Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Conviction

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And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

John 16:8

Did you know that one of the roles of the Holy Spirit was to convict people of sin? When you think about it, that’s a crucial element in the process of salvation. If I feel no conviction for my sin, why in the world would I need a Savior?

With that concept in mind, you can see how dangerous the modern apostate church has become. When pastors deliver a seeker-friendly message that says Jesus accepts your sinful lifestyle, they’re circumventing the work of the Holy Spirit. Yes, no matter what your sin is, Jesus accepts you and is willing to forgive you, but we cannot separate the message of salvation from Jesus’ call to repentance and turning away from our sin.

Alister Crawly wrote the Satanic Bible, which has its own version of the golden rule. It says, “Do what thou wilt.” So now when you hear preachers telling you that you can live however you want, you’ll know where they got it, just don’t look for it in the Bible.

As I’ve said over and over, if you are in one of these apostate churches, it’s time to get out now! Start praying and seeking out a biblical church or home fellowship.

Most Democrats have never murdered a baby directly, but by voting for pro-choice candidates, their hands will be covered in the blood of the unborn on Judgment day. Likewise, if you are tithing to an apostate church teaching the satanic doctrine of “do what thou wilt,” you are participating in sending scores of people to hell; many of whom found that seeker-friendly church in a quest for truth.  When they got there, the very conviction that brought them to church, was quenched by a false sense of security and a lie as old as hell itself.

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Discerning Wickedness

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Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Malachi 3:18

Charles Spurgeon said “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”

In today’s America, filled with lukewarm churches, people are hungry for something that stirs their emotions. They want to feel passion ignited in their spirit. That’s understandable and I believe it is a desire given to us by God. But, we have to use the highest level of discernment in looking for such a stirring.

The runaway “Christian” bestseller, The Shack, sold over 21 million copies and has now been made into a movie. The movie tells the story of a father going to “God” to learn how to deal with the loss of his daughter. He asks the same question we all ask, how can a good God allow such a horrible thing to happen? Right away, the story hits those emotional cords people are longing for. But, it misrepresents God. God is portrayed as a woman in the story. Yes, Jehovah has male and female attributes as stated in Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” But, God is always referred to in the Bible as a male. He is a King, not a queen, he is our Holy Father and not our mother. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is portrayed as woman in The Shack. In the Bible, Jesus always refers to the God the Holy Spirit as being a “He.”

In today’s day and age, the last thing we need is more confusion being propagated over this issue of gender identity. I mean, if God’s gender is subject to the whims of culture, how can we expect our children to believe that their gender identity and sexuality are determined by their God-given DNA?

Please watch the short video below to see all the ways that The Shack distorts God’s Truth.

The Shack delivers a pot of feel-good emotional scenes, a sprinkling of biblical truths, and just a dash of heresy. That’s not so bad, right? Let me ask you this. What if I made a big pot of chili, using the best ingredients I could find and I only put a teaspoon of rat poisoning in it. Would you eat it?

Well, rest assured, William P. Young, the author of The Shack, doesn’t settle for a teaspoon of heresy in the book he wrote after The Shack. In his novel Eve, he takes great liberties with the creation story.

*Spoiler Alert for any of you intending to read Eve.* In Young’s story, “God” impregnates Adam who carries Eve in his belly. Then, when Eve is born, God breastfeeds her. Eve also gets off the hook for triggering the fall of man in Young’s account.

In our age of the apostate American Church, gender queering, non-binaries, purple penguins, and gay pastors, it’s no wonder that The Shack is the number one “Christian” book on Amazon and we should not be surprised that William P. Young is the number one “Christian” author on Amazon.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Is Christianity Essentially A Jail?

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Is Christianity Essentially A Jail?

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For many, living under the auspice of the Bible is not only seemingly impossible, but, perhaps, a ridiculous idea.

You know the story, don’t you? A young Christian at college gets invited to a party and says, “I just can’t go.” The organizer says, “Why not?” The Christian responds, “It’s not what I believe or follow.” It’s enough to make some believe that Christianity is too restrictive, rules-minded, and life-altering.

They may say, “Why should I follow something that will limit me?” Of course, the catch for our culture is that freedom is defined as having no restrictions — to shed all authority and discover what works best for you.

Ironically, that is exactly what biblical Christianity is all about – allowing you to discover what’s best for you. Following the risen Christ allows you to really thrive in the purpose God created you for (to glorify His name).

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In John 8:31-38, Jesus unpacks two truths that help answer the question, “Is Christianity a jail?”

First, Jesus—God in the flesh—teaches that true, authentic freedom is found only in serving the living God.Serving” seemingly reeks with the chains of non-freedom. But freedom isn’t just throwing off any man-made restraints. It also comes from within:

“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.’” (John 8:34)

In other words, we all work hard for something – success, romance, acceptance, achievement, materialism — that we think will fulfill us. And, instead, of us controlling whatever that is, that thing ends up controlling us.

But notice what Jesus says in John 8:35-36:

“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

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The son has real freedom. But why is that? Because the son knows he is in union with the Father. No matter what we may chase in this life, nothing can replace the fact that we are created for God and His purposes. Moreover, the son also knows that the Father best recognizes the way he should live. The world claims that true freedom is experienced by whatever we want. Yet, Jesus Christ says that His freedom is doing what you were created to do—following Him.

Real freedom is found only in serving the living God. Freedom isn’t just living independently. We all long and cling to something—known or unspoken. That thing becomes our master and lord. The world says freedom isn’t having a boss or master. Jesus says that true freedom comes with acknowledging and having the right Master.

Secondly, the biblical Gospel alone sets you free. Let’s be honest—when you don’t live in the Father’s house mentioned above, then yes, the Father’s house is going to be like and feel like slavery. We become resentful of being in such a home and look for “greener pastures” and a chance to get away.

Notice Jesus’ words in John 8:37-38:

“I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

Jesus wants to give us back the heart of the son in this passage. A son who trusts, loves and follows his Father. One that is like the Father in all respects and loves what his Father loves. You need the Holy Spirit of God to change your heart, not more resolutions or plans to “do better.” You need to be absolutely overcome by Jesus’ love for you and what He did for you in the Gospel.

For many who are reading this, going to church and trying to live the Christian life does feel like drag. They reason many believe that Christianity is restrictive is because they’ve never accepted Jesus’ free offer of forgiveness by repenting and believing the Gospel.

Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Life isn’t a “cake walk” with Jesus. But He will sustain you and satisfy you under any burden.

So, make a choice today: Would you rather have a burden or the right master? I don’t know about you, but the biblical Jesus is my desire, not a burden. Only is Him can true, non-restrictive freedom found.

What is your choice today?

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Who is Jesus?

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With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;  With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.

Psalm 18:25-26

Who is Jesus? Well, quite honestly, that depends on who you are. Not in the common core sense, like Jesus is whoever you want him to be. But, in the sense that today’s verse implies.

Are you broken hearted? He’s a comforter. Are you ashamed of your sin and repentant like the woman who was caught in the act of adultery? He’s a forgiving savior.

Are you struggling to have faith like the man with the demon possessed son? He is patient and powerful enough to heal your child and grant you a believing heart.

But, if you are arrogant and proud like the pharisees of his day, he is your prosecutor and your judge. And if you have determined to be your own god, making your own rules, and living life the way you see fit, in the end, you will find out that he actually is God.

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Does The Bible Really Say We Shouldn’t Judge?

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Does The Bible Really Say We Shouldn’t Judge?

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Visit Google and type in the phrase “The Bible says not to ….” What do you think pops up first? It is the essence of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1:

“Judge not, that you be not judged.”

This is no surprise to most of us. We live in a culture that believes religion should be kept private and that absolute truth is negotiable — depending, of course, on your preferences. Practically, since we have no standard for truth, one is prevented from telling others if he/she is right or wrong. Is that really what Jesus meant in Matthew 7:1?:

Notice that Jesus didn’t say that we shouldn’t ever tell anyone he or she is wrong. In fact, Jesus spent His time on earth doing this very thing!

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Later in the same passage, in Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus makes a distinction between the broad and narrow way. He doesn’t say, “Oh, golly gee, whatever you want to do in life is cool with me. I am not going to judge you!” Instead, he says:

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

So, what is this the “judge not” verse of Matthew 7:1 saying?

First, you truly judge someone not when you analyze their position against truth, but when you reject them as human, made in God’s image.

Isn’t this what John 3:17 characterizes?:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

While Jesus made abundantly clear that He alone was the narrow gate to heaven, he still didn’t “condemn the world.” You see, not condemning the world doesn’t mean you don’t forthrightly speak the truth. Instead, what you do after stating the truth determines whether you are judging.

Think about it: After telling us the truth of the kingdom of God, Jesus didn’t cast us off or dismiss us. No, he drew us closer and closer and made us — the sinners — his friends.

Perhaps the most famous Bible verse — John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world …) — precedes John 3:17. Jesus not only told us the truth, but He laid down His life for salvation!

Second, judging mirrors excessive obliviousness of our own immorality.

Jesus speaks in Matthew 7:5 about taking “the log” out of our own eye before addressing others. That is, we shouldn’t criticize others for the exact same things we are guilty of doing.

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Jesus’ words here assume that there is a perpetual “log” lodged in our eyes as Christians. We might learn to lessen or downplay these “logs” by social and cultural domestication and rules, but the fact remains that the sinful depravity still lingers.

What has God given me in Christ? Grace, mercy and forgiveness. Doesn’t that change how I treat and speak to people? It should.

So, when Jesus said “judge not,” he was telling us to review the situation without rejecting the person. As Christians, we are called to speak with grace and truth (1 Peter 3:15).

Again, this doesn’t mean we can’t engage someone with truth. Rather, we have in Matthew 7:1-6 specific instructions about how to engage anyone we may meet who we may never agree with.

How do we make this practical?

  1. Make sure private prayer is your main arsenal. We can’t change someone’s heart — only the Holy Spirit of God can do that work.
  2. Seek for someone to come to Christ before chasing secondary issues. You may want to really make sure your co-workers know your sports team is the best in the world. But what does that have to do with eternity?
  3. Make sure you are “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19b). Be careful to protect your pastors, staff and church by heading off gossip and slander. Be slow to speak and quick to pray.
  4. Make sure you are patient with the speed of how God is working in someone’s life. Change is a process, not an event. We need to be patient with people as they struggle with sin. God’s timetable isn’t ours. His sovereign will is perfect, and we can trust Him.
  5. Learn to speak to different people differently, as God leads. Jesus didn’t speak to Herod or Pilate in the same way He spoke to others. Paul didn’t talk to the Gentiles and Jews in the same way. Yet, it was the same message — the Gospel message.

Remember, we set standards that we use to judge, not realizing that we will fail our own criteria. Most judgments, accusations and verdicts don’t even need to be rendered (1 Corinthians 4:1-5). In heaven, there’ll be no judging motives, no racial profiling, no injustice, no theft, no vengeance, no hate, and nothing but love — eternal and free from the one true God of the Bible. The only fully competent Judge is coming.

In a world gone mad, only one hope remains: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Genesis 18:25). Do you trust Him today?

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Marked for God

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Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple. Then He said to them, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.

Ezekiel 9:3-7

This is a deep section of Scripture and probably contains several Bible studies. I’ll try to get the largest points of the message.

First off, notice that the glory of God has departed the cherub which most likely is a reference to the cherub which has its wings outstretched over the ark of the covenant. The glory then moved to the threshold of the temple. It sounds as if that glory is about to depart the temple altogether. In today’s terminology, it might be akin to God’s anointing leaving the American church. Judging from the state of the churches I’ve visited in the last two years, I’d say we are precariously close to such and event.

Secondly, look at who the Lord chooses to be marked with his sign. It’s not the priests. While I think it is tough to please God without giving and  fellowshiping with other believers,  it’s not those who are bringing sacrifices nor those who are regularly attending temple. It’s not a lot of people who are doing things that we would think of as good. God tells the man to mark those who cry over the abominations which are done in the city.

Thirdly, God tells those tasked with slaying to begin in at His sanctuary and the judgement starts with the leadership in the Temple. Not only did the apostate clergy of the day not get a pass because they called themselves elders, they were the first to be slaughtered. This is very sobering to me and I hope it is for you also.

Here’s the two major takeaway’s from today’s verse. First, make sure the things that break God’s heart are the things that break your heart. Are you praying that abortion will come to an end in America? Do you remember your brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering for the sake of Christ? Do you ask for healing for the sick, freedom for those in bondage, and deliverance for those under all sorts of oppression? And, do you allocate some portion of your resources, be it time or money to make these requests a reality?

Additionally, the judgement in this section of scripture begins with the spiritual leaders as God says “Begin at My sanctuary.” I often cite the poll from Crosswalk.com that states 54% of pastors admitted to looking at porn. While many of them, I’m sure have repented, I’ll still say most are unfit to be in leadership positions until they’ve spent a significant amount of time learning to follow the Spirit rather than their own flesh. Next, let’s look at the remaining 46%. It’s impossible to know the exact number, but some portion of those pastors are lying. After all, if you’re willing to compromise enough to look at porn, what’s a little white lie on a survey going to hurt? I’ll assume a third of them lied, which is probably overly gracious. Now we’re down to 30%. My guess is that half of them are so lukewarm that Satan has no interest in seeing them removed from the pulpit, fearing that someone with a passion for the truth may take their place. I realize I’ve taken great liberties with these assumptions, but that leaves us with only 15% of pastors who have a passion for teaching God’s Word and have learned the spiritual discipline of controlling their flesh through fasting and walking in the Spirit.

What does that mean for you if you’re not a pastor? It means be very careful about taking advice from a pastor or entrusting your family’s spiritual health to one. You HAVE to be in God’s Word every day so you’ll have the discernment and connection to God’s Spirit to make those decisions yourself. Hold everything your pastor says up against God’s Word. No one is perfect, but if he is consistently missing the mark, it’s time to move on to a church that teaches the truth. You should not be out of fellowship, so keep looking until you find a better church. If you can’t find one, start a home fellowship, but don’t be part of an apostate church!

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Long Suffering

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reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering . . .

2 Timothy 4:2b

It’s rare that you’ll see me getting into the Greek or Hebrew definitions of words found in the Sunday Prepper Bible Studies, but I reserved the right to do so when I feel like it has something to add or it brings clarity and understanding to the study. We can never have too much clarity and understanding. So here’s a few of the Greek terms from today’s verse and their definitions.

Reprove- elénchō- to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation

Rebuke-epitimaō- to admonish or charge sharply

Long Suffering-makrothymia-patience, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs

The reason I’ve provided the definitions today is that I want you to really think about the words in this verse. Notice the contrast in the definitions.

Paul is telling Timothy to reprove and rebuke people. Those are inherently harsh actions.

But then, he tells him to use all long suffering when doing so. This idea of patience, forbearance, and slowness in avenging wrongs seems incompatible with showing someone their fault and calling them to account. But it’s not.

What many of us want to do is to hand out a scathing rebuke that really lets people know what a terrible thing they’ve done. Or, we want to just let it go and say nothing. Neither one of those line up with Paul’s instruction in this passage. We are to explain the wrong, but we are to do it with patience. We have to speak the truth in love and gentleness. Yes, sometimes that doesn’t work. Some people don’t hear gentleness and patience. But take the high road and try to reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering as you go about your business this week.

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

 

 

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How Can The Bible Be Trusted?

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One of the most notable hang-ups people have with the Bible is often the Bible itself. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “Man is messed up and sinful. Man authored and wrote the Bible to suit his needs. How can it be trusted?”

How are we to respond? Second Peter 1:12-21 gives us the answer. Peter is answering objections that everything the apostles taught was simply made up.

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Notice what 2 Peter 1:16 says:

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Some modern-day critics such as Dan Brown (author of the “Da Vinci Code”) and Bart D. Ehrman insist that early Christians selected stories that, in essence, propped Jesus up to a supernatural level. And here are four quick reasons why that isn’t the case.

  • The date is too early for Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to be simply fairytale. Most books were written some 20-30 years after Jesus’ death. Paul quotes a hymn in the book of Philippians 2, for instance, that sprung from the Gospels themselves. Further, the Gospel writers referred to current events of the first century in their writings (e.g., 1 Cor. 15, Luke 13-14, etc.).
  • The actual subject matter of the Gospels is too extreme to be a fairytale. Why would they include such claims as Jesus is God? Why would they include Jesus praying to His Father? And, in a first-century context where women were nothing more than property, why would they put them first at the tomb of Jesus? If you were simply writing a myth, you would never go that direction.
  • The Gospels are way too detailed to be a fairytale. From first-person narratives to historical dates, times and customs, the Gospels are richly laced with factual statements. Take Mark 14:52 as an example. In the throes of describing some of the most intense scenes so far of his book, Mark tells of someone (probably himself) who fled “naked” from the last night of Jesus’ life. That’s the kind of detail you put in when you’re writing a historical account. You don’t do that when you are merely making it up.
  • The meaning is too big to be a fairytale. What reward was there for telling the story as we have it today? All the writers and apostles, save John, died unnatural deaths for their faith – they were killed. You might say, “Well, don’t people die for lies all the time?” Yes, but people don’t die for something they know is a lie.
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Peter also argues that the author of the New Testament (and Bible at large) isn’t man but God.

2 Peter 1:19-21 says:

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit

Christians have long believed that the Bible itself is written by God and man. It has a unique part of each author’s perspective, writing style and personality. Being from God, it is infallible and inerrant. Yes, the authors were very fallible, but it wasn’t the authors themselves that were flawless—it was God.

Someone may say, “Yes, but we don’t have the original letters.”

Did you know that in Britain the official measure of a yard is encased in a heavy metal of titanium? What if someone stole it? Would we have to development a new measurement? Not at all! We have copies—yardsticks. You can compare the copies and know within a millimeter how long a yard is. The vast number and availability of yardsticks makes the original all the more trustworthy.

Likewise, the fact we have thousands of biblical copies affirms that it’s the Word of God. It hasn’t changed.

The Bible offers the only practical explanation for mankind’s plight and the presence of evil. History affirms that what it says about man is true (we are sinners in need of divine grace alone for salvation).  Any subject on which the Bible speaks, the Bible must be our final authority. God’s Word gets the last word. Give the Bible a chance and see if it makes better sense out of your life than a secular worldview.

What’s the difference between the Bible and the Internet? The former deserves your unreserved trust and the latter deserves a good measure of suspicion. Choose wisely.

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Get Back to Work!

