Friday, October 18, 2019

The National Year Of The Bible


In my previous message, I spoke about "The Rumble Between The Cross And The Switchblade". In this message I will be speaking about the national year of the Bible and how it has shaped America. From the very founding of America, the Bible has been its greatest influence. The convictions of the Bible has been based on the Bible. Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil governments that are contained in the Declaration Of Independence and our Constitution. Our earlier presidents, have often quoted from the Bible.

Our early fathers believed in the voluntary application of the Bible on our lives. They believed that the Bible moral teachings were important to society. There was a strong understanding of the Bible's influence on changing lives for the better.

We have been under a strong attack since then. Liberals have set up laws, that are destructive to society. They have left the moral teachings of the Bible, and replaced them with their corrupt desires. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan, made 1983 the year of the Bible.

The Bible's Answer For Depression And Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety, are emotions that we all have to face at times. There are many causes for depression, including the death of a love one, loss of a job or even some bad choices that we have made. Guilt will also play a major part on depression and anxiety. The Bible gives us the following ways to deal with depression and anxiety. I will share a few of them with you.

Trust God: At times we try to lean on our understanding, when it comes to dealing with our problems. However, Proverbs 3:5 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding". We need to trust that God has a plan for us, that he is there in our trials and that he will bring us through.

Prayer and Thanksgiving: When going through trials, it is so easy to complain. We need to pray for God's help in our toughest problems. Instead of focusing on the problems, concentrate on something you are thankful for. Thinking of good things, will take our minds off of our problems.

Ask For God's Forgiveness: There are times when we have made mistakes. Most people want to do the right thing. Very few people, have the attitude they can do whatever they want. The Bible tells us about two people who betrayed Jesus. Both of them were his closest friends. Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. He was sorry, but he tried to fix things himself. He never came to Jesus and asked forgiveness. As a result he hung himself. Peter on the other hand betrayed knowing Jesus three times. Peter was there at the tomb on Easter Sunday, he was with the disciples after Christ's death and he was there when Jesus appeared to him and called him to feed the sheep. Judas never came to Jesus, but Peter did. Peter was forgiven because he came to Christ. Come to Jesus and receive his forgiveness. Don't try to fix things yourself.

The Bible's Answer For Our Personal Needs

No matter what country a person lives in, they have the same basic needs. We all have a need of making a difference in the lives of others. It is of great importance that, we are making a difference in society. There is a need for feeling safe, having the needs of food, water, feeling loved by others. Just to mention a few. These needs can cause us to worry, when the needs are not met.

The Bible give us the confidence we need to know, concerning our basic needs. First of all, it tells us that we are more important to God, than the birds and flowers. In Matthew 6:26, God tells us not to worry because we are of more value than them. Then in verse 33 we read, "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

The Bible also informs us, in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, that we need to work to make a living. Many people today do not have a good work habit, and as a result go hungry. We are also encouraged to work to the best of our might in Ecclesiastes 9:10

The Bible's Answer For Suffering

We ask ourselves, why am I suffering? Why did my love ones have to die? What did my child do, to become HIV positive at birth. Did I cause myself to be physically abused? Why am I going through this?

There are three causes for suffering. First of all, there are times that we suffer because we have brought it upon ourselves. There are times, when we personally sin and the outcome is sickness and at times even death. A good example is HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases. The Bible tells us, in Numbers 32:33, "Be sure your sin will find you out". If we play with sin, we will suffer the consequences.

The Second type is called innocent suffering. We do not do anything wrong. However, we suffer at the hands of someone else. It is not because of sin in our lives. The suffering is a result of someone else sin. We may be attacked by a criminal. Perhaps, we suffer the consequences of the sin of our closes friends and family. I knew a mother and a teenage daughter, who contacted aids, because of the husband and father's past drug use. They were innocent, but his actions caused pain to his family. They suffered along with him. The Bible tells us, in 2 Kings 21:16, “Manasseh shed very much innocent blood” Many today suffer at the hands of someone shedding innocent blood. My step son was a great example of that. He was murdered by gang members randomly.

Then there is the righteous type of suffering. There are times when we do everything right. We do not sin, but we take a stand against right and wrong. Some have taken a stand against racial injustice, abortion and sexual immorality and suffered at the hands of others. Christians have always taken a stand on social issues, and have faced persecution and even death because of it. The Bible tells us, in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted

The Bible's Answer For The Law Of The Land

God had chosen Moses, to lead Israel out of Egypt. Knowing that man would do whatever he or she felt was right in their own site, God gave Moses a set of rules to live by. We first see this law with the ten commandments. They were laws based on loving God and others.

