Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 26, 2013
It’s Thanksgiving week and I was provided
a perfect opportunity to write about something a bit different … a true
‘change-of-pace’ from the norm… and it was totally inspired by the Holy
Spirit. … 
Some of you know that I am the worship
leader at Chehalem Valley Baptist Church … and this past Sunday’s service
provided the backdrop. .. To start, I had invited Marci Ehrhart to be our guest
worshiper. 
Also, I had asked her to do one of her
own compositions as a special. … When the time came, she first told the story
of what had inspired her to write the lyrics … how when she had gone to
Washington, DC as a young girl and witnessed street people and how cold, hungry
and ’empty’ they appeared. … Now let me share the words that best describe
her experience …..
                                           
Love and Compassion –
 

                                                     
– Verse # 1 –

  
“Daily he walks by their poor outstretched arms – begging for
something to eat
  
He always makes sure he walks six feet away – so they can’t touch his
feet
  
Then he gets to his office and always complains – ’bout the beggars and
bums on the street
  
For he just couldn’t see why they didn’t get a job – and stop being so
lazy

                                                  
– Chorus #1 – 

  
Whatever happened to all the compassion – that we used to show to one
another
  
Has it really turned into ‘keep all for yourself’ – and hang on as tight
as you can
  
What ever happened to do unto others – as you would have done unto you?
  
And loving your neighbor – as you would love yourself?
         
                                                   
– Verse #2 – 
   
  
He walked in his office – and saw a pink slip on his desk
  
It wasn’t an invoice, it wasn’t a receipt – it was a one-way ticket out
the door
  
They said times were hard – and they had to cut back
  
They were sorry – but he was the first
  
Then the stock market crashed- his investments fell through
  
and he lost everything that he owned – now he’s wondering ……

                                                      
– Verse #3 –

  
Week after week, he couldn’t find a job – now he’s standing in the soup
kitchen line
  
Daily the business men pass him right by – with a sneer on their face he
used to wear
  
Well he finally landed a job interview – over on the high-rise part of
town
  
When he opened the door – he saw that woman once more
  
only this time the tables were turned – and she said to him ……

                                                       
– Chorus #2 –

  
I’ll show you compassion and caring – that you never once thought of
sharing with me
  
’cause I’ve been where you are and I know how it feels – to be judged by
the clothes that you wear
  
Too many times people look with their eyes – and not what they feel in
their heart
  
But as Jesus forgives us so I shall forgive you – and give you the
chance that you need

  
Daily he walks by their poor outstretched arms – begging for something
to eat
  
He always makes sure he walks right up to them – with a smile and love
in his eyes ……..”
Needless to say, there weren’t too many
dry eyes in the sanctuary …. It was a wonderful conclusion to a very moving
service, and afterwards, the Church provided a “harvest Meal
Celebration” which most all attended. … During this time, the leader and
head teacher of our Christian school approached and told me that one of her
students … a young girl named Abby … had attended our Church for the first
time, and after hearing the story and then the song, she was moved to try and
find a way to make blankets for homeless people. … Now I gotta tell you that
this young lady can’t be much past 12 or 13 years of age, and to be touched by
the Spirit in such a way was simply overwhelming to me! …   Fortunately, the opportunity arose for me to
share Abby’s vision, and needless to say, everyone in attendance was also
deeply touched …. What an absolute blessing this moment meant to me and most
everyone else. …
As I said in the opening statement …
this is Thanksgiving week …. and Abby’s testimony truly shows the true
meaning of all that it stands for …. Most of us are blessed beyond what our
basic needs are, while many others throughout the world are not. …This story
tells it all … Abby’s heart shows us clearly what it is all about …
I want to close with a Scripture we all
need to SLOW DOWN & READ … and then dwell on its true meaning …. It is
Matthew 25:31-46 ….
“When the Son of Man comes in his
glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly
glory.  32) All the nations will be
gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a
shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 
33) He will put the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
34)”Then the King will say to those
on his right, ‘come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  35) For I was hungry and you gave me
something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you invited me in,  36) I
needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in
prison and you came to visit me.
37) “Then the righteous will answer
him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you
something to drink?  38) When did we see
you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and cloth you?  39) When did we see you sick or in prison and
go to visit you?
40) “The King will reply, ‘I tell
you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me.
41) “Then he will say to those on
his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared
for the devil and his angels.  42) For I
was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me
nothing to drink,  43) I was a stranger
and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was
sick and in prison and you did not look after me. 
44) “They also will answer, ‘Lord,
when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick
or in prison, and did not help you?  45)
He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the
least of these, you did not do for me.’
46) “Then they will go away to
eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Not much more need be said …It is clear
that young Abby’s display of love puts her on the right hand of our Savior as
one of his precious sheep. … I pray this thanksgiving that we all learn from
Abby and that we can be sure of our rightful position in the Kingdom of God
…. Hallelujah!
Until next time,
Red  
  
