Saturday, August 8, 2020

Bible Study

  The following was my Bible Daily Devotional for August 8, 2020 which comes from The Bible Pathway Ministries. 
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Read Isaiah 38-42

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law (Isaiah 42:1-4). 

 Seven hundred years after Isaiah’s words were recorded, Jesus walked among the people of Judea, healing all those who sought His aid from the multitude that followed Him (Matt. 12:13-15). Jesus dealt with the multitude with the quiet confidence of a man who understood and accepted both His position and His mission. He did not seek attention, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. As a matter of fact, He charged them (those He had healed) that they should not make Him known (Matt.12:16). He did this that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias (Isaiah) the prophet, saying, Behold My soul is well pleased: I will put My spirit upon Him, and He shall shew judgment to the Gentiles (12:17-18). Jesus, the King of kings and LORD of lords (Tim. 6:14-15; Rev. 19:16), chose to present Himself to the world as an unassuming servant quietly and efficiently going about the business of God.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:5-8). Jesus was born, died, and resurrected in payment for our sins and to break the bonds of death (1 Cor. 15:3-4,56), but He dedicated His life to providing us with a model for our own lives in His service. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you (John 13:15). And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30-31). Every moment that our LORD spent alive upon this earth, He acted upon this love. Giving no thoufht to His own needs He gave everything He had to meet the needs of others. He acted upon the authority of God (John7:16; 12:49: 14:24), following the path that had been laid before Him since the beginning of the world. If we truly love Him as we say we do, how can we do any less? 

But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all (Mark 10: 42-45). Thought for Today: The only thing of importance that we need to show the world is our love of God.

Friday, April 3, 2020

My Great Awakening

Today is another anniversary, an anniversary of the greatest shock of my life, even greater and more upsetting than the deaths of my parents. Who or what I was when my eyes were opened twenty-six years ago but no more then a failed husband, a failed father of two, and also a lowly over-the-road truck-driver who had spent the previous three years of his life traveling all across the United States seeking an inner peace within myself and an even closer relationship with my Heavenly Father, if that were even possible.

It was Sunday, April 3, 1994, and even as I laid in my bunk that morning, in the sleeper of my tractor thinking on what had transpired in the past week with several personal encounters with the Holy Spirit, I knew there were even greater things to come, but what, I didn't know.
I was also a trainer, training new truck drivers in the art of traveling throughout these United States, and instructing new drivers on the safety aspects of entering the shippers, consignees, truck-stops, rest areas, and weigh-stations all across the USA and even into Canada.
Dennis C., my student, was sleeping in the upper bunk above me, we had met and were paired-up together in Schererville, IN. on Monday, March 28.
Dennis, with other students, had driven up from Dallas, TX., arriving approximately 9:30 that Monday morning. I had already been assigned a load for us to deliver to a UPS terminal in Chicago by 10:30, thinking this was "am" instead, finding out later that it was meant for 10:30 pm that night.
Arriving at the UPS that morning at about 11:30, I immediately started apologizing to the Receiving Clerk for being late. After checking our paperwork, the clerk at the receiving desk starts laughing, saying, "No, you're not late; in fact, you're eleven hours early." The clerk also informs us that our trailer wouldn't be unloaded before midnight.

Waiting is one of the hardest lessons the truck driver learns. Another student and I waited for four days in Seattle, Washington, for dispatch, and then when we finally did get a dispatch, we had to deadhead over 600 miles to the shipper in California. Waiting for dispatch, waiting for the shippers, waiting for the consignees, waiting in the weigh stations seems to be the most significant part of a truck driver's life.

The Receiving clerk instructed us as to where to drop our trailer and to park with the other drivers across the drive from his office.
It was precisely 10:30 pm when I spotted our trailer being backed in a dock door for unloading, and it was precisely midnight when I saw a UPS yard tractor pulling our trailer out from the dock.
After receiving our paperwork, hooking our empty trailer, and sending dispatch a satellite message that we were empty, I pulled out onto the I-94 Interstate heading back to Schererville.

I regretfully admit that even Christians have their moments of frustration and anger, and I was frustrated and angry for having waited more than thirteen hours for our empty trailer. Thus, I had the throttle of my tractor locked down as we were approaching the I-57/94 split, where there are two lanes for each interstate and a car in the right lane for Indiana. I moved to the left lane, and as I was passing this car, the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear, saying, "You must get out of this lane now!" I screamed at Dennis, telling him I must get over now. Dennis screams back, "No, you have this car right here!"
I glanced in the convex mirror and saw that the tandem of our 53' trailer was even with the front of the car. I screamed, "I got a foot or two," as I was jerking the steering wheel hard to the right just as we were entering underneath the I-57 overpass where there is a hard left-hand curve marked at 45MPH.
I don't believe it was me that jerked the steering wheel like that because it would have met a crash for sure with the sudden jerking of the steering wheel first to the right and then another sudden jerking back to the left to avoid hitting the concrete wall of the overpass. We would have jacked knifed hitting the concrete wall and we would not have walked away from slamming head-on with the concrete wall, plus the car I was passing would have slammed into the trailer.
We were in an old International Cab-over tractor, which was governed at 60 mph, and as I am crossing the center-line, I suddenly see a car in the left lane just starting to push a car off the curve which had broken down just moments earlier.