In the New Testament, Jesus was asked which of the commandments were the greatest. He replied, in Luke 27, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself." The law is a set of rules, given by God, to make sure we love God and others.

There were many times that God judged Israel, for their disobedience. We see that judgment in Ezekiel 5:15, "You [Jerusalem] shall be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations all around you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury". If America does not repent of our ways, will we be next?

Conclusion

May our nation once again cherish the Bible. America's early history is filled with men and women who loved the word of God. The Bible was our foundation. All of our morals were based on it. As a result, our country prospered.

We have recently lost our love for God. Setting laws that are based on our desires. May we once again return to what God has to say about any subject. Let us base right and wrong on what God has to say about the subject.

At the same time may we seek the Bible for all of our questions. In its pages, we find hope for every situation. God loves us, and desires to meet all of our needs. In time of doubt, we can find assurance in God's word. More importantly, may we turn to the Bible to learn about God's forgiveness.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

America's Moral Decline


In my message, I spoke about the three Great Awakenings and how we need another one. There is so much involved in 2nd Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek God and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin.” Due to the huge subject, I will break it down into a series of message. In this message, I will be sharing how right and wrong thinking has led to America morally declining.

First we will look at how each one of us, need to take the responsibility of our actions. We all have made choices, based on our own desires. It does not matter what is right and wrong. We have the impulse of doing whatever feels right. We want to satisfy our own desires.

Secondly, we will see how our own desires determine what we base our laws upon. We are not setting laws to protect others. We are setting laws, that will allow us to do whatever we want. There is no care about the consequences. We only to do whatever we want, so we set up laws to do whatever our hearts desire.

Thirdly, we will look at some laws that we have created. We will see that we call things a right, when in reality we know that it is wrong. We feel that we should have the right to live immoral lives. No one has the right to do what is wrong. It is not a right to violate someone else right to live. We do not have the right to break God's law.

Fourth we will see what God has to say about the subject. After all, at the end of our lives, we will all stand before the judgement-seat of God. At that time, what will we say? What will we do? How will we answer a Holy God?

Born With A Sinful Nature


Original Sin: Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. We have all been born with a sinful nature. Another word for it is original sin. Our founding parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. They were told not to eat of the fruit. When Eve saw that it looked good to the eyes, she ate it and then gave it to her husband. We too, see sinful desires as something delightful and we in return give in to temptation. We can thank our first parents for that.

Generational Curse: Psychology tells us that there are also genetic reasons why people have sinful behaviors. There have been cases where a parent will be an alcoholic, drug addict, criminal, etc and there is a good chance that their children will follow after their footsteps. This was known by the Bible authors, way before psychology had made the discovery. The Bible calls it the generational curse and you will find it in Exodus 34:7 “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation”.

Personal Choice: James 1:14 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”. While it is true that we have the nature to sin passed down to us by Adam, Eve and our parents, we do not have to follow their footsteps. So, we are held accountable to God for our own actions. We can not say that the devil made me do it. We have to take responsibilities for what we do that is wrong. Our desire to sin, is that we want to satisfy our desires. There is no care if it is wrong or right. We just want to do it. We can't base right and wrong on our desires, because we will call wrong right and that is just what we have done. Our desire to sin, is that of our personal choice to do it.

Educational Teachings Of Right And Wrong


We adhere to many educational sources. Since the time we were born, we have been taught by so many people. These educational experiences play a very important role in what we believe and what we do. I remember believing everything that my parents told me. I believed in Santa Claus all the way up to high school, because my parents taught me he existed. After believing them so much, I was made fun of other students. Then I realized not everything I was taught was true or right.

We even choose teachers, that will tell us what we want to hear. If we want to do something, even if it is wrong, we will surely find someone who will agree with us. The Bible warns us against this, in 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”. The following are some ways that we are taught right and wrong in society.

Family members: Our parents try to install a sense of right and wrong in us. Some times we listen to them and at other times we think they are just behind the times. As values change in society, so does their viewpoints. A great deal of their teachings come from what they were taught through others and the law. The problem with this is that they may not be correct in their views.

