Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Call Me Crazy

Hey Friend,

During the days of Lent, I put this sign, which read, "Thank you Jesus" in my front yard. Many others had expressed their political and philosophical opinions with a myriad of other signs, so I wanted to express my thankfulness to the One who makes my salvation possible.

Sure, some of my neighbors probably think I'm that "Jesus freak" or I'm some sort of "Bible-beater." I'm okay with that. I'm used to being a salmon swimming upstream.

When one of my youthful neighbors got off his bike to ask me what I was thankful for...well that gave me the opportunity to share what this life is all about -- knowing and accepting the Gospel message of grace for ourselves, and then sharing it with others. This simple sign gave me the opportunity to share the Gospel message -- life everlasting. A seed was planted.

Others now are calling me "hater," "extremist," "terrorist," "what's wrong with our world," and even "downright crazy." Go ahead, call me, "Crazy."

Call me crazy because I believe the truth of Genesis 1:27: "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them, and He blessed them and named them..."

Mark 10:6: "But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female..." He goes on to detail that a man should leave his father and mother and cling to his wife -- the God-ordained formula for marriage.

Call me crazy because I believe that the unborn are children of God and that murder is a sin. You can spin it however you want, to rationalize it in order to suit your selfish desires, but the fact remains -- sin is sin.

You get the idea...

I'm not, however, called to hate those who think differently than I do. I am called to love my neighbor as I love myself (John 13:34), but it doesn't mean I need to love or condone their actions or behavior. Big difference.

I've become fond of a new song recently released by Casting Crowns called "Crazy People." I think it fits our world today so well:

Who builds a boat with no clouds in sight?
Who walks up to a giant and picks a fight?
Who turns a lion's den into a petting zoo?
Who can have a church in the fire of a furnace? I'll tell you:

Crazy people trust in Jesus,
Following Him wherever He leads us.
Kingdom seekers, walk by faith -- Believers
Here's the Church, here's the steeple; here's to all God's crazy people.

Who brings a Bible into a public school?
Who shares the Gospel, even when the world calls them a fool?
And who's not afraid to go against the flow?
Will cancel me and call me, "One of those" -- cause I'm one of those...

Who sees the world as a mission field?
Who talks to Jesus like He's real?
Who believes the words in red?
Who says He's coming back again?


Some folks have asked me if I'm distraught over what's going on in our wacky world these days. I'm more saddened than distraught. I hurt for the lost who are buying into the worldly lies. But, everything that is happening has been precisely prophecied in the Bible. 

Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." (John 15:18-19)

The world hates Christians and what we stand for. Following Jesus means you will face persecution, but behold, there is great hope. The Bible foretold everything that is now happening so Luke 21:28 fills me with great anticipation...

"When all these things (lawlessness, perversion, disease, pestilence, hatred, famine, earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars, a falling away from faith, etc.) happen, then look up for His coming is near."

His coming is near. We don't know the day or the hour -- all the more reason for us to be sharing the hope that is within us. One day (and I believe soon) the door will close and those who have not repented and believed in Jesus as their Savior will be left to face the Tribulation. 

Come on -- the world desperately needs us "Crazy People!"

 What about you? Do you feel like you are going against the flow...crazy even? Do you feel a sense of urgency to share your faith, or if you aren't a believer, to trust in Jesus because this world doesn't hold the answers? What does it mean to be in the world, but not of the world? Will you share?

Be blessed...

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Rapture -- Sooner or Later?

Hey Friend,

In speaking with some of my Bible-reading, Bible-believing friends who find hope in the Rapture of the Church, many wish it would happen soon, but they are afraid it's still way out there in the future. Others, however, when they look at the prophetic signs outlined in scripture culminating together, they don't see how the Rapture could be meant for any other generation than ours. I am among those who believe the stage has been sovereignly set, and time is of the essence if we don't want to be one of those "left behind."

Believers and non-believers alike are being bombarded with a daily dose of doomsday fodder. COVID-19 sucked the world's population into its orbit of terror. I do find it suspiciously ironic that the World Economic Forum (a gaggle of global elitests who thrive on power and control) met together little more than a year before COVID-19 burst onto the scene, and they "played out" a hypothetical game of, "What would happen if the world was hit with a global pandemic?" Fast forward a year and, Voila! COVID-19. Coincidence? I think not. Globalists sickly playing God? Perhaps so. 

Added to the pandemic, was the intent to radically change cultures and societies through the wokeism we've all been subjected to over these weeks, months, and years. Overall, I believe, its been an effort to move people's thinking away from the God of Heaven and toward anti-God thinking. The effort to totally corrupt mankind has been largely successful and governments of the world have become, As Romans 1:28 tells us reprobate at every level. Our leaders can't and won't think rationally. Every thought is only on evil, continually, it seems. 

Teacher friends of mine have gone through excessive training on using the "proper pronouns." A children's hospital has posters illustrating the correct way to "tuck one's genitals" so as to appear gender neutral. Rulings are being made that say unwanted babies can be "terminated" even after they've been born alive. A supreme court justice nominee can't even define the word, "woman." 

This is exactly the mindset of the antediluvian world of Genesis 6, the one Jesus said would be prevalent at the moment of His catastrophic intervention into the affairs of mankind. He said it would be "as if in the days of Noah." You may read this and think I'm nuts -- most thought Noah was nuts. Maybe God needs more nuts?!

We see, now, not only the same mindset that was anti-God, but violence that fills the earth, exactly as it was described in Noah's day. Murder, theft, and senseless violence have rocketed off the charts. Wars and rumors of wars ratchet up to the point of threatening to break into World War III. Yet, our military -- instead of being primed for action is being inundated with woke-ism within the ranks. If the battle goes nuclear, I want my military educated and trained in nuclear combat vs. being sexually enlightened. 

Prices at the gas pumps and in the grocery stores -- the shelves of which are growing increasingly sparse in products -- are rising exponentially. Some predict the whole world economic system is about to experience a crash of apocalyptic proportions. 

Jesus words tell us that when He comes again, it will be a completely evil time --it will be a totally debauched, sexually perverted, and wicked time -- void of respect for and honor of God's commands. I think we very well are there. If not, how much lower must we, can we, stoop? But, the Lord foretold something else. And it is what makes me think the Rapture of believers will be sooner rather than later. 

He said people will be eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, marrying and being given in marriage -- all the things of normal activity (Luke 17:27-28). A worldwide financial collapse and buying and selling only with the "mark of the beast" will not have happened...yet.

Complete collapse is being held up by God, in the form of the Holy Spirit, Who is the great Restrainer still at work in the world. The Restrainer also lives and works in the hearts and minds of the church -- the body of believers. Once we are removed, mercifully, from this increasingly vile cesspool, all hell will break loose.

Before the Rapture, people will not be running for their lives as if being chased by Godzilla, nor will they be roaming aimlessly on an apocalyptic Hollywood set fending for their lives (that scene is still to come). No, it will look pretty much like it does right now...most looking to Government and not to God for their salvation.

The moment is indeed imminent!

There is one and only one way to go to Jesus in this glorious event when He calls us together in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) -- the one and only way of escaping the time of trouble such as people of the earth have never endured.

If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

Repent; claim Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and seek Him with all your heart. God tarries so that none will perrish. Say His Holy Name before the sands in the hourglass run out. Do it now -- He loves you!

What do you think? Did God give us a prophetic roadmap only for us to remain oblivious? Do you have a sense of urgency? Why or why not? Rapture sooner or later? Do share...

Be blessed...