Monday, October 31, 2011

News Roundup

Dear Readers,

I have been away from blogging for about 11 days. So much has happened since then that it is difficult to choose just one topic. Therefore, I thought that I would share a news roundup this morning.

First, I would like to acknowledge Dr. David Jeremiah's new book, I Never Thought I'd See The Day - Culture At The Crossroads. It is now listed as a #1 New York Times Bestseller! I urge everyone to get this book and read it!!

Dr. Jeremiah states, "We must understand that we are in a war for the very heart and soul of civilization or the consequences will be catastrophic."

The good news is that
in "I Never Thought I'd See The Day!, Dr. Jeremiah identifies the nine major indicators of this looming disaster and then issues a strategy for turning the tide and equips us with the weapons we need for the battle ahead. Above all, he brings a message of hope that our "culture at the crossroads" can be put back on the right path.
Just as Dr. Jeremiah's The Coming Economic Armageddon book helped to biblically explain what was going on during America's (and the global) economic near-collapse, Jeremiah's new book focuses on how our nation has changed so drastically due to the destructive cultural trends that started in the 1960's and continue on to this day.

What In The World Is Going On: 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford To Ignore is another must read!


The Bible has much to say about the end times. Yet it is hard to piece together all that information in a way that gives a comprehensive picture of what that time period will look like. That's why so many theories abound. And that's why Dr. David Jeremiah has written What In the World Is Going On?, a unique book that cuts through the hundreds of books and numerous theories to identify the essential 10 most important bible prophecies. There is no other prophecy book like this. You'll find it the ultimate study tool for understanding the future. And this book will also motivate readers to live a more holy life and make greater efforts in evangelism. If bible prophecy as always been a mystery to you, Dr. Jeremiah's book will help you solve the mystery.

Christians know that Bible prophecy points directly to Israel as being the focal point before, during and after the end times!

Another book that I would recommend is John MacArthur's The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception.

All of these books will give you biblically-based information and answers from the Scriptures.

Each of us only needs to watch the news and look around at all that is transpiring in the world today. Have we ever known such uncertainty, chaos, evil, and deception? Perhaps when we look back at all the wars - especially World War II and the War On Terror - we can all recognize that the battle for truth is raging.

On the back cover of John MacArthur's book, Albert Mohler writes:

"[The postmodern age] is the age of no truth, an age that has reached a point of deadly fatigue when it comes to facing the truth--a generation that no longer believes truth can be known. Dr. John MacArthur knows better, and he is armed with the courage to confront this age with a bold defense of truth.....His argument is compelling, his defense of truth is brilliant, and his concern for the church is evident on every page. The evangelical church desperately needs this book, and it arrives just in time." --R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

On to the News Roundup.

If you have been a reader here since 2007, you will know that the very first objection I had against Barack Obama as a candidate for president was the fact that he was (and remains) rabidly pro-abortion. In order to remain consistent, I must choose who to vote for in the Republican primary based on his or her pro-life views. My first link it to Neil's Eternity Matters blog, where he asks the question, Did Herman Cain Lie About Planned Parenthood?. When you go to that link, you will see some concerns I recently had about Cain's position on this issue. Hopefully, Neil and others will reply to my comment.

If you read my comments at Neil's blog, then you will see that I do not trust Mitt Romney. There are many, many reasons for this. Here is an email excerpt that I recently received from Conservative Action Alerts:

In past campaigns for Governor of Massachusetts and U. S. Senator, Romney has been FOR gun control, FOR abortion, FOR socialized medicine, FOR same-sex marriage, and FOR amnesty for illegal aliens. He says, NOW, that he has changed his views on all of those issues. But can we trust Mitt Romney to support Reagan Republican principles?

The email was written regarding support for Herman Cain. Here is the entire email:

Dear Conservative Activists,

If you support Herman Cain for President, prepare to be outraged.

Crass political manipulation by Mitt Romney and his supporters in Florida threatens to undermine Herman Cain's chances of winning that critical early primary state.

It's all about the money. With his liberal fat cat Wall Street supporters, Mitt Romney has it in spades.

He raised $19 million in the last quarter.

Herman Cain raised just $2.8 million in the last quarter. But, his daily fund raising receipts were growing rapidly near the end of the quarter.

Mitt Romney has another serious problem— about 75 percent of Republican voters do not want him as the nominee of the party.

For over a year, every voter survey has shown Romney's support at between 20% and 25% of Republicans. Nothing more, nothing less.

The surveys also show that the vast majority of Mitt Romney's support comes from two groups--the moderate/liberal wing of the Republican Party, and those who say that they DON'T identify with the "tea party” movement.

Herman Cain's support comes from the heart and soul of the party—Ronald Reagan conservatives, and "tea party” Republicans.

The truth is that Mitt Romney is out of step with most Republicans. Since Mr. Romney ran for, and lost, the Republican Presidential nomination four years ago, we have witnessed the rise of the "tea party” movement. This time, Romney is running as a conservative, but that was not always so.

In past campaigns for Governor of Massachusetts and U. S. Senator, Romney has been FOR gun control, FOR abortion, FOR socialized medicine, FOR same-sex marriage, and FOR amnesty for illegal aliens. He says, NOW, that he has changed his views on all of those issues. But can we trust Mitt Romney to support Reagan Republican principles?

Most Republicans say no.

Despite the ups and downs of the other candidates, Mitt Romney has failed to rise above the level of support that he had a year ago.

When Donald Trump flirted with running for President, he shot up in the polls past Romney. When Trump dropped out, his support went to the other candidates or the undecided category— NOT to Mitt Romney.

When Michele Bachmann entered the race, she skyrocketed to first place, and she won the Iowa straw poll.

When Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race, much of Michele Bachmann's support shifted to Perry, NOT to Romney, and Rick Perry took the lead in the polls.

Then, Rick Perry's poll numbers tumbled into the basement after two disastrous debate performances, but Romney's level of support DID NOT change. He failed to pick up any trace of Perry's former supporters.

Finally, Chris Christie and Sarah Palin both announced that they were not running for President, and their supporters, along with most of Perry's, stampeded over to the Herman Cain campaign.

Clearly, Republicans are looking for someone other than Mitt Romney to be the standard bearer of the party.

Herman Cain now leads Mitt Romney in the polls nationwide, and in four of the first five states that will be choosing delegates in January and early February, 2012.

Mitt Romney, and his advisers, recognized that their candidate's inability to go above 25 percent support was a serious vulnerability for their campaign.

Romney's campaign team knew that the one advantage that they had was money. But that wouldn't last forever if another candidate caught fire with the voters. A surge in support would eventually mean a surge in contributions.

To maintain their money advantage, they devised a strategy to shorten the amount of time available for fund raising before the voting began in the early states.

Unfortunately for Herman Cain, the plan worked.

Romney supporters in Florida succeeded in moving the date of the primary election from March 6, 2012, to January 31, 2012.

This set off a chain reaction among the other early voting states, because they were determined to maintain their influential early positions on the calendar. As a result, Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina will all select their delegates in January, before the Florida Primary takes place on January 31, 2012.

The entire early primary and caucus schedule was advanced by over a month because of the change in the Florida Primary date.

This gives Mitt Romney a significant advantage, because Herman now has 36 fewer days to raise the money necessary fund a statewide media campaign in Florida.

Florida is, by far, the largest, and most important, state in the early voting, so it is a must win for both Romney, and for Herman Cain.

Florida's population is over 18,000,000 people. It is not possible to run a statewide campaign without television and radio advertising. A media budget of $5 million, or more, will be necessary to advertise statewide for the final three weeks of the campaign.

It comes down to this. If Herman Cain wins the Florida primary, he will be well on his way to winning the nomination.

Herman Cain clearly has the momentum in Florida.

Not only did Herman trounce Romney in the recent straw poll of Republicans held at the Florida GOP convention in Orlando, he has now come out on top in two consecutive surveys done by two different polling groups. The American Research Group poll of Florida Republicans showed Herman 6 points ahead of Romney, and the NBC/Marist Poll shows Herman leading Romney by 1%.

The question is: Will Herman Cain lose because the rules were changed in the middle of the game? Will Romney's overwhelming money advantage be the deciding factor?

We don't have to let it happen. There is enough time to rally behind Herman Cain, and to help him create a winning campaign in Florida.

In consultation with experienced political pros in Florida, ones who helped elect Marco Rubio to the U. S. Senate last year, we have mapped out a strategy to help Herman Cain win the Florida primary.

