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A Line in The Sand

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I hear it all the time. People are frightened about the new administration and the direction our country is headed. The elderly are worried about how they are going to be able to afford health care as they age. Young people are concerned about job and financial security. Still others are overwhelmed with one family crisis after another. Divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, massive personal debt, oh, and let’s not forget Corona.

The bedrock of hope, confidence, and stability, it would seem, has gone missing in 2021 America. Then again, it depends on where you are looking. If my hope is only in a President, then yes, the future is indeed bleak. If my confidence rests in the stock market or my portfolio, I confess to being on shaky ground. If any stability I have is tethered to the actions and decisions of people who have only their best interests at heart, well, wisdom is apparently not something I have much of.

As I said however, it all depends on where you are looking for these things. The Bible has much to say about hope, confidence, and stability. Whether in the past, present, or future, it is clear that those whose lives are anchored in Christ possess something that those dependent upon man do not.

For example, according to the Apostle Peter, Christians are in possession of a living hope.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”. 1st Peter 1:3 NKJV

There is only one reason for this living hope: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without it none of us would have any hope in this life or the life to come, and if you ask me that is about as depressing a thought as I could imagine. No wonder the Apostle Paul said that:

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1st Corinthians 15:19 KJV

Yet this is exactly why there is so much angst and despair today. They cannot see what lies ahead. They are consumed with the here and now as if this is all there is. They have either never known or have forgotten that this world is nothing but a place of preparation for the world that is to come. They are miserable because their Christian ‘experience’ is entrenched in this life only. How unlike John’s exhortation to abide in Him so we may have confidence at His appearing!

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 1st John 2:28 NASB

I want to encourage everyone to better understand that no matter your circumstances, that is NOT how it will be forever. Change is coming, and I am not speaking of anything this world can offer. No, change is coming because the risen Savior is coming. That fact alone is our hope. That is our confidence. That is our stability.

God has drawn a line in the sand because the things that trouble you can only do so for so long. Whatever access the enemy has in order to tempt you is limited by God Himself. Try as he might, Satan simply cannot have his way in your life. God will not allow it because He has placed a limit on the devil, as Paul describes here:

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1st Corinthians 10:13 NASB

Obviously, all of us know that temptations and problems of every sort are a normal part of life, with emphasis on the word ‘normal’. What many don’t know, however, is that with these ‘normal’ temptations and problems comes a promise from God that though we may be forced to endure them, He will provide a way to be able to deal with them in such a manner that they do not overtake us.

That, dear reader, is something to be encouraged by!

Have a blessed day,

Ron

Where is YOUR Treasure?

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Life is speeding by at an incredible pace, isn’t it? It seems like it was just a little while ago I was a skinny kid of 13 years of age, dreaming of turning 18 and entering adulthood. The Vietnam War was winding down, and despite my desire to enlist, Uncle Sam didn’t appreciate the fact that I had already run afoul of the law and had sent me back home from the enlistment center before I could join up.

That was 48 years ago, and like most of you reading this, I could never have imagined the twists and turns my life would take over those nearly five decades. Marriage, divorce, job changes, children born, homes bought and sold, called into the ministry….

Like everyone else I knew I was caught up in this whirlwind we call LIFE. Working two jobs for quite a while, the pace of life seemed to fly by even faster and I found it difficult to follow the command of Jesus about storing up treasure in heaven instead of here on earth.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 NASB

Yet “storing up treasures on earth” was exactly what I was doing. I didn’t know any other way. How else was one supposed to get ahead in life? Working 12 to 15 hour days back then seemed very normal. It wasn’t until I was older that I finally began to understand what James meant about our lives being so short.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away“. James 4:14 NASB

“Just a vapor”. In the really big picture, no matter how many years one lived it was all just a vapor when compared to eternity. As a young man, I would look at people in their 80’s and 90’s and think about how long that was. Yet even that is a vapor when you really think about it.

I guess that is why the Bible refers to God’s children as Pilgrims. We’re always longing for something better. We’re always on the move seeking what’s next. Like the Pilgrims who came to America in search of a better life, we too understand that this world is not our home. We may have taken up a temporary residence, but this is not home.

Home is Heaven. Home is where God resides. Home is the place of where Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you“. John 14:2 KJV

Home is where our treasure is, if in fact we laying up treasure in Heaven. Anything else is all for naught because it is all going to rust and decay eventually.

I hope that last sentence resonates with you. I hope it causes you to stop for a moment and think about how temporary everything is here on earth.

