I Believe

May 11, 2020 by Jack Flacco

I believe in one God, the only God, creator of heaven and earth, who made me from the dust of the ground and breathed into me the breath of life. He is the Father.

I believe Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ, the Anointed One, whom the prophets had foretold would die so that I might live; through his sacrifice I no longer have the penalty of sin hanging over my head.

I believe in the resurrection, in that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and after three days and three nights rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father. I draw my hope from knowing I will one day rise also to stand before God justified.

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

(1 John 3:16)

I believe the Holy Spirit is the Comforter God pours into His disciples to bring into remembrance all that Christ had said and done. He lives in me, is a member of the Godhead and is always there giving His church the encouragement to move forward in the face of trials and tribulations. Without Him, I am without purpose or direction.

I believe the church is the instrument into which God calls His elect. Through the church, the world has a vision of what the future will look like once God’s government reigns on the earth.

I believe in the elect, whom the prophets had written are those God had purposed from the beginning of the world to reign with God, inheriting all things.

I believe in the Kingdom of God of which the church is now a part, the government of God that will supersede all governments to reign on this earth forever.

I believe the Holy Bible is the infallible Word of God, the book and only book God has inspired, given authority, and is the guide for the church and its calling: to go to all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all Jesus had taught.

I believe in miracles.

I Believe

What Happens When Love Flows Like A River? 2/2

May 19, 2020  hephzibahgarden

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans‬ ‭5:5‬

You read that right!! 😇

Those who place their hopes on the Lord will never be put to shame! And because such people continue to be hopeful amidst trials and tribulations, the Lord blesses them by pouring His Love into their hearts through the Anointing of the Holy Spirit! 🙌 With His Love in them, He speaks to them heart to heart!!

It’s not easy to keep being hopeful in the face of adversity and problems! Nevertheless ITS TRUE because, the Scripture is filled with examples of people who placed their hopes and trusted God with their lives; and they were richly blessed!!

Well..!! Now moving onto the second part of what happens when God’s Love flows in us like a river:

4. Love helps to FORBEAR one another — Woah! Let me tell you this — To forbear/forbearing others is not as simple as it sounds!! 🙂 It requires a Lot of Love! You know, since the day we met Christ, He has been forbearing you and me, patiently and gently. You know why?

BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU AND ME, VERY DEARLY!!

Even after sacrificing His life for us, we do commit sins and shortcomings every now and then, and grieve the Lord. But great is His forbearance!! That’s why we are alive and well till this day. Only Love helps us to forbear. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Ephesians‬ ‭4:2

5. Love helps us to SPEAK THE TRUTH — Speaking the truth can be dangerous at times (in a manner of speaking) because speaking the truth means Doctrine, Reprove, Correction and Instruction. 2 Timothy 3:16. The Word of God speaks the truth, yet, out of Love. God does not want us to perish in our sinful ways. So He sent His Word so that those whoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life! But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Ephesians‬ ‭4:15‬.

6. Love helps to be KNIT TOGETHER — The Love between David and Jonathan is a good example of being knit together in Love. David says about Jonathan on the latter’s death — I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been a good friend to me. Your love toward me was more wonderful Than the love of women. 2 Samuel‬ ‭1:26‬ ‭AMP‬.

These two were great friends, more like brothers, who cared for each other deeply. Jonathan was the son of King Saul and David was just a Shepherd boy whose brothers were Saul’s army men. Yet, Love kept them knit together to each other.

7. Love helps us to be OVERCOMERS — When God’s perfect Love is seen in us, no matter what troubles may come, Love will help us overcome. See what St.Paul says here, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans‬ ‭8:35‬.

Those who overcome will get to sit with Christ on the throne. Revelation 3:21. May the Lord help us! ❤️

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My People Have Done Evil Things

March 18, 2020

Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the state of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

Now understand dear readers in posting this, I am looking at this from the standpoint of God’s Creation or even the Nation He has blessed when I refer to the term “People” in the title. God’s true children, born-again, redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ and walking righteously are NOT the ones that these Scriptures are targeting in the modern age because we are under the dispensation of Grace. If His true children ARE being rebellious though, maybe you should rethink your stance on God’s Justness and Mercy, for He is STILL a holy and righteous God!

