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We need a real change. Like the one Jesus spoke of in John 3.     Jul 20, 2020

Read John 3:1-21

Dear Fellow Christian,

We are in the last times.

These will be perilous times with many dangers.  Many divisions and discord.  Troubles of nations.  Troubles at home.  Troubles in the church.

The world has lost fear and respect of the Creator.  Our loving heavenly Father has called again and again.  The disobedient children turn the back.  We will live our own lives.  "We don't need you!" they cry out.

Religious and arrogant.  We name the Lord in hope of blessing.  His name is on our lips.  Our hearts are far from Him.  We tax the poor and praise the rich.  Wealth is the measure of success.  What will our wealth do for us when we die?  When our bodies return to the dust and we stand before the Mighty One.  Will a dollar pay the entrance fee.  Will you bribe the gatekeeper?  Where is your purse now?  It can not save you.

The liberal says we do not need God.  Away with Him.  Cast Him out of our sight.  We will not have Him rule over us.

The conservative is a disobedient child.  He draws near to the Father with his mouth, but does none his will.  He is proud with his robes of religious righteousness.  He stinks and is rotten. His righteousness is his own and he does not know that he is poor and wretched.

The church is divided and distrusted.  The pastor's count the prize and  without reward lift not a finger.  Who will follow the Saviour?  Who will take up the cross?  They preach heaven and gather the givers to the fold.  The plate is passed.  The prize is counted and locked away in the storehouse.  They follow also the Beast and his mark.  

The judgement will be swift and begin with those who name His name.

There is great hope, but not in this world.

There is great reward, safe on the other side.

Fantasy is to believe this world is all there is.  To believe that all came from nothing. 

If we came from nothing - nothing we are.  If we are created by the Him who loves us and created all things - than we are everything in Him. 

The world is deceptive.  The Matrix.  We have two natures.  The physical and the spiritual.  The physical is temporal and subject to time.  The spiritual is eternal and enduring.  In the flesh we are subject to the things of the flesh and it's desires.  In the flesh we are motivated by desire, want and pride.  We are driven to obtain and lift ourselves above the others.  In the spirit we find rest in Him who gave himself for us.  We are not driven - we rest.  We rest casting our cares upon Him who holds all things.  We draw near to God through the gift of Christ.  This is difficult to do...  To let go.  To trust.  To not try to control.  Yet this is the door that we must pass.  Who will find it.

What Shall We Do?

We need a change.  We need the change that can only happen through Christ.  Religion tells us about God.  In the transformation in Christ, we are cleansed to know God.  He is invisible and visits with us in a gentle voice.  This is the fellowship that Adam and Eve had with God before we sinned and were separated.

The Young

Begin the read the Bible and pray.  The simple message here is "Seek and you will Find".  Do not care what people say.  Stay on your journey and God will honor your faith.  Follow conviction  - God is working in you.  In humility, He will lift you up.  Beware of deceivers.  Wolves in sheep's clothing will hunt for you.  Be watchful and pray always.  God will protect you and not allow you to be tried above your abilities.  This is for your growth and maturity.

The Mature

Secure your foundations.  Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.  Traditions of man often distract and contradict the Word of God.  Remove all that which is not on the true foundation.  Your 'church' may be you hindrance.  Do not trust in attendance and church doctrine.  Trust in your relationship with the Father and His Word.  This may seem like a hard saying.  It's been 2000 years since Jesus walked the earth and the Bible was completed - traditions have had a long time to be corrupted.

The Teacher

Much of church doctrine are religious traditions.  Much of what you were taught may not  be in the Bible and contrary to it.  Is Christ alone sufficient to save?  Is the Bible alone able to show the way?  We would do well to cast off all the extra weight.  This is your most difficult task.  Your traditions have deep roots and painful to remove.  Teach the Bible and be valiant to resist traditions that are contrary too it.  The devil is a deceiver and through subtileness he used the Word of God to trick Eve.  The devil used the Word of God to try to cause Christ to fault.  How many of his deception's are your repeating in the teaching of others.  Beware and take care of your own soul and of those you instruct.

The Pastor

If not even a penny was not received for your efforts in the ministry - would you still do it?  If you were beaten for the name of Christ - would you continue?  With nails in your hands and feet and lifted on the cross - would you still praise the Father?  Are you the servant of others and in humility lift the name of the Saviour?  This is your calling and this is your great reward!

