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Here I go again stepping up on my soap box ever so slowly. I am sure  to get polarized comments to come, so let us all take a deep breath and examine some scripture that may help us all avoid some pitfalls.

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My motive here is nestled in my bewilderment of the changes in the church. I have been a christian for 32 years as of yesterday. But my history goes back just a tad further being born in 1961. I remember the BLUE LAW, no business on Sunday it was “Fellowship day”, no high school sports on Wednesday night that was “prayer meeting night”. Let me go on, school class room started with pledge allegiance to the flag followed by a volunteer student praying for a good day. Now you might say “for real” YES maybe you think that was terrible, maybe you think it was good, but we will all can agree it has changed.

I could focus on the fact that since 1973 there have been 57,191,366 abortions in the US as of today. But I would rather focus on the sin of the church one in particular. James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. If you dare to check the context you will find it is on boasting. Wow that would be way down the list of sins in the church. Why pick that one? It is starting to look like a horse race of sins in the church, the usual like sexual sin, is now common place and passed up by Being Proud Of It. The old front runner of gossip and backbiting was long passed by the new comer I Don’t Care Anymore. Yes I am being a bit silly making my point. It dawned on me this year while in Uganda when I watched a teen age ballet student who was on our little team gave an alter call in a PUBLIC school and nearly 1000 kids excepted Christ. 1000 you say? Yes and can you believe they can pray out loud and public in school something we have not done in the US for 40 years. Do I agree with everything they do NO they can be way to harsh on what the bible calls sin. We do not know how to even define sin anymore.

This brings me to my point defining things. How does the Church DEFINE the spiritual climate in America. It has become very divided mostly depending on End Time views, or the lack of, or the replacement of things to do with THE END. It would be great if Jesus would come back and release His long awaited justice and rule as KING. However it might be a while. So how we respond to the spiritual climate is important.

Let me say right now I am personally slowing down and seeking the Lord. Just Him, not what do you want me to do, or not do, just HIM. I am doing less and praying more when I say praying I don’t mean talking. I am doing that less. Listening praying, looks something like this. Reading scripture then being quiet. Yes I do have my list, but it is loosing its order of importance, and being in the Lords presence is increasing my desire to know Jesus more. Doing christian work out of that place seems better some how. Did I mention I am in a real place of weakness and brokenness and I can not even put my finger on why. It is actually refreshing to admit. So there!

With that said the title that brought you to this blog post is “Decree a thing! Who said that?” If we define Decree as telling the world what God has said, or even declaring to the heaven’s, then well done. However there are some, well meaning Christians who may have stepped over into something that will cause confusion in the end. If you do a study on google about Christians decreeing a thing you see their is a foundation to the theology. There are many scriptures having to do with decreeing, again if we are talking about prayer or singing the WORD, Scripture, the bible, What God has said, then fine.

What if its your own words, many websites speak of the fact that God created us in His image so we can do what he does create by OUR WORD. I would prefer to leave that to God. The foundation for this theological view comes from Job 22:28  Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Wow that is cool huh, God said to do it, NO actually He did not, that is actually Eliphaz the Tenanite one of Job’s friends. You might say wait a cotton picken minute, its in the bible so God said it. Hold on my friends the serpent is recorded in Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: God did not say that, the devil did but it is in God’s word. That my friends is why we have 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Yes we actually need to study.

If you read Job 2:11 and think God wants you out doing this as apposed to how I mentioned decreeing scripture earlier than you need to read the whole book of Job. When you get to chapter 42 you find God has a few things to say to our old friend Eliphaz. Here it is 7And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

I think there is warning here, be careful quoting something that Eliphaz says as if God said it. The problem started a few years back when some of the Big name preachers starting doing this and selling books and Cd’s and the whole charismatic church followed with out being like the Bereans in Acts 17:11. They took every thing the apostles said through the grid of scripture. Sadly we could see some real changes in a good way right now in prayer for our country, but so much of the church does not see the real spiritual condition because they are to busy being Eliphaz.

