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21 July, 2022 16:37

July 21, 2022

THE WISDOM of KING CANUTE

There’s a new global religion that is spreading even faster than Covid. Its followers are all convinced that apart from their radical agenda, the world as we know it, is doomed to end within the next decade. These ‘believers’ have bought into the lie that they have the power and means to save the planet. Perhaps the greatest tragedy in all of this is that among these zealots there are genuine born-again believers who have a greater burden for saving the planet than for saving souls.

Now I’m not opposed to cleaning up our rivers, lakes and oceans from the millions of tons of waste that are carelessly tossed into them each and every day. Nor am I opposed to certain legislation that will help improve our air quality etc. In fact, if you have a spare Tesla sitting idle, I’ll happily take it off your hands.

The real issue in all of this ‘green talk’ is that we never hear a single word about God’s role in global matters. After all, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof: the world, and all they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1. That being true, then God is the final authority when it comes global matters. He alone is the Alpha and Omega.

Following the flood, God spoke to Noah reminding him, “I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.” He then added, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Gen. 8:21,22. These verses alone tell us that God is the one in control of the weather and its seasons.

Even a cursory reading of the scriptures reveal that God has an awesome armory at His disposal. The snow, ice, sleet, rain, frost, wind, storms, hailstones, lightning, fire, earthquakes, including the heat of the sun, can all be triggered to accomplish His purposes. Take for example famine. Famine, we are told, is one of God’s judgments as well as a sign of His return. The Book of Revelation tells of a coming event where God will rain down hailstones weighing well over a hundred pounds. (That will cool things down for a while as well as leaving a lasting impression!)

I was never much of a student. I especially loathed history, English history in particular. English history takes you back to virtually creation itself. You have to memorize a thousand battles and an equal number of Kings and Queens etc. One king, however, did manage to capture my attention. His name was King Canute, an Anglo-Saxon king who reigned around 1016. He was also the King of Denmark as well as Norway. History records that in order to show those around him that the King was not divine, he brought his throne to the edge of the sea. Then, he said to the rising tide, “You are subject to me, as the land on which I am sitting is mine, and no one has resisted my overlordship with impunity. I command you, therefore, not to rise on to my land, nor to presume to wet the clothing or limbs of your master.” But the sea came up as usual, and disrespectfully drenched the king’s feet and shins. Jumping back, the king cried, “Let all the world know that the power of kings is empty and worthless, and there is no king worthy of the name save HIM by whose will heaven, earth and the sea obey eternal laws.” Then according to tradition, King Canute removed his crown, hung it from a crucifix and never wore it again in honor of Almighty God.

King Canute, unlike our President and member of Congress, understood that God alone has the power over His own creation. Will the world end in the next decade or two if we fail to confront global warming? No! God declares that, “the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment…but the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness looking for and hastening the coming day of God…” 2 Peter 3:10-13

Perhaps it’s time to forget about ‘Global warming’ and take seriously God’s global WARNING.

“For this reason, you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” Matt. 24:44

15 June, 2022 16:05

June 15, 2022

FATHER’S DAY

This Sunday is designated as Father’s Day. Granted it is not some great spiritual feast day ordained by God and thundered forth from Mt Sinai. I refer to these days as the ‘Hallmark Feasts’. While they were no doubt originally established with good intentions, I can’t help think they have morphed into more of a money-making business.

Laying all that aside, I was just thinking about some of my Charismatic Messianic friends who like to refer to God as G_D, as though this was a way of giving Him the utmost honor and reverence.

In delving into this custom, I discovered that many well-meaning Jews, as a sign of reverence, respect, and protection, believed God’s name was so sacred and holy that it should never be uttered. This custom comes from the passage in Deuteronomy 12:3-4 regarding the destruction of heathen altars. The passage reads, “and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods, and you shall obliterate their name from that place.” According to one commentator, Rashi, he believed that as Jews they should not erase or destroy God’s name and avoid even writing it. The thought being, that if God’s name was never fully written, then it could never be erased, effaced, or destroyed.

