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I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel
October 23, 2018, 12:18 pm
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In the summer of 386, a young man wept in the backyard of a friend. He knew that his life of sin and rebellion against God was killing him, leaving him empty; but he just couldn’t find the strength to make a final, real decision for Jesus Christ. As he sat, he heard some children playing a game and they called out to each other these words: “Take up and read! Take up and read!” Thinking God had a message to him through the words of the children, he picked up a scroll laying nearby opened it and began to read: not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires (Rom_13:13-14). He didn’t read any further; he didn’t have to. Through the power of God’s word, Augustine had the faith to entrust his whole life to Jesus Christ at that moment.
Rom 1:1 NKJV  Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.

In this letter of Paul to the Church at Rome, there is a tremendous concentration on God, unlike other letters that Paul wrote, this one is all about God and what God wants for the Church. The word God appears 153 times in this letter, Christ appears only 65 times, this letter has much to do with what God wants from you and I today, as much as it did for the Church of Paul’s day.
Paul was concerned about being able to get to Rome when he wrote this letter. He was in Corinth and getting ready to go to Jerusalem and had been warned of the trials he would suffer there.

Paul now introduces his gospel message to the Church at Rome.
Rom 1:2-6 NKJV  which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,  (3)  concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,  (4)  and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.  (5)  Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,  (6)  among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

Paul was not bringing something new, this gospel was from the very beginning God’s message to the world, they just got tied up with the law, and forgot the rest of the word that God had given them through the prophets. Sounds like today, people always looking for the next new thing. Right now people are looking to the new I Pad, and I Phone and I Watch, or the newest version of Android or Windows, on and on. Here is just one prophets word that spoke of how God wanted his people to be in the world. Hab 2:4 NKJV  “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.” These are things that had been forgotten in the world that Paul lived in.

He was a Pharisee which translated means one set apart. He had been set apart to the law, now he was set apart for the gospel, the good news of God’s salvation for all people everywhere.

Paul points out that His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is God in that he uses a term in the Greek which is translated Yahweh, which is the name of God. Next in verse 5 we see that Paul in speaking of his own ministry says: “we have received grace and apostleship”. First and foremost, this gave Paul and those who followed him obedience to the faith, and therefore ability to deliver to all the world the word of the Lord God which brings eternal life.

In verse 6 we come to the crux of the matter, you and I are the called of Christ, we are the Church today, just as those in Rome were the Church of Paul’s day. Now what does that mean for you and I today? First and foremost it means salvation, it means we are now children of God through the grace of God in the death and resurrection of Christ.
Now, what do we do with our salvation? Rom 1:16-17 NKJV  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  (17)  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH’.” This verse Romans 1:17 struck a Monk right in his heart: “In August of 1513, a monk lectured on the book of Psalms in a seminary, but his inner life was nothing but turmoil. In his studies, he came across Psa_31:1 : In Thy righteousness deliver me. The passage confused him; how could God’s righteousness do anything but condemn him to Hell as a righteous punishment for his sins? Luther kept thinking about Rom_1:17, which says that in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live” (Hab_2:4). The monk went on to say: “Night and day I pondered until . . . I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby, through grace and sheer mercy, he justifies us by faith. Therefore I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise . . . This passage of Paul became to me a gateway into heaven.” Martin Luther was born again, and the reformation began in his heart.”

Luther believed in the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ and the salvation that comes through believing in him, and his righteousness is in us through the person of the Holy Spirit which is given when we confess our sin and ask Jesus to cleanse us and make us new. That message is still true today, it is the good news that we have received in our lives today. Yet our friends and neighbors around us, may not believe and they cannot be saved if they do not believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we who have been called, we who have answered the call and become sons and daughters of almighty God through his Mercy and grace, are called to deliver the gospel to those who need to hear it. Not that we can save anybody, but that the gospel will bring folks into the presence of God and he will open their hearts and minds to be saved. The person who has come into that place where they can do 1 of 2 things. Accept Jesus Christ as Lord, or say no and continue on to hell.

In May of 1738, a failed minister and missionary went unwillingly to a small Bible study where someone read aloud from Martin Luther’s commentary on Romans. As the failed missionary said later: “while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for my salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken my sins away, even mine.” John Wesley was saved that night in London. Wesley went on to become an evangelist who preached the gospel outside and inside, sometimes from a rock in a quarry, and sometimes from the pulpit in a church.

