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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Being Rich Towards God – George K. Walker

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“So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:21

Read Luke 12:13-21

Dear Reader,
Being rich toward God is first accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior and then submitting to Him in everything. Let His Holy Spirit guide your every step. The Word of God tells us “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who stengthens me”. In everything we are to depend on Him. So things of this world we have to remember will rust, tarnish and fade away but The Word of God will last forever. And if we continuously read it, speak it, live it, and rely on it we will last forever too with eternal life. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:20, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” The Word of God is the only way that you can get those treasures in heaven. The Word of God is what we should be seeking, it is our food and foundation. Our attitudes should be I can’t breathe without The Word and I gotta have Jesus!

James tells us in chapter 2 verse 5: “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” Brother and Sisters we are the poor of this world and we are rich in faith. We are God’s chosen and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him. Do you love Him? Well show Him by seeking Him, serving Him and putting Him first-Amen!

Now I ask you do you want to be rich in God or in things of this world?

A Child of God,
George Kevin Walker

A Letter To God – Lonnie Junior Jones

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A Letter to God

Father God,
A letter to say how much you mean to me,
Though at times it seems you are nowhere around,
But I will learn to trust you.
At times all my desires seemly wandering in the wrong places,
But I will learn to obey you.
At times all my planning go unnoticed and look to go no place.
But I will learn to wait upon you.
At times when all are unchangeable and I need a touch from you,
But I will learn to see your face.
At times when all else seems to go down hill, and lost,
But I will learn to sit at your feet.
At times when I begin to dry and thirst for you,
But I will learn to cry-out to you!
At times I learn to fall upon my face at the foot of the cross!
My heart is torn in pieces today, cause I desire to know who you are,
But I will learn to glance for that light which never goes out,
At times when all else fails me on this journey, no on to turn to for help,
But I will learn to remember your everlasting love for me never fails, never fails, and never forsakes me,
I will fall into your everlasting arms for eternally in Jesus name,
Amen…

“Say yes to your potter as you go through the day.” Is. 64:8; Ps. 27:8

Lonnie Junior Jones

Voice for Christ – Tracy Leigh

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Voice for Christ
by Tracy Leigh

A cry in the night, homeless, cold, hungry
In shock, lost, husband’s gone. She’s prettier & younger.
Made up on a street corner expecting, dreading a trick.
Storm swallows entire town
Have wife and kids. My heat’s been shut off.
Passed out, sleeping off buzz. Need source for next fix.
Grass huts, no water, no school, farm for food.
Teenage runaway, tired, alone, misfit, can’t go home, suicidal.
Elderly with failng health, needs ride to doctor.
Terrible accident, family death, unable to cope. Hopeless.
Abandoned to a nursing home or prison yearning for a visit,
Anyone. Lonely, living hell.
Good looking man in his prime, unable to keep a wife
Married to pornography.
Who will hear me? Where is help? Who cares?
Excuse me, I’m here, please allow me to share.
Have you heard about Jesus? Friend,
Lover, provider, feeds the multitudes
Comforter, waymaker, has all the answers.
Healer, source of hope, raises the dead.
Let Him in, listen to His voice.
He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.

Brightening My Day – Robert Perron

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“Thank You for Brightening My Day”

When I go through troubled times
And I’m looking for a friend
You help me to get standing
Back on my feet again
When there are days that seem hard
And I have some tears that shed
You know how to brighten my day
With the kind words that are said
I just want to thank you
From the bottom of my heart
You have helped me through so much
And have been there from the start

SDG
R.S.P

SDG is put at the end of my poems first because it stands for Soli Deo Gloria, which is Latin for “To God alone be all the glory”. I do write all of my own poems, hence the R.S.P., but it is only by God’s grace that I am able to write them, so He gets ALL of the glory first.

