A Day Of Thanksgiving

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The Flag Was Still There

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Be Warned, All Rulers, Small to Great


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Be warned, rulers. You do not have the right to do as you think; you have the duty to do as God thinks. Your ideas of right and wrong are nothing compared to His revealed will.

Political science, or the rules of politics, is taught in Proverbs. Here King Solomon warned civil rulers not to defend or exonerate the wicked. Such travesty of justice will cause the citizens of that nation and other nations as well to despise such a corrupt ruler.

The preceding context is important, “It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment” (Pr 24:23). Those in power must not have respect of persons, which is to alter judgment of right and wrong based on who is involved rather than the merits of the case.

The following context provides a contrast, “But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them” (Pr 24:25). Rulers that condemn the wicked are the delight of citizens and nations, and blessings and favor will accrue to such men.

Absolute right and wrong exists, contrary to what some think. Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” As an educated Roman, he was ignorant of absolute truth, and there is less knowledge of it today. Not only does it exist, but all men will answer for it (Ec 12:13-14).

The general rule is that the more education a man has the less knowledge of truth he will have. A liberal arts education is filled with man’s thinking against God’s revealed will so there is little chance for truth to survive in the minds of those pursuing such a degree.

The violation of this proverb occurs on every side. Can you see it? There is no challenge to know what governments are legislating, adjudicating, and enforcing today, for news media of all sorts generally make it very public as soon as it occurs.

However, God’s word must be studied to know His will. Unless you know the Bible, you will not know right from wrong as defined by God. You will not recognize when justice, truth, or wisdom is corrupted. You will be vulnerable to corrupting them yourself. Learn truth, even if there is some grief with true knowledge, as Solomon admitted (Eccl 1:18).

Each ruler, from parent to president, should remember that God created his office and put him in it, so he owes Him his strictest obedience in each decision. He was at his mother’s breast just a few days ago with no understanding at all, and now he sits on one of the thrones of judgment, so he should humbly and fully submit to what God has written.

Criminals are declared righteous today that are child murderers (abortionists), sodomites (same-sex marriages), extortioners (labor unions), liars (evolution teachers), perverts (transsexuals), deserters (divorced persons), pagans (cremators), fornicators (casual sex), adulterers (having an affair), false teachers (popular pastors), swindlers (televangelists), sluggards (welfare abusers), wasters (spenders), rebels (disobeying parents), narcissists (self-esteem), braggarts (self-confidence), blasphemers (religious jokes), tattlers (gossip).

Before you can expect your government to legislate, adjudicate, or enforce true justice, you must learn to do it yourself. In fact, before you can even pray for a righteous government, you need to be living righteously according to God’s word, for it is only the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man that accomplishes anything (James 5:16).

A day of judgment is coming soon when pure justice and absolute truth will be applied to all men. God has appointed the Lord Jesus Christ to be this Judge, and every man, woman, and child will give an account of their lives to Him. There will be no respect of persons, and you will not talk your way out of anything. All sinners will be cast into the lake of fire, except for those that God wrote in the book of life (Rev 20:11-15).

Daily Proverbs

The Good News-Your Salvation is From God through Christ Jesus

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Whats the Problem?

Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog:

By Nonie Darwish-(Wikipedia)(Arabic: نوني درويش‎; born 1949)[1][2] is an Egyptian-American human rights activist and critic of Islam, and founder of Arabs for Israel, and is Director of Former Muslims United. She is the author of three books: Now They Call Me Infidel; Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law, and The Devil We Don’t Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East. Darwish’s speech topics cover human rights, with emphasis on women’s rights and minority rights in the Middle East. Born in Egypt, Darwish is the daughter of an Egyptian Army lieutenant general, who was called a “shahid” by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser,[3] after being killed in a targeted killing by the Israel Defense Forces in 1956. Darwish blames “the Middle Eastern Islamic culture and the propaganda of hatred…

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Head-In-Sand, the Trojan Horse is Upon You!




The Liberal Multiculturalists of America—>head-in-sand


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L’horreur (The Horror)


FTA: I refuse to call this slaughterhouse gang ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State because it has no state and no country recognizes or legitimizes it. It is Daesh. It is a band of raping, pillaging, murderous thugs hellbent on returning the world to 7th century butchery. The group claims it was behind the terrorist attacks in Paris.

A Mad Daesh


French president declares state of emergency, closes borders

Obama: Those that think they can terrorize France are wrong

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Veterans’ Day 2015


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The Transcendent Excellency of Divine Wisdom

(James Smith, “Food for Hungry Souls”)

“For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.
She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly!”
Proverbs 3:14-18

Men desire health–but bodily health is only for a time.
Divine wisdom gives perpetual health, both of body and soul.

