Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A must listen!!!

Below is A POWERFUL song written and sung by a dear sister (Jenny Smith), pertaining to the Holocaust of the unborn!


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Is the Law of Christ written upon your Heart?

The sacrificial example of Christ and the high calling to follow in His steps is foreign to many because the cross of Christ, His bloody death and glorious resurrection has not written His sacrifice upon the fleshy tables of their hearts. Their faith is too shallow; their faith is dead; but in order for their faith to be a living faith, it needs to be as deep as the nails which pierced Jesus’ hands and feet.
The nails which fastened Christ to the cross, through faith, ought to have fastened all of our worldly, carnal, vain and ungodly desires to His cross; so that when He died, our desires for all these things died with Him; that when He was raised from the dead, even so we also walk in newness of life through faith in Him. His holy passion for us ought to have kindled an uncompromising devotion to Him. He died upon that cross for our sins, the just for the unjust. Many who claim to be born again cannot say with the Christ, “I delight to do Thy will o my God; yea, Thy law if within my heart”. Many do not realize that following Jesus requires both hands; that we cannot walk hand in hand with the nail pierced Christ while enjoying the things of the world for which His hands were pierced. We cannot be in love with our Savior and relish the things of the world for which He was crucified. If our feet were pierced with His they would not be leading us down the broad path of vain selfish pleasures which have nothing to do with His plans. If our hands were nailed together with His we would never use them to labor for anything of the world for which His hands were nailed to the cross. The pain He experienced for us, through faith, ought to have mortified within us all carnal affections for which His sufferings atoned. The rending of His flesh from the Roman scourge ought to have rent in sunder all fleshly ambitions. If we were truly crucified together with Him and dead, then all of our desires for selfish and vain pleasures would be dead also; we would be new creatures in reality: alive to His holy purposes, will and mind alone. Christ’s unreasonable service to us will have won our reasonable service to Him. For the one who truly believes in Christ crucified, nothing will be sweeter to him than the commandments of Christ. For His crucifixion has placed His law within his heart and sealed it with His holy blood. He can say with the psalmist, For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell” (Psalm 86:13), and, “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” (Psalm 116:12)

Friday, May 31, 2019

What shall we do? A poem by Ryan Luedeker.

Below is a very powerful poem. I encourage all to watch the video and listen to the message:


Saturday, May 25, 2019

The LORD'S looks down from heaven upon the children of men . . .

When I think of this Scripture, "The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God" (Psalm 14:2),  . . . I think of millions of "Christians" planning their family vacations to the amusement parks, cruises, etc., I think of them purchasing souvenirs, decorations, antiques, knick knacks, collectibles, jewelry, and other LIFELESS ORNAMENTS while millions are dead in their sins, dying from starvation and lack of safe and clean water, etc. . . .

When I think of the following Scripture, "The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God", I think of the millions of "Christians" filled with enthusiasm, anticipation, and anxiety while they eagerly await the new release of their favorite movie, TV show, comic book, etc., I think of the millions of EMPTY TEARS millions have cried when the news of hundreds of thousands of slowly PERISHING and UNCARED for orphaned children and widows finally reached their DULL EARS and interrupted their ungodly program via a commercial by another DEAD HYPOCRITE profiting off the poor and exploiting them in their poverty . . .

When I think of the following Scripture, "The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God", I feel the heartbrokenness of my Father in heaven who cares for these precious souls FOR WHOM CHRIST DIED while millions around the world profess and blaspheme HIS HOLY NAME through their godless mockeries of the pursuits and enjoyments of so called God given and answer to prayer luxuries . . . "God gave me a new Mercedes Benz" YOU ARE RIGHT . . . BUT HE GAVE YOU OVER TO A STRONG DELUSION WITH IT!!!! REPENT!!!

When I meditate on the following Scripture, "The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God", I think "GOD IS LOOKING RIGHT NOW!!!!" "WHAT ARE WE DOING!!!!" WHAT ARE WE LIVING FOR??? IF WE ALL BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS TRUE THEN WHY AREN'T WE LIVING LIKE IT???

Raise up a generation with a passion for YOUR HEART OH GOD!!!!

Monday, May 6, 2019

WHAT MAKES MORE SENSE?