With Chicago's CTA parking a train on the inside of this sharp left-hand curve after midnight just a few feet from this highway payment, plus the I-57 Northbound lane overpass, my view of any traffic ahead of us was minimal at best. Dennis seated on the right side could see a few feet farther around the curve than I could have. Neither Dennis nor I realized the presence of the two cars in the left lane until we were passing and missing them by mere inches and also the car that I had just passed.

After clearing the curve, I glanced at Dennis, and I could see that he was in shock with both hands still raised in front of his face and his eyes staring straight ahead. Upon my third glance to check on Dennis, he finally shook his head and turned to me and asked, "How did you know?" I replied, "The Good LORD shows me things, and He tells me things, and the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear saying, 'You must get out of this lane now!'"

Had it not been for the Holy Spirit's warning, I most likely would have killed Dennis and myself, and maybe even the three men in the three cars on that curve that night. Thus, this was the beginning of a week that will never be forgotten.

I may not have the education nor the worldly wisdom which most have in this world, but what understanding I do have was given to me by the most loving Heavenly Father who is rich in mercies and blessings for those that seek a personal relationship with Him. I had learned several years early through visions and spoken messages both in my left ear and through my lips to others, that this is truly a spiritual world in which we live. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

The following Friday morning Dennis and I arrived in Ft. Worth, TX. to make a delivery, but the consignee said that they couldn't unload our trailer until Monday morning. I asked the Receiving Clerk, "If we can get permission from our dispatcher, can we drop our trailer? He said, "Yes.' I sent a message to our dispatcher asking for that permission, and she okayed our request.
It was an hour or so later when an empty trailer was located in Carrolton, a suburb nearby. Hooking this empty, we sat there waiting for a dispatch message. An hour or so later, the keyboard beeps for an incoming message, and it read, pickup ASP in Waco, TX. for a Monday morning delivery in Southern California.
I told Dennis we have the load, but they don't have all the details, I have been to Waco several times to two different shippers who are no more than a couple of miles apart, so we'll head on down there, and we'll most likely get all the details for this load before reaching Waco.
As I turned onto the ramp for I-35E South the keyboard beeps, I asked Dennis to check it out, believing this was the information we were needing.
Dennis says, "Dispatch says that there is a problem with this load, go to Mesquite T/A. check with dispatch in the morning." I merged onto I-35E and took the next exit for I-635 East for Mesquite, as I was merging onto I-635, the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear saying, "This load will not be ready until Monday." I glanced at Dennis and said, "I can tell you right now; this load will not be ready until Monday." Dennis asks, "How do you know that?" I said, "I told you before, the Good LORD shows me things, and He tells me things."

Saturday morning, I crawled into the driver's seat and sent dispatch a message. As I am laying the keyboard down on the dash, Dennis slides into the jump seat and he asked, "Are you checking on our load?" I replied, "Yes!" Dennis asks, "How long will it take to get an answer?" I said, "It's 7 am Saturday, they can't be that busy, maybe 7 or 8 min.!" Immediately the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear saying, "This load will not be ready until Monday!" I told Dennis, "But I can tell you right now their reply will simply say, 'This load will not be ready until Monday!'" Again Dennis asks, "How can you know that?" I laughed and said, "I've told you, the Good LORD shows me things, and He tells me things, and this is what the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear."
It was fifteen minutes later when the keyboard beeps, I grab the keyboard and read the message. I handed the keyboard to Dennis, and he read, "This load will not be ready until Monday!"

Sunday morning April 3, I crawled into the driver's seat and looked out the side window and see the small trailer used by the Chaplin maybe 200' or so away; suddenly the Holy Spirit whispered, "You must be in church this morning!" I thought to myself; God must have a message for me today in the sermon.
Dennis crawls into the jump seat. I turned to him and said, "Well, I can now tell you at least partly, why our load was delayed Friday." Dennis asks, "Why?" I said, "Evidently God has a message just for me in the sermon at church today, the Holy Spirit says I must be in church today."
A little while later, the Chaplin who lived in one end of the trailer came knotting on my door. He introduced himself as Richard Chamberlain, and he invited me to the service that morning. I waved my Bible at him and told him all that had happen to us since Friday and that I believed God had a message just for me in his sermon.
The sermon ended, and I sat there, shocked and upset with myself, thinking I had missed God's message. Chaplin Chamberlain was now standing in the aisle, casually talking with the four of us who attended his service that morning.
I wasn't listening to the Chaplin; I was trying to replay his sermon in my mind when he suddenly snaps his finger and says, "I have a tape to give you men." I was still highly upset with myself, and I didn't raise my head because of the tears in my eyes, thinking I failed God once again.

I hear Chaplin Chamberlain coming back down the aisle, so without looking up I held my hand up for the tape. He talked about this tape for a few minutes, and then he snaps his fingers again and says, "I have one more tape you men definitely need to hear!"
Hearing Chaplin Chamberlain approaching once again, I still would not raise my head, so I lifted my hand to receive this second tape. When he places this tape in my hand, I came flying out of my seat, screaming, "That's it! That's it! That's it!" In shock, the Chaplin begins shaking, and he is slowly backing up in the aisle, maybe an inch per step, asking, "What's it." I repeated all that I had told him earlier that morning when he stopped by to invite me to his sermon, ending with, "Well, I didn't hear God's message for me in your sermon, but this is God's message for me this morning," as I was shaking the tape back and forth in the air.
Chaplin Chamberlain told us that he had read a book titled, "Through the Fire Without Burning," which was authored by Pastor Dumitru Duduman telling of his life and how God showed him a vision of America's coming destruction.

