The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ America Gets Her 2nd Wind!

From Sea To Shining Sea

So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” ~ Genesis 18:26

I was compelled to put out this Thanksgiving message along with Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation and Kate Smith’s introduction of God Bless America first thing Thursday morning; I would like to express my heartfelt wishes to my extended American Family…to ALL my brothers and sisters and their families on this wonderful and uniquely American Day of Thanksgiving! I would like you all to know that whichever way this all shakes out, I believe in US…it is in our DNA! God Bless America

This was a reply I received back from a member of what is best described as the Sleeping Church; It is very sad to say that we live in a country that in the 157 years since the time of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation has chosen to reject the God of the Bible. I could only reply, Who chose? I made no such choice. Did you? His official notice of surrender came to me just as I am reading ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will not see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them,’ from Matthew 13:14-15. How is it that God was ready to spare the city of Sodom for the sake of only ten righteous men after bargaining with Abraham down from fifty, and so many of us are ready to give up a ship with tens of millions of God-fearing souls aboard? The devil’s own fingerprints are all over the answer.

You see my friends, when the shepherds and leaders of the American Church surrendered their moral authority…which is to say His moral authority, and withdrew from the public square, they exchanged discernment and diligence for submission and compliance to become the Sleeping Church. What is sad is the heart-breaking contrast between the American Spirit that was so clearly alive and well in the Kate Smith video, with the dead spirit of surrender, compromise, and capitulation that has transformed Tocqueville’s American Marvel (the American Church) into Tyranny’s Cattle Car.

Night before last, for the second time in the past six months, another sheepdog brother of mine had to take a life…this time to take out a Jihadi terrorist so that 18 American families, including his own, will celebrate joy this Christmas instead of the horror that would have been. I have met some of the most wonderful Americans fighting for our country over the course of the past twelve years. To see those of my own Christian faith so ready to write America off is one of the most disturbing things I have ever witnessed, and its hard to overstate how ashamed it makes me feel.

The week leading up to our 2020 Thanksgiving will go down in the history books as one of the most pivotal moments in American history. This was our P&FW invite that went out this past Tuesday…

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. ~ Proverbs 17:1

As a nation and the world holds its breath, we gather as an American Family more deeply divided than we may ever have been to celebrate our Thanksgiving, day after tomorrow. My friend and brother Tim sent over this wonderful message from Pastor John McArthur,  “You Are The Light Of The World” , which started with a sad story of a lost boy who might have been found alive had all hands come together sooner.

This followed my morning Maxwell message, “Make Your Home a Haven” from yesterday which struck me as a beautiful chord when combined with McArthur’s message. Please join us for Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow with prayerful focus on Proverbs 17:1 and Matthew 5:14-16. Happy Thanksgiving!

If the devil’s greatest trick is convincing us that he doesn’t exist, then his 2nd greatest trick is convincing us that we aren’t who we are. I have personally witnessed the devil controlling the mind of the Sleeping Church to subordinate feelings to Truth, Mosaic Law to social justice, God’s will to Fauci’s will, and fear of God to fear of man. I have great news for you my friends! Outside the Sleeping Church REAL America is alive and well, by the grace of our loving God.

This was my last communication to an old friend who un-friended me after receiving it yesterday morning: We all grew up in the same America, shared the same basic values, and learned the same rights and wrongs from our parents that were handed down by the generations before them. Matthew 5:13-16 may very well be the most revealing passage in the entire Bible. It best describes what has happened to us between then and now.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Without salt and light the world has become “shadows of men” as Cardinal Pie warned we would become. Without salt and light we lose wisdom and discernment. Without wisdom and discernment we sacrifice our principles to serve our passions. We turn vice into virtue and lies into truth until we become so lost we become murderers of the most innocent.

Somewhere along the way my friends took a turn my conscience would not allow me to follow. Some of you went on to lead lives of success and raise beautiful children into a world that was well on its way to becoming one enormously evil prison camp. You were so lost you voted for the corrupt pervert suffering late stage dementia who sold you out to what would have been your future warden. You are so lost you actually believe the man who has forgotten the Preamble and quotes “Palmists” won. Thankfully, as will soon be revealed, God has seen fit to bless us with a second wind. Lost heads will explode.

I’m sorry to hear your mother has Covid (Friend) and will pray for her fast recovery. I don’t believe you voted in our election, but I do believe that if you did you would have voted for those responsible for infecting your mother with it. And (Friend 2)…you need to be a little more concerned with what history will tell your grandkids. Stay on your present course and my fear is that your grandkids will wonder why a stranger fought ten times harder to preserve their freedom than their own grandfather did. If I am proven wrong about any word I’ve just now written, I will follow with a gold-engraved apology.

Truth hurts like hell…before it sets us free. This will come to pass. We have been granted by our most merciful almighty God, our second wind. There is no possible way to explain what I see about to happen, other than to say the “bushel’ that has been over the light for so many, many years is about to be lifted. What I am unable to see is how we will respond.

My fear, as I shared with my church bible study group this past week, was revealed to me in my morning Oswald Chambers read on that same morning. In the meeting with Esau and the marvelous experience of reconciliation with him, Jacob had an expansion of heart, but he did not pay for it afterward in concentration. He lived loosely in the exalted peace of the expanded life, and suddenly a terrible tragedy breaks up the whole thing. ~ Expansion and Concentration (Genesis 33:18; 34:2, 25-29)

The burden I have carried for these past twelve years has set me apart from many I loved and love in painful ways. But it has brought me closer to God and filled me with an inner peace and joy that I never imagined possible. What will happen to our “concentration” when all is revealed and the greatest enemy we’ve ever faced is finally defeated? And please I ask you…pray for those souls who hated us for fighting it! Please God, give us all the concentration of Job when our time comes. Amen.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Diligence in the Midst of “Mis-lived Lives of Un-manned Men”

“The Only Thing We Have To Fear…”

Unlike other religions that worship gods who rule in lofty disdain, the true God is one who is both diligent and suffering. The God who reveals Himself to Abraham is One ever intent on the fulfilment of His great designs; and He expects His people to do likewise. If God is diligent, surely we ought to be diligent in doing our duty to Him. ~ Oswald Chamber

Heroes are found in the 11th hour my friends, just as the cowardly bargainer is revealed and lost. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” ~ Psalm 121:1-2

    L. Lin Wood posted this Psalm for my eyes to find as the very first thing on this Prayer & Fast Wednesday. I had penned this following P&FW invite only hours earlier…

The same people telling us that our President lost his re-election bid are the same people who declared the House of God a non-essential, that a man may be a woman if he chooses to identify as such, and who decides the number of friends and family we may be “allowed” to invite into our homes this Thanksgiving. The truth, soon to be revealed, is that President Donald J. Trump was re-elected by the American People in a “landslide victory”, the House of Worship is most essential, man is man and woman is woman as made clear to us all by the Word of God and science itself, and that here in America a man’s home is and shall always be his castle.