ATTENTION CHURCH:
Christians, who have children, have lived in a home for more than one year and have money to adopt and to accommodate the adopted and to satisfy all legal obligations; those who know elderly folks suffering from loneliness in a nursing home somewhere and are able to offer more than visit from time to time; those who know of single parents struggling to survive and who’s children need godly support: Why don’t you forsake your vain hobbies, worthless entertainments, dead ornaments, lifeless collectibles and antiques and cease from laboring for these perishing “meats” and use your time and resources to adopt more children, take in the elderly and to support the weak? As Christians, what makes more sense? Surely souls exceed the value of your worldly pleasures! Surely the heart of Jesus is more precious to you than the vanities of life! If you already have children, why not have more? Why make time for fleeting temporal pleasures that have nothing to do with necessity, eternity and the kingdom of God when others you know have needs and you are capable of helping? What great family fun it is to provide for the needs of others whom you and your little ones know! Do you have land? Use it for souls! Do you have means to build the elderly or single parents and their little ones a small home? Do it! Why not pray together as a family, considering the options and opportunities you have as a family to love? What is more fulfilling: Theaters or reality? Why? Many cry over real life issues they watch in movies but their tears do not lead them to do in reality the loving acts they beheld in such movies! Forsake your earthly thrills and use your time and resources to care for souls! If you desire to witness to others and to testify of Jesus go do it! Share your testimony! Encourage souls to seek the Lord! Are you capable of adopting? Why take your family to Africa to go on safari when you could potentially adopt an African orphan and bring Africa back into your home! Is viewing animals more priceless than witnessing the healing of an orphan’s emotions, heart and body? Would you rather hear a lion’s roar, than a child laughing because it is loved? What will this orphan become? Who will care for the orphan if you do not? Why is it other people’s responsibility? IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY AND HEART CRY OF EVERY NEW CREATURE TO POUR OUT UPON OTHERS THE LOVE GOD POURED OUT UPON THEM!  Worldly interests, pursuits, pleasures, and hobbies are foreign, troubling and a vexation to the NEW CREATURE! The hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and orphanages in the first century were in the homes of Christians! The Lord added to the church daily those who beheld Divine love, as it is written, “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12).

Thursday, April 25, 2019

I WOULD RATHER BE . . .

I would rather live my life with a heavy heart, knowing God, my only joy and fulfillment being bound up in His, than to have an undisturbed happiness rooted in ignorance.
I would rather be misunderstood, falsely accused and persecuted for righteousness' sake for the glory and honor of the Lamb, than to prefer the world and its lovers.
I would rather gird myself first, then afterwards sit down to meat (Luke 17).
I would rather glory in the cross of Christ than in my shame! (Philippians 3:17-19)
I would rather be hated by this vile world and be a friend of God; to be a friend of the Crucified than His enemy; to love the Lamb than to be received by the world which crucified Him.
I would rather to truly seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, than to pretend, only to realize on the last Day that I deceived myself.
I would rather waste my life on Christ than on the fleeting and foolish ambitions and desires of the dead. I speak as a fool.
I would rather my life make sense in light of the glorious Gospel and eternal hope I have been promised than to contradict it.
I would rather be a fool for Christ and let the world be wise!
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in tents of wickedness (Psalm 84:10). I would rather be crucified together with Christ than to live without Him.
I would rather choose the cross than to deny Christ; to let His Word kill me than to destroy its meaning so I can feel better about myself.
In the end, nothing else will matter to me. In the end, what will define me and you: The Golden Rule or Fool's Gold?

Monday, April 22, 2019

"The Weightier Matters"

Have you ever wondered what the weightier matters were which Jesus said the Pharisees neglected? The following video will help you understand:


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Thankfully we successfully delivered the drilling rig to Ixiamas, Bolivia!

It took three days, crossed three rivers and slept in the back of the truck with the rig, but we dropped the rig off at our contacts home! We hope to drill at least ten water wells this summer. We interviewed some folks last fall and look forward to meeting their needs!


Sunday, March 24, 2019

CONCERNING WORLDLY MUSIC

We cannot be in love with our Savior and relish the lyrics of the world for which He was crucified. If our feet were pierced with His they would not be leading us down the broad path of worldly music. If our hands were nailed together with His we would never use them to labor for anything of the world for which His hands were pierced. The pain He experienced for us, through faith, mortifies within us the sins for which  those sufferings atoned. If we were truly crucified together with Him and dead, then all of our desires for worldly music and pleasures would be dead also; we would be new creatures in reality: alive to His holy purposes, will and mind alone.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Lay up treasures in heaven!

What is meant by the words of Christ, "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal"? Shall we lay up gold there though the streets are said to have been paved with gold? Shall we equate the currency of heaven with earthly treasures? How then shall heaven be of greater value than earth? What is more valuable than the blood of Christ? What greater treasures are there than God Himself and all that He is and has? What did the priceless blood of Christ purchase? What treasure ought we to lay up? Souls and the good works which flow from a heart sanctified by the grace of God NO DOUBT!

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Do we love what God loves? If so, do we love what God loves the way that He loved through Christ who is the brightness of such love and the perfect expression of it? Is our value system one with Christ's? Is there any opposition or distance between our value system and God's in thought or application?

The thoughts and ways of God are higher than ours as the heavens are above the Earth. However, the thought, mind, Word or Logos of God descended years ago to seed us earthen vessels that we may yield the fruit which is in accord with His holy will. This Seed is the promised Seed: Christ.