I’m writing this in the middle of the coronavirus panic that has spread all across the United States and other nations, though in truth, the U.S. has hardly been hit at all. Yet hoarding and binge buying of daily necessities have left many vulnerable and in a state of wonderment; YET, our God, Sovereign and Almighty, Who is ever in control will take care of His righteous children, do not be afraid of or doubt the truth of that!

This Nation which has called on God to bless and prosper them has decided they no longer NEED the blessing or intervention of the Almighty, because after all, we as a Nation have grown wiser in “wisdom.” So they think! God MAY be just sitting back and saying, “Okay, we’ll just see.” All the while letting man’s “wisdom” figure this predicament out. God doesn’t have to judge our Nation for it is evident that wherever you look, to the East, the West, the North or South, mankind’s minds have turned in on themselves in panic and the panic is much worse than the actual flu virus, no matter how severe it is. Also, I can just about guarantee you, the politicians who have turned from God unto corruption are trying to figure how to use this to their advantage! They are bringing judgement upon themselves, as most often happens, without God’s help in the least!

“For my people (those who call upon my name as a nation) have done two evil things: They have abandoned Me, the very Fountain of Living Water. And they have dug cracked cisterns (wells of human wisdom) that can hold NO water at all, living or otherwise!” This was stated centuries ago to the rebellious children of Israel. Yet human nature just seems to persist and this is prophetic to what is happening in this very situation we are in right now!

It will be interesting to see what the next few weeks have in store for the world and for the U.S. God’s true children, renewed spiritually and anointed by the abiding Holy Spirit need to continue to pray for one another and those lost and blinded!

 

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Finding Your Way in the Evangelical Fog

by Cameron Buettel Monday, March 9, 2020

The following blog post was originally published on August 10, 2015. —ed.

I grew up in a remote Australian community. Our relative isolation meant there was a noticeable delay in the arrival of big-city trends, technology, and television. But it wasn’t all bad—the upside of our perceived backward lives was that the erosion of values and views moved more slowly in our little corner of the world than it did in the cosmopolitan cities.

But those days are long gone, even in the outback of Australia. We now live in an age of instant information and awareness. The Internet has demolished many of the geographical and cultural barriers that used to restrain the spread of changing trends.

Today, information technology is a powerful tool to apply immediate pressure to our thinking and beliefs. Our culture is shaped by those who are most persistent and aggressive in bombarding us with their worldview. And vocal minorities cloud the truth as they steer societal change.

Armed with a robust Christian worldview, evangelicals should be the best equipped to confront those challenges. Instead evangelicalism belies its commitment to Scripture as it wanders in a fog of spiritual opinions that lack biblical convictions.  John MacArthur rightly highlights the problems in his book The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception: “Far from being a strong voice and a powerful force for the cause of truth, the evangelical movement itself has become the main battleground.”[1]

The marketplace of evangelical ideas is now overrun with diverse and competing agendas. Even the most seasoned believers can struggle to navigate it. Making matters worse, there are now many evangelical voices spreading dangerous error mixed with a dose of biblical truth. Many believers have been lulled into a false sense of security under once-orthodox preachers and teachers who have veered away from true, biblical north.

John MacArthur doesn’t hold back in his assessment of the situation:

I am convinced that the greatest danger facing Christians today has infiltrated the church already. Countless false teachers already have prominent platforms in the evangelical movement; evangelicals themselves are loath to practice discernment or question or challenge anything taught within their movement; and many leading evangelicals have concluded no doctrine or point of theology is worth earnestly contending for. The evangelicalism movement as we speak of it today is already doomed.[2]

Those false teachers contribute to the problem every time they enter the pulpit. The sermon content in many popular churches leaves congregations at the mercy of prowling wolves:

Bible teaching, even in the best of venues today, has been deliberately dumbed-down, made as broad and as shallow as possible, oversimplified, adapted to the lowest common denominator—and then tailored to appeal to people with short attention spans. Sermons are almost always brief, simplistic, overlaid with as many references to pop culture as possible, and laden with anecdotes and illustrations. (Jokes and funny stories drawn from personal experience are favored over cross-references and analogies borrowed from Scripture itself.) Typical sermon topics are heavily weighted in favor of man-centered issues (such as personal relationships, successful living, self-esteem, how-to lists, and so on)—to the exclusion of the many Christ-exalting doctrinal themes of Scripture.[3]

MacArthur’s sober commentary on the decline into evangelical ignorance also implies the solution. If the abandonment of biblical fidelity has plunged Christians into biblical ignorance, then the embrace of Scripture’s authority and sufficiency will result in the ascent out of that dark pit.

