Saturday, September 10, 2016

An Appeal to Heaven

This flag was used by George Washington on his squadron of six schooners which he outfitted at his own expense in the fall of 1775. This flag was a variation of the New England Pine Tree flag. It was later modified and adopted by the Massachusetts Navy. The Sons of Liberty would rally under a large tree, in Boston Massachusetts, which came to be known as "The Liberty Tree". This tree became a symbol of American independence. Knowing they were up against a great military power they believed they were sustained by still a Greater Power (Authority), thus their "APPEAL TO HEAVEN".

The Second Treatise of Civil Government 1690 (Sec. 168)
John Locke 1632-1704


As we approach one of the most crucial and important elections in the history of this country, may we as its citizens appeal to Heaven (i.e., to The God of Heaven) for its welfare. The stakes are extremely high. Truly, America now stands at the crossroads for its future. The very God to whom our Founding Fathers had appealed because of the tyranny they experienced at the hand of England in their day, is now being rejected and scorned in Washington D.C. A new leftist, socialistic and godless tyranny is evolving rapidly in our country. This new tyranny seeks to remove the personal freedoms that were granted to us by Almighty God. May we pray and seek God's will and way for The United States of America in these last days. Whatever God allows to happen, may we be burning lights for His Glory, knowing that our home is in Heaven. (Hebrews 11:16, 13:14)

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
(Matthew 5:13-16)
The Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand!

"O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife. Who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine!"
DJP I.F.

Friday, September 9, 2016

All Is A Mystery to Unbelieving America

Only Almighty God has and offers the answers that Americans so desperately need today. WITHOUT Almighty God’s Word and revelation ALL is a mystery! ALL is unanswerable! ALL is despair! ALL is hopeless! A man, woman, boy or girl MUST be born again to FULLY comprehend Almighty God's revelation and the ETERNAL picture of our day (John 3:3-7, Rom. 8:5-9, 1 Cor. 2:9-16)
  
WITHOUT Almighty God’s Word and revelation ALL is a mystery! ALL is unanswerable!

My friend, do not deceive yourselves with false hopes, false vain ambitions, false saviors, and false Utopian visions that can NEVER come to pass in this sin ravished world (Gal. 1:4). My friend, do the very best that you can in this hour for the critical and fatal condition of our nation, but do NOT place ALL your trust in it my friend, see the BIG picture from Heaven’s ETERNAL perspective and be sure that your trust is in the saving grace of Almighty God which is ONLY found in Jesus Christ (John 1:12, 3:16-17, Acts 4:12)


The Kingdom of Heaven is TRULY at hand!
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DJP I.F.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Far Greater Tyranny Than Big Government



















The Lord Jesus talked of a far greater tyranny to man than Big Government, excessive taxation, burdensome mandates and ceaseless intrusions into the lives of its citizens.

“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant [slave] of sin” (John 8:34).

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one….That as sin hath reigned unto death” (Rom. 5:12,17a; 21a).

O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:24)

(Other verses: Job 14:1-4; Psalm 51:5; Eph 2:1-3; Rom. 3:23, 5:12, 17a, 21, 7:14-25)

Satan's Oppressive Rule Over Fallen Mankind

And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Heb. 2: 13-15).

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Eph. 2:1-3).

[In light of Lucifer, i.e., Satan] That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” (Is. 14:17) (Other verses: 2 Cor. 4:4; Luke 4:6-7; Rev.12, 13)

True Freedom and Deliverance!

Only in Christ is there great freedom and deliverance from the bondage of Satan, our human depravity, and the outworking of sin and its terrible consequences (John 8:32, 36; Rom. 7:24-25; Heb. 2:14-16). Humanity has never and will never be able to govern itself, not in this fallen world. Tyranny and the unbridled passions of man will always win the day. Six thousand years of human history has testified to that fact. Our Founding Fathers realized that truth, and that only a moral and God-fearing people would ever have a chance of outworking the kind of human government that could check the depraved appetites of fallen humanity and preserve the basic liberties and freedoms endowed by their Creator. We as a nation today have discarded a sense of healthy morals and ethical guidelines, and are sadly reaping the tyrannical social consequences. Oppressive tyranny is not too far off here in America. When this tyranny and its fearful ramifications fully manifest themselves, what then?
Humanity has never and will never be able to govern itself, not in this fallen world. Tyranny and the unbridled passions of man will always win the day.