Our nation is crumbling before our eyes, and like every nation before it that has rejected God, ours too will implode and be reduced to a shell of its former glory. It is inevitable, and as much as it hurts to say it, we have chosen our course.

At such a time as this, I can’t think of a better question to leave you with than where is YOUR treasure?

Have a blessed day Pilgrim,

Ron

Do You Remember When Easter Focused on The Resurrection?

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When you think of Easter, what images immediately come to mind?

Church?

Jesus?

Candy Basket?

A New Outfit?

A Bunny?

An Empty Tomb?

White Lilly’s?

Colorful Eggs?

As with most things, the passage of time has clouded the meaning of the day we call Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. What was once a most sacred holiday, reserved for the remembrance and celebration of Jesus being raised back to life, now has become a convoluted mixture of the holy and the secular, with the lines distinguishing the two becoming more blurred with each passing year.

All that aside, this post is simply a reminder of the reason we celebrate Easter, which is that Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and rose to life victorious over death, Hell, and the grave. Easter without the Resurrection would not be Easter. It would be just another day. The Crucifixion without the Resurrection would be just one more of a thousand deaths at the hands of the Roman executioners. The Resurrection, however, makes all the difference.

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:1-6 NKJV

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said“. Here, in this simple sentence comprised of just eleven words, is what I believe to be the most important announcement ever heard by mortal ears. Jesus, the slain carpenter from Galilee, is no longer among the dead but has risen in power and victory over no less than Satan himself. Contained in His resurrection is complete, eternal freedom from the shackles of sin that had bound mankind since the fall in the Garden of Eden.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV

The fear of death has always held men in bondage. The grave, and what is beyond, has always been the great unknown, a place where no one has returned from to tell the rest of us what awaits us when our time here is finished. Jesus Christ however used death to destroy the one who had the power over death, that being Satan.

 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. Romans 6:8-10 ESV

We who know Him as Lord have died to this world, raised in Spirit to live with Him. Death no longer has the hold on us that it once did. Yes, we will die physically, but the same power of Resurrection that brought Jesus out of the tomb will also bring us from the grave when the trumpet of God sounds.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1st Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV

The Resurrection may mean different things to each of us, but one thing we share in common is that it brings hope to the hopeless. I was once hopelessly lost in sin, as were you. As the old song says “I owed a debt I could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe”. None of us could overcome death by ourselves, we needed a death conqueror to fight this battle for us and to win back the relationship that man once enjoyed with God.

This Easter, among the hustle and bustle, among the activities and family dinners, won’t you take a few moments to reflect upon this incredible thing we call the Resurrection?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Ron

How do you know that you know Him?

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Did you know that there is a fool proof test in the Bible for proving whether or not we know God? Yes, there really is and it’s found in 1st John 2:3.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

Wait, surely it can’t be that simple, can it? Just keeping His commandments means I know God? Yes, that’s exactly what it means and it really is that simple. If we know Him, we will keep his commandments. John goes on to explain this in a bit more detail in verses 5 and 6.

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

So if we keep His word (commandments), God’s love is perfected in us and we have full assurance that we are His. Furthermore, as God’s love is perfected in us those things that are not pleasing to Him fall off of us, enabling us to walk in the Spirit just as our Lord did.

Pretty simple, wouldn’t you agree? If we love God, we will do what he said to do. Easy Peasy!

Now, if you’re following along you may have noticed that I skipped verse 4. That was because verse 4 proves something entirely different than verse 3 does. In fact, verse four is often skipped entirely by those who are responsible for proclaiming the whole counsel of God. The reasons for that are many, but suffice it to say that in the ears of many today, verse 4 is considered harsh and unloving. See if you agree.

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Ummm….can someone say “OUCH”!

How about we do a comparison, OK? Verse 3 tells us that if we keep His commandments, we are one of God’s children and know Him. Verse 4 says that if we say we know Him but do NOT keep his commandments, we do not know Him because we are a liar.

I’m certain that a great many people would find it offensive to be called out in such a manner. After all, isn’t the common response something along the lines of “you don’t know my heart, so how can you say such a horrible thing” when we are challenged?

But you, see, that’s just it. None of us can see inside another’s heart. None of us can judge the motives of others. Besides, that really isn’t what God has told any of us to do, despite what some may think. Yet God’s word bypasses all of the ‘what ifs’ and ‘how do you knows’ by simply breaking it down to whether or not we are keeping God’s word and living accordingly.

I don’t know how you feel about it, but it seems to me that in this day when what used to be wrong is now right and what used to be right is now wrong, something as simple as ” Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” is pretty refreshing.

