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America’s Only Hope

Posted by richieg on July 04, 2016
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                                                                        America’s Only Hope
                                 Since the coming forth of the anointed Savior.  From that day to this,
                                   there has been only one Light of the World, one Hope of mankind.

America’s Christian Heritage:  On July 4, 1776, there was signed in the city of Philadelphia one of America’s historic documents: the Declaration of Independence.  We often forget that, in declaring independence from an earthly power, our forefathers made a forthright declaration of dependence upon Almighty God.

       “The good in the United States would never have come into being without the blessing and power
      of Jesus Christ.  The irrefutable truth is that the soul of America is at its best and highest, Christian.”

Our People Look in the Wrong Direction for Their Deliverance:  May we Americans pray for a rebirth of the Spiritual values that made us a nation in the first place.  May we pray that God will raise up in our day a new generation of men, women, and young people who will walk with God.  Men and women who are committed to see His righteousness restored in the hearts, homes, and institutions of our land.
                               God provides the redemption, provision, and guidance his people need.

God knows our every need….

Posted by richieg on June 07, 2016
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e50b1b1aed37c18ad8cf6ce9058d8c0b  While at the airport a traveler stops for coffee, and after paying, a gospel tract is offered to the man serving behind the counter.  The man reaches out and says: “Yes, I would like that tract; you know today is the anniversary of my mom’s passing and I have been thinking about how much I miss her all day today and if I will see her in heaven, and now you come by to offer me this message.”

He slips the gospel tract into his pocket and then says: “When I get home I will read this, I believe this message is from God, just for me.  Thank you very much, you have lifted me up today.”

Light & Hope

Posted by richieg on December 13, 2015
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 DSCN0144 The world is not used to seeing God’s people act unexpectedly.  So when Christians stand on the beach alongside the Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the American flag and the Israel flag flying together, some stop by and are a little confused and others come by and know the importance of standing for our faith, standing for our country and remembering our friends in Israel.

God opened the door and we shared with more than 80 people about what God’s Word says as to how we are to live.  All who stopped by accepted our body of Christ “Pray For America” gospel tract that included a message about the only one Light of the World, the one Hope of Mankind and the message included the gospel of God’s grace and focused on the shed blood of Jesus Christ as sufficient to save a sinner.

All who stopped by offered words of encouragement, some took pictures of the cross and they continued on.  But others, who desired to go deeper in conversation, such as George and his son George, Jr. stopped and inquired of the ministry.  George said: “I was watching as the Cross was raised and then the two flags and I said to my son that we must go over there and see what this is about.”  The need for “Prayer for America” was shared with these two men and then George held his son’s arm and said: “Son, look at that Cross and those flags, this is America, a free country, do you understand that I took you out of Cuba so we would be free, we are free son, do you see now?”  Georges son did not speak very good English and his dad read the gospel tract to him and they thanked God for America.  As the men were departing George said: “Thank you for standing for God, for America and for Israel, this was a very meaningful experience for me and my son so see”.

A Gentle Breeze

Posted by richieg on January 16, 2014
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th  Can anyone feel a breeze blowing, ever be it so gentle?  It’s got a uniqueness about it as though it’s not going to get stronger in terms of danger of physical harm or property damage.  It’s ever present as a whisper with a message to be told and we long to grasp it’s origins.  We stand in God’s harvest field and can see a reflection in someone’s eye, that for some reason, reminds us of that gentle breeze; their eyes telling of a yearning of hope, we’re drawn to come close to tell what we know.

We are reminded somewhere inside our being that this yearning is good and soft as a sunset, only to ponder that a sunset will linger long enough to tell of it’s majesty and then suddenly be gone in the twinkling of an eye.  We have no control to bring such majesty back each day and know that the justice of our Creator will decide the next day.

Could this gentle breeze and that look of hope be the calling of our Creator to tell His story this day?  God’s spirit reminds us that we are appointed to be in this place at this time.  But then there is an intruder who battles us to believe this sudden meeting was not planned from above.   We have no control to bring such encounters to return each day and know that the love of our Creator has planned our day.

The Hallway Of Hope

Posted by richieg on January 01, 2014
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th  In his writing, C.S. Lewis makes clear that he hopes no reader will suppose that ‘Mere Christianity’ is put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions –  as if man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else.  It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms.  “If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted.  But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals.  The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in.  For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable.  It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at.  I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.”

“When you get into your room you will find that the long wait had done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise.  But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping.  You must keep on praying for light; and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house.  And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not what pleases you best by its paint and panelling.  In plain language, the question should never be:  ‘Do I like this kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true:  Is holiness here?  Does my conscience move me towards this?  Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular door-keeper?”

