Getting Things Straight

I get all kinds of emails from Christians around the world. Those I receive from those in the US are disturbing. They talk about how anti-Christian President Obama is and propose various ideas and legislations to bring us back to a Christian society. Hang in there and you'll understand why this is disturbing.

In God's Word King Solomon received this promise from the Lord, "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." (2nd Chronicles 7:14)

That sounds like a map to get us back to where we need to be, but it's only part of the map. We actually have to humble ourselves. We actually have to pray and see the face of God. We actually have to turn from our wicked ways if we want God to "forgive their sin and heal their land."

Now there are many out there that will say, "That's what I'm doing." This is where the other side of the coin is revealed. In the Chronicles and the Kings we have a list of kings from David up until they are led captive in Babylon. Some kings were good, and did what was right. Most did that which was evil. One good king, I believe it was Joash, King of Judah (you see already their evil had spit the nation) ordered the cleaning out of the Temple to make it worthy of the Lord. While they were cleaning out all the garbage, the idols, the things that belonged to other idols, men found the book of the Law. We would know this as the Torah or the books of Moses. They brought it back and read it before the king. Now pay attention. As they were reading this the king tore his clothes and fell (I believe) on his face. The very reading of the Law showed him how evil he was, even though he did that which was right. He ached for the people he ruled over and destroyed all the idols, grinding them into dust. Then he had the books of the Law read before all the people and the priests and Levites cleansed themselves and began to offer up sacrifices for the people.

You may be scratching your head, wondering why I'm bringing up this ancient history. The reason is simple. As long as we try to blame someone else for the troubles we are in we are part of the problem. Until we truly humble ourselves before God, how can we turn from our evil ways? If we do not turn from our evil ways, we, the CHURCH, then our nation will continue to come under the persecution of God. It's not that God likes persecution, but He wants us to come to Him.

Many in our churches are writing their own rules, their own laws. Our hearts have grown hard. While certain people may be doing harm to this nation, they can do no greater harm than we, who call ourselves Christian, and act in ways that do not seek God out or fail to humble ourselves before our Maker. You see, God sets all authorities over us. That means President Obama and all the rest. I'm not saying they are right. I'm saying that God has sent us into our own Babylon by appointing people who would increase the burdens on our back.

Do you see it? Jeremiah prophesied this, as did Isaiah, and a number or others. Are we greater than Israel that God would stand aside for our "democracy"? We are in contempt of His court, and unless we get things right with Him they will only get worse.

The way back is through a veil of tears. Each of us must listen to the law of love that Christ spoke of, and remember that God is Love. How far have we fallen from our first love? What is in store for us if we do not return? These are the things we should be directing our energies to.

Not Political

There are lot of angry people out there following the 2012 election results. While I can understand why they are angry I also realize that anger may be one of the things that is pinning us down in this society.

Fact 1: Just about every news outlet has shown us just how poorly Pres. Barrack Obama has led this nation. He has apologized to people who are our enemies, and have stated that after Israel we are next to be destroyed. This should be scary to say the least.
Fact 2: Obama has driven the country's debt higher than all previous presidents combined.
Fact 3: It is obvious that Obama does not want the people to have the right to make their own decisions. Perhaps the South was right to secede from the Union in 1860. Some people get the idea that the Civil War was about freeing the slaves. While that did become a factor, the real issue was State Sovereignty, and I think they were right in that.
Fact 4: While we have the privilege to vote for the candidate of our choice it is actually God who establishes authorities over us. How God does that is in direct proportion to the way we, as Christians, have, or have not obeyed Him. Currently God has handed us over to a cruel task-master.

So what does all this mean? Why am I bringing this up? I am bringing this up because there are worse things than a president bound to destroy our nation. Many of you may disagree with me on that. It seems to me that as long as you and I regard this nation as the top of our priorities then we will continue to be angry and bitter with our president. This is such a crazy thing to do.

One person shared with me that unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger directed towards anyone, is like wishing they would die and taking the poison ourselves. This is what America is currently doing. We are taking poison in hopes that some other person dies or is incapacitated in their duties, in this case, President Obama.