Schools: We have learned so many things in public and private schools. It begins when we are a child and continues as we go through college. The teachers all have their own views, so which one can we base right and wrong on. Some will be pro-life, while others will be pro-choice. Others will be for same sex marriage, while others will be against it. Others will be for legalizing marijuana, others will be against it. So which view point will we go with? We seem to follow those who agree with our views.

Government: Politicians create laws all the times. The laws that they create teach us how they feel we should live. Politicians speak about equal rights. However, are those rights or are they moral choices. Does a woman have the right of abortion? Is abortion a moral issue? What about drugs and homosexuality. Are they really rights or are they moral choices. It seems politicians do not agree with each other. Once again we can't rely on what they teach us.

Religion: There are so many religious views out there. Which one, is correct? Do they all teach moral living? You have some Muslims taught that violence is wrong, while others are taught by their ministers to kill everyone that opposes their religion. You even have some church leaders that believe a woman has the right of abortion. Others will teach that it is wrong. Some teach that sexual relationships should be between a married man and woman. Others will teach homosexuality is alright, as long as both love each other. Which one, is correct. Some people will not go to a church because it teaches the truth, but because they can live whatever way they please. As long as they can do what is wrong, they have no problem with the church. Once the church takes a stand against what is wrong, they want no part of it.

God: The only true source of right and wrong is God. He created us, and he knows what is best. He will not change the law of right and wrong, because we want to do it. God is steadfast in his holiness. With God right is right and wrong is wrong. At the end of our lives, we will all give an account to what God had to say about the matter. The Bible is the only source that we should use for right and wrong. Yes we can learn from others, but the Bible has to be the final authority. Do our parents, schools, politicians and churches line up with what God has to say in the Bible. After all, his law stands and we will answer to it.

Laws Of Sinful Men


For years, it was legal to have a slave in America. Many Africans were kidnapped and sold as slaves, and the law of the land made it legal. The reason why slavery was legal is that the laws of sinful men made it legal. The law changed when Christians, rose and took a stand against the injustice that was taking place. It still goes on today. We have a sinful nature and we have been taught by sinful men, and as a result have created sinful laws. May we take a look at some of these laws.

In 1969, there was a big concert called Woodstock. The concert took place in the Catskills Mountains and was west of New York City. There were many bands that performed through a period of about three days. It brought about an audience of over 400,000 individuals. The concert was also known for drugs, alcohol and premarital sex. Since then, we have had a problem with all three of these areas.

Drugs, alcohol and our sexual revolution has led to other serious problems. I will cover them in more detail in a later message. However, I just want to make mention of some rise in crime. People have been killed for drugs. Families have been abused because of alcohol. Women have been raped because of sexual behavior. Unborn babies have been murdered through abortion, because of our sexual revolution. Now, in New York, it is legal to kill a baby even after it is born. Politicians refused to even sign a bill to provide medical treatment to babies which survived an abortion.

During the time of Jesus, the religious rulers were so concerned on the washing of hands. They were so caught up on the outside appearance. How they dressed and how others saw them. They were not addressing the area of the heart. So Jesus told them, in Matthew 15:19, “for out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” He continued, in the next verse, “these are the things that defile a man.” We can not base right and wrong from what we want to do, because “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it”?

The Greatest Commandment


First of all, loving God is the greatest commandment of all. God does not want us to obey him, out of duty. He wants us to obey God out of a heart that loves him. Jesus said, in Matthew 22:37 and 38, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment".

Second, obedience is more important to God than our words or sacrifices of worship. The Jews were commanded to have the priests offer sacrifices in their behalf. They were not allowed to offer the sacrifices themselves. King Saul, wanted to offer a sacrifice to God. He wanted to hear from God for direction. Saul refused to wait for Samuel, to offer the sacrifice and offered it himself. Samuel corrected him, in 1 Samuel 15:22, "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams".

 Finally, if we have the view of someone having the right to choose to do wrong, is just as bad as committing the act ourselves. I have heard many people claim they believe certain morals are wrong, but they feel everyone should choose their own morals. So, they do not speak up against sexual immorality or abortion. The Bible tells us, in Romans 1:32, "

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them". It is not enough to believe something is wrong, we have to take a stand against it.