A statewide media campaign must start on January 10, 2012, and run for three weeks, straight until election day on January 31st--that's less than three months away.

The email goes on to request donations for Cain's campaign. I am still waiting before I make my final decision regarding whom I will ultimately support. But the Romney money machine (and all the liberal elitist Republicans who want him as their candidate of choice) eerily reminds me of how Obama came to power.

Another reason I don't trust Romney (for the position of president) is the fact that Mormonism is not a genuine, biblical, Christian faith. If you are a secularist reading this, Romney's religion may not matter to you. So be it. But in this critical election climate where we are at war for the soul of our nation (including individual souls for Jesus Christ!), I am praying for God's grace to shine upon a true Christian conservative to become the next President of the United States!

Received an email from Brannon Howse where he stated two things:


I will include more information about why Mormons are not Christians later today or tomorrow.

Also see:


Brannon Howse has a video (I think you purchase it) which involves Exposing The Heresy of the Word of Faith & Prosperity Gospel Preachers Through Their Own Words.

So you see my friends, new and regular readers of this blog, we must be VERY CAREFUL who we support in ministry! The best advice I can give you is to MAKE SURE that any pastor, preacher, or teacher of the Bible does NOT go against what is written in the Scriptures!

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One more link to share. Do you think you know what is going on at these Occupy rallies around the country? Think again!

Please see this detailed blog post from Mass Resistance about:

What the media isn't telling you about the "Occupy Boston" protest.

It is just one example of why so many Christian authors are warning us that as Christian believers, we are to watch, wait and WORK before the coming of the Lord!  Those of us who see the chaos all around us,  but may believe that resistance is futile,  would be wrong to think that way!

This is why I started this blog post with Dr. Jeremiah's important message:

Dr. Jeremiah states, "We must understand that we are in a war for the very heart and soul of civilization or the consequences will be catastrophic."

The good news is that in "I Never Thought I'd See The Day!, Dr. Jeremiah identifies the nine major indicators of this looming disaster and then issues a strategy for turning the tide and equips us with the weapons we need for the battle ahead. Above all, he brings a message of hope that our "culture at the crossroads" can be put back on the right path.

Hat tips to all links.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Railing Against Reality

Getting to the heart of an issue, especially when it involves grievances, is often a difficult task in today's political climate. The media of mass deception either is blind to the truth or refuses to share it. That is why alternative media, like blogs, forums, and Glenn Beck's new GBTV are so important. Discerning people can filter out the lies and recognize the truth about what is happening here in the United States and around the world.

My previous post helps to explain the bizarre policies of the NObama BAdministration. It is by no means an exhaustive essay on all of the corruption coming out through the current puppet occupant of the White House, his master puppeteer Soros, the union bosses,  and his leftist underlings.  But it does explain a lot of the details that the lamestream media will not touch with a ten foot pole.

Victor Davis Hansen has written an article over at that helps to explain WHY there is such angst going on in America. The question remains, who (or what) is really to blame for it? The TEA Party railed against big government, high taxes, the bailouts, Nobamacare (which has turned out to be an absolute disaster and WILL be repealed by the next Republican President), the FED, the excess of business regulations, and all the other horrible policies imposed by this BAdministration that defy the U.S. Constitution and trample upon our liberties and freedoms.

The Occupy Wall Street crowd may contain a few people with similar complaints, but it really is a totally different story. Victor Davis Hansen makes some points about the similarities when he labeled the demonstrations as Railing Against Reality. There are a lot of mistakes and bad policies made by the federal government over the years, but what is different about the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd is the fact that much of it was staged.  Demonstrators were PAID by Soros-financed leftist groups.  Not so for the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party.  It was truly a grassroots event where most of the protesters were everyday Americans who probably have never protested before.

Sometimes an article is enhanced by those who add comments.  I think that this is the case regarding Hansen's essay.  Several  readers at the site added good points to what was written in the article.

The following excerpts appear further on within the article, but they are the points that I would like to emphasize here.

Ostensibly, the Wall Street protests rail against a small elite who makes a lot of money lending, investing and speculating -- although the protesters don't seem to worry much about the mega-salaries of actors, professional athletes or sympathetic multimillionaires like Al Gore, George Soros or John Kerry. American flash mobbers and London hoods thought it was OK to take things that were not theirs, since they have less than others. The Tea Partiers were simply tired of paying more taxes for big-government programs that they thought only made things worse.

The TEA Party demonstrators want our country to get back to the roots that our Founders created for us, namely, to get back to being a Constitutional Republic and not continue down the cesspool hole of so-called "Democratic" Socialism! The results of the 2010 mid-term election showed just how much Americans despised the policies of Obama and his cronies.

I like what this reader over at the Town Hall site wrote:

Michael Bowler (formerly Michael) Wrote: 2 hours ago (6:15 AM)
In the mob pursuit of equality, universal benefits and other collectivist ideals, the concepts of personal responsibility (a primary component of integrity) and individual liberty (not to be equated with specific freedoms to behave irresponsibly at the expense of one's neighbors but, rather to own and control one's own property and life).

The left wants to be able to live as they wish without the consequences of poor decisions, making them more like Wall st , not different from Wall st. They expect to be able to do this at every one's expense but their own.

The trouble with socialism is sooner or later you run out of other people's money.
- Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher was right! And the commenter hit the nail on the head when he wrote, "They expect to be able to do this at every one's expense but their own."

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are (supposedly) on Obama's side (or, more accurately, Obama claims to be on THEIR side). Why is that? Answer: because it was all staged (and paid for) by George Soros and the union bosses; most likely with Obama's approval. That helps to explain why the group was controlled and did not display any anti-Obama signs.


Unfortunately, political leaders -- unwilling to risk their careers by irking the people -- have offered few explanations for the root causes of all the various unrest. Instead, they assure us that Social Security is solvent, or that pensions and wages can remain sacrosanct, or that billionaires and millionaires are alone culpable. Sometimes they exploit race and class divisions in lieu of explaining 21st-century realities.

Exactly right!! There are too many socialists and so-called "progressives" in government. As commentator Robert states in his comment below, They need to be replaced with conservatives who will "revive a free, enterprising and innovative economy!"

Robert Wrote: 2 hours ago (5:59 AM)
This generation is faced with the greatest challenge in America's history. We have to throw out the totalitarian socialists and revive a free, enterprising, innovative economy that changed the world once and can do it again. We still have the tools, the intelligence, and the work ethic to defy the socialists and return our country to the apex of civilization. First, we have to chase the totalitarian socialists, Communists Progresssives back to their academic cubby holes from whence they slunk out to wreak their destruction. America can do it again! Please note, Republican candidates for the presidency! Lady Liberty is getting impatient!

For over 30 years now, the Democratic party has been the overbearing nanny of the nanny state voters who don't even realize how damaging their socialist policies have been for them!!

I do think that Obama's disastrous failed policies may have awakened many of them (at least the Independents get it now)  from the nanny state stupor they have been fooled into living under.  Why?  Because with all the stimu-waste spending that Obama and the Dem Congress imposed, it didn't help the middle class or the poor one bit!!  The crony capitalism they all practiced over the past 3 years has come back to haunt them!  Paying off Obama's election buddies and the billions of dollars that went to failed "green" energy companies was all a huge waste of TAXPAYER MONEY!  Therefore, many have abandoned Obama and will vote for the Republican candidate this time around.

I will conclude with this great comment:

samplin Wrote: 3 hours ago (5:03 AM)
The situation in all these demos reminds me a little of a child who holds its breath or throws a tantrum to get its way. If the tantrum is ignored, a child gives up and moves on unless he/she is rewarded. Then the tantrums increase. A child who holds its breath eventually breathes or passes out and then breathes. Governments have treated employees and parasite citizens as children for decades to gain their support and hold power. The chickens are coming home to roost.  [bold mine for emphasis]
Hat tips to all links.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

While You Were Sleeping - Soros Has Been Busy

WOW! The following link sure explains a lot of the bizarre behavior of the puppet Barack Insane Obama who is being dangled by that evil billionaire Nazi - George Soros! Check out :

  • Excerpt:

    Why did Obama choose a Friday afternoon to furtively launch a fourth simultaneous war, without even consulting first with Congress, and without giving any indication what vital national interests might be involved? Aaron Klein has a suggestion that might bear investigation:

    An influential “crisis management organization” that boasts billionaire George Soros as a member of its executive board recently recommended the U.S. deploy a special advisory military team to Uganda to help with operations and run an intelligence platform.

