“That Just Doesn’t Happen”

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with giddiness, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come upon you unexpectedly.  For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.”  Luke 21:34-35   When the Mendocino Complex fire was fully raging, a deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire commented, “Look how fast this Mendocino Complex went up in ranking. That doesn’t happen. That just doesn’t happen.”  Around the same time a Colorado thunderstorm unleashed ‘never before seen’ softball sized hail that caused a lot of damage.  While we know that no man knows the day, nor the hour, when the Rapture (Rev. 3:10) will happen and the Tribulation will start, we can clearly see the condition of mankind at this very moment.   “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.”  Matthew 24:36   Despite the fact that bad things do happen, we do certainly have a lot of bad things happening all over the world.  Nothing compared to what will come:   “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”  Luke 21:25-26   We’ve discussed such things in detail in recent prior articles.  The purpose of this article is...

Marching Against God

“Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate a war; wake up the mighty men; let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak say, I am strong.  Assemble yourselves and come, all you nations; and gather yourselves together all around. O Jehovah, bring down Your mighty ones.  Let the nations be awakened and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. For there I will sit to judge all the nations all around.  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down, for the press is full, the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Jehovah is near in the valley of decision.”  Joel 3:9-14   The march against our Creator is on.  Considering what God has told us through the Holy Scriptures, we know the future.  Yet here we are in 2018, the attitudes of many is in defiance to God, they have begun marching against God.   We live in a world where there certainly seems to be a sector of society that is determined to walk contrary to our Creator.  These are our neighbors, our leaders in our communities, our leaders in our societies, our education systems, our media, our acquaintances, our entertainment industry and yes even our so-called churches.  They twist the truth into a lie and cause destruction in their wake.    “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because...

Cakewalk

“For then there will be great affliction, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be kept safe alive; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”  Matthew 24:21-22   The other evening in Kalispell, Montana, my family and I were taking a walk near our neighborhood at dusk.  Glancing towards the Continental Divide we saw the blood moon in its fullness, looking much larger than normal.    I had seen the articles on the internet numerous times prior to this lunar event, but had forgotten that on Friday night it was viewable.  With clear skies, the sight was something out of the ordinary, though I was reminded of the ‘red moon’ that we have seen after dark numerous times.  These types of red moons are due to the amount of smoke in the air from the wildfires that in years prior have been ravishing our forests in the mountainous western part of Montana.    The next day, while reading news, there were articles questioning why so many people thought that the blood moon was a sign of the end of the world.  I remember when the United States shot some missiles into Syria, not too long ago, that there were people who had live feeds up on YouTube, with numerous viewers, who were adamant that World War 3 had just begun.  Here we are several months later.   A lot of people associate lunar and solar events with the end of the world.  In the guises...

Take a Seat, Brother

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:12   My family and I enjoy watching a show entitled Backroads Montana, from time to time.  While some of the stories are less desirable than others, nonetheless, it gives a good perspective on life throughout the great state of Montana.  The other day we happened upon an episode which had a woman who was recounting her story of running the local Senior Center and relaying the foundation for a friendship that she has with one of the women who frequents the Senior Center.    That friendship was based on the fact that amongst disputes and apparent rivalry, she was at the funeral of her husband.  She entered the church, not knowing where to sit and here this woman simply told her to take a seat next to her.  A complete stranger with a random act of kindness, which affected this director of the Senior Center so much that, though seemingly a small gesture, caused her to have a great deal of respect and love towards this woman who made a seat available.   This article is written for true Christians, those who have truly repented and by faith believed into the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.  Make no mistake, it is not a secret in this world that there is a lot of wrongdoing and infighting, even amongst those who are relatives.  Many families have what would be consider a large amount of dysfunctionality, in regards to their behavior.    Considering the broader perspective, just...

Save Our Planet

“For then there will be great affliction, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be kept safe alive; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”  Matthew 24:21-22   “And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men came to be on the earth.  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the anger of His wrath.  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.  And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. And men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because the plague is exceedingly great.”  Revelation 16:18-21   Recently my family and I took a road trip to Calgary, Canada.  The trip was brief, only one night, but quite productive.  From the Flathead Valley in Montana, we traveled about five and a half hours north to Calgary, finding accommodations.  There we managed to squeeze in a hefty tour of downtown Calgary, a trip up the Calgary Tower, as well as a trip to the zoo.   Heading north into Canada from the Eureka, Montana border crossing, we noted a much different type of environmental conscience of Canada, verses Montana.   By no means would I consider myself to be...

