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My wife Dianna and I went for a drive through northwest Missouri. We drove through the little town of Hamilton and stopped at an antique store and looked around. Just before leaving town we saw one car in front of the local Library. Inside the Library was a museum of their famous one time resident. We were impressed with all the achievements He had made over His life time. He has been a hero of mine for years yet I must say it is through other people’s eyes I formed that opinion.

As we drove off I remembered the multiple sermons I have heard on tithing and how J. C. Penny had always given the tithe and that had taken Him to the top of American business men. I had few other thoughts also.

DID YOU KNOW that J. C. did not stand for Jesus Christ?  He did not have more money than God 

DID YOU KNOW that J. C. stand for James Cash? That is James Cash Penny is that ironic prophetic or just humorous.

DID YOU KNOW James Cash Penny was a member of the Masonic Lodge? I was surprised that, a man that was so open with Giving to the Lord was so secret about things that went on behind the doors of the Blue Lodge. He must have forgot the old song “It is no secret what God can do. What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you. With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you. It is no secret what God can do.”    

One more thing I was surprised with the lack of pictures of Him helping widows and orphans and the poor of the earth…….  He himself went through the great depression but going through it as a millionaire looks different than if He would have still been running the little store in Hamilton. Take a closer look and you’ll find at the age of 55 he lost it all. He had lost His first wife to Pneumonia in 1910 and His friend Francis Burgette Short, suggested that philanthropy might be a way to ease his pain. In 1924 He lost His second wife. In the year that followed, he established the J. C. Penney Foundation in His wife Mary’s memory. The Foundation aided such groups as adoption agencies, homeless shelters, youth clubs, vocational schools, libraries, family guidance centers, missionary projects, peace organizations, and health clinics. The combination of His strong belief in the Golden Rule and giving credit during the great depression thinking He would eventually be paid back. The depression was so great that His kindness bankrupted Him but the principal is godly and He rebuilt the empire and continued living and giving by the golden rule.

Serving the poor and needy is great but serving them to ease your pain is not serving them but you. Whether we serve from gilt or pain it can never compare to serving out of Love. J. C. was for sure a loving man, but I ponder what the lasting effects of His life could have been had He refused to join the lodge and used His philanthropies from a healed heart fully given to serving completely from the motive of LOVE.

In an hour of church history when Marketplace Christianity is so vital let us learn these lessons.

The Golden Rule is great but complete obedience greater 

Serve out of love not pain. If you are consumed by loss and pain let Jesus heal you up and let servitude flow from there.

Do not compromise by joining organizations or brotherhoods to move up the business ladder if you are, its not to late, the oath can be broken in Jesus name your neck and bowels are safe. You then can serve with bowels of mercy.  

KJV Col 3 12-17 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity [LOVE], which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

from verse 14 Charity strongs #26 NOUN ajgavph = Agape   websters 1607 Late Latin, from Greek agapē, literally, love

Below is a short Biography of the Life of J. C. Penny

J.C. Penney, real name James Cash Penney, Jr. He was born in Caldwell County, Missouri; He was the son of James Cash Penney, Sr., a primitive Baptist minister, and Mary Frances Paxton. J C was three years old when his family moved to Hamilton Missouri.

Penney graduated from Hamilton Public High School in 1893. He worked the family farm for couple years until going to work for a local Hamilton merchant. The dry goods store was called J.M. Hale & Bros. Penney left Missouri for the drier climate of Colorado. In 1898, he purchased a shop in Longmont. It failed when He did not lower His moral standard on liquor. He then went to work at the Golden Rule Store, a Longmont dry goods and clothing store. They became a buying syndication buying larger quantities giving the ability to pass on lower prices. He eventually became a partner in the store. The small beginning became the world famous J. C. Penny Retail chain.

During the 1920s they began developing their own brand. By 1929 they had become the largest dry goods retailer in America. Connected to their success was the fact they offered profit-sharing contracts with their managers. Because He shared His wealth J. C. became known as “The Man with a Thousand Partners.” J. C. lived by the golden rule after retirement He stayed a vital part of the business but began to speak and write about His Christian faith and moral principles that took Him to His destiny. He retired and used His money and influence in His new life of philanthropy.

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There has been a stone seal with one of the names listed as families found in the book of Nehemiah. It was found in an excavation site in the old city of David just at the edge of present Jerusalem.The black stone seal is 2500 years old, “Temech” is engraved on it. Archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar who is in charge of the dig has a report in the Jerusalem post click this link to view the article and see the picture of the stone  http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1200475897717

below you will read in the Book of Nehemiah, that the Temechfamily in the First Temple era and as prophesied they went into Babylon in exile in 586 BCE.The account

Nehemiah 7:6 These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;

Nehemiah 7:55  The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Tamah,

Tamah =  TemechStrong’s Number:   08547 Tamah or Thamah = “laughter”  a head of a family of temple slaves who returned from exile with Zerubbabel

Also found in Ezra 2:53 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah,

I believe this to be a prophetic warning SIGN, if you visit the Jerusalem Post and view the picture of the black seal you will see the images perfectly. In the article you read about the image ” A crescent moon, the symbol of the chief Babylonian god Sin, appears on the top of the altar.”

Why do I call it prophetic because the Babylonian exile deals with Israel’s right to the Land. God says “my paraphrase” “be disobedient I will drive you into the nations return to me and I will return you to the Land”. Our US President who has taken military control of Babylon is saying to Israel give up land. I say God is the one gives or takes away land from Israel and we have no business interfering with that. God in 1948 begin to bring Israel back to its land. The seal that was found was of the Babylonian god SIN and it has been uncovered and is now seen clearly.