    The president-emeritus of that organization, the International Crisis Group, is the principal author of Responsibility to Protect, the military doctrine used by Obama to justify the U.S.-led NATO campaign in Libya.

    Soros’ own Open Society Institute is one of only three nongovernmental funders of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, a doctrine that has been cited many times by activists urging intervention in Uganda. …

    I have written about the evil billionaire, George Soros many, many times here at this blog. I feel exactly the same way that one of the commenters over at We The People feels about Soros:

    Maggie | October 18, 2011 at 8:47 PM | I cannot believe that George Soros doesn’t come from Chicago. He should be stripped of his citizenship and deported as an undesirable alien.

    There are many great links to check out within the text over at We The People. I especially recommend the following links:

    Glenn Questions for the Occupy Wall Street Crowd.

    Aaron Klein Online: Why U.S. military in Uganda? Soros fingerprints all over it! Obama’s billionaire friend has interests in African country’s oil

    More from We The People:

    Ed Lasky comments:
    Soros seems to have his hand in trying to guide the development of the oil and gas industry in Uganda. The Ugandan government would naturally be beholden to Soros if he could show he had enough influence with the White House to bring in American troops to take out a rebel group. Also, the defeat of the rebel group would make development of the energy industry that much more viable since operations would be much more secure.
    Lasky notes that Obama has previously put the US government at the service of the Nazi collaborator and Shadow Government kingpin George Soros to help him export liquefied natural gas from Papua New Guinea.

    Soros’s oil interests may explain Obama’s bizarre and pernicious energy policy, which has resulted in shutting down American drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. This has freed up off-shore rigs that can be deployed to Brazil, which is being paid with money looted from American taxpayers to develop its oil fields, in which Soros is heavily invested.

    If the Occupy Wall Street hippies really don’t like military adventurism and crony capitalism, they can fight both by helping patriots drive Obama out of office.

    Explains a lot...doesn't it? Go to each page and read it all!

    Ugh....can't wait for NObama and his puppeteer Soros to be GONE!!!!

    Hat tips to all links.

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Deception, Division, and Destruction Are Satan's Favorite Tools

    While reading Dr. David Jeremiah's new book I Never Thought I'd See The Day - Culture at the Crossroads, I have come to realize that the three D's - deception, division, and destruction are Satan's favorite tools in the spiritual war against those who believe in Jesus Christ.

    One very obvious example is the current Occupy Wall Street uprisings. There are some people who may have thought that they were protesting for the right reasons. But the truth is, many desperate people who have been out of work for so long have been deceived (and paid) to protest. They are spewing hate, lies, intolerance, and bigotry. They are hell bent on causing deception, division and ultimately destruction. Why? The first reason is because they are being deceived.

    Dr. Jeremiah:

    Satan is the great deceiver. John 8:44 records Jesus' reply to a group of Jews who were resisting His message. Jesus boldly told them that they were children of their father the devil, and that they were not hearing the truth because their father's native language was lies.

    Well, guess who is the main father of lies in the Occupy Wall Street staged protests? None other than George Soros. He has often been described as a mini-me of the anti Christ - and with good reason. Do a Bing search on the man and find out what evil and destruction he has wielded across the world. He is one of the top ten billionaires in the world but uses his money to manipulate others to do his bidding for evil purposes.

    Dr. Jeremiah:

    Revelation 12:9 refers to Satan as the one "who deceives the whole world," which he does by imitating the work of God with counterfeit and camouflage.

    The key thing to realize is that once people fall for those who do Satan's bidding, they are led astray and away from God.

    Dr. Jeremiah:

    Spiritual deception may be Satan's most insidious weapon in his guerrilla warfare against us. Jesus and the apostles speak of it nearly thirty times in the New Testament. One of Satan's greatest deceptions today is leading people, even Christians, to believe he does not really exist or that he isn't as bad as he's made out to be. The problem is, deceived people don't know they're being deceived! Undetected deception makes us extremely vulnerable because we do not know the enemy is even there, which means we neither watch for nor erect defenses against him. The continual deception of the great deceiver requires constant vigilance and dependence on the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

    If a person has not been born again - as Jesus told us was necessary in John 3:3, then THE most powerful weapon against spiritual deception is missing in that person. The Holy Spirit indwells believers and helps to guide them unto all truth through discernment strength when studying the Bible.

    I hear people often say that they don't "understand" the Bible, or they "disagree with" some of what the Bible teaches. Why? Because they have not submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Until that happens, the revelation in the Bible that points to Jesus Christ as the long-awaited Messiah will just sound like a "horrible (crucifixion) turned nice story (resurrection) to them.

    When I grew up in the Catholic church, Bible study wasn't emphasized as much as the catechism of what the church taught. That is why I was personally confused about the crucifixion of Jesus. I can remember looking up on the front wall of the church, seeing the huge image of Jesus Christ being crucified on the cross and thinking, why did he have to die such an awful death?

    My confusion about this remained until I was invited to a Pentecostal church by a friend I had met at work. Previously, I had not known what it meant to be born again.

    Years after I took that step, the Lord led me to a Bible study in my neighborhood. It was during the inductive study of the book of John that I re-dedicated myself to Jesus Christ.

    Back to the topic.

    Dr. Jeremiah:

    Satan is the great divider.

    Satan has always been a divider. When he was cast out of heaven he divided the angels, taking a third into rebellion with him (Revelation 12:4). He divided the first couple, bringing sin and disharmony between Adam and Eve. He divided the first family, pitting Cain against Abel (Genesis 4:8). In the early Church, Satan influenced the heart of Ananias, dividing his loyalty between God and money (Acts 5:3).

    Satan continues all three of these deceptions today. Deception against the goodness of God through dividing people away from Jesus Christ through various ways (i.e. false religions, mocking Christ, atheism, etc.) is increasing at an alarming rate. Dividing couples is seen through the breaking of an oath to a spouse through the rampant divorce rate, adultery and other forms of sexual sin, the killing of babies in the womb through abortion, and the list goes on and on. We see the greed of people and their nefarious activities through the evil use of wealth, which is a sign of division between such a person and God. We know the truth of the saying, "the love of money is the root of all evil." When a person loves money and what he/she can do with it for their own purposes rather than God's purposes, then we see how deception, division, and destruction can occur all around us.

    Dr. Jeremiah:

    Satan is the great destroyer.

    The Bible liken Satan to five different animals:

    He is a serpent trying to deceive God's people.
    Genesis 3:1
    Revelation 12:9

    He is a bird trying to despoil God's harvest.
    Matthew 13:4:19

    He is a wolf trying to defeat God's flock.
    John 10:12
    Matthew 10:16

    He is a lion trying to devour God's children.
    1 Peter 5:8

    He is a dragon trying to destroy God's Son.
    Revelation 12:1-9

    Satan is consumed by his obsession to destroy the work of God in the universe, and specifically on Planet Earth.

    Dr. Jeremiah goes on to say that Satan will do anything - destroy, wreck, ruin, kill, inflict grief, disease, pain, and anguish - to cause the victim to blame it all on God. Unfortunately, such a strategy often works. But the faithful can stay steadfast through it all because they know Who wins in the end.

    Recall all of Satan's attempts to embitter Job? He destroyed everything in Job's life - except Job's faith in God. And when Satan couldn't achieve that, God restored everything that Job had lost.

    The thing to remember is what Dr. Jeremiah states here:

    "all the evil and destruction inflicted upon us have their ultimate source in Satan, the great destroyer. His evil presence in our world is not God's doing; it is ours. We open the door to him by yielding to his temptation."

    The account of Job is an illustration of what we must do today. No matter what happens, we must be steadfast and strong in our faith. I know it's hard - especially when we lose a loved one. But the promises of Jesus Christ lift us up and give us a hope that is beyond anything that this world could possibly offer! Jesus told us that "he is not of this world" (see John 8:23)   Jesus also told us, "in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! For I have overcome the world" (see John 16:33).

    Jesus Christ overcame the world at the cross! Confession and repentance of sin and simple faith (like that of a child!) in Him and what He did for the redemption of mankind at the cross is all that is needed.

    Every person who ever lived has this choice:

    Jos 24:14 "Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!

    Jos 24:15 "And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    The LORD Is My Strength And My Shield

    Daily Light on the Daily Path Devotional
    Saturday October 15, 2011

    God [is] my defence.

