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SAVED BY A LAMB

                                                                            SAVED BY A LAMB

Isa 53:4-5                                                                                                                                                                                      4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.                                                                                                                                                                               5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

This past Sunday service was so mightily blessed by the presence of the Lord. It seemed like every part of the service had a special anointing. Eld. T. Dabney sang the special and presented us a song that I had never heard before. He prefaced the song with his personal testimony and shared the story that led to the lyric of his song.

He told of a man that was putting on a roof and slipped somehow and fell from the huge roof. The fall would probably have broken his back or his limbs or possibly even killed him. Fortunately, as the man fell toward the ground no doubt thinking the worse awaited him when at that time a sheep walked past the workplace and the ailing roofer feel on top of the lamb and saved his life. Thus came the words to the song “Saved by a Lamb.”

I remember well when my life was in a free fall and no one could help me. Before I hit bottom and ended up in hell Jesus Christ the Lamb of God was there to catch me. What should have been the end of my life, I found that it was just the beginning of a brand new life that the Lamb had for me.

Surely this paints a picture all of us as each hour and day we fall deeper and deeper with nothing we can really do to change our eternal destiny. Then, when all hope is gone here comes the Lamb to catch us & save us from destruction.                                                                                                 

Rom 3:22-25                                                                                                                                                                               22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:                                                                                                                                                             23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;                                                                                           24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:                                                25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Don’t wait till you hit bottom & perish without the Lamb of God being there to save you, in fact he is the only one who can save us. In Christ you’ll find a life worth living that is filled with the blessings from God every day. Obey his words and trust him and he’ll take care of the rest.

Acts 2:38-39                                                                                                                                                                              38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.                                                                                  39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

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RESURRECTED LIFE

A RESURRECTED SAVIOUR BUT NOT A RESURRECTED LIFE

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Easter is now past & rejoice in the great numbers of visitors that always attend our special services on Easter. This holiday commemorates the greatest miracle of all by witnessing Jesus coming back to life again after being dead for three days. Paul said that everything we as Christians believe in was predicated on Christ coming out of the grave on the third day

1Cor15:1418                                                                                                                                                         14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.                           18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

The tomb is empty and Christ has risen with victory of death, hell, & the grave. He did all that he said he would do although none believed him. Everything we celebrate concerning the resurrection is proven to be accurate. The problem with Christians is that they believe in the resurrection of Christ but not the individual resurrection of our new lives in Christ. Paul said we should walk in the newness of life. True Christians must live a transformed life void of the old nature of sin.

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We can no longer live in death of trespasses and sins, we must rise above that lifestyle & culture into a life of power & deliverance. God has so graciously empowered us to live a life of light and liberty. The way we lived we don’t live anymore because we have received His resurrection power through the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 1:8 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 t2:1-5                                                                                                                                                                           1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;                                                               2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:                                    3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.       

 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,                                               5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.

What the scriptures are telling us is that following Christ is about a heart full of the Spirit as well as an empty tomb. We can’t do it alone but Christ has given each of us sufficient grace to help us every day to live for Him.

1 Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

It’s a wonderful thing to live a resurrected life in Christ with His Spirit directing us & His grace sustain us every day. Let’s celebrate Easter the way Christ intended by living for Him continually. Remember, if & when we do wrong and make mistakes, Christ is just to forgive us if we confess our faults to Him. Just get back up and conquer the things that are trying to destroy you and your relationship with God. God bless!

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DELIVERED AT EASTER

DELIVERED AT EASTER

Acts 12:3-4 (1-11)                                                                                                                                           3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.                                                                             4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Peter was cast into prison for preaching the Apostolic message of the one true God whose name was Jesus the Christ. He preached that a man must be born again of the water and of the Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God John 3:3-5. Such teachings of the Apostles deeply stirred and convicted both the Jewish hierarchy as well as the Roman dictators of the day. The same technique used to have Christ crucified was still being used by the High Priest and the Jewish leaders.

It is important to notice that the ones most offended by truth were the Jews. Here once again we find the strength of religion influencing the judgements of politics. It worked to have Jesus executed and countless followers plus the Bishop James the leader of the church of Jerusalem had just been executed by the sword to just please the Jews. They sought the pleasure of the Jews to be more expedient than obeying truth. Unfortunately, not much has changed when political leaders will say or do nearly anything for a vote.

Easter had gotten in their way of Peter’s speedy execution so he was placed into maximum security with 16 guards assuring no escape. To the surprise and dismay of the jailors and the Jews, when they went to the prison to lead Peter to his public execution, he was gone. The church prayed and God sent his angel to miraculously deliver the man of God. He was delivered on Easter!