America has been on the road of destruction by her own making for nearly 50 years or more. I have also been led to two others since that day who have also seen visions of America's destruction.
I have learned through the years of reading the Bible that one can ask God for confirmation to confirm as to whether a prophecy is true or not. If only one confirmation is received, then the prophecy could be altered in some way or another. If two confirmations were received, then it was a prophecy that would undoubtedly come to pass in God's timing and not before.
With each of these three visions in which I was led to, I prayed, saying, "God, if this is a true vision for America than You are required to give me two confirmations," and with each request, God gave me the two confirmations which I had asked for.

If interested in more information about Prophet Dumitru Duduman, please visit his ministry's website, Hand of Help Ministries dot com.
If you are having a hard time believing God interactions with man today as I have suggested, please look-up my post titled "The Greater Message," found in the archives posted on January 21, 2014.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

God Called It, "Life At Conception"

Today is the 21st year since God delivered me to a youth group at the New Beginnings Church in Glen Avon, California. I say “delivered” because when a young man greeted me at the door of the church that evening saying, “Hey, it great seeing you out tonight,” I suddenly realized where I was. I turned around and saw my pickup in the parking lot where I would normally park it, I turned back to the young man and said, “Yeah, right!” The last thing I remembered was going to bed on Thursday night and I was now four miles South of where my tractor was parked. I knew this was Friday evening Jan. 22, 1999. I could hear the kids in a back room of the church. I asked the young man about the kids and he said they would be coming back into the sanctuary before being released tonight.
I sat down in the back of the sanctuary and bowed my head trying to tell God that there was no way I had the nerve to speak about abortion to a bunch of kids who I didn’t even know. After maybe an hour or more of crying and telling God I just can’t do this, I opened my eyes and I see my feet moving. I looked up and here I am walking down the aisle towards the group of 20 kids or so who were now standing in a circle holding hands at the front of the sanctuary. I threw my hands up and said, “God, I guess you’re going to give me the nerve to do this, I guess a young girl in this group is pregnant!” At the end of the aisle, I turned towards the kids and the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear, “Fix your eyes on Marcy!” Marcy and her husband Marlin were one of the first couples to welcome me into this church a few months earlier. Two girls parted hands and reached out to take my hands. I turned to Marcy on my left and said, “Marcy, God wants me to deliver a message to this group tonight.” Marcy permitted me to speak.
I started telling the group how I was an over-the-road truck driver and this past Tuesday morning was my first day off after being out on the road for five weeks. I told them I was homeless, living in my tractor and Tuesday morning I started my day with a cup of coffee in the driver’s lounge at my terminal watching the morning news when a driver walks through and says, “Dispatchers messed it up today!” Laughing, I asked, “What have they done now?” He says, “They have too many local deliveries and not enough drivers!” The driver continued out the back door and I could feel the pressure starting to build on my chest. God has done this to me before so I knew it was His doing. I said, “Please God, I need this day off.” The pressure continues until I jumped up and said, “Okay, I’ll call in.” As I was dialing Jackie, my dispatcher’s number I could feel the pressure dropping. I told Jackie, “If you needed me I could make a local delivery!” Jackie said, “You’ll have your info by the time you get back to your tractor.” Within thirty minutes or so I am Westbound on Rt. 60 for Long Beach.
I continued, "I was listening to a Christian radio station that was interviewing Pastor Alvin L. Howard, who was describing his ministry called, His Nesting Place. In this interview Pastor Howard said that since the Supreme Court's approval of Roe vs. Wade Bill, there have been approximately 35 million abortions performed here in America." At that moment I heard a young girl to my right cry out.
I continued saying, "After hearing of the 35 million abortions my memory of three messages that God has given me started replaying through my head; immediately after this the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear saying, 'You must go to the youth group Friday night and tell your abortion stories.' This message was repeated over and over from that moment up until last night when I went to bed. Having been awake for two nights and three days up until last night hearing the Holy Spirit whispering this message in my left ear over and over. God allowed me to fall asleep last night and I woke up here at the front door a little over an hour ago.”
I must quickly tell you of three events beginning with the third event first. On the night of Jan 22,'97, as I was saying my prayers and praying about the abortion issue the Holy Spirit spoke in my left ear saying, 'I will repay America double for her iniquities!' This brought back the memory of the two previous events about abortion, so I cried out, 'What is it God, what do You want from me? God, I am just a truck driver, who am I that You would say this to?’ I was deeply troubled over the Holy Spirit's comment, wondering if God was planning to use me in some way to make a difference in someone's life."
The young girl who had started crying earlier was now noticeable more upset.

I continued saying, "The second event happens one night as I was asleep in my sleeper in Connecticut; I might have been asleep maybe an hour or so when I was suddenly awakened by a voice saying, 'As long as America allows abortion this nation is going down, down and down.' I believe this might have been in June of 1995. I jumped up to burst through the curtains to the front of the cab thinking there was someone there, but I found the doors were locked and the windows were rolled up. I closed the curtains and sat down on the edge of my bunk and said, 'As long as... As long as America allows abortion.... this nation is going down, down and down.' I laid back down that night, troubled and wondering what God was trying to reveal to me about abortion.”