Ask yourself this very simple question. How can an imperfect humanity who lives in an imperfect world bring about an absolutely perfect “Utopian” society? (See Romans 7:24.) The answer is a no-brainer yet extremely hard for humanity to digest: it never can. The only hope and deliverance for humanity today is found in its wonderful Creator and Redeemer, The Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior today? Only He can deliver you from the oppressive tyranny of Satan and the World System. He is the only deliverer from our bondage to Sin and all its awful consequences (Romans 6:23). He has come to set at liberty the sons of men (Rom. 4:17,18, 6:14,17-18, 22; 7: 24-25; 8:2, 21; Gal. 5:1; Eph. 4:8). May it be your sincere desire to put your trust in Him today!

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).

The Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand!

DJP I.F.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day - Work, How Do You Value It?













Consider Your Work
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The VALUE placed upon LABOR is a element in a society because it reflects the social structure as well as the scale of social values. One’ society, even globally, is in a state of change making for difficulties. Thus it is needful to maintain a good attitude toward work and toil which affects not only society but one’s own soul.

It is Almighty God’s MERCY and GRACE which sets the right conditions - "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Gen 3:19)" – lest IDLENESS should be the ruin of one’s soul and body. IDLENESS was not made for man, nor was man for IDLENESS.

The desire of the slothful (lazy man) killeth him; for his hands REFUSE to LABOR (Prov. 21:25).
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For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies (2 Thes 3:10-11).

Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee (Psalms 128:1-2).

The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep (Eccl 5:12).

The right attitude and action to do your best is very commendable. But our best cannot make possible THE BEST which is necessary.

Consider Almighty God’s Work

Salvation, even eternal life, is not earned by the good works and diligent labors of men: NOT BY WORKS of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY He saved us (Titus 3:5).

I have glorified thee (Almighty God the Father)on the earth: I have FINISHED THE WORK which thou gavest me to do (John 17:4).

A person cannot work his way to heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ made possible your SALVATION once and for all on the cross, and when he had finished paying the full debt of your sins and mine He cried out, “IT IS FINISHED!” (John 19:30).

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast (Eph 2:8-9).

But to him that WORKETH NOT, but BELIEVETH on HIM that justifieth the ungodly, HIS FAITH is counted for righteousness (Romans 4:5).

Salvation is not based on what I might do; it is based on what Jesus Christ has ALREADY DONE! Salvation is not earned by WORKING; but it is gained by RECEIVING and RESTING on the work of Another! Resting, relying on the Work of Jesus Christ makes for an eternal safety and a good out working in the believer’s life.

But as many as RECEIVED him, to them gave he power to become the sons (children) of God, even to them that BELIEVE on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13).

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:12-13).

Are you resting your soul on the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and His saving work? Are you relying on His sure Word? May it be your sole desire to know the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ! You will never be the same my friend. NEVER!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand!

MBC I.F.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Time and ETERNITY - Mankind’s Destiny

In attempting to make a comparison of time and ETERNITY, one finds there is no real comparison at all to be had. The chasm between them is actually so vast it practically defies description. Chronicling Biblical history from the creation of Adam and Eve to the end of the thousand year “millennial” reign of Christ, human existence on the earth is only about 7000 years. In light of the “FOREVERNESS” of ETERNITY, this amounts to only a “brief moment” of time. In fact, any finite amount of time is negligible (nothing) next to an amount which is infinite.

There is no beginning or end of ETERNITY, yet ETERNITY is as a grain of Sand n Almighty God's hand.Try to comprehend on that!

