Obama in Israel

MSNBC, owned and operated by the White House tries to pose as a news organization in Israel.  One of their cast members asked actual questions.  This attempt at journalism shocked Obama who then berated the reporter as “incorrigible.”   It is incorrigible indeed for an employee to treat his boss this way.  See video and other Obama debacles in Israel.

 

NETANYAHU JOKES TO OBAMA: YOU SEEM TO HAVE ‘INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP’ WITH MEDIA

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu had a light-hearted moment when Obama introduced his chief foreign policy speechwriter Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. Pointing at Rhodes, Obama said to Netanyahu, “Just remember that anything offensive that I say, it’s because of him.” Obama then pointed out that Ben’s brother, David, runs CBS News and has a “proud Jewish mother.”

Netanyahu quipped, “It sounds like a very incestuous relationship,”
“Not if you watch CBS News,” Obama retorted.

Backup presidential limo on its way for Obama in Israel after fuel filling failure

One of the limousines in Barack Obama’s fleet has broken after reports that it was filled with the wrong fuel

Barack Obama's limousine.

President Obama’s limousine. One of the fleet is being flown to Israel from Jordan to replace its poorly friend. Photograph: Handout/GPO via Getty Iimages

One of the limousines in Barack Obama’s fleet has broken after reports that it was mistakenly filled with the wrong fuel at the start of the US president’s visit to Israel.

Another limo is on its way from Jordan, according to Ma’an News agency, citing Israel’s Channel 10, reportedly after a mixup over whether the vehicle ran on diesel or gasoline.

Ma’an reports:

Hebrew-language websites described the malfunctioning limo, brought from Washington specially for the visit, as the first unforseen incident during Obama’s three-day visit to the region.

Obama is scheduled to leave the airport to Jerusalem in a helicopter. A parade of Black Hawk helicopters will follow the presidential helicopter carrying his delegation.

According to the Associated Press, the US secret service said the vehicle suffered mechanical problems before Obama arrived but would not say what the problem was.

The secret service said its advance teams plan ahead for these types of glitches. “This is why we bring multiple vehicles and a mechanic on all trips,” said spokesman Brian Leary.

It was not the only unscripted moment of the visit so far: our Jerusalem correspondent, Harriet Sherwood, notes that Obama apologised to the Israeli prime minister about the size of the presidential entourage.

JERUSALEM POST EDITOR: ‘WE CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHAT HE’S DOING HERE’


by LARRY O’CONNOR 20 Mar 2013

Caroline Glick, Senior Contributing Editor of the Jerusalem Post said the Israeli people consider President Obama “a hostile president overall,” on “Mornings on the Mall” on WMAL-FM in Washington DC.

Appearing with Brian Wilson and myself Wednesday morning, Glick said the Israeli people “can’t figure out what he’s doing here,” when asked about the mood in Jerusalem as the President’s plane touched down for the first time in his presidency.

“Essentially his goal is to empower the un-electable, incredibly radical left in Israel to put pressure on the Israeli government for whatever concessions he wants it to make to the PLO,” said Glick in evaluating the reasons why Obama will be meeting with university students and members of the Palestinian Government during his visit.

When asked about how the installment of Chuck Hagel as the Secretary of Defense was received by the Israeli people, Glick said, “It’s a hostile act.”

Mario’s note:  All true Christians should be praying for Israel at this time.  Perhaps these bungles are a part of God trying to protect Israel from the Obama agenda.

Have you heard the news? By Mario Murillo

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Have you heard the news?  You should be boiling, raging mad at all your leaders today.

Anger is almost never good.  It is a destructive trait that is roundly condemned by the Bible except for one single form of anger.  Anger can destroy relationships, opportunities, and blessings as fast as a raging fire.  While this is true about anger, there is a place for divine anger, in the heart of God’s vessels.

1 Samuel 11: 6 “Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused.”   We need the Spirit of God to come on Pastors, Prophets, Apostles, Teachers, Evangelists and every American who names the name of Jesus to rage against the certain disaster of Obama’s lies.   The recovery will not come under debt.  Jobs are not coming with his policies!  Wake up!