Actually, the reason I’m writing this post is because of a personal desire to reconnect with a common, simple faith. A faith void of superlatives, outlandish claims, unreasonable (and unbiblical) expectations, and a host of man-made requirements. In short, the farther down the down-grade (to quote Spurgeon) the church appears to be headed, the more inclined I am to hold fast to the basic, simple truths of scripture.

And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:35-40 ESV

Have a blessed day everyone!

Ron

Some days I just need a reminder

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I don’t know about you dear friend, but every one in a while I need to be reminded of Heaven. When the sin and evil that permeates this world seems to have taken center stage and few if any dare raise their voices in protest, I need to be reminded that it won’t always be this way.

When the government passes legislation that effectively places the Scripture in the category of hate speech while essentially redefining the definition of male and female, I need to be reminded that the very God who created them male and female will ultimately judge those who dare to corrupt His creation. [1] [2]

When I see and hear actors and actresses receive yet another award for their incredible “gifts” to humanity all while blaspheming the name of the Lord when they exercise their craft, I need a gentle reminder that these are the sons and daughters of darkness. They are not to be idolized or worshiped, they are to be looked upon with pity and compassion for they are lost and in danger of eternal damnation.

Sometimes, I just need to go back and read Revelation chapter four again. I need a reminder of the fact that there exists a throne in heaven, and the One that sits upon the throne is the Lord of all. I need to be reminded of what John saw when he looked beyond the open door, for what John saw is what all of God’s children will see.

I need a reminder that the way things are now will one day be no more. That there exists a place where Holiness and Righteousness aren’t just words, but reality. A place where worship comes from the heart, and praise is heard day and night for ever and ever.

The Throne Room of Heaven: Revelation chapter four.

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”

This, my friends, is where I long to be. Heaven, the dwelling place of God, surrounded by an innumerable company of angels as well as the saints who have already gone before me.

Some days, I just need a reminder…

Have a blessed evening,

Ron

[1] https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5

[2] Genesis 1:27, 5:2

A Fresh Perspective

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Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26

Psalm 73 has to be one of my favorites because it points to the fact that as a child of God, it is normal to question, to wonder, and yes, to doubt. The writer of this Psalm, Asaph, struggled greatly over the fact that while he was doing his best to serve God, the wicked were seemingly enjoying a continuous state of prosperity. This caused him no small amount of doubt, dismay, and confusion, as I’m sure it does with you and I today when it appears as though the “rich get richer and the poor get poorer”.

To better understand his perspective, it’s important to know a little bit about Asaph. He was was from the priestly tribe of the Levites, and was one of the three men that David had put in charge of the singing part of their worship. In today’s religious circles he would be called a worship leader or a song leader. [1]

Despite his position and his loving relationship with the Lord, it did not prevent him from feeling as though he was getting the short end of the stick. While he was doing his best for the Lord, it appeared to Asaph that the wicked were living better than he was. In other words, if the wicked were prospering while at the same time living life on their own terms, why should he continue to walk the straight and narrow if the wicked were also being rewarded?

Have you ever felt this way? Have you been the person at work who is known for always taking the high road, for example, only to see someone of questionable conduct or character get the promotion? It happens all the time, doesn’t it? It’s enough to make you question what in the world is going on here, or at least say along with Asaph ” Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain“. [2]

Just like Asaph, when we feel unfairly taken advantage of or somehow slighted, questions and doubts begin to formulate in our minds. Our flesh, being what it is, causes us to be envious of the wicked who appear to be rewarded for their deeds, leaving us to wonder about the injustice of it all. Asaph himself said that he was envious of the boastful when he saw the prosperity of the wicked. [3]

The reality is that we live in a fallen world, a world of hurt, pain, and injustice. A world where what is fair and just has been supplanted with undeserved accolades being heaped upon the enemies of those who desire to do good and to follow God. In essence, the world seems to have done a 180 when it comes to what it considers right and wrong, just and unjust. Evil, it would seem, is rewarded while Godliness is reviled in our world today.

All of this of course was spoken about in the Scriptures, so no one should be surprised that it is occurring now. The truth is, none of this is new. It’s been happening for as long as man has inhabited this earth. Even Jesus said that the rain fell upon the just and the unjust. [4]

Still, believers are no strangers to doubts and struggles. After all, we have very real emotions, emotions that can get the best of us at times. It’s important then to remember that we are not robots, programmed to act and feel according to a preset narrative. 

Who doesn’t have ups and downs in their walk with the Lord? Like many of you, I can attest to the fact that sometimes our faith is strong and sometimes it is weak. There are times when we look at the world and it has no attraction for us. Other times it seems that we can’t stop looking and admiring the things of the world. Our humanity dictates that there will be times of strength and times of weakness.

Asaph allowed the seeming prosperity of the wicked to nearly shipwreck his faith. He describes how that in trying to make sense of it all that it became too painful for him. [5] We’re like that too, aren’t we? We can become so fixated on what others have or are doing that it consumes our every thought, causing us to lose sight of the big picture. Focusing on the perceived wrongdoings of others blinds us to the reality that God is the only one qualified to make righteous judgements.

It wasn’t until Asaph went into the sanctuary that God gave him understanding in the matters that were so troubling to him.  It was then that he saw that the end of the wicked was certain destruction. Yes, the wicked certainly do prosper in this life, we see it every day, but what really matters concerning them is the same thing that matters to the righteous: where will eternity be spent?

You might say that when Asaph went to church, he received a fresh perspective on things!

Once God enlightened Asaph regarding the end of the wicked, his heart was grieved and his mind was vexed at how foolish he had been not to trust that the Lord had all of this under control. It wasn’t until after he had entered the sanctuary and enquired of God that he was able to speak the words at the top of this post.

So what’s the lesson in all of this? Well, I think there are many things we can take away from this Psalm, but I want to highlight just three of them:

  1. While it is perfectly normal for us to question the injustice of wicked people prospering while the righteous suffer lack, such things are not for us to judge. God alone is righteous, therefore it is He who determines the fate of us all. This, of course, requires much faith on our part, as well as the strength to focus on our own particular calling.
  2. Sometimes the simple truth is that we need to take things to God in prayer. All of our mental wrangling over things that are beyond our ability to comprehend are best given to God. We can lay awake at night, tormented by a thousand “why’s”, only to have the sun rise upon them the next morning with nothing having been resolved. As Asaph learned, God has a different and higher perspective than we are capable of, and we can save ourselves much anguish by simply letting go of things that are outside of our own lane.
  3. Because it is a normal thing to question and doubt at times, we should use the lesson of Asaph to encourage other Christians when they too have struggles and doubts. This is far better than for us to haphazardly judge them, especially as we see so many struggling today.

I hope that you will take a few minutes today and read the 73rd Psalm in its entirety. In it you will find the answer to one of life’s greatest mysteries. I don’t know about you, but from time to time I need to see things from a fresh perspective.

Have a blessed day,

Ron

[1] 1st Chronicles 15: 17 [2] Psalm 73:13 [3] Psalm 73:3 [4] Matthew 5:45 [5] Psalm 73:16

The Balm of Forgiveness

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I’m writing this blog for no one in particular, yet it seems appropriate to say I am writing it for everyone.  I am writing it for the person overwhelmed with the guilt of past mistakes. I am writing it for those who have known the depths of discouragement and defeat. I am writing it for those who stumble under the weight of “if only” or “why did I?”. 

Most especially I am writing it for me.

Living, as we do, in a broken world, it is next to impossible to pass through it without accumulating our share of battle scars. Innumerable regrets, a multitude of sorrows, and days of desperation and hopelessness mark the road we have traveled. It’s enough to cause the strongest among us to ask “why bother?”.

The answer is because we have a Father in heaven who loves us and cares for us, and he has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). To put it plainly, what we cannot do in and of ourselves, God can. He alone can forgive us and blot out every sin, leaving us to stand before him without guilt.

The Psalmist David experienced the forgiveness of God on several occasions, one of which he wrote about in Psalm 32. This is one of the most beautiful and encouraging Psalms for it speaks of the soul rejoicing in the wonders of God’s grace and mercy. In this Psalm, we see God’s forgiveness of sin, we see Him comforting the sorrowful, and we take from it the knowledge that God is merciful to those who turn to him. 

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.

7 You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32;1-7.  NKJV

As David found out on more than one occasion, unrepentant sin is like having a huge weight around your neck. It wears you down and will eventually destroy you. The “heavy hand” that David speaks of is the conviction of our heart, and it will not go away unless God takes it away. Oh, how I thank God that in his compassion he removes our sins and casts them into the depths of the sea! (Micah 7:19)

If you’re carrying a heavy load of guilt and shame, you don’t have to carry them any longer. Jesus Christ bore your guilt and shame on the Cross, releasing you to live in freedom. All you need to do is turn your heart towards the Lord and ask Him to forgive you.