Men desire wealth–but riches are not forever.
Divine wisdom gives unsearchable riches–enduring riches!

Men desire life–but human life is brief.
Divine wisdom gives everlasting life, and life in perfection and interminable blessedness.

Men desire honor–but earthly honor is fading.
Divine wisdom confers the highest honors, associating us in the nearest relation with God, who is the source of all real honor.

Men desire pleasure–but what does earthly pleasure amount to?
Divine wisdom leads . . .
to rivers of pleasure,
to oceans of joy,
to fountains of purest delight!

Men desire fame–but fame among sinners, is but a puff of noisy breath.
Divine wisdom makes us famous, if not on earth–in Heaven; if not in time–in eternity!

If therefore we would possess health and wealth;
if we would live forever, and live forever in honor;
if we would enjoy endless pleasure, and shine among God’s worthies
–then we must get wisdom! It is transcendently excellent, for all the world would not purchase it–though God freely gives it! Nor would the possession of the whole world make up for the loss of it–if we neglect and despise it. Nor would a world, or ten thousand worlds, make a man half so happy!

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom!” Proverbs 4:7

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Sad, But True


From the comment line of this post, False Teachers  They Walk Among Us: Unmasking the Deceivers in the Pulpits

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Of Eternal value

Originally posted on A Joyous Rejoicing! :

Christ constantly elevated the value of people. And with good reason. People are the only things that will last for eternity.

Everything else stops at the border.

~Joseph M. Stowell, pg 103, Eternity (Reclaiming a Passion for What Endures)

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Preview Of A Coming Attraction

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Much of the discussion about Israel in the end times revolves around the battle of Ezekiel 38-39. So let me start by offering my opinion as to why Ezekiel’s prophecy is not on the verge of fulfillment and cannot be the next battle on Israel’s horizon.

I think three verses from Ezekiel 38 support my conclusion.

(Ezek. 38:8) After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.

(Ezek. 38:11)You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.”

(Ezek. 38:14)“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it?”

This is not the case today. By no standard of measure can Israel be described as living in peace. They are surrounded by enemies sworn to their destruction. They are under constant threat of attack, and have had to build a giant wall along their border to protect themselves. On any given day they could wake up to sirens and a barrage of rockets, and instead of being times when they can relax with family and friends their holidays are especially dangerous. They know that the day they let down their guard could be the day their enemies strike. They learned this in the fall of 1973 when for one of the few times in their history they did let down their guard and were almost overrun. So what will it take for these three verses in Ezekiel to become effective?

For Israel to believe that they are living in peace and are not subject to attack first requires the belief that they have nothing to fear from their next door neighbors. These neighbors are currently being used by Israel’s greater enemies to keep Israel on the brink of war. They will have to be neutralized to create the illusion of peace.

Therefore I don’t think the phrase “and the many nations with you” from Ezekiel 38:6 can be used to include them, as some commentators insist. They say this is a “catch-all” phrase that is meant to include Lebanon, Hezbollah, the Palestinians, Hamas, and others, but I don’t buy it for several reasons.

First, the names listed in Psalm 83 all have their counterparts in our time. Second, no battle like this has ever happened, and third, some of the very words written there have been publicly proclaimed by Israel’s current enemies.

A partial fulfillment may be in view in 2 Chron. 20 which describes Moab, Ammon, and parts of Edom invading Judah during King Jehosophat’s reign (872-848 BC).  Interestingly, Jahaziel, a Levite who prophesied Judah’s victory in that battle was a descendant of Asaph, who wrote Psalm 83.  Applying one of His favorite tactics, the Lord set Israel’s enemies against each other and they defeated themselves. (Ezekiel 38:21 tells of a future use of this same tactic.)

But the Battle of 2 Chron. 20 doesn’t fully meet the requirements of Psalm 83, having many fewer antagonists, so on that basis we can assume it was a partial fulfillment at best and the ultimate fulfillment is still in the future, perhaps the very near future. If so, it could be the bridge between the current state of affairs in Israel and the conditions necessary for the Battle of Ezekiel 38 to happen.

Asaph, the author of Psalm 83, was a Levite, and one of the chief musicians during the time of King David. (1 Chron. 16:5). Today we might call him a minister of music. 2 Chron. 29:30 tells us he was also a “seer”. That means he had visions of the future. The Hebrew word translated “seer” comes from a root that means “to prophesy”. This lends credence to the view that Psalm 83 is a prophecy, perhaps resulting from one of Asaph’s visions.  Let’s read it.

Psalm 83

O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.