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 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.  And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord‘s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

Ezekiel 8:15-16

As the last days of ancient Israel drew to a close, God granted Ezekiel a vision which revealed just how bad things had gotten in the culture. The vision begins at the outer courts of the temple where he is shown the idolatry of Israel’s leaders. Next, the vision proceeds to the gate of the temple where Ezekiel sees women worshiping Tammuz. Finally, he sees men inside the temple, between the door and the altar worshiping the sun. No one else would be inside the temple except the priests, so this must be an indictment against the spiritual leaders of Israel.

America has recently made a turn in the right direction. The prepping industry is taking a major hit because of the confidence that people are feeling since the election. I understand that. We’ve averted a major catastrophe politically.

It’s okay, take a break. Enjoy the win for a few minutes and celebrate. But, don’t let your victory lap turn into a couch of complacency. Don’t kick off your shoes and lay back with the remote for the next four years.

We’ve still got a long way to go. Abortion is still legal. We still have 20 trillion in debt. The nation is divided more now than ever before. And, like the temple in Ezekiel’s time, the American pulpit is festering with abominations. Our pastors barely know the Bible and are willing to make compromises on sin and truth to be seeker friendly.

So, finish your celebratory ice cream sundae. You deserve it. Then, clock back in and get to work. We need personhood bills in every state and at the federal level to end abortion. Start getting involved.

Make sure you are financially hedged to weather the economic storm that is coming. President Trump is limited in what he can do to dodge this financial maelstrom barreling down the tracks.

Hedge yourself for the inevitable civil unrest that is still boiling in the hearts and minds of the left. They’re doubling down.

And finally, find a ministry. Maybe it’s sharing the gospel with people at work. Perhaps God’s been urging you to teach Sunday school. For many of you, there’s a painful awareness that the church you are attending has reached the apostate tipping point. It’s time to start your own home group or find another church. You’re number one ministry is your family’s spiritual health.

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-A Companion of Fools

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A companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 13:20b

Last week’s post could have sounded a little harsh. After all, doesn’t the Bible tell us to help those in need and not to neglect the poor? Absolutely, it does. But, it doesn’t ask us to be suicidal in fulfilling those admonitions.

Since the subject of Islamic immigrants is such a heated topic, let’s step back from the issue for a second. Instead of Muslims, let’s use me as the example.

Suppose you and I live next door to one another. And, let’s assume I have a terrible affinity for setting things on fire. Now let’s pretend that in one of my episodes of pyromania, I’ve burnt my house down and have nowhere to live. I come over to your house and explain to you, a kind Christian who wants to help, that I need a place to crash for a while.

What would you do? Let’s say that you decide to put me up on the couch for a few nights. Very kind of you, I truly appreciate it. Unfortunately, my unreformed nature gets the better of me late one evening. My imagination begins to run wild thinking about how beautiful your curtains would look engulfed in the glowing hues of red, orange and yellow. I can’t help myself. I pull out my lighter and . . .

The next morning, thankfully, we’ve both survived. However, neither of us have a place to live. Your inability to assist me with my needs is the very least of your problems. Now, you’re a refugee!

Have you fulfilled Proverbs 28:27 “ He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.” Sure, your heart was in it, but it hasn’t really done me much good. I’m still homeless. Not that I’m blaming you, I’m just pointing out that despite your sacrifice, I’m no better for it. And you, you’re in the same boat as me.

Perhaps a better response would have been to send me a box of food and a tent. Yes, in all likelihood, I’ll burn down my tent, but as long as you still have your home, you can continue to go to work and pay your bills. Being the generous soul that you are, I’m sure you’ll use what you have left over to keep on buying me more food and a new tent from time to time. Even though I may not know it, this remedy is actually better for me. And I’m sure you find this solution more agreeable as well.

Trust me when I tell you, I’m a really nice guy. But until we’ve addressed my love affair with fire and destruction, I won’t make a very good house guest. It may not even be my fault that I find a blazing flame so awe-inspiring. However, none of that will do you a bit of good when your house is reduced to an ash heap.

So, in the same way you can’t afford to have a pyromaniac for a house guest, America cannot afford to be a host to refugees who believe the radical ideas of Islam. In every country where the majority of the people are Muslim, women are oppressed, Bibles are illegal, and unbelievers are subject to rape, imprisonment, harassment, torture, and execution. In fact, the higher the overall percentage of a population professes Islam, the lower the level of freedom in that country. It is a direct and unfailing correlation. There is a reason that these people’s countries are in ruin.

If you feel led to help the refugees where they are, one of the best things you can do is donate to Voice of the Martyrs. They help to fund missionaries and pastors who covertly infiltrate Islamic nations in order to share the gospel. it is only through the transforming blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit that this culture can learn to stop burning their own house to the ground.

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-The Folly of Fools

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 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Proverbs 26:4-5

Aha! There’s that contradictory passage all of your atheist friends have been badgering you about for the last ten years! Or is it?

Massive demonstrations are going on at JFK and all across America over President Trump’s fulfillment of his campaign promise to close the borders to refugees and immigrants from terrorist hotbeds. The protests come on the heels of the THREE HOUR rape of a Swedish girl by Muslim immigrants which was live streamed on the social media network of self-proclaimed fake-news czar Mark Zuckerburg. The Islamic devotees, whose religion sanctions such actions against unbelievers, kept the camera feeding live to Fakebook during the young woman’s horrifying ordeal.

Swedens open-door policy to Muslims has made it the rape capital of the world where 77% of the rapes are committed by Muslim males who make up approximately 2% of the population. Rape by Muslim men is an epidemic, not only in Sweden but also in Germany and all across Europe.

Despite these sobering statistics, the crowds of protestors are filled with young attractive women, who are at risk of being the next victims humiliated on Facebook for the world to see.

So how does all of this prove that today’s Bible verse isn’t a contradiction? Try having a conversation with one of these protestors. It’s your job to enlighten them, right? Since you understand that Islamic culture isn’t compatible with Americanism, you need to explain to them how every country where Muslims are in the majority, women are oppressed, Bibles are illegal, and unbelievers are subject to rape, imprisonment, harassment, torture, and execution. And please, let me know how that conversation turns out.

The bottom line, as today’s verse suggests, you can’t win. If you try to help them understand, you’ll end up engaging in a conversation with a fool that goes nowhere. And if you say nothing, then you’re allowing them to go on thinking that they’re right. It’s the epitome of the old saying, “you’re danged if you do and danged if you don’t.” So, the verses aren’t actually the fabled contradiction that proves God’s Word can’t be true. It’s simply Solomon’s perfect example of the futility and frustration you can expect when you have to engage with fools.

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Be Ye Kind One to Another

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And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32

If you have a spirit of prophecy, you’re a truth lover. It’s in your God-given nature to want to tell people like it is. You have no trouble speaking into people’s lives, even when it hurts. And yes, as abrasive as it may seem, that’s your spiritual gift.

Here’s the caveat. God didn’t give you that gift just to speak your mind and offend folks. He gave you that gift to effect change. If people cross the street to avoid another dose of your “spiritual gift”, you’re just a clanging cymbal or noisy gong. You have to temper your truth with love.

Being kind and courteous may not come naturally to you. That’s no excuse to not obey today’s verse. But I don’t have to tell you that. You’re a truth lover. You already knew that. So, how about this week we make a conscious effort to be kind and tenderhearted to one another. That person who you’re getting ready to “speak some truth to” may be having a rough day. More than a harsh dose of truth, they might need a little care and compassion.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Greed

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For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:14-30

This parable is filled with decades worth of Bible studies. I probably won’t spend that much time on it, but I will likely need a few weeks to explore it a little deeper.

Three weeks ago we examined how Jesus had chosen capitalism as an example when explaining the Kingdom of Heaven to his disciples. We discussed how capitalism is demonized by popular American culture and how a socialistic approach to markets is touted as being more moral and just.

The buzz word most often used to condemn the prefered economic system of our Lord is “greed.”

Anyone who wants to make the most of what they’ve been given must be greedy. Anyone who wants to turn a profit is filled with greed. It is greed that motivates the entrepreneur and the business owner.

Is any of this true? Of course some entrepreneurs and business owners are greedy. Whether it’s the last financial crisis of 2008 or the tulip bulb bubble, the first bubble collapse on record, greed has always played a part.

But that’s not the question. Rather, we should be asking, is greed unique to capitalism? And the answer is no. Absolutely not. The great failure of socialism and communism is that they too are plagued by greed. It is greed that absolutely guarantees that those two systems cannot and will not deliver on their promises of utopic bliss. When they fail, they fail miserably. Communist China, Russia, Venezuela, and Cuba have some of the most horrific stories of starvation and wealth inequality in all of history. That is due to greed.

The difference in greed within capitalism and that of socialism is simple. In capitalism, my greed causes me to want to hoard the wealth I’ve earned. In socialism, my greed causes me to want to hoard the wealth you’ve earned. In capitalism, my greed problem is between me and Jesus. In socialism, it’s between me, and you, and Jesus. This presents a much more complex situation.

Greed is a manifestation of our wicked human nature embeded deep in our flesh. The only solution for it is life in the Spirit. Trying to solve it through the flesh and by trying to outsmart the wisdom of the Bible with a new economic system only makes it worse.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Happy New Year!

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 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105

Happy New Year! I pray that God will bless you with health, prosperity, wisdom, and a fresh anointing of His Holy Spirit for 2017. Especially wisdom! You’re going to need it this year like never before. You’ll need God’s wisdom to discern between right and wrong, to know how to deal with challenges, to make the right decisions in relationships and business dealings. Have God’s wisdom can make or break 2017 for you.

Wisdom is a great thing to pray for. I truly believe God supernaturally imparts wisdom upon us when we ask. But, I also believe He expects us to seek His wisdom.

How do we do that? By spending time in his Word everyday. No, it’s not legalistic, it’s called discipline. For those of you who have made resolutions to get in shape this year, it’s going to take dedication. You’ll have to commit to going to the gym, swimming, or what ever your preferred method of exercise is, five days a week. If you don’t,  you won’t see any change. That’s not me trying to be legalistic, it’s just the facts.

Likewise if you want to purpose to know God better, get closer to Him, and tap into His wisdom which you are going to need so desperately this year, you’ll have to make a commitment. I urge you to make 2017 the year that you begin each day with reading God’s Word. Can you do it at the end of the day? I don’t know. Many people can’t. They find that the distractions of the day have totally consumed them and they simply don’t have it.

For me, I’ve found that Bible reading is just like tithing. If I offer God what’s left over, guess what? That’s right. Nothing is left over. So, just like giving to God, I offer the first fruits of my day by being quiet and reading his Word.

I promise you, if you’ll make a New Years resolution to read God’s Word, everyday, it will have a radical effect on your 2017.

If you’d like to go a step further, and challenge yourself to read the entire Bible in 2017, below is a great reading plan from our friend Pastor Mike Spaulding over at Souring Eagle Radio. Just click the link and you can download the PDF or print it out and tuck it in the back of your Bible.

Bible Reading Plan 2017

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Merry Christmas

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 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14

Merry Christmas!

Was Jesus born on Decemeber 25th, the same day celebrated as being the birthday of the Mystery Babylon religious diety Tammuz? Probably not.

But, it is an event worth celebrating. We don’t have to celebrate it with pagan symbols such as Christmas trees and magic elves. We don’t have to confuse our children with myths of a dead saint who has all the attributes of God, being omnipresent, omniscient, and imortal. But, we can still celebrate the day the Word became flesh.

My family has chosen to celebrate the day God became a man and dwelt amoung us. For now, we celebrate it on December 25th. We decorate our home with a growing collection of nativity scenes rather than trees or boughs of holly. We have lights. We bake cookies and exchange gifts.

Some will say we’ve gone too far by tossing out the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, and his elves. Others will say we haven’t gone far enough in that we still observe the day at all. But we are following our convictions and trying to live life in the Spirit; a life that we hope pleases God.

Whatever your convictions are and however you choose to celebrate or boycot December 25th, I pray that today you’ll reflect on the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.

God bless and Merry Christmas,

Mark

 

 

 

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Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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The Biggest Lies & Myths About Preppers

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The Biggest Lies & Myths About Preppers While some people have been influenced by TV shows like Doomsday Preppers, the subject of prepping is far from a fade.  In fact, Preparedness is something that’s been talked about as far back as early Biblical times. The Bible is filled with many examples of prepping and even …

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Mary’s Song

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Mary’s Song

It is not the proud or the mighty or the rich who have the last word. 

Indeed, through his Messiah, God is about to over throw all these.

—Leon Morris, The Gospel According to Luke

 The Bible as History

When we say that the Bible is the Word of God, we mean that the Spirit of God breathed out His own words through human writers.  “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21), so that “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16).  The words of Scripture are in the most literal sense the words of God, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative.

This doesn’t mean, however, that the human writers had nothing to do with the process of composition.  The Spirit of God chose, prepared, and equipped the human authors and then made use of their personalities, intelligence, and gifts in the writing process.  They wrote, not as robotic software programs producing automatic writing, but as artists crafting profound and beautiful literature.

And so very little of Scripture comes to us as straight dictation from the mouth of God.  Only rarely did God completely override the intentions and actual will of His spokesmen.  (The wicked prophet Balaam is an example.)  Also rare were the occasions when the Spirit of God dumped a large amount of information into the mind of a previously ignorant writer.  God usually worked with what His servants knew or had learned.  For example, when God needed someone to write sacred history, He normally chose an educated man who had been an eyewitness to the events he was to describe.  In some cases, God moved the writers to interview eyewitnesses or to collect primary source documents.

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Luke, for example, was a meticulous and careful historian.  Throughout his gospel and his history of the fledgling church — what we call the book of Acts — Luke cites documents, delivers direct quotations, and specifies geographical and political situations.  For example, in his gospel there are two occasions when he tells us what Jesus’ mother Mary was actually thinking:

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19).

 And Jesus went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart (Luke 2:51).

How did Luke know the thoughts of Mary’s heart?  My best guess is that she told him.  At some point, probably while the Apostle Paul was awaiting trial in Caesarea (Acts 24:27), Luke visited nearby Judea and did his research.  He most likely interviewed Mary.  He spoke with the available apostles and with some of the women who had accompanied Jesus.  He probably also visited the marketplaces and synagogues of the Judean countryside where he could still find some older residents who remembered the birth of John the Baptist.

In short, Luke, like all those who wrote holy Scripture, wrote with historical accuracy. That accuracy also bears authoritative witness to the words that Mary herself spoke under divine inspiration (Luke 1:35).  Those words, that song, we call the Magnificat (vv. 46-55).

The Magnificat

The inspired writers who composed poems and psalms wrote out of their own experience and with their own skill.  These were men — and in a few cases, women — who had read and studied Scripture, meditated upon it deeply, and made a great deal of applying it to life. Such a one was Mary of Nazareth.  When we read her song, we see her deep knowledge and understanding of the Old Covenant prophets.  We see also the fruit of her own study and meditation on the promises that God had made to His people.

Mary’s Song

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At many points, Mary’s song parallels and expands on the song that Hannah had written centuries before to celebrate Samuel’s birth (1 Sam. 1:1-10).  Both songs begin with joy in God’s salvation.  Both celebrate a great reversal that God will accomplish in history:  He will bring down the proud and exalt the humble to positions of power.  But Hannah’s song begins with the work of her son Samuel and looks forward to the coming of Messiah, God’s anointed King.  Mary’s song begins with the work of her Son, which she sees (in principle at least) as already accomplished.

My soul doth magnify the Lord,

and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:

for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For He that is mighty hath done to me great things;

and holy is his name.

And His mercy is on them that fear Him

from generation to generation.

He hath shewed strength with His arm;

He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats,

and exalted them of low degree.

He hath filled the hungry with good things;

and the rich He hath sent empty away.

He hath helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy;

As He spake to our fathers,

to Abraham, and to his seed forever.

Notice that Mary draws very little attention to herself.  She is God’s bondservant and in need of His salvation.  What God has done for her and will do through her is all of grace. Mary fully understood that God is a covenant-keeping God who shows mercy to those who fear Him to a thousand generations.  Now, with the advent of Messiah, God in flesh comes in to history personally to establish His kingdom as well as His righteous rule, in all of life and culture.

Mary goes on to describe the great upheaval that Messiah will bring about.  Through Messiah, God will scatter the proud through the very schemes they have devised against Him.  He will dethrone the mighty and raise the humble to positions of power.  He will strip the rich and fill the hungry with good things.  All of this, Mary says, will be the fulfillment of God’s ancient promises to Abraham and his seed.  God will bless all nations.

Conclusion: Taking Mary Seriously

Mary took God at His word.  The prophets had spoken at length of the historical, social, and political consequences of Messiah’s reign (Ps. 2; 72; 100; Isa. 2; 60; Dan. 2; 7).  They had no doubt that Messiah would change the world.  Mary’s song, in very simple terms, powerfully asserts the same.  There is nothing in this story of Gnostic fables or mystical experiences.  Mary isn’t playing with empty images.  She, like the prophets, is talking about the real world of politics, finance, intrigue, and power. She also knows her Son’s reign will eventually bring all life on this planet into conformity to God’s word.   She knows that her Son’s reign will change everything, forever and that every knee will bow.

Mary foresees the fruit of the Gospel in history and then lives her life in terms of this vision. This is our call as well — and knowing isn’t enough. We must live our lives in terms of the promised fruit of the Gospel.

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Capitalism?

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For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:14-30

Capitalism? Seriously? When Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven, he uses a capitalistic example? You can go back to the Greek if you need to double check the translation, but it says what it says. And not only does Christ use capitalism, there is a major inequality in the distribution of wealth in this parable. One servant gets five talents, while another recieves only one talent. How can that be fair?

Of course we all feel bad for the servant who only received one talent. And he does the reasonable thing as someone who has been cheated, at least according to today’s standard. He stands in judgement of the man who gave him only one talent. Then, as a further act of protest at not being a member of the privileged class, he does nothing with his talent.

When the Master returns, no sympathetic consolation is given to the cheated servant. He does not receive a full ride scholarship, an EBT card or a welfare check. Instead, the single talent is stripped away from the lazy servant and given to someone who will put it to good use.

The wisdom of the Bible is always challenged by this world and the children of darkness. It’s always been that way and it always will be. Yet, when the smoke clears, the wisdom of the Bible always prevails and the challengers are relegated to the history books. Of course, the children of darkness end up writing most of the history books these days, so we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Urgent Message!

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Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the LordAlas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.

Joel 1:13-2:1

Do you ever get the idea that some one is trying to tell you something? Or perhaps they are making an attempt to get your attention?  In case you haven’t heard the story, a single page of scripture which had survived the recent Tennesee wildfires was found by an employee at Dollywood. By the way, a speacial note of  thanks to Nathan Smith for sharing the story with me. Today’s verses were the only survivng text of the Bible which was consumed by the flames.

