Friday, 28 February 2014

Russian, Ukraine and the USA ... what is going on?

Does anyone still believe anything President Obama says? Are his words not mere empty threats? With the USA promoting the homosexual lifestyle and basically spitting in God's face, the USA appears to be in a downward spiral to destruction. Both John Mcternan and Joel Rosenberg follow the events of our time closely.  Here is a piece written by Joel Rosenberg. 

Obama warns Putin not to move on Ukraine. Will the Russian Czar listen?

by joelcrosenberg
ukraine-map(Washington, D.C.) -- "Delivering a blunt warning to Moscow, President Barack Obama expressed deep concern Friday over reported military activity inside Ukraine by Russia and warned 'there will be costs' for any intervention," reports the Associated Press. "He did not say what those costs might be."
"Obama called on Russia to respect the independence and territory of Ukraine and not try to take advantage of its neighbor, which is undergoing political upheaval," AP noted.
"Any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing," Obama said in a statement delivered from the White House. Such action by Russia would not serve the interests of the Ukrainian people, Russia or Europe, Obama said, and would represent a "profound interference" in matters he said must be decided by the Ukrainian people.
"Just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, that would invite the condemnation of nations around the world," Obama said. "The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."
March 1 - More from Joel Rosenberg: 

Czar Putin receives unanimous Senate authorization to use force in Ukraine. Debate warns of “apocalyptic consequences.”

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm
putin(Washington, D.C.) — The invasion begins.
  • Czar Putin formally asks Russian parliament for authorization to use force in Ukraine. 
  • Receives unanimous consent from Russian Senate. 
  • Debate warns of “apocalyptic consequences” if Kremlin doesn’t move.
  • Sends 6,000 troops into Crimea.
  • More than 150,000 Russian troops mobilized, ready to move.
  • Ignores President Obama’s warning about “costs” of Kremlin intervention.
  • Netanyahu heads to U.S. tonight.
  • Expects showdown with Obama over Iran, peace process.
  • Film about the “Son of God” debuts. Stirring fierce reactions for and against, even among Christians.
March comes in like a lion.

You can link to Joel Rosenberg's website here  Joel Rosenberg


Here is a piece written by John Mcternan: You can link to his website John McTernan

"Obama aiming for 'unilateral disarmament'" 02/27/14
There is no doubt that this is where Obama is heading, and it is obvious with what he is doing with the destruction of the US military.
If this is what the American people want through electing the Sequester-in-Chief, then so be it.
What this is doing is creating a vacuum that China, Russia and Iran are now filling.

There is no doubt that Obama is God's man to destroy America. Because of America's national sins of abortion and homosexuality, God accelerating the process of removing the nation from being a world power.
Obama is so weak, will this invite China, Russia and Iran to attack us? Obama wants to disarm us of nuclear weapons, so I think if we are attacked, he lacks the courage to defend the nation.

His mind is so full of darkness and hatred for America that he would problem think that it is our fault or we deserve the attack.

Obama's mind is totally given over to darkness, as seen in the fervor he has to kill babies, promote homosexuality and divide Jerusalem.

Can it be any clearer that America is under judgment. and the Holy God of Israel is removing America as a world power!

Snippets and such....

Things Which Gracious Souls Discover: By William R Newell 
1. To "hope to be better" is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.
2. To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.
3. To be discouraged is unbelief, -- as to God's purpose and plan of blessing for you.
4. To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.
5. The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.
6. Real devotion to God arises, not from man's will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing has been received from God while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.
7. To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God's order, and preach law, not grace. The Law made man's blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing: our devotion may follow, but does not always do so, -- in proper measure.

 Look back—and praise Him,
Look ahead—and trust Him,
Look around—and serve Him,
Look up—and expect Him.
–Author unknown

We need to behold Christ and let Him occupy our thoughts. He's the One of truth, honesty, purity, and beauty upon whom we're to think." Dr J Vernon McGee

Authentic belief in Jesus saves and satisfies forever. - Harvest Bible Chapel

Like pear trees have pears, and apple trees have apples—Christians have fruit too. What fruits of the Spirit is your life producing?  from Harvest Bible Chapel

Matthew 7:20 - Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

When God says, "Call to Me," He's not saying, "Whisper something. Think a couple of thoughts. Throw it over your shoulder while you're on your way to the grocery store." James 5:16 says - The fervent prayer of a righteous man results in much.  from Harvest Bible Chapel