    The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour. --The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

    When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.--We may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

    The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

    As the mountains [are] round about Jerusalem, so the LORD [is] round about his people from henceforth even for ever.-- Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

    For thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.

    Ps 59:9 2Sa 22:2,3 Ps 28:7 Isa 59:19 Heb 13:6 Ps 27:1 125:2 63:7 31:3

    Jesus Makes Our Hearts Whole Again

    As a Christian believer in Jesus Christ (who is the Son of God, Lord, Savior, Creator and King) my work here at this blog is, unfortunately, sometimes shunned (or even mocked) by non-believers. Why do they feel that way? Why do they feel the need to mock such beliefs? It could be due to a myriad of reasons.

    Dr. David Jeremiah covers many of them in his new book, I Never Thought I'd See The Day! Culture at the Crossroads. However, there is one reason for such angst that is common amongst most skeptics. In my own research that I had done years ago, it was helpful to study the writings of people who posted at a skeptics website forum called "Skeptics Annotated Bible."  I must warn you that people there can be brutal, but it helps you to develop a thick skin during confrontation.  The day that I found another website entitled, "Skeptics Annotated Bible Refuted" actually made my task against them easier.  Eventually, I stopped showing up there and started my own forum (now discontinued due to this blog). 

    During that time, I discovered that angry skeptics are just lost people who have a severe hole in their heart (whether they want to admit it or not) that can never be filled until they are redeemed through the Cross of Christ and reconciled back unto God. That is when a person becomes whole spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and even physically!

    Every testimony that I have ever heard - from a new believer in Christ all the way up to the more seasoned believers in the Lord Jesus Christ - included such healing. The salvation of the soul is instantaneous at the born-again moment of genuine conversion. However, the healing of the whole person continues on until the day we die. This is known as sanctification. Please see Becoming a Christian for more detailed information.

    Studying the Bible for over 23 years now has enabled me to be more and more confident in what I share regarding the way of God in truth. It is not because of who I am, but because of Who Jesus is that I can have such confidence. The Bible is God's written Word of truth without any error. The Bible reveals Jesus Christ - God's Living Truth!   The Old Testament pointed towards the coming Messiah. The New Testament reveals Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah spoken about in the Old Testament. Prophecies regarding Jesus (and there are over 300 of them!!) have mostly been fulfilled. Those that haven't been fulfilled yet WILL BE at the end of the age.

    The creation of the State of Israel in 1948 was a huge, modern times fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Israel became an independent, united nation for the second time in history, and for the first time in 2,900 years! But did you know that
    nine additional prophecies where fulfilled in 1948? Many people are not aware of that fact.

    Think about all of the centuries where non-believers scoffed at those ten prophecies; thinking that they would never be fulfilled! I think that the same thing is happening today regarding the return of Jesus Christ.   It truly saddens my heart to realize that fact.  Dr. Jeremiah's new book reveals the main reasons why our culture has shifted so drastically from the Judeo-Christian roots that our Founding Fathers so wisely utilized in the formation of the United States of America. 

    You might ask, 'What happens to the non-believers?"  The Bible reveals their fate.  Look it up!  When Jesus does return, those who did not accept Him as Lord and Savior of their lives will grieve deeply over their wrong decisions.  But there is no good reason for them to continue to be snared in the trap of "the marketplace of sin" when  Jesus Christ paid a ransom price to redeem mankind out of it!

    I can't wait to get to the end of Dr. Jeremiah's book where the chapter tells us, "When Changing Your Mind Could Save Your Life."

    I would encourage anyone who does not know Jesus Christ and/or the Bible as well as they should to read the book of John. That is the very first book that I read when I seriously started studying the Bible. It enabled me to re-dedicate my life to Christ after years of wandering away from Him. It is the one book of the Bible that I recommend for anyone who is still searching for the truth.

    Below is Turning Point's daily devotional for this weekend. It fits right in with this post!

    Have a blessed weekend!

    Yours in Christ's service,
    ~ Christine

    Weekend, October 15 & 16

    Day of the Cross: God Provides Redemption

    In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
    Colossians 1:14

    Recommended Reading
    Colossians 2:13-14
    Some theologians limit the purpose of Christ's death on the cross to being an example of sacrificial love, an illustration of His words in John 15:13: "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." Jesus proved that such costly love was possible when He illustrated it by His own sacrificial action.

    Jesus certainly was an example of love and other godly attributes as well--imitated by the apostles (1 Corinthians 11:1). But something more profound than an example happened on the cross: Jesus Christ paid a ransom price to redeem mankind out of the marketplace of slavery to sin (Galatians 3:13; 1 Timothy 2:6). The most important transaction in history took place: Jesus exchanged His innocent life for our sin-stained life, dying the death we deserved that we might, by God's mercy, be spared the judgment we richly deserved. Because God was pleased with Christ in every way, the Cross turned away the wrath of God (Romans 5:9).

    Take a moment today to thank God for the Day of the Cross and your redemption from sin.

    The heart of the gospel is redemption, and the essence of redemption is the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ.
    C. H. Spurgeon

    Luke 23:1-John 3:21

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    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Hank Williams Jr.'s New Hit!

    This song by Hank Williams Jr. is really great!! He speaks the truth - whether the media of mass deception or ESPN, or NFL football, or the ObaMARXIST BADministration likes it or not! HA!!

    Listen and enjoy!

    YouTube: Hank Williams Jr. video

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street: Clueless Mass of Humanity Run By Evil Soros and Union Thugs [Update 10/17/11]

    Dear Readers,

    You may have noticed that I have taken a bit of a vacation from what is currently going on in the political world.  Why?  Mostly because I have been sharing several blog posts about Dr. Jeremiah's new book, I Never Thought I'd See The Day:  Culture at the Crossroads.  Received the book on Saturday and it is excellent!  I have already read the first few chapters and will have several upcoming posts on the topics in the book.

    Politically speaking, I have not taken the time to comment here at Talk Wisdom on the smelly, dirty (people urinating and pooping on the streets), disgusting (a guy caught defecating on a police car???) drug-infested, criminals hideout, and overall insane event known as "Occupy Wallstreet." But you probably don't need me to join the chorus of bloggers (listed below) who have already done a great job reporting on this staged event.  Unfortunately, it is spreading to other cities.  This is what happens when people have no job, no money, nothing to do, and a pResident do-nothing that campaigned on hope and change and gave us dopes in chains.

    While listening to the Glenn Beck radio show, Mr. Beck stated that he feels sorry for all of these misguided people who are being USED AND EXPLOITED BY THE LEFTIST CRAZIES (like that evil billionaire George Soros) who are sponsoring this fake "American Spring" debacle.

    The following are really worth reading:

    posted by Matthew Knee at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion - 13 minutes ago
    …and #OccupyWallStreet ain’t so different. Its Kids Speak Out Day at #OccupyWallStreet! CNN reports: Organizers of the “leaderless resistance movement” also billed Monday as “Kids Speak Out” day, given th...
    posted by Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit - 28 minutes ago
    This is what democracy looks like… Police needed to break open the pepper spray to clear the far left loons from their camp at the Iowa Capitol grounds last night. Iowa Politics posted the video: Reuters r...
    posted by citizenwells at Citizen WElls - 33 minutes ago
    Occupy Wall Street Obama ACORN Working Families Party protesters, Craigslist ad, ACORN helped create mortgage crisis From the ACORN archives: “1 November 98 The [Working Families] party…was founded this y...
    And don't think for one moment that Obama isn't involved with all of this:
    posted by Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit - 1 hour ago
    Obama’s ACORN operative in the White House Patrick Gaspard, a former Working Families Party associate, is helping shape domestic policy– From left: CECILIA MUÑOZ, director, intergovernmental affairs; MICHA...

    posted by William A. Jacobson at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion - 3 hours ago
    Is there anything #OccupyWallStreet protesters will not chant responsively? Apparently not. “Jump the shark” doesn’t begin to describe this sequence of responsive chanting (I think they call it human micr...

    posted by Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit - 4 hours ago
    Yup. They’re just like the tea party. IN PLAIN SIGHT: A protest attendee named Dave (above) relaxes in Zuccotti Park, where he said he’s been getting high while running from warrants. The pot-smoking Occup...

    posted by Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit - 6 hours ago
    We all knew this was happening. We just didn’t think they’d be so open about it. In case you had any doubt that these Wall Street protests were being manufactured by the far left, there’s this– The pro-Oba...

    posted by William A. Jacobson at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion - 7 hours ago
    We’ve seen this before, at the celebration of Obama’s victory in 2008, where students unfurled the Soviet flag in celebration. I chalked that up to profound historical ignorance, much like the chic wearing...
    posted by William A. Jacobson at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion - 7 hours ago
    You may not know it, but the Internet hacking group Anonymous helped launch the Occupy Wall Street movement with a video released in late August:. During the initial protests in New York, protesters attemp...
    posted by Neil at Eternity Matters - 7 hours ago
    You guessed right! Seems kinda hypocritical to me for the President to bash Wall Street now. Have your preferred media sources told you this? See Obama attacks banks while raking in Wall Street dough: De...
    posted by Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit - 18 hours ago
    It wouldn’t be a far left movement without the SEIU and Van Jones now would it? The former Obama Green czar led a crazy chant at Occupy Wall Street this weekend. “We’re here to give everything from the peo...
    I could post dozens more, but through reading the above posts, you will get a clearer picture of the Saul Alinsky/Fox and Piven maneuvers being used to stage these ugly demonstrations across America. 
    Remember the TEA Parties?  Recall Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally in Washington D.C.?  How many arrests were made?  ZERO.  What's more, the place was left spotless!