Paul and Silas saw that high view of Scripture exemplified and applied in the church at Berea:

Now these [the Bereans] were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed. (Acts 17:11–12)

The Berean believers were commended as “more noble minded” than the Thessalonian Christians. They didn’t gullibly swallow what Paul and Silas preached, nor were they swayed by the prevailing winds of their culture. Scripture, carefully studied, was their sole barometer—and it should be ours too. Next time we’ll take a closer look at who those noble Bereans were.

https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B150810

Hearing God Speak, Part 2

May 8, 2020 by Kerry Shook

 

“So the LORD called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?’ Then Eli realized it was the LORD who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, LORD, your servant is listening.’ So Samuel went back to bed.” 1 Samuel 3:8-9 (NLT2)

Samuel was just a boy when he first heard it. He was lying in bed. Three times the whisper of God called his name, “Samuel, Samuel …” He thought it was his mentor, the Priest Eli, who was calling him. So clear was the call that each time he rose from bed and went to Eli. It was only after the third time that Eli realized it must be the Lord. He sent young Samuel back to his room with these instructions, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’ Samuel returned to his bed. Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’” 1 Samuel 3:9-10 (MSG)

Abraham was seventy-five years old when he heard God speak to him (Genesis 12:4). Moses was eighty (Exodus 7:7). Peter was on a roof top in prayer. Paul was on the road to Damascus intent on making prisoners of Christ followers. It’s not your age, location or your ability that God is looking for. It’s your availability. God speaks to those who are ready to listen. Until we die to all that we desire, our ambition, our will, our dreams, our goals and lay them all before God as loss we are not likely to hear Him speak. Are you ready to listen?

Sometimes I wonder if God is like the Verizon commercial, “Can you hear Me now? Can you hear Me now?” Twice in the Book of Isaiah God said to His people, “I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. …” (Isaiah 65:12; 66:4) In Isaiah 50 you can almost feel the anguish of God when He asks His people, “Why was no one there when I came? Why didn’t anyone answer when I called?” (Vs. 2)

In his book, The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” What do you think He is trying to say in this global pandemic?

Practice listening for His voice. The best way to begin is meditating on Scripture. Is your daily reading more about information or transformation? Allow the Holy Spirit who inspired His Word to speak to your heart. Begin as Samuel did, “‘Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’”

God did speak to Samuel and gave us an understanding of how He reveals Himself and speaks to us today in the final verse of this story. The Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 3:21 (NIV) “The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there He revealed himself to Samuel through his word.”

Don’t waste these days of sheltering at home and look back on them having missed the opportunity to hear God speak to you. Get alone with God in His Word to experience His presence, hear His voice and respond in obedience to what He is saying to you.

I hope you’ll join us for live worship this Mother’s Day Weekend as well at live.wc.org. Use this opportunity to connect with your mother, especially if you haven’t been able to visit her in person.

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The Most Important Instrument on Sunday Morning

Article by Bob Kauflin
Pastor, Louisville, Kentucky

The ending of the Psalter explodes with instrumental praise. Lutes, harps, tambourines, strings, and pipes are all called into service of God’s glory. In our day, it’s pianos, electric and acoustic guitars, brass, strings, wind instruments, synths, organs, and multiple kinds of percussion. All can be employed in responding to God’s word, worthiness, and works.

One might almost think that means the more instruments, the better the worship — but that can’t be true. Not every church has the people or resources to utilize multiple instruments. Some make do with a single piano or guitar. Some don’t even have that.

But one instrument is common to every church, big or small. And happily, it’s the instrument God is most concerned about on Sunday mornings: the voice of the congregation.

That reality doesn’t negate the valuable contribution other instruments can make to our singing. But we’re to see them as useful, not crucial. They’re meant to complement and support our voices, not replace them.

We Lift Our Voices

Psalm 150 notwithstanding, Scriptures that reference using voices to praise God far outweigh those that reference using instruments — about 7 to 1. That’s not conclusive, but it certainly points us in a direction.

