; self-control is not evident in their midst. 

Something is working here.  Much of what we see happening involves young people, many of them are students; many of those calling for rebellion, are considered “educated”.  But wisdom seems to be missing; patience is not part of their makeup; peace is not part of their modus operandi.  We are seeing arrogance, disrespect and boorish behavior being carried to new heights.  We are seeing something emerging, something the apostle Paul succinctly described:

21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened…….. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.  (Romans 1:21, 28-32)

Something is working here.  Let’s consider the last verse in this passage.  Does this describe the attitude that we are seeing here.  In the past several years, we have seen society turned upside down; what use to be considered wrong is now right; what was called good is now being pictured as evil.  We have made heroes out of individuals who, in past times, would have been considered thugs; and the media has led the applause and adoration.

So back to the question: what is working here?  If one is a believer, someone who does what JESUS has told us to do, that is, REMAIN IN HIS WORD, which basically means study and know His Word; which means—read your Bible and pray—anybody who does this will recognize what is happening.  Anyone who has followed JESUS’ advice to build on the solid rock, understands what is driving the storm.   GOD has told us that we are involved in a spiritual battle; something is battling to control our essential beings; something or someone is striving hard to control our souls and drive us to destruction.  We know this.  We also know that GOD loves us; in fact, He loves the whole world, even though the world hates Him.  He loves us so much, that He gave us His only Son, to shed His blood, to die for us—to clean us up on the inside.   Why?  SO WE CAN LIVE.  If an individual has done what GOD has told us to do, if anyone has built on the solid foundation, that person understands; that person knows—that GOD is in control.  The storm is raging; it’s going to keep on raging for a while.  But in the end—GOD is going to do what He said He was going to do.  I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED IN.

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Posted on 07/29/2017 9:30 AM by LarryG
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Friday, 28 July 2017
HELP FOR THE PRAYING CHRISTIAN
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1 John 5:14-15

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

(following taken from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE, Studylight.org)

THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN HIM: John has developed the idea of confidence in Him. In the previous verse, 1 John 5:13, he wrote to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know you have eternal life. Now, for those who know they have eternal life, John relates the idea of confidence in Him to prayer…..

….If something is God’s will, why doesn’t He just do it, apart from our prayers? Why would He wait to accomplish His will until we pray? Because God has appointed us to work with Him as 2 Corinthians 6:1 says: as workers together with Him. God wants us to work with Him, and that means bringing our will and agenda into alignment with His. He wants us to care about the things He cares about, and He wants us to care about them enough to pray passionately about them….

 ….WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PETITIONS THAT WE HAVE ASKED OF HIM: When we ask according to God’s will; when we pray the promises of God - we have this confidence and so pray with real and definite faith…..

….Prayer should be so much more than casting wishes to heaven. It is rooted in understanding God’s will and promises according to His Word, and praying those promises into action. For each prayer request, we should mentally or vocally ask, “What possible reason do I have to think that God will answer this prayer?” We should be able to answer that question from His Word….

The most powerful prayers in the Bible are always prayers which understand the will of God, and ask Him to perform it. We may be annoyed when one of our children says, “Daddy, this is what you promised, now please do it,” but God is delighted. It shows our will aligned with His, our dependence on Him, and that we take His word seriously….

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Posted on 07/28/2017 9:26 AM by LarryG
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Thursday, 27 July 2017
THOSE WHO DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR SINS TO GOD ARE NOT CHILDREN OF GOD.
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1 John 5:16 -- If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life--to those who commit sins that do not lead to death.

(Excerpt from BibleGateway, THE IVP NEW TESTAMENT SERIES -- SIN UNTO DEATH, SIN NOT UNTO DEATH (5:16-17), BibleGateway.com)

…But how does one "see" (5:16) another Christian committing a sin? Does this mean that it is a public or visible sin? Is the Elder referring only to kinds of sins that one can witness, such as actions, rather than thoughts? As is typical of the Johannine literature, "seeing" probably means "perceiving" or "understanding." If one has perceived—and John does not explain how one "perceives" this—that a fellow Christian is sinning, the proper response is to pray for that person. Presumably, that person has also repented and asked for forgiveness, for if the person who is sinning and is to be prayed for is indeed a brother or sister, a fellow Christian, then on John's view they would also be characterized by confession of sin and petition for pardon. THOSE WHO DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR SINS TO GOD ARE NOT CHILDREN OF GOD.