The fires have been completely glossed over by the mainstream media. Since it’s really just a bunch of conservatives, who probably voted for Trump, in one of those fly-over states, it doesn’t really concern the rest of America. But if you’ve been following the story through a dangerous alt-right news outlet, you’ll see the relevance of the following section of the text.

for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

Spooky huh? One of the reasons that the fire hath devoured hundreds of thousands of acres, across Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, is because of the rivers of waters were dried up. Extreme drought conditions created the perfect environment for the raging inferno which destroyed life and massive amounts of property, particularly around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

So, if this was God trying to get our attention, what is he trying to say? Let’s take a second look at the first two verses that were preserved throguh the flames.

Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the LordAlas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. 

Ye priests, ye ministers of the altar, ye ministers of my God. This verse starts with a call to action by the spiritual leaders. It calls for them to lament for the sins of the nation.

When your pastor speaks, do you hear sorrow in his voice over the 3,288 abortions comitted every day in America? Does he agonize over the fact that the Bible and prayer have been stripped from the class room while our children are taught an athiestic world view through evolution in their stead? Does your pastor give equal time to speaking out against pornography and heterosexual fornication as well as homosexuality? Or, like the majority of the ear ticklers today, does he gloss over all of those distatseful subjects and deliver a seeker friendly message that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy throughout the week?

Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord.

Then, it calls for the leaders and all the people of the land to come to gether, fast, and cry out to the Lord.

Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. 

That sound’s like an urgent message to me.

Well, here’s my closeing thought for you to meditate on this week. It’s not warm and fuzzy, but most of you already got that in church.

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.

 

As our brothers and sisters in Tennessee are in so much pain after the fires, let’s remember Jesus’ call for us to love one another. And, as James exhorted us, let us not love only in words, but in deeds also.

Dolly Parton has set up a My People Fund of which 100% will go directly to families who lost their homes.

You can also donate money or time through Samritan’s Purse who is currently deploying volunteer relief teams to the area.

 

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Proceed with Caution

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 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord

Jeremiah 29:8-9

One of the new “prophetic words,” going around in the prophecy circles is that Donald Trump is a type of Cyrus whom God has sent to restore America. They believe Trump will pull us back from the brink, just as Cyrus issued the decree and helped to fund the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity.

Exercise caution when hearing these so-called words from God. To put it mildly, I’m skeptical. Very, very skeptical. Yes, I voted for Trump for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I believe his replacement for Scalia will be a better pick than Hillary’s ever would have been.

But on to the Cyrus prophecy. Cyrus was king of the Persians, a pagan culture. When he conquered Babylon, he released the Jews who’d been held captive so they could return to Juda. Oddly enough, many of the speakers who are espousing the Cyrus prophecy about Trump are the same ones claiming that Trump is now a Christian. Do you see the inconsistency there? Either Trump is a pagan king sent to restore America, or he is one of us. As the French say, you can’t have the butter and the money from selling the butter.

Here’s a little more about Cyrus. His decree to release the Jews came 70 years after they’d been taken into captivity and Jerusalem had been burnt to the ground. So, in a historical context, it doesn’t line up at all. We’re still sinning and grinning like there’s no tomorrow. We’re still slaughtering 3,288 babies a day, God’s Word is still banned from the classroom, and athieism is still taught to our children via evolution in the Bible’s stead. These are not the markings of a repentant nation whom the Lord has punished and is now ready to restore.

I do believe Trump offers us a better chance of righting these wrongs than Hillary would have, but we’ve got work to do if we hope to evade the judgement of God for our failures. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? Probably not.

I think God is giving us one last opportunity to repent of all this wickedness before he turns us over to selfdestruct. Let’s not squander it.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-A Spirit of Stupor

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God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.

Romans 11:4

I am dumbfounded by a group of people who refuse to have bathrooms identified by gender, who fight so adamantly to have the words boy, girl, mother, father, him, and her removed from the English language, yet one of their main bones of contention is that fact that they can’t have a woman president.

Likewise, they are up in arms that the unborn may be proteceted, and the non-binaries with female reproductive organs will be told that they have to concieve if they become pregnant. This utter violation of their human rights is untolerable, but they fully support bringing in Muslims who will steer our country toward Sharia Law which will strip those same non-binaries of their right to drive, vote, or say no to unwanted sexual advances.

It’s hard to explain unless you actually believe that God has turned these purple penguins over to a spirit of stupor. If that’s the case, can we blame them for this absolute absurd line of reasoning? To revive a slogan from eight years ago- yes we can!

God has turned them over to their own ignorance because they first rejected him. Over and over and in every way, the left persistantly and consistantly rejects God’s Word, God’s Way, and God’s Son. So they have no one to blame but themselves.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-A Multitude of Sorceries

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Stand now with your enchantments And the multitude of your sorceries, In which you have labored from your youth–Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you will prevail.

Isaiah 47:12

In the weeks leading up to the election, the true fourth estate, led by InfoWars, WikiLeaks, Drudge Report, and TruNews uncovered Hillary’s vast conections with child pornography, underage prostitution, sex slavery, witchcraft and satanic sex rituals. Her wickedness was uncovered in the final moments prior to the election and may have been the deciding factor in the outcome.

I truly believe this information was brought to light by God himself as he has granted us what maybe our last chance to repent.

From a political, moral, and a spiritual standpoint, this is not the time to bask in victory. Yes, we’ve been granted a short reprieve and we should be thankful for it. But, now is the time to double down in prayer, in growing your personal relationship with God, with being involved in politics, with speaking out and trying to wake up others in your church. Just as you are witnessing the anti-Trump riots in the streets by the left’s “useful idiots” you can be sure that the enemy is also rallying his troups in the political and spiritual realm. He does not intend to let this setback deter him from acomplishing his goal.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Open Thy Mouth for the Dumb

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Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9

You’ve gotta love the King James Version sometimes. I mean, “Open thy mouth for the dumb.” In today’s moronic political climate, mass church apostasy, general apathetic, and pathetic condition of conservative Christianity, that phrase hits the nail on the head.

Save the comments and emails. I know that’s not what it’s talking about. This verse is instructing us to stand up and speak out for those who cannot speak. And when I imagine a class of people who are unable to speak for themselves and “are appointed to destruction,” my mind goes straight to the 3,288 children who will be slaughtered in abortion mills all around the country today.

Speaking to some other Christians we met recently, I overheard a woman who had left a church because the pulpit was being politicized. I wasn’t directly in the conversation, and didn’t have all the details, but I thought to myself, given the mass murder of the unborn, Christians being incarcerated, court-martialed, fired, and sued of business for their beliefs, sermons being subpoenaed, and school children having the police called on them for sharing a Bible verse at lunch time, isn’t it about time we politicized the pulpit? If we don’t politicize the pulpit, there will soon be no pulpit to politicize.

As I considered the conundrum, I remembered the cool little signs that grace the exits of so many church parking lots. They read, “You are now entering the mission field.” I wondered why they were only printed on one side. After all, in this age of apostasy and apathy, your church is every bit as much of a mission field as the world. Yes, the unsaved need to hear about the atoning blood of Jesus, but the congregants inside the church need to hear about their responsibility to their country, to their fellow Christians and to the unborn. They need to hear about their fading liberty to worship freely, and their duty to get in the fight.

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect church, it may be time to realize that you’re looking for a five-star restaurant in the food court of the mall. Does that mean you give up? No. Not at all. You still have a duty to your family and your own spiritual well-being to find the highest-quality, fast-food stand in the entire mall. But once you’ve found that place, make it your mission field and open thy mouth for the dumb.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-The Choice

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“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17

I’ve recived multiple messages and emails from readers and listeners who are still strugling with what to do on Tuesday. None of them are considering voting for her, but some are thinking about staying home. So, I’m going to recap what I believe is the right corse of action and why I believe it.

In the 60s, when the Bible and prayer were stripped out of the classroom and replaced with an atheistic word view promoted via Darwinism, 93% of Americans self-identified as Christian.

In the 70s, when Roe v Wade was decided, 90% of Americans self-identified as Christian.

Even now, as Homosexual Marriage has become the law of the land by edict of the Supreme Court, 70% of Americans still self-identified as Christian. Under the current administration, men have been permitted to enter girls bathrooms, Monifa Sterling was court martialed over a Bible verse on her desk, Kim Davis was incarcerated for refusing to participate in a homosexual religious ceremony, Sweet Cakes Bakery was sued out of business for the same offense, Coach Joe Kennedy was relieved of his duties for praying on the field, and the Mayor of Huston subpoenaed the sermons of pastors to make sure they did not contain what she considered to be hate speech.

Edmond Burke said the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. I think that best explains how our country has fallen so far despite the statistics I’ve sighted.

Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” I can think of no better example of the fatherless that need defending than the 3,288 children that are murdered each day in abortion mills around America. That daily-recurring number is larger than the combined death toll of 9/11, Sandy Hook, as well as the Orlando, Dallas, and San Bernardino shootings.

It’s true, Trump is a sexual deviant and promoter of vice through his casinos, night clubs and strip clubs. It is a disgrace and absolute failure on the part of the church that we allowed him to gain the nomination over men like Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. But, American pulpits were largely silent during the primaries and we’ve gotten what we settled for.

With that said, Clinton is criminally insane, on par with a villain from the next Batman movie. But, to get to the point, let’s ignore the lies she’s told over her emails, and the hundreds of millions she stole from the Clinton Foundation.

In the last debate, she pledged to select Supreme Court Justices, of which there could be as many as four during her administration, who will uphold Roe v Wade and the gay marriage ruling. Trump vowed to nominate justices which would strike down both. This simple fact should be enough to make this election a slam-dunk decision for any professing Christian.

I pray you’ll consider all of this when making your choice on Tuesday.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-The Refiner’s Fire-Pt 3

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So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

Nehemiah 6:15

Today’s verse comes after the fall of Jerusalem and the 70 years of exile, which the Jews spent in captivity for having left the path ordained by God. The remnant that had survived the Refiner’s fire finally returns to their homeland where they are met with opposition at every turn.

First, Nehemiah had to contend with the Jews who were mixing with the pagan culture by marrying women who had no regard for God. This was the sin that had put them in such a terrible position in the first place.

Once that issue was sorted out, he had a local pagan leader, Sanballat, who caused trouble for him time after time. Sanballat would send him threatening letters, trying to dissuade Nehemiah from rebuilding the wall. Sanballat sent letters to the King of the Persian Empire accusing Nehemiah of being a rebel. Nehemiah took care to keep going in the face of opposition, staying vigilant against physical, political, and spiritual attacks. And through his perseverance, the wall was finally finished.

For us, the enemy is not waiting for the rebuilding phase to launch his attacks. He is already at work to break down your spirit and your motivation, even before the Refiner’s fire has been lit. It comes in the form of spiritual attacks when you can’t seem to get along with your boss, your children, or your spouse. It comes in the form of physical attacks, when you’re sick, injured in an accident, or lose your job. And it comes in the form of political attacks when you’re labeled as a bigot for not condoning transgenders, selfish for not accepting socialism, or a domestic terrorist for believing in the Constitution.

We have a tough row to hoe as true Christians in a post-God America, but this is not our home, and one day we will be finished with our work on the wall. Let us ignore the attacks and keep building the wall in the name of Jesus, that we might hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-The Refiner’s Fire-Pt 2

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They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me. And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another. In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us. So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

Nehemiah 4:17-21

Last week, we talked about the Jews who had returned to Israel, following the refining fire sent by God to purify his remnant. In today’s verse, we see that in the rebuilding phase, security was a major concern. The people who had survived the assault and exile all had to pull double duty, working on the wall and being ready to engage in a fight at a moment’s notice. Unlike the foolish leaders who had been swept away during the fall, Nehemiah recognizes Israel’s dependence on God to fight for them, as well as their responsibility to have a constant security force posted around the camp.

It’s easy to identify the specific needs of a retreat or camp in a post-apocalyptic landscape after the event has happened. But for us, who are still awaiting the Refiner’s fire to sweep through our nation, it’s difficult to know the nature of the event. Will the Refiner’s fire come in the form of an EMP, a financial collarless, or a foreign invasion? Many of the steps towards being prepared are similar for all possibilities. And two common denominators present in all large-scale disasters are mentioned in today’s verses. The first is the need for security. This requires weapons, ammunition, personnel, training, and communications. And the second, which is always present whether we recognize it or not, our absolute dependence on God.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Refined by Fire

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And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

Nehemiah 1:3

The book of Nehemiah looks at the period of time when the Jews return to Israel after their 70 years of captivity have been completed. Israel found herself in such a condition after ignoring the warnings of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and all the other prophets who told the leaders and the people to turn back to their Creator before it was too late. Nevertheless, like America has continued to do, Israel persisted in her idolatry and folly, paying no mind to the wishes of God.

And finally, the day of reckoning came, the walls came down, the city was burned and Isreal, as a nation with sovereign borders ceased to be a going concern. Still, God preserved a remnant that would be refined by the fires of affliction and would rebuild after the dross had been burned away.

PrepperRecon.com is dedicated to helping America prepare for the day when we will be called to account. It is my prayer that God’s remnant is preparing herself physically and spiritually to survive the Refiner’s fire. And I pray that those who endure will lead America back to being one nation, under God.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Blind, Deaf and Dumb

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Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

Psalm 115:4-8

One of Hillary’s leaked emails mentioned her connection with Bohemian Grove, a place where America’s power elite go to celebrate a mock human sacrifice to a giant owl which represents the pagan god, Molech. She expresses her desire to make a sacrifice to Molech in the email. While the attendees are all male, there is a little known Bohemian Grove meeting for women called the Belizean Grove, which most likely conducts similar Satanic rituals.

Defenders of Clinton will say it was a joke, a jest made with tongue in cheek. To them, my rebuttal is, anyone with ears to hear, and eyes to see wouldn’t even laugh about an idol on which the people of ancient cultures would place their infant children to be burned alive. Unless, or course, you’re Hilary Clinton, a woman who has fought at every turn to make sure the legality of infanticide through abortion is never brought into question.

So it would seem that as today’s verse points out, she has become like unto Molech. Blind, deaf, dumb, Clinton takes great pleasure in the sacrifice of infants and defending the right for their mothers to slay them on the altar of convenience.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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The 2nd Commandment: No, We Don’t Get To Define God

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The 2nd Commandment: No, We Don’t Get To Define God

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Imagine someone coming up to you and saying, “I want to write a memoir about your life. In my biography of you, you are an Olympic athlete, you’re terrible at personal relationships, and you live with 25 birds and 10 fish.”

You respond, “Well, that’s interesting. But I’m not an athlete, I love being around people, and I’m more of a dog person.”

The man, though, won’t budge: “But this is how I desire to see you! You’re much more fascinating like this.”

How would you feel? You’d be offended.

It’s the same way with the God of the Bible. We can’t just remake Him into what we want Him to be. God is who He is, and is this why the Second Commandment is so important:

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me” (Exodus 20:4-5).

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The truth is this: It doesn’t matter how we “want or like to see God,” God is who He is, and He gets to define Himself to us as shown in the Bible. Our job is to conform our preconceptions of God to His reality, and not vice versa. How we “want or like to see God” and how “we believe God should be” is utterly irrelevant. All that matters is what He’s really like.

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People say that “their” God wouldn’t:

  • Punish sinners in hell (Rev 20:11-15).
  • Claim Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6).

We make God into what we want Him to be, rather than just believing Him for who He is. When we do this, not only do we get angry and disappointed, but we also rob ourselves of the joy of really knowing God.

From the Second Commandment, we learn at least three things about idols and false views of God:

1. Carved images spring from idolization.

The Israelites created carved images because they were scared. Frankly, they didn’t trust God, weren’t satisfied with Him, and felt like they needed something besides Him (or something more) to protect them.

Certainly, they made an image that mirrored God on some level. However, the whole attempt was to guarantee God’s protection. Their real idol was a need for guaranteed protection, and they thought they needed that more than they needed God.

That is the textbook answer for idolatry. You “carve out” an idol out of anything whenever you believe it so central to your life that you couldn’t be content and safe without it. So, you prioritize it or hold on to it over God and His Word.

Here are some common “carved idolatries” in America today:

  • We must have more money and wealth to be happy, so we invent a “god” that will guarantee that to us.
  • We want to understand ourselves as “decent people,” so we invent a “god” who is madder at other’s evils than He is at ours.
  • We need to see punishment on our enemies, so we invent a “god” who dislikes our enemies and prefers us and our philosophy best.
  • We really need domestic steadiness to be happy, so we invent a “god” who guarantees it!

2. Carved images misrepresent the actual biblical God.

In not seeing God for who He is, we end up seeing Him as our idolatrous, dysfunctional messed-up heart wants Him to be. God just becomes a reflection of ourselves and a reflection of our idolatry. Truthfully, your God may have elements of reality in it, but you’re not seeing the true picture.

The 2nd Commandment: No, We Don’t Get To Define God

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Yet, the biblical God can’t ever be reduced to a stone figure or a single attribute. No, He is a being complete in all of His holiness, perfections, almighty in strength, fully just and infinitely loving, transcendent above the heavens, and also close and intimate in our hearts.

Friend, that’s the problem with a carved image of God. It shows you only one dimension of God—never all of Him—and that ends up distorting who God actually is.

For example, imagine you sketched an image of God. Would you draw Him laughing or scowling? If you drew Him laughing, you might capture His goodness but not His wrath and judgment against sin. But if you drew Him scowling, you might capture His wrath against sin, but you wouldn’t show His grace, love and forgiveness.

Christianity was unique among religions in the ancient world in that it was a religion of Word—the Bible. The secular world of the time was filled with big, impressive statues of gods.

After Jesus rose from the dead, His apostles didn’t run around the world building big glorious statues of Jesus or cathedrals that boasted His size. No, what the first Christians did is they went around preaching, because Christianity is a religion of Word—the preached word.

God discloses Himself in words because images and pictures can never contain Him.

At our church, now and then, someone will say, “Well, the pictures honestly help me worship God. In fact, they bring to mind God for me.” That’s because human nature loves to break the Second Commandment and twist God down into something you can manage, handle and control.

But, friend, if you want to know God, then you should think on Scripture, memorize Scripture, and meditate on Scripture. Even our worship is built around the Word.

3. Carved images create tainted behavior in our lives.

Authentic, strong spiritual growth comes from seeing and knowing God as He is. All of Him, not part of Him. If you only focus on one dimension of God, then you’ll grow in a deformed way.

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For example, if your god is divine and just but not compassionate and gracious, then you are probably judgmental.

If your god is kind but not just and holy, then you tend to treat casually things that He abhors.

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If your god is sovereign but not affectionate and concerned, then you become an angry Christian who argues continually about theology but rarely tells anyone about Jesus.

