Podcast 287:  Returning to the Place of Pleasant Memories

Podcast 287: Returning to the Place of Pleasant Memories

Sometimes the Lord moves us from a place of marginal fruitfulness or limited success to a place of profound fruitfulness— and we often view it as a retreat, a failure, something akin to running away.  Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

It seemed Jesus faced one confrontation after another during His short ministry in Jerusalem.  In fact, some would call His efforts marginally fruitful, at best.  But when He withdrew “beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing first” (John 10:40), everything changed.  Many believed in Him (John 10:42).

Do you know why?  Have you figured out the great lesson for us in what Christ did by leaving Jerusalem and going back to a place of good memories?  If you’re not sure, then keep listening.

This is a study on John 10:33-42.

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250:  The Return of Christ

250: The Return of Christ

Embedded in chapter 14 of Zechariah, in the middle of the Lord telling His people about how He will “fight against the nations” that fought against Jerusalem, we possibly find a cryptic description of the effects of a neutron bomb.  It reads:

Their flesh shall dissolve (or, rot, waste away) while they stand on their feet,
Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths (Zech. 14:12).

How can that be?  And what does that mean for us today?  Is this really the effects of a neutron bomb?

Keep listening to find out more.

The following is a study on Zechariah 14:1-15.

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Coming to a Church Near You…

Coming to a Church Near You…

As we have repeatedly warned, you and your church need to begin to prepare for the coming persecution against Christians in this nation.  You need to open your eyes and wake up and see that it’s right around the corner.  For me, this looks like we are living in Nazi Germany in 1938.  Remember?

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Check Out What’s Flying Over Our Embassy in Israel

The U.S. ambassador to Israel hoisted a gay pride flag over the American embassy in what is believed to be a groundbreaking moment.

“Proudly flying the colors,” Ambassador Dan Shapiro wrote on the embassy’s Facebook page. He posted a photograph showing a rainbow colored flag flying alongside the American flag outside the embassy in Tel Aviv.

“For the first time in history, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag,” Shapiro wrote.  “We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT Pride Week.”

So the Obama Administration publicly endorses and affirms the gay rights movement.  Meanwhile, American military personnel are being ordered to remove Bibles from their desks and Bible verses from their walls — lest they be accused of publicly endorsing or affirming Christianity.

Some might call that a double-standard.

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From Todd Starnes.  You can view the original post here.  Fox news also reported on this here.

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239:  Time to Prepare for the End

239: Time to Prepare for the End

The AFA recently sent out an email detailing 7 common careers that Christians may no longer hold in America.  I am afraid they may be right.  Let me list them for you.

Photography – A Christian photographer in New Mexico was fined $6700 for politely declining to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony. The Supreme Court allowed this fine to stand.

Baker – A Christian baker in Oregon is facing both civil and criminal penalties, including jail time, for politely declining to bake a cake for a gay wedding ceremony. Her business has closed.

Florist – Baronelle Stutzman, a Christian florist in Washington, is being sued by the state attorney general for politely declining to prepare an arrangement for a gay wedding ceremony.

Broadcasting – Craig James was fired by Fox Sports Southwest after only one day on the job for expressing his support for natural marriage while he was a candidate for the United States Senate.

Counseling – Jennifer Keeton was dismissed from the counseling program at Augusta State University for her religious reservations about the homosexual lifestyle.

Innkeeping – The Wildflower Inn in Vermont was fined $30,000 and forced to shut down its wedding reception business after politely declining to host a lesbian ceremony.

Teaching – Ms. Gillian John-Charles was kicked out of a doctoral program in education at Roosevelt University for expressing in class her belief that homosexuals aren’t born gay.

Reminds me of the chilling words of German Pastor Martin Niemoller who was sent to a concentration camp in 1937 for his faith.  He said:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me— and there was no one left to speak for me.

Time to Prepare

So what are we to do today?  In a word, prepare.  The church today, and you and I, need to prepare for God’s judgment to fall on our nation and persecution to break out against true Believers.  How do I know this persecution will take place?  Because it is promised in Scripture.  2 Timothy 3:12 states:  “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”   You see, it’s in the cards, it’s a promise, a fact.  If you desire to live godly in Christ Jesus, expect the agents of darkness to wage war against you and your family.  According to Scripture, it’s a given.

With this understanding, we need to prepare:

1.  Prepare Spiritually – We are to mature as Believers and take nothing for granted.  Our lives are to be about Christ and His Kingdom and not about us and our small, puny, temporal earthly kingdom we are trying to create.  We are to love, forgive, minister to and pray for those God has placed around us.  We must separate from the world and live like the God we claim to serve.  We must put selfish and childish things aside and live like children of God.  And me must do this now!

2.  Prepare Physically – We must get in shape, get out of debt, and store food and supplies for our family and neighbors who may not be able to do the same.  In other words, we are to view our life like Noah did during the 120 years it took for him to build the ark.  Build, prepare and preach.  Build, prepare and preach.  Build, prepare and preach.  Get the point?

3.  Prepare Vocationally – We must prepare and train ourselves and our children to learn some practical skills, to produce a product, to work for themselves, to be their own boss.  Why?  Because just like the Jews in Nazi Germany, the day may come that we will not be allowed to work where we do now and still hold on to our Christian views.  Seem implausible?  Just watch.

4.  Prepare Socially – We must move beyond our comfort zones and open up our homes to others, to get to know our neighbors and our fellow Believers more than once a week on Sunday.  We must learn to take vacations together and to prepare to live like most of the Christian world lives today— in community, in families, together as one.

And we must start doing this now.  Remember the words of Jesus:

He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’  Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”  (Matthew 16:2-3).

The following is a study of Zechariah 4:1 – 5:4 that addresses these issues.

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