As Christians we are to forgive, even as Jesus forgave us. Do you think that you, by your own hand, find any goodness in the eyes of God? If you do then you better change your way of thinking. Scripture tells us that there is none righteous, no not one, and that Jesus offered Himself up to die for us that we might be seen righteous through Him. Dare we think any less for the one God has placed over us?

I do not agree with Obama. I believe nearly all his policies are corrupt and seems almost calculated to destroy the United States. And yet I forgive him, with the help of the Holy Spirit. For if I rebel against Obama I am rebelling against God.

The Bible says, "If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then shall I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land."

Time is working against us. It flies by like a barn swallow. If we do not repent now, we may never have the chance. The cup of God's wrath is already being filled. People have warped His words to support their own deviant behaviors; anger, drunkenness, sexual lust, and yes homosexuality. These also we must uphold in prayer and forgiveness. I have friends who are homosexuals, but they know my beliefs as well. I don't preach to them, nor do I put them down. People are people.

For instance, the shooting in Connecticut have nothing to do with guns or mental disabilities. It has to do with the presence of evil, and we must realize that this evil exist in all of us. The evil in one may provoke the evil in another. Jesus came into the world for this very purpose, to destroy that evil in us, but He can only do so to those who respond to Him.

While I would normally be writing about the birth of Christ and the miracles that surrounded that birth I believe it is more important to remind you, to remind me, that God is God. I'm not. Therefore I have an obligation to forgive anyone who has slighted me, and that includes the President. In fact, look at your life and pray for every person God has placed over you. Only as we seek His face and repent can we find the healing of God on this nation

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CHRISTIAN VAMPIRE NOVELS?

There's a lot of chatter about whether or not there should be Christian vampire novels on the market. I hope to clarify some terms, opinions and ideas and hopefully break the yoke of religion in the process, for Christianity is NOT a religion, it is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

First, a Christian vampire novel need not have the Christian BE a vampire. Rather it would be better to show how a vampire becomes a Christian. We get glimpses of this in Sue Dent's novels, Never Ceese and Forever Richard. Her approach, however is not the way I would do it because she resurrects traditional vampires, puts them on basically the same playing field as Stephenie Meyer, and runs with the story.

So what then is the proper way of treating vampires in a Christian novel? You know, I'm glad you asked. The Bible says that when Adam sinned he died, and after him every person born came under that same curse of death. (Rom. 5:12) In a very real sense, humans are the living dead, to borrow a phrase. They are vampires, feasting on their desires that come from a fallen nature, which bring them closer and closer to judgment. If all of us were born as vampires it's pretty evident that we don't have fangs and drink people's blood (at least most of us don't). There are vampire cults that have grown out of the occult and the fantasy understanding of what vampires are, but these vampire cults are made up of people who are sinful people, same as you and me. They have no special powers or abilities, though they might claim to. Their only reality is that they are dead to God, and therefore dead to themselves.

Vampires and Light. In most vampire movies you see the vampires coming out at night because they fear light, specifically daylight. It kills them, which when you think of it is a ridiculous statement for even a vampire to make. I mean, if you were someone who was one of the living dead, if in order to survive, to continue in this state of immortality, even though you were cursed both by God and by your own conscience, wouldn't you rather put an end to it rather than live on for centuries hating yourself, hating humanity, hating and fearing light? Why not just step into the light and be done with it? The Gospel calls to each of us to do this very thing. We are not only the living dead, but creatures of the night. We do things in secret because we don't want anyone to know about them. Coming into the light would mean telling God all about this, which He already knows, and confessing these things as wrong, as hurtful, as desires that preyed, many times, on other people (for that is the way of the vampire). So many people fail to come into the light. They think that by avoiding it they will somehow avoid judgment, but this is not true. One day they will, against their will, be brought to stand before the One who is the essence of all light and truth, the Creator, Savior and Judge of all. What can we do? What can a vampire do? Step into His Light. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." (John 12:24) In other words, if we want to live we first have to die.