No one can take it away. No one can destroy its reality.You may not fully understand it, but you can't deny it. It's your conversion story, and like the once-blind man, you can stand on it through anything. Professing and proving your story are keys to seeing God at work.  James MacDonald

Friday, 21 February 2014


1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Remember what God has taught you in times of hardship and trials. Remember how the Lord has proved Himself faithful time and time again. These are stepping stones to a faith that will be required in your life in future hardships. 
Remembering how God has brought you through difficult times is a form of worship, it brings glory and honor to His Name as we remember how He has taken action on our behalf in the past.
God is not going to drop us by the wayside now. As He has faithfully carried us in the past, He will continue to hold our hand and to carry us step by step.  He is faithful to carry us through - nothing is too hard for the Lord. He is able, He is willing to come to our aid at all times!
Praise God!!

Hebrews 2:18  For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

The Ten Commandments - Sunday Sermon Review

Our church is studying through the Bible in a year or so. Our pastors are choosing topics to focus on as we go along. This Sunday our pastor spoke on the Ten Commandments. I usually like to take notes as the pastor speaks and then share them with you here. Perhaps you will be blessed as I was.  So we will begin with the verses from our text - Deuteronomy 5: 1-22 Please take time to read the passage, and then I will share my notes that I took as the pastor spoke.


Deuteronomy 5:1-22And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,(I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to shew you the word of the Lord: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.Thou shalt have none other gods before me.Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.11 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.17 Thou shalt not kill.18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.19 Neither shalt thou steal.20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.22 These words the Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

Now I would like to share my notes that I took as Pastor Ben spoke.

The book of Deuteronomy is a farewell speech from Moses. 
The Israelites had come to the Promised Land but due to fear and unbelief, therefore God made them turn back into the wilderness to spend 40 years there.
Now Moses knows that he is about to die and Joshua will lead the people into the Promised Land.
Moses is renewing the Covenant that God made with the people.
For a better understanding of a covenant we can look at marriage. Marriage is a good picture of this - you are pledging your life to one another. It is about loyalty. God is has pledged His loyalty to the people and the people have pledged their loyalty to God.
The core or heart of the covenant is love.

We ask the question - What does it look like to love God?  God uses the Ten Commandments to teach us what this loyal love looks like in action.
The Israelite people prayed Deuteronomy 6:4-5 two times each day. And they still do this today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

This is the heart of the covenant. The Bible teaches us what this loyal love looks like - this is what the Ten Commandments are. They flesh out what it looks like to love God. 
The Ten Commandments are not about earning salvation.  The people were saved by grace just as we are today. 
It is a covenant - not a contact. 
A contract is a list of things you must do.
The Ten Commandments diagnose our hearts, the depth of our love for God. 

Deuteronomy 5: 12  Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
God wants us to take one day to set apart for Him, a day of rest. Jesus died and then rose on the first day - therefore we take Sunday as a day of rest today. 
When Jesus died and rose, it was a pivotal point in time, everything changed.
There is a principle of rest. We need to rest. God calls us to make rest a regular part of our lives.

Two Reasons For Keeping the Sabbath
1) Because God created the world in 6 days, and rested the 7th day. We are to take one day a week - stop trying to get ahead, from making that next sale. Remember our life and everything we have is a gift from God. 
Giving God a day a week that we rest is an expression of our trust.
How precious is God to us? - Do we treasure Him? Our giving is an expression of our trust in God.
Put God first, Don't have idols.
2) God is concerned about how we treat one another... He wanted the slaves to have a day of rest. ( verse 15 )
Our relationship with others matter to God.

Our covenant with God includes how we treat others - Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself.
The commandments are about diagnosing our hearts. We need to examine ourselves.
Are we honest people?
Integrity, sexual purity, we will not view other people as sexual objects for our own gratification.

The Old Testament deals with issues of justice, how to treat strangers, protection for women in marriage break ups.
Our covenant will propel us into being engaged in bringing justice to our world.
Our Covenant includes:
1) Loyalty to God - our relationship with God
2) Our character
3) Social Justice

Thought for the week - ”Being deeply loved gives you strength; loving deeply gives you courage.” ( Author unknown ) 

We will now take a break from our Through the Bible in one year series and will focus on Romans and then Lent.