And this gives us a clue why John prohibits prayers for those "whose sin is unto death" (5:16). This prohibition initially seems both hard-hearted and wrong-headed: surely these are precisely the people who most need prayer! The crucial question here is, For WHAT is one forbidden to ask? Verse 16 implies that one asks for life for the brother or sister who sins, just as Jesus asks for the life of Lazarus (Jn 11:41-43) and for forgiveness for the repentant sinner (1 Jn 2:1). Here, one asks for the confessing sinner to be held steadfast in eternal life (compare 5:18; Jn 17:11-15). Such a prayer can be made because this person (a) continues to be a faithful member of the community ("brother" or "sister"), which implies (b) that this person holds the Johannine confession of Christ and (c) acknowledges the sin to God (1:8—2:2). They have life, and prayer is made that they continue to receive life.

WHAT ONE MAY NOT ASK FOR WITH RESPECT TO THOSE WHOSE "SIN IS UNTO DEATH" IS THAT THEY BE GIVEN LIFE APART FROM THEIR REPENTANCE, CONFESSION AND RETURNING TO FOLLOWING CHRIST.

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Posted on 07/27/2017 9:23 AM by LarryG
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
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Luke 24:36-48

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you!" 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them. 44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

(following taken from THE UNSEEN REALM: Recovering the supernatural worldview of the Bible, Michael S. Heiser, Lexham Press, 2015)

“By God’s design, the Scripture presents the messiah in terms of a mosaic PROFILE that can only be discerned after the pieces are assembled.  Paul tells us why in 1 Corinthians 2:6-8.  If the plan of God for the messiah’s mission had been clear, the powers of darkness would never have killed Jesus—they would have known that his death and resurrection were the key to reclaiming the nations forever….

…God’s plan to redeem humanity, reclaim the nations, and revive Eden depended on the incarnation of the second Yahweh figure and his subsequent death and resurrection. The story of the cross is the biblical-theological catalyst to God’s plan for regaining all that was lost in Eden.  It couldn’t be emblazoned across the Old Testament in transparent statements.  IT HAD TO BE EXPRESSED IN SOPHISTICATED AND CRYPTIC WAYS TO ENSURE THAT THE POWERS OF DARKNESS WOULD BE MISLED.  And it was.  Even the angels didn’t know the plan (1 Pet 1:12)”

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Posted on 07/26/2017 9:16 AM by LarryG
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Friday, 7 July 2017
WHAT IS CAUSING THE CHAOS?
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The world is definitely in chaos.  Let me state that again: THE WORLD IS IN CHAOS, CHAOS, and CHAOS!  Whew.  Well, now that we’ve stated the problem, let’s talk about why this is happening, what is causing this. 

The Pew Research Center has recently identified Christians as the most persecuted people group in the world.  Now we don’t see that in America; pretty cushy in the US right now (but that’s going to change).  But worldwide, we are being murdered to the tune of 100,000 per year.  It’s happening in China, Indonesia, Iraq, Russia, Syria, Columbine, Oregon, Charleston, Africa, etc.  We Christians are being murdered big-time.  Anti-Semitism is also increasing to the point that the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin, Netanyahu, has advised Jews to leave such countries as France and come to Israel, which is currently surrounded by nations who have openly stated that they want to annialate the Jews.  The world is crazy and hate-filled beyond belief.

So what is driving this or better yet, WHO is driving this?  Now what I am going to propose will be rejected by many.  But consider that GOD, Jesus, did tell us what to expect.  He did say to His disciples, basically: “I’m telling you beforehand” so we wouldn’t be surprised when the time arrived.  Now if you haven’t read the book of Revelation, now might be a good time; and if you do and it scares you, then you need to read the WHOLE Bible; as you do things become clearer and your fears will decrease. 

Now back to the question of Who:

Revelation 12:7-12, 17

7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.  10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! BUT WOE TO THE EARTH AND THE SEA, BECAUSE THE DEVIL HAS GONE DOWN TO YOU! HE IS FILLED WITH FURY, BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT HIS TIME IS SHORT.”...... 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman (ISRAEL/JEWS) and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus (CHRISTIANS).

The Law of the Duck: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, feels like a duck....it’s probably a duck.

SELAH.

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Posted on 07/07/2017 2:41 PM by LarryG
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Thursday, 6 July 2017
GOD HAS IT ALL UNDER CONTROL
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Isaiah 46:9-10

9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

(following taken from THE SHINAR DIRECTIVE, Dr. Michael Lake)

...We need to understand that there is nothing the Elite or Lucifer can do to catch God off guard.  We serve the God who knows the end from the beginning—even the ancient things that have not yet come to fruition.  We need to become a people of “the entire Word of God” once again.  Using just 30 percent of your Bible in your walk and in spiritual warfare will prove ineffective when the enemy brings 100 percent of his plan to your doorstep.  Remember, A.W. Tozer said, “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection.  Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”

...God encoded much of what the enemy was going to do in the last days in the first five books of the Bible.  Five is the biblical number for grace, and God was giving us His grace in what He anointed Moses to write....