At the time of the first event, I was living in LaGrange, Illinois and driving in the Chicago area. It was Saturday morning Aug. 1,'92 when I suddenly decided that I would visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. There was a large display of the different stages of the life of the Fetus. Each fetus in its jar with a plaque to the lower right of each jar explaining the developments of that stage of life. I had never seen anything like this before and I was becoming quite upset and teary-eyed viewing this display.
The young girl who had started crying earlier was now louder than ever.

I said, “Standing in front of the third to the last jar, I laughed at myself and said aloud, 'God, Why is this bothering me so?' Wiping my tears away, I said, 'Well, I have seen enough of this.' I started to turn to walk away, but my feet didn’t move; again I started to turn to the right, but still, my feet would not move. Looking at the fetus through my tears; I heard a voice whisper in my left ear saying, 'This was life at one time!' I jumped and quickly turned to my left to see who was speaking, but there was no one there. I turned back to face the fetus and then looked to the left and then to the right to see if anyone was watching me. I lowered my head to wipe my tears and then looked up and to my amazement, I hadn't moved, yet I was now standing in front of the next fetus, next to the last on this display."
I noticed at this point the young girl who had started crying earlier was now in the center of the circle, wailing with two friends at her side trying to comfort her.

I continued saying, "I studied this fetus' body and then read the plaque describing its developments at this stage of life. I looked back to the fetus through my tears and the voice again whispered in my left ear saying. ‘Man called this life, a fetus!’ I jumped and quickly turned to the left hoping to see who was speaking to me, but again there was no one there.”
I told this group, “I realized at this point that it was the Holy Spirit who was speaking to me. Turning back to face the fetus I quickly glanced to the left and then to the right to see if anyone was watching me, there was no one near me and no one watching that I could see. I lowered my head to hide the fact that I was wiping away my tears and again I raised my head to be shocked, I hadn't moved, yet I saw that I was now standing in front of the last fetus of this display. Wiping my tears, I began to study this fetus and then I read the plaque describing the development at this final stage of life just before birth. My eyes were drawn back to the fetus and again the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear saying, 'But God calls this, life at conception!' Suddenly my feet bolted out to the right, not having ever been in this building before, I glanced ahead in the direction I was now moving and I saw a men’s restroom sign above a door. I thank God there was no one coming out this door as I hit it at nearly a dead run, and I thank the LORD that there was no one in the first stall. I quickly sat down and started crying out, ‘God, why did you do this to me? Who am I that You should do this too? God, I am just a truck driver, why have You done this to me?' I heard some voices that sounded as though it was two men at the basin. When I heard their voices I got quiet to listen to what the men were saying, but then I heard two men’s voices in my left ear, one was a coworker, Ron, who I had been working with for the past three months or so, and the other was another coworker, Mike, who I had worked with from 1982 to 1990 or so. Both men were saying the same thing to me, 'You say you’re a Christian man, so how do you feel about abortion?' I cried out, 'God, I have always said, I know it is wrong, but it is the woman body!' I suddenly realized that was my thoughts and not God's thoughts. I cried out, 'God, That’s not what your Word tells us, is it? We were bought for a price and that’s with the shed blood of Jesus Christ.'"

I turned to my left and begin pointing to each one in the circle as I was saying, "The message for this group tonight is..." I paused with my eyes on the one girl who was still wailing and then the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear. I turned again to my left and began speaking the message to the group saying, "God can even forgive a sin as great as this."
Marcy begins a long prayer and after several minutes passed, Marcy closes her prayer. With my heartbreaking for this young girl, thinking she has already had an abortion; I started to walk over to put my arm around the girl to tell her, God has forgiven you, now you need to forgive yourself. But Marcy spoke out, "His message, that was for me, a long, long, loooong time ago, I had an abortion and I have never told anyone."
The young girl was Marcy's 15-year-old daughter who had just turned in a term paper that morning titled, "Abortion and Its' Effects on The Family"
Lying down in my bunk to begin my prayer that night; I said, "A long, long, loooong time ago, I had an abortion and I have never told anyone." Realizing it was the Holy Spirit Who had spoken this through my lips; I cried out "God, Marcy had never truly forgiven herself for the abortion, but You have made it clear to her tonight that You have forgiven her." I continued for the next several minutes to praise God for having used me to deliver His message of forgiveness to Marcy.
The greater message came that following Sunday morning at church, Jan. 24, Marcy and Marlin were the greeters. After speaking with Marlin I turned to Marcy and I started to say good morning but what came out was, "Marcy, God has a message for you this morning!” Marcy said, “Yes!” I said, “God wants you to know that you will see your daughter when you get to Heaven." Shock at what I just said, I stepped back and asked, "Marcy, did you know that your first child was a girl?" Marcy answered, "Yes, I told a nurse in the recovery room that I had to know, she told me it was a girl."

With all of this said, how could I not be a strong advocate for life?

This is the proof that God can forgive you for your past sins just as He has forgiven Marcy and millions of others.
In January 1991 when I cried out with godly sorrow for my past sins, asking God for His forgiveness and renewing my vow accepting Jesus Christ as my LORD and SAVIOR. He forgave me just as He will forgive you; God’s promises never fail.
I often ask God to help me to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, both to His voice and His very presence within me.