If your god is not fully sovereign (which means that He’s in control of even the miniscule details of your life), then you tend to get worried and stressed out when something goes wrong.

If your god is a god of uprightness but not the God who gave Himself for you on the cross, then when things go wrong in your life, you think that He’s angry at you.

If your god is not stunning and all-satisfying, you’ll find you serve Him lukewarmly (so you won’t go to hell). But you won’t desire Him with all your heart, and you’ll fight a lure to the sin of this world and its pleasures.

If your god is a god that promises wealth, then when things go wrong in your life, you’ll lose your faith.

What does this mean for you?

First, quit trying to playing the umpire on God and just let God be Himself. Indeed, you’ll find it is hugely satisfying,

Second, remember that we want clarification but God gives us revelation. If you would ever quit trying to control God like He’s a lucky talisman in your pocket, you’d find it would fill your life with so much more comfort!

Do you follow God for who He is in the Bible — or follow one of your own making?

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Pure Religion-Part 2

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Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 1:27

Last week, we talked about the first part of James 1:27, looking at God’s heart toward widows and orphans. That is such a huge topic, that it’s easy to forget about the second half of the verse, but it is essential that we not miss it.

Could it be that personal purity is just as important to God as caring for widows and orphans? If not, how did it wind up in the same sentence? If that is true, how should we guard against being spotted by the world?

I believe the very instrument that is most responsible for defiling us may offer one of the best examples. How many little girls used to watch Hannah Montana on Disney Channel? While not the perfect role model for a wholesome young woman, the Hannah Montana who first aired on television a decade ago was a world apart from the vile, vulgar, heathen that Miley Virus has mutated into.

So how do we defend against such a metamorphosis? Miley’s transformation was intentional. But there is a much more subtle change that comes from inside. It is wholly dependent on what you expose your mind to. The old saying, “garbage in, garbage out,” has gotten so much air time, because it’s true. If you feed your mind and spirit a steady diet of the depraved filth being served up on television, the movies, and secular radio, rest assured, you’ll end up looking more like Miley 2016 than Hannah Montana 2006. And that’s not a pretty picture!

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-1st Timothy-Pt 5

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Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio continues in 1 Timothy, picking up at chapter 1 and verse 15 today. Paul’s letters to Timothy contain a wealth of information on how to live the Christian life as well as instruction on how a healthy church should function.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio. To hear more from Pastor Mike, check out his podcast at SoaringEagleRadio.com

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Pure Religion

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Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 1:27

We’ve been talking about stewardship of your resources over the past few weeks. I’ve identified some serious cases of waste and abuse from the past when all of my money has gone into the offering plate. The last thing I want to do is discourage you from giving. That would be a greater sin than the waste and abuse itself!

So, I want to give a few more examples of ways you can honor God with your substance as instructed by Proverbs 3:9. The above picture is of Claudia Arango, a lady from our church in Fort Lauderdale. God called her to be a missionary in an orphanage in Uganda, called Good Shepherds Fold. She has given her life in the service to the King through her work at GSF. She has adopted three girls, orphaned by mothers who either couldn’t care for them or who died from AIDS. They are Emma, Maggie and Hope.

Claudia has dramatically changed the lives of these three girls, and the many other orphaned children she helps everyday. While Claudia’s call was to be the boots on the ground, we are all part of the body of Christ. For those of us who are not called to go, God often blesses financially. For us, our calling is to finance these efforts.

As you are looking to be a better steward of what God has blessed you with, I pray that you’ll look for real needs, and make sure those are being met before you fall into the trappings of the modern American church which always seems to need the latest HD projector, or new seat cushions; or even worse, not give at all.

I can personally vouch for Claudia and the Good Shepherds Fold. I’m sure God would be honored if you chose to support them. And if not them, there are millions of worthy causes that are dedicated to doing God’s work from which you can choose.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-1st Timothy-Pt 4

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Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio continues in 1 Timothy, picking up at chapter 1 and verse 8 today. Paul’s letters to Timothy contain a wealth of information on how to live the Christian life as well as instruction on how a healthy church should function.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio. To hear more from Pastor Mike, check out his podcast at SoaringEagleRadio.com

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Needful Things

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 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

James 2:15-16

Last week we talked about honoring God with your substance. I pointed to some examples of churches who squandered the resources given to them. One of the examples I used was a church that was washing clothes for homeless addicts. In doing something that seems good, they were actually enabling the addictive behavior, and short-circuiting the natural pain level that God has instituted for that sin. By making the addict comfortable in their disease, that church is actually doing more to damn the souls of those addicts to burning in hell than to spread the love of Christ.

So, what are we to do? Should we let them rot? Doesn’t the Bible teach about second chances, compassion, and forgiveness? Yes it does, thank God! Because, I am a recipient of a second chance, forgiveness and the compassion of some very dedicated, godly people. You see, I was addicted to alcohol, benzodiazepine, and weed. While my rant to not make addicts comfortable in their sin may sound heartless, I actually know a thing or two about this subject.

What the addict on the corner needs is to get hungry. He needs people to quit feeding him and giving him money. If you’re doing that, you’re literally buying him a ticket to hell. Once the food stops coming, he’ll have to spend the money he panhandles on buying groceries, which means no drugs or alcohol. And if the money quits coming in, praise God! He’ll have to check into one of the thousands of faith-based addiction recovery programs around the country. Once he is there, he’ll have to abide by their code of conduct, stay sober and attend church services. Once he’s completed the program, he’ll be sober, used to following rules and ready to reintegrate with society, and, he’ll have a relationship with the one who can keep him from stumbling back into his sin. That doesn’t sound so heartless does it?

So,the next time you want to give a bum a five-dollar bill or buy him a chicken dinner, go home and make a donation to a place that will actually provide him with the help he needs.

A few of the establishments I recommend are, Faith Farm, Teen Challenge, and The Salvation Army. It takes a little more time and effort than throwing a few bucks at the bum, but I know you’d rather please God than simply alleviate your guilt.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-1st Timothy-Pt3

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Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio continues in 1 Timothy, picking up at chapter 1 and verse 6 today. Paul’s letters to Timothy contain a wealth of information on how to live the Christian life as well as instruction on how a healthy church should function.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio. To hear more from Pastor Mike, check out his podcast at SoaringEagleRadio.com

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Honour the Lord with Thy Substance

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Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10

Honour the Lord with thy substance. Wow, that sounds pretty broad, right? I mean, that message seldomly comes across as having so much flexibility on Sunday mornings. Most folks I run into have the impression that the only way to really abide by that principle is to stick it all straight in the offering plate. But does that always honour the Lord?

Ten years ago, I would have said unequivocally, yes! However, I’ve been around the block a few times over the past ten years. And, I’ve seen a few things that I wish I hadn’t. I’ve seen churches make some very faithful expenditures that seem like solid investments into the kingdom of God. I’ve seen the very same churches make horrific decisions concerning money.

I’ve seen a pastor being paid a $500K severance package after being removed from the pulpit for his sexual sin. In the same instance, several members of the staff, probably in the $30K to $45K ballpark, were laid off. After all, you have to tighten your belt to weather the financial fallout when your pastor gets busted with the makeup girl and the Zumba instructor.

I’ve seen the widows mite being spent to wash clothes for homeless addicts, enabling them to live a higher quality of life, ensuring that they’ll never have to deal with the consequences of their sin which might force them to get help, and almost guaranteeing them an eternity in hell.

I’ve seen cessationists, those who don’t believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, wag their head, unable to understand why their congregation is withering like a dry branch in a drought. Program after program trying to grow the church without seeking the guidance or assistance of the Holy Spirit, amounts to wasted time and squandered resources.

So what does all of this mean? Should we quite giving to our local church? Of course not. Needless to say, I’m no longer a part of any of the churches mentioned above, but that’s not to say where I attend now is perfect. I think you have a definite duty and a certain obligation to help out with the operational costs of the church where you attend.

However, my beliefs have evolved with experience. I don’t think throwing everything you intend to give in the offering plate guarantees that you’ll be blessed. You have a responsibility to know how that money is being spent. I’m not encouraging you to become a professional church critic, we have no shortage of those as it is. But I am hoping to urge you to be the best steward you can be with the first fruits you dedicate to honoring God.

In this present age, more than new mobiles for the nursery, more than a fresh paint job in the forer, or a better projector, the church needs to stand and fight. A large portion of the church’s resources should be dedicated to defending our fading right to speak the truth, standing up for the Kim Davises, Coach Joe Kennedys, and the Sweet Cakes Bakeries of America. We should be fighting against the murders of the 3,288 children who are killed every day in America. We should be supporting staunchly Christian politicians so owners of casinos and strip clubs don’t become the new face of American conservatism.

We need to be fighting for our children, providing education outside of the public indoctrination camps, so our daughters won’t be molested by perverts using their restrooms, and our sons won’t be shamed for acting like men.

I’ve said it before, one of the best things you can possibly do for your church, is to donate to the NRA.  It is organizations like the NRA, Liberty Council, and First Liberty that are heavily engaged in the legal battle to push back against the anti-Christian, tyrannical forces of the God-haters, leftists, socialists, and communist who mean to shut you up and stand with their boot on your throat until you agree to validate every form of evil that they call good. Once that happens, the new mobiles in the nursery, the fresh paint, and the HD projector will all be for nothing.

It would be a senseless act, bordering on abuse, to give your fourteen year-old his entire college fund and inheritance to hold on to while he goes on Spring break. Likewise, if your church leadership is not awake to the imminent demise of the American Constitution, it is your obligation to make sure some portion of your first fruits are allocated to defending the remnants of freedom before the flame of liberty is extinguished forever.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- 1st Timothy-Pt2

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Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio continues in 1 Timothy, picking up at chapter 1 and verse 4 today. Paul’s letters to Timothy contain a wealth of information on how to live the Christian life as well as instruction on how a healthy church should function.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio. To hear more from Pastor Mike, check out his podcast at SoaringEagleRadio.com

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-The Military Strategy of Spiritual Warfare

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Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Joshua 1:9

Today’s Sunday Prepper Bible Study is a guest post written by our good friend, Sgt Tim,  over at Outlaw Patriot News.

In this world that is most definitely seeing a quickening of events around the globe that are designed to overthrow the gift of free will that the Lord endowed each of us with, it can be tiring and easy to lose your faith that the Lord God Almighty is with each and every one of us in the Holy Spirit. We can lose sight of what it is that is most precious in this world and of the part that each of us plays in encouraging one another and living as an example to those that have not yet come to know our Lord and Savior (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Matthew 6:1-4). For this quickening that is playing out before our eyes is surely the result of the eternal struggle that has been being waged throughout the ages in the spiritual realm spilling over into the physical world (Ephesians 6:12). And just as we are now entering a time in this world when that eternal struggle is now spilling over into our physical world, we must recognize that the time is now more than ever that we have our own part to play in this struggle, as soldiers engaged in spiritual warfare on those principalities and powers. The battle is waged on the spiritual level, but what are we if not spiritual beings encased within a physical shell. We have been given the power to tread over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19) but most, out of either fear or laziness, wait for someone else to do the treading while they hide away. The time has come for you, Christian Warriors, to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and realize the power that you have here in the physical world to do battle against those powers in high places that do wicked within the spiritual realm. We are called to do so – it is our duty as servants of the Lord and in order to remain obedient to Him.

Within the world right now, we see the working of these dark powers in high places that seek to place tyranny over our minds and souls through cleverly crafted deception. Our economic system is a deception with a currency with no value other than the belief in the value of the dollar. The deception of climate change is preached at the pulpit of our educational institutions as fact that man is destroying the planet and cultivating a spirit of guilt within our youngest minds when the reality is that climate engineering is leading to catastrophic shifts in the natural order established by God. The wholesale slaughter of the next generation has been made a question of the right to convenience on the part of the mother, ignoring the most sacred bond between mother and child, while the purveyors of murder seek profit from the body parts of the children sacrificed on the altar of death. Division amongst the people by every means necessary is sowed into the minds of men to foment hatred and violence to keep the people from realizing that there is no race but the human race and that there is strength in our differences. For the powers know full well that if the mind of man were turned to warfare against them, they could not prevail over the power given to the sons of man.

As was witnessed during a conference call between Steven Menking, Pastor Mike Spaulding, and Jon Robberson, I prayed recently that though the past 20 years of my life were devoted to serving my country, I give the rest of my life to serving Jesus Christ. It through these past 20 years, the experiences, the travels, the interaction with other people literally all over the world, that I can see ever more clearly what is going on in the world, and that despite our vast differences, at the end of the day, all people everywhere want the same things out of life. I have also come to realize that part of my service to Jesus Christ is to lift up others that seek to join in our spiritual warfare against those dark powers and give them the tools that they need to successfully engage the enemy. Through my articles, such as “Christian Leadership: Three Principles”, “Who is Directing Your Steps?”, and “Warrior Ethos: Preparing the Christian Warrior for the Way Ahead”, I have attempted to give Christian Warriors the foundations of understanding their place in this fight, a code by which to engage the enemy, and the principles of leadership to lead not only within your workplace or family, but also within your ministry. In this article, I am blowing the trumpet for the charge of our brethren into the fray of this spiritual warfare.

Even as the enemy has sought to step up his attacks against us, we must come together in order to counter those attacks, not only against us, but against those that do not yet know the Lord and our brethren around the world. As part of this, we must understand that as the day of the return of our Lord draws nearer, the age of denominations within His church are over. We must seek to eradicate division within our own ranks and join together into a singular Body of Christ. So long as one lives the Word and has accepted the Lord into his heart without a reprobate mind, let him serve the Kingdom. Even as the winds of change blow into our faces and the world prepares to turn against us, we need strength through the encouragement of one another and solidarity in our faith in Jesus Christ. It is only in this way that we will weather what the enemy is collecting before us.

To further the analogy of military strategy and doctrine within this battle, we must understand that each of us has certain tools and skillsets that they bring to this fight, just as the military has certain specialties that they employ within physical warfare. First, we have the frontline soldiers in this fight, the infantry. These are the hardy men and women that are there in the trenches day in and day out, saving souls and bringing the Word to those in need out on the streets. Second, we have the artillery and close air support from those that seek to inform on the efforts of the Body against the enemy through writing and broadcasts. Third, we have the support elements in the form of those that engage in prayer for protection of the aforementioned groups and seek to root out the enemy through that prayer. Lastly, we have the intelligence network that seeks to inform not only the Body of the actions of the enemy, but engage in outreach ministries to recruit new members into the battle.

The bottom line is this: We all have a part to play in this struggle against our eternal enemy. Each of us has skills. For some, it is the pen. For others, it is leadership. Yet others have the gift of speaking across a multitude of platforms to call the lost home. We have all been given these gifts, outfitted for the battle, by the Lord – born at this specific time for this specific purpose. Yet it is obedience to the Lord (a sense of duty) that compels us to put these skills to use within the battle. Without that obedience, if fear takes hold, then a vital component of that part of the unit is lost and it could potentially compromise the whole of battle (while we know that in the end the Lord will win, it is vital that you be obedient to the Lord and play your part to enable that victory).

And just as we all have our own particular skillset to bring to this battle, we have all been scattered across this nation, and even across this world, for a specific purpose, like paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines to engage the enemy. Raise up others around you, like the soldiers of WWII working together with the resistance networks in France and other places, to work against the enemy first in your local area, then take it to the next level, and so on. Join together with other groups of networks along the way to encourage one another and to hold one another accountable to being true to the Word. Let the Holy Spirit guide you just as the HQ units move their units into place for physical battle.

The last thing that I will add to this article is this – though it is quite easy to get lost in the news of the day and discouraged by the clamor of the small victories of the enemy, one thing that the enemy will never allow to be broadcast on the platforms that he has already acquired control over is the swelling revival that is building here in the United States and globally that is growing to a tsunami that will pour out over the land. As those that have followed me for some time know, I am active across several social media platforms and I have witnessed a number of those that have followed me for some time over the years go from secular beliefs to more recently posting about their love of the Lord and conversion to Christianity. This fuels my belief that in the face of the quickening of the works of our enemy, men and women around the globe are coming to the realization of the power of the Holy Spirit and the salvation to be found in Jesus Christ. No matter the part you play in this great battle, you must take encouragement from this. And we must use our skills to guide these new recruits and help them to understand the part they play within our greater strategy.

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Flee The Cities: The Biblical Case For Bugging Out

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Flee The Cities: The Biblical Case For Bugging OutMany survival writers and instructors have tackled the problematic question of bugging out versus bugging in. For the most part, we all say that the average person is better off bugging in, than they are bugging out. I’ve taken that stand myself on more than one occasion, but I’m not so sure that the Lord agrees with me.

Jesus Himself actually addressed this issue in the Gospel of Matthew, saying:

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand) 16 Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains. 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (Matthew 24:15-18)

This is about as clear a description of bugging out as you can ask for, taking into account biblical language, as compared to today’s language. The term “bugging out” wasn’t part of the ancient Hebrew language, nor was it part of their culture. Nevertheless, we find Jesus admonishing those who were listening to Him to flee when the abomination of desolation should appear.

The first question that this section of Scripture begs is: What is this abomination of desolation? There are many ways that that phrase can be understood, both in a cultural context of that day, as well as taking it to be in reference to End Time theology. The fact that reference is made to Daniel’s prophecy makes us quickly jump to thinking of End Time theology, but Daniel’s prophecies actually started being fulfilled long ago. So, it could refer to events in Jesus’ time.

If you look at most commentaries, you’ll find that this abomination of desolation refers to the Roman army and their destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. That would tend to close the story, showing us that prophecy had been fulfilled and we need not concern ourselves with this verse — except for one thing … the context.

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When we talk about context, we are asking ourselves two things: Who was he talking to and in regards to what? This is extremely important, especially when we are talking about biblical prophecy. It is always imperative in biblical interpretation to take context into account. Most false doctrine comes about from failure to obey this one precept.

Earlier in the chapter we find the answer to those questions. It says in verse three that “…the disciples came to him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?’”

This then answers the question of who Jesus was talking to and in what context. He was talking to His disciples, in private, responding to a question about His return and the End Times. This is important, because even though He hid many things from the crowds who gathered to hear Him speak, Jesus was always honest in answering His chosen disciples.

Flee The Cities: The Biblical Case For Bugging OutSo, while Jesus might have made reference to the destruction of Jerusalem in this passage, we also know that He was talking to His disciples about His return and the End Times. That puts the verse into a totally different timeframe. This is no longer something that just referred to the Jews or to His disciples, but it is something that applies to every believer from the time of Christ up until the End Times have been completed. Since that hasn’t happened yet, that includes us as well.