The love of God requires faith. Without faith, such love will appear unsound, unjust, unfair, unreasonable, overbearing, heavy and hard. For it is through faith that we receive this love in all of its inner workings and that the branches of its understanding outwardly flourishes and prospers through our lives. For to love those who love us is common to all; but to love those who do not only not return love, but instead return our love with hatred is quite another: to turn the other cheek until death ensues, to forsake the vain pleasures of this life to afford to help as many as possible, to be faithful to your spouse regardless of their choices, to be hated unjustly for simply living the teachings of Christ as Jesus and His apostles lived them is scary to many, yet this is the ONLY RATIONAL CONCLUSION TO THE NEW CREATURE WHO HAS THE MIND OF CHRIST.

For the first few centuries of Christianity, the love of God in the early church seemed scary. For it was, as it were, multitudes possessed of a strange spirit as soon as they believed. Pagans were instantly converted and transformed by the power of God through faith. Their reasoning, perspective, habits, pursuits, vision, hopes, dreams, goals, desires were all transformed in little time. Whether rich or poor, all used what they had to provide for other believers and even unbelievers. Many parted with all of their wealth and gave it to others to distribute. Racists experienced a love without borders. They went from a manifold purpose of life to a singular; they only lived for and devoted themselves to WHAT WAS WRITTEN UPON THEIR HEARTS! Unity was not as difficult to attain; for they experienced a common salvation through a common faith in their common Head.

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Is your heart one with God's? Is your heart where God's heart is? Does your treasure on earth witness against your Christian confession? What does it testify of those who lay up for themselves SOME treasure in heaven but not all? A little here and a little there; a little hot and a little cold; to ignorantly do this is one thing, but to voluntarily prefer the vanity of this life to the blessedness of the Promise cannot be reconciled with the mind of Christ.

Now laying up treasure on earth is not laying up what is useful to the kingdom of God and for real personal necessities. It is laying up for OURSELVES those things along with many others. Each needs to be honest and examine the sincerity of their love for God and where their heart is in reality.

Consider jewelry: If Christ commanded His followers to lay not treasures on earth, but to lay up treasure in heaven how can one buy jewelry? Jewelry is dead. It has no life, no eternal soul. It is never hungry, thirsty, lonely, sick, lost or needy and yet, hundreds of thousands of men and women invest in jewelry! A gold necklace or helping the poor? Jesus would never do both! Both would mean that part of His heart, soul, mind and strength is invested in lifeless ornaments and not in the living God! Both would mean five souls may be ministered unto while other five suffer on account of His gold necklace. Jesus didn't die for your gold necklace. The value of your gold necklace is but dung when compared to the priceless value of the living souls of men for whom Christ shed His precious blood. It is impossible to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength when part of it is placed around your neck, fingers, toes, wrists, ears, noses, hair, and other various places.

As Christians, we do not only teach PRINCIPLES, but we should also teach the APPLICATION of the principles in word and deed. For what good is the principle, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself", if one believes they are correctly applying that principle while using their time and resources to go skydiving, parasailing, on a Caribbean cruise for fun, golfing, while purchasing needless and useless decorations, knick knacks, collectibles, hobbies, and worthless entertainments? The whole WORLD agrees with the above principle. What is important however, DOES THE CHRIST AGREE WITH YOUR APPLICATION? Is there not a cause more worthy of our time and resources, or are we so selfish and blinded by our pride that we cannot see the spiritually lost, those suffering from thirst, nakedness, and hunger? DEAR FRIENDS CHRIST WAS NOT CRUCIFIED SO YOU CAN ENJOY THE WORLD. THE CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED THAT YOU MIGHT BE DEAD TO THE WORLD. For all that is in the world: the lusts of flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world (1 John 2:15-17).
All resistance and reluctance to obeying the will of God ought to have been destroyed when the Roman scourge, crown of thorns and the cross destroyed the body of Christ. Our desires for sin should have died when Christ died. For the nails which fastened Him to cross fastened our sins with Him, so that when He died the power of sin within us, through faith, died with Him. If one has truly experienced the love and grace of the Christ who loved them so completely, such a one could never be satisfied with a partial obedience. For the heart of the new creature has no joy, peace or contentment apart from full and final surrender to God; it is ever longing and laboring to fully please the One who made them whole. Therefore, to refuse any wish of their Savior would then be their own undoing of the "completeness" which came through Him.

So, how do we get from "I have to obey" to "I want to obey"? From duty to desire? From craving the things we ought to have long ago parted with! Our "has to obey" was crucified with Christ. Through His sacrifice, our, "has to obey" has been transformed into we WANT TO FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS! We with the Psalmist ought to say, "For great is Thy mercy towards me; Thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell" (Psalm 86).