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

As I have said many times in the past; one last thing you might ask yourself, why would anyone subject himself to criticism and persecution by making such bizarre statements, such as I’ve made in this writing, if they were not true? God is my witness to the truth of what I have written here and if you choose to deny what I have said, it is your choice. But remember this - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).

Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Lesson for Today

Aug. 16, 2019 - Read Jeremiah 7-10

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Stand in the gate of the Lord's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord (Jeremiah 7:1-2).
When we read through the Book of Jeremiah we often view it as a book of history detailing the misadventures of people that lived long ago. We shake our heads at their stubborn worldly behavior, and we wonder why they did not heed the warnings of the LORD. This is not the manner in which God wishes us to read His WORD. The Bible consists of the living WORD (Heb. 4:12), and it is active and applicable to modern life as it was on the day it was first uttered and recorded. Keeping that fact in the forefront of our minds, let us now re-read the message that Jeremiah delivered as he stood in the gate of the LORD’s house.
It was in the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah (Jer. 26:1), during one of three major Feasts (Festivals) to which all Jewish males were required to come to Jerusalem, that God instructed Jeremiah to stand in the Temple’s entrance and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD. On what was normally a day of joyful celebration, Jeremiah pronounced a most severe and harsh accusation from the LORD: Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord (Jer. 7:9-11).
These words infuriated all those that heard them. After all in their opinion they were worshiping God in accordance with His directives. The priests, prophets, and people would not tolerate condemnation by ‘narrow-minded’ Jeremiah. Ne was publicly calling them out for sins that they felt had nothing to do with their worship in the Temple
What would happen if Jeremiah stood in the entranceway of our churches today? Would we be able to face his truth as we passed by him on Easter Sunday? As he ran through his list of sins including adultery, lying, greed and idol worship (Remember, an idol is anything that you hold in higher esteem that God), how would we react? Would we examine our hearts before approaching God, or would we angrily push past him and accuse him of trying to ruin our Easter Celebration with his vile and vicious accusations?
Through God’s living Word, Jeremiah is indeed standing at the doorway of every church. Although to the unrepentant sinner his presence presents an unwelcome accusation, to the child of God it should serve as reminder that we are accountable to God for everything that we do, whether it ‘officially’ pertains to worship or not. He has been placed there to convict us of our sins, not out of malice, but out of a sincere desire to turn our hearts back to God.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (2 Corinthians 13:5)?

Thought for Today: It is foolish to focus on our perceived superiority to acient peoples, rather it would be wise to reflect on our similarities with them in the eyes of God.


The Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional has truly been a blessing to my life for over 28 years now. I would pray that this message would be a blessing to all today.

Please, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, wake up to the evils which surrounds us... Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints
(Ephesians 6:11-18).

If you haven't made a decision for Christ today, it is well pass the time of getting serious with your faith. We know that no man knows the hour of Christ return but we can know the season of His return and all indications points to this time we are living in now; thus, today is the day of Salvation.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25). This meaning, many may claim to be Christian, yet they never attend church where they could possible strengthen others in the faith or to be strengthen by others themselves.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

No Worries and No Fears

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust (Psalm 91:1-2).

Absolutely security. Unwavering trust. The complete and total lack of fear. How amazing would it be to live our lives cocooned in these emotions and utterly supported by the hand of God? As we contemplate the words of the psalmist here in the 91st Psalm, we can take comfort from the realization that such a life is open to us, right here and right now, if we fully surrender ourselves to God and willingly place ourselves in His shadow.

In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes (Judges. 17:6). We live in fallen world. Ambition, greed, self-pride, contempt, anger and hate are often the emotions that hold the greatest sway in today's society. Biblically defined concepts of absolute right and wrong have been obliterated, replaced with expectations for us to accept the current nebulous and ever changing societal norms. As the climate of popular morality slides further and further from the will of God, confusion and chaos reigns. It is easy for those of us who still cling to His WORD and His promises to feel alone and vulnerable as we are seemingly attacked from all sides at once. Yet we are not alone, and, if we are truly standing in the shadow of God, we will never be vulnerable. His protection is complete and unwavering, and if we make our home with Him we have nothing to fear. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling (Psalm 91:9-10).

The promises laid out here in the 91st Psalm are both wondrous and comforting, but in order to full benefit from them we must first understand what is being promised. As much as we might wish it to be so, God's promise here is not for an earthly life free of all trouble, conflict , or sorrow. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). What He is promising us is that with Him we are stronger than any trouble we will face. As we follow in His footsteps and remain in His shadow, we have nothing at all to fear. Any pain we encounter and any suffering, but even as they fall we will stand. God's promise is that He will bring us through to stand with Him on the other side - triumphant, whole, and at peace.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:6-9).

Thought for Today: Suffering for God is temporary, but damnation without Him is eternal.


This was Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional lesson early this week which I thought would be a good message to share. To learn more about this amazing ministry and to visit Bible Pathway Ministries website please, "Click here."

Whether you wish to believe this or not, we Christians have been in a spiritual battle against many leaders in our government for our Christian faith here in the United States and it is a battle that we are loosing in several areas.