Here is the news that the Holy Spirit needs to use on everyone child of God who reads this.  Our leaders, both Democrat and Republican are guilty of crimes against our children.  Obama, the Democrats and the Republicans have the blood of all future Americans (if there are any) on their hands.

Last night we heard a speech that was the biggest bag of lies and misstatements since the 1920’s.  Nancy Pelosi who does not know how to parse words as well as Obama said it best, “we do not have a spending problem.”  Obama danced around the issues last night like Lady GaGa.  He used smoke mirrors, hipness and mindless emotion to tell us that we will get out of debt by spending more, spending wildly, and spending all we can.  Under the banner of equality he is leading us into slavery.

You should be furious over the destruction of this country by Democrats like Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and gutless Republicans who are not only complicit, but even now are still afraid to speak out about it!

Is there a solution to the cancer of debt that Washington has heaped on America?  Is there a solution to the lap dog complicity of the Republican Party?  Yes there is but it will take your soul getting the news that this is a time for collective outrage against what I know is a demonic destruction of the nation.

Your individual voice is greater than you know.  Today we must scream out for justice and truth in this nation.   Today, while we still can we must rebuke this madness!  At the very least, you will sleep at night knowing you were not silent during these atrocities, and that when this is all over, you were innocent of going along with the great lie.

Mark Levin

Mark Levin BLASTS both Democrats and gutless Republicans for the destruction of this country

“You should view these politicians with the deepest contempt you can possibly imagine. What they are doing to this country, what they are doing to our finances – there is not a criminal in any federal prison, state prison, city or county jail, with respect to financial crimes of any sort who collectively could have done the kind of damage that Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and YES, willing, timid, gutless Republicans have done to this country! To your future, to your children and your grandchildren! What they are doing is with malice and with forethought….

What the h— does the Democrat party stand for today? The destruction of America? And what the h— does the Republican party stand for today? To sit there with their thumbs in their mouths while it’s going on?

Any politician with an ounce of common sense should be getting on any soap box imaginable and screaming from the top of their lungs that these policies are destroying America!”

 

Final note from Mario:  IF YOU KEEP SILENT  Esther 4:14 says: “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

I cannot make it any clearer.  Obama has singled out the church for her undoing.  He will fail.  Right now there are those that have the clear call of God on their life for this exact time and this exact crisis.  Mordecai is speaking to many who are reading this blog right now just as truly as he did to Esther.

Pastor, do you really believe you are to remain silent still?  What did Esther do when she got the news?  Leaders of Christ, do you actually believe you should be talking about everything else except what needs to be said right now?

God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.  No one need fear this time.  No vessel of the Most High should tremble.   Get the news about our nation’s destruction and then get the might, wisdom and power to do something while there is still time!

Tragic letter from The Hobby Lobby CEO: results of personal freedoms slipping away

Tragic letter from The Hobby Lobby CEO: results of personal freedoms slipping away

January 3, 2013 

The Hobby Lobby CEO (left) and his wife

The Hobby Lobby CEO (left) and his wife
This letter is a very sad example of what happens when our personal freedoms and liberties are taken away. America wasn’t built on this, readers, and we absolutely must share this to show people the impact the Obama administration is having on every-day Americans.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby – and my family – are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American – and no American business – should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.

Sincerely,
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

 

AN EXPOSÉ ABOUT YOUR POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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AN EXPOSÉ ABOUT YOUR POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Look at our nation. She fights for her life as she has not fought since the Civil War. Her muscles fail from exertion, her mind grows weary, frantically seeking answers.

While parasites feed on the American Dream; our leaders apply cures that are worse than the disease. In this last Fiscal Cliff psycho-drama our elected officials looked like F Troop (with apologies to F Troop). It is the perfect storm: adversity meets incompetence.