Just sayin

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Pirates in the pulpit

It is 9:30 July 1st 2011 and I had a thought while doing a study on the “Golden Rule.” The thought was “Pirates in the pulpit.” I had never heard that before but it was ringing in my ears. I put the phrase in Google and pulled up 4 hits all were of a site that had an audio sermon by Sam Ketcher. I listened to it but it was in a different context of what I was thinking, so here we go on my little journey.

Golden Rule As attributed in the gospels.

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

When did these scriptures become known as the golden rule? They say in the 1670’s which may be true. I found a book titled the Golden rule published in 1688 so for sure by that time. Pictured below:

        

A curious thing has happened, something so openly spoken of by Jesus ends up being the biggest secret of the world’s richest men and the most secret societies. The one thing that unites the world’s religions. Below are some examples.

     

The so called golden rule is a spiritual principal not unlike the law of gravity. The problem becomes when corrupt or even evil people use it for selfish gain or good people use it as a means of salvation. Though a godly principal that works, now seems to give credence to them, not just the principal. I hope to shed some light on how taking this principal into the world who is run by the god of this world “lucifer” has now boomeranged back into the church with a lot of baggage.

The 1900’s had opened the door to the “the new Thought Movement” which in short is the belief that “Infinite Intelligence” or “God” can be tapped into and repeated not unlike science. When those thoughts, became mans thoughts, even miracles would happen. In that circle was a young man named Napoleon Hall. Nap as he was known by as a boy, had lost his real mother when he was about 9. He was a bit rebellious and admired the bigger than life Jesse James. His new mother eventually got Nap to trade his six shooter, for a typewriter. That set him on a journey that ended up in the office of Andrew Carnegie the richest man in the world at the time. Nap would interview him and many of the wealthiest men in the world over the next few years. He discovered several things these men had done in common, they attributed to getting them where they were.

The first I will mention was what they called the “law of attraction” defined as “your thoughts and your feelings create your life.” Remember this is connected to the belief of tapping into “Infinite Intelligence.” Nap explained it after talking to Andrew something like this. You come into this world with 2 envelopes one with riches and blessings that are a possibility. 2nd is an envelope with the penalties for not achieving them. Then He goes on to explain the first 2 things that needed to be done. 1st Make a clear description of your main desire, in the end you will call it success. 2nd Make a clear description of what you are willing to give in return.

WOW , what will you give in return, where have I heard that before? Mark 8:36-37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Interesting thing happened. Andrew gave the fortune away or at least a lot of it,  at the end some 350 million dollars. When you look at these guys they seem to have made a deal maybe with God, maybe the devil, but a deal none the less. Do a study of the health wealth preachers and you will see them using the same language as these men did 100 years ago. The thing that stands out as different is they are not giving it away in the end. The TV Pulpit empires have become Pirates, and have become islands unto themselves, and a tight circle of friends and family.

My thoughts are 100 years ago men bought a bill of goods that was not fulfilling on the death bed. But what we have today is beyond comprehension, and if they got their idea’s from Hall and Carnegie there will be a piper to pay and it way be sooner than they think, as the world economy spirals downward. Will they have a change of heart and open the treasure chest to the Poor, from where they got it. At least Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave some to the poor.

If you are a Pirate, justice awaits you BUT repent He who created the Gold made the Rules and that is what I call the Golden Rule.  Jesus Rules

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The sitting of the dream below: In real Life I had just had surgery, my stomach had pushed through a hole in my diaphragm. I had unbelievable pain with food getting lodged in my esophagus. They pulled my stomach down and fixed the diaphragm. they took a muscle from down by my spleen and wrapped in over my stomach to anchor it and keep pressure off of the diaphragm. I was home recovering and taking no pain killer because of past reactions, but managing very well. My wife Dianna’s mother had a major heart attach and She had to rush to OKC to be with Her. I was home kinda felling sorry for myself, and spending a lot of time praying and seeking the Lord. In that condition I had 3 dreams each night that were almost the same below you will read the account.

Preparing the Jacob generation for the time of Jacob’s trouble. I tried to shake it off but I kept hearing it in my head. It was my second night back in my own bed after surgery. I had been dreaming the same dream, as the night before. I was a photographer, along with two of my good friends Kevin Minor and Dan Zacharias. We had been given the task by the Lord to travel around the world and document it’s condition. We were investigating places of dark demonic delusions as well as places where the Kingdom of God was shining brightly.