A Call to Christ – Robert Perron

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“A Call to Christ”

I want to be free from all my pain and sin
And to be cleansed in my soul deep down from within
I don’t know where to turn, I’m lost without You
I want to feel Your strength and to be made new
Let me grow fully in your mercy, joy, and peace
Help me with these pains, and for these flames to cease
I’m burning from within from all the things I’ve done
You are my only hope, I’ve already tried to run
Come to me now Jesus and open up my heart
Guide me in Your ways, show me where I need to start
I’m lost without You and don’t know where to go
Show me from Your word, please teach me what You know
Thank You Lord God for Your forgiveness that’s so pure
You sent Jesus to me, He’s my ultimate cure
I now have hope and strength to carry on in grace
You’ve given me the tools, so I can finish this race

SDG
R.S.P.
SDG is put at the end of my poems first because it stands for Soli Deo Gloria, which is Latin for “To God alone be all the glory”. I do write all of my own poems, hence the R.S.P., but it is only by God’s grace that I am able to write them, so He gets ALL of the glory first.

A Quiet Whisper…. – Harold Lee Wilson II

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“A Quiet Whisper or a Loud Shout”

I have come to believe that God is speaking my life, at times using a quiet whispering voice, and at other times using a loud shout. I have found myself off track lately, falling further into my old lifestyles, and I needed God to give me a wake-up call. I firmly believed that the only way I could get my life heading in the right direction was to have God reach down and smack me on the head.

But, God came to me in a quiet whisper today. While attending my Monday night Bible study, I was given that needed tap on the shoulder. I had just yesterday written about the power in the name of Jesus. I was working on my new book, The Story of 3:16, and I was talking about Acts 3:16. I wrote an article about the power in Jesus’ name, and the first song that is sung in the study is a song I did not know. So, I listened to the words…the chorus said “There is power in the name of Jesus.” WHAT A WAKE UP CALL! God had reached down from Heaven and spoke softly through the words of a song, getting my attention.

Since becoming Christian 2 months ago, I have discovered that God has been doing a great deal to get my attention. He has been giving me confirmation in many of my works. I am working on three books at the same time and it seems that there have been many times when something I had just worked on comes up throughout the day. Someone will give a sermon or make a comment on some obscure topic that I was working on. It always seems to shock me when this happens. I have taken each of these incidents as verification that God is leading my life and is directing my hand in my writing.

Letting God speak to my heart was probably one of the biggest challenges that I have had to overcome. I once wondered if God would really show me that I was on the right path. I thought that I would have to blindly move forward and HOPE that God was paying attention and caring enough to strike me with a bolt of lightning if I was straying. Instead, I have discovered that God has been whispering sweet somethings in my mind and heart and directing each step that I take. He has used both a quiet voice and a loud shout to get my attention and to help me stay on the path of righteousness.

Take the time today to listen to the voice of God. He is trying to tell you something. But, He is a gentleman and would never force His words upon you. Open your heart to His quiet whisper…it’s much softer than the loud shout He can give you instead! God bless each of you.

My Dream – Robert Perron

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First and foremost, thank you very much for all you are doing for prisoners and spreading their voice. You are a real blessing and you are appreciated more than you could ever know. Second I want to thank you for the birthday card. Blah… 40 years old. Oh well, age is just a number. I ran 20 miles the other day, so I guess I’m still feeling fine physically. Thank You Lord Jesus for good health and for wonderful fellowship in your family from Voices for Christ!!! And finally, back in 2008 I had a dream that I want to share. I’ve only shared it with 2 fellowship groups over the last 6 years. Maybe it’s time to share it with more people:

On 22 August 2008 between 3-7 A.M. I had a dream. I was walking down a sidewalk that was familiar to me (it looked like my childhood home) and it was free and clear of debris. This path led to my home. It was a straight path with a right turn up ahead. The closer I got to the turn though, I noticed thorny bushes on the sides of the sidewalk, and they were growing over onto it. As I made the right turn onto the short path up to my home, I noticed it was more over crowded with these thorny bushes. Some of them even broke up through the middle of the cement sidewalk. I envisioned myself coming back shortly with a spade shovel to chop these bushes out of the cement, and some pruning shears to cut back the bushes that were growing over onto the sidewalk. Then, the dream ended.
Around 8 A.M. I woke up and started some devotionals and read a few chapters of my Bible, in Isaiah. While reading God’s Word, this dream came back to me, as well as a vision of the interpretation for it. This all flashed in my mind’s eye in less than one second, and this is what I saw:

The sidewalk is the straight path God has given me since becoming a Christian, the home I was going toward is my heart, and the thorny bushes are sin. As I started on this straight path, it was clean because I had just repented from all of my sins, laid them at the cross, and accepted Jesus as the propitiation for all of the sins of my life. Yet, the further along this path I am going, sin is creeping in. The closer I got to my home (which is my heart) the bushes were worse. These are the sins of the world I am living in. I am allowing sin in my life to get in the way of my walk on the straight path. God showed me that I MUST prune these bushes by repenting from the sin that so easily besets me. (It just so happened that I committed this sin earlier that evening of the dream). But, no matter how much I dig the bushes out of the cement, or prune them back from the sides of the path, the roots are still there. I am still in this world and temptation is ever present. I need to always keep watch and be on guard so these thorny bushes (or worldly sins) do not continue to grow back after pruning them and overtake my walk along the straight and narrow path.

This was a message God gave to me, but He gave me a message here for everyone: What sin or sins are you harboring in your life that so easily beset you? What sin is encompassing and surrounding your heart that is causing you to be unable to walk hand in hand with God? Remember, Jesus makes a way to escape from these sins (Matt. 11:28-30 & 1 Cor. 10:13). So, turn from them completely and turn to face God. Ask for help and He will give it to you. Find a Christian fellowship partner that you can trust, and share your problems with him. Pray about these problems together and God will hear you and answer you. Through this all, He will make your path clear to your home, your true eternal home which is in heaven. CLOSE

Well that’s my dream from God and what He showed me about it. I hope it helps and encourages at least 1 person who reads it. Until next time I write; my prayers are with you at V4C always. May the grace of Our Lord Jesus, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be upon you all daily.

Christian love,
Bob

Forgiveness, Faith and Fellowship – George K. Walker

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Dear Reader,

This is the day that the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it. I thank God for you and this morning this is the word that HE gave me.

FORGIVENESS, FAITH & FELLOWSHIP

Read John 1:1-29

After reading Acts 13:37-39 it tells us that through the blood of Jesus Christ is the ONLY way that we have FORGIVENESS from the Father. So there is no other way to be forgiven but by the blood of our Lord and Savior-Jesus Christ, Col. 1:12-14.

After reading Hab.2:1-4 God wants us to be persistent and committed to trusting in HIM. FAITH is the evidence of things not seen. God wants us to trust in HIM and not in man-Gal.2:16.

After reading 1 John 1:5-7 John is telling us that God is light and to FELLOWSHIP with HIM we have to walk in HIS light which is HIM and HIS word and we do this by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior if you have not done that already and to obey HIM, John 15:4 and 1 Cor. 1:9.

Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior He abides in us and we in HIM. He is the only one who give us forgiveness from the Father and our faith is in HIM and not us or man and through this we have Fellowship with Him and one another-Amen!

Have a blessed day!
George Kevin

The Gospel of Humanity Part (Part 2) – Jeff Dean

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The Gospel of Humanity (Part 2)

In the Bible, Jeremiah 31:4 says the Lord will rebuild virgin Israel but Amos 5:2 says virgin Israel will never rise again. Matthew 10:34 records Jesus saying, “I didn’t come to bring peace but a sword,” but in John He says, “My peace I give to you and My peace I leave with you.” These verses aren’t contradiction…they simply need proper interpretation. 1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us that the things of the Spirit are foolishness to natural man. Natural man is blinded when it comes to understanding God’s Word.