Numbers 32:20-23 20And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the LORD to war, 21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the LORD, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him, 22 And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. 23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

 The Bible is Historically accurate and Archeology is proving that day by day.

Wake up Before the Shake Up  

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Missouri Governor Charles Henry Hardin: Perhaps no better example of the governor’s style of leadership occurred than when the state faced the devastation of the 1875 grasshopper plague. Thousands of Missouri farmers, saw their crops eaten away by insects. State Entomologist C. V. Riley, in a letter of May 18, 1875, urged the governor to at least promote the killing of the grasshoppers by authorizing a bounty for them: “Have you not power to offer a small premium on the part of the State for every bushel of young grasshoppers destroyed? Such a premium would be a powerful incentive to the more destitute of the people in those districts to destroy the pests and thus avert future injury; and, at the same time give them the means of earning a living until the danger is past.”
Hardin, however, was unwilling to spend any tax money for such a venture, and he responded by proclaiming June 3 “a day of fasting and prayer that Almighty God may be invoked to remove from our midst these impending calamities, and to grant instead the blessings of abundance and plenty.” No doubt Hardin felt vindicated in his approach when, soon after, the grasshoppers left the state and headed north to Iowa.

Ok, that is a good start, when is the last time your heard of one of our nations governors call a day of fasting and prayer. That’s history do a google search or go to to your local library and you will find it is true.

 Show me bible prophecy:

Show me state, show me what? Well it comes from us as a people being stubborn as a Missouri mule not believing anything but, it must be proven. Listen I am Missouri to the core born in Independence in 1961. I still recall my father telling me Harry S Truman used to drive by our house on Truman road. Old Harry from Missouri had that buck stops here show me attitude. He himself was used by God to help the Jews return to Israel and become a nation after 2000 years of not being one.

“The Man From Missouri” Alfred Steinberg writes: The aftermath was, of course, war between the Arabs and Jews. But the new nation held its own. A year later, the Chief Rabbi of Israel… wanted to meet Truman and thank him. [Dave] Niles recalled:”Rabbi Herzog told Truman,”God put you in your mother’s womb so you would be the instrument to bring about the rebirth of Israel after two thousand years.” I thought he was overdoing things, but when I looked over at the President, tears were running down his checks.”

While all these things are true. It is the biblical show me I want to address.

Exodus 33:12-23
12 Moses said to the LORD, “See, thou sayest to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found favor in thy sight, show me now thy ways, that I may know thee and find favor in thy sight. Consider too that this nation is thy people.” 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If thy presence will not go with me, do not carry us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in thy sight, I and thy people? Is it not in thy going with us, so that we are distinct, I and thy people, from all other people that are upon the face of the earth?” 17 And the LORD said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “I pray thee, show me thy glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand upon the rock; 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; 23 then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”

Many people including myself believe that Missouri has a destiny to be a place where people come with the “I can not go on with out you God” attitude. The Lord replies with a “I will show you my glory” even as He did Moses, when we take the posture of humility that He did. We are known as a family vacation state with many lakes, caves, bike trails and of course theme parks. They come burdened down and leave exhilarated. Here in Kansas City there is a place called International House of Prayer IHOP. We locals have a saying “dieing to live in Kansas city” people from all over the world come here to experience 24 hour prayer. What actually happens is people come with all their issue and the Lord says this one thing

Galations 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

People either find out to see the Glory of the Lord you have to die, “die to self” or say no I have to much to live for and go on about their busy lives. I have been hanging around here most of my adult life and I find the more I let the Lord deal with kill my evil desires lust pride etc. the more I see His Glory.

Governor Hardin saw the need for our state to pray and fast yet while he is dead his call is still bearing fruit. BELIEVE it or NOT. Harry S Truman is dead and just a few miles away from his old home is a place that is devoted to 24 hour prayer and much of it is for Israel and God end time purposes. I myself live about 2 miles from Truman’s boy hood home and I think about him often. This is what I think, Truman was just a man he was not perfect in fact he was involved in the masonic lodge in all their secrets and who knows what else but this I know, God used Him. I meet Truman’s niece Mary Truman Gracey and she personally told me Truman firmly believe God had raised him up to help establish Israel as a nation.

My prayer is that our state would show the Jewish people the complete revelation of the glory of God that is no longer hidden behind a Vail but can be seen in the person of Jesus, Yeshua. Unlike the message of some popular preachers Jesus was the messiah and is the messiah and one day ALL ISRAEL will know it. God Bless Israel with the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to Know Him. Amen

I had the privilege to Travel with Regina Shank of Carthage Missouri to a handful of nations and have seen God’s hand move in supernatural ways. It is here in Missouri that I saw Regina who has been the leader of State wide prayer for several National Ministries touch the historic destiny of Missouri. I watched and participated as groups went to the literal places in the state and nation where monstrosities had previously happened. At those geographic locations extensive prayer and repentance for the sins of our forefathers was given. There is a weight that lifts as we stand in gap an own the sin of the Nation and put our trust in God that he is good and can heal our Land. We are in an hour where we desperately need God to intervene.

From the heart of the nation, the Bible belt, the bread basket, the land we call Missouri, we Love Jesus, yes we do, we love Jesus, how about You?      SHOW ME!

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