Before giving this instruction, Jesus gives His disciples a number of “signs” that the end is coming:

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matthew 24:5-8

These signs have been used throughout the ages to say that the time of the Lord’s return is near. But tell me, when in the history of the world have there not been wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes? There always have been and there always will be. That isn’t the answer. In fact, right in the middle of all that, Jesus said, “all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Jesus refers to those times as “the beginning of sorrows.” What an apt name. Whenever any of those events happen, they bring sorrow, regardless of whether they are connected to the End Time prophecy or not. No, they aren’t portents of the End Times; they are just the problems of life.

So, what is the sign of the end coming, then? If we go back to verse 15, we see it; the “abomination of desolation.” Jesus is clear. He says that when we see that sign, then we are to flee; then we are to “bug out.” But what is the abomination of desolation?

That we don’t know. If we were to take it as the Roman Army, as many have, then we could say that UN troops rolling down the road would be that sign. But UN troops have rolled down many roads around the world in the last 50 years, without the end coming. So, I would have to say that this would be a false sign, nothing more.

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In reality, we don’t know what this name refers to. We just know that it is associated with End Time prophecy and that when it comes, it’s time to flee.

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Historically, mankind has been very poor at interpreting prophecy before it happens. Perhaps that’s because we’re not supposed to be able to identify it before it happens, but rather, as it’s happening. We can look back and see prophecy fulfilled, but when we look forward to see it coming, we tend to misinterpret it. Even our greatest End Times theologians are probably making mistakes in their interpretation. We will never know until those events come to pass.

We do know the end is coming. We also know that it will be a worldwide event. We also know, from what Jesus said in these verses, that when it comes, we’d better get out of town. So I would say prudence is our best course of action. When a worldwide catastrophe comes, it’s time to grab out survival kits or bug-out bags, and head for the hills. For that matter, we’d better have our bags with us, because Jesus warns us not to go into our homes to grab them.

Why would Jesus say this? Clearly He knows things that we don’t. He has already foreseen these events and knows exactly what is going to happen. In the light of this, He is giving us a warning: Get out.

So, I don’t know about you, but if I see a worldwide event unfolding around us, I’m fleeing. I’ll figure out if I’m right or wrong later.

In the larger sense, there is some wisdom in bugging out. In almost any disaster scenario you can imagine, city dwellers will have a harder time than those in the suburbs, and those in the suburbs will have a harder time than those in rural areas. So, maybe it’s time to rethink our philosophy. If the Lord says it’s better to flee than to be caught in the city, who are we to argue?

Obviously, that means having a plan, a destination and the proper preparations in place to survive, once we bug out. While Jesus may say run, without returning to the house to grab your coat, there’s nothing wrong with being prepared. Yes, we must put our trust in Him, but we are responsible for doing our own part as well.

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-The Holy Spirit

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Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Zechariah 4:6

Last week, we talked about how you get the Holy Spirit. This week is somewhat of an extension of last week’s study.

Today’s verse comes during the period of time that the Jews are returning to Israel after their 70 year exile in Babylon. When they get back, they want to rebuild the temple, the wall, and city of Jerusalem, but they can’t even think about rebuilding until all the rubble has been cleared away.

Often times, folks dedicate their lives to Christ or come back to him after a long period of being out in the world. They want to start over, but there is so much rubble from their past life. The rubble of mistakes, the rubble of pain, debt, broken homes, and guilt. These are all common forms of rubble that come from living ungodly lives and we often find ourselves powerless to deal with it.

Likewise, Christians who have been walking with the Lord will have a calling to do some great work, yet the obstacles are overwhelming. They may feel led to start a new ministry in their church, a home Bible study or an outreach program, yet the position seems to just grind them down.

If you can relate to any of these situations, then you can relate to how Zerubbabel felt when he returned to the pile of rubble that was his homeland. God’s message to Zerubbabel was the same as it is to you today. Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Does that mean Zerubbabel sat back with a glass of iced tea and watched the temple and the city be rebuilt by angels? Not at all. God still wants you to be involved, but know that he will give you the power to accomplish the mission he has given you if you will surrender the project to him and ask to be filled with His Spirit.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-Being a Godly Example

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Using Noah, Joshua, and Caleb as examples, Pastor Cooley teaches on the high calling of men to be godly role models for their children and the young people whom they influence. He reminds us that many of society’s ills can be attributed to children who never had a positive male figure in their lives.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us Sundays at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Asking for The Holy Spirit

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If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Luke 11:13

Were you under the impression that you got all the Holy Spirit you were ever going to get the day you got saved? Today’s scripture doesn’t seem to line up with that idea.

In fact, Paul approaches a group of Ephesian believers in Acts 19, asking them if they’d received the Holy Spirit. They tell him that they were baptized with John’s baptism, which was a baptism of repentance, but they hadn’t heard that there was a Holy Spirit. Paul prayed for them and they received the Spirit.

So what do we need the Spirit for? Jesus told his disciples in Acts 1, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” So we need Him to give us power. Power to live godly lives and to be good Christian witnesses to the uttermost part of the earth.

Furthermore, Paul tells the Ephesians, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” That’s a call to action. He speaks of being filled with the Spirit as something they have control over, just like not getting drunk. Paul would never tell someone to do something that they had no say in. So, how do we fulfill Paul’s command? Just ask, because If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

That power that Christ told his disciples of, is the power to live a godly life. If you’ve tried and failed to overcome some sin, ask for a fresh filling of God’s Holy Spirit and give it another shot; only this time, you’ll be doing it in the spirit, rather than in the flesh.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- End Times-Pt 5

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Pastor Cooley reads from Revelation 2, continuing our study of the end times. We’ll learn about Jesus’ letter to the Church in Pergamos, where it is said that Satan had his throne.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- The Solution for Social Meltdown

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Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

The left sees gun control as the silver-bullet solution that will cure our troubled society. Yet, the recent attacks in Nice, Paris, and Munich have all occurred in areas where gun control is much more restrictive than Orlando, Dallas, or Baton Rouge. The moral of the story is that criminals don’t obey gun laws, and even when they can’t get a firearm, a delivery truck can be just as effective.

So what is the solution? Jesus! I know, it sounds like an oversimplified answer. It really isn’t, but due to the mindset of the leftist, atheists, and social justice crowd, we’ll never see a consensus that will accept the cure. In fact, it has been their policies of evicting God from the classroom and replacing him with an atheistic world view promoted to our children through Darwinism and evolution that have triggered the social meltdown. For four decades, we’ve taught our children that morals are subjective and based on how things make you feel. We told them there is no God and no eternal consequence or reward for their actions. We’ve taught them that they descended from animals.

Why in the world would we be surprised when they act like animals who believe there is no God, no right or wrong, and no consequence for sin?

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Understanding Biblical Storytelling

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Man is the image of God.  He necessarily creates stories and enjoys them.

 —Greg Uttinger, “The Lord of the Rings: A Good Story” (2012)

Deep comedy is a product of Christianity, a mark of resurrection life on the pages of Western literature.

—Peter Leithart, “Deep Comedy” (2006)

 

Introduction

I’ve discussed in broad terms the biblical foundations for many areas of life and thought, including the arts in general.  Now let’s look at the narrower “art” of storytelling.  As with all things we start with God … not just God as Creator, but in God as a personality and who He truly is.  So we begin with the ontological and then the economic Trinity.

Sounds complicated, but all I’m saying is that from eternity God is a self-communicating God.  The Father begets the Son.  The Father and Son breathe forth the Holy Spirit to one another.  You see this over and over in the Bible. That said, let’s look at the doctrine of the Son’s “eternal generation” a bit more closely.

Great Stories and The Ontological Trinity

The Son is the glow of the Father’s glory and the express image of His Person (Heb. 1:3).  The Father looks upon His Son, and He is well pleased (Matt. 3:17; 12:18; Prov.  8:30).  In other words, the Father communicates to the Son and Spirit without any loss in the communication itself.  And … the Son doesn’t compromise the Father’s image or muddy up His glory in any way.

To understand the literary significance of this doctrine, we can contrast Christ the Son with the pagan deities … with Cronos who castrates his father or Zeus who does the same.  With Isis who poisons her ancestor Ra and grabs his power.  Or with Loki who raises the forces of chaos and death against Odin and his allies at Ragnarok.  The pagan myths show us that the gods beget troubled children much to their sorrow.  More broadly, these myths regard any move beyond the beginning as a misstep, a corruption of the ideal, a fall of sorts.

Christian Heroes For Christian Kids: These Amazing Stories Are Putting God Back Into History!

Mysticism in general echoes this thought stream.  That’s why any frameworks that move away from original divinity always lead to distortion and loss.  Only true, Trinitarian balance and harmony provide conceptualization for story.  This understanding of deity creates a backdrop for “the happy ending” so crucial to traditional storytelling.  Meaning … any move from the origin results in catastrophe and tragedy.

The biblical doctrine of the Trinity rejects the tragic endings implicit in pagan ontology.  God’s self-communication does not end in failure but in glory.  The Origin finds full and glorious expression in His complete Revelation.  The Father is glorified in His well-beloved Son, and the Son rejoices in His Father (John 17).

The Covenant of Redemption:  God as Storyteller

Understanding Biblical Storytelling

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Just how the Son glorifies the Father, and the Father the Son, is the story of the Gospel.  But that Gospel story has its origin in the eternal counsels of the Godhead.

Here’s what I mean by that:  Scripture tells us of God’s eternal decrees.  It places these decrees in the context of the eternal fellowship that is the Trinity.  Before the world began, the Persons of the Godhead made promises to one another (Titus 1:2).  They assumed obligations (John 14:31; 17:2).  They took on roles.  The Father gave the Son a people and instructions concerning them (John 17).  The Son became the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8; cf. 1 Pet. 1:19-20).  The Holy Spirit agreed to wait on the earthly work of the Son and to come in His name (John 16:7-15; cf. 7:39).  In eternity they agreed upon all this and much more.

In other words, before the world began, the Persons of the Trinity communicated to one another the nature of the history they would create.  They communicated all that they would do, all that would happen, down to the smallest detail (Isa. 46:10; Acts 15:18).  Not just that … they rejoiced in their plan.  This is where Storytelling begins, but it isn’t where it ends.  God made His story real:  He created heaven and earth.

God’s Story:  Setting, Conflict and Characters

Every story needs a setting.  God set His story (primarily) on Earth.  The story starts “in the beginning” and carries on to the Last Day, to the Resurrection and Final Judgment.

Now, stories as we understand them on this side of the Fall arise out of conflict.  Guides to good reading usually list the more common conflicts:  man v. man, man v. woman, man v. nature, man v. God or the gods, man v. himself, and so on.  But all of these conflicts are the result of the Fall.  In any given story, the specific conflicts either arise out of the sins of the characters or out of the common curse that afflicts men because of sin.  Examples are legion but include battles with disease, wild beasts or natural disasters.

Conflict, of course, presupposes actors … heroes, villains, and victims (protagonists and antagonists).  In God’s story, God Himself is the Hero.  The apparent conflict He must resolve for us rises out of God’s justice and our sin.  It is simply this:  How can God be just and yet forgive rebellious sinners?  God answers this question through the Gospel story as Christ battles Satan (the Dragon) for the life of world.  This story unfolds through 4,000 years of redemptive history.

It is of course “a thriller” of a story and mystery as well.  Only God in His infinite wisdom knew its solution, and He revealed it in Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 2:7-9; Rom. 16:25-26).  It’s also an action/adventure story.  The Son of God came into the world to wage war against the Dragon and to destroy his works (Matt. 4; Rev. 19).  I suppose on some level it’s even a romance.  The resolution of the story required the eternal Bridegroom to lay down His life for the Bride He loved (Eph. 5:28).  Jesus Christ, then, is the archetypical Hero, who really does save the world (John 3:16-17).

God’s Story:  Big Plotlines

God’s story begins with the creation of the world and man’s fall into sin.  Here the conflict within history begins.  But at the garden gate, God promises to rescue His people (the Bride), but He does not explain in any detail how He will manage it.  He speaks obscurely of “the Seed of the Woman” and institutes sacrifice (a foreshadowing of the Cross).  As redemptive history unfolds, we see the life-and-death struggle between the Woman and her seed and the Dragon and his seed.  The Dragon tries again and again to seize the Bride and bring forth his own seed through her or to destroy her and her seed. Sometimes he nearly succeeds.  Yikes!  These attempts are all plot complications.  They introduce tension and we experience suspense as we wait to see what God will do.  And, of course, God always maintains His promise and rescues the seed … usually in some creative, unexpected, even humorous way.

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As the story reaches its climax, God steps into the story as a true man (the Incarnation).  But His identity is concealed (the prince-in-disguise, nice!).  He comes with an incredible plan, divine power and self-sacrificing love.  He is the Prophet, King, and Priest of redemption.  He dies for His Bride (the ultimate plot complication) and rises from the dead to save her (the ultimate plot reversal).  The Hero ascends His throne, and the story rushes quickly to its dénouement (last bits of business and final expla­nations) in the book of Acts and the Epistles.  As Revelation shows us, the King and His Bride live happily ever after (final resolution).  God’s story is very deep comedy and about as far away from pagan tragedy as you can get.

Humans As Storytellers

God’s story is reality.  Most of ours are not.  But because we are made in God’s image, we are by nature … image bearers and sub-creators.  We imitate our heavenly Father in devising sequenced events that always stay in our limited sphere.  We do so to probe the nature of God’s world as well as our own hearts.  We invent stories for wonder, for relaxation and escape. We also create stories that inspire growth in understanding and wisdom.  And here’s the thing … the better our stories conform to God’s template … the more powerful and impactful they will be.

Obviously, not every story can imitate the archetype in all its dimensions.  This is normal, proper and just makes good sense.  After all, even Scripture contains stories within stories.  And though the doctrine of the Trinity guarantees that the Gospel story ends in glory … it contains many stories of sadness and defeat.  Why?  Well, sin and death are real problems in this crazy temporal world of ours.  But not forever.  The literary universe in which the Christian writes is one of love, truth, and hope.   It is one that allows our imaginations to soar beyond the stars … but keeps our hearts grounded in the holiness and love of the Triune God.

For Further Reading:

Francis Nigel Lee, The Central Significance of Culture (N. p.:  Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1976).

Henry R. Van Til, The Calvinistic Concept of Culture (Grand Rapids:  Baker Book House Co., 1972).

Gene Edward Veith, Reading between the Lines, A Christian Guide to Literature (Wheaton, IL:  Crossway Books, 1990).

Gene Edward Veith, Postmodern Times, A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture (Wheaton, IL:  Crossway Books, 1994).

Leland Ryken, The Christian Imagination (Grand Rapids:  Baker Book House, 1981).

Leland Ryken, The Liberated Imagination, Thinking Christianly About the Arts (Wheaton, IL:  Harold Shaw Publishers, 1989).

Leland Ryken, Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective (Wheaton, IL:  Harold Shaw Publishers, 1991).

Greg Uttinger, “The Trinity and Storytelling,” Chalcedon Report, Oct 2003, no. 456, Vallecito, CA.

Peter Leithart, Deep Comedy:  Trinity, Tragedy, and Hope in Western Literature (Moscow, ID:  Canon Press, 2006).

Richard Purtill, Lord of the Elves and Eldils:  Fantasy and Philosophy in C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien (Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 1974).

Faith and Freedom Friday- King James Vs New Versions

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Today’s special edition of Faith and Freedom Friday features a fantastic presentation on the differences between the King James Bible and the new translations.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Reprobate

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They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Titus 1:16

I was so close to using another picture representing Hillsong NYC’s apostasy. I found myself torn between an image of their pastor dressed as Austin Powers, a movie that should embarrass any saved person much less a pastor, or using a picture of the two openly-gay sodomites on Hillsong NYC’s worship team. After becoming overly perplexed about the problem, I fell back on the old faithful image of their Youth Pastor performing his impersonation of the famous Naked Cowboy at a Hillsong Women’s conference. So please excuse me for using the same picture again.

Today’s verse is a warning that you have to be in your Bible. You have to be studying God’s Word for yourself. Knowing God and drawing near to Him is your responsibility and yours alone.

Every person at Hillsong NYC is being led astray by false teachers. Unfortunately, those who have followed blindly will still be held accountable because they placed their faith in man rather than the Holy Scriptures. Had they dusted off the Bible and learned what it said for themselves, they would have know what a horrific crime was being committed against God, by the heretical teachings of this apostate church.

For most, you’ll look on at Hillsong NYC and shake your head as these practices are so obvious. But what about the place where you worship? Would you recognize apostasy in your own church? Are you more in tune with God’s Word, from daily personal Bible study, than you are with Pastor So-And-So’s doctrine? If you can’t answer this question with certainty, you need to get in the Word and start learning to feed yourself. “But Pastor So-And-So said,” is not going to be a legitimate defense for your bad doctrine on judgement day.

Don’t get me wrong, bad doctrine will not necessarily keep you out of the kingdom, but it can greatly affect your eternal rewards. And, if it teaches you a message of salvation that comes without repentance, it is nothing more than a false sense of security, on par with a skydiver who believes his backpack to be a parachute.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- The End Times-Pt 4

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Pastor Cooley reads from Revelation 2, continuing our study of the end times. We’ll learn about Jesus’s letter to the Church in Smyrna, the persecuted Church of whom Jesus only had words of praise and encouragement.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Hearing From God

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Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.  He said unto him, I [am] a prophet also as thou [art]; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. [But] he lied unto him.  So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

1 Kings 13: 15-19

To get a good understanding of today’s study, you need to read the entire chapter of 1 Kings 13It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve written on this passage, but it is so important, that i have to revisit it from time to time. In these perilous days, there is no prepper skill nearly as important as hearing from God.

“God told me to tell you . . . ” Red flags should be popping up all over the place anytime a sentence is predicated by those six words. I’m not saying someone couldn’t have a prophetic word for you, but it should be in keeping with what God is already telling you, as a confirmation, or it could be a message that aligns with God’s Word to convict you of something you already know you need to be doing. On occasions, God can send a prophetic word through another person as an answer to a question you’ve been seeking God’s wisdom for.

But, if you get a “God told me to tell you . . .” that is in contrast to what God has been telling you directly, don’t listen to it. Like the old prophet from Bethel, the person giving you the contradictory message may have no ill will towards you, but that doesn’t mean the word is from God. For the man of God from Judah who decided to listen to the old prophet rather than the word he’d received directly from God, it cost him his life.

So how do we know? If you get a word from the Lord through another person, you need confirmation on your own. That can only come through spending time in the presence of God. And just how do we get in the presence of God? I’m glad you asked.

