Jesus (must be) Coming Soon

 

Christians I believe we have arrived at that ‘looking up’ time spoken of by the writer and physicistreator5an Luke in Luke 21.  Read now and marvel at what you see… people we must be ready and that’s why we preach Christ.

Luke 21:8-21 (KJV)

 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

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l hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not byand by.

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

What if Jesus returned today?  Would you be ready? Would your family be ready? Your children?  Today is the day of salvation.  Look up!

Checking your perspective in love
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Robin

 

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Jesus Never Failed Me and He Won’t Start Now

From Robin’s blog this week. Always remember Jesus will never leave nor forsake His own.

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Jesus is my Friend.  He is with me ALWAYS.  I can’t think of a more comforting thought. Jesus never failed me and He won’t start now.   I know that no matter where I find myself, He will be with me– a constant friend is He.

A couple of years ago a group of Christian writers and I collaborated on a book of testimonies we titled, “Overwhelmed: Hope and Help for the Financially Weary.”  It was a difficult write because it required that I be transparent about a particularly difficult time in my life.  In the middle of a storm, we decided to encourage others to hold on to their God, and their hope.  Jesus won’t fail us; but I have learned that we fail Him over and again–especially by being faithless. Remember, without faith it is impossible to please Him.

My chapter of the book encourages readers…

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Why Not Just Say ‘NO’ to Halloween!

The Glover Girls celebrating  with cosplay at Maggie Daley park in Chicago

                              The Glover Girls celebrating with cosplay at Maggie Daley park in Chicago

Deut 18:9-13 “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults with the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord”

1 Cor 10:20-21 “I say the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink of the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”

Gal 4:8-1 “Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.”

Romans 13:12a “Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light!”

I recently shared with Steven a note our 10 year-old daughter had typed titled: “Why I don’t Celebrate Halloween” I’d love to share her insights with the E4L and Christ’s Church Chicago families.

Selah dressed for her birthday party in the park

Selah dressed for her birthday party in the park

Selah (whose name means think on these, or meditate) wrote:
” I don’t celebrate Halloween because I’m a Christian. My mom says that it’s Satan’s day also known as his birthday. (Note: we’re not sure where she got the birthday reference). If you don’t know who Satan is or what he did I am going to be the person to tell you. Satan is bad, and he lies, steals, kills, and destroys your soul.
There is a God, He is King of kings. He made the world. He made you and me. He’s amazing, so powerful than you could ever imagine, did you know God sent His only Son to earth so that He could die on the cross for us to save us from our sins and that is why I don’t celebrate Halloween.”

The babies get it. Let’s not cause them to stumble!

I read a post on Christian Mommies site and I wanted share these thoughts, adding my ditto and state some of the reasons our daughters don’t celebrate Halloween.

We just say ‘no’ to Halloween because:

We don’t want them to underestimate the devil
We don’t want them to open up to demonic influence
We  don’t want them to stumble into an area of the occult unaware
We  want them to know that we take the Bible literally
We want them to prefer the light of the Gospel to the darkness of the occult
We want them to know that it is OK to stand apart from the world on these issues
We want them to recognize easily what is evil and stand against it in the name of Jesus

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One-on-One with a Tanzanian Muslim (Part Three)

One-on-One with a Tanzanian Muslim (Part Three).

One-on-One with a Tanzanian Muslim (Part Three)

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Scripture teaches that man is incapable of coming to God on his own because of moral depravity and enslavement to Satan. The world and all its fallen inhabitants are held tightly by sin and in the devils grip. The apostle John writes, “…and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” Paul Washer addresses this point in his book titled ‘The Truth about Man.’  He states, “It is the sure testimony of Scripture that there is only one true God. But in this passage, Satan is referred to as the “god of this world” in the sense that he is working with great power in this preset evil age, and fallen men have made him their “god” and live according to his will.” (Washer, pg. 71)

“…whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe…” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

The affinity (they have much in common) between Satan and Islam (lying, murder, stealing, etc) mentioned in previous articles reveals the compatibility of fallen man with the Devil. Paul’s response to these truths was similar to most—denial. Many people reject the idea or concept that all unredeemed men are ‘followers of the devil,” yet scripture indicates that all men are born into the world under his dominion.