“When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall.  If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them.  That is one of the rules common to the whole house.  And when a person accepts the Christian doctrine but lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say this person is a bad Christian than to say they are not a Christian.”

2014:  As we start this new year will we quarrel about right and wrong or debate religions?  Instead may we bring many into the hallway of hope knowing that they have a conscious that is urging them to do right,  its their choice to choose the door they will enter to hear the case for what we believe.  It is not what we think people should be but what God intended them to be when He created them.  

Storms Of This Life

Posted by richieg on December 17, 2013
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thCAWCCDNU  You and I can rest in the fact that all of us who believe in a Creator of creation also believe in the supernatural.  All who trust that the Bible is the Word of God are forced to humble themselves and become as little children, much to the scorn of  a proud and godless world.  But that is the way of salvation.  The door has been made low to exclude those who are wise in their own conceits.  God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.

So, the supernatural book of Job is entirely in keeping with the rest of the supernatural Word of God.  And how did Job handle the terrible news that his family and all he owned was taken away from him?  The man tore his robe, shaved his head, fell to the ground and worshiped God.  Job was a godly man.  He knew that God is the giver of life and that ultimately He’s also the One who takes life away.  That was Job’s fortification. 

But this isn’t how the ungodly think, God isn’t in their thoughts.  Millions don’t attribute the blessings of loved ones, food, light, the seasons, color, beauty, fruits, eyesight, hearing or their own lives to God.  They think the human beings are the mere product of change.  There was a big bang, and there you have it-we are here.  No one is to be thanked for anything.  But Job was different.  He was insightful and thankful, even in his unregenerate state.  Look at the humble words he spoke as his life was being torn apart;  “Naked I came from my mothers womb, and naked shall I return there.  The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;  blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21).

Job had questions for God, but then God began to ask questions of His own.  And in His response to a grieving, broken man, we can catch a glimpse of hope in the midst of our own suffering.  We see that when God speaks, He will transform you and forever change your purpose on suffering and faith.

What wise and wonderful words!  Job held onto the things of this world with a loose hand, and so must we if we want to bolster ourselves against inevitable suffering.  Job’s words need to be close to our hearts, because his experience could happen to any of us in a moment of time.  Every day we hear of lives being torn apart by bombs, tornados, hurricanes and accidents, and the attitude that was Job’s must be the attitude that is our own fortification and consolation.  We are mere custodians of our loved ones.  They belong to God, as He is their Creator.

God provided us with a Savior not to give us a smooth flight without trials but to give us a safe landing.

Ray Comfort, God Speaks

Hope in the Church Age – Hope in the Tribulation

Posted by richieg on December 06, 2013
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the-rapture-2011  Lenny was sixty-five at the time of his unique standing on earth.  You see, at this time of Lenny’s life all the believers in Christ have been taken off of the face of the earth.    There are no churches and the Bible has been silenced.  On this day Lenny is standing on the balcony of his condo, with his hands in his pockets. He expresses his thoughts with a sigh as he looks out over the city and it is hustle and bustle as it has always been.  About three years ago strange things happened in the world as millions of people disappeared.  At the time of this event everyone was saying:  “What in the world is going on?”  It has been three years since this event took place and for the first time in modern memory there is excellent leadership in the world and people seemed to settle down and today as never before, the world is beginning to see signs of nations truly coming together to help one another.  And in particular, the nations are very interested in the well being of the nation of Israel.  Aside from a couple of trouble makers, who seem to be invincible, that are sitting outside of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and taunting the worlds new leadership, the news outlets are reporting that harmony in the Middle East is an amazing thing to behold.

Our brother Lenny, who was recently saved as a result of being witnessed to by two young Jewish men, knows the truth.  Yes, the truth is that the King is coming and  “The Rapture” of all believers’ on the earth has occurred.  God had sounded the warning of judgment loudly and clearly.  These warnings have come through prophets in the Old Testament, through New Testament writers, through Jesus Christ Himself and through believers of all ages.  This frightening realization is overwhelming to Lenny, he is living in the Tribulation.  With the exception of Lenny, thousands of new converts, many  who heard the true gospel for the first time in their lives and came to Christ during this time have been rounded up.  They refused to take their government’s special mark of indentification and were destroyed, they were actual martyr’s, they had devotion to their new Christian faith.  Lenny  understands that since the Rapture event it is just about 3 1/2 years.  He knows that all hell is about to break loose on the earth.  Lenny remembers being told by those young Jewish men, who witnessed to him, that Scripture said that during the Tribulation people who repented of their sins and received Jesus Christ could be saved and that Jesus Christ would separate believers from unbelievers at the end of the Tribulation period.