Today’s morning MAX made it clear to me why so many of us voted to re-elect the President who has fought so hard to turn our country back to our founding principles. We as a country may have lost our way, but WE as a people are not who we have allowed the media to convince us we are. WE have allowed the enemy (we know as Christians), the father of all lies, to define us as Christians. No More!

Please join us for Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow with prayerful focus on Luke 19:1-10 and enjoy this wonderful message from a good shepherd in California…as we all awaken from what has been one very long, deep, deep sleep. AWAKE: What Happened To The Church While It Was Sleeping?

Truth was a very, very lonely man two thousand and fifty years ago. And yet He had everything He needed to conquer the greatest fear of all. The following may be the greatest message to the American people since Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

I cannot tell you how happy I am to be able to have this opportunity to talk to thousands of citizens in 15 countries on all the continents in the world who have come together today to protest this coup d’état by Big Data, by Big Telecom, by Big Tech, by Big Oil and chemical companies, by this global public health cartel led by Bill Gates and the W.H.O. that now amounts to two trillion dollars, and wants to magnify and amplify its wealth and its power over our lives, over our liberties, that wants to subvert our democracies and wants to destroy our sovereignty and control over our lives and our children’s health. And I want to remind you—those of you who are not Americans—of something that every American child learns when we’re growing up in this country about our history. During the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt—who was one of the greatest presidents in American history, said to the American people, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” And we grew up hearing that, but people don’t really understand what it means. But it was a very, very profound warning by Roosevelt. Because he saw what the Great Depression was doing in Eastern Europe, in Italy, in Germany, and Spain. Where that crisis was turning people towards fascism in the eastern countries, where the same crisis was turning citizens and governments towards communism, and also causing the collapse of governments all over the world. And in our country, the United States, its hard for people to remember today that almost a third of the people in our country were completely disillusioned with capitalism and wanted to turn to communism, and another third wanted to turn to fascism. And Franklin Roosevelt wanted to preserve the country for democracy, for free-market capitalism, for civil-rights, and to preserve our Constitution. And he recognized that the weapon of authoritarian control was going to be fear. ~ Robert F. Kennedy Jr., International Message For Freedom And Hope

This week I learned that one of the greatest military operations since D-Day was carried out by US Special Forces to seize multiple internet servers on foreign soil, as well as conduct massive arrests of “individuals” who played a part in the very coup d’état Robert F. Kennedy Jr. describes in his message to the freedom-loving people of our world…here at home. There is no possible way to describe the enormity and scope of the emotional experience…the sea change about to wash over all humanity as events unfold in the days and weeks ahead to reveal the truth.

Of course, these facts will not be reported to the public by the thieves who stole the election and, to a large extent, control the “public airwaves” and media narrative. Attorney Leigh Dundas, however, provides us with a fabulous overview of the BIG picture which includes President Trump anticipating all of this and building a firewall of protection with an executive order back in 2018 after observing the Democrat fraud in the mid-terms. In essence his EO provides the perfect legal toolkit to the best team of legal eagles since the OJ trials, including General Flynn’s attorney Sydney Powell, Nick Sandmann’s attorney L. Lin Wood, and the man who took down the New York Mob, Rudy Giuliani.  Leigh Dundas, Executive Order for Election Interference

So, as the legal battle moves through the largely Democrat-controlled lower courts, we are seeing most of what we would expect to see with many of the state certification deadlines next Friday. And then it will move to the Federal level where the playing field advantage goes to the Republicans. And of course, all of this is taking place as the Cabal moves us all into the next phase of lockdown, in their dirty little “Reset” scheme. But I want to redirect my focus away from the greatest enemy mankind has ever faced, and the courageous military and civilian men and women who are risking all they have to defend freedom. They embody diligence. I want to focus on us…

When George Soros was a young man he bet on the apparent winner in the last great war, and became an errand boy for Adolph Hitler tasked with the despicable job of dispossessing his own Jewish people, which he confessed to Steve Croft on 60 Minutes. You can find it on YouTube. Now there is no possible way for a person of average intelligence watching the events of the past four years unfold, with the tools of knowledge and information his or her German counterparts lacked some ninety years ago, to not be able to see exactly what has happened and is happening in this moment in time. THE QUESTION as put to Elliot Ness by officer Malone on that Chicago bridge, “What are you prepared to do about it.”  And then I came across this very telling quote from Cardinal Pie…years before the great world wars.

“Is not ours an age of mis-lived lives, of un-manned men? Why? Because Jesus Christ has disappeared. Wherever the people are true Christians, there are men to be found in large numbers, but everywhere and always, if Christianity wilts, the men wilt. Look closely, they are no longer men but shadows of men. Thus, what do you hear on all sides today? The world is dwindling away, for lack of men; the nations are perishing for scarcity of men, for the rareness of men. I do believe: there are no men where there is no character; there is no character where there are no principles, doctrines, stands taken; there are no stands taken, no doctrines, no principles, where there is no religious faith and consequently no religion of society. Do what you will: only from God you will get men.” ~ Cardinal Pie 1815-1880

And I see an old school friend playing errand boy for the cabal warning all his Facebook friends to be careful and be safe in the wake of New Jersey school closings. And I don’t have to wonder if he has made the same bet Soros made those many years ago. I know he has…just as I know so many others have as well. God made only so many sheepdogs…the rest he made mis-lived and un-manned survivors. God knows.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Discernment in the Sordid Actuality

The whole discipline of the life of faith is to mix together the light of heaven and the sordid actuality of earth. Contemplation and consideration must go together. We must take our plan for what we do on earth from the altitude of heaven; let contemplation of the stars be mixed with what we build on earth. ~ Oswald Chambers, A Star-Hitched Wagon

Oh, what a true blessing Oswald Chambers has been in my life! How he has so amplified the Word of God in my heart and fortified my faith. And how broken would his own heart be to see the sordid actuality that has overtaken the world of man. No man has taught me to see as has he. For example, I know that “contemplation and consideration must go together.” But I see that contemplation without wisdom, and consideration without discernment, are two trees without fruit. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 1 describes wisdom as a woman crying out in the streets. What a beautiful picture! Wisdom does not hide herself, but shouts publicly! We must go out and find her and build a friendship with her…according to John C. Maxwell. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment. ~ Philippians 1:9

Why then are so many of my fellow believers hiding in cones of silence? I know they are afraid, because I can see the enemy within…

This week’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday Invite:

There was a song I remember from better times about how one was a lonely number. Well, I believe that one needs to step aside. There’s a new lonely in town dear friends. One has officially been retired by the duo “Truth & Freedom”. HERE…in America.