You may also be interested in a post I wrote sometime ago titled  " Overview of the Ten Commandments" Please link to post here - Overview of Ten Commandments

Friday, 14 February 2014

Missed Opportunities....Sunday Sermon Review

”Being deeply loved gives you strength; loving deeply gives you courage.
( author unknown )

My home church is studying through the Bible in a year. There are reading plans available and our pastors are choosing topics of discussion as we go. We are in the book of Numbers.


Numbers 21:4-9 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Pastor Ben was preaching this Sunday. I usually take notes as I listen to the sermon. I like to share my notes here with you, perhaps you will be blessed as you read.

Sermon Review

The book of Numbers is about missed opportunities - how the Israelites missed out on God's blessing. They rejected God and missed out.
We too have missed opportunities. We too have missed out on God's blessings.

The Israelite people were slaves in Egypt. God has set them free. God brought them into the wilderness in order to bring them into relationship with Him and to bring them into the Promised Land. The land is excellent - "a land flowing with milk and honey".
But there are problems - The Israelite people rebel, they refuse to enter the Promised Land. They refuse God's rest. We need to take note of this and not follow their example.
We can be saved and yet resist God and as a result end up living a life of tragedy.
How is it possible that they resist God after seeing how God set them free?
They whine and complain constantly. This is their mode of operation. This is how they are living.
Their complaining hardens them to disobedience to God.
They look to their past, to what they gave up and not at what God has saved them from.
They remember the food they ate but seem to have forgotten that their babies were killed ( Moses was spared by his mother - you remember the story).
Numbers 11: 5-6 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

Are we any better than the Israelite people? - no
We complain about the present, we keep looking back to what once was, and we also refuse to be thankful as we should.
Look to what God will do in the future.
This life here is a temporary stop.
We are on our way to the Promised Land ( heaven ).
God is leading us into our future!

Complaining people are filled with jealousy
- they/ we are poisoned by jealousy
- jealous because someone else has what we want
- you cannot be thankful for what you have when you are jealous of other people and their stuff

The Israelites now believe God is out to kill them
They think God has played a joke on them!

Numbers 14: 2-3 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
 And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

The Israelites believe God has brought them into the wilderness to kill them.
They cannot imagine or remember that God actually cares for them and loves them.
God is on their side, and His goal is to bring good into their lives.

Are we convinced that God wants what is best for us, that He is on our side and wants to bring us to a place of rest?

How to change - so that we do not harden our hearts.

1) Worship -  our worship is tied to our understanding of God and who He is.
Worship personally during the week.
Remind yourself that God cares for you.

2) Be Thankful - Give thanks in all circumstances.
Make thankfulness your natural attitude.
Look for things to be thankful for.
Using prayers written by others can help to bring us into a spirit and state of thankfulness.

3) Encourage others - Encourage others daily
Be thankful to others.
Bless others every day in big and in small ways.

Hebrews 3: 12-13 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Valentine's Day


1 John 4:9-11 says  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another

Most of us will spend time and money to get that right Valentine's gift for that special person in our lives. We want it to have meaning and we want to somehow express our love through it. To show this kind of love is important on a special day like today.

BUT..... more important than flowers or chocolate or that romantic supper you have planned for your spouse, is the love that you show everyday. Flowers and chocolate will have very little meaning if that love you claim to have for your spouse today is not lived out tomorrow, next week, next year and the rest of your life!

So what is important?
1) exclusive love - The love we have for our spouse must be exclusive. Our spouse is the only one that holds "the spot" in our heart. No one else will be offered that spot ever nor will we allow anyone to steal that "spot ever"! It belongs to my spouse alone.

2) faithfulness - Faithfulness to our spouse is extremely important. If we fail in this area, our whole life will be destroyed. There is no sensible woman who will accept being "one of many".  No, the fact is true love demands faithfulness, and exclusive love till death do part. No other option is acceptable.

3) in good days as well as bad - Someday either you or your spouse will have a bad day, perhaps due to circumstances beyond your control or due to illness.  Exclusive faithful love is what is required here - there is no plan B. In these times of hardship, your spouse may not be able to meet all your needs but real true love is not selfish. True love is a serving love. The needs of your spouse become the focus and your own needs and desires are put aside. You are not going to fill your own needs and desires with any other thing or person - like I said , there is no plan B.