God Has The Last Word


God used Moses to lead his people out of Egypt. While at Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the ten commandments. The ten commandments, which are found in Exodus 20, are just the beginning of God's law. As we read further, from Exodus 30 to chapter 35, we see that God had given Moses additional laws for us. The later part of Romans 2:12 tells us, "as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law" God's law is recorded in both the old and new testaments of the Bible.

People have asked me, what about those who never saw or read a Bible? They even asked, what about those in other countries that never heard about Jesus? What about the head hunters of Africa, who killed humans for food? Romans 2 also gives us the answer to that. In verse 14, we read "For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves.

The law of God is written on our hearts. We all have a sense of right and wrong. No matter what country we live in, we know it is wrong to steal, kill or cheat on our spouse. When we break the law, we have a sense of guilt, even if we never read it in the Bible. I remember watching a show, when I was not living right with God. In the show a woman was having a sexual encounter with someone she was not married to. She turned a religious statue around, as if that would keep God from seeing what she was doing. She knew what she was doing was wrong and just did not care. We are the same. We hope God will not see our behavior, but he does.

Paul mentions in Romans 2:16, God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ". Make no mistake. God's law is written on our hearts. There is coming a day of judgment. God who knows our hearts, will judge us according to his law. May we realize how serious that is. God loves us, he does not want us to perish. May we read the Bible, learn about his ways. May we turn from our ways and put our faith in the cross. Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins. All we need to do, is repent and believe.

Repentance is the desire to make change in our lives. We are not saved by keeping the law. At the same time, we want to give up anything that displeases God out of a love for him. We are forgiven, when we believe that Jesus died in our place and personally receive it for ourselves. Forgiveness is available, if we ask for it. However, God wants us to have changed hearts

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Rumble Between The Cross And The Switchblade


For 13 years I worked for a church called Calvary Center. One of my many responsibilities, included the work I did with Shepherd's Flock. Shepherd's Flock was an induction center of Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge began with the rumble between the cross and the switchblade.

This message will look at the rumble that took place in the hearts of gang members. It will look at the battle between a preacher and a leader of a teenage gang, that took place in the 1950s and 1960s. The gangs were no match to the love of God.

Many teenagers, from gangs, came to know Jesus as the Lord and Savior. However, many of them also had substance abuse programs. The preacher realized, he had to do more than preach the gospel. He had to help them with the destructive lifestyles. So, he invented Teen Challenge as a center to help them change the lives.

Small Beginnings

Rev. David Wilkerson (Assemblies Of God's pastor) left a small church in Pennsylvania, to reach out to a teenager that got into trouble with the law. When he arrived in New York he had no place to stay, and slept in his car.

David went to the court house, to speak to the teenager. Upon arrival, he was refused the visitation. He leaves the courtroom and began to preach the gospel in the streets of Brooklyn. While preaching the gospel, he came across teenagers that had very little adult supervision and had turned to a life of crime.

Preaching in the streets, brought about many challenges. Rev. Wilkerson did not have a place to live. He came from Pennsylvania and slept in his car. While he was sleeping, the street people stole the tires from his car. He also was told by a police man, he needed an American flag to preach in the street. He got a small flag, from someone in the crowd, and continued to preach.

Nicky Cruz

There was a teenager, that David Wilkerson met while preaching the gospel. Nicky Cruz was born in Pueto Rico. He came to Brooklyn as a teenager. Upon his arrival he purchased 2 hot dogs. The sales person charged him 2 much money.

Not only did the sales person take advantage of him, he had to deal with his parents as well. His parents were involved in Spiritualism. Nicky Cruz's mother used to call him the son of Satan. Every time she had a seance, she would throw him out of the house.

The lack of love at home, caused him to look elsewhere. So, he joins a gang called the Mau Maus. He becomes the leader and began to live a life of crime. The Mau Maus were in constant rumble with another street gang, called the Sand Street Angels. Nicky Cruz, could not understand how God could love him and began to rumble with the preacher.

Evangelistic Meeting

Rev. David Wilkerson decides to hold an evangelistic meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to convert these gang members. He rents a hall and asked the police not to be present. He did not want the gangs to refuse to come, because of police attendance. All the police, thought he was out of his mind. They were afraid of a rumble taking place between both gangs. After David's persuasion, they finally agree.

The preacher gives the gang members, special invitations. They accepted the invitations, but had other ideas in mind. Nicky Cruz and the leader of the Sand Street Angels, decided it would be a great place to have the final rumble. They knew the would be no police activity and made a decision to lock everyone in. The rumble would take place, till there was only one gang standing. Placing the lives of the guests completely in danger.

During the meeting, Rev. David Wilkerson, asked Nicky Cruz and the leader of the Sand Street Angels to receive the offerings. He told them to go through a back hallway and then to return to the front of the church with it. They go through the hack and see an exit door. They have the thought of running off with the money, but then had a change of mind and brought it to David.

The Conversion

The Mau Maus and Sand Street Angels, decided to save the rumble until the end of the meeting. God had other plans. They listened to what the preacher had to say. His message had reached the hearts. The gang members began to feel guilty about all that they had done. They decided ask God for forgiveness.

All the gang members, responded to the altar call. The rumble was called off, and decided to give the lives to Christ instead. The next morning, they went to the police station and handed in the bricks, guns, knives. The police were shocked. For years, the police did not know what to do. It was the preaching of the cross, that changed the lives.

Rev. David Wilkerson, began his first Teen Challenge center in Brooklyn to help them get off of drugs. Nicky Cruz began to read the Bible. He went on to Bible College and became a minister. He also ran one of the Teen Challenge centers for a while.

Conclusion

David Wilkerson, wrote a book about the story. The book is called, “The Cross And The Switchblade”. The book is also available in a movie. Nicky Cruz also wrote a book, about the story. His book is called Run Baby Run. That book is also is available DVD.

God can change anyone's heart. It does not matter what you have done. God wants to forgive you. He wants to change your life. All it takes is a change of heart. A willingness to come to him. Won't you do so today.

Give your life to Christ. He loves you. God has great plans to you. All it takes is a prayer from your heart. A simple prayer similar to “Dear Jesus I am sorry for all that I have done. I want change to take place in my life. I believe that you died for me and rose again from the dead. Forgive me. I give you my life. Change me and fill me with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Illegal Drug Trafficking


Drug trafficking has become a major problem in every country. In America, it is estimated that in 2003 illegal drug trafficking had $321.6 billion of sales. Drug trafficking has destroyed many lives. Many have wasted their who lives, with long jail terms. We need to base our laws on prohibiting drugs and not encouraging the use of it. Setting up shooting centers and legalizing narcotic drugs, will not remove our drug trafficking problems or drug use.

Drugs have become a major problem with crime. I spoke to a judge. He informed me that most crimes take place by those who have drug or alcohol addictions. We have criminals stealing, to buy drugs that they can't afford. Drug dealers shootings, because someone owes them money for drugs. The list goes on and on. One of the answers to crime, is a reduction in substance abuse.

The Bible is very clear that drug and alcohol abuse is wrong. God does not want us to put anything in our bodies, that will bring us harm. God has also made it very clear that he does not take substance abuse lightly. Substance abuse will keep a person out of heaven, unless they repent.

There is hope if you struggle with substance abuse. There are programs, that will help you get your life together. I highly recommend Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge has a high success rate and it is a Christian base program. You do not have to suffer from addiction. Help is possible. Get help Today.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRIMES


Illegal immigration peaked in the year of 2007. There was a total of 12.2 million illegal immigrants, which made up 4 percent of the United States Population. Five percent of the immigration came from Europe and Canada, five percent came from the Caribbean, six percent from South America, twelve percent came from Asia. Mexico had the greatest percentage at fifty-two percent.

Illegal immigrants harms Americans financially. We provide government benefits to immigrants and we have citizens going hungry. Companies hire immigrants before they hire citizens, causing a rise in unemployment. The companies can hire an illegal immigrant at a lower pay, causing many American to have no choice of good paying jobs. As a result, many Americans have take jobs with minimum pay.

Illegal immigrants make up 27 percent of all federal prisoners. That is a high percentage, when immigrants only make up 4 percent of the United States population. Statistics also show that every crime committed by an illegal immigrant would not have taken place if they were not in the United States. Immigrants have committed crimes such as gender based crimes against women, honor killings of foreign nationals, terrorist related crimes, murder, theft, assault, property damage, etc.

According To Heritage.org, "The findings in the second report (GAO-05-646R) are even more disturbing. This report looked at the criminal histories of 55,322 aliens that “entered the country illegally and were still illegally in the country at the time of their incarceration in federal or state prison or local jail during fiscal year 2003.” Those 55,322 illegal aliens had been arrested 459,614 times, an average of 8.3 arrests per illegal alien, and had committed almost 700,000 criminal
offenses, an average of roughly 12.7 offenses per illegal alien." 