We had traveled by bikes, canoe, and on foot to the most remote area’s, and had found ourselves at the end of a trail as I woke up. It was a moment frozen in time, with those words “Preparing the Jacob generation for the time of Jacob’s trouble” sounding inside me. It was just like the night before except the night before I woke with words “pray your flight does not take place in winter.” I was shaken but the next chapter was unfolding. I had fallen asleep with the TV on listening to christian music. But now with my eyes wide open I watched the preacher as He said Psalms 24:7 was the key for preparing the Jacob generation for the time of Jacob’s trouble. Now I had not taken my pain killer for 24 hours so I was thinking this must be real this can’t be a hallucination, get your pen and paper and write this down. So holding my stomach I slowly pushed through the pain and got out of bed and found my journal and began to write. when I finished I drifted right back to sleep.

The next night the same thing happened. I woke early on August 24 th 2009 I had finished the same photographer dream, but it ended with “you have 30 days to study Jeremiah 30” that would be Sept 23rd 2009. and “Study american history through the eyes of the indigenous.” I have an idea that it is the Lord, and time will tell for sure. I am off from work recovering from the surgery, and I am on a liquid diet. I am dealing with some pain due to the fact I can’t stand the way I feel on pain killer. I have the time to study and the Lord has a captive audience, meaning I’m not going anywhere.

I have already noticed something in Jeremiah 30 that I have never seen. I am not sure why, I was not aware that Jeremiah 30 was about  Jacob’s trouble. I read it. I remembered many end time messages, taken out of those verses. One thing I had never heard or seen was verse 11. WOW, is all I can say right now, here it is.

For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

What in the world does this? What is the bottom line? I know what it says. If that is literal then America and many other nations will yet be brought to a “FULL END” Will God use another nation to do it? Will He allow an evil leader to become president to bring it to ruin from within? Or perhaps natural disasters. The key might be all the Jewish people in America, If the Lord return to Israel it is now time and they say NO what might He do to make them Go. In Egypt they were held by slavery not the love of their current life BUT God used 10 plaques to get them out. You might say “Oh John you are making a big deal about NOTHING”  Think about the numbers. There are approximately 13.3 Million Jewish people in the whole word.  You you believe only 4.95 million or 37% live in Israel. Before the Internet christian books would say they have all gone back to Israel except for a few. That was actually a lie or people talking without knowing. The truth is, information is now very accessible and we know there are far more Jewish people in the US compared to Israel. That would be 6.5 million or 46% of the worlds Jewish population. Think about what that could mean when God says go. PS I thought He said Go in 1948, if He did he whispered and not many heard Him. My guess when He says it for real they will all go one way or other. PERIOD.  

I will close for now check back in see what I find along the trail. I hope it is not a bunny trail, even so studying the Bible is a win win.

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It is early 09/09/09 I am posting a link for a message on Jacob’s trouble by Art Katz. It is not what we have been spoon feed but I think it will challenge us all. http://artkatzministries.org/the-time-of-jacobs-trouble/

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It is now 05/20/11 since writing this article I had more dreams about Jacobs trouble, about an underground railroad. I have seen many things to which I will keep to myself. I will say this I recently visited an area that was in the underground and I was told I was the 3rd person who came there with that dream. I believe the time is near the middle east is in chaos there is new determination within politics to to divide Israel. Jews will be persecuted again like no other time including nazi Germany and those who have heard the Lord will be a safe-haven for them as they travel HOME. Bank on it

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9/9/11  , It has been 2 years since my dream, earthquakes, war, world wide economic disaster, need I say more. Just a couple a days away from the 911 Ten year anniversary and our Nation has turned every which way but to God. Most every group of friends I have are doing major adjustments to their lives in preparation for increasing hard times. My thoughts are we have not seen anything yet, HOLD ON TO GOD like never before.