When I gave my life to Jesus, He gave me His Holy Spirit to live in me to aid in transforming my mind, working towards ending my worldliness. He enables me to understand Him and His Holy Word. A good example is abortion. The Bible doesn’t use the word abortion or discuss this form of murder but I know how God feels about it. I have (or at least I’m getting) the mind of Christ. Carnal man views abortion as an acceptable solution to something they don’t even as problems. When I was 100% worldly, I saw nothing wrong with homosexuality between consenting adults. Now, I see it in a purer light. It is totally against God’s beautiful invention of (and reason for) sexuality.

The first chapter of Genesis is very vague about the creation process. It offers no details. Why should it? Its purpose is to let us know that God is the Creator. I don’t know much about fossil records or geological formations but I do know that God created me and then recreated me.

Did you ever see a pretty sunset? Ever help an elderly person to cross the street? Ever been in love? Did you ever get goosebumps at hearing a favorite song? God gave us these gifts that enable us to feel. Dogs instinctively nurse their young. They’re “family” for about a year. After that, they’re just dogs. Human children revere their parents for life and then some. God’s creation of animals was good but humans was said to be very good.

A writer in a psychological journal wondered what makes humans distinct from animals. After discarding possibilities like tool usage, language, and ability to reason, he concluded that humans are the only creatures that wonder what makes them distinct. Apes harvest termites with a “tool,” certain insects “cultivate” mushrooms for consumption, birds build species specific nests, whales “sing.” Such simple instinctive practices hardly compare with human achievements: art, technology, science, museums, and historic archives, philosophy, physicians and health care. Culture is definitely a distinguishing mark of mankind. The question is not whether to be involved in culture but how. God intends humans to exercise responsible stewardship that enables us to realize our potential in and for culture.

There are undeniable facts that humans possess God-given “made in His image” traits in order to reflect His good and loving character. The witness of the Holy Spirit is given only to believers and is not verified or falsified by physical evidence but to a believer the indwelling of God’s Spirit is the most important fact that is. It’s imbedded in Christians that His good and right qualities (Fruit of the Spirit) take predominance over worldliness. Most people, whether Christian or not, prefer good over bad.

Man has been on this planet for a very long time but certain human qualities have not been evident for all that long. Evolution as it’s normally thought of can’t be responsible. 150 years ago no one was concerned about their carbon footprint or the hole in the ozone layer. Global arming and other environmental issues are fairly new. We haven’t evolved into our “caring for the Earth” roles. But we’ve adapted!

Archaeology and fossil records show that man has been “spiritual” and had worship practices for as long as he’s existed. We didn’t evolve into being “religious” and we haven’t evolved out of the habit. We’ve always sought our Maker and wondered about our existence and we always will.

In the 1960’s, we protested the killing of Cambodian women and children. Then in 1973 we legalized the killing of unborn babies. Is this forward evolution for the better? How do we explain this as improvement or “upward movement” to our kids? Evolutionists claim man evolved from apes. How do we explain that there are still apes that haven’t changed or “evolved” in all this time?

I believe in Theistic evolution. God set in motion changes to take place on certain things at certain times to keep up with environmental changes. According to science, the same prehistoric creature became the modern horse…and camel. It was nothing more than God-directed adaption. Volcanoes and earthquakes have been changing the surface of this Earth for billions of years and they’re still going on. This is evidence of our Creator creating!

“He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth and has determined their preappointed times and boundaries of their dwellings.” Acts 17:26

A 14-year old Pakistani girl was shot by an extremist group of her own faith simply for pursuing an education. God miraculously saved her despite a bullet in her brain. Now she’s an advocate for women’s education worldwide. She recently went to Nigeria to argue for the release of over 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. Kidnapped by more extremists from her faith.

She’s not Christian. She doesn’t know Jehovah. It doesn’t matter. Mahatma Gandhi is another good example of the true God’s love and mercy. Gandhi was a Hindu religious leader and social reformer. He didn’t believe in or worship Jehovah either but he led a more virtuous life than most Christians. His choice of religion believes in a caste system which places one group of people over another based on social breeding, financial value, education and other superficial considerations. Although Hindu and a life-long believer in this social system, Gandhi spent his adult life showing Godly love and compassion to the lowest forms of India’s people, including lepers (hmm…Jesus hung with lepers).