I suppose the obvious answer is church. And in the perfect world, yes, that would be correct. However, in the world we live in, that may or may not be true, depending on the church. The surefire answer is spending time reading the Bible and praying. If you’ll make a daily habit out of reading the Bible and staying connected to God through prayer, his Spirit will guide you and give you direction for making decisions in your day to day life. When you want to press in a little deeper, try spending time in personal worship, just listening to worship music and thanking God for all the blessings he has given you.

There will be times when an issue arises that is so complicated and perplexing, that you just can’t seem to get an answer through prayer and your normal daily Bible reading. For those times, combine your regular Bible reading, personal worship and prayer with fasting. Although the answer doesn’t always come right away, this combination has never failed me.

The key to hearing from God is stagnancy connected through daily Bible reading and prayer. Church is a good thing and you need to be in fellowship with other believers, but no Sunday sermon is going to make up for the other six days of the week when you need to be seeking God on your own. Don’t wait until the crisis comes to start getting in touch with your creator, if you’re not already doing so, start that habit today!

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- The End Times-Pt 3

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Pastor Cooley teaches from Revelation, continuing our study of the last days.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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How Do You Spot A False Teacher Within The Church?

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How Do You Spot A False Teacher Within The Church?Think about the last time you felt different. You know, when you were on the outside of something wanting to be on the inside? We all deal with the desire to fit in.

When it comes to matters of right and wrong, this herd-mentality is perilous. How do we know what is right and wrong? How do we spot false teachers? Second Peter 2:1-9 helps us answer three questions to know what truth is and what is not.

1. What do false teachers do (2:1-3)?

These false teachers betray and injure Christians. They claim to have a “word” from God when they really don’t. Indeed, they may be heartfelt, but, really, they are an instrument of the evil one. They succeed for a time (2:2).

Surface-level Christianity will always be popular, but extremely dangerous. So much of false teaching comes down to the same thing: Final authority becomes something other than the objective standard of God’s Word.

Christians understand that some of those who say they are “Christians,” well, really aren’t. Indeed, the Scripture doesn’t state Christians are the greatest people. It’s those who grasp their lack of virtue and find their only confidence in the God-man, Jesus Christ—in the perfect life that He lived and the death He died on the cross, receiving the punishment of God for sins of ours and for all of those who turn from their sins and trust in Him.  A true Jesus-follower is someone who repents of their sins, very unlike the false teachers in 2 Peter.

Don’t be duped, but be alert. Ponder cautiously how well-equipped you are to watch yourself against false teaching and teachers.

How do you recognize a false teacher? Or, how do you tell “bad sheep” from “good sheep”? Bad sheep:

  • Have bad fruit. We will never have the luxury of laying discernment aside.
  • Exhibit greed. Often, they minister only for monetary gain.
  • Lead depraved lives. Teachers should strive to live up to what they preach.

False doctrine will always be good-looking to some. If you’re frequently giving into greed and sin, you’re arranging your mind to want false teaching that will bless you in your sin. You want it to be true. You don’t need to read a doctrine or theology book that is wrong to prepare your mind and heart to desire what is wrong. You simply need to be unconcerned about your sin, content and developing in your waywardness, all the while appearing to follow Christ. This is how heresy (false teaching) grows in a church.

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This is why fellowship is so important—because it leaks our lives to others. Drive yourself to that uncomfortable area to let others know you well—spiritually, above all—in your local church.

How Do You Spot A False Teacher Within The Church?We’re aware that there’ll be frauds in the church. We are all guilty of sin (Rom. 3:10-23), but hypocrites are committed to remaining in sin. Don’t think that because there are so many hypocrites or fakes that real, genuine Christians don’t exist. You don’t stop shopping at the grocery store because there are hypocrites there, do you? Then don’t draw false conclusions that all Christians are fake. Scrutinize Christianity by getting to know a Christian.

As Christians, the decisive reference for all our actions is the three-in-one God. What would your friends and family say about the God that you say you serve based on your actions this week? What can we do to bring Christ honor? We want our lives not to be distractions, but to be attractive for Christ’s sake (2 Cor. 2:15). We want our standing in the community to be a good example of Christ. The battle against false teaching is won not just by decrying false religion, but by practicing true religion.

2. What will be done to these teachers (2:4-6)?

They’ll be punished. God will judge sinners.

So who’s to say what’s right and wrong? Were the Nazis or slave-owners right just because designated officials were in charge? Only God can say what is ultimately right and wrong, for He is perfectly holy and good.

Because God is good, there’ll be condemnation for sin. Judgment may not be instant—many in the Bible existed for a time prior to being judged (Sodom and Gomorrah—Genesis 19). A postponement in sentence is part of God’s grace, but a delay in judgment is not a denial of judgment. Do you really think you’ve seen all of God’s judgment on your sin?

3. What happens to those who truly know Christ (2:7-9)?

Christianity teaches that we don’t have our best life now. Actual, real Christianity doesn’t disguise problems, but challenges, and acknowledges, rejects and heals. Don’t be discouraged because of trials. God will continue to be kind through them. We will be rescued (2:9). Christians have hope of eternal fellowship with Christ; He made us for Himself. When we’re in the closest communion with Him, we are most satisfied.

In another letter, Paul tells Timothy (2 Tim. 4:1-6) to detach himself from false teachers who define their own gospel and surround themselves with false teachers. As a result, Timothy was told to preach the truth at all times.

This is why churches can’t be built on popular fads or pastoral personalities. The church must be based on the truth of God’s Word. Has the world ever wanted to sit and listen to be rebuked by God’s Word? No! Discomfort with God’s truth in the world isn’t a new spectacle. We know that speaking Christ crucified is a stumbling block—it has been since the start of time—but it is the truth and wisdom of God, and must, therefore, be proclaimed.

Scripture contains all that a Christian needs to preserve the church from false teaching (2 Tim. 3:16). Are you building the Bible into your life in every conceivable way, Christian? Does the account of Scripture have a place in your mind and heart?

The Scriptures are all-sufficient and they won’t disappoint, especially when knowing biblical truth from falsehood.

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Warning! Extreme Peril!

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This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 

2 Timothy 3:1

Over the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with two gentlemen who are either currently or previously employed directly or as private contractors by the US intelligence community. In both of those conversations, the common denominator was their concern that either a coordinated attack on multiple US cities, or widespread outbreak of civil unrest which could be triggered by Islamic extremists, Black Lives Matter, or some combination thereof, would necessitate martial law being enacted.

In that instance, you could potentially see curfews, totalitarian executive orders banning the sale of weapons and ammunition, runs on the banks, long lines at gas stations, and empty grocery store shelves.

Grocery stores are always first to get cleaned out in any type of crisis. Folks who live near the coast where hurricanes are a frequent occurrence and people who live in climates susceptible to heavy snow storms are all too familiar with this concept. In addition to the regular run on the stores, we face the threat of them not being resupplied due to road closures. Bill, a regular visitor to PrepperRecon.com, sent me an email telling of his experience traveling through Minneapolis and St Paul during the BLM protests. He was sidelined by traffic as the interstates in that area were closed down. While waiting for traffic to clear, he spoke with a trucker who was also stranded. The trucker told him that the national situation was approaching the point at which goods would quit running via the interstate highway system.

If you’ve been hesitating to finish up your preps, do it now. Even if we make it though the summer of rage without a major incident, the Bible guarantees us that the last days will be perilous times.

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- The End Times-Pt 2

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Pastor Cooley teaches from Matthew 13:41, continuing our study of the end times. He reminds us that when this present age draws to a close, the Son of man will send forth his angels to cleanse his kingdom of iniquity.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-The Right Way

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And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that [was] the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

1 Kings 3:3-5

The Book of Leviticus gave specific details about how God’s people were to worship him. Every little detail was covered and it did not include making sacrifices and burning incense in high places. Nevertheless, King Solomon did so. And what’s more, God honored his sacrifices and appeared to Solomon in a dream.

I find this story absolutely perplexing. What is the lesson here? I think the lesson is, that God looks at the motivation of the heart. It seems he is more concerned with a person’s attitude toward him than whether that person legalistically follows the law to the letter. It is possible to get so caught up in the rules and regulations that we miss out on the love. So, let us purpose in our hearts to love God, above all else. After all, Jesus said loving God with all of your heart, soul and mind, is the most important commandment.

So is that the end of the lesson? I don’t think so. I seem to recall Paul telling young Timothy to pay careful attention to his doctrine. Let’s take another look at King Solomon. As he continued throughout his life, he persisted in doing things his own way. Deuteronomy 17 says the king shouldn’t buy many horses, and that he shouldn’t buy them from Egypt. What does 2 Chronicles 1 tell us about King Solomon’s horses? It says there were a lot of them, and guess where he bought them. That’s right, Egypt! Deuteronomy 17 says the king should not have many wives. Solomon had 700 and 300 concubines. I don’t know what your definition of “many wives” is, but I bet it’s less than 700. Deuteronomy 17 says the king should not amass silver and gold. Solomon seemed to get the silver part right, but only because he’d gathered so much gold in his palace that silver was seen as completely worthless. And after all of this, Solomon began to worship foreign gods, one of the sins that breaks God’s heart more than anything. As a result, the Kingdom of Israel was split in two, dividing it into the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom. Just as the entire nation was blessed because of Solomon’s passion for God in his early years, they were all cursed after his reign, because of his neglect and his choice to do things his own way.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-The End Times

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Pastor Cooley teaches from II Timothy 3 today to draw out the parallels between today’s headlines and prophecies of the end times.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL. If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-The Fear of the LORD

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The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

Today’s verse doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s paramount that we remember this verse and meditate on it’s meaning. Too many churches are presenting a seeker-friendly message meant to appeal to the masses and have completely glossed over the God who will some day judge the quick and the dead. Regardless of how good of a life you live, when you see Him face to face, you will have a whole new understanding of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me, for I am undone.” John fell at his feet as though dead, and when your day comes, you’ll be shaking in your shoes.

We don’t fear an angry God who is out to destroy us, at least not if we have repented and have been washed by the blood of the Lamb. However, we should have a very healthy respect for a God that is all powerful, all mighty, and so holy.

Electricity isn’t something we have to walk around in constant fear of, but it is very powerful and exceedingly dangerous if not respected. Would you fail to warn your children about sticking metal forks in electrical outlets because you don’t want to hurt their feelings? Of course not, but that is exactly what the apostate church does when it fails to teach about the consequences of sin against an all-mighty, powerful God.

And where has that brought us? As a nation, we have arrived at such a position that our people are filled with a false sense of security concerning God, his requirements, and his wrath. So what shall we do?

Let us all pray that God will bless America. But let us not pray for the temporary blessings of peace and prosperity that will lead us further down the path of false security, but let us pray for blessing to come as the fear of the Lord. Let us pray that He will guide us back to a place where His Word and his Way are respected and honored in this country, by any means necessary. Then, brace for the impact!

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-Personal Responsibility

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Teaching from Ephesians 4, Pastor Cooley looks at the consequences on our culture from government interference which has allowed many to exist without meaningful work and removed the sense of personal responsibility.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us Sundays at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- The God of All Comfort

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Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

The folks in West Virginia are among the many Americans who have been shaken to the core recently. Fires in California, and floods in Texas have also left thousands without a home and without hope. As the body of Christ, it is our duty to reach out to those people and offer them the source of our hope, which is eternal salvation through the blood of Jesus.

James asks, “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” In our ministry to those in need of comfort, it is our duty to meet their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs.

God has opened a door of opportunity for my wife and I to go serve in West Virginia, along side Samaritan’s Purse. I’m not sure what the internet connection will be like at the facility where we will be staying, so if posts are a little late this week, you’ll know why.

If you have the time available to help flood victims in Texas or West Virginia, Samaritan’s Purse has a great infrastructure to get you plugged into where the needs are the greatest. If you don’t have the time, you can also help out financially. In either case, go to SamaritansPurse.org to sign up as a volunteer or donate.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

 

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Faith and Freedom Friday- Conspiracy of Evil

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Thanks to Dr. Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel Lima, Ohio for today’s Faith and Freedom Podcast. Pastor Mike teaches on the importance for Christians to be aware of the surreptitious schemes of our enemies, and he exhorts listeners to be spiritually and physically prepared for the dark days ahead.

View other teachings from Pastor Mike on his YouTube channel HERE – Calvary Chapel of Lima.

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Speaking the Truth in Love

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Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Have you ever wished God would strip people of their right to publicly identify themselves as Christians if they acted like idiots? I sure have. And never more so than after hearing about Westboro Baptist’s protests at the Orlando Victims’ funerals.

Yes, homosexuality is wrong, as evidenced in today’s Bible verse. But despite the message on the shirts of Westboro’s “evangelists,” God does not hate fags. God hates the sin and loves the sinner as evidenced by Romans 5:8 which says,  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That goes for everyone on the list in today’s verse; fornicators, idolaters, adulterers,  homosexuals, sodomites,  thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers,  and extortioners.

And yes, the Bible is clear that NO ONE on that list will inherit the kingdom of God. The good news is, if we repent, and turn away from those sins we can inherit the kingdom of God! Isn’t that the message we should be sharing instead of the false message of hate? Westboro Baptist is alienating people further away from God, which is exactly the opposite of what Christ’s mission was. Just as the apostate pastors of the modern emergent church keep sinners  from salvation by selling them a false hope of heaven without repentance, Westboro ensures their damnation by telling them that God hates them. Both the emergent church and Westboro Baptist should beware come judgement day. You may be in for quite a surprise.

As for Westboro attendees, remember, today’s verse says, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” There is no sin so dark that the blood of Christ cannot atone when a sinner calls out in repentance.

When we read over that list, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers,  homosexuals, sodomites,  thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers,  and extortioners, it’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this post hasn’t made the cut at least once. If you are a man and you think you’re home free, I might remind you that Jesus said that if you even look at a woman lustfully, you’re guilty of adultery.

So does that mean we should roll over and let the culture tell us that men can use the same bathroom as our daughters and our wives? Are we to acquiesce and quit preaching the truth so not to hurt anyone’s feelings?  Should we demand that florists, bakers, judges, and photographers participate in homosexual weddings and boycott business that don’t offer sensitivity courses and benefits for same sex couples? No! No! No! We stand up! We stand firm! We hold the line to preserve our faith and our freedom, to protect our wives and our daughters, and to protect our children from satanic philosophies. But there is a right way and a wrong way. Westboro’s way is the wrong way and they’ll have to answer for it. Our way is the right way, for our way is to speak the truth in love.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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News, Reviews, and the survival axe!

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News, Reviews, and the survival axe! James Walton “I Am Liberty” With the closing election, people falling dead at the hands of radical Muslims all over the world and our governments unwillingness to approach a single problem with any real sense it can be a bit overwhelming. There are mornings I wake up and feel like … Continue reading News, Reviews, and the survival axe!

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Faith and Freedom Friday-Rightly Dividing the Word

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Today’s Faith and Freedom Friday is a recording from a men’s Bible study I attended last night. The message had such a strong anointing that I felt I had to share it. The study is packed with truth about the sovereignty of God’s Word and the attacks against it. The leader of the study points out that the original sin in the garden was linked to Satan’s corruption of God’s Word. All cults that stem from Christianity as well as the rampant apostasy currently infecting the American church can all be attributed to this very same corruption of God’s Word. If we are to be defenders of the faith, we must first be defenders of God’s Word.

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Enemy of the State

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And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

1 Samuel 18:11-12

David served his country militarily when he killed Goliath, he was a model citizen and walked righteously before God. Nevertheless, he found himself becoming and enemy of the state. As Saul burned with jealousy and anger towards David, he began to pursue him throughout the land, hunting him down like an animal. If you read 1 Samuel, you’ll see the various evasion tactics David had to use to stay alive.

Likewise, many Christian today are beginning to feel the distaste their government is developing for them. Despite their military service, model citizenship and living good lives, they are starting to feel like enemies of the state.

David was able to stay alive through his relationship with God and by making wise choices in evading an oppressive government that was out to destroy him. As our faith takes us father and farther out of favor with those in control, we have to teach ourselves to think more and more like David.

Radio Free Redoubt did a 3 Part Podcast Series on Going Underground. I would recommend that every listen to those broadcasts and start developing the habits of a persecuted class. The learning curve is steep and the time is short.

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Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- God Knows the End from the Beginning

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Picking up in Romans 8:33, Pastor Cooley teaches on God’s ability to know the end from the beginning. When we see the massive corruption  in the world today, remember that God isn’t surprised by any of it.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us Sundays at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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God’s Plan For Marriage (And Why The Culture Has It All Wrong)

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Americans have lost their way on right and wrong. According to a recent poll by Gallup, about half or more of all Americans believe that abortion, homosexuality and sex outside of marriage are not sinful.

Even in early Christianity, there was confusion over marriage. Marriage was said to have stemmed from a concession to human weakness. But a closer look at Scripture tells a different story.

1. The Biblical Basis for Marriage

In Genesis 1, God was creating and declaring everything He made to be good. In Genesis 2, we see the first thing that wasn’t good: verse 18 says it isn’t good for man to be alone. God brought all the animals to Adam for him to name, but no suitable helper was found for him. So God created woman (2:20-24).

God's Plan For Marriage (And Why The Culture Has It All Wrong)

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Biblical theology talks about the four states of man: created, fallen, redeemed and glorified. And in creation we see God’s plan for marriage through these four states (2:20-24).

  • Marriage is rooted in our inadequacy. This isn’t to suggest that single people aren’t fully human. We all, however, are made to desire another. In verses 19-20, God prepares Adam for Eve by exhausting other possibilities. He doesn’t just give man the woman straight away. God is teaching Adam to trust Him and teach the man the value of the woman. Humans are no mere animals, but being made in the image of God sets us apart.
  • Marriage is of God’s design. Verse 21 especially shows this by the way God makes the woman … while Adam was sleeping. It was all God’s work, making it clear she is in no way inferior to man, she, too, was divinely created.
  • Marriage is a relationship of companionship. Man was alone and needed a suitable helper. The woman was taken from his side to show she is a suitable companion. She wasn’t taken from his head to rule over him or his feet to be trampled under him.
  • Marriage is a relationship of attraction. Gen. 2:23 reveals to us the only pre-Fall statement of man. Adam is clearly excited here. “At last! A suitable helper!”
  • Marriage is a relationship of authority. Hierarchy isn’t the result of the curse; authority is inherent in the world’s design before the Fall (Gen. 3). Adam named her woman before the Fall. The man being created first implied authority. After the first sin, in Genesis 3:9, God calls out to the man — implying his responsibility in the situation.
  • Marriage is a particular union. God calls man and woman to be together; it is the first and most basic of all institutions. There is covenant language of being united. Sexual pleasure shouldn’t be isolated; it is a part of marriage. God’s design isn’t Adam with another man. It is the union of one man with one woman where they become interdependent and complementary to each other.
  • Marriage is a public covenant. Note the official language in verse 22 — God brought and presented her to man as a kind of marriage ceremony. Verse 24 shows a change in priorities from parents to spouse. A new family is established. God didn’t put a parent and a child in the garden. He is emphasizing the importance of this relationship.
  • Marriage is a lifelong relationship. It is intended to be permanent (Mal. 2). Jesus references Genesis 2 in exhorting us not to divorce.