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Well its March 2014 and I had this dream back in 2009. I have recently had some more dreams that seem to be end time related. You can check one over to the right about 1949. But what I really would like to mention is I forgot to ever check out Psalms 24:7. If you are reading down you saw that while having one of the dreams about Jacobs trouble I woke and as I did I heard in the natural on the real TV not in the Dream this phrase coming from a preacher. He said ”   Psalms 24:7 was the key for preparing the Jacob generation for the time of Jacob’s trouble.” Well I just checked it out so I will post the scripture in context now.

 

The Earth is the Lord’s

1{A Psalm of David.} The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

3Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

7Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

9Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

 

Now that is interesting since the Verse about 24:7  says 6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. There, Jacob is mentioned, and that reminds me that  God promised old Jacob that His descendants would inherent the land of Canaan for ever. Well that is the problem, God made a promise and He has to fulfill it. The Jewish people can do it the easy way or the Hard way BUT they will go back. The Key verse says the King is coming and for the gates and doors to get ready. The messiah is coming and He will find the Jewish people there in Israel when He comes. When antisemitism raises its ugly head the church better be part of the solution not part of the problem. Get ready for the underground railroad. It is being built now so if your theology has you in heaven and I hope you are right but if you find yourself here and your beliefs were a few degrees off don’t be terrified God is the same faithful God either way . Have a great day.

 

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I was asked to preach this last Sunday at the BARN at 8000 Oldham road in Kansas city Missouri. It is our Home church and it’s actually an old horse barn converted first to a large living room to be somewhat of a house Church. No one wanted to multiply into other houses so it just naturally grew into an over-grown house Church. We/They/Us are very un-traditional group that are growing in relationship with Lord and each other. A very diverse church in ethnicity and religious backgrounds, which can be a challenge. Pastor Todd and Vicki Bennett have done a great job pulling culture and even nationality into the mix. The best off times are usually topped of with a huge meal together not unlike a real family.

Well I was raised southern Baptist, and my adult life consistes of a 20 year history of charismatic/pentecostal churches, yet fundamental still very close to my baptist up-bringing. When I get to speak I can always bet I am a little controversial. I have a strong influence from Leonard Ravenhill and it seems to come out no matter how soft and loving I try to be. I try to add a little humor to help the medicine go down.

The truth is, I always preach to myself, and if someone gets anything from it, that is a bonus. This last  week I had  been thinking about the end times. Thinking about the world wide massive move toward Sin as the Bible calls it. Not  just “all sex out-side of the bonds of marriage” but lust leading to pornography etc etc. Deception has all but swallowed up the church. Never hearing words like SIN, HELL, Repentance. Seldom see alter calls where Jesus is declared to be the only way to heaven.

It is time for change before it is to late. The message I preached was geared to see How Jesus dealt with the Sin issue by stopping it before it happens. HOW? By stopping it at temptation. The If’s of Temptation found in the book of Matthew. I listed a few below ranging from The Temptation of Christ with words “IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD” spoken by satan to the cross where the words are spoken by the crowd. In between, Jesus gives examples of some IF”S for us Christians they are a tough read. Look them over and let the Lord speak they are His own words. MARANATHA

 

Matt 4:1-11 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 And after He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and, they will support you with their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. ” 7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: You must not tempt the Lord your God.” 8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: You must worship the Lord your God, and you must serve Him only.” 11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

Matt 5: 27-30 27 “You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell!

Matt 6: 21:23 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is generous, your whole body will be full of light.But if your eye is stingy, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness–how deep is that darkness!

Matt 16:24-26 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. 26 What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?

Matt 18:6-9 6 “But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me–it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! 7 Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes. 8 If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!

Matt 24:21-24 21 For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place since the beginning of the world until now, and never will again! 22 Unless those days were cut short, no one would survive. But because of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 “If anyone tells you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it! 24 False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Matt 27:36-44 35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there. 37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing: 38 Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said, 42 “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now–if He wants Him! For He said, ‘I am God’s Son.’44 In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.

 

BOTTOM line, the answer to the Flesh and all it’s sin is to die to it, and walk in the Spirit. Paul gives the instructions below!! 

Galatians 5:13:26 13 For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another. 16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance–as I told you before–that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.  