    Compare that to the squalor being left by the ignorant mass of humanity at the staged Wall Street protests.  How many arrests were made in the beginning days of the occupying street urchins?  Over 500!  I'm sure hundreds more have been added.
    These people are being used by the far left elites of the gangster government and the thugs running the unions.
    What a shame....
    Hat tips to all links

    UPDATE October 15, 2011

    $3.6 Million from Soros Backs 'Occupy Wall Street', Media Ignore or Downplay Connection
    Organizations that joined the protesters were granted more than $3.6 million from Soros’s Open Society Foundations. On Oct. 5 there was a “march in solidarity with #occupywallstreet” that listed seven such groups out of the 16 overall supporting the protest. Those seven organizations received $3,614,690 from Soros’ Open Society Foundations since the year 2000, with more than $2 million going to Common Cause Education Fund, part of Common Cause, and another $1.1 million to
    Even the protesters admit the hypocrisy of having billionaire Soros and “joining forces to voice their ‘support’ for an anti-Wall Street movement” and that it ‘should set alarm bells ringing.” Additional funding went to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Community Voices Heard, Coalition for the Homeless, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP), and

    Read Full Article HERE

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    Daily Thought Pad

    I like what "Ask Marion" had to say near the end of the post:
    The only positive about all this is that it really does point out how sane and positive the Tea Party is and how insane and frightening these people, the #OccupyWallStreet group, are. Research Media Institute released the statement that The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street at the total opposite of the spectrum. The Tea Party wants the Constitution enforced and individualism, fiscal responsibility and less government. The Occupy Wall Street protestors and their handlers, those who actually know why they are there, want anarchy, more government spending and perks and the creation of a New World Order that tells us all what to do at all times. The rest are mindless sheep!



    Update - 10/17/11

    Please see what you are missing from the mainstream media of mass deception by taking a look at some video clips from Glenn Beck's new GBTV:

    GBTV - Occupy

    Also see:

    Ulsterman Report: Wall Street Insider: The Obama White HOuse

    And the anti-Semitism going on at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations:

    YNet News - With thanks to Susan S. for the link!


    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    I Never Thought I'd See The Day When Jesus Would Be So Profaned [Transcript]

    Tomorrow, October 4, 2011 is the date for release of Dr. David Jeremiah's new book, I Never Thought I'd See The Day - Culture at the Crossroads. I already pre-ordered my book so I hope it arrives tomorrow! Meanwhile, I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three broadcasts on Turning Point T.V., and highly recommend this series.

    The three broadcasts are available for viewing at David or they can also be seen at  At the beginning of the video, you will see short presentation of The Account - which is Dr. Jeremiah's way to explain the campaign for moral change that started back in the 1960's - through a public relations campaign for a particular "client."

    Not long ago in America, Jesus Christ was honored and respected as the One worshipped by the majority of citizens. But today Jesus and His name are profaned throughout our culture, especially in entertainment. Once Jesus is known for who He is, profanity will turn to praise.

    Yesterday's broadcast entitled When Jesus Would Be So Profaned brought back to my memory the post I shared back on September 19th - The Paganism of the LBGQT Agenda Within the post, I had a cut and paste link to a blog that exposed one of the most vile demonstrations of profanity against Jesus Christ that I have ever seen.

    During Dr. Jeremiah's sermon, he stated, quite emphatically, that the example he shared (Stephen Colbert's show which included both mockery of Christ and the act of receiving communion) was without doubt one example of utter blasphemy against Jesus Christ that saddened and angered all of us . But Dr. Jeremiah confessed that he was unable to show the utterly disgusting examples he found via the Internet. Perhaps he also saw what I did at that homosexual event in San Francisco.

    This sermon was so awesome that I am compelled to work on transcribing it here. That way, when anyone does a search for Dr. Jeremiah's book and ends up visiting here, they can not only click over to view the video presentation, but also read the powerful biblical message that Dr. Jeremiah presents about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

    It is for this very reason that my blog, Talk Wisdom exists:

    Talk Wisdom's goal is to defend the tenets and values of Biblical Christian faith. We defend our Constitutional Republic and Charters of Freedom, especially when speaking out against destructive social and political issues. As followers of our Savior and Lord, we should boldly stand up for Jesus Christ in our present circumstances. He is our Savior, Lord, and King, and His love needs to be shed abroad in our hearts and in our world - now.

    We must continually pray for the lost. We must pray that their mocking would turn to worship once they know about the REAL Jesus!

    Again, don't miss this opportunity to learn about THE REAL JESUS!

    Transcript will be forthcoming as time permits. The following outline will assist you in searching for the Scriptures mentioned during the video sermon presentation.

    Dr. David Jeremiah
    “When Jesus Would Be So Profaned”
    Hebrews 1:1-3
    October 2, 2011
    Hebrews 8:1
    I. Jesus: The Final Word From God
    Hebrews 1:1-2
    John 1:1
    II. Jesus: The First Cause of Creation
    Genesis 1:1
    Hebrews 1:2
    John 1:1-3
    Colossians 1:16
    III. Jesus: The Fullness of the Godhead
    Hebrews 1:3
    Colossians 1:19
    John 1:18
    1 Timothy 3:16
    John 14:9
    Hebrews 1:8
    IV. Jesus: The Facilitator of All Things
    Hebrews 1:3
    Colossians 1:17
    V. Jesus: The Forgiveness of Our Sins
    Hebrews 1:3
    Hebrews 9:25-26
    VI. Jesus: The Finisher of Our Faith
    Hebrews 1:3
    Hebrews 12:2
    VII. Jesus: Our Faithful High Priest
    Hebrews 2:17-18
    Hebrews 4:15
    John 14:6

    Hat tips to all links.



    Question: How Do You Picture Jesus?

    Dr. Jeremiah: The way people view Jesus in America has changed dramatically. Jesus has gone from the revered Son of God, to the subject of ridicule and jokes. I'm David Jeremiah welcoming you to the third part in a series called "I Never Thought I'd See The Day: Culture at the Crossroads." Today's message, "I Never Thought I'd See The Day When Jesus Would Be So Profaned" focuses on how our modern culture views Jesus Christ. In today's world, many people give Jesus Christ less respect than any other religious leader. And unless Christians aren't careful, they will find themselves in a culture where they treat their Savior with shocking disrespect, something I have rarely seen before. But if we present the picture of Jesus Christ presented in the book of Hebrews, we will see Him as He truly is. That biblical picture is coming up on today's edition of Turning Point.

    Chorus: I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee, Oh oh Lord. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there is just something about that name. Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Let all heaven and earth proclaim. Kings and kingdoms will all pass away. But there is something about that name.

    Dr. Jeremiah: I have been in ministry four decades and over that time I have seen incredible changes in our world. Some developments have been beneficial, but others have taken our culture away from it's spiritual and moral foundations. In my latest book, I Never Thought I'd See The Day, I discuss some of the ways our moral values have declined and most importantly, how we as Christians can reverse this downward spiral.

    Dr. Jeremiah: Stephen Colbert, who is the host of Comedy Central T.V. show The Colbert Report, spoofed a controversial ad designed for television that was about the Doritos brand of corn chips. In 2010, the makers of the Doritos product created a contest to choose a video commercial that would be shown sometime during the 2011 Superbowl. The commercial spoofed by Colbert was one of the entries received by Doritos though it was not chosen and did not air during the Superbowl. Nonetheless, it was picked up by various websites and ultimately spoofed on the Colbert Report. In the commercial, a priest is worried about how to boost attendance in his church. As he is praying for ideas heaven reveals the solution. Replace the bread or communion wafers in the service with Doritos.