We see the confusion and trouble minds of many of our own family members and in the lives of many of our friends, trying to cope with politicians who are clearly out of control, seeking to disrupt our lives and our children's education, our health care, our workplaces, our churches and the invasion which is happening on our Southern border; however, even all of this is nothing compared to the lack of concern many of our government officials are showing over the subject of terrorism not only here in this country but also around the globe.

The Clarion Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of radical Islam that every American patriot should listen to. Please, click on the follow link to read their latest message to all of us, "Clarion Intel EXCLUSIVE: Nationwide Militant Islamist Network.

Please understand this, a well informed Christian needs not to worry because our LORD Jesus is our worldly protector in whatever we must go through. I believe it will be just as it was shown to me in a vision while in a Sunday morning service in Glen Avon, California when Pastor Johnny Bunch suddenly stopped in the middle of his sermon, Pastor Bunch took one step forward and pointed at me and said, "If you are a born again Christian who happens to be in Sodom or Gomorrah when He allows their destruction, He will take you up in the blink of an eye!" No one saw nor heard Pastor Bunch speak this message to me that morning.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Toay's Reading

Never have I seen this nation in such a demoralized condition as it is today. Many choosing to decide what is right or wrong within their very own moral guidelines rather than what our laws or even the WORD of God says. Many Christians and liberals supporting genderism, homosexuality and even abortion up to the moment of birth.

We have groups in United States which claims to be transgender, groups claiming there are more than two genders and politicians' agreeing with whatever the people are saying just to get their votes..
The hatred that was present at the time of our Civil War very nearly destroyed this nation and unless this nation turns back to the WORD of God we will see the greatest division ever seen with no possible recovery in sight.

Note: Read Romans 1:18-32

The follow is The Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional guide lesson for today..

May 6 Read 2 Kings 14-15

For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the Lord said not that He would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash ( II Kings 14:26-27).

Our God is merciful God. Since the split from the southern kingdom of Judah, Israel had been a nation in decline. Her kings had ranged from overtly evil to weak and foolish, and Israel had suffered greatly as a result. The LORD saw the affection of Israel, and He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash. Under the guiding hand of God,he (Jeroboam) restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which He spake by the hand of His servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher(14:25).

Jeroboam II ruled Israel for 41 years, and under his leadership the people enjoyed levels of peace, prosperity and political prestige that had not been seen in that country since the days of David and Solomon, Unfortunately, however, this period of national prosperity did not bring with it a wave of national righteousness, Jeroboam's military prowess far exceeded his desire to do the will of the LORD (14L24). The king followed the desires of his heart, and the people followed the ways of their king. As a result, immorality and idolatry flourished.

The Israelites appeared to believe that their prosperity was a sign that God approved of their current lifestyle, and they did not heed the warnings of His prophets that He sent to minster to them. Hosea and Amos both spoke out against the spiritual bankruptcy, religious perversion and moral wickedness that were the hallmarks of Jeroboam's reign (Hos. 1:1; 6:4-10; 10:1-15; Amos 1:1; 2:6-8; 3:13-5:27), but the people turned a deaf ear to their words. They lived in a world of peace and plenty, and they could not fathom a time when the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword (Amos 7:9).

Today, we also live in a land of relative peace and prosperity, a land of that claims to be "one nation, under God." As a nation, we have benefited greatly from the LORD's blessings, but just as was the case with Jeroboam and the citizens of Israel, many have mistaken the love and mercy of God for a blanket 'seal of approval.' Instead of delving into the richness of God's WORD and allowing Him to shape their lives after His will, they are boldly proclaiming to know His will without even bothering to consult Him on it. They back up their claims in the same way the ancient Israelites did. They point to their social, material and political successes and say, "God is happy with me."

Success that has been achieved at the cost of spiritual neglect is not success at all; it is failure of the worst kind. In His permissive will, God a​llows us to experience these hollow victories in order to test our loyalty and humility before Him. But rest assured, any earthly success that does not have God at its core is nothing more than an illusion. And, like all illusions, it will eventually fade away into nothingness, revealing the cold, hard truth of a wasted life.

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself
(Gal. 6:3).

Thought for Today: We live to seek God's Blessing, not the other way around.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Wealth, Idols or God?

With each year passing this world is becoming more violent than ever before. The lies are being called the truth and the truth is being called a lie by the vast majority today. With the thoughts of the coming fulfillment of the End Times prophecies one should carefully re-examine their relationship with God today before it is too late. If it isn’t apparent to others that you are living for Christ than you are living for your own selfish desires and in danger of missing God’s plan for your eternal Salvation.

To distinguish between the truth of good and that which is evil there must be a guide in which we are instructed to best understand the differences of this truth. God has given us the Bible as a guide by which all nations and all people should be governed by that, that we may live a long and blessed life.
God’s WORD says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)? We are also warned in the Bible, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).”

Using the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional Guides one can read through the Bible in one year with approximately fifteen minutes of reading per-day to learn the details of achieving this long and blessed life which God provides.

The following is the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional guide for February 23, 2018.

Read Numbers 23 - 25

Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his (Numbers 23:10)!