Effects of the Fall on Marriage

After the Fall, the marriage relationship became distorted. Strife was caused by a desire for dominance, and Adam and Eve being alienated from God. Adam acted for us (Romans 5:19), making God our enemy. The whole context for marriage has been changed by sin.

Marriage’s continuation is part of God’s kindness to us. Marriage is under assault in this sinful world. We are taught to be ashamed of this need and told it is just a social contract. The world devalues spouses, seeks lust that is impossible to fulfill, abuses or abdicates authority, and engages in homosexuality and polygamy.

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Marriage is publicly trivialized. Man’s law pronounces divorces that God doesn’t recognize.

Yet, marriage survives! It is necessary for a nation’s survival; it is society’s infrastructure.

Marriage and Redemption

Marriage predates sin — it is part of God’s good gift in creation. It is in the context of marriage that we’re most our own gender yet displaying unity in diversity.

Perpetual adolescence is part of the spiritual battle in our culture. Christians see the need for marriage because we recognize our incompleteness. It’s not just for propagation of a family. It is about relationship. God delights to give us what we delight in.

2. Roles in Marriage

Husbands – Serve the Lord as is written in Joshua 24:15: “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” The best way to love is by leading well. We should lay down our own comforts, preferences and even our lives (Ephesians 5). Love your wife like Christ loved the church.

Men read love as “don’t upset her.” This is a self-serving definition. Love is to risk upsetting; it’s an inevitable part of a loving leadership. Observe and lead in your wife’s relationship with the church. Lead in the way that Christ leads and cares for the church.

Do you know what your wife likes? Make her an object of your intent investigation. When giving advice, tell her how much you love her.

Wives, correct your husbands in a loving way if they are doing wrong. Husbands, love with a self-sacrifice. Resolve to grow in humility, be more sensitive, be a better communicator, and to love better.

Husbands, do you feel like a failure in this? The Gospel is for failures like us — man, woman, and child.

Wives — What’s so astounding about marriage isn’t the similarities between a husband and wife but the real unity amid a beautiful array of differences. In the teaching of the New Testament, wives are addressed first. Biblically, being a Christian wife means having a love for God and a love for others, obedience to God’s Word, helping her husband, being industrious, teaching younger women, loving her husband and children, being self-controlled. Ephesians 5:22 adds that a wife is to “submit” to her husband.

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Also, notice that Colossians 3:18, Titus 2:15, 1 Peter 3:1 and 5 all stress submission. Christians know all about submission. We are to submit to Christ, the governing authorities, leaders at church, parents, etc.

Submitting doesn’t imply being of lesser value. Christ submitted to the Father. Submission doesn’t imply inequality, but different roles. Submission does not mean that one is not to express thoughts or is to follow a husband into sin.

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1 Peter 3 gives Old Testament examples of how wives are to love, honor, respect and encourage husbands.

Here are more ideas: Give yourself to reading and knowing God’s Word better. Read Proverbs, a chapter a day, and apply it to your marriage. Pray God would make you an easier person to lead.  Encourage your children to honor their dad. Speak well of him to them.

What if your husband is a non-Christian? In 1 Peter 3, wives are told to submit to back up their evangelistic words. Wives, do you feel like a failure in this? The Gospel is for failures like us — man, woman, and child.

3. Theological Reflections

Why does the Bible teach this about marriage? The Lord reflects Himself in marriage. Christ is proclaimed through marriage. Marriage reflects Christ’s love for the church. Marriage is a picture of the Gospel.

Hosea is written in the context of marriage and depicts the theme of unfaithfulness and reconciliation. Genesis 2 is a foretaste of what we see at the end of Revelation 21, “the bride dressed for her husband.” Amen! Come Lord Jesus!

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Gifted

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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set [them], and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

Exodus 31:1-5

There’s an old jest that says, heaven is where the cooks are French, the mechanics are German, and the police are English. And hell is where the cooks are English, the mechanics are French, and the police are German.

If it’s true for entire cultures, then it certainly must be so for individuals; there are things we are inherently good at and other things that we’re not so good at.

What’s that talent that God gave you? Do you have a green thumb? Maybe you can play anything on a guitar without even looking at the music, or whip up a dish with no recipe; maybe you’re just good at cheering people up, or caring for the sick. No doubt, you’ve discovered it. It’s that thing that everyone asks, “How do you do that and how do you make it look so easy?”

Whatever it is, God gave you that gift for His glory and for you to bless others with. Ironically, when you are doing it, you feel happier and more alive than at any other time. That’s no coincidence. You were literally made to do that thing.

The funny saying at the beginning of the post is so amusing, because it is so true. In addition to cultural giftings, it points out some things that those same cultures can fall a little short at. The moral of the story is that when people operate outside of their gifts, we all suffer. The enemy will always try to sideline you with things that are so important that you just don’t have time, but you have to make a priority out of doing what you’re good at. Even in church, people are often pushed into a ministry for which they have no aptitude, making a mess out of that ministry, and altogether missing the ministry God has called them to.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- No One can Condemn God’s Saint

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Continuing in Romans 8, Pastor Cooley  draws our attention to the the constant assault on our Christian values and reiterates the importance of the lesson in verse 33 which says, “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.”

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Here’s What God Really Has To Say About ‘Gender’

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Here's What God Really Has To Say About 'Gender'

What it means to be a man and a woman is increasingly referred to as “gender.” Today, perhaps unlike any time in history, there are fewer rights, privileges and expectations tied to our physical sex. Roles are said to be determined by our culture or religious beliefs, so they must constantly be explained and evaluated. What’s more, the academic world has sought to change our world by changing our words.

What has gone on in the West is so shocking that it could not have been imagined even 100 years ago.

While many developments have been positive, others have not been: Illegitimate births have increased, marriage has been and continues to be redefined, and divorce has skyrocketed, even among professing Christians.

The implications of these changes reach beyond the family and into our very understanding of God. And with such diverse and quickly changing views of gender in the world, we must turn to the Bible to see what God has to say on these issues.

The basic storyline of the Bible isn’t that everything is OK. No, it’s that God created us in His image (Gen. 1:26-27), but we have rejected His authority in our lives, and, consequently, have sinned against Him (Rom. 3:23; Jam. 4:4). As a result, we are subject to God’s judgment.

But God provided His Son as a substitute. Jesus died to take the wrath for our sin and was raised back to life (Rom. 5:6-10). Forgiveness of your sins and reconciliation with God is possible.

In the following areas, we see that God has made His will on the issue of gender inherently obvious.

1. Creation

The loudest voice for the Christian in gender discussions is always God (Gen. 1:26-27). God specifically creates a worshipper in His image, who is special from the rest of creation—male and female He created them. This is the first chapter in the Bible, and it starts with God. God is the uncreated being in the universe; He is the One from which everything else has come.

What is God like? Look at people around you. Talk to them. While God is certainly not like us in every way, we learn something of Him by His creation of us. The ability to think, to know, to communicate, and to be in relationship is at the core of this description.

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Gender is no biological accident. God’s image is seen in male and female — individually and together. The mystery of marriage speaks to the love between the persons of the Trinity, and the perfect love between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

2. The image of God

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Being made in the image of God is what distinguishes us from animals. We see two creation acts in relation to mankind in Genesis: physical creation and a spirit breathed into man by God.

The doctrine of the image of God is what gives Christianity a reason to defend people of both genders and all races. It is our very belief in God that makes us an encouragement for the good of all (Gal. 6:10; Pro. 3:27).

The image of God in us can’t be abolished, and our innate knowledge of God can’t be totally eradicated. That’s why God’s purpose in your life isn’t comfort but conformity. In all things, He is making the Christian into the image of Christ. In issues of gender or otherwise, the pursuit of a trivial life isn’t befitting for creatures made in the image of a weighty God full of glory. God didn’t save you and me simply to take us to heaven. He saved us to conform us into the image of Jesus.

The image of God didn’t dissolve when Adam sinned. We can act contrary to the image of God, and it is diminished by sin. But man reflects God’s image as a spiritual and physical being with the capacity for relationship.

3. Masculinity

Biblically, men are to take responsibility and are called to initiate and protect (Eph. 5; 1 Tim. 5:8, etc.). Men are to be the head of their families. Masculinity is to lead, not desert; to provide for, not take from; to protect, not kill. Jesus, the sinless Son of God, perfectly exemplifies this.

In the essence of biblical masculinity is a man understanding that authority is not authoritarian but humble, sacrificial responsibility. Biblical masculinity is meek. Not passive. But meek. At the heart of biblical masculinity is the taking of responsibility — period. Taking responsibility is true masculinity. Passivity is marital sabotage.

Too many people have a distorted sense of masculinity characterized by a lack of responsibility and a freedom from any obligation that might tie him down. This isn’t masculinity, but adolescence! Men are to cultivate self-sacrificial love as demonstrated by Jesus. The call to leadership is a call to repentance and risk-taking.

4. Femininity

Biblical femininity is a disposition of affirming, receiving and nurturing the strength and leadership of worthy men (1 Pet. 3:1-6; Col. 3:18, etc.). The Bible doesn’t teach that God created men and women as duplicates, but as complementary to one another (1 Tim. 2:8-15).

In fact, the cultivation of good male leadership benefits women. Women’s liberation has often turned into women’s domination, or a complete denial of any differences between men and women at all.

The vision of harmonious relationships between men and women isn’t possible when one or both parties aren’t pursuing God’s call for their particular role. True freedom comes in submission to God’s will and the affirmation of His wisdom.

5. Popular confusions

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When the authority of the Bible is rejected or distorted, the beautiful differences between men and women are deserted. As men try to put themselves first, or as women try to dominate, life becomes more like war. The evil one hates all that is good and is working hard to distort the truth and beauty of God’s creation.

Alternative understandings of gender are promoted in our culture — while more “flexible” norms are marketed.  Family units are now chosen instead of being biological in nature. And sex is divorced from the responsibility of reproduction.

What intimacy is there in non-monogamous relationships? Look at the drug use, depression and disease among those involved in sexual behavior outside the context of biblical marriage. Is this the “freedom” offered by the alternative?

6. The explanation of gender

Gender isn’t a “choose your own adventure story.” God didn’t make us gender-less.

God has included hierarchy in the fabric of creation. God creates mankind (people) to rule over creation in His stead. Whenever authority is correctly used, God’s own character is reflected. Good authority is fruitful in the lives of others; it creates stability and promotes good for all. This is why abuse of authority is so terrible, whether in marriage or the church or in a nation.

The issues of trust that crowd around this topic lie very near to the Gospel itself. Gender is now, in the culture at large, understood to be an expression of personal autonomy. Tolerance is not enough. The biblical Gospel calls us to strong love for others. The image of God is there. Christian eyes see it.

Can you see something of the way God structured this life to mirror how we are to approach Him? Yet we may rely on and submit to Him wholly, without any fear of failure or potential betrayal of trust.

The good news is that the grace of God isn’t bound by race, gender, age, social class, language, ethnicity, history or location. God offers grace to all. You can trust Him today!

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Responsibility

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Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

Deuteronomy 4:9

If you’re a fan of Mark Dice’s man-on-the-street videos, or perhaps the man-on-the-street interviews by Jesse Watters that highlight the fact that today’s youth doesn’t know who won the Civil War, who we won our independence from in the Revolutionary War, whether Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court, you might be tempted to get upset at the educational system. But, according to today’s verse, it was never their responsibility. Yes, the educational system has been completely hijacked by the socialists and the communists, and yes, there is an agenda behind dumbing down your kids, but it is the responsibility of the parents and the grandparents to teach children why this was a Christian nation.

Furthermore, it is the responsibility of parents to know what their children are being taught. And in case you didn’t know, if your kids are in public school, they’re being taught that there is no God. Darwinism is not just about science, it is about faith. Darwinism promotes the religion of atheism. If you are sending your children to learn atheism 30 hours a week, and Christianity 1 hour a week, don’t be surprised when they no longer espouse the beliefs you thought you were teaching them in your home. If this fact doesn’t bother you, boys in the shower room with your teenage daughter shouldn’t really be an issue.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

 

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Faith and Freedom Friday- Remembering a Once-Great Nation

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Pastor Cooley reads from 1 Corinthians 11 for today’s message. He reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice made by the American patriots who shaped this country and our duty to stand against the evil which is destroying it.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us Sundays at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Rolling Over

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Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make [an agreement] with me [by] a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern; Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.

Isaiah 36:15-17

Through his spokesman, The King of Assyria, Sennacherib promised the Israelites peace and prosperity if they would just give up. He assured them that God would never deliver them and that it was a good bargain.

Satan often sends his spokesman to us, promising that things will go much easier if we’ll just give in and let go of our silly faith in God.

Likewise, Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick Fil-A was assured that if he would only acquiesce and shut up about his biblical views of gay marriage, all would go well for him and the company. However, after caving to the pressure, he is finding out that deals made with the devil are seldom upheld by the other side. His company continues to be the target of left-wing extremism and intolerant hatred, despite rolling over like a trained dog.

This week, stand up for what you believe in and be strong. As millions of European Jews learned during WWII, going along to get along doesn’t work anyway.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- All Things Work Together

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Pastor Cooley continues teaching from Romans 8, and picks up in verse 28. He reminds us that even though it is hard for us to understand, all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

 

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us Sundays at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Freedom Of Speech: Can You Really Say Anything You Want?

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If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable.       

— Justice William Brennan, Texas v. Johnson (1989)

What is the liberty of the press?

Who can give it any definition which would not leave the utmost latitude for evasion?

—Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, #84 (1788)

The First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

This is the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.  It guarantees, among other things, freedom of speech.  The clause that contains the words “freedom of speech” also adds “or of the press.”  It recognizes that each in some measure is involved in the other.

The first clause protects the “free exercise” of religion, something that obviously includes the freedom to espouse ideas and doctrines that others in the community might find objectionable.  The last clause says the people have the right to assemble peaceably and “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  These, too, have implications for both speaking and writing.

The impetus for the First Amendment came from the Anti-Federalists, patriots who looked at the proposed Constitution with grave, even violent, suspicion.  These men, generally writing out of a true concern for civil liberty, were afraid that the Constitution would create a tyrannical central government and threaten the very liberties they had fought a war to reassert and defend.  Some of the Anti-Federalists were never reconciled to the new order, but others were willing to sign on if the Constitution was supplied with a bill of rights.  In the end, the Federalist agreed.

Hamilton’s Objections

Writing in a series of articles eventually collected as The Federalist (1788), Alexander Hamilton argued that a bill of rights was not only unnecessary, but also quite possibly dangerous.  He argued, for instance, that the “freedom of the press” was incapable of any clear definition.

Freedom of Speech: Can You Really Say Anything You Want?Who can give it any definition which would not leave the utmost latitude for evasion?  I hold it to be impracticable; and from this, I infer, that its security, whatever fine declarations may be inserted in any constitution respecting it, must altogether depend on public opinion, and on the general spirit of the people and of the government.  And here, after all, as intimated upon another occasion, must we seek for the only solid basis of all our rights (#84).

Hamilton distrusted what he saw as meaningless platitudes. He thought, rather, that the meaning and defense of “the freedom of the press” must rest with the character and conscience of the people and their elected officials.  By extension, the same would be true for that broader category: freedom of speech.

Liberty in France

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, France’s National Assembly was pounding out its own manifesto concerning human rights:  The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789).  With regard to freedom of speech, the Declaration said this:

No one shall be disquieted on account of his opinions, including his religious views, provided their manifestation does not disturb the public order established by law.

The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.

The revolutionary government wanted to glory in freedom, but it inevitably had to recognize that the words “freedom of speech” needed context and qualification.  Public order required it.  Therefore the State would have to set limits on this hypothetical freedom.  But the National Assembly, beyond a general appeal to natural rights and a respect for the liberty of others, did not give specific standards or guidelines for the laws that might properly define and limit freedom of speech.

The Source of Liberty

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Freedom needs definition … it needs boundaries.  Absolute freedom, true anarchy, is simply chaos, and necessarily ends in the triumph and tyranny of the man with the most guns — or a controlling share in the media.  True freedom requires order, but an order that respects the image of God in man, that does not coerce private opinion, and that does not require a man to sin against his own conscience.  In other words, true freedom requires the boundaries of law.

But the question is:  Which law?  Or whose law?  By what standard should we or can we measure out and limit true freedom?  Which law-order, if any, is truly compatible with liberty?

Once again we return to the issue of ontology or “being.” If reality is at bottom undifferentiated spirit or impersonal atomistic matter, then any talk of right or of rights is meaningless.  What is, is right.  There is no transcendent standard by which right and wrong may be measured, no absolute beyond existence by which we might legitimately say, “This is right, and this is wrong.”  And in the absence of any applicable moral absolutes, the concept of human rights is dead in the water.  We may speak of “rights” granted by society or the State, but this is pure chimera.  Such “rights” are nothing but bare permission for the moment and can be taken away as easily as they were granted.  No harm, no foul.  What is … is “right.”

Only on the basis of a transcendent Absolute can there be any real talk of right and wrong or of human rights.  Liberty, to be anything more than bare, momentary permission from the existing social order, must be rooted in an Absolute that stands outside of and beyond all human social order and all created reality.  Liberty is meaningful only on the presupposition of the personal Creator God, who both transcends creation and is immanent within it, and who has spoken to man in words he can understand.  A meaningful concept of liberty presupposes the Triune God of Scripture.

What Do the Scriptures Say?

But it isn’t enough to say that liberty comes from God.  We must actually search God’s Word to see how His law provides for and limits freedom – in this case, freedom of speech.  We must especially note the difference God’s law makes in this area between sins and crimes.  Not every sin is a crime.  Not every lie or bit of gossip or angry exclamation is a crime as far as Scripture is concerned.  By principle and case law, Scripture tells us what limits civil law ought to place on speech and related forms of communication.

Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Consequences of Sin

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And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?  And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it [is] no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither [is] there any water to drink.

Numbers 20:4-5

After the Israelites chose fear over faith and refused to take the promised land as instructed by God, they were left to wander in a desolate land which had sparse resources. Because of their disobedience they were punished by being left to wander in the desert. Despite the fact that their predicament was due to their own poor choices, that didn’t stop them from blaming God.