    [Audience groans]

    After the commercial didn't air, Stephen Colbert decided to spoof it on his T.V. show. I will read this to you with the caveat up front that it almost made me cry and I'm sure it will have the same effect on some of you.

    Colbert begins, "Now folks, I may be a devout Catholic."
     And the audience cheers and laughs. He pulls out a bag of Doritos nacho chips from beneath his desk.

     "I know that Eucharist is usually bread, but through transubstantiation, it becomes the body of Christ. So I honestly can't understand why Jesus can't be a Dorito. Doritos are unleavened and after all, He did "snackrafice" Himself for us and our sins. And remember at the Last Supper according to Mark 14:20, Jesus said he would be betrayed by one of the twelve - the one who dips with me in the bowl."
     Once again, there is audience laughter and an image of the Bible and the text of Mark 14:20 appears on the screen.

    "They had dip," said Colbert, "therefore Jesus was a chip. Everybody knows the Catholic Church could use a little extra scratch right now. What better way than product placement. Next Wednesday, we can all get our foreheads marked with Dorito dust. For the right price, there is no reason why people can't be baptized in Mountain Dew. That would be the most extreme baptism ever. Once and for all, it would show Islam which religion is more radical."

    Dr. Jeremiah: Unless you saw Colbert's commercial spoof on his show or on another website, you probably didn't hear much about equating Jesus with a corn chip, or about the saying, "he snackrificed Himself for our sins." Indeed, incorporating Jesus Christ into profane situations here in America is so common that it hardly gains any attention anymore. Never before has the biblical portrayal of Christ been so foreign to our culture.

    In fashion, He appears on Urban Outfitters as "Jesus is my homeboy" tee shirts. On television he often appears in the animated shows of The Simpsons and South Park. On the big screen he has been the subject of The DaVinci Code. In a 2010 interview, Elton John provocatively stated that Jesus "was a compassionate, super intelligent gay man that understood human problems." Renowned atheist Richard Dawkins claimed that  "reborn Jesus would gladly wear an atheist for Jesus tee shirt today and "we owe Jesus the honor of separating the genuinely original and radical ethics that he held from the supernatural nonsense which he espoused as a man of his time."

    In their book, "Dethroning Jesus," - opposing biblical scholars popular views of Christ - scholars Daryl Bouk and Daniel Wallace claim that the popular view of Jesus today is not of biblical Christianity, it is "Jesusanity."  Jesusanity is a coined term for the alternative story about Jesus Christ. At the center of the story is still Jesus, but Jesus as a prophet or teacher of religious wisdom. His role is one of teacher, guide, or example. Jesus' special insight is into the human condition, and the enlightenment he brings to it. In this story, the key is that Jesus inspires others but there is no throne for Jesus. He is one among many; the best perhaps, and certainly one we can learn from and follow. I never thought I'd see the day in America where Jesus Christ was fair game for comedians and commercial entrepreneurs. Especially those who profess to believe in Him, like the self-professed Catholic Stephen Colbert. My point is not to pick him out and criticize him above the others because he is actually one of the more tell-able stories in this report. Some of the material that I gained in my research I would never tell or speak of because it is so profane and vile.

    The point is how easy it is for us Christians to get squeezed into the mold if we are not constantly filtering what we find entertaining and at whose expense.

    Someone did some homework on the Colbert Report and said in the months just before the episode where I cited there were 1.2 million viewers of that program. And, according to an ABC Beliefnet poll, 83% of Americans say they are Christians I know that's an inflated number and I know that's not true but that is what they claim. So that means that 83% of the 1.2 million viewers of the Colbert program that night saw what I told you about. Using these unscientific numbers let me ask you why nobody ever said anything about it and you never heard about it, and it never got in the news? It went nowhere. If that's true then somewhere around 800,000 Christian people heard Colbert do that. We are so tolerant these days and so afraid of criticism we let it go by and we never raised our voice.

    The Jesus that we need to know will not be found in the secular media. John Piper said that the degree to which the church is trained to distrust the Jesus of the gospels and to look for ever new human creations of Christ, the real Jesus will be blurred and his power to break free from the unbiblical traditions that bind him will be blunted.

    Some of you know what "muzak" is. It is elevator music. It is the music that plays in elevators that you don't even know about until you stop and think - oh, there is music playing. When you are in an elevator alone, there is some music playing. It is background music. It plays in elevators and malls,  and in department stores. It sort of just gets into your consciousness without an invitation. Elevator music is always there so we don't pay to much attention to it. But our subconscious mind takes it in.

    Cultural messages like the one I just told you that tends to be tolerated is like background music. Little by little it tends to slip into the consciousness of Christian Americans. It is like cultural noise, whether its in our lives from a late night comedian or whether it's from a pastor of a mega church, or it's in the news from the media, or from a new leader of a mainline denomination. Messages about Jesus are always screaming into our heads. And if we are not careful, those messages like a silently stored song, subconsciously change the way we think about the Jesus who is our Savior.

    In the midst of this sordid view of Jesus Christ in our culture we have the Bible. And in the Bible, we have the New Testament. And in the New Testament we have the book of Hebrews. And I don't know if you know this, but there is more about Jesus in the book of Hebrews than in any New Testament book except the four gospels. If you want to know about Jesus, obviously, read the four gospels. If you want to know even more about Jesus, read the book of Hebrews. For the book of Hebrews is all about Jesus Christ.

    Hebrews was written to a group of first century Christians, most of whom had been saved out of Judaism. Many of them had been exposed to the danger of giving up. They were under great pressure, having been ridiculed and persecuted by their families for having turned from Judaism to Jesus Christ. Many had accepted this adversity joyfully but others were ready to quit. So the letter of Hebrews appeals to these believers to keep their faith anchored in truth and confident in Christ. And the writer of Hebrews, whose identity we do not know, teaches us that no believer can cope with adversity unless Christ fills his horizons and sharpens his priorities and dominates his experiences.

    And more importantly from a theological perspective, Hebrews is the only book that begins with the word God. Did you know that? It's the only one. Now, in the Greek it's not like that. For some reason, God caused the book to be translated into English so that the first word in the book of Hebrews is God. Most other books begin with the name of the human writer, Paul, Peter, or John. But, we do not know who the writer of Hebrews was so it begins with God. We have to allow Him to be the writer, right? God is the writer of Hebrews, as He is of all the other books. And the theme of Hebrews, as I have mentioned,  is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the one that these young Hebrew Christians need to know. He's the one they needed to wrap their lives around. Only Jesus Christ, in a full orbed [Note:  means "emblem of sovereignty" in this context] understanding of who He was could get them through the difficulties they were facing. And, my friends, I think that is true of our world today. I believe as Christians we get our thoughts and our minds on a lot of things and we turn away from Christ, and we wonder why we are having such a difficult time.

    Jesus Christ is the one who has promised to be closer to us than a brother and keep us in the midst of every situation.  And just as the Hebrew Christians needed Christ we today need Christ in our lives - not as just our Savior, but as the constant friend and companion in our lives.  Not every book is so up front about what it's about, but if you turn to the eighth chapter of the book of Hebrews you will discover what this book is about. 

    This is what it says in Hebrews 8:1 (NKJV) Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.

    That is what the book of Hebrews is about. It's about Jesus! In the book of Hebrews, we learn that Jesus is better. He's better than everything. He's better than the angels. He's better than Moses. He's better than Joshua. He's better than the old covenant. He's better than the priests. In fact, the word betteris in Hebrews thirteen times! Jesus is better!

    I remember reading a book some years ago by Max Lucado, and he was talking about Hebrews. He said, "the best just got better has become the favorite slogan. It's not because the previous product was poor, it's just that the current one is superior."

    The book of Hebrews might well use the same slogan. The best just got better. Here in the first few pages of the book of Hebrews is the REAL Jesus. And I think that instead of spending our whole time railing on the world's comprehension of who Jesus is, we do well to focus our attention on what the Bible says about him. You know, there is an old adage that when you are trying to figure out whether a bill is counterfeit - don't study the counterfeit bill - study the real bill. When you know what that looks like, you will spot a counterfeit bill wherever you go! It's easy.