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Overcompensation : excessive or exaggerated corrections

Like so may others I have lost  friends to automobile accidents. Several caused by something as simple as a tire dropping off the edge of the road. A sudden jerk of the steering wheel to gain control actually ended in the loss of all control. On the same measure I have a friend who  was worried about being over weight and because of being taunting a radical weight loss began.  The sad thing is they lost to much weight even to the point of serious illness.

We are trained from chilhood to correct our mistakes and you would think we would be better at it than we are. The truth is in many cases from our personal lives to our occupation is ridden with examples of us over correcting a problem.  In many cases what we end up with is far worse than what we started with. If you have ever seen a car that overcompensated a lane change whiping back and forth across the road unrtil either control is regained or a wreck occurs.  

Overcompensation : excessive or exaggerated corrections , Is that happening in America now?

Remember these definitions from school?

Inertia: means that bodies in motion, will stay in motion; bodies at rest, will stay at rest, unless acted on by an outside force.

Pendulum: Something hanging from a fixed point which, when pulled back and released, is free to swing down by force of gravity and then out and up because of its inertia.

pendulum

Well, anyone watching TV knows our nation is in motion politically and morally. It is now swinging left, and the right “in which I am a part” has had the ball in its court and has failed to make much moral impact on the nation. We have been guilty of lots of talk and NO action.

Example: We the right, are extremely against abortion yet we do not have the same extreme when it comes to adoption. I do know a wonderful lady in Texas who has adopted many, many children and has put her money where her mouth  is. I am sure there are many across the country just like her. My point is to say, we as conservative Christians as a whole lack compassion. Our nation is now overcompensating because of our lack.

Jesus was certainly against things, yet at the same time He had real answers, like sell everything you own and give it to the poor.

Matt 10:17-22  17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.     

 

 

 We have been given a treasure, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and have used it for personal gain. Political policy makers have in most part replaced compassion ministries, that should have flowed from the wealth of multimillion dollar churches. At what point will the Pendulum change in the church. Million dollar churches spend thousands of dollars on the poor.  “Pendulum Change” Hundreds of house churches and small relationship based churches spending millions of dollars for the gospel of Jesus Christ including compassion ministries. The Christian Empire Pendulum is about to swing, it will be painful, and it will be resisted but it will happen, as persecution is released in America like the rest of the world has experienced for many years.

We are entering the Christmas season, the time that used to mean family, giving, and Jesus, but now means net sales, profits and gains. It is now the season of depression and suicide for those who find themselves alone. Let me offer a suggestion this year say no to fear, unbelief, and doubt that God can take care of us and do what He does, GIVE. We say give until it hurts but honestly give until in feels good.

These are shaky times both morally and financially. My prayer is that we slow down see what God is doing in our midst. That we would respond correctly and not react or even over react to change which can be very dangerous. I am not interested in worldly change but a truly transformed heart.

Part Two is coming I’m calling it ” My Bottomless Bucket List “

 

 

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Matthew 15:12-14 12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?” 13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be rooted up, 14 so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”

I found the story below several years ago in USA today

Make sure Jesus is the one you are following don’t be counted with the wrong 450.

450 sheep jump to their deaths in Turkey Posted 7/8/2005 6:27 PM [USA Today]

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported.

In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a billowy white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher and the fall more cushioned, Aksam reported.

“There’s nothing we can do. They’re all wasted,” Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the herd, was quoted as saying by Aksam.

The estimated loss to families in the town of Gevas, located in Van province in eastern Turkey, tops $100,000, a significant amount of money in a country where average GDP per head is around $2,700.

“Every family had an average of 20 sheep,” Aksam quoted another villager, Abdullah Hazar as saying. “But now only a few families have sheep left. It’s going to be hard for us.”

The number 450 in scripture

I kings 18:19 Now therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

2 chron 8:18 And Hiram sent him ships by the hand of his servants, and servants who knew the sea. They went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and acquired four hundred and fifty talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.

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January 13th early in the morning my wife Dianna woke me up and told me “you sure are sleeping loud” I knew it was true I had been dreaming I was back in Africa and I had been dropped into the middle of devastation. I was working to get orphans into homes. It was overwhelming, one minute I was in Africa the next I would be back in Missouri. Then the dream slowed down into slow motion. I had been trying to get someone to explain to me what had brought about such devastation in Africa and how I ended up in the middle of it all.