What? I can hear the collective gasp. "We have to die if we are to live?" That's correct. Jesus said, "You must be born again." (John 3:3) Why did He say that? Because we are dead. If physically we die while we are spiritually dead, then we will be dead forever, and not in a wandering around the world kind of sense, but in a Hell is home kind of sense. Jesus also said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." (Mat. 16:24) We look at these words and say, "Yes, Jesus I will follow you," and take little thought at what Jesus was saying. He wasn't simply talking about taking up a burden and doing good. Jesus was comparing things. He took up the cross, carried it to Golgotha, and there died that we might live. This is what Jesus was talking about. We are, in the same way, to take our cross and follow Him into death, that we might find life. Jesus died that we might live. We die so that He might live through us. So yes, we must die, that is if we really want to live.

Vampires and the cross. Another thing about vampires, traditionally that is, is that they are afraid of the cross. I'm sure you've all seen the movies where some priest holds a silver cross in front of him to ward off a vampire. Well that, as they say, is Hollywood. Vampires, however do fear the cross, because there is power there that they cannot compete with. When Jesus died upon the cross He descended into Hell, acquired the keys of Death, Hell, and the Grave. For three days He preached to those held captive by death, and rose on the third day. The death of Jesus marks payment for the curse that made us vampires in the first place, but our evil nature desires the things of the flesh. So we frequently turn away from the cross. It annoys us, because it reminds us of our faults, of who we truly are, but at the same time we are attracted to it, first out of morbid curiosity sometimes. On some level we all seem to love blood, and even violence to a degree, although I'm sure many of you will disagree on this point. However, there is something else about the cross that draws us. It symbolizes a power that is God's alone, to triumph over death by dying and rising again. This is not merely the power of an immortal, such as some vampires are portrayed, but the power of the Almighty. It frightens us and draws us. When we surrender, come into the light, then the power of the cross becomes ours, not just for the forgiveness of sin, but for healing, for victory over temptation, for victory against the attacks of Satan and his demons, even for prosperity in our spirit, in our soul and even in our body. Jesus said, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)

Vampires and mirrors. We probably all spend too much time in front of a mirror, making sure the hair is just so, that make up is applied properly, that tears have been dried before facing people. Whatever the reason mirrors reflect what we look like, or do they? If we are dead, the living dead that is, then we only get a reflection of that corpse we walk around in. We do not see ourselves. Mirrors are useless to vampires, for they do not reflect their image. However, vampires and others find their reflections in the actions of others. Bullies and other people who point fingers and talk badly about others are really just talking about the bad that is in them. It is one of our major flaws to find the bad in others, and the reason is because we are well acquainted with this, for it is who we are. The Bible talks about another mirror, a couple actually. Jesus is the mirror that we look at to remind ourselves who we are in Christ in God. Vampires, that is those who have not come into the light, died and come into true life, cannot do that. They do not have access to Jesus. So all they ever see is the bad. The apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians saying, "But now we see through a glass (mirror) darkly, but then face to face." (1st Cor. 13:12) We are promised that in the end we will no longer look at Jesus as simply a mirror, but as our elder brother sitting next to us on the Father's throne.

There are other things about the vampire stories that I haven't touched upon, but these are some of the main ones. I would dearly like to see a romance novel about a person who realizes that they are a vampire, struggle in their decision to come into the light and die that they might live. One where they finally see Jesus as they read His Word, but more importantly, one in which others see Jesus in as they go about their daily tasks. This is a vampire novel worth writing, worth reading and worth telling others about. If you know of such a novel please tell me about it. I will be most gracious to find one. This is the story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some will argue, and I've seen it already, that doing this is unChristian, an insult to Jesus, blasphemy. Yet, in reality, those people are bound by a religious spirit. They do not know how to worship God if Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24) I am not saying we should tell a horror story about someone with fantastic strength, who lives a long life by drinking the blood of others. I am merely suggesting that since they are referred to as "the living dead" we ought to recognize that we also were once dead in our sins, but thanks be to God, through Jesus we have been made alive and placed within Him, just as surely as He is within us. It is not the story of vampires, but the story of the saving grace of Jesus Christ that is offered unto anyone who would only receive it.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Urgent Prayer Request

from Aileen Norris

Received this message from my sister this morning. Please help us pray for this family.
Aileen

All,
Just received this from a friend - please see below and send some prayers out
for Sam Bish...thanks! Pass it on!


PLEASE READ TO THE END.....
VERY IMPORTANT IN NEED OF PRAYER
Hi to all my friends and family, I felt compelled to spread this story about son's best friend, Sam who is 8 (on the left in the photo above). He is in MAJOR need of Prayer. The following story is what his mother Cindy wrote today.