    So we need to get back to knowing who Jesus is, according to the Scripture. Now in the first three chapters of Hebrews we learn several; things about him and I'm just going to take you through this because I'm so excited about preaching Hebrews because I get to teach about Jesus straight on. You know I preach about Jesus all the time but he is kind of like in the places between other things. But when you teach Hebrews, Jesus is the focus of every lesson. First of all, Jesus is the final word from God.

    In Hebrews 1:1-2a:

    Hbr 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

    Hbr 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by [His] Son...

    Now watch carefully what that says. That says that in the Old Testament, God spoke in various ways and in various times. He spoke to Adam a little bit, He spoke to Moses a little bit, He spoke to Abraham a little bit. He spoke to David and to Solomon here and there. He spoke in various seasons; from Moses in the Pentateuch all the way through the prophets ending with the book of Malachi. But listen, He never spoke it all to any one person or at any one time. So, it what "here a little" and "there a little" and we are blessed because we have the collection of what He said to all of them. But, there was never a time in the Old Testament where there was a full orbed, final word from God! But when you come to the New Testament we are told, "but in these last days he [God] has spoken unto us by His Son..." (Hebrews 1:2 NIV). We know that one of the titles of Jesus is He is the Word. In the beginning was the Word. Jesus is God's last word to man. When Jesus came into his place on this earth, he was simply God walking around in a body. When God wanted to communicate who He was to us, He took Deity and poured it into humanity. This is who I Am and Jesus walked upon this earth!

    [audience applauds]

    So Jesus is God's final word to man. If you are looking for another word from God besides Jesus, you are going to wait a long time. He has spoken finally, and Jesus is the message. Jesus us God's final word to man. When He spoke in Christ, He said everything that He meant to say. If you want to know who God is, study Jesus! If you want to know what God is like, God is a Spirit. If we try to understand a Spirit, we cannot, so God incarnated Himself in a human body so that now we can know how God is through watching Jesus. Jesus is God in the flesh. Jesus is the final word from God. But if you keep reading in the book of Hebrews you find that Jesus is the First Cause of Creation.

    A lot of people read Genesis 1:1 that "God created the heavens and the earth..." and we all believe that but when you get to the New Testament we discover that the part of the Trinity that was involved in the Creation process was Jesus Christ! Did you know that Jesus Christ is the Creator God. You say Jeremiah, where did you find that? Well, I'm glad you asked. Hebrews 1:2 states that, "through whom (Jesus) He also made the worlds." If you didn't get that listen to John 1:1 -

    Jhn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    Jhn 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

    Jhn 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

    Dr. Jeremiah: Now that's about as clear as you can get and I want to say to people who don't believe that Jesus is the Creator God, what part of that don't you get?

    Col 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

    Dr. Jeremiah: So we are building a little picture of Jesus. He is the last word from God and He is the first cause of Creation. Then the Bible tells us that Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead.

    Hbr 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

    Colossians 1:19 For it pleased [the Father that] in Him all the fullness should dwell,

    Dr. Jeremiah: That means that Jesus Christ is exactly the same as God for He is God! This is one of the clearest statements in the Bible of the Deity of Jesus Christ.

    John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

    We can't see God, He is a Spirit. The Bible says you can't see God and live but you can see Jesus in the pages of the New Testament the Bible says you have seen God.

    In his letter to Timothy, Paul says:

    1Ti 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

    Dr. Jeremiah: And Jesus says if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.

    John 3:19 He who has seen me has seen the Father.

    Dr. Jeremiah: I want to be clear about this because one of the great debates about Jesus Christ today as I have read to you in the "Jesusanity" quote is that he is a good man but he's not God. You cannot believe that and call yourself a biblical Christian. Because the Bible teaches that Jesus is not just a good man, he is the God-man! And if we do not understand that we cannot understand Christianity.

    [audience applauds]

    Dr. Jeremiah: Here in the first chapter of Hebrews is one verse that is the clearest of proof texts the Deity of Jesus Christ:

    Hbr 1:8 But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom.

    Dr. Jeremiah: Here is God the Father calling Jesus, His Son God! You say 'I don't believe Jesus is God' well you and God don't agree! God says He is God and if you don't think He is God well then you have a problem with the Father! Because the Father said to Jesus, "Your throne O God, is forever and ever."

    I read this about a biblical scholar named Scott McKnight who took his students in class through an exercise. On the opening day on Jesus of Nazareth, he gave a standardized, psychological test divided into two parts. The results are nothing short of astounding. The first part is about Jesus. It asks students to imagine Jesus' personality with questions such as, "does He prefer to go his own way or by acting by the rules?" Is he a worrier? The second part asks the same question of the students. But instead of asking "is he a worrier," it asks, "are you a worrier?" And the test is not about right or wrong answers, it is not designed to help students know Jesus. Instead, if given to enough people the test will reveal that we all think Jesus is like us. Introverts think that Jesus is introverted. And on the basis of the same questions, extroverts think Jesus is extroverted. Spiritual formation experts would love to hear that students in my Jesus class are becoming like Jesus. But the test actually reveals the reverse! Students are fashioning Jesus to be like them!

    If the test were given to a random sampling of adults, the results would be measurably similar. To one degree or another, we all conform Jesus to our own image - and that's where we get into trouble. Because Jesus isn't who we want him to be - Jesus is who He is! Jesus is who the Bible says He is! The Bible tells us who Jesus is and if we would read our Bibles we wouldn't go down that strange road.

    I don't know if this ever happens to you, but people come up to me periodically and if I preach on hell or judgment or something I'll get a letter or email. Invariably, I've had people come up to me and say, "Dr. Jeremiah, my God would never send anybody to hell." And do you know what I tell them? That's exactly right because your god doesn't exist!

    [laughter and clapping]

    Dr. Jeremiah: He doesn't exist - you made him up! We love to take our faith and when there are hard parts of it that we struggle with, we take the out! We excise them from our understanding. Like hell, we do away with it. You want to find a way to get everybody into heaven? Write a book about it, get on T.V., and everybody will think it is true. But that's NOT true! The Bible says that "it is appointed unto men to die and after that comes the judgment." Do whatever you want to it but you can't take it out of the book. Some people think that 'if I don't want it to be true, then it is not true.' Well, you know what? It's true whether you want it to be true or not!

    So, if you want to get any place in your life, find out what is true and get on the bus! But don't go down all of these blind alleys trying to make the Jesus you say you love just like you are. Jesus is not!  He wants you to be just like He is. When you get on that track then something good will happen.

    [applause, cheering]

    Jesus is the final word from God. Jesus is the First Cause of Creation.  Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead.  And the Bible says in Hebrews 1:13, Jesus is the facilitator of all things.

    Hbr 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

    He keeps this whole world from flying off in a different direction or going out of orbit and finally destruct. Jesus has got it into control. He was before history, he was at the beginning of history, he will be at the end of history, and he is the one that controls history. He is the Sustainer and upholder of this world. This is what Paul communicated in his letter to the Colossians when he said to these believers, "He is before all things:

    Col 1:17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

    There has never been a moment from the beginning of Creation that Jesus has not been performing this mighty work, holding everything together as the facilitator of the universe.

    Jesus is the final word from God. Jesus is the First Cause of Creation. Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead. And the Bible says in Hebrews 1:13, Jesus is the facilitator of all things. And here is my favorite on all the list - He is the Forgiveness of Our Sins. Listen to what it says in verse three. In verse three it says:

    ... when he had by himself purged our sins,...

    Christ is not only the revealer of God, He's the redeemer of man. This book of Hebrews is a book about cleansing, and here we are told that Christ purged our sins. He cleansed us. Please note where these words appear in the context of this verse. He who is before all things, and in whom all things are summed up, the one who is the Father's delight and the Father's glory, the one of infinite power and infinite glory; it was He Himself who purged our sins.

    For what purpose did he come? He didn't come down to set up his kingdom; primarily he came to seek and to save those who are lost. The Bible says in Hebrews "he came to taste death" for every man. And not one of these things that people talk about when they say these wonderful things about Jesus is worth anything if He didn't come down here to purge our sins.

    Think of it, folks. He who created the universe is the one who died for you.

    The only one who could do that work on the cross was Jesus Christ. And the Bible says that He Himself purged our sins.

    Now remember, I've been telling my people I've been teaching the book of Hebrews for a while and I always tell them about every week that the book of Hebrews was written to that group - the Hebrews. That is a really important thing to keep in mind that it was written to us but it was primarily written to the Hebrews. Now remember, the Jewish Christians knew all about the purging of sins. They had been brought up in Judaism and they knew through Judaism that the blood of bulls and goats and all of that - that their sins were forgiven in advance of the cross. In the Old Testament, the purging of sins was never, ever finished.

