The Broad Path

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.  Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many entering in through it.  Because narrow is the gate and distressing is the way which leads unto life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:12-14   Everywhere people set goals for themselves.  Many of those goals are focused on finances.  There are goals to pay for college, goals to own transportation, goals to buy a house, goals to save for retirement.  Lives are planned based upon certain interpretations of how to achieve these goals.  Yet for many a goal of becoming rich is upon their hearts.   All around this nation financial bubbles are exploding in growth.  The amount of student loan debt acquired by those who are studying for a career to obtain such goals has hit a record amount.  Auto loans have exploded reaching, new highs in indebtedness of our American society.  Home buying in many places has created bubbles of unsustainable pricing and debt that is piling up in a manner that is neither sustainable or realistic.  The stock market is increasing often by three digit figures per day, far surpassing common sense and then there is Bitcoin.   Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are exploding in value as hand joins to hand across this once great nation, with those who are investing hoping for a landslide of profits to materialize in front of them.  The false security in these bubbles...

Psalms Walk-Thru #009

“My Mighty God, My Mighty God, why have You forsaken Me, and are far from My deliverance, and from the words of My groaning?  O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not answer; and in the nighttime, and am not silent.  But You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.  Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them.  They cried to You, and were delivered; they trusted in You, and were not ashamed.  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people.  All who see Me mock Me; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying,  He trusted on Jehovah; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, since He delights in Him!  For You are He who took Me out of the womb, causing Me to trust while on My mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon You from the womb; You are My Mighty God from My mother’s belly.  Be not far from Me, for trouble is near; for there is no one to help.  Many bulls have encircled Me; strong bulls of Bashan have surrounded Me.  They have gaped at Me with their mouths, like a tearing and roaring lion.  I am poured out like water, and all My bones are separated; My heart is like wax, it has melted within Me.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; and You have brought Me into the dust of death.  For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked have enclosed...

#NotYou

“Do I delight with pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Jehovah, and not that he should turn back from his ways and live?”  Ezekiel 18:23   “Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall live life because he took warning; and you have delivered your soul.”  Ezekiel 3:21   A harsh title to start off an article with, but perhaps it could be something like #CastIntoLakeOfFire or #NotFoundWrittenInBookOfLife.  These would be the harshest words, as each man will stand before their Creator and if their name is not written in the Book of Life, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire and tormented day and night forever and ever.  So to those of you who can take a minute, for those of you who are willing to contemplate for a moment, what God’s Word declares about sin and about Salvation, then might as well do that now, before you stand before Him at the Great White Throne Judgment.    “And the devil, who led them astray, was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.  And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life....

Psalms Walk-Thru #008

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of Jehovah our God.”  Psalms 20:7   From time to time and place to place, troubling times appear on the horizon, sometimes those trouble actually surface to real problems.  For some it could be war, for others it could be an economic collapse, other times it could simply be a small town that just lost the factory that was the lifeline.  When these sorts of things happen, a lot of people relocate, some out of necessity, others forced to do so.  For the Believer, one who has truly repented and believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior, we remember God, we know that He cares about us.   “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares about you.”  1st Peter 5:6-7   “Save, O Jehovah! Let the King answer us when we call.”  Psalms 20:9   We must always remember that as Christians, certainly our lives are in Christ (Col. 3:3) and we have hope in Him (Rom. 15:3).  While God ultimately has His purposes regarding our lives, we certainly have access to the Father, through Jesus Christ.   “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to...

Alarm Bells

“The burden against the Valley of Vision. What ails you now, that you have gone up to the housetops?  The noisy city, the joyous city, is filled with turbulence. Your slain ones are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.  All your rulers have fled together; they have been captured without the bow; all who are found in you have been captured together; they have fled from afar.  Therefore I said, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly; do not insist on comforting me because of the devastation of the daughter of my people.  For it is a day of trouble, and of trampling down, and of perplexity by Jehovah of Hosts in the Valley of Vision; of breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.  And Elam carried the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.  And it shall come to pass that your choicest valleys shall be full of chariots; and the horsemen shall surely be set in array at the gate.  And he uncovered Judah‘s covering, and you looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest.  You have also seen the breaks in the city of David, that they are many; and you gathered the waters of the lower pool.  And you have counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you have broken down the houses to fortify the wall.  You also made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool; but you have not looked to its Maker, nor had regard for Him who formed it...

Where have all of the preachers gone?