Have a blessed day!

Ron

Attending church in Canada will cost you $880

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I’ve been saying for some time on this blog that the church in North America will not always be free from persecution. Since I became a Christian nearly 45 years ago, I have held to the belief that the days of Christians freely going to worship God at the church of their choice would one day come with a price tag.

Well, the wait is over. As of now, attending church in Ontario Canada will cost you $880. That is the cost of each fine handed out to the 47 worshipers at the Aylmer Church of God in Aylmer, Ontario Canada who attended services recently in spite of continued threats from the government not to assemble in Church.

Apparently Ontario Premier Doug Ford is no fan of the church, as he has declared it illegal for the citizens of Ontario to gather in groups of more than 10 people for “non-essential” activities like attending church. I guess that means that groups deemed “essential” can still gather in groups of more than 10 people??

What is most intriguing about all of this is that while Ontario has been on lockdown for almost a month and has had just over 6,000 Covid deaths over the past 11 months, all but 230 of those deaths occurred in ages 60 or greater, and nearly all of those in nursing homes. So with a population of 15 million they have had an average of 552 Covid deaths per month. Yes, of course even one death is too many. I doubt anyone would argue that. Yet these numbers pale in comparison to the number of innocent babies aborted in Ontario. Hmmm….no outrage about that in Ontario.

What’s the real issue here? There is something sinister going on in Ontario in regards to the Christian church when the police act like Gestapo agents working under the cover of darkness to issue fines to people. It is obvious that the church has been singled out for persecution, as fines were also issued to people who sat in their cars or were in the church parking lot.

I am of the firm belief that the enemies of God’s church have been handed the perfect excuse to enact this persecution in the form of Covid. In the United States we have seen numerous instances of governmental interference of the right to worship, with more occurring weekly. Could anyone forget the images of thousands of maskless demonstrators terrorizing our communities, of whom hardly any were prosecuted, yet states governors ordering the closing of churches under the guise of preventing the spread of the virus by assembling to worship?

We are entering a dark and dangerous time when the freedom to worship is so easily denied those who wish to gather to exercise their right to do so. We must understand that what just happened in Ontario is no mere ruling out of concern for the health and welfare of its citizenry. No, what we are now witnessing is the embodiment of Paul’s discourse on spiritual warfare.

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. KJV

My earnest prayer for the church is that she will open her eyes to the truth about what is currently happening and to that which is soon to happen to those who will remain faithful to Christ. We cannot afford to walk around with spiritual blinders over our eyes any longer.

The days are coming my friends when $880 will seem to be a paltry sum to pay for the privilege of worshiping our Lord. I leave you with a final thought about the high price we must be willing to pay as children of God.

And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:25-27. KJV

Have a blessed day,

Ron

This says it all

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I came across this several weeks ago and thought it worth sharing with everyone.

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And that, dear friends, sums it up nicely I think. It’s long past time to stop playing the blame game for all of society’s ills. It’s time that we own our own sinful choices and acknowledge that we need to repent.

It’s a place to start….

Which is Greater?

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The sins of the nation, or the sins of the Church?

Say what you will, but the Almighty never called the House, the Senate, or the White House to be the standard bearer of righteousness to a nation. That high calling rests solely upon the Church. It was the Church that Jesus Christ charged with transforming the world, one heart at a time.

It was to the Church that Jesus said “I know thy works”. It was to the Church that Jesus said “I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love”. It was to the Church that Jesus said “repent and do the first works or else I will come and remove your lampstand from its place”. It was to the Church that Jesus said “But I have a few things against you”. It was to the Church that Jesus said “I have not found your works perfect before God”. It was to the Church that Jesus said “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth”. (Scripture references taken from Revelation chapters 2 and 3.)

The sins of this nation, as great as they are, pale in comparison to the sins of a complacent, sin-abiding, and dead Church. A Church that has not demanded righteousness from within, but instead has found its niche in bed with politicians, power brokers, financiers, and purveyors of spiritual wickedness in high places. A Church content to look the other way as millions of innocent babies are torn apart in the womb. A Church so emaciated and complacent, so utterly powerless to stand against the forces of Satan that are raging against her, that one has to wonder if the church of Laodicea shouldn’t get a free pass for its sins. A Church without any fight left in it. A Church that frankly Jesus Christ must weep over continually.

A Church comprised of you and me.

You tell me: which is greater? The sins of the Church or the sins of the nation?

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1st Peter 4:17 NKJV

Ron

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