Friday, December 26, 2008

Just A Quick Pre-New Years Deal Typed With Two Thumbs On My Cell Phone

Feelin’ really grateful inside. How ’bout you? Did you clean up on Christmas day? Did you hang tight with your homies or with family members at the crib while the ladies put together tasty meals? I sure did. So tell me how it went for you all? Did you see any good movies? Kids, did you get some new electronic widgets, and video games? Teens, did you score a new hoodie with a rad design imprinted upon it, a new cell phone, a pimped out ride, a laptop or sic mountain-bike? Adults, what did you land?
On Christmas Eve, my wife and I were headed to church with my second son Nathan who has been overseas for a couple years. He, his wife Holly and my parents were traveling in his car, so Liney (my wife) and I said a little pray about a mile away from the building... “Lord Jesus, we just pray that you will bless and impact Nathan and Holly tonight by your love to just welcome him back as they start their new home together.” It was a great time, and my lame camera wasn’t even focused (for I had no clue as to how God would answer our simple prayer. Nathan was blown away, when out of the blue Pastor Swindoll and the people where basically thanking him for his service in Iraq).
It’s now the day after Christmas. Are you sad to see Christmas go? Hey, many won’t see it go away all year long as they start getting the bills in the mail. Others will respond to Christ in faith and enjoy Christmas in a different way from now on.
We can say bye bye Zales diamond commercials for another year. Yeah! Now the world and the media again are of course so quickly tryin' to move you and me past all the wonder and awe of yesterday's focus on the most beautiful Person of all the universe.. on to New Year's resolutions, weight-loss gimmicks, health club memberships more holiday close-out sales, revelry, champagne, and partying.. and even on to more ideas of secular-progressive thinking. The Spirit being my helper.. I REFUSE TO BUDGE from the One I’m gazing upon. Got my eye's bolted on Christ the one who satisfies long after all the Christmas toys have broken or been replaced.
I purpose to rightly rebel by walkin' with Jesus into and through 2009, depending upon Him. We don't have to be next-holiday-led, TV-led, peer-pressure-led, hormone-led, or event-led.
Just had a small glimpse of the excellent things soon to come–-the splendor, the glorious majesty, O the beauty-NESS, the kickin' worshipful new and old music.
Did the wooden angels hangin' on your tree remind you of a Christmas time in the future ..up in heaven where real adoring angels will bow before God’s throne? Did the love of your family and friends make you think of the selfless penetrating pure and blazing love of God in the new Jerusalem to soon to be seen.. of the warmth of goodwill towards all men there matter their color or background or tongue. Did it make you think of the rich harmony, the strong unity, the never-ending peace, and the indescribable, unstoppable overwhelming joy up in glory with your Gentle heavenly Father?
We have the sure statements of Scripture—yes, absolute truth, and the indwelling hope of all wonderful things promised to us for a life yet to come. Perhaps you already have friends or family that have passed and yet enjoy the most perfect Christmas of all ..up above. I had a friend die this year, but I know where he went and it wasn’t downward.
Twinkling holiday lights on houses will one day be replaced by God’s bright and lasting light up there. The Bible reminds us children of the day about such light saying, “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Rev. 21:23, kjv). Man, are you ready for that? You can be. One day will you be a part of God’s awesome festivities in glory? God wants you there but won’t force your attendance. Reservations must be made in advance. But that kind of abundant and eternal life doesn’t have to start postmortem. It can begin today! Are you sorry for you sins? Will you confess and forsake them? Now the ball is in your court.
As Islamic nations continue to fortify themselves to wipe the little Satan Israel off the map and blow up the big Satan (America), will you be prepared? As the United Nothing does what it does best—nothing.. as anti-Semitism continues to fester and grow today in Iran, in Russia and even in a more radical Turkey today how will it go with your buddies? Their strategy is “Yes, let’s sit down and talk and talk and talk some more.. while we simultaneously build our bombs using uranium until we have nukes that will sufficiently do the job.
Do you believe that the soon coming rapture of the Church (the fulfillment of God’s promise in the Bible where the Church is caught away to forever be with Him) will be a major downfall of America in the future? Why not? Think of it.. some 10 to 30 percent of the American population (who are real Christians) will vanish in one sixth of a nanosecond.. in the twinkling of an eye. I read thee Book. The markets would plummet.. the Dow Jones would take a dive the following day.
Unbelievers and believers alike out there sense that something has changed and that the world is near closing time. We’ve seen the sexual revolution of the sixties; we’ve seen the homosexual revolution ..even their riots at churches etc and now one in four girls 15 and older has contracted a sexually transmitted disease. The Bible says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18). That word “is” makes it present tense. Of course God loves all homosexuals in San Francisco as well as all types of people in all other cities, but He can not change. He still hates the Californication like we should hate all fornication (that's sex outside marriage) not matter the location. God is not at all vindictive or mean, but he does hate all sin (that severely hurts Him as well as other people), and He can’t stand other forms of perversion in any of the nations. God still judges nations for their wickedness too (so while you’re at it read Ezekiel 38, 39, Revelation and all of Romans 1 just to get the context). It’s closing time literally, and no time to play around with one foot in the church and one in the darkness! It's time to get a grasp on the holy fear of God to allow Him to change us from the inside out.
Did you know that 59% of the American population (I’m talking about Christians, religious people and non-Christian people) believe that the prophecies found in the book of Revelation in the Bible will indeed be fulfilled? I do too! Did you know that 25% of our population here has been thinking more about Bible prophecies ever since 9-11 happened? Did you know that 17% of the American population believe that they will seen the end of the world within their lifetime?
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