No matter where he went he preached, he was pelted with rotten tomatoes, and rocks, but he would not shut up. Many souls were saved by John Wesley and his preaching, because his soul belonged to God and no longer to a church or a belief system other than the belief that Jesus was God and Lord, and his grace was sufficient for salvation. If your heart has been warmed, if you have received the grace and mercy of God then you too have a calling, just as Wesley, Augustine, and Luther.

All who have become followers of the way of Christ, have also the call upon them to reach out to others. Jesus told his followers that they were to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria and in all the world. We live in that part of the world that he was talking about and we have the calling upon our lives to deliver the gospel to others that they too might be saved.

Spurgeon had this to say:
“I do not suppose that Paul guessed that he would be sent there at the government expense, but he was. The Roman Empire had to find a ship for him, and a fit escort for him, too; and he entered the city as an ambassador in bonds. When our hearts are set on a thing, and we pray for it, God may grant us the blessing; but, it may be, in a way that we never looked for. You shall go to Rome, Paul; but you shall go in chains.”

Our way may be easy, or it may be difficult, but as long as it is what God has called us to, we will have what we need to endure. Paul was called to the task of delivering the word no matter his circumstance. Today we find many who are doing likewise. Many of them have died, many have been imprisoned and tortured, yet, lived to tell the tale.

We in the United States are still able to worship and pray and read our Bibles, yet, there are signs that this is coming upon tough times, that our churches and our freedoms, may be lost as the battles continue in our nation. More and more people have decided that God is not real, that God is just a figment of our imagination and is no longer needed in our nation. One of our political parties even voted to take God out of their party platform. They did put him back, but I wonder for how long.

Satan is alive and well in this nation as well as in the world, right now he is working to destroy Christianity and Judaism. There is a work afoot that wishes to make a one world religion, under the auspices of the U.N. Or some other world government. There are plenty of people who relish this oncoming change in our nation and world. We see our institutions crumbling under the onslaught of Socialism, it has permeated our institutions of higher learning, and now our governmental institutions. Hatred for all things in disagreement with this idea is running rampant in many quarters.

Paul in his letter, tells the people of Rome that God has given the sinners who refuse to repent, over to their sin. It has taken a long time to become obvious but it is now running rampant in our nation. Pornography, same sex marriage, human trafficking, and other things that were unthinkable just 50 years ago. Now we have this caravan of people from central America, stopped for now at the southern Border of Mexico, but there are 4 or 5 thousand of these people, and the country they just passed through, Guatemala reports that they arrested 150 Isis terrorists in the crowds apparently heading for the U. S. A.

This does not bode well for Mexico or ourselves if they break through and get here on our Southern Border will there be other caravans to follow? Satan is working to destroy not to build up. But we serve a risen Lord, God who is creator and sustainer.

We are called to make him known to our time and our place. Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel, let us speak of our love of God and of his love for us, of his grace and mercy. Of his healing power to heal our souls and our lives if we will but allow him to come in to our lives and help us to be all we can be in his grace.

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Love one another
May 21, 2018, 2:31 pm
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I find it exceedingly interesting to see the hatred in our society, even many so-called Christian leaders are becoming hateful persons. Some even going so far as to curse other leaders in other denominations for confessing that the Bible is the one book that all people should read because it tells the truth about relationships. There are two wonderful passages in the Bible that more people do need to read, especially in light of the horrific things that are happening in our world today.

Here is the first: Acts 2:42-46 ESV  And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  (43)  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  (44)  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  (45)  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  (46)  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,

The next is Jesus speaking to a lawyer/teacher of the Scriptures:
Luke 10:25-27 ESV  And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  (26)  He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”  (27)  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus then says: Luke 10:28  And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” 

I grew up in an integrated neighborhood in New York City, we never worried about ethnicity, we were more concerned about how well you could play stickball, baseball, football, etc. It made no difference what your color or national origin was we were all friends. We played games, we went to school together, and we really enjoyed being with each other. Today, it seems that we have become almost tribal in the way we live and work. The hatred that is now rampant in our streets is a disgrace, this nation was built on certain principles. We all wanted to succeed in life but we also wanted our friends to succeed as well. Now it seems we want those others to fail at life, we even work hard to make sure they will fail.

I remember when my brother came home from the Army, he was told that he was only 10% disabled so he would not be eligible for any benefits other than for that bad hand. He went to our congressperson, a Democrat and that guy went to bat for him and he was upped to 25% disabled, due to the military screwing up his surgery. Later we found out he was also exposed to Agent Orange, but that is a whole different topic. The point is that in those days our politicians worked for us, and it made no difference whether you voted for them or not. We all lived in the same country and we needed that country to be united. We were one people, not many different people living in the same country.