This custom of writing G_D has gained widespread popularity in recent years. I cannot help but think that this belief has led to the very opposite of its intended purpose. Instead of GOD being honored as GOD, He has been dishonored by having His name reduced to a mere acronym. Imagine if I were to line up my three daughters and eight grandchildren and inform them, that from now on, they should refer to me only as G-D instead of GrandDad. Away with such foolishness!

One of the great truths that Jesus came to reveal was that we could call God our FATHER or Papa. Nothing speaks of friendship, intimacy, relationship, or sonship more than the term FATHER. Thank God we don’t have to approach Him as Esther did when approaching King Ahasuerus. She was so terrified of the King that she assumed she would perish when entering his presence. Thank God we have a King who invites us to enter His throne room with boldness and confidence while crying Abba, Father! (Having said that, neither do we approach God in some untoward way by referring to God as ‘the man upstairs,’ or some similar disrespectful term.)

Returning to Father’s Day. How amazing that we can call the One who created the heavens and earth (the One who is the Eternal, Omnipotent, Lord & Master of all, the great God Almighty, the Desire of all nations, the King of all kings) our FATHER!

Why not let Him know this Father’s Day how much you love HIM.

PS My sources tell me He doesn’t like being called G_

Father, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

Jesus, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

Spirit, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

11 June, 2022 08:51

June 11, 2022

WHY I FULLY SUPPORT TEACHING CRT IN OUR SCHOOLS.

I’m almost positive, that when you read the headline for this article that you thought to yourself, he must be out of his mind. Why on earth would Ravenhill support such a divisive and demonic theory? Isn’t our Nation already divided enough? Why add fuel to an already raging fire of racism and bigotry?

OK, before I go any further, let me explain. By CRT I’m not referring to Critical Race Theory but rather “Critical Rage Therapy”. Yes, we have an anger problem in our land that goes all the way back to Cain and Abel. This anger or rage is directed toward parents, teachers, classmates, police, and anyone else who stands in our way.

We live in a day of unparalleled lawlessness. Everyone is out to do their own thing by whatever means they can. Discipline is sadly lacking in our homes, leaving children free to roam the streets until all hours of the day or night. As a nation, we rank among the lowest, scholastically, in the world. We graduate students who are barely able to read or write. With this type of “success”, is it any wonder why tens of thousands of young men and women turn to selling or taking drugs to make a living? Gang membership has replaced the sense of belonging normally found in a family unit or church fellowship. Another major factor contributing to rage is the sad reality that not only have we removed prayer from our schools, but, even more tragically from our homes also. One could come up with a thousand reasons why we are in the state we are in, but, by far our greatest problem is, we have driven God out of our homes, schools, cities, States and Nation. When we throw our moral compass overboard, is it any wonder that our Nation has lost its way?

My remedy, apart from the obvious need of returning to God, is we need to teach our children how to deal with their own frustrations and anger. Let’s face it, many children grow up in divided homes, many have been abused physically, mentally and emotionally. For some, this leads to unhealthy sexual desires, while others turn to drugs or spend endless hours playing video games, gunning down the “enemy” while at the same time dehumanizing their fellow man. In the Black community some eighty per cent of children grow up without the presence of a father. Still others have fallen prey to the false belief that they will never be happy until they change their gender from boy to girl or girl to boy. All of these factors contribute to the false belief that life is meaningless, and for some, not worth living. Is it any wonder then that our children are frustrated, angry, and disillusioned with life?

My suggestion for teaching ‘Critical Rage Therapy ‘would include topics like laying a solid Biblical foundation of loving your neighbor as you love yourself, respect for human life (which would also include life within the womb). Lessons on the power of forgiveness, both God’s forgiveness of us, and our forgiving of others. Respect for authority should be taught from kindergarten through twelfth grade, together with the importance of a good work ethic and money management skills. I could list numerous other topics and values that I believe would help bring order and balance into the lives of those who God has entrusted to our care.

Why not contact your state legislator and suggest that instead of lecturing our children on Critical Race Theory we focus on the importance of “Critical Rage Therapy”?