 
  
  
  
  

November 16

*Infowars.com ­ “Congressman warns of Obamacare ‘Secret Security Force’ “
….. I don’t know about you, but it makes me a bit uneasy with all the evidence of our government arming itself against what would appear to be ‘domestic violence’ … Us! … I know the Church is going to be ‘Raptured out’ before all hell breaks loose, but we don’t know how far America will fall before that occurs …..

November 17


*The News ­ “Powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Scotia Sea off Antarctica”


*The Independent ­ ” ‘Superbugs’ could erase a century of medical advances, experts


warn”

….. There is only one permanent ‘cure’ for any illness, whether physical or spiritual, and that is faith in Jesus Christ!

*Zero Hedge ­ “Nation’s largest healthcare provider cuts thousands of doctors ­ blames government”

…. All this medical insurance chaos can only bring more desperation to the people, which in turn will lead to already rapidly increasing civil unrest ……

*The Sunday Times ­ ” ‘Francis Effect’ pulls crowds back to church”

….. Pope Francis, with his ‘liberal’ approach to the ways of modern life, seems to be succeeding in bringing the people back to the Catholic Church. … Guess all it takes in today’s world is to ‘sell out’ to draw crowds. … This is just another example of it ….

*NBC News ­ “Mt. Etna volcano erupts, lighting up sky over Sicily”


*NBC Chicago ­ “18 shot in Chicago weekend violence”


*Fox News ­ “Tornadoes, severe storms hit midwest ­­ Neighborhoods completely gone”


November 18


*Yahoo News ­ “Iran unveils attack drone with 2,000 km range ­­ Capable of hitting any targets in Israel”

…. How long will Israel wait? ……..


*ABC News ­ “Indonesia’s Sinabung & Merapi volcanos experience simultaneous eruptions”


*Reuters ­ “Day of Death:  50+ tornadoes tear through U.S. midwest, leaving 8 dead”


*The Blaze ­ “The number of long­term unemployed Americans has shot up by a staggering 213% since 2007”

…. It’s not a misprint! … It is triple digits! … The government keeps releasing numbers which seem to indicate a decline in overall unemployment … but the way they ‘count’ is totally skewed by NOT reporting those folks who have dropped out of the job market … those who have given up looking. …

Hence, 213%! …. Now all these people are dependent upon the government for survival… just exactly what this administration wants! … More movement to a ‘socialistic state’ and the continuing decline of the world’s only super­power ….

*NBC News ­ “Hanford nuclear site clean­up:  The mess gets worse”

…… Internal feuding, billions of misspent dollars, technical failures … the list goes on & on….. and the tanks are still leaking ‘pure poison’ into our soil, air & rivers …. another example of ‘efficient government management skills’ ……

November 19


*CNN ­ ” ‘Apocalyptic’ torrential rains wreak havoc on Italian Island of Sardinia, killing 18″

….. Another secular site using Biblical words to describe the growing pestilence that is befalling the planet ….. “birth pains” …..

*Times of India ­ “6.3 magnitude quake strikes off coast of Indonesia”


*Standard ­ “Wave of earthquake tremors rock the Balkans”


*The Blaze ­ “American cities on the edge:  Economy continues to weigh heavy on the U.S.”

…. Police & fire department cuts leave communities vulnerable to increasing crime … promised retirement programs coming apart … and there doesn’t appear to be any fix. …

Dark days ahead! ..

*CNS News ­ “Treasury forced to issue $1 Trillion in new debt in first 6 weeks of FY 2014”

…… Just how long can this madness go on?!