Lenny and the few other believers who are left, stand alone on earth, they are the only flicker of light in the whole world apart from the 144,00 Messianic Jewish evangelists  and they know one thing for sure and that is they will not take any mark from the government.  So, what should they do now?  There isn’t a church anymore and the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit is gone.  They are alone and there is only one option; any believer who is alive at this time must tell the truth, they must tell what they know to as many people as they can.  They cannot use the media or rent a billboard. Should these believer’s worry about getting their feelings hurt if someone rejects them?  Should they be concerned with building a relationship before sharing the gospel?  Will they be afraid to witness and just hide out?  What these new believers need is courage, they are the only hope to someone who has not heard the preaching of one of the 144,000 Messianic Jews who are God’s prophets.  They know the truth about the call to repentance and of God’s gift of eternal life through the receiving of His Son Jesus Christ.

Today, if you are a believer are you willing to tell what you know?  We live in a free country.  In America freedom is slowly being taken away, but the important thing is we have our freedon now.  Isn’t the message of the gospel the most important message of all?  All around us people are smiling and waving at each other.  They aren’t thinking about their salvation.  If Lenny could be brought back from his predicamant what would he do?  More importantly what are we believers doing today, do we understand that God has placed us at the end of the ages?  Are you afraid of getting your feelings hurt when sharing the gospel?  Have you been working on a relationship and waiting and waiting and waiting……for just the right moment to share what you know?  Or are you just hiding out?  Believers today have an opportunity to tell what we know, we have the hope of the gospel of God’s grace.

Note: Lenny and other persectuted Christians living in the Tribulation period were very fortunate because, during the Tribulation, they heard the Messianic Jewish men preaching and calling people to repent and to receive Jesus Christ and they had never taken the mark of the beast, they heard and believed in the Gospel of the Kingdom when it was preached to them by one of the 144,000 Messianic Jewish men selected by God to evangelize around the globe.  Those who have taken the mark of the beast in the Tribulation will be lost.  (Revelation 14:9-11.)

Resurrected learning & Heaven’s books….

Posted by richieg on November 21, 2013
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thCAAF5P02  I  was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door, not by the beauty of it all, nor by the lights or decor.  But it was the folks in heaven who made me sputter and gasp.  I mean the thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics and the trash.  There stood a kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.  Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.  Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in hell was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, and said: “What’s the deal?  I would love to hear your take, how’d all these sinners get up here? God must have made a mistake.  And why’s everyone so quiet, so somber – give me a clue.”   “Hush, son,”  He said, “they’re all in shock.  No one thought they’d be seeing you.”

Many of us have read this little story before, but it’s really profound when we ponder what God has in store for Christians when we get to heaven.  In Randy Alcorn’s book entitled “Heaven” He put it this way about learning in Heaven:  ” When we enter Heaven, we’ll presumably begin with knowledge we had at the time of our death.  God may enhance our knowledge and will correct countless wrong perceptions, and then set us on a course of continual learning.  Once we’re in resurrection bodies with resurrected brains, our capacity to learn may increase.   Just think about how much more we will discover about God.”

Will we find books in Heaven?  We know that sixty-six books, those that comprise the Bible, will be in Heaven, “Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89).   There is the Book of Life which contains the documentation of everything ever done by anyone on earth (Revelation 20:12).   Found in the Book of  Malachi there is a remarkable passage that tells us God documants the faithful deeds of his children on Earth (Malachi 3:16-18).

While some people take these books figuratively, to represent God’s omniceience, we should not assume these aren’t real books.  God makes a permanent record so that the entire universe will one day know his justification for rewarding the righteous and punishing the wicked.  God is watching, He is keeping track.  In Heaven he’ll reward us for our acts of faithfulness to him, right down to every cup of cold water we’ve given to the needy in his name (Mark 9:41).  And he’s making a permanent record in Heaven’s books.  –  Randy Alcorn

What we do now is not discarded once we enter eternity.  What we learn now is not erased in Heaven….What we experience in joy and understanding and insight now is not destroyed, but is the foundation on which all our eternal experience and growth is based.  –  Sam Storms

Fruitful Conversations

Posted by richieg on November 15, 2013
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Is God doing things we have no idea about behind the scenes in the lives of the people we meet every day?

thCASUY5H3  Bobbie V.  –  As Bobbie was walking by the Prayer Station she stopped to inquire about the ministry.  In conversation with Bobbie she said that she was from Staten Island and was in town today to visit with her son who is the director of the local Opera House.  She was asked if there was something that she would like prayer for and she replied:  “Well, not for me, but would please pray for my niece (Amelia) that there would not be complications in her pregnancy and that Amelia would trust God, because God knows what would be best for her.” We prayed together in the name of Jesus for Bobbie’s prayer request.