Do Not Resurrect

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1st Peter 1:3-5   Not too long ago there was a story of a man who was taken to the emergency room, unconscious.  On his chest there was a tattoo that said ‘Do Not Resurrect’.  The emergency room doctors were at lose with what to do.  They quickly talked to the hospital’s attorneys and decided that they would respect the patients wishes.  Here they had figured out what was wrong with the man, he was savable, they could bring back his normal life, but laws on the books allow for such decisions to be made by individuals.   Afterwards, the emergency room doctors found out that official paperwork had been filed with the state, indeed the man did not want to be resurrected, should he ever be found in that state.  This article is not going to focus much on the debate as to where one draws the line in regards to seeking life saving medical attention.  Indeed it is God who has given each of our lives and Created our soul, let each individual be assured in his own mind about such things.  Rather we must look at the consequences of not resurrecting the Truth of God’s...

Anything But Jesus

“And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the flying creatures of the heavens, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  Genesis 1:28   “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”  Genesis 9:1   “And Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all day long.  And Jehovah regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved to His heart.  And Jehovah said, I will obliterate man whom I have created from off the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and flying creatures of the heavens, for I regret having made them.”  Genesis 6:5-7   “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”  Luke 17:26-27   Living in Montana certainly has its advantages.  The other day my family went to visit Glacier National Park.  The Going to the Sun road has only been opened for a week, but with a recent rainy day the opportunity seemed perfect to go.  We had to deal with the light rain, but had the advantage of not having to deal...

Repentance – Gone Missing

“Jesus said, I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”  Luke 13:3   “And He said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins be preached in His name to all nations, beginning out of Jerusalem.”  Luke 24:46-47   There are churches all over from coast to coast of this country.  Numerous different denominations, tons of different viewpoints on the Bible, where does one turn?  What can be a test to see if these churches are biblical and truly have a Pastor who is Saved and called by God to preach?    Doctrine is important, very important.  There are numerous errors found throughout nearly every church across the United States, some more obvious than others.  Some churches have some doctrines correct, others have other ones correct.  While I am not speculating that anyone would find an absolutely perfect church, the harsh reality is that a church where a biblical Salvation message is not preached, could simply not make sense regarding of how they are following Christ and adhering to doctrine.   The Bible is quite clear on doctrine and also provides some warnings to Believers regarding to check into what they hear, as well at times to go elsewhere, should you find yourself in the midst of wolves, or as often happens, a church changes slowly, becoming apostate (Rev. 18:4).   “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”  1st Timothy 4:13   “Take heed to yourself...

Dead Men’s Secrets

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, without sin, unto salvation.”  Hebrews 9:27-28   “This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event to all. Yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.”  Ecclesiastes 9:3   There are a ton of different theories out there regarding where one goes after they die, what happens to someone when they join the ranks of the dead.  In nearly every city of any size in the United States, there are so-called churches who have set out their doctrine to what they believe in.  The Christian Scientist believe that they will be reincarnated.   Years ago I used to have a good friend who was a Christian Scientist.  We would go back and forth, while biking the streets and countryside of Petoskey, Michigan, debating on some of his viewpoints.  He stuck with the fact that he believed when he died he would be reincarnated and when he finally lived a good life then he would go to Heaven.  Years later this buddy would attend Bible studies at our home, as the focus would be on what the Bible actually taught, not some man’s theory.  Afterwards he eventually left the Christian Science church and started attending a church that according to...

A Society of Special Needs

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away.”  2nd Timothy 3:1-5   “And even as they do not like to have God in their full true knowledge, God gives them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with every unrighteousness, sexual perversion, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, depravity; whisperers, defamers, haters of God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do them, but also approve of those who practice them.”  Romans 1:28-32   The other day I was at a local grocery store picking up a couple of items.  This grocery store is interesting, though not a small one, certainly seems to attract a crowd of people who are blatant about who they are.  The store is busy, the lines are full and as I am waiting in line I have a couple of minutes to simply observe.    For a long time I have been trying to put my finger on exactly what seems to be wrong with a certain segment of society.  Sure you have the...