Whatever his faults, we must acknowledge that Balaam was a prophet of God. And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak (23:5. Balaam was endowed with far more than ordinary knowledge of the one true God. He received marvelous prophetic revelations and inspiration directly from the LORD. In fact, it was from the mouth of Balaam that we received one of the earliest direct prophecies of the coming Messiah. I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth (24:17). Despite all of this, the wealth and prominence of King Balak enticed him to compromise what he knew was God’s Will. He knew he should have refused Balak outright, but he coveted the rewards that were offered him. Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness (2 Peter 2:15).

There are many today that fall into the same category as Balaam. They know the right doctrine, sing the right songs, and can even quote the perfect Scripture to fit any situation. They have no doubt in the sovereignty of God, but they deceive themselves into believing that they can fulfill their own worldly desires while simultaneously following the will of God. They too, like Balaam, expect to die the death of the righteous, but in life they also love the wages of unrighteousness. They want to belong to the LORD in death and for all eternity, but they withhold a portion of the present in order to indulge their own selfish desires.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's (Exodus 20:17). Covetousness comes in a variety of forms, but they can all be recognized by one key characteristic. A covetous person will have something other than Christ and His WORD as their first concern. Most covetous people do not appear to be evil, in fact they may be considered pleasant, successful people by many who know them. Upon closer inspection, however, they can be easily recognized. These people will always measure their worth against the worth of other people, and they will always find themselves lacking. Because of this, they will never pass up opportunities to gain popularity or wealth, even if it means that they have skirt around the edges of God’s law to do it.

Balaam served God because he understood the LORD’s power and he was afraid not to. However, he was constantly looking for the angle that would allow him to receive the greatest reward possible in this world. In order to be a true servant of God, we must let go of selfish ambition. When balanced against eternity with the LORD, the accumulation of wealth becomes meaningless. God must be first!

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth (Luke 12:15).

Thought for Today: Averting our eyes from God for even a single moment can lead to a lifetime of regret.


Using the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional one can read through the Bible in one year’s time with an average of fifteen minutes of reading per-day. Click on Bible Pathway Ministries to order the monthly pamphlet and visit Christianity dot com for fun Bible games.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Are You Stressed?

Can you truly say that you are happy with the way your life is today? We certainly don't need to look very far to see that the stress levels have skyrocketed within ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our co-workers and even in the strangers we meet throughout our daily routine.
The American Psychological Association claims there has been a sharp rise of stress over the last several decades and that today's millennial generation is clearly the most stressed out generation ever, why is this happening?
Maybe it is because this millennial generation seems to struggle more with profound differences in values and definitions of who they are and how they perceive the truth of the news they hear from day to day, sadly, that even hold true for all generations to some degree?

How many times have we all heard it said, "Your truth is not my truth," or "There is no such thing as an absolute truth." Our perspective or understanding of what we think is the truth can make all the differences in the world pertaining to our attitude and relationships with others...
If we wish to combat this significant increase in stress in our lives we must be vigilance in not seeking 'our truth' but to seeking 'the truth.'

Common sense tells us that if we refuse to listen to the truth, than our perspective for the truth is greatly tainted and we end up creating our own truth, do we not?
Common sense also reveals there cannot be a contradiction to the absolute truth when given compared to the whole council of what is being said... Thus, there is and must be a basis for all truth and that basis is clearly found within God's WORD.
A well educated person may very well manipulate the truth which is presented but at that point his truth is invalid and corrupted.

The choice is entirely up to you, if you truly wish for a guaranteed less stressful and a blessed life than what you are living today, then start seeking the absolute truth by reading God's WORD.

I added the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional study for today in hope that one might see the wisdom in what I am trying to convey to you.


Dec. 19, Read 2 Peter

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost
(2Peter 1:19-21).

From the moment that mankind first began to translate, print and publish the WORD of God, scholar have spent considerable time and effort on the task of accurately identifying the authors of each book. At times this task has proven relatively simple (such as in books where the writer identifies himself by name), but at other times it has proven to be impossible to state with any certainty (Such as in the case of the Books of Job and Esther).
Here, God, through Peter, offers us the assurance that what we don't know isn't a problem. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. In other words, the Bible may have been physically written by man, but it was authored by God. It is His WORD, given to us so that we may come to know Him through the wondrous Person of His Son, the living WORD. Yet even among believers there are skeptics, those that believe the Bible tells of the WORD of God, but that it is still subject to the fallibility of mankind. As children of God, we must be careful not to allow this doubt to creep into our thinking. If we begin to doubt God's WORD, then in essence we doubt God Himself.

Even critics must admit that the Bible is unique, a Book without equal. It was written over a period of more than 2000 years by at least forty different men that wrote in three different languages. Yet despite the time span and the variety of writer, its message remains consistent. Not once in the sixty-six Books does the Bible contradict itself. Another astounding fact of the Bible is the accuracy of the Old Testament prophecy. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture (Psalm 22:16-18).

King David described Christ's death in excruciating detail 1000 years before He was even born! No prophecy recorded in the Bible has ever been disproven. They have either already come to pass, or are still applicable for a future time. Although other sources have claimed to be able to foretell the future none have even approached this level of accuracy.

As with all spiritual things, ultimately it is a personal, faith-driven choice to trust in the infallibility of the WORD of God. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom that God faithful provides - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5), we have at our disposal all the tools necessary to discern the truth. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Thought for today: If the Bible were merely the words of men, then there would be nothing in it to hold faith and it would have been long since forgotten. God's WORD is enduring.