As to the Psalms, it’s worth noting God didn’t give us a backing instrumental track to accompany them. He only provided lyrics. Of course, many Psalms contain musical annotations, as well as commands to play instruments. But God is evidently more concerned about the words we use to praise him than the music we set them to.

While the New Testament references flutes, trumpets, and harps (Matthew 11:171 Corinthians 14:7–81 Thessalonians 4:16Revelation 5:814:215:2), the unquestionable emphasis when we gather as God’s people is on singing (Matthew 26:30Mark 14:26Acts 16:251 Corinthians 14:1526Ephesians 5:19Colossians 3:16James 5:13). It’s hard to “teach and admonish one another” with instruments alone.

Everyone in the church — pastors, leaders, tech teams, and of course, those who sing — can contribute to prioritizing the congregation’s voice. Here are some ideas on how we can work together towards that end, first for church members.

For Church Members

You may not be involved in the formal music ministry of your church, but you still play a vital role, in at least four ways.

Prepare. Good instrumentalists plan, practice, and rehearse for Sunday mornings. As a member of the congregation, you may not do vocal warm-ups on the way to church, but you can prepare your heart.

Rather than waiting for the music on Sunday to move you to worship, spend time Saturday night or before the meeting reflecting on the lavish mercy God has shown us in Christ. In the midst of our rebellion, God graciously sent his Son to receive the punishment we deserved, so that we could be forgiven, justified, and adopted into God’s family. Every promise of God is assured for us in Jesus Christ. How can we not want to sing?

Participate. It may be obvious, but the congregation will be heard more clearly if everyone sings. It would be odd if the members of a band held their instruments and never played a note. In a similar way, it makes no sense when we stand silently in the midst of a singing congregation.

I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. (Psalm 40:9)

Look around. Engage with others by occasionally making eye contact as you sing. Acknowledge that you’re doing this together and you’re glad about it!

Receive. Often on a Sunday, I’ll stop singing for a moment and let the sound of others proclaiming God’s truth wash over my soul. When God instructs us about music in the church, we’re told to “address one another” and to “teach and admonish one another” (Ephesians 5:19Colossians 3:16). That’s right in line with what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians about doing everything to build up those around us (1 Corinthians 12:714:51226). Listening to others sing around me is a powerful means of grace and edification.

It’s not uncommon to think of “getting lost” in the sound of synth pads and ambient guitar patches during a service. But that’s foreign to the New Testament. We’re called to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly, not musical experiences.

Encourage. Take time to commend your music leaders and musicians. Thank them for a particular song they chose. Tell them how God has used the songs they lead to help you think more clearly about God and strengthen your faith. Express your appreciation for those around you who sing loudly, boldly, joyfully, and faithfully. Especially encourage those who display God’s grace by singing songs of faith, trust, and joy in the midst of sorrows and trials.

For Church Leaders

If you’re responsible for planning or leading the songs in your church, there are a number of ways you can hinder or help your people’s singing.

Teach on the value of the congregation’s voice. Whether it’s through regular comments on Sunday, or a full sermon, the church needs to understand what musical sound is most important to God. Help them see that hearty singing is necessary for edification to take place. Consider starting with a “call to worship” to root their singing in God’s revelation and commands.

Monitor the volume of the musicians. Sometimes, a band is so loud that people have a hard time hearing the person next to them, much less the sound of the congregation. In other situations, the band and leader are so soft that people with shaky, awkward, not-so-in-tune voices fear singing out. Adjust the loudness of the instruments to be soft enough for the congregation to hear itself, but loud enough to give confidence and direction.

Choose keys and ranges to serve the congregation. When leaders choose a key for a song because they “sound better in that key,” they’re serving themselves, not their congregation. Church members don’t attend the service to listen to a soloist. At least they shouldn’t. But they’ll tend to become spectators if they have to strain every time they sing.

Simplify your arrangements. When the sound from the instruments is constant and dense, it can leave congregations feeling like they have nothing to offer. Similarly, a band that sounds professional and polished can tempt people over time to be more in awe of external trappings than eternal truth. Try using fewer instruments. Vary what and when they play. And if you use in-ear monitors, make sure you can still hear the congregation.

Turn the lights up. Though some people feel more “comfortable” and less distracted with the lights down low, a dark room unquestionably leads to thinking the most important things are happening on the platform. It also makes it more comfortable to check out.