While some of my brothers have already changed their mailing address to Babylon, others are getting their affairs in order knowing that Truth & Freedom are worth defending. In this spirit we are inviting you to join us for Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow, with prayerful focus on Ecclesiastes 3:1-9, Luke 22:35-39, and Mathew 26:50-54. God Bless America!

“There is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” It is God’s law that men cannot hide what they really are. If they are His disciples it will be publicly portrayed. In Matthew 10 Jesus warned His disciples of what would happen when they publicly testified, but, He said, “Don’t hide your light under a bushel for fear of wolfish men…” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Power of Publicity

The enemy attacked my P&FW invitation as “POISON”. Our military veteran friends would likely construe that as a positive indication of being over the target. Truth has become poison to some in our culture. What did Orwell tell us? Truth is treason in the empire of lies.

Look what they have done to us! General Mike Flynn’s attorney Sydney Powell explains how they did it in this interview with Lou Dobbs on Thursday. The great attorney who represented Nick Sandman and Richard Jewell, L. Lin Wood elaborates further on the Howie Carr Show, beginning at the 22min mark.

My friends…Former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security John Clapper took the foreign surveillance system Hammer, and the electoral hacking program Scorecard, along with the voting system Dominion during the Obama Administration, turned it against the American people to steal Florida from Bernie Sanders in 2012, and the entire country from the American People in this 2020 election. I am personally connected to a friend who is working with Retired Airforce General Thomas McInerney who revealed the truth about Hammer and Scorecard earlier this year. I know the Special Operations veteran Craig “Sawman” Sawyer who founded Veterans For Child Rescue and what he has seen. I know…I see this monster and what it has planned.

Truth and Freedom. Wisdom and Discernment. America is about to wake up to how close it came to losing the first two because so many of us abandoned the second two. The fight is far from over. Luke 22:35-39 was paired with Matthew 26:50-54 to follow the Ecclesiastical wisdom of 3:1-9 for good reason. Matthew provides the purpose of Jesus. Luke confirms the need for the sword. And Ecclesiastes declares the time for war!

In this most critical and dangerous time for both the church and for America, we are facing great assault by the forces of spiritual darkness! The Scripture clearly tells us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12)!  Energized by Satan himself who is “the prince of this world” (John 12:31) and “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), these demonic forces are at work and manifest themselves in every area of human activity – religious, political, educational, social, economic, etc. They are the devil’s emissaries to do his work of deception and of destruction, “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10).  Understanding, therefore, that the real battle is essentially spiritual in nature, the Scripture says that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds…” (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)!  Dressed in “the whole armour of God” (see Ephesians 6:10ff), we are to personally and corporately confront the forces of darkness in the mighty Name of Jesus through prayer – filled with His Spirit, by pleading His precious blood, and by releasing the Word of God against the enemy in the authority of His mighty Name!  “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10)!  This is spiritual warfare, not for a dead, lukewarm, indifferent and compromised church, but for a church that will say as David did before the Philistines and their Goliath, “Is there not a cause?” (1 Samuel 17:29)!  Satan has targeted you, the family, the church, and he is determined to also bring down America, if he is permitted to do so!  Do you know what time it is (read Romans 13:11-14)?  In our service this Sunday we will stand together in the presence of our God as Jehoshaphat and God’s people did, praising the LORD and believing Him for a mighty victory over the enemy!  “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered…” (Psalm 68:1)!  God bless you, and remember that “we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37)! ~ Pastor Steve Offringa’s call to worship on the 14th day of November in the year of our Lord, 2020.

The spiritually dead, lukewarm, indifferent, and compromised church and its leaders have fallen for the biggest lie in the history of the world. They have surrendered God-given wisdom and discernment to the powers of darkness. Worse…they hide the cowardice of their inaction behind the cross. This is hard…there is a tendency we all have to take things personal…it has become cultural. Being truthful has become subservient to our fear of offending or being offended. Meanwhile babies are slaughtered for body parts, and sacrificed to Molech, as the sheep are led to the MARK. There is no excuse. Period. God created this stop…to reveal. God help those who fail His test…not my test or your test…not my “judgement” or your judgement. But His test…His judgement. My belief? This is His mercy and grace granting those of us who’ve faltered the opportunity for repentance and redemption. This isn’t about feelings…it’s about Truth.

The agents of these demonic forces who conspired to use a virus (with a survival rate of 99%!) as a weapon in an attempt to steal our country, our freedom, and our way of life, are about to come at us with another round of lockdowns to criminalize Thanksgiving and destroy the businesses and lives of those who managed to hold on after the first. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER. CHURCH TO CHURCH, NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR, AND FRIEND TO FRIEND TO TELL THEM NO!

I am urging each and every one of my readers to stand up, find your Proverbs 1 boldness, and share the truth with everyone you know. God Bless the United States of America!

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ This Has Been A Test

Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome

Each of the temptations presented to our Lord by Satan had this as its center: “You will get the kingship of men and the saviorhood of the world if you will take a ‘shortcut’—put man’s needs first, and he will crown you king; do something extraordinarily wonderful, indicative of Your power, and man will crown You king; compromise with evil, and You will get the kingship of men.” Jesus could have brought the whole thing about suddenly (see John 6:15); but He did not. He withstood Satan and took the stupendously long way. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Vision of the Long Way

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; God has known these three Americans since the dawn of time. Now, with all eyes on America, the world will know them as well. In January of 2019 my friend Marucia said something to me that triggered the vision for my third CD, “When the World Turns Around”. It was an amazing vision of a new earth, a new heaven, and hope in a world right-side-up again with brighter days ahead. I set out recording the album in a small studio in Brooklyn which included old originals I had never recorded like Liam’s World, and Sailor’s Point of View, and new songs like the title track, and my favorite…Angels from Devils. I also added my interpretation of one of the greatest songs ever written, America the Beautiful. We got half of the album recorded before God stopped the world in March of this year.