4) encourage your spouse - Lavish your spouse with words of affirmation and encouragement.  Tell him/her about the love you have in your heart and the feelings you have for him/her. Open your heart up and tell your spouse the deep things inside your heart. Tell your spouse about the exclusive love that you have for him/her. Tell your spouse that you will be faithfull all the days of your life.

5) go public about your love for your spouse - Let the people around you know that your spouse is the only one for you. Say it verbally, out loud for everyone to hear! Even if you have been married for years, be public about this regularly. Hold hands with your spouse. Put your arm around her in church or other public places. Catch the twinkle in her eye that says I love you.

6) issues that need resolving - do it privately and seek help from your pastor when necessary.  Never put down your spouse in public even if you are upset. Show respect one toward another.

7) give your kids a Valentine's gift - the gift of showing love to your spouse everyday of the year, it will help them immensely to see Dad loving Mom and also Mom loving Dad!!

8) forgiveness - There are no lasting relationships without forgiveness. That is a quote from James McDonald. How very true it is. We must be willing to forgive each other. Forgiveness can be hard but it is worth it and the relationship you have with your spouse will be stronger for it.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Lord I Need You!

This is a favorite song of mine - Lord I Need You  ( by Matt Maher )
Please listen to it - link here...    Lord I Need You

Here are the lyrics for the song  from ( http://www.azlyrics.com/ )

"Lord, I Need You"

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus, You're my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You're my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Friday, 7 February 2014

Holiness Embraces the Good

Leviticus 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.


Our church pastors are preaching through the Bible this year. We started our studies in Genesis and now have come to Leviticus. The pastors are choosing the topics of discussion as we go. This Sunday's topic was holiness. I usually take notes as the pastor preaches and so I like to post my notes here - maybe just maybe you will be blessed as you read.
First I will post a portion of Scripture from Leviticus that the sermon was based upon. Then I will share my notes.

Leviticus 26:1-13 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am theLord your God.Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.11 And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.13 I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

Pastor Ben was our speaker today. Here are the notes I took down as I listened to the sermon:

Sometimes we are not sure what to do with portions of the book of Leviticus. There are rules and regulations about mold, mildew, sores, clean and unclean etc.
Others are more straightforward. Leviticus 19:11  Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

We must remember that Leviticus is part of the bigger story. God is moving to bring people back into relationship with Him. Leviticus is part of the Exodus story.
God is teaching His people to be a people who are "set apart", that is that they are not to follow the pagan culture of their neighbors.
What does it mean to be God's people? We are to be a holy people!
Leviticus 19:1-2 says And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.
Hebrews 12:14 says Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
and 1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
So we see that God is calling his people to be holy - and it is right through the Bible - Old and New Testament.
There are two extremes - legalism and carelessness.
Holiness is not Legalism - Being holy is not keeping a list of rules, of do and don'ts. Holiness is not about external behavior.
Holiness does matter, we are not to live carelessly. When we think nothing matters or that we only want to talk of God's love, - then we are not being true to Scripture.

Holiness is about a wholeness or a completeness in our life. It is from within our heart that we obey God.
We are living in what is blessed of God, It is understanding and knowing God personally.
God saves us, then He builds relationship with us, we worship Him, we live in Him, He works holiness in us.
Exodus 34: 6-7 describes the character of God - And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation

Holiness means we are "set apart".
We are set apart for God's own use.
Jesus makes us holy, 
He has chosen me, It is something God does, God makes me holy, therefore I am holy. He sets me apart as His own and I follow Him.

We must live this  out ( being set apart )
We are a light to those around us. 
We are to be different from the people of the world around us.

God calls us to be loyal to Him - in our goals, our objectives.
He calls us to be loyal to Him in our priorities, and in our attitudes. Attitudes come from the heart.

In the area of finances - making money is not our ultimate purpose or goal in our jobs.
We are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
If our attitudes and goals are the same as the people of the world - there is a problem. We are to be different!!

Holiness requires discernment. We must be able to discern good from evil, evil from good.  What is pure and what is impure. This applies in all areas of life, including media and entertainment.
We need daily personal discernment in our life. The New Testament gives a few lists as to what is pure or impure. Lists are fine. We need to learn.
We need to be holy in our choices . We need to exercise discernment.

Holiness embraces the good, and rejects the bad.
Holiness is embracing what honors God, that which is pure and excellent and clean. And it rejects such that dishonors God, such as is an abomination in His sight.