Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Street

Thanksgiving Street

I knew a man whose name was Horner
Who used to live in grumble corner;
Grumble corner in crosspatch town
And he never was seen without a frown.
He grumbled at this, and he grumbled at that,
He growled at the dog. He growled at the cat.
He grumbled at morning. He grumbled at night,
And to grumble and growl was his chief delight.
He grumbled so much at his wife that she
Began to grumble as well as he.
And all the children, wherever they went,
Reflected their parents discontent.
If the sky was dark and betokened rain,
Then Mr. Horner was sure to complain.
And if there was not a cloud about,
He grumbled because of a threatened drought.
His meals were never to suit his taste,
He grumbled at having to eat in haste.
The bread was poor, or the meat was tough,
Or else he hadn't had half enough.
No matter how hard his wife would try
To please her husband, with scornful eye
He'd look around and then with a scowl
At something or other he'd begin to growl.
One day as I walked down the street,
My old acquaintance I chanced to meet;
Whose face was without the look of care
And the ugly frown that had drifted there.
"I may be mistaken" perhaps I said
As after saluting I turned my head!
"But it is, and it isn*t the Mr. Horner
Who used to live on grumble corner."
I met him next day and I met him again;
In melting weather and in pelting rain.
When stocks were up, and when stocks were down,
But a smile, somehow, had replaced the frown.
It puzzled me much, and so one day,
I seized his hand in a friendly way and said,
"Mr. Horner, I*d like to know
What can have happened to change you so?"
He laughed a laugh that was good to hear;
For it told of a conscience, calm and clear.
And he said with none of his old-time drawl,
"Why I*ve changed my residence, that is all.
"Yes," said Horner, "It wasn*t healthy on grumble corner"
And so I*ve moved: twas a change complete,
"And you will find me now On
Thanksgiving Street."
."Giving Thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Eph. 5:20).
."In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thess. 5:18).

Why Thanksgiving?


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Looking at America from the Mountain Top

Here in America we are on the edge of fiscal and moral collapse with NO savior or remedy in sight. My dear friends, do we here at the IFB continually sound like a chorus of “doom and gloomers” to you? Well... many think so, but my dear friend climb the “mountain top” of REALITY and look down from the HEAVENLY perspective at the wasteland which is now America (John 8:32,36, Eph. 2:6, Col. 3:1-4). Please tell me how - from this perspective - will we ever regain our moral bearings and eliminate the effects from generations of godless influence which have been rooted deep in our culture and society? It will take nothing short of Christ’s second coming to earth to destroy and uproot this reigning leviathan, which will happen at the blood bath of Armageddon (Zech. 14:12; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 14:14-20; 19:11-21). The prideful wilds of godless secular liberalism and its social engineering have left multitudes unable to cope with reality and be responsible and morally productive.

With “unbelieving sincerity” they are leading multitudes astray from the unalterable realities of time and eternity and their desperate need for God’s saving grace found in Jesus Christ.

The American bedrock and moral foundation is rotten to the core while oblivious, unregenerate Conservative Republicans and religious Christian Conservatives are talking about 2010 and 2012 as if all will be golden and restored to a healthy, proper order. Beloved, do not drink the conservative optimistic Kool-Aid of the “False Prophets of Optimism.” Thank God for them, but they are clueless about God’s revelation, the day in which we live and the coming of the Day of the Lord. With “unbelieving sincerity” these are leading multitudes astray from the unalterable realities of time and ETERNITY and their desperate need for God’s saving grace found ONLY in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:2-4; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9). My dear friend, do not be deceived (Matt. 7:13-20; 24:4)! Place your faith and trust in the Savior of the world and not man for the Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand!