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You just had to be there

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Yesterday, our Pastor preached a message entitled “The Harvest is Great, But The Laborer’s Are Few”. In his message, he pointed out how that we need to look upon others as Jesus does. In other words, instead of their lack, their dirty clothes, or their sin, what we should see in them is someone in need of a Savior.

Pastor spoke of how many opportunities we miss to be the hands and feet of Jesus if all we see is what’s on the outside. This was a powerful message for such a time as this, and I was deeply moved by his words.

At the end of the service, as is our custom, my wife went to the piano to play a song that Pastor had requested. This song was one that she did not know, so several times during the week I would hear her practicing it at the piano. To say I was humbled by the message in this particular song would be a colossal understatement.

The song is called My House is Full (But My Field is Empty). Here is the Lynda Randle version on YouTube: Lynda Randle – My House Is Full (But My Field Is Empty) (Live) – YouTube

Here is the link to the sermon our Pastor preached. My wife sings the song near the end of the video.

The Harvest Is Plenty But The Laborers Are Few – YouTube

As I said, you just had to be there.

Blessings to all,

Ron

Fallen Man’s Most Bitter Pill

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The Lord reigns-not Satan, not man, not God and man, not good luck, not random events, not chance occurrences, not the alignment of the stars, not accidents, not blind fate, not good or bad karma-only God, and God alone“. [1]

God’s highest, greatest creation achievement occurred when He created man from the dust of the earth. What the Almighty did in that moment had never been done before, nor has it been replicated since. Sadly, however, His greatest creation hasn’t always been receptive to this miracle of miracles.

As incredible as it sounds, for hundreds, if not thousands of years, scoffers, sceptics, doubters, and cynics of every discipline have laughed at the notion that man is a created being. Recorded history makes it clear that from the instant the breath of God entered his lungs and man became a living soul, there has never been a moment that God’s crowning creation hasn’t been under attack. In fact, It started long before man was created, when Lucifer attempted a coup in heaven in a vain attempt to wrest control from God in order to alter the course of history.

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.   Isaiah 14:12-15  KJV

“I will be like the most High” was the motivation that led Lucifer, now known as Satan, to rebel against God, and in the process take one third of the angels with him, reserved under chains of darkness. [2] Satan quickly found himself removed from his once lofty position, the sentence of eternal Hell pronounced upon him.

Fallen though he may be, Satan has never stopped his relentless quest for dominion over man. So successful has he been that today there are far more unbelievers on earth than there are believers. [3] Such is the devastating, veiled power of Satan to turn the hearts of men from their God and seduce them into worshiping another.

What Satan was unable to do in heaven he has managed to do with relative ease upon the earth. The created is now risen above the Creator in the minds of the majority of earth’s inhabitants. Unbelievably, these same individuals now view the Almighty God as nothing more than a Sunday morning ritual perpetuated by the aged and unlearned.

Unfortunately for those who reject the knowledge of God, their ‘enlightened’ view of themselves is soon to come tumbling down. In nearly every nation there is a level of discontent on a scale never before seen, not even during the ‘war years’ of the 20th century. It is though the nations are preparing for a cataclysmic event that will usher in a new era. Which, in fact, is exactly what is going to happen.

The world is rushing headlong to the day when all nations will come under the rule of the antichrist. To be certain, Satan has disguised his master plan well. Under the guise of unity, acceptance, tolerance, and social justice, the trap has been set that will be sprung at just the right moment upon this unsuspecting generation. Then will the billions of people who have cast their lot with man instead of God begin to understand that just as Satan did, they too have sealed their eternal fate.

Yet all of this is so avoidable! Scripture makes it clear that God loved man so deeply that He gave his only Son as a sacrifice for sin. [4] It has always been God’s plan to dwell forever with His highest creation, to end once and for all sickness, disease, poverty, and every other malady that affects us all. Man, however, has been determined to create his own version of ‘utopia’ here on earth, thus bypassing God’s plan altogether. Could there possibly be a greater failure then that?

The bitter pill that man cannot swallow is the acknowledgment that there exists One much greater and infinitely more intelligent than he is, One who is still seeking to save the lost sheep scattered upon the earth, the One who reigns over all of His creation.

Is this not the greatest tragedy of all time?

Blessings to all,

Ron 

 

  1. Steven Lawson 
  2. 2nd Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6, Rev. 12:4
  3. The Changing Global Religious Landscape | Pew Research Center (pewforum.org)
  4.  John 3:16