The best laid plans…

You think you know people, people you’ve known for your entire life. But I need to tell you something you too may have already figured out by now. You never really know a person until that ultimate test. Combat and law enforcement veterans know exactly what I’m talking about. There is nothing in this world that reveals true character faster and more clearly than the moments we are faced with losing everything, whether on the battlefield, a natural disaster, or you and your partner suddenly find yourselves surrounded and outgunned by a drug gang in some dark back alley in the Bronx.

A good shepherd writes, “As Christians, however, our trust is not in a man, a political party, or in any source of strength except for Almighty God Himself, through His Word and by His Spirit (see Psalm 33:118-22; Zechariah 4:6)” The young freshman writes, “No man can ever save us from the disasters that befall mankind. The only thing that truly matters is the freedom we have in Christ. Any other freedom is a fleeting pleasure. So honestly, I don’t care who wins. To hell with it.”

The American apostate church has cleared the way for an apostate government to sacrifice us at the altar of a New World Orderor has it? I would agree with the words of the good shepherd, but then turn them around and ask our entire community of shepherds why we would then trust the “man” in media who is covering up the treasonous crimes of a “man” suffering dementia, who took in millions from the New World Order regime, ran his presidential campaign from his basement, to steal the most important election (and our country) in world history using the CIA tool Hammer and Scorecard? And to my young freshman friend, I would simply ask him to find a WWll veteran if he can, look him in the eye, read his “I honestly don’t care” speech to him, and watch the painful effect his thoughtlessness has on a man who dreamed of being a freshman, but chose instead to get up on the morning of June 6, 1944, put his boots on and ACT to save the freedom this generation seems so ready to throw away. You think you know someone…and then they break your heart.

The Good man stands up for truth, alone in the angry crowd, on principle BECAUSE of his faith and trust in the Lord. The Bad man does what bad men always do…from the days of Caine. But the Ugly man, most loathsome of all, lacks the courage and the true faith to be either. He rides the middle rail looking to survive…looking for the “shortcut” as Chambers might put it.

What if this has been a test of the emergency save-your-soul system? Pray for Ugly to see the light and work to convert every institution that has been infiltrated…leave the apostate church, find a real church ministered by the good shepherd, and as my dear friend Jim said only yesterday, get ready to “take back our public square.” Pray for President Trump and the First Family. And PRAY-PRAY-PRAY that God will continue to bless America!

God does not do certain things without the cooperation of man. We continually ask, “Why doesn’t God do the thing instead of waiting for me?” The answer is that He chooses not to do so. It is like the difference between God’s order and His permissive will. His permissive will allows the Devil to do his worst and allows me to sin as I choose, until I choose to resist the Devil, quit sinning, and come home to God in the right relationship through Jesus Christ. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Abiding Relationship

 

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Who Would Suffocate Our Second Wind?

The Eyes Cannot Hide What The Truthful Eye Can See.

Within truly great spiritual awakenings, there are often challenging counterfeits birthed in the social outliers as well. They are not supported by the Scriptures and can wreak serious havoc among those seeking the one true God… ‘Should we uproot the tares (counterfeit wheat)?’ The master of the field’s answer is telling. ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ~ Matthew 13:29-30, from my brother F.T. Chisholm’s book When It Is Time, the Zechariah Connection

My week began on very somber and disturbing news from the land of my ancestors…

Scotland’s new odious hate crime bill would go so far as to criminalize dinner table conversations if their ‘offensive’ content is reported to police. Hate-crime bill-supporter Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf (pictured above), who has publicly lamented Scotland’s “whiteness” (sound familiar?) has said journalists, writers and theater directors could also be dragged into the courts if their work is deemed to have stirred up “prejudice.” ~ Death of Free Speech?

And it only got worse here, in an article exposing those plotting the death of freedom here…

As openly Marxist revolutionary groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa have burned, vandalized and looted America’s cities daily for months, destroying businesses, assaulting and sometimes murdering people, today’s journalists have routinely dismissed it all as “mostly peaceful protests” against “systemic racism” and “police brutality” – while complaining loudly that America is actually under siege by “white supremacists.” Those who dare point out that it’s really hard to find many genuine “white supremacists” in today’s America, let alone rampaging hordes of them laying waste to the nation’s cities, are of course immediately condemned as white supremacists themselves. ~ Guardians of the Swamp

I’m taking all of this in as the nightmare of 2020 continues to unfold, wondering how in the year of perfect vision (20/20), men grew so blind. I thought of two great quotes from two great men. One a statesman, the other a pastor (shepherd).

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke 1729-1797

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ~ Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945

And then as the week drew to an end, I read the words of a prophet from the past (520 B.C) whose name means “God remembers,” For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd. ~ Zechariah 10:2

…and one courageous shepherd of the modern day; We are witnessing a great collaboration between Archbishop Vigano and President Trump that is reminiscent of the divinely inspired alliance between President Reagan and Pope John Paul ll which ended (but did not eliminate) the advance of Communism in the last century. From Vigano’s Oct 25th letter to President Trump:

As I said when I wrote my letter to you in June, this historical moment sees the forces of Evil aligned in a battle without quarter against the forces of Good; forces of Evil that appear powerful and organized as they oppose the children of Light, who are disoriented and disorganized, abandoned by their temporal and spiritual leadersThe purpose of the Great Reset is the imposition of a health dictatorship aiming at the imposition of liberticidal measures, hidden behind tempting promises of ensuring a universal income and cancelling individual debt. The price of these concessions from the International Monetary Fund will be the renunciation of private property and adherence to a program of vaccination against Covid-19 and Covid-21 promoted by Bill Gates with the collaboration of the main pharmaceutical groups. Beyond the enormous economic interests that motivate the promoters of the Great Reset, the imposition of the vaccination will be accompanied by the requirement of a health passport and a digital ID, with the consequent contact tracing of the population of the entire world. Those who do not accept these measures will be confined in detention camps or placed under house arrest, and all their assets will be confiscated. Open_Letter_to_POTUS

Vigano’s letter 100% corroborates The Darkest Winter  breakdown of the evil behind the “Great Reset”.

