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5 July, 2021 14:59

July 5, 2021

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO AMERICA?

DAVID RAVENHILL

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO AMERICA?

SHE’S STARTED TO DECAY

THE LEFT’S PROMOTING LAWLESSNESS

WE SEE IT EVERY DAY.

IT STARTED WHEN WE TOLD OUR KIDS

YOU CAN’T PRAY IN YOUR SCHOOL

YET THOSE WHO SAY, “THERE IS NO GOD”

THE BIBLE CALLS A FOOL.

AS FOR THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

WE’VE BANISHED THEM AS WELL

THE NATION THAT FORSAKES ITS GOD

WILL FACE THE DOOM OF HELL.

WE SAY THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER

BUT ABORT BLACK BABIES TOO,

NO LONGER DO WE LOVE OUR FLAG

OR TRUST THOSE DRESSED IN BLUE.

WE’VE MADE IT COOL TO SHOPLIFT

JUST TAKE WHAT YOU CAN HAUL

AND IF YOU GET ARRESTED

YOU’RE FREED BY CITY HALL.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO AMERICA?

WHEN YOU CAN LOOT AND BURN

DESTROY YOUR TOWN AND CITY

THEIR ORDINANCES SPURN.

IF THINGS CONTINUE AS THEY ARE

WE’LL LOOK BACK WITH REGRET

REMEMBERING WHAT WE ONCE ACHIEVED

BUT CAN NO LONGER GET.

OUR NATION IS DIVIDED BY CHOICE AND BY DESIGN

THE MEDIA PROMOTES IT

AND WE ALL FALL IN LINE.

IT’S TIME TO RAISE YOUR VOICE

AND PROTEST, LOUD AND LONG

WE’RE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS

AND TO THIS LAND BELONG.

ONE FINAL PLEA I NEED TO MAKE

ON THIS WE FALL OR STAND.

ALMIGHTY GOD, WE NEED YOUR HELP

COME, HEAL, RESTORE OUR LAND.

7 June, 2021 12:43

June 7, 2021

“IT IS NOT GOOD…”

Throughout the word of God, we are reminded that God made the heavens and earth. Genesis gives us the finer points of this incredible feat as we read about what transpired each day. Following the details of each day’s creation, God said, “it was good”. This little phrase is repeated each day until the final day when God declared “It was very good.”

God then makes His first negative statement by saying, “It is not good.” He’s referring to the fact that man was all alone with no one his equal to help him. We then read that God created or formed Eve out of the side of Adam in order to be his helpmate.

Why am I stating the obvious here? We all know the story having heard it numerous times if not hundreds of times. Recently though, I began to think of this as it relates to the ministry. I could sense the Lord saying somewhat sadly that He never intended man to assume the responsibility of the ministry without the support of a helpmate. Now by helpmate I’m not referring here to a wife although there is certainly nothing wrong with that; but rather to a team player. I’m well aware that for many in the ministry this is anathema, as they assume the role of pastor to be exclusively theirs alone, and not to be shared with anyone else. Many leaders take on the title of Senior Pastor while referring to others as associate pastors or something similar. In essence they are letting everyone know that they alone call all the shots.

I’m convinced this was never God’s plan, and because of it, we see thousands of pastors every year quitting their role and walking away from their God given calling. Now I’m aware that statistically the first reason for quitting is due to immorality but high on the list is burnout. The pressure of bearing the weight of the ministry alone becomes far too much of a burden to carry. Have you ever tried lifting a large piece of machinery or piece of furniture by yourself? You’ll soon discover that no matter what shape you are in physically the task is impossible without someone helping you. You remember Moses tried this approach and almost killed himself trying.

We read in Ecclesiastes 4:9 “That two are better than one” While I’m aware that this is in reference to marriage, nevertheless it applies equally to ministry also. There was a reason Jesus sent out His disciples two by two. One was no doubt companionship; another being accountability and the third being a double portion of insight, wisdom, etc. “One will chase a thousand and two ten thousand.”