I also must give God praise for the deliverance he sent into my life on Easter, April 14th 1974. I was incarcerated by sin and Satan wasn’t planning to let me go. The demons of hell, the weakness of my own flesh and the ungodly allurements of this world was driving me to my eternal judgement of hell fire.

However, on that Easter Sunday I was invited to church as a family tradition of a friend, and that day I received my deliverance and pardon from sin. That morning service was the beginning of a lifetime of service to the one who delivered me.

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead on Easter and delivered Peter on Easter can surely bring freedom into your heart and life. He did it for me and millions of others and I know he will do it for you. This is what Easter is really about. It’s not about rabbits and eggs it’s about the love and power of God that is able to save you from what seems to be impossible situations and allow you to live a resurrected life free from sin. This Easter let God break the chains for you as he opens the prison doors and directs you into a new life. Christ has risen and you can be also. God bless!

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AMERICA DESTROYED

AMERICA IS BEING DESTROYED BY LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD                                  

Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

We would have to be blind not to see how far our nation has drifted from the teaching of the Word of God. This is why politicians, judges, professors, the Pope & etc. aimlessly lead our nation into darkness and debauchery. While these leaders deceive themselves and others because they claim to be Christians while they have no knowledge of the Word of God.

People confuse being religious to being a true Christian. This is the work of Satan to destroy our nation and the souls of mankind. John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

When Satan tempted Christ, the Lord’s defense was simple “it is written”. The Bible is the greatest weapon that a child of God possesses. Satan knows that any person or nation that is ignorant of the scriptures is an easy prey to him.

We must have a renewed passion for the Word of God. Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. Job didn’t fail God because he knew the Word. I recently read that 1/3 of British parents thought Harry Potter plotline came from the Bible.

Over 70% of U.S. citizens claim to be Christians, yet someone said “if someone changed the scriptures of supplemented it in any way 95% of the congregation wouldn’t even know it. So why are our streets filled with violence, why are 50% of births are to unwed mothers, or why are men marrying men & women marrying women, plus a host of other devices the Bible speaks loudly against, it’s all because they lack the knowledge that only the Bible can bring.

LTC family & Christians everywhere, let’s get back to the book. Let’s put aside the distractions we have allowed into our lives & return to the Bible with faith and confidence, God’s promises will never fail. Matt 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA

GOD BLESS AMERICA
As we witness the sun of favor rapidly setting on our once great nation, it puts a brand new ring to the invocation “God Bless America.” This wonderful patriotic song was composed by a Russian born man named Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. We have all sang this song countless times through the years. None can deny that our existence & advancement has come by a God who has shed his grace on the U.S. Through wars, conflicts, & national disasters He has always brought us through to victory. We saluted & defended our flag in times of peril.
However like other great nations before us, we have allowed greatness to become our downfall. We have taken his grace for granted & felt like we could live any way we wanted to & treat God with disregard & certainly with disrespect. We became so self-sufficient & relied upon our wisdom and wealth to sustain us.
God has and God does bless America even now as we have blasphemed him by living wicked lives & passing laws that totally disregard his holy word, the Bible. As their cheers for evil and the thirst for blood in our streets, while diluted sermons from backslidden preachers without the courage or convictions to tell the people that judgment is destine to come upon those who forsake righteousness.
In summary, when I look at our nation today that loves evil more than good, saying God Bless America has a new emphasis with a true depth of desperation. The call has now become a cry God Bless America. Later will be too late it must happen now.
As we join our families & friends this 4th of July to celebrate our independence let us realize that once again we have found ourselves, not under the bondage of Britain but the forces of evil. Only God can help & I believe he would if only we would really pray “God Bless America”. 2Chron 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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FAMILIAR ATTITUDES

ATTITUDES THAT ARE FAR TOO FAMILIAR

Being a minister for many years it is very difficult to deviate from my religious blogs & writings. If you my readers could indulge me somewhat and allow me to express my humble opinion on some of the news events of today.

First let me say I appreciate the various police forces we have active in America today. Recent research tells us that in America there are approximately 500,000 law enforcers comprising of local, city, county, state, & Federal government men & women hired to protect us in various forms. There are over 307 million residents in the U.S. so that leaves approximately 306,712,123 for these officers to protect & enforce the law.