…and as if this were not enough…from my dear friend Barbara;

Our enemies are trying to wipe us off the face of the earth, literally. Our enemies are not outside the gates, they are inside the gates. The enemies of Christianity are trying to ensure that Christianity has no future. Will you let them do that? How will we stop them? I’m not exactly sure, but I do know this. Either we will heal or we will die. Either we will unite as Christians despite our differences, or our enemies will win and our grandchildren and their grandchildren will live in a truly post-Christian world. Let us all pray for Christian unity because it is the key to our survival. It is time we need to all start praying for and working toward Christian unity. There is simply too much at stake. ~ Matthew Kelly, The Biggest Lie In The History Of Christianity

Add to this the amazing investigative journalism of Corey’s Digs, “In just three days we will witness a red wave turn into a tsunami. The energy can already be felt. I fully believe that no amount of voter fraud can reverse what is coming, and no level of legal challenges will hold up. A rise of insanity, chaos, and destruction will be met with force.  Any plans to prevent this presidency from moving forward will be thwarted. This is the only way it can be, for what is yet to come is the dismantling.  The world has spoken, all eyes are on the U.S., and united we stand with those across all borders who equally want the new world order regime to be removed, the Deep State to be demolished, and all whom have perpetrated evil on the people to be imprisoned.”

Last Sunday was a remarkable day of affirmation for those of us who see what is really going on in this great land of ours. I woke up to the Billy Joel song Second Wind and knew instantly what God was telling me. The dismantling Corey is referring to is, in a word, the lie. In essence, all of those who illegally conspired and schemed to destroy our country as prerequisite for the Great Reset. The greatest and most unimaginable crimes against humanity are about to be fully revealed, and those responsible brought to justice. And a grateful nation is already turning out by the thousands upon thousands to thank the man who finally stood up to put an end to the madness. There will be some serious house-cleaning ahead…

Those who do not repent after some failure—or who do so only for public show—often lose their positions. Some sins no doubt disqualify leaders from continuing in leadership, but more fail in leadership from their deceptions than from their mistakes. ~ John C. Maxwell

David went on to be an even greater and more just king…after God’s own heart.

Truth is bold, beautiful, and righteous all by Itself. It does not need us to dress It up, make excuses for It, soften, harden, or alter It in any way. Our second wind is God’s grace opening the door to our revival IF we learn from our mistakes, find a way to come back together (John 17:21) as one nation under God, humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn back to Him (2 Chronicles 7:14), then He will heal our land! Today marks day one of our three days of prayer and fasting for this very thing. Won’t you join us? Who would dare to suffocate our second wind?

 

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Truthing People to Love vs Loving People to Truth

We Cannot Fight What We Cannot See!

Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4

John McArthur’s preamble to his teaching on Jude says it all, Truth. Truth…Truth…Truth, and nothing but the truth, so help Him God. WHY? Why, in discussing the 25-verse epistle of Jude, does McArthur stress such emphasis on the word truth, placing it at the very highest pinnacle of importance, even above Jude himself? Because TRUTH, at ALL cost, is the very point of the life and death of Jesus Christ, the shining essence of Calvary, and His immeasurable love for us. The moment we alter, hide, filter, dilute, ignore, omit, and/or avoid the truth, we betray His love and violate His first and most important Commandment of all. How did truth become such a stranger to us? Or, perhaps the greater question, when did it become so unimportant?

The call to Prayer & Fast Wednesday went like this…

“I have a Jewish friend who calls me on a weekly basis, each week more distressed, worried, and anxious than the week before. Why? Two reasons. First, he relies on man to fix what man has broken. And second, he has (like so many of my Christian friends) relinquished his part in the remediation and repair work that needs to be done.

My dear friend and brother Walter was asked to bring the Word this past Sunday, and in-deed He did! “We Are At War” He beamed from the pulpit! The Holy Spirit rained down truth of the enemy’s assault on the American People, through the passionate voice of my brother straight into the hearts and minds of everyone present. Truth, too many are starving for because of the “scarcity of earnest contenders” in our nation’s pulpits where they once thrived, as Pastor John McArthur describes it. I wrote about it in this past Sunday Morning Tune-up.

Dear friends, We Are At War. Please forgive me for this oldie but goldie truism…We have to Be In It To Win It! And as Sherley is quoted above, we cannot fight what we cannot see, “recognize” and understand. I encourage you to subscribe to Intercessors for America if you haven’t already done so. And please pray, Lord, help your church to lock arms with one another in intercession and align with Your plan and purposes. Give us wisdom in voting during this election, for those of us who are working in this very hour to unite our churches as the (John 17:21) church Jesus Christ prayed for.

Finally, we encourage you to join us for our Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow with prayerful focus on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Psalm 144:1-8…NOTE: We are planning 3-day-fast Nov 1-3!”

Who has greater responsibility for safeguarding and protecting truth here on earth than the shepherds themselves? John 10:1-10 gives us the mission and essence of the “Good Shepherd’s” usefulness to God. All God’s men are ordinary men made extraordinary by the matter He has given them. Unless we have the right matter in our minds intellectually and in our hearts affectionately, we will be hustled out of usefulness to God. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Creed of Greatness

The world outside is the world you and I made because we lost, replaced, or surrendered “the right matter in our minds intellectually.” We have been hustled out of usefulness to God. We play hide and seek with the truth to make truth useful to us. In other words, to get to the very heart of John McArthur’s Jude message on the enemy within, with friends like us Truth doesn’t need enemies. As a direct result, the shepherds have allowed two very dangerous wolves access to the flock…

The highest-ranking shepherd in the Catholic faith just ratified sodomy…Apostasy in the Church!

They want nothing less than the entire world to declare that GOD IS WRONG, AND THEY ARE RIGHT.  And if God is “wrong” then God is not God, and the (LGBTQ) are actually superior to God, and have been victims of an inferior being all this time…The mob of Sodom arrived at Lot’s house in order to demand that both Lot and his two guests RATIFY THE (LGBTQ) SEXUAL PERVERSION. They were there to demand ideological conformity, preferably by PARTICIPATION in perverse genital acts.  Remember the 4-step progression of what evil demands: Toleration, Acceptance, Ratification, Participation. ~ Ann Barnhardt, What Is Their Endgame?

My friend and colleague-in-letters, Eric Martin, reveals an even deadlier arm of their ultimate endgame that goes back centuries…Apostasy in the State!