When we sin, we have to accept the consequences. This is true on a personal level and on a national level. As a society, we have rejected God. Four decades ago, we tossed prayer and the Bible out of the classroom. We replaced it with an atheistic world view propagated through Darwinism. Darwinism teaches survival of the fittest and tells us that we are all animals. Forty years later, we have massive issues with school bullying and violence in the same schools that God has been evicted from. It’s senseless to ask how God could allow such a thing when we wanted nothing to do with him. After all, aren’t these children expressing the Darwinian morals they’ve been taught?

If you are a parent, I strongly encourage you to make every effort to educate your children outside of the public school system. You can’t  send your kids to Caesar and not expect to have them turned into Romans.

As a society, I believe we are beginning to reap what we’ve sown. The new bathroom rules allowing men to use women’s bathrooms will be abused to sexually assault girls and women. Please encourage your wives, daughters and sisters to get their concealed weapons permits, train with their firearms and be vigilant.

And when all of these horrific things happen, remember it’s not God’s fault. It’s the consequences of our own sin in forsaking him.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- Hope for Something Better

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Continuing in Romans 8, Pastor Cooley picks up in verse 16, teaching us how to deal with suffering in this present age and how to be free from discouragement.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Fear and Faith

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And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, [which come] of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Numbers 13:33

When the Israelites finally made it through the desert and to the promised land, they found the land inhabited by giants. Despite the fact that they’d seen God’s providence through the plagues on Egypt, the parting to the Red Sea, and manna falling from heaven, they chose to focus on the problem rather than trusting a God that had proved himself over and over.

When the Israelites failed to go directly into the promised land, they missed their chance for a wonderful blessing and were cursed to wander in the desert for forty years. When they attempted to take the land in their own strength, they failed miserably.

It’s natural to be afraid when the circumstances are overwhelming, but if you have had specific instructions from God to do a specific task, you have to persevere through it. Focusing on the problem and allowing fear to keep you from obeying is negative faith. While God may be tolerant of that in a new Christian, someone who has seen God’s hand time after time, is expected to put their trust in him rather than fearing the obstacle.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-Life in the Spirit

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Pastor Cooley teaches from Romans 8 today, reminding us how much we need the Holy Spirit to live a life that pleases God. He tells us that the Holy Spirit will give us the strength to live right. All we have to do is yield to the Spirit’s power.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us Sundays at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Grumbling and Gratitude

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And the mixt multitude that [was] among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?  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.

Numbers 11:4-6

In the past couple of years, a new term has been added to the American lexicon.  A “first world problem” is something unique to the small portion of the global population that have enough wealth to afford such luxuries that create these inconsequential annoyances. A “first world problem” might be that the water pressure in your shower isn’t as strong as you’d like, your phone is more than a year old, it costs too much to fill up the tank in your new car, or you went to the grocery and they were out of Jiff so you had to buy Peter Pan peanut butter.

We all catch ourselves grumbling from time to time about the most ridiculous inconveniences. If we really sat back and thought about it, most times, we’d realize how fortunate we are to even have the problem. God isn’t very appreciative of grumbling and ingratitude.

In today’s section of scripture, the people who have been freed from their bondage in Egypt grumble about the things they left behind. Rather than being grateful for the manna that was being provided, not to mention the fact that they were no longer slaves, they complained about how hard they had it.

This section of scripture has a lesson on a more spiritual level as well. Often times, God frees us from our bondage to sin yet we look back at the pleasures we are missing out on. Our selective memories conveniently forget how horrible the slavery was when were were bound by one particular sin or the other. We only remember the good times, forgetting the pain and heartache our sin brought to ourselves and those around us.

This week, try to make a conscious effort to be grateful for God’s provision and deliverance.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-God’s Word

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Pastor Cooley teaches from Psalm 119 today.He talks about the importance of trusting and studying God’s Word to navigate these final days before Christ’s return.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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If God Is Good, Why Is There Suffering?

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“Why?” is a question we often ask about suffering. This question is so important because it directs people in one of two directions: toward God or away from God.

We ask this question for ourselves, and for others. Often our “why” is not just the inquisitive “why” of a child, but it is the angry, confident “WHY?” that is more an argument than a question. We act as if we know there is no good reason for what is occurring.

Have you come to a satisfactory solution to the question of why there is suffering? Is there an answer?

Suffering is an inescapable part of our world. It draws our attention completely inward. How do we deal with it? We want to make sense of it. We live in a cursed time. God made the world, but He allowed rebellion (sin), which affected creation and our lives. All of us rebelled against Him (Gen. 3; Rom. 3). Therefore, the world is marked by suffering.

And from the book of Job, we see three truths that will help answer even more.

1. The Plain Truth About God and Job

God is all-powerful; Job and his friends both agree on this (Job 26, 34, 36, 37:14, 23).

Non-Christian friend, what do you think about God and what He does? Is it evident to you that God is all-powerful?

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Job and friends agree that God is all-good. Elihu says it is unthinkable that God would do wrong or pervert justice (Job 34). They understood that God blesses those who are good. Bildad explains that God, because of His goodness, punishes the wicked (Job 8:3, 20).

This book clearly teaches us that God is omnipotent and all-good. He blesses the righteous and punishes the wicked. And that is normally evident in this life because that testifies to what God is like.

If God Is Good, Why Is There Suffering?

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Job is suffering amazingly; his friends do not dispute this. His situation was more difficult than normal. Job had lost all 10 of his children in a single day just a week before this dialogue begins. He also lost all his possessions and his standing in the community. In chapter 29, Job has a nostalgic look back.

The Bible is very realistic about suffering. Christianity is centered on an all-good God who came as a man and suffered and experienced death. Jesus understands us. We are not to put our hope in this life or any good thing God gives us. God’s goodness and power and Job’s suffering fit together. That is what has brought people to the book of Job.

Much of your suffering has nothing to do with your sin. But mark it well, sin makes for the worst suffering. God warns us of suffering now so we don’t have to be afraid of it later. God may be giving you the biggest megaphone of your life in your suffering. And when your sin is deep, the suffering is strong, and your resolve is weak, remember: He gives more grace (James 4:6).

2. How Job Is a Puzzle

To his friends, Job’s guilt was so obvious that they can see his suffering from a distance. His guilt was clear to them from the magnitude of his suffering. But Job professed innocence to them (Job 13, 31).  Job was not maintaining sinlessness, but was saying he had not sinned in such a way as to bring this kind of severe suffering upon himself.

Job’s innocence is comparative only. None of us are as sinful as we could be, but our sin has affected every part of us. The Bible teaches clearly that everyone deserves hell as a punishment for our rebellion against God (Rev. 20:11-15; Luke 16:19-31, etc.).

Job was also puzzled himself. He was confused over why God would treat him like this if He were his friend? Job is confused as to why he is suffering so much if God is his God. An all-powerful God that is not all good would be a terrible monster to us.

What Job believed about God’s goodness seemed to be confuted by the prosperity of the wicked (Job 21). If God is all-good and all-powerful, then why has He allowed this to happen? We see injustices all throughout history.

The book of Job isn’t philosophical—why we suffer—but practical, that is, how to suffer—namely, by clinging to God. “If God loves me, why do I suffer so?” you may ask. God himself allows the suffering, to save me from a faith that doesn’t ask questions. If you are a sinner today, Jesus will be your sacrifice. If you suffer, He will be a sympathetic High Priest, too (Heb. 4:15)

It is not God’s kindness that allows sin and prosperity to continue together; that is a part of God’s judgment—to allow sin and prosperity together in our lives. It is God’s kindness when He wakes us up. If God allowed a perfect man, Jesus Christ, to suffer terribly, why should we think that something like that could never happen to us?

3. How God Is a Puzzle

We know why Job is suffering as he is. Without chapters 1-2, we wouldn’t know whether Job or his friends are correct.

Image source: Pixabay.comEliphaz presented a question as evidently false (“Of course, God doesn’t bring a charge against you for piety!”), but that is actually the key truth in unlocking the whole puzzle as to why Job is suffering! Eliphaz’s rhetorical question was in fact revealing the truth.

See the danger of truths misapplied. Their arguments imply Job’s friends thought themselves innocent because they weren’t suffering like Job. But the whole story turns precisely on the fact that they were not as good as Job. If they had been as good as Job, they could have been suffering like him. It was because of Job’s piety, not his sin, that God had allowed this suffering upon him. God knew this would bring Him praise, glory and honor.

The book of Job isn’t addressing a hypothetical question about why good people suffer but a very practical question instead: “How to suffer.” The book of Job tutors us in how to suffer when we don’t know why: accept it, keep trusting God, and hold on. When (not if) we suffer, it simplifies the only finally important question: “What does God think of me?”

When we suffer, the primary question is not, “Why is this happening to me?” but, “What does God have for me in this?”

“Let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19).

Where Does This Leave Us?

God is mysterious by nature, but He has also revealed Himself to us in the Bible. We will not have all the answers to all the questions in this life. Suffering for the Christian is rarely about “learning a lesson.” It’s mostly about the cross. We need to realize this world is not mainly about us; it is about God. To solve the puzzle of God, we first need to realize that the difference between His nature and ours.

God is patient; full justice does not always come immediately. Our salvation hangs on that fact. Not all suffering in this life is punishment. God may teach through suffering (Job 33). Or, it could be discipline (Heb. 9-12).

But now God is about other things than merely punishing. We do reap what we sow, but we do not only reap what we sow. God uses suffering to teach us more about Himself, us and our need for Him. God is patient even sometimes when we wish He wasn’t. The Gospel gives suffering bearability, purpose and — best of all — an expiration date.

Furthermore, God is trustworthy. He has proven himself by His faithfulness. As bitter as Job’s complaints are, he seemed to know that God was trustworthy. The call to trust God is at the heart of Job and the call to us. Know the Redeemer lives — even in the midst of suffering by sin and God’s providential plan for His glory in our lives.

Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Pleasing God Above All Else

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And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father [was] an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish [woman] and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; And the Israelitish woman’s son blasphemed the name [of the LORD], and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother’s name [was] Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:) And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard [him] lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.

Leviticus 24:10-134

On a recent road trip, I finally got the opportunity to listen to a classic post-apocalyptic audio book that I’d been looking forward to. Alas, Babylon, the story of a nuclear holocaust in America was written in 1958 so I thought the language would be tolerable. No such luck. Just a few chapters in and the author thought it would be okay to insert a GD. Obviously, he he hadn’t read today’s verse and didn’t understand how seriously God felt about his name being thrown around and combined with a curse word.

Disappointed, I cut the mp3 player off and went back to listening to a selection of my favorite podcasts. You see, this has happened to me on many occasions. In fact, it happens more often than not. because it’s important to God that he not hear his name used like that, it’s important to me; and that take a priority over being entertained or educated by a book, movie or television show. As much as I was enjoying the audio edition of One Second After, I had to cut it off because at some arbitrary point in the book, the author used God’s name in vain.

Unfortunately, I don’t know of any good screening services that let you know the language content of books. I can guarantee you that you’ll never find that kind of language in my books.

For movies however, Plugged In provides a very valuable service for those of you who are willing to keep a vigilant watch over what you allow in your mind through your eyes and ears. Plugged In even offers an exact count of which profanities are used and how many times. They also advise viewers of sexual content.

My wife and I have been renting some of the classics from our local library. While the special effects may leave something to be desired, many of the old classics offer very good acting and screenwriting. The larger question is, what is your priority? Do you place your need to be entertained above pleasing God?

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday-Learning to Trust God

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Pastor Cooley teaches from Psalm 78 today. He explains the value of faith and our need to trust God.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Resurrection

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If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

1 Corinthians 15:19

More than Christmas, more than Passover when Christ was crucified, more than all of the holy days throughout the year, it is today, The Feast of First Fruits that Jesus rose from the grave to be the first fruits from among the dead. Yes, Lazarus was raised to life as was the widow’s son and a few others throughout Jesus’ ministry, but it amounted to little more than duct tape on a busted tailpipe as they eventually died again.

Christ came back to life, never to die again. And it is his promise to grant us that same resurrection, that we may never die again, that gives us our hope.

The resurrection is what sets Christ apart from all the others. Muhammad, Buddah and all the others that men worship are still in their graves. But Christ’s grave, praise God, is an empty tomb.

Some of you must think you’ve stumbled across this post by mistake as the date must surely be wrong. After all, wasn’t Easter like a month ago? Here’s a little explanation on the timing.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Faith and Freedom Friday- America’s Hedge Removed

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Pastor Cooley teaches from Isaiah 5 today, warning that God will remove the hedge from around America if we don’t repent as a nation.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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‘If God Is Loving, Why Does He Send People To Hell?

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Some our deepest longings, played out in box office hits, call for swift justice against wrongdoing. Yet, our society is built on the foundation of the rule of law and justice for all — the very antithesis of this spirit of vigilantism. We go to great lengths to ensure even criminals receive equal protection. We settle for procedural justice, knowing it isn’t perfect, while longing for a primitive yet perfect justice, where the criminal meaningfully pays for the wrongs he committed.

Yet, who among us is capable of determining and executing this perfect justice? We reject vigilantism in real life because it is private, unaccountable and quickly corrupted. We fall back to a legal system built on procedure, and vicariously enjoy our desire for vengeance on the movie screen.

Must we always choose between the two? Is there any hope for real justice in the world?

God has revealed Himself as an avenging God (Nahum 1). We recoil at the thought, but the omniscient, holy God is the only one capable of dispensing perfect justice. We are conflicted, because we know this vengeful God can finally judge evil — but we also know that puts us in jeopardy, because we, too, have done evil. So we imagine that God is like us, that He hates the things we hate, and will put the Hilters and Stalins and serial killers of the world in hell … but not people like you and me.

But what kind of God is that? The sort of God who is partial and plays favorites isn’t one to trust.

Because God is perfectly and always good, He isn’t partial; He must put an end to sin, and all sinners, for His justice to be perfect. Therefore, a good God must be a God who judges all evil—including the evil in me. If real justice is what we seek from God, the irony is that very goodness is what we can least endure about Him in our own lives, because He demands perfection.

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And in Jesus Christ, the God of towering, unimpeachable and unbending justice shows mercy to any and all sinners who bow their head and put their faith in Him.

What is our situation (Romans 3:10-20)?

'If God Is Loving, Why Does He Send People To Hell?In a word, bad. Everyone is in trouble—separated from God. We are spiritually condemned. We are characterized by faithlessness, unrighteousness, sin and rejection of God. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans makes it clear that we’re depraved. We have rejected God.

You have a problem with justice—or, perhaps, it’s more accurate to say that justice has a problem with you. If you don’t understand this, you won’t understand Jesus’ claims.

Paul’s indictment is also aimed at you. People have two defenses they tend to make against the accusation that they are sinner—either: “I’m not that bad,” or “God isn’t really that good.” The Bible says you are, in fact, that bad. The human reaction to these truths might be a resolve to “do better,” but Paul sweeps that hope away. No one can make themselves righteous.

God is holy—He does not just fudge to get His children out of trouble. The perfect Judge will condemn sin, including yours and mine.

Where does that leave you?

How can we be saved from this Judge (Romans 3:21-26)?

Your greatest need is for God to declare you righteous, and Paul declares that need can be met. God’s throne is built on righteousness and justice; this demands our sin to be dealt with.

How can He show mercy to the guilty?

God showed mercy and provided Christ to prove His commitment to justice. We often act on a presupposition that we deserve to be forgiven. But if you understand who this God is, you know this isn’t the case. God owes you nothing.

Christ’s death was an atoning sacrifice. Jesus took God’s wrath on our behalf, and God punished all our iniquities. This means the justice that demanded our death now pleads our case. God’s sword is no longer raised to strike us, but rather, to defend us.

This salvation is for all who will come (Rom. 3:26). It’s not something you work for or earn; it is a free gift by grace (Eph. 2:8-9). You must reject any notion that you play a role in your salvation. It is all by faith alone, in Christ alone, by His grace alone.

So, why would God send people to hell?

The world says, “How can God be love and send anyone to hell?” But heaven says, “How can God be just and allow anyone into heaven?”

The one who minimizes the gravity of hell minimizes the gravity of the cross. If hell isn’t real, Jesus was all bluster. If hell isn’t real, we ought to say, “Give it a rest, Jesus. We all know you’re just being metaphorical.” But not even one door in hell is found the word “exit.”

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The fact that God is love doesn’t mean there is no hell. It means that if God abides in you and you in Him, there will be no hell for you.

Jesus talked more about hell than He did about heaven during His three year ministry (Matthew 13:41-50; Mark 9:43-49; Luke 16:19-31, etc.).  And the Bible isn’t sentimental about heaven and hell—not hesitant, not mushy. The message is clear and alarming (Isaiah 65:13-15).

All sin costs. It is very easy to go to hell. Simply do nothing. Or lots of things. Either way. Part of our sin is that it blocks out a feeling of sin. The “little” sins of everyday life will send us to eternal hell. The Quran says that God sends bad people to hell. The Bible says that, at the cross, God went to hell for bad people (Galatians 3:13). If God let every person run head-long into hell, He would still be just, and His reputation would remain untarnished.

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The wages of sin cost God His Son and Christ His life. It costs believers repentance and unbelievers hell. Sin always costs. The next time you think you’re a good person, remember that God had to kill His Son to keep you out of hell. God says the worst about me (I deserve hell) & the best (I am loved & justified), so what you say about me is held in this perspective.

There are many paths to hell, but only one way to heaven. If everyone escapes hell and goes to heaven without trusting Christ alone, then Jesus was just wasting his time. Salvation is not just getting man out of hell and into heaven, but getting God out of heaven and into man.

Why, then, is it that some people are more sad by how many people unfollowed them on Instagram and Twitter and unfriended them on Facebook than by how many unbelievers went to hell today?

And if, at your church, you never hear about the righteous wrath of God, unleashed either at the cross or in hell, run.

The word of Christ’s finished work changed me, rescuing me from sin, hell, shame, depression and suicide. No church marketing gimmick can do that.  If we really believed in hell, our teaching, preaching and evangelism would be far more convincing.

One of the most loving and merciful things Jesus did was preach about hell. Unless you believe in hell, you will never know how much Jesus loves you. Hell is full of sincere, religious people, never born again, and heaven is full of immoral people who repented and believed in Christ.

Friend, if we didn’t wake up in hell today, we should be dancing. If we don’t know we deserve hell, we don’t know Christ.

This is why the great preacher C.H. Spurgeon said:

“When men talk of a little hell it’s because they think they have only a little sin and believe in a little Savior.”

God is good, and He’s a refuge to everyone who trusts in Him. But because He is good, He will also judge those who oppose Him to the bitter end. The cross is proof of that. On the day you appear before God, He will be good. The only question is what His verdict on you will be. Trust in God, trust in His goodness, and find Him to be good to you—all through Jesus Christ.