Today it seems we are tribes living in the same country but with different ideas about who we are and whether we want to associate with one another. I see it in many ways as I go through my daily routines. I hear the terrible things said by Democrats about our President, I hear the terrible things said about Christian beliefs by TV personalities and of course I hear that we cannot take money away from Planned Parenthood because they use it for family planning. I’m sorry if I don’t believe that, I note that the only thing they do these days is abortions. I have heard that only one groups lives matter, yet abortions are decimating the Black Community and I have heard none of them saying that those lives matter.

I hear people blaming the NRA for school shootings, yet the NRA wants to insure that our children are protected, not killed. I hear people saying that our children must learn about sex at school, and that some of what they are learning is perversion of the action rather than telling the truth about how disease is spread in the very activity that is talked about. I have read about a school board who wants to teach our kids that there is no such thing as biological sex. In other words we are all born neutral and get to choose our own sex as we get older. I seem to remember reading that all human life has sprung from one female person. That there must be a male and female to produce human children. Oh and of course there is that DNA thing that tells your body what goes where, and what sex you are at birth.

I notice these people running around looking very tribal, tattoos and nose rings, diamond studs through their lips, and other strange things. I note that the “children” are now running the schools, they must be since they decided to go out and protest about guns all across the country, and no one says anything against this because you can’t say anything against a legitimate grievance that the “children” have. I have placed the word children in quotes simply because they are being used by the socialists in our society, they think that they know what they are talking about, but the truth is they have been indoctrinated by the socialists who are running our education system from Kindergarten through University.

The President talks about making America Great Again, but the truth is it is a long and hard climb for the country to escape from the slime that the socialists have made of our nation. The Democrats have become the Socialist Party, the Republicans are still trying to figure out who they are, conservative, liberal, or somewhere else on the spectrum. Neither of them care one whit about the Constitution upon which this nation was formed, they have forgotten we are not a Democracy we are a Constitutional Republic, that our laws are built from the knowledge of the founders who believed in the Christian faith and the ideals that were a part of that faith. Both groups want one thing and that is power.

Well this is a bit longer than I thought it would be, but I am tired of the hatred and the foolishness of our country. We are men and women, we need to learn once more to respect each other and to love one another, so that we may live in peace and harmony and so we will then be able to Make our Nation Great again, and keep it that way.

WAKE UP AMERICA, time is short, and there is very little time left to find the right path to take.

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Repeal and Replace?
June 27, 2017, 6:59 pm
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For seven years the Republicans have been asking voters to give them the House and Senate so they could repeal and replace Obamacare, then they said they needed the Presidency as well. Now they have all three, and when did they start working to repeal and replace Obamacare? This year after the President was inaugurated, they never seriously had anything that would repeal or replace Obamacare, it was all a shell game.

Now they have been called on their words, and what has happened, first the House with the weak House speaker, in his years in the House he has accomplished nothing, and his speakership is the same tired old nothing. Of course once the Freedom Caucus got to work they squeaked a bill through the House and sent it to the Senate, where it was dismissed by the Lords of the Senate, and they FINALLY began to work on their own version of repeal and replace. Shades of the House of Representatives, now the leadership (and I use the term derisively) had to pull their bill because they figured out they did not have the votes!

It is a good thing for McConnell and Ryan they are not on the Apprentice -Trump can’t say YOU’RE FIRED! and bring in someone else to lead in both houses. I do not understand why they want to continue to control our health care anyway, why not repeal all the garbage that Obamacare put in place, return health care to the people and the doctors to work out. I cannot find one word in the Constitution that leads me to think that the Federal Government has any role to play in health care for the nation. Of course I cannot see where they have any role in Education either, that was put in place to appease some power lobby that helped elect what used to be considered the worst President of all time, Jimmy Carter. He is the one who did that, and none of the executives have had the guts to repeal that mess either.

It is past time for the federal government to get out of our lives and our pockets and get back to what the Constitution says they have the authority to actually do. We in the Constitution Party believe in limited government. Limited by the Constitution, any law that does not meet muster under the Constitution is illegal and needs to be repealed. Of course we also have cowards and democrats on the SCOTUS, just look at the contortions the Court took in order to saddle us with Obamacare. Justice(?) Roberts voted to keep this abortion of a law, by turning a fine into a tax so that it would not kill the entire bill.

The truth is we are ruled by 9 people in robes, if it was 8 I would call it an oligarchy, in cahoots with the life time power mongers in the bureaucracy, un-elected scoundrels who cannot be fired, and who are the actual law makers in Washington, since the legislators gave up their duty to legislate and gave it over to the bureaucracy to make rules which become laws. We the people then pay the price for a government run amok, I wonder how many of these so-called legislators actually have read the Constitution of the United States which they have sworn to protect and defend.