Be intentional about singing a cappella. Many congregations don’t know they’re the primary instrument on Sundays because they never have an opportunity to hear themselves alone. If your church sings less confidently when the instruments drop out, it’s a sign they think the band is more important than they are. Try including two or three moments of a cappella singing every Sunday. That regular practice reminds the church we’re there to support them, not the other way around.

Limit instrumental sections. When people constantly have to stop singing as the musicians play, it can be hard to stay connected to the truths they’re singing. Better options include starting a song with a brief intro, cutting instrumental sections short, or ending songs on the last note the congregation sings rather than playing the obligatory instrumental ending.

For Everyone’s Good

Making the congregation’s voice the main instrument in our gatherings benefits us in at least five ways.

First, it enables us to flesh out the commands of Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. We understand better that we are not only singing to God, but to each other. We become more aware that we’re being counseled by those around us.

Second, appreciating the value of the congregation’s voice makes our meetings less about performance and more about participation. Less about being impressed and more about being involved. It helps us see that musicians are one part of the body, not separate from it. We are all being led by our great high priest, Jesus, who perfects all our offerings of praise to the Father (1 Peter 2:5).

Third, highlighting the role of the congregation increases our awareness of what each of us brings to build up the church. Typically, when someone asks, “How was worship?” they’re referring to what the musicians did. Ignoring for a moment that “worship” means much more than singing on Sundays, congregational worship is primarily about what the congregation does, not the musical leaders. So the quality of “worship” is determined by the enthusiasm, participation, engagement, and expression of the people.

Fourth, prioritizing the congregation’s sound makes our songs less dependent on fantastic musicians and more dependent on faith-filled hearts. We can be grateful for churches that have amazing instrumentalists that serve their churches with excellence every week. But let’s be honest. The vast majority of churches have average musicians. Hopefully getting better all the time, but still not professionals. But that doesn’t have to affect the sound of individuals whose eyes and hearts have been opened to the glories of the Savior.

Finally, seeing the congregation as the main instrument on Sundays expresses our unity more clearly. There is no dividing line between the musicians and the people, or the pastors and people. We are the body of Christ, made one through his blood, joined together in the Spirit, called to “live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together [we] may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5–6).

May it be increasingly so in our churches, for the glory of the Lamb whose song we’ll be singing through endless ages.

Why live one day at a time?

June 18, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

There are many logical and natural reasons why we need to live one day at a time in this world. What does it really mean for a believer during this wilderness journey of life?

I want to share three reasons why we must live one day at a time.

To Overcome Anxiety

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34)

We will always have something or the other in this world to trouble us. Jesus is calling us to rest in Him. When we learn of Jesus, we will find rest for our souls (Matthew 11:29). The restlessness or unrest in our minds and hearts will be cast out when we are filled in His Spirit. In verse 33, Jesus says to seek His kingdom. What is His kingdom? In Romans 14:17, we read the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. When we give room for the anointing in our lives, He will fill us with His Peace or Comfort.

God desires we live each day in His love and obedience. Rather than waste today thinking of what may or may not happen tomorrow. When we have today in control, He will continue to strengthen and provide for us each day, like He did in the wilderness journey of the Israelites – there was never a dearth of food, clothing or shelter.

To Live Happily

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24)

Each and every day is a gift to us. Another day to live for Christ. Another day to reach out to the lost – in our families, neighbourhood, and the world around us. It is a day of rejoicing because we are gifted this day to love others and spread the good news one more time.

It is a joy for believers to meditate on His Word day and night (Psalms 1:2).

It is a joy to be in fellowship and hear testimonies of faith (Psalms 133:1).

Most of all, believers are God’s delight (Psalms 16:3/ Zephaniah 3:17).

To Be Ready For Jesus

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

Some believe in the rapture, some don’t. Let God lead you. What’s necessary for those who believe in the rapture is that they find themselves labouring for the kingdom of God. Be given to reading, exhortation, and doctrine. Live the overcoming life which keeps us away from evil spirits like anxiety, loneliness, depression and sinful natures. We are at war now against wicked spiritual forces and the need to stay focused on the Word of God daily is much more evident today than ever before. We need to redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16).

New technologies are drawing children and youth away from the presence of God, keeping their minds and hearts engaged and bound in the things of the world. Now is the time to cry for the children as Jesus said in Luke 23:28.