“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you- the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot. (Ps. 83:1-8)

The language is out of today’s headlines and the countries lined up against Israel in this Psalm inhabited the lands of Israel’s current neighbors.

Edom was in land called the an-Nafud desert today. It stretches across Northern Saudi Arabia, southern Jordan, southern Israel, and into the Sinai peninsula.

Moab and Ammon were part of today’s Jordan, represented by the Palestinians.

(The same process that led to the rebirth of Israel as the Jewish homeland also created Jordan as the Palestinian homeland. Today about 1/3 of the people living in Jordan identify themselves as Palestinians. Personally, I don’t believe that Jordan will be officially involved. But I don’t think the government will prevent their Palestinian population from joining the attack.)

Some have tried to link the Hagrites to Egypt, saying they were the descendants of Hagar.  Remember, she was the Egyptian slave woman Abraham and Sarah acquired there who became the mother of Ishmael (Genesis 16).

Other scholars say the names “Hagrite” and “Ishmaelite” are synonymous. If so, this aligns them with the desert tribes of Ishmael rather than with Egypt and locates them in the desert east and south of Israel.  There’s no record of any other children born to Hagar, and since God promised her many descendants (Genesis 16:10) and said that Ishmael would become a great nation (Genesis 21:18) this makes sense to me.  You can read about the 12 tribes of Ishmael who became the patriarchs of 12 tribes in Genesis 25:12-18.

(It’s important to note that the desert people of today, called Bedouins now, don’t owe their allegiance to any country and don’t recognize anyone’s borders. Lately they’ve aligned themselves with various Muslim groups, all opposed to both Israel and Egypt. In fact the Sinai Bedouins are currently at war with Egypt.)

Gebal (also called Byblos) and Tyre are cities that can still be found in present day Lebanon, home of Hezbollah.

The Amalekites lived in Israel’s southern desert and Philistia settled in Gaza on Israel’s southern border, where Hamas currently reigns.

Assyria pretty much surrounded Israel and the phrase “descendants of Lot” is another reference to Jordan.  Remember, Moab and Ammon were the sons of incestuous unions between Lot and his two daughters (Genesis 19:30-38). They and their families settled in land the Lord gave them east of the Jordan River (Deut. 2:9), land that today is called Jordan.

So here we have all of Israel’s next door neighbors.  Now let’s go back to Psalm 83.

Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like refuse on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.”

Make them like tumbleweed, O my God, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O LORD. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace. Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:9-18)

Asaph, the Psalm’s writer, can’t resist telling the Lord exactly how he’d like Israel’s enemies to be dealt with. In that sense he’s just like you and me.

Midian was defeated by a vastly outnumbered force under the command of Gideon. It was another case of the Lord turning Israel’s enemies against each other and causing them to defeat themselves (Judges 7).

Jabin was a king of the Canaanites and Sisera was the commander of his army. The Lord lured the Canaanite army into a trap and the Israelites destroyed them (Judges 4).  The commander of Israel’s army was named Barak, just like Israel’s recent Defense Minister. Probably a coincidence.

Oreb, Zeeb Zebah, and Zalmunna were all leaders of the Midianite army.  They were executed by Gideon and the Israelites in Judges 7-8.

Asaph’s prayer was that Israel’s current enemies will be just as soundly defeated as were the Midianites and the Canaanites, their armies scattered and their leaders executed.

Should this be the case, Israel will become larger, not smaller, with the contention over the ownership of Gaza, the West bank and the Golan put to an end. Israel will become stronger, not weaker, its military reputation vastly enhanced. The divided land would be divided no more, and Jerusalem would remain a unified city. The controversial security fence could even come down, since the land borders on all three sides would be considered safe and the threat of terrorist attacks diminished. In most people’s minds 60 years of war will have finally ended. It will be the perfect opportunity for Israel to be lured into a false sense of security and become a peaceful and unsuspecting people living in a land of unwalled villages as our verses from Ezekiel 38 require. This is a critical condition that must be met prior to Ezekiel’s battle and the fulfillment of Psalm 83 would go a long way toward meeting it.  You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.

~Condolences to the family and friends of Jack Kelley. God bless you with the peace and comfort only He can give during this time of sorrow.~
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How About You?

17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.  Romans 16:17

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.  Ephesians 5:11

When we follow Christ and obey His Word He will provide us with everything that we need to avoid and expose the deception of the enemy.  We will hear from our Beloved God and Savior, Jesus Christ, “Well, done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of My Father”.  I would much rather hear those glorious words from the lips of my Savior, than have the workers of iniquity place the deceitful kisses of the enemy upon my cheek.  How about you? ~ Eliza

The Nature of Deception

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