Background Story
Our son Sam is a wonderful young man who is 8 years old. He will be 9 in January. He is going into the 3rd grade in Reynoldsburg , Ohio . Sam had been having some pain in his right knee most of this summer (2009). As the pain increased we realized that something might be wrong and we made an appointment for him to see an Orthopedist on 8/10/09. At this doctors appointment an X-ray was done of Sam's leg/knee and it showed that there was a mass that the doctor believed to be cancerous. Samuel went into the hospital just a few days later for a series of tests. He received a cat scan, MRI, and also a full body scan. Our family met with the pediatric oncologist the following day and Samuel was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Osteosarcoma (stage 4). The cancer is in his right knee and it has also spread to both of his lungs. This is an agressive type of cancer and it will be treated with agressive forms of chemo. We are asking everyone to please lift up our litle boy Samuel Gordon Bish in prayer. We pray for healing!! We serve a mighty God and we know that HE can heal Sam if that is his will for Sam's life. Please be prayer warriors along with our family as Sam starts this very difficult journey in his young life.


Today's date is August 16th, 2009 and all this has happened in 6 days. His first appointment was on Monday the 10th and by Friday the 14th he was in the hospital getting his Chemo-port put in his chest and a biopsy done. I figured if an animated woman walking around the world for cancer can get passed to millions, then so can this story.

PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING TO YOUR CONTACTS IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK! SAM CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH PRAYERS. WE PRAY FOR HEALING AND PEACE FOR HIS FAMILY. . .There are also 2 younger sisters.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

GOD IS NOT IMPRESSED

God Is Not Impressed

(The following stems from a prophetic dream I had coupled with a heart-retching "worship" service in a church I visited. It is not meant to single anyone out, but is meant to point to all of us, that we might check our own relationship with God and make sure it is what He wants, not something we've been led to believe is what He wants. – David Brollier)

"God is not impressed with your pageantry.” A lying spirit has snuck into many churches today. It says, “You need to compete with the world if you want people to come in.” This thought infects our song services, our preaching, virtually every area of our worship, so that we no longer worship God, our Heavenly Father, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Scripture says, “I am God, you will have no other gods before Me.” Jesus told us that in the last days there would be a great falling away. The apostle Paul explains that in the last days people will heap to themselves teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. This lying spirit is slowly moving us off of Jesus, our sure foundation. The Truth is always presented in a package, that itself may not be Truth. In fact it is often these false prejudices the hide the Truth from our minds and hearts. The package, however, is like the shell of a seed. Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it can in no wise bear fruit.” Was Jesus saying Truth must die? No, for He also said, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18) What Jesus was saying was that our prejudices our preconceived notions about what Truth is must die, the shell that surrounds the Truth, so the Truth may come alive in our hearts and bear fruit. Yet this lying spirit has let us to cover the Truth with layer upon layer of “stuff” to the point where we have begun to worship the shell that must die that surrounds the Truth and not Truth.

As Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) God calls to you and me today to take that seed of Truth, cast it into the prepared soil of our hearts so the shell around the Truth will die, and even fertilize the Truth within.

The time for playing games is over. The time for putting on a skit and calling it worship is through. God is not impressed with you, or my, pageantry. He comes to us today. He is among us to forgive and to heal and to bless, yet if we do not put out this lying spirit from our churches the Almighty will write over our doors, “The Glory of the Lord has departed.” In that day great shall be the falling away. We must not trust to new music, new fads, flags, streamers, tears, shouts, all of which may have their proper place, but we must trust in the Lord alone. He will not share His glory with another. Return now and repent while He calls to you, while there is yet time.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Modern Day Saints in Prison

Update on Marzieh & Maryam
Maryam and Marzieh are doing well despite being imprisoned for four months. The Voice of the Martyrs contacts report they remain courageous and trusting in God. In June when a judge told them he would make sure they were both executed as "apostates", they responded with courage, telling the judge to "expedite his sentence." Following the recent political turmoil in Iran, 600 women have joined Maryam and Marzieh in Evin prison.