NOTE:  Grace is God’s unearned mercy and favor; but it is also His POWER.  Being forewarned is to be fore-armed.  SELAH.  

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Posted on 07/06/2017 2:33 PM by LarryG
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017
1 JOHN—PREPARING THE ENDTIME SAINTS FOR THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
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THE MAIN WRITINGS OF THE APOSTLE JOHN AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PURPOSES:

Book of John (Written around A.D. 90) – SO ALL MIGHT BELIEVE

Book of Revelation (Written A.D. 95-97) – REVELATION OF JESUS TO HIS BONDSERVANTS

Epistle of First John (A.D. 98) – TO PREPARE THE REMNANT FOR THE UNFOLDING OF                                                                                                    THE BOOK OF REVELATION

...The first epistle of John was written about a year after he finished the book of Revelation.  I believe the Apostle of Love spent many sleepless nights in prayer and study, desiring to prepare the people of God for the unfolding of the vision he had witnessed regarding the things to come.  John’s heart desired to prepare God’s people, and I believe the first epistle of John was the answer to the cry of his heart....

...I have always found it amusing that the Apostle of Love wrote the bluntest book in the Bible.  In his first epistle, he calls people “liars” five times!   His epistles are the only books in the Bible that uses the term “Antichrist”: 1 John 2:18, 2:22, 4:3 and 2 John 1:7.  He discusses the “commandments of God” in a positive light seven times: 1 John 2:3, 2:4, 3:22, 3:24, 5:2, 5:3, and 2 John 1:6.  He also uses the word “commandment” ten times: 1 John 2:7 (3), 2:8, 3:23, (2), 4:21, and 2 John 1:4, 1:5, and 1:5.  Needless to say, the apostle John was trying to make a point.  HIS FIRST LETTER IS A POWERFUL LITTLE BOOK WRITTEN WITH THE END-TIME SAINTS IN MIND....(Excerpt taken from THE SHINAR DIRECTIVE, Dr. Michael Lake)

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Posted on 07/05/2017 2:37 PM by LarryG
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017
A WARNING TO ENDTIME SAINTS
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1 John 2:26-27

26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie--just as it has taught you, abide in him.

Why did John write his first epistle?  Well, all of his epistles were written after he had received the “Revelation of Jesus Christ.”  His overall purpose in writing these epistles was to help the saints understand the unveiling of the events revealed in Revelation.  The times in which this would apply would be tumultuous; they would be chaotic.  Believers at this time would be under tremendous pressure both from without and within the “church”.    It would be a time when there would be a very real danger of believers being misled, of their being deceived.  So John’s purpose is understandable; he wants to prevent believers from being deceived.  So He writes the first epistle to provide milestones, standards, criteria and a method of focus for the disciples of Jesus to get through these times.  As you read the epistle, one can see the commonsense guidelines that the beloved apostle provides for us, the end-time saints.

SELAH

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Posted on 07/04/2017 2:28 PM by LarryG
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Monday, 3 July 2017
WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN
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1 John 2:12-14

12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

When John, the beloved apostle, wrote his first epistle, he used repetition to emphasize the message.  He repeats over and over again important points that he wants his brothers and sisters in Christ to remember.  As we see later in his epistle, his underlying message to us, to end time believers, is to focus on JESUS; and to remember some very important truths.  First, he wants us to remember that our sins are forgiven; the corruption within our inner most being is being taken care of; it was wiped out; it is being wiped out.  GOD is doing this.  Why? Because HE is kind, compassionate, and merciful; IT’S WHO HE IS.  He writes to the older men, the ones who have lived life and know the reality of the truth and who JESUS is and what he has done for THEM; they know from their life’s experiences-- who GOD is.  They know and John reminds them THAT THEY KNOW.  He reminds the young men, that in accepting JESUS as their savior, THEY HAVE OVERCOME THE EVIL ONE—SATAN; and not only have they overcome the devil, but now WE ARE STRONG; ours is a position of strength.  He reminds the young men, the ones who are involved in living life in this reality, that the reason we are strong is because the word of GOD abides within us; GOD IS IN US; we aren’t in this alone.  Finally, John constantly reminds us that those who have chosen to trust in JESUS, those who are born again—WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN.  Talk about power. 

SELAH

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Posted on 07/03/2017 2:24 PM by LarryG
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Sunday, 2 July 2017
CHILD SACRIFICE—MURDER OF CONVENIENCE
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Jeremiah 32:35

They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I DID NOT COMMAND THEM, NOR DID IT ENTER INTO MY MIND, THAT THEY SHOULD DO THIS ABOMINATION, to cause Judah to sin.