Join me, vote Constitution Party, Join the Party, we need those of you who are true patriots. Those of you who have read the Constitution and who understand how much of our lives have been taken over by the double dealing scoundrels in Washington D. C. and want to change the country back to the Republic it was founded to be.

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Unpopular Truth
October 29, 2013, 2:20 pm
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Government has no business in Charity yet Billions of dollars are given to people and called entitlements. Walter Williams has written an excellent piece in regard to this issue. The truth is that our government is giving more handouts than ever before. There are more people on various forms of welfare than are actually working at full-time jobs, yet our President continues to talk about spending even more.

The dictionary defines entitlement as: “to have the right to get or receive something.” This usually means, I have the right to go into my house, which I paid for. I have the right to drive my car, I have the right to use my equipment. Since I own the item it is mine to use, but the government says that people are entitled to my money so they steal it from me to give it to others. Of course they call it taxation, and threaten me with jail or fines or both if I don’t pay those taxes. After taking that money from me, they then give it to others, in the form of Food stamps, welfare and other “entitlements”. That is the “Robin Hood” mentality, the story of Robin Hood was that he stole from the rich to give to the poor. He was fighting against the governing class who were stealing from everybody to give to themselves, much like our career politicians today. Take a look at the obscene salaries of these men and women, and the fact that they are exempted from having to live under the same laws that we live under.

This government is forcing us to buy insurance, whether we think we need it or not, if we don’t buy their insurance, we will be fined, although the oligarchy called the Supreme Court calls it a tax, it is a fine pure and simple. Of course this is an unpopular truth, simply because all the people who are receiving this government largesse are unwilling to give it up. I remember when charity was something that was handled by the Churches in our country, not by the government. Those who needed a helping hand got one, today, people work the system and get handouts like they were nothing, from the government. politicians promise the world to people and get elected and then deliver as much money as they can so they will be re-elected again and again. This system cannot sustain itself, even the CBO has said that entitlement spending (welfare) will exceed tax income within the next 30 years. That means no Army, Navy nothing but welfare.

Something has to change, now, not later or our nation will not be able to defend herself against enemies foreign or domestic long before spending passes the point of no return. Someone must stand up and say, NO MORE! Our political class will not do so, that I can assure you. They have become used to the perks that they enjoy, and are no longer willing to look at what must be done in order to insure our national survival. In ancient Rome the political class, gave the people bread and circuses, including killing those who were considered enemies of the ruling class, as well as men fighting animals to the death. Today we don’t have those things, we do have of course Football, Soccer, Baseball and Hockey to entertain us and to keep us from thinking too much about what our government is doing to our nation.

Remember that President Obama promised to radically change our nation, he is well on the way to doing so, but the folks don’t see it, or don’t want to see it as long as the money keeps rolling in. For those who are losing their jobs, their health insurance, and their families, they see what is happening, but the government doesn’t care to change its way. In a few more years, those welfare checks, those food stamps and the other benefits will begin to shrink as well. Then it will be too late to do anything about it, there will have been too many years of living on credit, too many years of dependency on government largesse, and unfortunately, many will suffer and die because of this government which fundamentally changed the American Dream into the American Nightmare.

Yes this is not a popular thing, it is an unpopular truth, but it is nonetheless the truth. Will you continue down the road? Will you fight to return this country to the Constitutional Republic that our founders envisioned or will this shining city on the hill, turn into a much bigger version of Detroit. What do you think?

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Hate doesn’t quit
November 25, 2012, 12:55 pm
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Read a column today about the latest hate speech from the Democrats. It seems that the Republicans in the house who signed the letter about Ambassador Rice are RACISTS. You see they are not opposed to Susan Rice because she lied and obfuscated about the death of 4 people in Benghazi, one of them was our Ambassador. No they said that it was because she was a black woman. You can read Bernard Goldberg’s column here.

I really was hoping that now that the election is over and the President has been re-elected the hate speech would end. Sorry, but that is not to be, because these folks want to destroy anyone who gets in the way of what they want. Well sorry you bigoted Democrats but here is the truth. SHE LIED about people being killed in Benghazi, 5 news shows on one Sunday morning. She knew the facts, so did the White House, but still they sent her out to lie about what happened in Libya, because she was the President’s protector on that day. It is a shame that these Democrats can’t argue on the facts of the matter so they call names and try to defeat them by stating hateful lies. That does seem to be the modus operandi these days in Washington D. C..