In the words of Linda Sarsour, a well-known anti-Semite, the Democratic Party “..is not perfect, but it now belongs to us.…” In other words, it belongs to radical Islam, to those who would initiate the destruction of Israel and the mass killing of Jews. For the first time in recent history, every major Democratic candidate for president declined to attend the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. This was a stunning declaration of hostility to the State of Israel and to those who love and support it. The Democratic Party under Obama allowed millions of Muslims to immigrate into America for one reason: to create a large and reliable voter base. Pelosi, Schumer, and all the other political gangsters have chosen sides. They have traded Israel for Islam, for Muslim voters, and for the millions of crazed leftists who want to destroy Judeo-Christian civilization. ~ Eric Martin, The Democrat Party’s Love Affair with Anti-Semitism & Radical Islam

The bottom line is this dear friends. Our Church and State need a King Josiah moment! Continuing on this same well-worn path expecting favorable outcome…dare I say salvation…is the definition of insanity. Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. ~ 2 Kings 22:11 John C. Maxwell, Reform Begins Within Oct. 25

The Church needs to come out of hiding and take the lead, certainly with regards to moral issues. The spirit of apostasy must be confronted. We need to truth our way to love or become the wolf’s next meal in our present folly of loving our way to truth. Ask yourself this; did Jesus love His way to truth in His famous Matthew 16:23 rebuke of Peter? Besides, it is far more difficult to persecute a church united! (John 17:21)

Lastly, I will share with you from personal experience that confrontation is not only a most loving act in these times, but it also makes us stronger. Every stand against evil creates greater confidence for the next stand. David took on both lion and bear before he stood against Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:34,35) I have been honored by being asked to read Psalm 91 and Luke 12:4-5 at a Right-to-Life event this afternoon. If you consider ALL human life and Western Civilization worth standing up and fighting for, then Consider Yourself Part of the Family!

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Hey Jude! Are We Fathered by Apostasy?

The Fruit of Our Apostasy!

Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For admission has been secretly gained by some who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly persons who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. ~ Jude 3,4

a·pos·ta·sy

/əˈpästəsē/

noun

  • the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief: “the execution of their leader for apostasy brought widespread criticism”

I am very passionate about the truth, very passionate about divine truth, God’s truth. My whole life is devoted to the truth. My whole ministry is devoted to the truth. It’s driven by the truth revealed in the scriptures. Really, I live and breathe for the truth. I realize that God has exalted His truth as high as His name. I know that He is the God of truth. That’s how He identifies Himself. I know that Jesus Christ, the glory of God in human flesh, according to John, is full of truth. He is the way, the truth, and the life. I know that Jesus said that the truth would set the sinner free from sin and death. The Bible is called the word of truth. Jesus said to His Father, “Your word is truth.” And in the scriptures, we’re commanded to worship God in truth. We’re commanded to obey the truth, to love the truth, to judge by the truth, to speak the truth in love, to walk in the truth, and as we learned in John’s epistle, to love in the truth…we are responsible to hold up the truth. ~ John McArthur,  Jude 1, The Enemy Within

If you have ever felt attacked, maligned, marginalized, or shamed for speaking the truth or simply defending the truth, today’s message is for you. The same Holy Spirit that tucked Jude’s (brother of James, half-brother of Jesus) 25-verse epistle between John’s last epistle and the Book of Revelation, the Biblical finale, presented his dire warning to us in these final moments before the most important election of our lifetime, in what many theologians see as our end times. Every other epistle of the New Testament deals with the acts of the Apostles. Jude is the only epistle entirely devoted to the acts of the apostates. What began as intention to write of “our common salvation” yielded to divine pressure from the Holy Spirit to focus on the enemies of truth in our twilight’s last gleaming…before the Revelation.

Jude switches from his eagerness to write about our common salvation to the necessity of calling us to arms in the contending for the faith. In John McArthur’s Jude 1 sermon, he talks about the scarcity of the earnest contenders willing to defend the church against the great pretenders. The savage wolves who will come in among you, Paul warns us about. Contend is such an important word here…to contend for something means to strive, or vie in contest, or rivalry, or against difficulties…to struggle. I wonder if it was mere coincidence that John C. Maxwell brought me “Confrontation Results in Purity and Security” on the same day John McArthur brought me his message on Jude? “Why is confrontation so difficult? We often misunderstand its purpose. Our goal among brothers should not be to punish or excommunicate, but to restore. Confrontation is a redemptive act of leadership.” There is no possible way to contend for the faith without confronting the apostacy in our midst. I believe Jude was carried in on the wings of the same Holy “Pentecostal” spirit that brought us to this week’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday:

The Pentecostal Spirit (Acts 2:4) is raising…the voice of the elect. The Pentecostal Spirit is speaking…to those seeking. The Pentecostal Spirit is prevailing…for those hearing. And those of us hearing know and understand His one greatest (John 17:21) hope for those to whom He gave free will.

If fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), then fear of man is its undoing. It is not for me or any man to question another man’s calling. But it is for me to love my brother as He loves me…even unto my own discomfort, disadvantage…and end.

The few who gather where the many fear to tread, who understand the enemy, what he fears most, and how to defeat him, gathered this past Sunday to seek the guidance and authority of the Pentecostal Spirit to make our voice as One for Him, and strike a chord that would touch the heart of every church as sweet as David’s harp to God’s own ear. The very next morning I awoke to the wisdom of C.S. Lewis, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Please join us for Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow my friends, with prayerful focus on God granting us the wisdom of Solomon as may be found 1 Kings 3:5-6,9 and fear of the Lord as may be found in Revelation 5:1-14.

God knows we will need the wisdom of Solomon and true fear of the Lord to defeat the enemy Jude so passionately exposes: They are compared to angels that kept not their 1st Estate; they’re compared to the homosexuals of Sodom and Gomorrah; they are compared to those who went the way of Caine; those who can be bought to give their prophecies like Balaam; they’re like clouds without water; they’re like trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; they’re like wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; they’re wandering stars for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.