    Hebrews 9:25-26 says:

    Hbr 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

    Hbr 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

    I want to tell you some Good News, this Jesus that I'm telling you about that you could tell I'm a bit excited over - this Jesus who is the final word from God, and Jesus is the First Cause of Creation and Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead and is the facilitator of all things, this Jesus is the forgiveness of our sins. And when we come to know Him, He not only hears our prayer for forgiveness, but because of who He is, He can do something about it.

    {clapping and cheering from audience]

    He can heal us from our sin. He's the final word from God. He's the first cause of Creation. He's the fullness of the Godhead. He's the facilitator of all things. He's the forgiveness of our sin. And He's the finisher of our faith.

    Listen to what He says here:

    Hebrews 1:3 And He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

    In the Old Testament tabernacle, did you know that the high priests never sat down? In fact, in all of the tabernacle with all of its wonderful furniture; there was a lampstand, there was a laver, there was an altar, but there was no chair. If you were an Old Testament high priest you could never sit down because your work was never done. There was always somebody who needed forgiveness and you needed to be there as the high priest. But when Christ entered the Holy of the Holies in High Heaven, the Bible says that He sat down. Say that with me, "He sat down." And I want to tell you something friends, he didn't sit down because he was tired, he sat down cause He was finished!

    [clapping and cheering from audience]

    He sat down because what He cried on the cross was true. When he was dying on the cross, at the end of it he said, "IT IS FINISHED." And he paid the price for all of our sin and when he went back to heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, He sat down to signify that nothing else ever needs to be done for sin. He did it all and it's DONE!

    [Audience claps and cheers]

    Hbr 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

    You may be thinking well there is something that I need to do in order for me to go to heaven. Something I need to do for my sins to be forgiven. No, there is not anything that you need do - Jesus did it all. He did it all so well that when He got done He sat down! And He's not waiting for you to do anything except accept what He already did for you! And I'll tell you some more about that in a moment. I'm almost finished, but let me go through this list one more time. He's the final word from God. He's the first cause of Creation. He's the fullness of the Godhead. He's the facilitator of all things. He's the forgiveness of our sin. And He's the finisher of our faith. And here's that last one for all of us faithful Christians - He's our faithful High Priest. Did you know that? This Jesus who created the world. This Jesus who holds it all together. This Jesus who Himself purged our sins on the cross and went to heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father. The Bible says that He is at the right hand of the Father, always there making intercession for the saints.

    And over in the second chapter of Hebrews:

    Hbr 2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like [His] brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

    Hbr 2:18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

    What that means is that Jesus became for a limited time a little lower than the angels. That He might be one of us and walk among us, and live as we have lived on this earth. And the Bible says over in the fourth chapter:

    Hbr 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.

    Let me expel some of the nonsense that is out there about this fact. People say, "well if Jesus couldn't sin, how could he be tempted like we are?" Let's face it, I can't not sin. So if Jesus wasn't able to sin, there is this big argument. Was Jesus not able to sin or was he not to sin? Well, I believe Jesus was not able to sin. He was the sinless Son of God. So now they say, "well how could he have been tempted like we are?"

    Now I remember reading this somewhere that "is a bridge tested fully when the first car drives over the bridge or is it tested fully when cars have been driving over that bridge for years and years and years? Let me ask you this question. Is a bridge tested when it is found first not to fail? Or is it tested when it is found never to fail?

    Jesus didn't give in to any temptation so he felt the full brunt of it all. Whatever it is that you went through, you haven't faced anything like what Jesus faced. You know why that's true? Because you gave in! And the temptation of Jesus was to the fullest extent, yet He never sinned. And the Bible says that when I go to Jesus with my trouble, I can talk to someone who knows what it's like to be a human. He became like us and he exposed himself to all the hazards and perils of life and death and He was not protected from troubles and adversity. When we find ourselves immersed in the harsh realities of human experience where do we go? We go to Jesus.

    Think of the blessing of it all. How He shares our labors. How He knows the dull, drab drudgery of some of the common tasks we have to do. The heavy misery of back-breaking toil. He shares our trials and limitations. He was poor with no place to lay his head. He was hungry. He was thirsty begging water from a Samaritan woman. He was weary and exhausted and sat for a while on the well. He bore our sorrows and our heartaches. When there was death in the home it brought tears to his eyes. When he looked upon the crippled, the leper, the blind and the helpless, his heart was moved to compassion. Anybody could approach the Lord Jesus and be welcomed. The poor, the weak, the publican, the simple. In Jesus, God is with us.

    In all love and infinite blessing, my favorite name for Jesus outside of the name Jesus is Immanuel - God with us.

    Yes, He is the Creator of the universe. He's the one that holds it all together. He's the one that purged our sins. But He's the one who hears your prayer when you cry out to Him in the darkness of the night. When you are going through that thing that you thought you never would go through. When you go through that thing that I've written about - a bend in the road. And you wonder if you know of anyone who has experienced what I've experienced. I'm telling you - there is One. There's One who felt the pressure of it all! And He is our High Priest.

    Now I'm going to tell you something - if you haven't figured this out - I'm recommending Jesus to you. I'm recommending Him to you. The book of Hebrews says that we need to do something with Jesus. The Bible says you have to receive Him, you have to accept Him. The book of Hebrews says you need to consider Him, you need to accept Him. You need to be careful that you don't harden your heart against Him. In fact, in chapters 3 and 4, on four occasions we are warned against hardening our hearts against God. And the Bible says today - if you will receive Him do not hardened your heart.

    You know people come to churches and they come to events like this and they've heard the Gospel so many times - on Christian radio, on Christian television, in their churches, in their Bible studies, but they still haven't yet received Him. And every time you hear the Gospel and you don't receive it, another little callous forms on your heart, and your heart gets harder. And the Bible warns us that now we know who Jesus is, there is something that we need to do with Him. John 14:6 -

    Jhn 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    If you want to go to heaven some day, if you want to spend eternity with your Creator God, if you want to be with other members of your family who are Christians and have already gone ahead you better be sure that you have accepted Jesus into your life. Because He is your Creator, He is your Sustainer, He is the one who purged your sins, He's the one who is coming back some day and those who have received Him with be caught up together with Him and to be with Him and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

    [audience clapping and cheering]

    I went through my Bible in these first few chapters of Hebrews and I put a circle around the word "today" every place I found it. I've come to this conclusion: today is God's Word, tomorrow is Satan's word.

    Let me tell you what I have been learning in studying the book of Hebrews. Also, before that in the study of the book of Galatians. Listen carefully, when God tells us to do something and we hear His voice clearly, the space between having heard what He told us to do and understanding it and doing it, does not belong to God - it belongs to the enemy. The Word from God says, "do this." The enemy says "no, you can do that tomorrow." Some say, "I'm going to do that someday. I'm going to get my affairs in order, then I'm going to take care of Christ." But the Bible says in between the command and obedience is the wasteland of the wilderness and Satan occupies that territory like no other part of your life. When you hear what God tells you to do - you should say, "TODAY!" But if you don't say that, you will hear tomorrow ringing in your ears. And, one of these days there will be a tomorrow that's too late.

    D.L. Moody was a great evangelist. When he started to preach in Chicago, he would have four or five days of meetings. His method of preaching was that he would preach the Gospel with enthusiasm and passion. At the end of the service, he would say to the people, "I want you to go home tonight and think about what I've said, and come back tomorrow night ready to make a decision." He did that for a number of years, and one night he did that and the Chicago fire happened. And many of the people who were in his congregation, the night he had told them to go home and think about it and come back the next night, perished in that fire and never had a next night. From that day until he died, Moody never ever did that again. He learned the power of today. He realized that the message of the Gospel, when it comes home to our hearts, usually comes home to our hearts in a meeting something like this. Maybe a light goes on. Maybe you've know about Jesus but you've never trusted Him as my Savior. When that happens and you know God is speaking to you, the time to do something about it is not tomorrow, not the next time you meet with God's people, but TODAY!

    Dr. Jeremiah's final comments:

    Has your picture of Jesus been influenced by how our culture depicts Him? Do you find yourself laughing along with comedians when Jesus is made the object of crass humor? There is no better way to keep a biblical picture of Jesus in mind than by dwelling on the embodiment of Him in Scripture.


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