There it was the longest train I had ever seen, it was a old coal burning train. It was pulling passenger cars and on each car was written Show Me Orphan Train. In the windows were little faces pressed against the glass. At this point I am crying looking into the faces of desperation to be loved, it was overwhelming. In the dream Linda a 20 year old Ugandan girl that is living with us while going to college pointed at the children and said “John it’s about them” I woke immediately with all kinds of emotions.

I thought about the meeting I have today with my friends from Alma Missouri introducing them to Gizaw my friend from Ethiopia who will be talking to us about the need for orphanages in Ethiopia. I thought about our friends John and Sharon who minister in Kenya that had just been at the house talking about the conditions there. I thought about my own experiences in Uganda, Egypt and Ethiopia.

Then I thought about a teaching that Regina Shank does on overcoming rejection and She tell’s stories about the orphan trains that would move from the east coast to the Midwest dropping off children to waiting families. Of course there are some bad stories about abuse and using the kids as slave labor. As a whole the Midwest provided homes, I myself have a great grandmother who was an orphan and was taken in to a wonderful family in Beatrice Nebraska.

Here is an advertisement below that appeared in the Troy Free Press Feb 11, 1910. Troy is in Lincoln County.

Wanted
HOMES for CHILDREN
A company of homeless children from the East will arrive at
TROY, MO., ON FRIDAY, FEB. 25th, 1910
These children are of various ages and of both sexes, having been thrown friendless upon the world. They come under the auspices of the Children’s Aid Society of New York. They are well disciplined, having come from the various orphanages. The citizens of this community are asked to assist the agent in finding good homes for them. Persons taking these children must be recommended by the local committee. They must treat the children in every way as a member of the family, sending them to school, church, Sabbath school and properly clothe them until they are 17 years old. The following well-known citizens have agreed to act as local committee to aid the agents in securing homes:
O. H. AVERY   E. B. WOOLFOLK   H. F. CHILDERS
WM. YOUNG   G. W. COLBERT
Applications must be made to, and endorsed by, the local committee.
An address will be made by the agent. Come and see the children and hear the address. Distribution will take place at the
Opera House, Friday, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m.
B. W. TICE and MISS A. L. HILL, Agents, 105 E. 22nd St., New York City. Rev. J. W. SWAN, University Place, Nebraska, Western Agent

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Orphan Train in Black & White – Diamond Someday “above”

Here are the words to a blue grass song: Orphan Train “below”

By (Utah Phillips)

Once I had a darling mother, though I can’t recall her name
I had a baby brother who I’ll never see again
For the Children’s Home is sending us out on the Orphan Train
To try to find someone to take us in

cho: Take us in, we have rode the Orphan Train
     Take us in, we need a home, we need a name
     Take us in, oh won’t you be our kin
     We are looking for someone to take us in

I have stolen from the poorbox, I’ve begged the city streets
I’ve swabbed the bars and poolrooms for a little bite to eat
In my daddy’s old green jacket and these rags upon my feet
I’ve been looking for someone to take me in

The Children’s Home they gathered us, me and all the rest
They taught us to sit quietly until the food was blest
Then they put us on the Orphan Train and sent us way out West
To try to find someone to take us in.

The farmers and their families they came from miles around
We lined up on the platform of the station in each town
And one by one we parted like some living lost-and-found
And one by one we all were taken in

Now there’s many a fine doctor or a teacher in your school
There’s many a good preacher who can teach the Golden Rule
Who started out an orphan sleeping in the freezing rain
Whose life began out on the Orphan Train.

Well I have to get going and get ready for Church, I just wanted to get the dream down before I forgot it. I hope it will stir you up to pray for those all over the world that have no place to call home and no one to call family. They need to know they have a father who has declared so from heaven. Some times we need to be reminded as the church we are His hands and Feet and more than that we are His Family with open arms and open eyes.

Psalms 68:4-6  Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds– his name is the Lord– and rejoice before him. 5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. 6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Part 2   https://riverflowsdown.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/show-me-orphan-train-dream-part-2/

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