Apostasy is everywhere within the church and state…you can see it in the faces of the people you meet in their unguarded moments…on the street, on the job, and in the churches. When a man is happy, he cannot pull a long face, he may try to, but it is the face of a clown; when he is happy inside he shows it on the outside. If you hear a Christian with a sad face saying, “Oh, I am so full of the joy of the Lord,” well, you know it is not true. If I am full of the joy of the Lord, it will pour out of every cell of my body. ~ Oswald Chambers, Happiness in God

Learn to recognize the voice of apostasy…

Hey Jude, don’t make it bad                                                                                            Take a sad song and make it better                                                                  Remember to let her into your heart                                                                                    Then you can start to make it better                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey Jude, don’t be afraid                                                                                                          You were made to go out and get her                                                                                  The minute you let her under your skin                                                                              Then you begin to make it better                                                                                            And any time you feel the pain Hey Jude, refrain                                                          Don’t carry the world upon your shoulder                                                                        For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool                                                      By making his world a little colder ~ Hey Jude, The Beatles

If Satan were to write a song to convince the author of the greatest and most important warning for all the ages…the very last watchman before the hour…with the world on his shoulder, to refrain…would this not be the perfect ear tickler?

Dear friends…I have a confession to make. It wasn’t John Lennon who tickled my ear and led me to promote the work of an apostate; it was Wild at Heart and Fathered by God author John Eldredge himself. Within the past two months I not only recommended Fathered by God to four Christian brothers and sisters to read…I gave them my personal copy! Now here is the most amazing Holy Spirit rub in all of this. God first opens my eyes to the story of Jude, and then He delivers the truth about John Eldredge, who ironically is caught in the snare of his own Open Theism heresy. God, the author of it ALL, knew every last detail of how this book came into my life, and exactly what I would do with it, since before the beginning of time.

Here’s the healing beauty in all of this. The apostasy that has swamped every last nook and cranny of our lives, suffocating and poisoning our spiritual lives, and leaving us physically ill and vulnerable to disease, can instantly be eradicated with bold and beautiful Truth in Love! BUT…it requires the one thing we have grown to fear…Confrontation. Not to punish or excommunicate, but to restore. A redemptive act, as Maxwell puts it. What better time than now? We need to take a very close look at everything and everyone in our lives, recognize the apostasy and root it out once and for all. It’s actually very, very simple. Look for the voice that discourages courage. Look for the voices that promote social justice over God’s own justice in scriptural truth. And look for the voice that criticizes bold defense of the truth in all places. And my favorite of all…look for the voices that persuade you away from political and civic debate. Find them, approach them, and knowing we are called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ, confront them with the truth in love. C.S. Lewis was absolutely right. Each one of us has not only the power but the obligation to start right here and now, to change the ending for the truth of His Glory. Think (John 17:21) Amen?

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ “Join Our Happy Throng”

“The Offspring of the Serpent vs the Offspring of the Woman”

Loyalty to Jesus Christ is the supernatural work of redemption wrought in me by the Holy Ghost who sheds abroad the love of God in my heart, and that love works efficaciously through me in contact with everyone I meet. ~ Oswald Chambers, Missionary Devotion

Ef-fi-ca-cious ~ The power to produce a desired effect.

This article, from Virginia (home of Washington, Jefferson, and Patrick Henry) of all places, inspired the title of today’s Tune-up, from the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers: Virginia Forces Christian Ministries To Adopt Government Ideology Or Pay $100,000 Fine

Just days before the article, a friend had sent me the image of the painting framed above, Spiritual Warfare: This Little Light Of Mine by artist Sharon Taylor (Here). The article and painting in tandem set the perfect tone for today’s message. In addition, “This Little Light of Mine” and “Join Our Happy Throng” cast a surprising and welcome light on the otherwise dark and dismal circumstance the article and painting would otherwise suggest…especially when you consider the appalling lack of efficacious work emanating from the Christian Soldier Command Centers (churches) across America!

Over the years since the country was founded, the separation between church and state has digressed to a point where churches can no longer speak on behalf of the current issues of the day. They’ve become puppets of the state. And the role of the pastors have been diminished from being leaders in political and theological thought, to becoming mouthpieces for the conformity of governmental systems. And as a result, the majority of our churches have ceased to provide the tools to discern between fear and faith. ~ Scott Kesterson, EP136 Reviving Political Theology

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. ~ Revelation 3:22

Were it not for our own human nature, “We naturally like what we have been accustomed to, and are attracted to it.” ~ Maimonides

The Holy Spirit was firing on ALL cylinders this week seeking to rouse us from our slumber in our Prayer & Fast Wednesday invitation the day before…

Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again. ~ 1 Kings 18:37 from John C Maxwell, “Be Willing To Stand Up”

Too many of us sit waiting for God to stand up for us, when in fact it has always been the Elijah’s who stood up to the 450 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, and the Shadrach’s, Meshach’s, and Abednego’s standing up to the “authorities” throughout the course of the entire Bible that turns the peoples’ hearts back to God time, and time again.

It is the sum-total of our faith and trust in God that provides us with the courage to stand for Him! We have to pray relying upon what has been revealed by the sent-down Holy Spirit, and the first revelation is that we do not know how to pray. (See Rom. 8:26.) ~ Oswald Chambers, “Prayer Pervaded by Pentecost”. Please join us for Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow with prayerful focus on Matthew 6:8-18 and Jude 20.

…and continued speaking to me on the day itself:

There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than His majesty. And out of the midst of the terror there comes the voice we know, saying to us personally, “Do not be afraid.” When once His touch comes like that, nothing can at all cast us into fear again. ~ Oswald Chambers, Dawning Fear of His Deity (Revelation 1:17)

His blessing on this P&FW brothers and sisters…I find the Lords voice growing stronger in my ear with each passing day. The herd-like behavior of many in Warwick fearful of the increasing numbers of Hasidim gathering in their parks, fearful of Covid, fearful*…this morning’s Chambers read…coupled with my Morning Maxwell story about the bravery of midwives Shiphrah and Puah, without whom we might have suffered to live in a Moses-free world…imagine.

they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who set up divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit…But you…And convince some, who doubt; save some, by snatching them out of the fire; on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. ~Jude 18,19,22,23 …Must not (My humble interpretation) lend yourself to fear on behalf of the unbelievers.

*Warwick closed the park IN FEAR on the very same day.