If you still find yourself resisting the concept of plurality then you need to read again Paul’s admonition to Titus when he reminded him that he was to appoint elders in every city. While I have no argument against having a chief amongst equals, I don’t believe it was ever God’s intention for one man to labor alone or rule alone. Peter reminds the young men to subject to their elders not elder.

Having spent a great amount of my ministry as a team player I can vouch for the benefit of such. No one man is capable of bringing the church to maturity – not even as an apostle! Apostles too are in need of the evangelist, teacher, prophet and pastor in order to equip the Body for the work of the ministry. The concept of a single man being responsible for the well-being of the church was never God’s plan.

Finally, if you are still unconvinced look nowhere else than the Godhead. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit all united as one, and yet each having their own unique function. While in essence one and yet three persons; the Father though is shown to be the chief as it were.

This plurality provides safety, as in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. We don’t read God saying, “let me make man in my image,” or,” who will go for me?” But rather “Let us make man in our image.” and “who will go for us?” If plurality is exemplified by the Trinity, then are we so naïve as to assume we know better? This would be the height of arrogance and the epidemy of pride.

Finally, it requires humility, patience and death to oneself in order for a team to function effectively, but the benefits far outweigh the alternative. Far too many leaders are trying to go it alone. Let me remind you again what God said, “It’s not good for man to be alone.”

31 March, 2021 11:05

March 31, 2021

JUDGMENT WILL BE MERCILESS

I’ve been amazed lately at the number of Christians, who have taken on the role of both judge and jury. I’m referring to people who have openly and mercilessly denounced those in the prophetic community who they consider “false prophets.”

While I do agree that great harm was caused by these prophetic words that failed to materialize as we were led to believe. I don’t believe that because they were wrong, that they can be labeled as false prophets.

I’ve received scathing videos denouncing these men as though they were instruments of Satan himself. One prophet in particular was singled out, even after he had very publicly acknowledged he was wrong.

This raises the question as to who is the most Christlike? Those who criticize or the one who repented?

In listening to the stone throwers, one would think they had lived a blameless and perfect life and therefore never needed God’s forgiveness; thereby giving them the right to stone their

sinning brothers or sisters. If in their great wisdom they knew these were false prophecies why didn’t they warn the rest of us long before now?

One of the most frightening verses in the entire Bible is found in the Book of James when he states, “Judgment will be merciless to the one who has shown no mercy, mercy triumphs over judgment.” ( James2:13) I for one cannot afford to assume I have no need of God’s mercy. The Psalmist too was well aware that he needed God’s mercy, “new every morning”.

As I’ve already mentioned, I believe the prophetic gift and office were dealt a major blow by these prophecies that proved to be wrong. Consider however the utter embarrassment and humiliation of those who gave these words. That alone would be an unbearable burden to carry and one that you can never really escape from. That to me would be punishment enough.

Let me state clearly; a prophecy that fails to materialize does not mean the brother or sister that gave it is an instrument of the Devil. Many times, the prophetic word may be 100% true; however, the interpretation and application may be misunderstood and applied by those receiving it. Take for example the incident in Acts where the prophet Agabus binds the hands and feet of Paul telling him that this is what awaits him if he proceeds to Jerusalem. All those who listened to this prophetic act and word were convinced that Paul was being warned by God not to proceed on his journey. Paul however received the prophecy as confirmation that this was in fact what God had called him to do. One has only to go to the previous chapter where Paul states, “I am on my way to Jerusalem not knowing what will happen to me there except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying bonds and afflictions await me.” Are we then to conclude that the writer of Acts along with the rest of the congregation were all deceived when they begged Paul not to continue on his journey? Let’s take this a step further and go back a few verses in the same chapter (Acts 21:4) Here we find the disciples at Tyre repeatedly telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. Was Paul in disobedience? Were the disciples deceived in thinking they were hearing from God? ( We may never know) One thing we do know is that they were not maligned by their fellow believers and written off as false prophets or disciples to be forever shunned.

Just some thoughts to consider before you cast the next stone.