“I say then, has God cast away His people? Let it not be! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying,  Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.  But what does the Divine response say to him? I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.  Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”  Romans 11:1-5   Certainly there are still preachers who are faithfully doing the work of the Lord throughout the world.  Yet it wasn’t that long ago that in America we had some preachers whom were used by God to proclaim His truth to many, many people across our once great land.  Billy Sunday comes to mind immediately.   Less than a hundred years ago Billy Sunday was preaching to crowds from coast to coast.  It is said that he preached to over a 100 million people directly during the ministry that God had given him to do.  While he was one of the most outspoken opponents of alcohol, he also preached against playing cards, dance halls, theatres and immoral reading material.  Billy Sunday did not shy away from telling the truth about God, proclaiming His truth regarding Creation, a literal devil, a literal Hell and also the Gospel,...

Psalms Walk-Thru #007

“The heavens declare the glory of the Mighty God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.”  Psalms 19:1   Right here in this verse we have what is irrefutable evidence, should the world choose to accept it, that God does exist.  There are no excuses as to why mankind should not understand their sinful condition and believe the Gospel.    “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is clearly recognized by them, for God has revealed it to them.  For ever since the creation of the world the unseen things of Him are clearly perceived, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,  because, although they know God, they do not glorify Him as God, nor are thankful, but become vain in their reasonings, and their stupid hearts are darkened.  Professing to be wise, they become foolish, and change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”  Romans 1:18-23   As Christians, we must not be compromising about God and what His Word says regarding Creation.  Certainly the world was Created in six, twenty-four periods, or in six days (Gen. 1:31).  Not days that lasted millions or billions of years, literal days.  For if we speak of the Gospel to those who will listen and tell how Jesus died on the Cross for their sins (1 Pet. 2:24), speak of the gift of...

Psalms Walk-Thru #006

“I love You, O Jehovah, my strength.”  Psalms 18:1   Truly who can make such a statement, who can declare such a thing?  Is this not the will of the Lord?   “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  John 14:5    After all, “And you shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart, with all your soul, exceedingly in every way.”  Deuteronomy 6:5   “Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:37-40   David also declared in Psalms:   “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”  Psalms 51:17   How can those who truly know the Lord have such a heart?  For knowing that the Lord takes care of those who are His (1 Pet. 5:7) and seeing the riches He provides for His own  are without fathom (Eph. 3:8).  For after all, He paid the penalty on the Cross for our sins (Rom. 4:25), for all who are willing to repent (Acts 17:30-31) and in faith believe (John 3:16) into Him as their Lord and Savior.   “Jehovah is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my Mighty God, my rock wall, in whom I will trust; He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I will call upon...

Psalms Walk-Thru #005

“The fool has said in his heart, There is no God! They are corrupt; they have done abominable works, there is no one who does good.”  Psalms 14:1   How much of the world would prefer to say there is no God?  Truly as the time until the end continues, more and more join the ranks of not only being corrupt, but also making such a foolish statement.    “Professing to be wise, they become foolish, and change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”  Romans 1:22-23   Just on the surface, as a Christian, I could only imagine life without Christ, without the joy of the Lord, what a hopeless state!  To me, to consider that there are those who go throughout life denying their Creator is but unimaginable in my life.  Even though I was Saved at the relatively young age of 9, I still believed in God beforehand.  Yet many of us who are Christians are mocked for such faith and considered foolish for believing such ‘old fashioned myths’.    Truly that puts the foolishness of their heart into prospective.  To be able to look around and clearly see the evidence that God has provided simply in the mirror, while denying God, is not only astonishing, it is a sad condition of the heart.  As Believers we know that we can fully trust the Lord, we understand that He watches out for those who are His and we know that whatever happens to us, happens according to His will.   “Watch over...

Lights Out?

“Seek Jehovah while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to Jehovah, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”  Isaiah 55:6-7   In Montana, Kalispell is one of the big cities, but in the scope of the nation, it is but a small quiet town.  Having lived in Orlando, Phoenix, Chicago and even a bit of time in Toledo, there is no comparison.  Driving the other night between two small Montana towns, the realization of the scope of potential trouble on the horizon, thinking of how America is so backslidden before God, my spirit was deeply troubled.   Imagine for a moment, if you will, your respective city.  Whether it be a small town on the plains of America, a big hustling urban center of a major city, a medium sized city or even the rural countryside, miles away from the nearest gas station, if the lights went out.  As we were driving between the small city of Kalispell to the very small town of Bigfork, the glistening lights of rural houses and the glimmering of communities approaching against the black night sky was a reminder that we were surrounded by people, who were getting ready for bed in the late evening. What if as we were driving suddenly and without warning all of the lights went out?    What if the dark black sky of night soon became even darker and our headlights on our car became more powerful...