We encourage you to continue praying and writing to Maryam and Marzieh to make sure they are not forgotten. They have been strengthened by the prayers and help of believers like you. Write to the government requesting they be released.

Marzieh & Maryam



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Intolerance or Tolerance

Intolerance or Tolerance

This is what Christians are getting smacked up side the head with these days. The upshot of this is that if you don't agree with a particular view then you are considered intolerant. Well, that IS the definition of the word. The problem arises when people in one group refuse to be tolerant of another that it is accusing of being intolerant. Let me give you an example.

Right now the government is basically ready to issue a gag order on all Christians, especially pastors, priests, ministers and such, against saying anything against homosexuality. This bill is proposed, sponsored and funded by the "gay" community. Now all you gays out there I want you to listen up real good. It is wrong to put any person down for any reason, but it is equally wrong to ignore morals that have been in place for millenniums. It is more harmful to you, my gay neighbor, co-worker, friend, etc. to limit my speaking out against homosexual ACTIVITY. I would be unloving if I didn't tell people where I stood. I would also be unloving if I identified that person as a low life because of their activity. You see, because of the love that Jesus has placed in my heart, I have the obligation to let you know that, one, I love you, and two, your activity is harmful.

How is homosexuality harmful? It nullifies God's design for marriage. When we say "It takes two" we mean just that, but not two of anything, it takes a male and a female. When that is not present the union can face challenges it should never have to face. Also it is necessary to follow this design to procreate. Even with test-tube babies you need to join a male sperm with a female egg. This isn't wrath, anger, bitterness or anything of the sort. It's Biology 101. Most of all people are made to be eternal beings, and that is the part most people miss. If they thought about it, then perhaps they might think things through a bit more. Now I am NOT saying only homosexuals go to Hell. Every one of us is born with Hell as our destination. The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23) It doesn't say what sins because any and all sin is included in that statement. So a person who cheats a little on their income tax or tells an occasional little white lie is on the same fast track to Hell as the homosexual. However, the solution to all is also the same, "...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Notice how one is payment for the work they do and the other is a free gift? The radical homosexual movement today is trying to force Christians from getting that message out. So the logical question would be, "Do they really want to go to Hell?" I don't think so. I believe the thinking here has been so filtered down as to exclude any kind of acceptance of God's mercy, and that's the sad part. These aren't the only negatives. How about sexually transmitted diseases? No, I'm not one of those people who think this is a specific plague upon homosexuals, as some have stated. You have to admit that, first of all, those engaging in unprotected sex, be it heterosexual or homosexual, are asking for trouble. There is also, especially among males, the certain grinding aspect that, if pushed too far, simply begins to become less capable of fighting of any diseases.

Jesus taught using parables, and one He used was that of the sower and the seed. You've probably heard people say, "You reap what you sow." Well, they get that expression, although not the direct quote, from the Bible. It is true. If you plant orange seeds in good soil (and a warm climate) you will get orange trees. If you plant Kentucky Blue Grass seed on your lawn you'll get Kentucky Blue Grass. If you plant bitterness in your heart you will reap a harvest of bitterness. If you plant hatred you will reap hatred. If you plant love you will reap love. I know of several people who are homosexuals. They know my opinions on the topic, but I don't beat them over the head with it. I let my life shine on them by loving them just as Jesus loves me with all of my defects (and believe me there are plenty). These people are gentle, kind people, for the most part. So you see, I do not equate the action with the person. They are planting kindness and gentleness, and because of that will reap the same things. At the same time they are planting seeds of a twisted sexual lifestyle that, when it grows, will not only be their harvest, but will become a snare to them.

Getting back to the main topic, if you really want Christians to be tolerant, then look at what they are really saying, and don't become intolerant yourself. Even if you think someone is being intolerant, why would you want to become like them in their intolerance? The best course of action here would be to be tolerant. Who knows, we may learn from each other. You may be able to help me with my short comings, and I may be able to help you with yours. Admitting we have short comings is a step towards God. If God doesn't let any sin come before Him, but provides mercy through Jesus Christ, then we need to realize that we are sinful before we can receive that mercy. What most Christians are doing is simply bringing you to a place where you can see your need for Jesus. The wise among us let you and God work it out between you, while at the same time remain available for prayer, encouragement and friendship.

David Brollier

Psalm 23