*Breitbart ­ “Obama removes ‘God’ from Gettysburg Address”

…. He probably ‘spaced it’ while reviewing which Muslim holidays to celebrate ……

*World Net Daily ­ “Sun’s flipping poles could mean ‘lights out’ for U.S.”

Comment from article:  “The sun flips the polarity of its magnetic north & south, causing huge intergalactic geomagnetic storms which can affect the earth’s power grids & communications, including satellites. … The sun’s 11­year cycle started peaking a few months ago, and will continue through 2014, according to NASA scientists.”

… This is woo­woo stuff, but it’s interesting considering the coming ‘Blood Moons’ of 2014­2015. … History does show that ‘interesting’ things have happened in previous ‘blood moon’ events. … I’ll bring more facts forward as I learn more …… The one thing we do know for sure is that we are definitely in the end times, and Jesus said in both Luke 21:11 & 25 that there would be “signs in the sun, moon and stars.”

November 20

*Volcano Discovery ­ Very Active Day

­Mexico’s Colima volcano goes ballistic after 3 weeks of relative calm …
­Increased activity reported at volcanoes in Guatemala & Vanuatu .. ­
Italy’s Mt. Etna spews fire in dramatic night­time explosions …
Tower of ash overshadows life beneath Indonesia’s erupting volcano …

*The Balfour Post ­ “Obama turns on Israel”

… In short, last March, President Obama sent ‘messages of support & promises’ to Israel.. but now with the current negotiations going on, it appears Israel is the one having to ‘give in’ on almost every issue … not to mention the concessions he is allowing John Kerry to give to Iran. … Once again, a classic example as to why NO ONE trusts this president …  …. Other related headlines …

   ­Insults fly in U.S.­Israeli showdown …

   ­Liberman: Israel needs allies, not ‘painful concessions’ …

*Mail & Guardian ­ “The unhappy rich:  Antidepressant use soars in developed nations”

…. The Bible has been trying to tell people for centuries that ‘earthly wealth’ is not the ‘potion’ for happiness ….

*Joel Rosenberg ­ “Khamenei says ‘Israeli regime is doomed to failure, annihilation’ as nuclear negotiations resume in Geneva”

…. He also said,  “Zionist officials cannot be called humans … they are like animals.”

…. This is the ‘true face’ of the Iranian leadership, and also why Israel is so opposed to their acquiring  nuclear capabilities. … It also shows why they are so passionate about their position. … Only an idiot (Khamenei) would show his hand prior to negotiations … unless it’s non­negotiable! … Too bad John Kerry doesn’t understand this …..

*World Net Daily ­ “U.S. General:  Let’s make Obama resign”


Comment from article:  “A retired army general is calling for the ‘forced resignations’ of President Obama, other administration officials and the leadership of Congress for the direction they’re taking the nation, his grievances including the systematic political purge of hundreds of senior military officers in the U.S. military.”

….. Sound far­fetched? … Not on your life! … This administration has removed any and all military leaders who so much as question their agenda. … There can be no doubt as to what is going on here. …. When Obama campaigned on ‘change,’ it turns out to be the one thing he told the truth about. … Simply, our way of life as we know it is disappearing right before our eyes!  … and soon to follow will be the disappearance of our religious freedoms …..

*Fox News ­ “Air Force drops ‘so help me God’ from oaths”

… I’m shocked! … but not really ….

*World Net Daily ­ “Court:  OK to fire teacher for having Bible on his desk”

…. How dare he! … trying to force ‘eternal life’ upon people! …

November 21

*Volcano Discovery ­ More Activity

   ­Japan’s Nishino­shima volcano creates new island:  1st eruption in 40 years …
  Radius expands around Mexico’s Popocatepeti volcano after increase in emissions …

*Breitbart ­ “Outrage over Obama omitting ‘under God’ from Gettysburg Address”

…. Conservative Christian leader Bryan Fischer said this … “Obama’s omission of ‘under God’ is more evidence of his anti­Christian bigotry. … He honors Islam but disrespects Christianity.”

…. All evidence proves him right. …..