Genesis to Revelation is filled with reasons why we need to live every waking moment in Jesus. To a believer, to live is Christ, daily.

Why live one day at a time?

Hearing God Speak, Part 1

May 7, 2020 by Kerry Shook

“Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)

Nothing is more reassuring to a child than the voice of their mother or father. It’s amazing to watch how they respond to a comforting word spoken softly yet with confident assurance and love. It’s true in our relationship with God as well. As His children, we long to hear His voice. I love the way The Message puts Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the One who will keep you on track.”

This promise tells me that for the times I’m prone to complain that God is not speaking, the problem may be more likely that I am not listening. Do you listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go? It’s easy for men especially to compartmentalize ourselves, zooming in on whatever is at hand. We tend to separate our spiritual lives from our everyday routines. If that’s the case for you as well, I want to challenge you to make an intentional effort to listen for God’s voice in everything you do, not just in the big decisions, not just on Sunday when you go to church or when you read your bible or pray. Practice listening for God’s voice in everything.

The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the word of God. What is He saying to you? God speaks through His Spirit, the Bible, circumstances and others in ways consistent with His revealed Word that He may reveal Himself, His nature and His ways to us. The Bible is filled with examples of how He spoke in times past. One of my favorites is found in 1 Kings 19 when He spoke to a discouraged prophet named Elijah. Even prophets get depressed. Elijah had isolated himself in a cave that only reinforced his feelings of loneliness. Maybe that’s how you have felt sheltering at home these past eight or nine weeks. But God wasn’t through with His servant. Notice how God spoke to him in verses 11-12, “The LORD said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

To hear a whisper, you have to be quiet. You have to really listen for it. You have to expect it. It wasn’t in the powerful wind, the earthquake, or the fire that God spoke. Those no doubt got his attention. It was with a gentle whisper. Listen for that whisper in your life in everything you do. Make prayer a dialogue, not just a monologue of your voice. Pause and be still. Wait for Him to speak. Sometimes it’s a simple prompting in your heart or idea. It could be a feeling of holy discontent or a direct answer from reading the Bible. As you practice the art of listening for the whisper of God, the Bible says, “Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go. …” How awesome would that be?

 

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VIDEO Real Story of Black Lives Matter, Marxist, Anti-Family Radicals Takeover Of America

By L. Brent Bozell III | July 1, 2020

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 14: A protester holds a sign during a march in support of Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives in Boystown on June 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Protests erupted across the nation after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images)

Black Lives Matter.

That rallying cry is now endorsed by millions of people, not just in the United States, but around the world. “By a 28-point margin, Civiqs finds that a majority of American voters support the movement,” according to The New York Times.

My guess is that 99 percent of those supporting this group have no idea what it stands for. All you shopkeepers putting signs in your stores, you schoolteachers programming your students to lock arms, you men and women of the cloth preaching about morality, you civic leaders urging community action and political leaders demanding legislative remedies — you give ignorant pawns a bad rap.

Black Lives Matter was founded by radical extremists who are perfectly pleased with the rioting, looting, vandalism and violence that have plagued our cities for the past several weeks.

It’s what violent revolutionaries do. Do I exaggerate?

Two of the three founders are self-described “trained Marxists.” Co-founder Patrisse Cullors told Cosmo that Assata Shakur is one of the leaders who inspired her. Shakur’s real name is Joanne Chesimard and she is wanted by the FBI as a “domestic terrorist” for murdering a police officer, escaping prison and hiding out in Cuba for decades.

One of the board of directors for the leftist group Thousand Currents, which handles donations to Black Lives Matter, is a convicted terrorist. She was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.

They live their beliefs.

Sorry, you spoiled, white-privileged, nameless, faceless, cowardly fools. BLM supports the destruction of America, and you’ve endorsed it, and they’re laughing at you. Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome warned that “if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.” He claimed it “a matter of interpretation” whether he was speaking “figuratively” or “literally.”

It’s a blatant threat. No one at BLM denounced him.

Black Lives Matter rioters have attacked statues and attempted to destroy monuments across America that project racism. But they’re also attacking those who fought against slavery. The mob is attempting to damage the iconic Lincoln Memorial. It wants a statue honoring Ulysses S. Grant removed. There’s more. They’re out to destroy the monument to the 54th Massachusetts regiment, the African American unit portrayed in the movie “Glory.” Their latest target is the Emancipation Memorial, a D.C. statue depicting a freed slave in front of President Abraham Lincoln. The statue was unveiled in 1876 to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and was funded by actual freed slaves.