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, “that He might destroy the works of the devil…” (I John 3:8)

We soon began discussing the ‘Five Pillars of Islam’ and their inability to provide an acceptable sacrifice or substitute for sin.  The faithful Muslim who diligently practices the five pillars of Islam will receive from Allah a gracious welcome of “Peace,” and enters into the garden in order to sit on a cushioned throne in the shade where he eats fruit in abundance. He is also able to drink from rivers which produce milk, honey, and alcohol. Throughout eternity he will have beautiful women to enjoy sexually and produce children who will serve him.  (There is no reward mentioned for women in the Quran)

Therefore, in order to enter Janna good works must outweigh the bad according to the Quran. “Surely good deeds drive away the evil deeds. This is a reminder to those who remember. And be patient, so surely Allah will not waste the wages of the doers of good.” (Sura 11:114-115) Evil is wiped away by successfully performing or adhering to these actions:

  1. Shahada (Confession of the Creed) A testimonial that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. It must be repeated daily in a certain tone of voice in order to be valid. It must be honored or practice until death, otherwise denial of it nullifies any possibility of Paradise or Janna.
  2. Salat (Prayer) Repeated prayers from the Quran must be said five times a day in Arabic at certain periods of time. Before sunrise, at noon, in mid-afternoon, at sunset, and in the evening. Friday prayer at the Mosque at noon is mandatory for adult males who must practice the ritual of purity. Prayer is viewed as an expression of submission to Allah and not a communication or relationship with Allah. The Du-aa (supplication) is when Muslims prayers are given the opportunity to be accepted by Allah. Even then there are limitations (Late night, after the crowing of a rooster, beginning of war, and during Ramadan) Islam Awareness, Dawah
  3. Zakat (Alms-giving) A certain percentage of income is given at the end of the year to help others. Muslims believe that helping others purifies their own wealth, increases its value, and reminds them that everything they have is a trust from Allah. Every adult Muslim man and woman who possesses wealth of a certain minimum amount must give to the mosque leader who then distributes resources to the poor.

 Sadaqah (Truth and Honesty) In addition to the required alms, Muslims are encouraged to give in charity at all times        according to their means.

   4. Sawm (Fasting) Muslims abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset during the month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim calendar. Ramadan was the month during which Muhammad had his first encounter with the spirit in Cave Hira. The Quran is read and recited the entire month.

   5. Hajj (Pilgrimage) All Muslims, men and woman who are economically and physically able are to travel to Mecca at least once in their life time. The completion of this practice gives the Muslim both a satisfying feeling and a respected status in his or her community

Paul and I read the verse from chapter two of the book of Ephesians that states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) Mankind is incapable of please God, therefore, the Lord provided a sacrifice for mans iniquity. John MacArthur writes in the MacArthur study Bible, “God the Father using the principle of imputation, treated Christ as if He were a sinner though He was not, and had Him die as a substitute to pay the penalty for the sins of those who believe in Him…One the cross, He did not become a sinner, but remained as holy as ever. He was treated as if He were guilty of all the sins ever committed by all who would ever believe, though He committed none. The wrath of god was exhausted on Him and the just requirement of God’s law met for those for who He died…The righteousness that is credited to the believers account is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, God’ Son.”(MacArthur, pg. 1772)

After an hour and fifteen minutes of discussion, Paul concluded our conversation by stating, “I will continue to practice the Five Pillars in hope that I will be accepted by Allah.” We agreed to meet regularly in order to compare and contrast the two belief systems. The responsibility of the believer or evangelist is to preach the Word and pray that God will give the increase!

One-on-One with a Muslim from Tanzania (Part Two)

 

Our conversation regarding Allah and Satan demonstrating the same characteristics gave us an opportunity to search the scriptures. God‘s response to Satan, the “father of lies” and those who emulate his example is the same. Lying violates the ninth command found in the Law (Ten Commandments) of God and He promises to “cast every liar in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone…” (Revelation 21:8). I made it a point to review the Law in order to ask Paul if he has ever violated or broke any God’s commandments. The purpose of the Law is to reveal or expose sin, so that the (repent) sinner might be justified by faith in Christ (Galatians 3:24-25). Those who reject the Lord’s propitiation (‘appeasement’ or ‘satisfaction’) for sin will experience His eternal wrath.