The attendance of 'your' church is nothing.  The lost sheep returned to the Good Shepherd is everything and the angles rejoice.  Do you know the difference?

Most pastors are taught the 'business' of church.  How to speak.  How to lead.  How to manage the finances.  Better is one man of conviction and heart in heaven - than one thousand trained in the business of 'church'.  Better is the one who leads one person to Christ - than the one who speaks to ten thousand of 'their' ministry.

You would do well to forget to count.  Don't count attendance.  Don't count money.  Better is one repented heart then one hundred in attendance.  Greater is your reward in heaven if not one dollar was collected.

What more shall I say?  If your heart is right, through humility you will serve the Father and do His will.  If your heart is not right - then you will be as the blind leading the blind.  Great is the reward of him who leads another to salvation.  Great will be the punishment of the deceiver and those who feed off the flock.

To All

Seek the Lord.  Seek the things of heaven.

Do not be desirous of worldly possessions. Do not be a slave to debt.

Read the Bible (start in the New Testament).

Pray always.

Resist religion - which is man's view of God.  It's traditions, rituals, doctrines and organizations are a substitute for a relationship with the Creator.  Religions divide and bring into bondage.  We have liberty in Christ Jesus.

May the God of peace bless you.  Stay the course.  Finish the Journey.

Information Overload

How has the information age affected man and what will the future be?     Jul 02, 2020

A defining feature of our day is the Internet.  A connected network of computerized communication systems allowing access to endless information.

The brightness of information causes a turn-a-way blindness.  One can not look directly to the full spectrum of it's intensity.  Resulting in selectiveness, or, a rabbit hole journey.  The traveler with purpose and focus, traverses this datascape consuming bits to power and accelerate their mission.  

In general and in merit - information is good.  In practice, information is a tool, a power, a weapon.  As new technologies of the past, it can be used for good, or for dominance of others.

Therefore we see; it is not information that is to be feared or controlled.  It is the heart and purpose of man that continues to be our greatest danger.  Information feeds technology.  Technology yields power and this power is a two-edged sword.

We have the ability to feed the hungry of the world with safe, healthy food and water.  But, the ability to provide these basics, also bring control and power.  Man loves power.  It's his drug.  Illuminating dark hallucinations of superiority and worship.  The whip that drives the mad beast.  His obsession and his captivity.  Who can save him from himself.

Thoughts of; "We have the ability to feed the world!", becomes distorted, contorted through the self-glass to become, "We have to ability to make much money!".
The mystery of the beast is reveled here... The strong beast creature rises from the earth and his mark is written on every forehead and hand.  They buy and sell the mark of this beast.  Trapping the inhabitants in it's tangled web of wanton. The simple ones sell their soul for trinket.  The vested suite puppets at top stage gangle to move tortured by stringed hooks deep in their flesh to gain a point or penny.

Turn the pages of information and read of the greatness of man.  How great we are, he boasts.  We have conquered the savages and taken their lands to build our cities.  The sweat of slaves burdened our fields.  We tax the poor to build our storehouses.  We tame the earth to hide our sins and consumption.  Make. Consume. Spoil.  We are in power and free to contaminate the air. The waters. The earth.  Space is not out of our reach.  Our junk there as well.  WE ARE GREAT!  We are so great we can destroy ourselves over and over. 

The future will bring greater divide and pain.  Information has not enlighten to unity and understanding.  It is a power that man can not control.  Information and technology is the weapon of this age.  The combatants sharpen their skills.  Faster.  More powerful.  Kill the competition.  Company against company.  Nation against nation.  Those that have against those who have-not.  AI is the final frontier.  The run-a-way train.  The I-told-you-so.  The prophets of tech raise their voice.  The warning is heard, but there is no power to stop the race.

These things are told in the Bible.  He that has and ear to hear, let him hear.  The story of God may seem a fantasy to you; and religion is a masquerade.  Real truth is a great treasure, who will find it?  The history of man is written in the pages of this book known as the Word of God.  It was told before it happened.  Look around, you will find the future of this world is not very promising.  Your own prophets give the warning.  You have nothing to lose by giving a chance to the Creator to open your eyes and give peace to your heart.

One can become lost in the expanse of information.  Stay focused.  Not everything that shines is gold.  Truths and foundations are accessible.  The journey of discovery can be a maze of options, unexpected turns and dead ends.  The information age has brought power to the people.  How will we use it.  Can we change our future?




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