The question of the millennia, as the war drums beat ever louder and closer…where is the church? I had a dear friend share with me as “the guy in the middle” that his pastor is just not comfortable diving into politics and does not want to divide the church along political lines. Three things come immediately to mind. First, there is NO middle in the “war between the Offspring of the Serpent, and the Offspring of the Woman.” Second, its not about Republican or Democrat, Left or Right. As a mutual friend so eloquently put it, God has literally been kicked OUT of the USA & now they are persecuting a potential Supreme Court Justice because she is a BELIEVER!! We see millions of babies aborted in the most inhuman ways possible. Children who ARE born are being kidnapped for sex trafficking! People have never been so divided & hatred never so rampant as NOW!! People are trying to erase our Godly heritage & rewrite history. The government is rotten to the core & as corrupt as the mafia!! Our Cities are burning & there are specific attacks on churches!! Third, and most important of all, what in the world does “comfort” have to do with it? Where was the “middle” on Calvary? Where was the “comfort” for the Father and the Son on the foundational Ground Zero of our Christian Life, or post-Pentecostal Paul and the rest of the Disciples? What is Truth to those who choose the lie? Or worse…the easy in-between?

Tough Love ~ Good men fall into slumber and denial. Surely there were none better than Peter. Western Civilization has incrementally inserted itself into the ultimate Chinese finger trap. Man, without benefit of the Holy Spirit, has NO WAY OUT. A divided church, in the war perfectly illustrated above, has little hope of winning as our Lord Himself understood in John 17:21. Please pray for a small group of Christian shepherds and a few sheepdogs as they gather today at 4pm to ask the Holy Spirit to unite us as the One He wills us to be. What the devil fears most… 1st Century Disciples! Efficaciously, of course.

                                                       Most Men, CM 10/8/20

All men live their lives between God and the Devil. Most men give in to one and give up on the other…leading even more to the worldly view…begetting still more men who long for victory and fear defeat, who despise the cold and hate the heat. And all the others who fail to show, lose heart before the winter snow. Who can measure such distant space between the fallen one and the arms of grace? Those of us not of this coil, are not made for quiet desperation, but to sweat and toil the mines of truth. To die before we live in chains forged by wicked men in place because of weaker men who fear the bite of truth. To rise and fall and rise again for the joy of purpose, and love for Him who made us not most men.

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Postcards From The Edge

James 4:8 “The Return” of the Prodigal Son

Nothing in life can take the place of knowing your purpose. If you don’t try to discover your purpose, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things. ~ John C. Maxwell, “Be On Purpose”, from Leadership Promises for Every Day

Five years ago, nearly to the day, I drove to a mountaintop in Wyoming to find God and ask him why the life I had and was sure I loved was crumbling apart around me. I got to Esterbrook late on a Saturday night, got a great night’s sleep after spending 32 hours driving and sleeping in my car, woke up the next morning to a great country breakfast, and then went to the church pictured above where God was waiting for me with the answer to my question. I was planning to be there for at least two weeks, thinking it would take at least that long to find Him and wrestle an answer out of Him. A) The God who knows the number of hairs on every head of his creation, knew I was coming, and B) He loves every last one of us so much He drops everything to prepare…for all of us at once. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? ~ Psalm 139:7 Anywhere the man who is devoted to Jesus Christ goes, Jesus Christ is there with him. (Run) ~ Oswald Chambers, The Security of Abandonment

He answered my question through Pastor Kirby’s James 4:8 message wafting gently into my eyes and ears on golden rays of sunlight passing over Laramie Peak straight into my heart. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.

Last night God spoke to me again through a friend who is going through a very hard time. He showed me the heart of his trouble is the same as mine was. The extent of his relationship to God is the exact same thirty second prayer every night at the supper table. But he showed me more. He showed me that an entire nation that owes its existence to the Father God that our very first President acknowledged in his very first address to a newborn nation, Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained, has become the Prodigal Son to the Father who created it all, and gave us the very inheritance we have so shamefully squandered, managing only a post card every now and then from the edge of our existence. Nobody describes the relationship as well as Jonathan Cahn did in Washington D.C. on Saturday September 26th! I strongly encourage you to watch, if you haven’t already: Jonathan Cahn, The Return

I woke up this Sunday morning to a Facebook post from an old friend that read, “Peace is not when everyone agrees. It is when we can respect our disagreements and still play in the sandbox together.” And I thought how my friend was like so many people I know who have set up little safe-spaces in themselves where they can retreat to when they are no longer able to face the reality of the world outside, and deal with it like the men we used to be. As Cahn explains in The Return, we have become the modern-day Israel that God sent Jeremiah to warn half a century before He had to send His own Son. We have become the exact same nation of harlotry and idolatry that Cahn so eloquently attempted to warn us about eight years ago in The Harbinger.

As he explains in The Return, we are…every single one of us…living the consequences of having expelled God from every aspect and institution of our lives. The God who gave us our free will did as we demanded…leaving a vacuum the devil happily filled. The Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the only true Prince of Peace the world has ever known. The devil in “Progressive” disguise brought fools gold in the form of 501©3, the appearance of love in the shape of passive nicety, and the illusion of peace in the form of surrender. The rest, as they say, is history.

I have been blessed to find a church that has not been infiltrated by the “Progressive” spirit. I was asked to say a prayer for the leaders and judges who preside at every level of government in our land, the day after President Trump announced his pick to replace Justice Ginsberg. Holy Spirit guided my words to express gratitude for the Fear Not Fellowship and ask for the wisdom and discernment to turn off CNN and turn on Jesus. I would only say lovingly to my sandbox friend, it’s impossible to win the battle we refuse to see we’re in. And it’s the EXACT same battle President Ronald Reagan saw November 3, 1964 fifty-six years ago when he wrote what may as well be called the Where You Are Now speech!

This is a man who said to his 19-year-old son, “There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.” This is not a man who could carelessly send other people’s sons to war. And that is the issue of this campaign that makes all the other problems I’ve discussed academic, unless we realize we’re in a war that must be won.

Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy “accommodation.” And they say if we’ll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he’ll forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer – not an easy answer but simple: If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right.

We cannot buy our security, our freedom from the threat of the bomb by committing an immorality so great as saying to a billion human beings now enslaved behind the Iron Curtain, “Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins, we’re willing to make a deal with your slave masters.” Alexander Hamilton said, “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.” Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace – and you can have it in the next second – surrender.

Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face, that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand, the ultimatum. And what then, when (Satan) has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the (Culture War), and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.

You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin – just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they must not advance.” And this – this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits – not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.” You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness. ~ Ronald Reagan, “A Time For Choosing” October 27, 1964

Please pray for the full, fast, and complete recovery of our President and First Lady! God Bless America!

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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