WHAT IS WRONG WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING


Health Issues: Drug abuse has both short term and long term health effects. Short term a drug addicts can have change in appetite, change in the heart rate, stroke, heart attacks, etc. Even marijuana causes psychosis. Then there are the long term heath issues. Drugs can cause lung disease, heart disease, depression, mental illness and HIV. Drugs can also cause death by overdose.

Human trafficking: Drug trafficking brings in so much money to drug dealers. As a result, many children have been used in human trafficking. Drug dealers will hire children to sell drugs in schools and in the streets. These children end up with behavior problems as well as becoming addicts themselves.

Violence: Drug trafficking has been the cause of so much violence in the United States. Many drug addicts have been shot or killed, because they did not pay the drug dealers. Drug dealers have been shot or killed, because they were in someone else s territory. Even the Mafia has been involved with drug trafficking.

Additional crimes: Drug trafficking has been the cause of so many other crimes. When I was reaching out to drug and alcoholics through Shepherd's Flock, tell me that over 90 percent of the prisoners had drug and alcohol problems. Drug trafficking has been the result of murder, theft, prostitution, just to mention a few crimes.

REDUCING DRUG TRAFFICKING


There is a major task ahead of us.  Setting up shooting up centers, will not reduce our substance abuse problem in this county.  Legalizing any drug, including Marijauana will only increase our drug problems.  We need to create strict laws against substance abuse.

We need to strenghen our borders, prevent illegal immigrants.  We do not leave the doors to our homes unlocked.  Why do we expect anything different when it comes to entering our country.  I am in support of immigrants, but feel that they need to enter this country legally.

May we make strict laws against substance abuse and enforce them.  We can even make it mandatory for first time offenders to enter into a substance abuse program.  Our laws can be set up, where if a person seeks help they will not have a criminal record.  May second time offenders get a stricker sentence.  Prison today is a recreation center.  Make it a work facility without pay.  People will think twice about committing a crime, if they have to perform some kind of work.

Donate to substance abuse programs.  Many of the programs are run only by donations.  Many of them do not even have funding from the government.  Why not fund substance abuse programs?  May we help them get a new start on life.  We need more Christian programs.  They have a high cure rate.  Why not support the with your finances?

The Bible And Substance Abuse


Alcohol was the drug of choice in the Bible.  Drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana were not available in Jerusalem.  The Bible message concerning alcohol, is the same message for the drug problem that we have today.  James 1:14 tells us, "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed".

Substance abuse is a temptation of the flesh.  John 2:16 calls it the lust of the flesh.  The lust of the flesh is a temptation that we face to satisfy our feel pleasure through sinful activity.  When we are tempted, we need to put up a fight.  It is not always easy, but it is the best choice that we can make.

God commands us, in Romans 13:13, "Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness".  Drugs and alcohol will cause you to do foolish things.  I remember driving home a woman from a Christmas party.  She was so drunk, her employer had to help her walk and get into the car.  When she arrived home, she got out of the car and fell on the sidewalk, with her legs in the air.  She was wearing a dress and the fall revealed her privates.  That is why the Bible tells us, in Proverbs 20:1, “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”

More importantly, substance abuse will keep you out of heaven.  God is a holy God.  We can not do, whatever we want.  He has created a law.  When we break God's law, there is a punishment to follow.  Some of that punishment wll take place through sickness, poverty, etc.  The greatest punishment is eternal.  The Bible tells us, in Galatians 5:19 to 21, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  Abuse of drugs and alcohol, will cause a person to spend eternity in hell.  It just does not pay.  Why not turn away, from your ways?

Conclusion


Admit that drug trafficking is wrong. It does not matter, if the law makes it legal to smoke pot or sets up shooting centers. We have a higher law to answer to. God's law stands, no matter what you want to do or what the government has to say about the issue. I Corinthians gives us a list of some things that will keep you out of heaven. "Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." According to this verse, anyone who is drunk will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Another word for drunk is to be intoxicated and it means both drugs and alcohol.