*The Times of Israel ­ “Netanyahu vows:  No nukes for Iran’s ‘Dark Regime’ “

… After Khamenei’s comments yesterday … “Zionist officials not human” & “They are like animals” … and again renewing his threats of Israel’s annihilation … one would have a hard time blaming him for his resolve …..

*Yahoo News ­ “Illinois becomes 16th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage”

… one more sign of America’s crossing God’s moral line … judgement is coming soon! 

*Joel Rosenberg ­ “A profound sense of dismay is spreading among the Israeli people that are watching the sunset of the golden years of the U.S.­Israeli alliance”


Comment from article:  “The slowly but steadily emerging consensus is that the American government is poised to cut a disastrous deal with Iran that could potentially endanger the State of Israel, and that the White House cannot be trusted as the supreme ally it has been for seven decades.” ….

*Joel Rosenberg ­ ” ‘We are not bluffing’ …. Israel ready to strike Iran alone, says Netanyahu’s outgoing National Security Advisor.”


Comment from article:  “The plan is set .. the Air Force has trained  .. everything is in place. … Should PM Netanyahu order a full­scale attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Israeli Defense Forces are ready to go into battle. … They are ready to do so alone, without American or other allied support. … and Israel will succeed.”

…. This statement has the mideast analysts buzzing! ….. Is now the time? …..

November 22

*Volcano Discovery ­ and even More Activity


   ­Reawakening?  Chile’s Chaiten volcano shaken by earthquake swarm of 80 tremors …


   ­Tavurvur volcano (New Guinea) ­ explosions & ash emissions …

*UPI ­ “5.3 quake rattles northeast China”


*Fox News ­ “Brightest explosion ever seen in the universe ­ Scientists baffled as to why?

… Again, there will be signs in the “sun, moon and stars.”

*Fox News ­ “America faces anger epidemic”

… No question this is true … and why? … because we have removed God from the public square … hence, hopelessness! ….

*The Washington Times ­ “United States Post Office ad for ‘holiday stamps’ omits Christmas ­­ but includes Kwanzaa, Hanukkah”

…. I’m shocked! … but not really …

OK … That’s it for another week … and a fairly ‘well­balanced’ one concerning headlines across the entire prophetic spectrum ….. But the highlights for me were these ….

   *Pestilence … and lots of it worldwide, with the stand­out being the very large increase in volcano activity worldwide … Let’s hope the ‘super’ ones stay calm for the time being, at least …

   *America … What a sad epitaph to a once­great nation! … The assault on God is in high gear, and the purging of the military is really scary! … and what about this racism ‘thing’ raising its ugly head once again. … From my perspective it was really improving until we elected a black president, and now somehow, it’s come back with a vengeance! … How ironic … Overall, I’ve never seen such polarization in this country since I’ve been around… racially, politically … the whole 9 yards! … And then there’s the continuing complete selling out of Israel on almost every level … in both the Palestinian & Iranian negotiations

… the stories this week pretty well sum up how the Israelis feel about us right now … not to mention the rest of the world. … What a complete mess these current leaders have made of this nation! … That retired General is right .. they should all be forced to resign … but sadly, I believe it is too late for America. … We crossed the line some time back and now we are just waiting for God’s wrath to come down upon us. … One day soon we will wake up to a completely different world, and then ………

Know that I love you all and am praying for you constantly! … And know also that even though tougher times are soon upon us, they will be short­lived for those of us who put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. … Hallelujah! …….. So …