Those black lives don’t matter to Black Lives Matter.

They’re also trying to destroy a World War II memorial. Somehow our nation’s victorious struggle to defeat Nazism is an exercise in racism.

Listen up, all you Christian leaders kneeling in prayer. While you’re sermonizing about the need to show support for their movement, BLM leaders are sermonizing about destroying yours. BLM activist Shaun King wants symbols of your religion eradicated. “Yes I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” he tweeted. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.”

BLM hasn’t denounced him. And you’re enabling him.

Amazon, Netflix, GoFundMe, Chick-fil-A — all you corporations sending millions and tripping over yourselves to be one with the crowd — do any of you know how to read? You should be held legally accountable for their destruction given it’s made possible by the money you’ve provided.

Black Lives Matter doesn’t hide its radical positions. They are listed right on its website. Who they are and what they believe — it’s right there, in the open. Are their beliefs yours too?

Since you’re endorsing BLM, I dare you to urge your shareholders and customers to read what’s on that website.

“Two of three Black Lives Matter founders identify as queer,” according to ABC News. The BLM positions reflect that, claiming to “foster a queer‐affirming network” and opposing “the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.” The organization vows to “do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege.” That’s all leftist code for an anti-family agenda.

But the organization gets more specific: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.” They want “extended families and ‘villages,’” to raise your children. It takes a village, not parents.

The group’s website proudly proclaims, “This is the revolution.” And that’s precisely what this is — a cultural revolution. These are Marxists following the Maoist playbook in China during the late ’60s and early ’70s. The Maoist revolutionaries vandalized temples, tore down statues and destroyed artifacts. The opposition was marched to re-education camps.

The Tibet Journal detailed the account of one lama who saw Marxism up close. The account described how Chinese Marxists “put themselves into a position of monopolizing truth and how it is sought.”

That is terrifyingly similar to what we are experiencing now.

It is not the alleged symbols of racism that Black Lives Matter wants destroyed. It is America.

L. Brent Bozell is the founder and president of the Media Research Center.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/07/01/bozell-the-real-story-of-black-lives-matter-marxist-anti-family-radicals/


Activist Mommy Breaks Down The Marxist Takeover Of America

Catholic Priest Suspended for Sermon Condemning BLM’s Violence, Marxism and Destruction

Jim Hoft

Father Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana was suspended this week after his condemnation of the radical Black Lives Matter protest movement. Father Ted made the mistake of comparing Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion to “serpents in the garden” whose “poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured.”

Father Ted’s sermon is still posted here.

Via Lew Rockwell.

Several days ago, Eric sent me what he called Father Ted’s “stemwinder” of a sermon from this past Sunday. He knew I’d love it. And I did:  it condemned BLM’s violence, Marxism, destruction, and poisonous contempt for society and freedom. We need many more such fearless clergy as Father Ted, men who will denounce evil forthrightly rather than defending or even promoting it as “social justice.”

Of course, such courageous castigation infuriated the “woke” and assorted other snowflakes, commies, and misfits. “But how did people who never attend church hear about a Catholic priest’s homily?” you ask. Well, the Indy Star, part of the “USA Today Network,” decided to leaven its usual propaganda with a report on Father Ted’s truth (or perhaps this was the Star’s attempt to “tattle” on him and rouse the rabble); from there, the story went national: “A Catholic diocese,” intoned The Hill, “is facing calls to remove a local pastor after he compared the Black Lives Matter movement and its demonstrators to ‘maggots and parasites.’” (One of my favorite lines from the sermon, by the way!)

Notice the not-so-subtle indoctrination. The Hill’s writer and editors believe Father Ted should be fired; ergo, they lead with his critics’ bile.

St. Elizabeth has removed the “stemwinder,” so I can’t refer you to it. Fortunately, however, The Indy Star reprinted a few of its stirring paragraphs:

The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own … They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace and [sic for our?] current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment. …

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe … They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.

So astute!

Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured.

Hey, Marxism is more toxic than just about anything mankind has endured.

Catholic Priest Suspended for Sermon Condemning BLM’s Violence, Marxism and Destruction