Be sorry, if you have ever used or sold drugs. Being sorry means to make the choice of making change. It means to stop doing it. You have to do whatever it takes. It means to seek professional help, it you have to or go into a substance abuse program.  If you need a substance or alcohol abuse program, I highly recommend Teen Challenge.  Teen Challenge accepts people of all ages.

Vote for politicians that are against substance abusive drugs. Even if you never have done drugs yourself, God holds you responsible for drug abuse if you vote for politicians who pass laws to allow it. We are living in times, where politicians have legalized marijuana and are talking about legalizing shooting centers so that drug addicts can get high. God does not take that lightly. As far as he is concern, you are guilty for doing drugs if you vote in favor of it.

Ask God for forgiveness. God is a loving God, he is not "willing that any should perish". He became a man, died on the cross and rose again to offer forgiveness. All you have to do, is asked him to forgive you. If you do, you will be forgiven and he will not remember your pass. Won't you asked him, to enter into your life today. It will be the best choice you can ever make.

Monday, October 14, 2019

What is the difference Between Religion And Relationship

Have you ever wonder, what is the difference between religion and relationship? Religion will never get you to heaven. Only relationship will. Jesus said, in Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

What is the difference between religion and relationship? The difference between the two is a matter of the heart. Religion is knowing there is a God, but not knowing Him. Religion is singing songs, you don't mean or know the meaning behind the song. Religion is doing what is right out of duty, but not from the heart. It is going through the motions. You go to church, because you have to and not because you want to. Religion is trying to please God by good works, when God is more interested in our trust. Relationship is loving God and others from the heart.

What is the difference between religion and relationship? Relationship seeks to know God, while religion settles for what we have been taught. Religion relies on what others teach us. We believe what we are taught by our parents, our nation or our church. It does not seek to know God, it thinks that we already know Him. We have the attitude of knowing everything. We don't think we are wrong with our believes, so we never check for the truth. Relationship, realizes that we need to know God in a personal way. Relationship prays and asks God to reveal Himself to us. Relationship picks up and reads a Bible to see if we are correct in our beliefs. It checks the Bible to see if we have been taught correctly. Relationship has the desire to know God more everyday.

What is the difference between religion and relationship? Religion confesses our sin (wrong doings), but has no desire to make changes in our lives. We confess our sins, but do the same thing over and over again. We are not really sorry for what we do. We do the same thing over and over again. Relationship, has the desire to make changes. Relationship understands that change does not come overnight, but it has the attitude of working on the areas that need to be changed. Relationship, goes to God in prayer, asking Him to change our hearts, our desires, and our lives. It is having an attitude of making change. We are willing to do whatever it takes, but we don't want to stay the same. We seek council from our pastors, we pray and start taking steps towards a life that is pleasing before God. We are not saved by works, but we live pleasing lives out of a love for God and others. We make a commitment to make Jesus the Lord of our lives.

What is the difference between religion and relationship? Religion is praying, reading the Bible, singing and going to church, even though our heart is not into it. It is going through the motions. We go to church, but don't really want to be there. We only go because it is Sunday, or we feel like we have to. Religion sings songs, but not paying any attention to the words. We sing, but we don't know what we are singing. Worst yet, is when we sing a song and don't even believe it. Religion reads a Bible, but never applying it to our lives. Religion is knowing what is right, but not doing it. Religion is a heart that is far from God. Relationship, is going to church because we want to. We go because we love God and want to know him better. Relationship is singing songs, and meaning every word we sing. Relationship is reading a Bible to know God better, to see what areas in our lives that need to be changed. Relationship takes what we learn and puts it into practice.

What is the difference between religion and relationship? Religion is not doing anything different, than what you are already doing. It is to keep going through the motions. Relationship, is when you make a commitment to give your life to Jesus. Relationship begins when you through prayer receive the gift of eternal life through faith alone in the death of Jesus on the cross for your sins and His resurrection. It when you make a decision to make Him both Lord and Savior of your life. As Savior you believe there is forgiveness at the cross. As Lord you are committed to being obedient to His commandments. Which one do you have. Jesus does not want religion, He wants relationship!