Until next time,

Red

November 19, 2013
Are we seeing prophecy coming true before our very eyes, or what? ….. World leaders spewing statements about a ‘New World Order,’ Damascus under siege, the talk of rebuilding the Jewish Temple, the Ezekiel War ‘players’ moving into position, the world economy living on ‘monopoly money.’ …. the list goes on …… but center stage this week has to be the rapidly increasing isolation of the Nation of Israel. …
For the past few weeks, we’ve been listening to the rhetoric of the current Middle East negotiations concerning Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and how America is ‘falling all over itself’ trying to sell a deal that all but gives Iran everything they want, while doing nothing to stop them from pursuing the bomb. … But the bottom line in what this creates is this …. It hands a religiously fanatical regime nuclear capabilities which threatens not only the entire region, but the entire world of an escalated threat of mass destruction. … It has also caused other Muslim nations in the region to seek nuclear weapons so as to counter this looming threat.
To expand a bit more, we already know that the entire region is pretty much anti-Israel, and now with her supposed ‘protector’ (America) selling her out, she becomes more isolated by the moment. … The prophetic significance is this … Scripture tells us that God will gather all the nations of the world together against her just prior to His Son’s glorious return. …. (See Zechariah 12:2-3) … One would have to be blind to not see this taking place. …
Let’s for a moment look at the bigger picture of Israel’s significance in these last days. … To start, have you ever wondered why such a small spot on the earth constantly dominates center stage in today’s world? .. I mean, nearly everything in the news today seems to evolve around Israel and its capital, Jerusalem. … In fact, our brother in Christ Joel Rosenberg calls it the world’s ‘epicenter.’ … It seems that anyone with a secular mindset should find it odd that so much attention is being paid to Israel & Jerusalem. … Jack Kelley rightly pointed out in a recent article that, “Jerusalem has no natural harbor. .. It isn’t situated astride any major trade route. .. Nor is it a gateway city. .. It’s not a banking or industrial or commercial or medical or high-tech center. .. It has no natural resources. .. While it’s too hilly for an airport, it doesn’t command any strategic high ground.” (Leave Jerusalem Alone) …. 
So despite its lack of qualities that mankind would regard as important, Jerusalem remains the center of world attention. … So why is this? … Simply, because God said so! …… It is generally regarded as common knowledge amongst prophecy scholars that the foundation of the state of Israel was, and is the beginning of the last days. … Some go as far as to say that the generation that witnessed the birth of Israel would also live to see the return of Jesus Christ. …. I am in that camp!
What does Scripture say? … One more than one occasion, Israel is compared to a ‘Fig Tree’ .. (see Hosea 9:10 & Joel 1:4-7). … I believe that when Jesus spoke of the ‘fig tree’ in Matthew 24:32-35 & Mark 13:28-29, He was referring to the rebirth of Israel.  Jesus went on to say in these passages that when this took place, ‘Not one generation would pass before His return.’  … Of course, we know this prophecy was fulfilled on May 14th, 1948. … Against all odds, the Jewish people returned to their homeland and were re-established as a nation. … There are many Scriptures that speak of the Jewish national fulfillment such as Isaiah 43:1, 5-6 .. Ezekiel 11:17 .. Jeremiah 16:14-15 .. Jeremiah 31:4 & 8 .. but I want to share this one with you now … it is Psalm 126:1-2. .. In anticipation of this great day, King David wrote:  “When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.  2) Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.  Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ ” …… The ‘great thing’ here? … It is unprecedented in human history for a nation to essentially cease to exist, then to come back into existence once again. … It has never happened before, and will never happen again!
The regathering of the Jewish people and the rebirth of Israel is NO HISTORICAL ABERRATION! .. The restoration of Israel & Jerusalem is a prelude to the return of our Lord. … The Bible says,  “When the Lord shall build up Zion (Jerusalem), He shall appear in His glory.” (Psalm 102:16) … The Lord makes it unmistakably clear that when He returns, it will be to a sovereign Jerusalem controlled by the Jewish people.
Jerusalem is now, and will be in the future, the center of the universe. … There will be NO world peace until there is peace in Jerusalem. … She is like no city on the face of the earth because Jerusalem is nothing less than the City of God! … and Israel, without Jerusalem, would be like a human body without a heart.
In closing, let me share this …. 2 Chronicles 6:6, 7:16 & 33:7 says this …. I (God) have chosen Jerusalem … that my name be there forever, and my eyes and my heart will be there perpetually … In Jerusalem, when I have chosen … I will put my name forever.” ….. Hallelujah!
What a time we live in! …. These prophecies concerning Israel/Jerusalem happening right before our very eyes! …. This then is WHY we must tell as many as we can about these things so that they, too, can see the very proof of the Bible unfolding right before their eyes. … This is what will prove to some the validity of the Scriptures and then ultimately lead to their salvation. … Hallelujah!
Love you all and am praying for each of you every day! … As the times grow more difficult with each passing day, know that you are never alone …. and that God loves you so very much! … Hang in there … He is returning at any moment. … so …..
Until next time,
Red 
   
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