After praying with Bobbie, she was asked:  “Have you come to a point in your spiritual life that if you died today, you know that you would go to heaven?”  Bobbie responded by saying that she did believe that she would be in heaven.  She was then asked why she believed she would be in heaven, and this is what she said:  “Because God is good and God knows I want the promises of God and I want to be with my family in heaven and I believe God always knows the right thing to do.”  At this point the Scripture’s were opened and the purpose of God’s law was shared with Bobbie (Romand 3:20 and Galatians 3:24), which teach  that God’s law brings knowledge of sin and that the ultimate purpose of God’s law is faith in Christ.  The gospel of God’s grace was then presented to Bobbie and after hearing she said that she had to continue on her way and said she was very thankful for our conversation, and then she  said: “You have given me something to think about”.  Bobbie was encouraged to seek God in prayer and He would speak to her and lead her.

God’s eye is always on us.  Had God been preparing Bobbie to hear the gospel and did he sovereignly arrange the circumstances in her life to set the stage for this conversation with her about Jesus?  What if God desires to send people across your path today, so you can speak the gospel to someone, to change their life forever?

Brazen Article

Posted by richieg on October 27, 2013
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thCAZR1UL6  I remember when I was a kid growing up and how I never liked to be called names, no one did.  I mean I like my name.  My name is Richard, a fine and dandy name for me.  Hey, Hi, Yo & Bro were all right to get my attention.  Didn’t mind anything close to Rich, Richie, or Rick.  Anything in the ballpark suited me fine.  While navigating about, I didn’t like names such as Jerk, Clown, Screw Ball, Air Head or Space Cadet.  But at least I could fire back and that always seemed to end the name calling.  Whomever coined the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” brought that saying from another planet, which doesn’t belong here on earth.

However, there is a part of my past where name calling had to be accepted and not a word said otherwise.  This place was in my Catholic elementary school and the teachers there were Sister’s of Charity.  Such a nice and peaceful name to have as teachers.  Yes, these were Catholic Nuns.  I remember one day in particular as the “day of thunder,”  when I had been disobedient.  I was told not to bounce a ball while in line and accidentally dropped it a second time just as I was being warned.  Oh, those Nuns had such uncanny timing.  Sister Maria stopped the line and glared down at me as I stood motionless at the back of the line.  She headed my way, not too fast, just slow deliberate steps.  Time seemed to stand still, it was slow motion as pandemonium filled my mind.  I was in confinement and awaited punishment.

Sister Maria finally arrived and stood directly in front of me then slowly cuffed her sleeves – more agonizing seconds.  I was so frightened as I realized I was confronted with professional intimidation.  I didn’t dare make eye contact, just squinted my eyes and waited for “the thunder.”  I was slapped around pretty hard and started to slip down to my knees but was jerked up by my tie which seemed like a rope around my neck.  Then I had to look Sister Maria in the eye, which she made sure of.  It was over….almost.  The finishing touch for Sister Maria was her calling me a “Brazen Article.”  With absolute authority I had been branded.  The line moved forward and I never did see that ball again.  As my class headed to the staircase, we passed by a glass display case in which I caught a glimpse of myself in the reflection.  I saw that my tie was on  backwards, my collar was sticking up as if it were starched that way and my hair stood on end as if I had stuck my finger in an electric socket.  One consolation was the fact that no one stared at me because Sister Maria was at the back of the line as we made our way back to the classroom.  When I got to my seat, I squared myself away the best I could.  I was now a “Brazen Article.”  –  no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Would you believe that this event took place in 1956?  That’s right, you do the math.  I was condemned and I will always remember this event.  It wasn’t until years later (1977) that I would be condemned again.  But this time I was condemned by God.  Someone witnessed to me and showed me God’s law, I had always known the Ten Commandments but now my conscious seemed to crush me.  I saw myself  a true sinner and separated from God, it was then that I was prepared for God’s grace.  I accepted the solution God gave me to avoid destruction and I submitted to the lordship of His Son Jesus Christ.

Keep in mind that Satan’s favorite tool is condemnation, just another word for “name calling.”  Satan wants to brand believers with any name that we allow to stick.  If you are in Christ Jesus today, there is no condemnation over your life. Period.  See Romans 8:1.  Why?  Because Jesus has already been condemned for all of our sins.  Every time you fail in thought, word, or deed always remember – there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ.  God in Christ has cleansed you of every stain of sin.  The blood of Jesus protects believers from condemnation. 

If the Spirit of God has shown you what God’s law really is then your heart is prepared for God’s grace.