If you are ready to go from the difference between religion and relationship, repeat the following prayer. Dear Jesus, I believe you died on the cross for my sin and then rose again. Please forgive me, for everything I have done wrong. Come into my life. I choose to make you my Lord and Savior.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Make America Great Again

President Donald Trump began his campaign, with the token "Make America Great Again".  In his first year, he has made 81 major improvements.  There have been tax cuts, new jobs, Dow Jones reached a record high, a boost of computer science in education, prioritized women's businesses loans, just to name a few.  The greatest need we have, is a change in our moral values.  My message, "We The People", is now available in tract form.  The following is the text for the message:

One Nation Under God

What did our founding fathers base the laws of this country on?
“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.”
—Benjamin Franklin, signer of The Declaration Of Independence
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
—George Washington, 1st President
“I do invite the people, upon that day to cease from their labors, to meet in their accustomed houses of worship and to join in rendering gratitude and praise to our beneficent Creator for the rich blessings He has granted to us as a nation, and in invoking the continuance of His protection and grace for the future.”
—Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President
“I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society. One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law … There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying its foundations.”
—Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, Harvard Speech, 1829
“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed… No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people…”
—Noah Webster

The Moral Decline in America

The following changes took place since we removed the Bible and prayer from schools in 1962.
Violent crime has risen by 350%
Criminal arrest is up by 150%
Teen Suicides are up 450%
Illegal drug activity is up 6000%
Child Abuse is up 2300%
Divorce is up 350%
SAT scores fell 10%
68% of Americans believe it is ok to have sex outside of marriage
61% of Americans claim it is ok to have a baby outside of marriage
63% of Americans claim there is nothing morally wrong with being gay or lesbian
59% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal

God’s Answer For America

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

What do we Need to do Personally to be Forgiven and Saved?

1. We are saved by faith and not works.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
2. Believe that Jesus died for your sins
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
3. Believe that Jesus died rose from the dead
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

What do we Need to do as a Nation?

1. Obey God’s commandments
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
2. Pray, read the Bible and attend a Bible-believing church.
You are welcome to visit the church of the person who handed you this message.

Take the First Step

If you are ready to turn from your way to God’s way and put your trust in Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness of sins, do it now! You can talk to God, expressing your heart to Him. It might sound like this:
Dear Jesus: I believe you died on the cross for my sin and then rose again. Forgive me for everything I have done wrong. Come live inside of me. I choose to make you Lord and Savior of my life. In Jesus name. Amen

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Answer To Mass Shootings

We have just encountered another mass shooting in America.  Ever since prayer was taken out of school, we have had 146 mass shootings.  The shootings are a result of hate.  If the mass shooters, took a look at their problem of hate and came to God asking him to change their lives we would not have the mass shootings that we are encountering.

We may have never killed anyone, but if we are honest with ourselves we all must deal with hate in our own hearts.  We may hate someone because they done something to us or our family.  We may hate them because of the color of their skin.  We may even hate them, because of what they have to say.  You may even be reading this article, and hate what I have to write.  Not matter what the reason, we all must deal with hate.

If we are not honest with ourselves, and see the need of change, we could also do things that we regret.  We may kill someone, we may get into an argument or we may just stop talking to them.  No matter what we do, hate will have a negative impact on us.  It is important for us to take a good look inside and to be honest, we need God to change our lives.

God is very concern about our thoughts.  He knows that if we allow him to change our hearts, that others will benefit from it.  The answer to mass shootings, is that we ask God for forgiveness.  We need to put our faith in the death of Jesus on the cross and in the resurrection.  Jesus died to forgive us for our sin, but he rose again 3 days latter.  Because of his resurrection we can go to heaven.  His resurrection also gives us the power to have changed lives.  God does not want religion.  He wants us to get real with him.  We need to deal with the areas in our lives that need to be changed.  However, most of all we need to have faith that he has the power to change us.

Faith without works is dead.  Reading this article, will only give you head knowledge.  God wants relationship.  That is built by having a prayer life.  If you really believe that God can change your life, you have to start praying and asking him to do it.  We take action through prayer.  Once you pray, and believe that he has set you free from hate, take action by showing steps of action.  Go out and love others, even those who hurt you.  I am not talking about trusting them, I am only talking about loving them, praying for them and reaching out to them when they need something.  If the are hungry feed them.  If they are in need of clothing, buy them some cloths.  Are they sick?  Visit them in the hospital.  Go out and love others.  Love is the answer for hate.

If you want to see some change in you life, repeat the following prayer from your heart.  Dear Jesus, I believe you died on the cross for my sin.  Forgive me for everything I have done wrong.  Come into my life and change me.  I choose to make you my Lord and Savior In Jesus name Amen.