Using the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional one can read through the Bible in one year’s time with an average of fifteen minutes of reading per-day. Click on Bible Pathway Ministries to order the monthly pamphlet and visit Christianity dot com for fun Bible games.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Today's Lesson

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (2 Corinthians 13:5)?

October 11 Read Matthew 25 & 26
And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goas on the left (Matt. 25:33).
If we take nothing else away from our reading of the 25th chapter of Matthew, we must understand this – when it comes to joining the body of Christ, we must make a decisive choice. There can be no ‘fence-sitting’ or ‘hedging of bets.’ We are either all in, owe are out. There is no middle ground. Furthermore, the time that we have to make this decisive choice is unknown to anyone but God. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh (Matt. 25:13).
To illustrate His message, Jesus offered His Disciples two parables. In the first, He likened Himself to a much anticipated Bridegroom and those who would seek Him to the bridal party. While initially all ten of the virgins were excited for His arrival, only five of them came prepared for the vigil. As the wait grew longer the entire group grew distracted and tired, final lapsing into sleep. Upon the approach of the bridegroom they all awakened, but only the five who had prepared themselves beforehand were ready to meet Him. The other frantically rushed out to complete their preparations, but it was too little, too late.
The meaning of this parable is clear. It is not enough for us to want to meet Christ ‘someday’; we must actively prepare for that meeting today. When the time comes, either at the moment of our death or His return, we will have no opportunity for last minute preparations. All those who have not been made new in the body of Christ will be turned away.
The second parable is much like the first. Before leaving on a long journey, a master entrusts his servants with varying amounts of talents (Items of monetary value) to be conservators over while he is away. Upon returning, he asks each of his servants to give account for ho they managed the talents in his absence. The master commented those who took what he had given them and increased it, but he had harsh words for the servant that had taken what little he had been given and hidden it away with the sole intention of returning it in ‘like new’ condition. Jesus’ teachings leave no room for doubt. Through the power of His love we have been gifted with the Truth, but the only way for that Truth to make a difference in our lives is for us to embrace it and allow it to be a visible part of us. Salvation is not an insurance policy; it is active life eternal, and it begins the moment we join with Christ. If we view it as something private that must be locked away and kept separate and safe until some later date. We may be shocked to discover that we never really had it in the first place. Not misunderstand – Jesus will not sort us on our ‘works,’ but He will look into our hearts and determine where we stand. Have we allowed His love to fill us and overflow into all aspects of our lives, or are we coming before Him as a dry and empty vessel, totally devoid of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)? Do we belong on His right, or is our place on His left? Jesus will do the sorting, but the choice is up to us.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matt. 7:13-14).
Thought for today: God’s love is not something we are capable of reciprocating unless we are first willing to share it with everyone.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Lukewarm Church and The Falling Away

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden (Genesis 3:1)?

Satan's deception and patience in corrupting our churches can begin in the most subtle ways as he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan's greatest deception is convincing the vast majority that neither he nor God exist...

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:2-4).
Most of us were taught during our early years that we must take pride in our accomplishments and be self-efficient and to rely on our own understandings, trusting our own instincts or ideas to achieve our goals in this life. And it is with this worldly wisdom that most of us have chosen our spouses, friends and careers which we believed would fulfill our desires only to find out that most of our choices hasn't brought the happiest and joy we thought they would.
However God's WORD teaches us to not rely on our own understanding by telling us: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?
When we first come to God most of us have a great deal of pride and arrogance thinking that we know much more than what we actually do and we are convinced that we can serve God and still maintain our independence in making all the right decisions in our lives.
The more we read God's WORD, with humbleness and a repentant heart, God gives us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17), giving us discernment concerning the schemes of the enemy to corrupt the Biblical doctrines of our Faith. The Holy Spirit guides us into the realization that our self-sufficiency is only an illusion designed to hide from us the truth of our enslavement to sin.

Sadly many Christians today will pray to God asking that their own desires might be fulfilled pertaining to choosing the right spouse, friends and careers rather than asking God for His guidance in making these choices, thus we see just as many divorces in the Christian community as we see in the non-Christian community, along with this comes business failures, turmoil and unhappiness all around us.
Satan's desires are to kill, steal and destroy all that belongs to God and the subtleness of his methods are great as we have seen in most churches today with they're acceptance of abominations such as; abortion, homosexuality and even same sex marriages and other strange doctrines in order to entices the non-believers through their doors.

Godly wisdom tells me that Satan's wisdom in his use of deception is far greater than most men on earth can imagine. Most likely that statement angers many but just step back for a moment and look at our churches all across United States today...
The disrespect shown in many of our sanctuaries is clearly disregarded by our pastors and elders in allowing, and maybe some actively participating in adultery, sexual perversion including homosexuality and same sex marriages and most likely even pedophilia in our congregations. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (1 Corinthians 6:9).
Nearly every church will claim to accept the casual dressed, thus we see men wearing hats in our sanctuaries during the services, and many young ladies and even young mothers wearing short shorts, and/or showing bare shoulders which may very well distracts young men from hearing God's WORD. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array (1 Timothy 2:9).
Today most of these churches are more concerned about money and the numbers coming through the front doors and being trendy, having a light and music show to dazzle the congregation....
The lies and deception is great, judgment is coming to those who continually walk in disobedience to God's WORD. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (2 Corinthians 113:5)?