The goodness put forth by this non-Christian pair reminds me that virtue and morals come from Yahweh, the Father of us all. It doesn’t matter what your faith or doctrine is…it doesn’t even matter what god you believe in. Godly character is more than moral or legal correctness. It’s the possession and display of the graces of His fruits which every person on Earth has. When any of these qualities are manifested and shown it paints a moral portrait of Christ and when we bear His fruit we glorify Him! You don’t have to be Christian to display Christ.

Jeff Dean

The Gospel of Humanity (Part 1) – Jeff Dean

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The Gospel of Humanity (Part 1)

The most powerful apologetic argument for the Christian faith is humanity itself, pointing to the creativity and genius of God. Billions of people on the Earth and we’re all made alike…nose and mouth in the middle of our faces, eyes on either side, two ears on the sides of our heads…yet we all look different. When two people are identical, as in twins, it’s such a novelty they’re studied by other people.

When people make more choices…or immoral choices using moral arguments…they’re displaying a sense of right and wrong that goes beyond the animal kingdom. Regardless of how often evolutionists classify mankind as merely biological, deep down we know better. Based on rationality and search for personal meaning and no matter how much misled scientists claim that we are just one more kind of animal or psychologist say our behavior is based on evolutionary mechanics, we know better!

God planted into mankind that He created in His image a witness to His standards of good and evil. The fact that we acknowledge any morals or ethics at all indicates a transcendent code of moral law above mere societal rules and boundaries.

The fact that we recognize and desire beauty in our lives is a kind of moral goodness. The beauty we seek is grounded in the nature of God Himself. We tend to reflect our supremely beautiful Creator. We crave His intentions and artistry. Evil is not only false and bad, but ugly and is (or should be) naturally repelled. For instance, pornography, homosexuality and prostitution are ugly distortions of God’s beautifully created sexuality.

We also exhibit a sense of caring in our relationship and ethics in our work. We are made for it and we long for it. This desire for rightness is an expression of our God-given humanity. Goodness and truth are not physical properties measurable by science. All that we are point to the divine nature of our Divine Maker.

Being made in God’s image, our Spiritual attributes are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Psalm 58:3 tells us that we are estranged from the womb and that we go astray at birth. This is when we enter Satan’s realm and we receive the fleshy and carnal attributes of sexual immorality, moral impurity, anger, strife, envy, pridefulness, etc.

Thanks to humanistic reasoning, it’s a common misconception that believers in God should be perfect. Actually, striving for what the world perceives as perfection can draw us away from living a Godly life. What the world sees as right isn’t always right.

I believe in creationism over the primordial ooze idea for explaining the origin of life. I feel that for the most part science has it right, except the true definition of “evolve” is “gradual change.” Theistic evolution combines the ideas of “God created it” with “then it changed.” Intelligence and reasoning are gifts from God and two of the reasons man was given dominion over lesser creatures.

After reading Genesis 1:9, I can agree with land starting out as a single mass…then it changed. And dinosaurs roaming the earth millions of years ago…then they changed. Did dinosaurs die out or evolve into different species? Science seems to say both. Proverbs 25:1 says God’s glory is to conceal a matter and a king’s to search it out. Science is pretty good at searching things out but make no mistake, God is the Concealor. One problem with science is that they haven’t discovered a process that can create the aforementioned spiritual qualities that Christians claim come from God and mankind no doubt contains.

I like to read things that support creationism and undermine evolutionary ideas. I prefer Francis Schaffer to Charles Darwin. I’m not a wordsmith nor eloquent of speech. My ability to research facts is at a minimum but even if they weren’t, in any search there is a required love for the subject in order to property interpret the facts. “Their facts are different than our facts.” Who is right? Can something be true for you but not for me? Of course not! There is only one truth. Too much information is broadcast with the slant of the person reporting it. The only way to know the “truth” is proper interpretation of the information. Again, there is only one truth.

We will discuss this further in the second part of this lesson.

Jeff Dean