(following taken from WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT CHILD SACRIFICE?; gotquestions.org)

... The Bible contains the heart-breaking tale of child sacrifice practiced in the name of Molech (also spelled Moloch or Molek), a god of the Ammonites. Molech worship was practiced by the Ammonites and Canaanites, who revered Molech as a protecting father figure. Images of Molech were made of bronze, and their outstretched arms were heated red-hot. Living children were then placed into the idol’s hands and died there or were rolled into a fire pit below. Some sources indicate a child might also be “passed through the fire” prior to the actual sacrifice in order to purify or baptize the child. Molech worship occurred in the Hinnom Valley near Jerusalem. Because of this, the valley became associated with the idea of Tophet, or hell (Isaiah 30:33; Jeremiah 19:12; Mark 9:45).

God prohibited Israel from child sacrifice in general and Molech worship in particular. Leviticus 20:2-5 states, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people; for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death, I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek.’” Many other Old Testament passages affirm God’s zero-tolerance for child sacrifice..... Today, child sacrifice is practiced throughout the world. There has been a resurgence of child sacrifice in Uganda. Witch doctors have been implicated in the mutilation and death of children who were killed in an effort to bring good fortune and wealth to those willing to pay for it. There is also a correlation between child sacrifice and modern-day abortion. Unprecedented numbers of children have been “sacrificed” at the hands of abortionists for the sake of convenience, immorality, or pride. Hundreds of thousands of babies have been killed so that their parents can maintain a certain lifestyle. God hates “hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17), and we can be sure that God will judge this horrendous sin....

There are several things that we must take away from this article and the scriptural passages: first GOD has never commanded us to kill our children; He does not require the sacrifice of our children.  However, He has sacrificed His Son for us.  Second, it is highly likely that the real reasons that people kill their children today are the same reasons that they killed children in the past—for perceived personal advantage; we have no good intentions here. Finally, GOD will judge the “horrendous sin” of killing our children.  We CANNOT IGNORE THIS TERRIBLE SIN.

SELAH

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Posted on 07/02/2017 2:20 PM by LarryG
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Saturday, 1 July 2017
MAKING SENSE OF THE MADNESS
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Ecclesiastes 5:8 (NLT)

Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy.

The election is over and we are now seeing some seemingly unbelievable, unthinkable things starting to happen.  The president-elect has called for the deportation of any person who is a criminal, i. e. a felon or someone involved in drugs who is also in the country illegally.   What has arisen from this is at first glance, incomprehensible.   As a part of this, the authorities in numerous places, such as Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago have come out and publicly stated that they will not assist in the deportation of anybody.  But this “anybody” means criminals, felons and those involved in the sale of drugs, because THAT IS WHO THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION IS INTENDING TO DEPORT.  Now this is curious.  Why wouldn’t civil authorities, particularly police department heads NOT want to help get rid of individuals who are doing such harm to their communities?

Now seriously considering this question leads to some very troubling possibilities.  Consider the passage from Ecclesiastes.  These authorities actually have somebody over them, who dictates what they do.  Think about this: they won’t help get rid of these criminals because—they work for them; and the criminals are driven by an even higher force.  Wow!!  This is powerful stuff. 

Let’s look at this in the context of what the apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12

“ For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

We are involved in a cosmic battle, a spiritual struggle of titanic proportions that is manifesting in our world.  We are constantly encouraged to pray, to go to GOD and talk to Him about everything, to get to know HIM.  In doing this, we will come to understand what is going on; we will understand His plan, which He has described to us in His Word.  JESUS tells us to remain in His Word, to abide in Him.  Every day the battle involves us in one way or another; we are involved on the macro-level, i.e., politics, economically and also on the micro-level, i.e. our personal relationships and dealings such as with our families, neighbors.   But let’s be reminded, that through it all, GOD wants to go through it with us; He will lead the way.  We are told several times that the last days will be difficult; they will be terrible, and JESUS tells us that this will call for “patient endurance” on the part of the saints. 

But here’s the thing—these days will end; AND THERE’S A NEW WORLD COMING!  It will be a world in which righteousness will reign; all wickedness will be wiped out; the entities causing all the trouble will be judged and dealt with.  I know it’s hard to imagine this.  But think about it—what would the world be like without  greed, without out-of- control and never satisfied lusts, without lies, without murder, without all the dirt that covers us and makes our world the dangerous place it is?  Make no mistake, things are coming to a head, events are coming to a conclusion; every individual will become all he or she can be, whether that means entirely good or entirely bad.  THE HARVEST IS RIPENING!  Let’s be patient.  Remember, those in power who seem to be getting away with every kind of evil—AREN’T GETTING AWAY WITH ANYTHING.  They are just moving themselves closer and closer to their destruction.  WATCH, WATCH!

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Posted on 07/01/2017 4:48 PM by LarryG
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