 

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“…But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers…and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

 

 

This verse catapulted us onto the topic of murder. According to the previously mentioned verse, murderers will also spend eternity in hell. I mentioned that the Qur’an is filled with hate, and those who practice Jihad are (according to scripture) murderers (I John 3:15). Nevertheless, the Bible commands believers to “love their enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Jesus demonstrated this type of love at Calvary as He prayed “Father forgive them…”. In order to understand Jihad as taught in the Qur’an, I have posted an excerpt (below) from my soon to be released evangelism training manual. (This book will help equip Christians to witness to Muslims).

 

 

 

What is Jihad?

 

 

The only guarantee given by Allah for Janna is an unwritten sixth pillar known as Jihad. In Arabic the word Jihad means “struggle” or “strife,” however, multiple verses in the Qur’an and Hadith confirm that it also implies a religious war against non-Muslims.  Suicide bombers are commonly used by Islamic caliphate to attack and kill non-Muslims. (Once Islam has its own state and military there will be no need for suicide bombings)

 

 

They are considered martyrs and receive a great reward by Allah because they are strategically helping to achieve the Islamic goal of world dominance.  Allah desires that the whole world submit to the law of Islam. Therefore, it is permissible to kill woman and children in Jihad because they are considered to be as their parents. They are mixed in with the enemy of Allah and perceived as combatants against Islam. http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/in-the-name-of-islam/

 

 

“Whoso fights in the cause of Allah, and is killed or gets victory, we shall bestow on him a great reward.” (Sura 47:4)
“Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive with their Lord and they have provision.” (Sura 3:169-171 Muhsin Khan)
“…and fight those who acknowledge not the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya tax with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (Sura 9:29)
 

 

Three alternatives are offered to non-Muslims conquered by Islam or living under Sharia.

 

  •            Convert to Islam by renouncing faith in any other religion and embracing the teachings of the Qur’an.
  • .            Those who choose to keep their own belief system while living under Sharia are required to pay a tax (Jizya) of                  up to 90% of the family’s gross annual income.
  •            Death by decapitation for those who refuse to convert or pay the tax.

 

             

 

Allah and those who practice Islam have been categorized or identified in the Bible as liars, murderers, and unbelievers. The god of this world is using the Qur’an to encourage Muslims to deceive, lie, murder, and reject the Deity of  Jesus Christ. Those very things forbidden by God’s Law are embraced or practiced in Islam. By “testing the spirits” as instructed in the fourth chapter of John’s first epistle, we can discern that the author of the Qur’an is Satan. To learn of Paul’s reaction to these truth’s stay tuned for Part Three.

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Request This Week

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Pray

“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.”

– Hebrews 13:3, NASB

The church universal is still being persecuted all over the world.  According to reports by International Christian Concerns known as our bridge to the persecuted church, Christians in the Middle East, Syria and Africa are facing serious persecution at the hands of enemies of the cross.

According to an article on their website:

300,000 Christians Flee War, Persecution in Syria

4/7/2013 Syria (Asia News)

Some 300,000 Christians are living as refugees after escaping war and persecution in Syria, Asia News reports. While people from every political, ethnic, and religious background are suffering in Syria’s civil war, Christians have found themselves in a very unique and frightening situation, having widely chosen not to take up arms or to openly support either the rebels or the regime. However, as time goes by, “host families do not have enough resources to help Syrian refugees,” the CNEWA director noted. By contrast, “requests are increasing day by day. Soon no one will be able to afford even the most basic aid.” Christians in Syria also fear they might become a target for Islamic extremists. (www.Persecution.org)

 

 

Please pray for safety, for shelter and help for the refugees and that above all our God will be glorified and His name proclaimed.  

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“Preachers deal…

“Preachers deal with possibilities, Prophets with impossibilities.”
“Prophets are lone men: they walk alone, pray alone and God makes them alone. For the principle of divine selection is ‘past finding out.’ But let no man despair: let none of us say, however we may have been or have not been used, that we are too old. Moses was 80 when he took command of an enslaved and broken people. After George Mueller was 70, he went around the world several times, and without the aid of radio, preached to millions of people.” From Leonard Ravenhill’s book, Why Revival Tarries

This week’s prayer focus:  Pray that godly men and women would be used to deal with what may seem like impossibilities by the world’s standards.  Pray that they not lose heart.

Just a bit of con-struct-ion!

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