As humans bounded by and dwelling in time, we tend to only think and see things from our brief and narrow perspective. The wide majority of people on planet earth are totally enslaved to a subjective and earthly vantage point, which renders them completely oblivious to the realities of God’s Word and their own imperfect estate. They cannot see “outside the box” of this natural, time-governed world in which they exist. Another fact also is that they have absolutely no comprehension of their future abode in eternity.

Time has a beginning and an end. ETERNITY, which is essentially timelessness, occupies the ETERNITY span of FOREVER. There is no beginning or end of ETERNITY, yet ETERNITY is as a grain of Sand n Almighty God's hand. Try to comprehend that! Time is but “a grain of sand” cast into the ETERNAL oceans of the world. It is not easy to comprehend such truths (to say the least), but they are factual and a reality.

As a baby in its mother’s womb, it must be delivered forth in birth to begin its existence in time (this physical world). It cannot abide in the womb forever, but at the appointed time it must come forth to exist in time. So is the human soul and spirit. It cannot abide here in time forever, but it must be brought forth out of time to exist in eternity. Eternity is the final destination of every human being born on planet earth. There is no escaping our future destiny. At some point we must all exit time for the FOREVERNESS of ETERNITY!

As a baby in its mother’s womb, it must be delivered forth in birth to begin its existence in time (this physical world).

In death (separation), the human soul and spirit are separated from the body and brought forth into eternity. Almighty God’s Word reveals to humanity the realities and truths of time and ETERNITY. Sin (the spiritual and natural transgressions against the spiritual and natural laws of Almighty God our Creator) has “derailed” Adam’s fallen race (Rom. 5:12-19), and has made man unprepared and ill-equipped for his eternal destiny and habitation (Rom. 3:23). This is why Almighty God has made provision for us all in the Person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and to provide us the proper attire - the righteousness of Jesus Christ - for the environment of eternity.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16, 17)

Although humanity has some sort of “faint grasp” of  ETERNITY (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and tries to prepare for it the best that they can, they are altogether oblivious to the righteous requirements and perfect demands of Almighty God. Too many people deceive themselves and try to provide this perfect righteousness in and by themselves (beings with a fallen, imperfect nature), which is utterly impossible (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 10:2-4). The required righteousness of Almighty God must be provided by God and transferred to Adam’s fallen descendants so that we may abide in God’s presence and live in His perfect and holy heaven (Rev 21:27).

Those who receive God’s pardon, salvation and redemption found in Jesus Christ will receive His righteousness and ETERNAL life. Those who reject God’s pardon and provision for their lost estate will die in their sins and be cast into God’s ETERNAL “junk yard” and prison – the Lake of Fire (i.e., Hell).

Those who receive God’s pardon, salvation and redemption found in Jesus Christ will receive His righteousness and ETERNAL life (John 1:12; 10:27-28; Acts 4:12; 16:30-31). Those who reject God’s pardon and provision for their lost estate will die in their sins and be cast into God’s ETERNAL “junk yard” and prison – the Lake of Fire (i.e., Hell). This is called the Second Death, which is an ETERNAL separation from their Creator (John 3:36; 8:24; 10:26; Rev 20:11-15; 21:27; 22:11).









My friend, let me ask you this very sobering and pertinent question. Do you possess the absolute perfection (righteousness) within yourself that is required to enter Almighty God’s RIGHTEOUS heaven? The answer is a very obvious and sobering, “No, you do not.” How will you then enter into ETERNITY and meet it's perfect and righteous demands?

Almighty God has made provision for you in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ. God’s Word states:

For he (God) hath made him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin (Christ); that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Cor. 5:21)

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:4)

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
(1 Cor. 1:30)

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)

Will you take God at His Word today and put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ alone? He alone has all the remedies for your imperfect human condition. He alone will provide you with the perfect righteousness needed to secure your eternal future. Put your absolute trust in him today! You will never be the same!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

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