I am not defending any officer that does wrong or oversteps their boundaries, yet there are many more who sacrifice greatly to help us to have a safe place to life & our children to attend school. I have pastored for nearly 40 years and I have seen my share of preachers who failed to live up to their calling. This is always sad and in every case I’ve seen of it happening, many were hurt in some way. Yet, I’m so glad I didn’t lose confidence in every preacher because the bible says we can’t be saved without a preacher. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard, and how shall they hear without a preacher? If I might add “how can we be safe without a police force?”

I am concerned that the anti-cop movement that has occupied our nation the past couple of years goes much deeper than overreacting policemen. This movement implemented largely by our current political ideologies and an excessive liberal news broadcasting system that fans any and all anti-America flames, whether they be true or false.

My opinion is that it’s for the sake of destroying capitalism & replace it with the ever failing socialism. For this to transpire they must first destroy the police force as we know it and replace it with a social form of policing. Some call it marshal law but the wise ones call it a tragic mistake and a miscarriage of true law enforcement. Uncle Sam (Government) is now known as “Big Brother” and will soon if not stopped become our King.

I regret this action that our government & judicial systems are taking against good men & women that work long hours for a very small wage by comparison to other professions and maligning their character in hopes of replacing them with a military type force that answers only to those who are in political control. I have witnessed this style of policing in other countries and believe me we don’t need it in America.

We have all been annoyed by those who attempt to comfort us by saying things like “I know what it’s like or I know what you’re going through.” Now I find myself doing that when I tell these officers of the law that risk their lives every hour on the job, sacrifice their families & many other treasures just to do a good job serving us. No I’ve never been a police officer or detective but I was placed in a situation as a young man drafted into the Army. Myself, and hundreds of thousands of other young men & a few women then, went to Viet Nam leaving everything behind because our nation needed us. There were nearly 60,000 combat deaths and thousand more died on their way to MASH units or hospitals. Only God knows the total of those wounded, maimed, & physiologically damaged by their sacrifices because they needed us. Then when the political winds shifted through the schools, universities, & streets of our country, suddenly we the soldiers became the enemies. Our nation abhorred the returning vets and instead of bands and parades, it was mockery and ridicule. It was rotten tomatoes instead of flowers that we received. It’s been over 40 years since I returned home to a different country. We did our best and many gave the supreme sacrifice while draft dodgers became presidents, senators, congressmen, & etc. I didn’t understand it then & I don’t understand it today, I quote POGO “we have met the enemy and the enemy is us.” So again I must say to our police force “I know what you’re going through.”

Don’t be fooled in the smoke screen of racism it is just another vehicle for the tyrants to ride so we won’t so easily recognize them. Stop allowing news reports to divide us and realize what it really is. Al Sharpton recently said that we should just do away with the police, if I had a rap sheet as long as his I would probably want to get rid of the police also, not to mention owing the IRS $5,000,000.00 of unpaid taxes. However in the recent past it seems that he has spent more time at the Whitehouse than Mr. Biden the Vice President. Can we just wonder why?

I don’t if, nor when our nation will ever pull out of this mire we are in but I know we need God more than ever before. 2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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LOVERS OF PLEASURE

LOVERS OF PLEASURES MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD

2 Tim 3:4mTraitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
As Paul presents his catalogue of events and warning of the last days, he does so to enlighten us to the reality that we are indeed living in the time period known as “the last days”. Although many disagree with this fact, yet it is undeniable that there are incredible changes taking place in this world & time that demands our attention. Not so ironically these changes are all leading us farther away from God & his words.
One of these notable events is “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God”. Please note that it doesn’t say pleasures are wrong, however when we love our pleasures more than we love God then we have a real problem. These end time pleasures are often if not always centered upon perversion, immorality, hate, & bias. The things people laugh at and rejoice in today would have been forbidden a generation ago. Crowds laugh & cheer as the entertainer uses the F bomb every other word. Christ & Christians are often made light of and are portrayed as uneducated simpletons & ignorant because we believe in God. These corrupt super stars haul in millions every year because people love them. Their crowds and following increases continually while church pews are emptying, they pay huge ticket prices but refuse to pay their tithes, & etc.
Nah 1:2 God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
In Daniel the 5th chapter we see a perfect example of our nation & world today. In this mist of partying, perversion, idolatry, & etc. we see the hand of God writing on the wall to declare the end of the party.
In the eyes of God mercy rejoices against judgment, however after man refuses to repent and turn from his wicked pleasures, God will indeed judge that individual or nation without mercy. God knows the heart and is cognitive of our points of affection. Jesus assures us we cannot serve two masters without loving one and hating the other. Sin brings pleasures for a season but eternal judgment reaps torment eternally.
I believe the Lord is coming soon to receive his children that have chosen to love him more than this world.

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