David Wilkerson said, “Think about it: Nobody — no politician, economist or financial expert — has been able to explain the sudden evaporation of great wealth. It is a shaking that has spread rapid-fire throughout the earth, with no nation immune. These systems were considered too big to fail. And now everyone is baffled about what’s behind this widespread failure of humankind’s greatest institutions.”

What we are witnessing is God shaking everything that can be shaken.  “Mario, why tell me all of this when I am powerless to do anything about it?  This was the very question that David asked, “If the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do?” –Psalm 11:3.

What can the righteous do?  First let me tell you what not to do.  This is no time for soothing words. Soothing words will not break the stranglehold on your emotions, your loved ones, your finances, your church or your nation.  Many are flabby from flattering words of spiritual entitlement. Smiley faced sermons may appease our inner child but they do nothing about the wolf at the door.

Nehemiah was in the identical situation as Christians today.  He was called to build in a time of chaos, division, danger and lack.  He is the kind of general we need today and his words to the sheepish Jews are the words we need so desperately today:

“Do not be afraid of the enemy; [earnestly] remember the Lord and imprint Him [on your minds], great and terrible, and [take from Him courage to] fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14.

Nehemiah gave us two burning truths of how to make a difference right now.

1. Remember the Majesty of God.   Knowing the task before him, God infused Joshua with the majesty of God.  The wars that were coming were huge, unrelenting, against foes that were well entrenched and ready. “Joshua 1: 5 says, “ No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.   God was his formula for success and He is our formula for success.  He is storing strategies and stockpiling tactics for a special breed who see Him in His Splendor and are gazing at His Glory.

2. FIGHT!  David asked, “If the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do?” –Psalm 11:3.   Verse 4 answers the question, “The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.”  God’s eyes are on us!  The mighty and awesome God that transformed Joshua is with us to fight and win.  2 Chronicles 16:9 tell us, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”

Fight because you know it is time to fight.  Fight for the freedoms you love but most of all for the people you love.  Nehemiah said nothing about how to fight.  Somehow he knew that if someone sees the majesty of God, they will see the evil of their day through God’s eyes and they will know what to do.  Why?  Because the greatest military tactician of all time who is more than  a conqueror will school them Himself!

Democrats set to move Obama’s big speech from 74,000-seater outdoor stadium to 20,000-seater indoor arena

 

 

This is a significant development.  Read the report from Toby Harnden.

 Democrats set to move Obama’s big speech from 74,000-seater outdoor stadium to 20,000-seater indoor arena

By TOBY HARNDEN IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

 

PUBLISHED: 10:15 EST, 4 September 2012 | UPDATED: 14:21 EST, 4 September 2012

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Democrats are poised to avoid the danger of President Barack Obama accepting his party’s nomination before a partially-empty stadium by shifting his speech to an indoor arena and citing ‘severe weather’.

The Obama campaign have been working desperately to ensure that the 74,000-seater Bank of America stadium in Charlotte would be filled.

Buses for students from across North Carolina and even members of black churches in neighboring South Carolina have been arranged.

Democrats are poised to avoid the danger of President Barack Obama, pictured on the White House lawn today, accepting his party’s nomination before a partially-empty stadium by shifting his speech to an indoor arena and citing ‘severe weather’

President Barack Obama smiles as supporters applaud during a rally at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, today before he goes to the DNC

The Bank of America stadium site – which seats 74,000 – where U.S. President Barack Obama WAS set to give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

The event: The convention is being held in the Time Warner Cable Arena which begins Tuesday night

Footage of rows of empty seats at the stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, as Obama speaks on Thursday night would be politically disastrous – an enduring image of the contrast between his campaign of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ in 2008 and his dour, negative struggle for re-election in 2012.

Now, it looks like the weather has come to the President’s rescue.

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As officials prepare to open the Democratic convention this afternoon, there are strong indications that the speech will be moved to Time Warner Cable Arena, which has a capacity of just over 20,000.

Speaking at a background briefing for the press, a Democratic official said that the speech would be given in the stadium ‘rain or shine’ before quickly adding a major caveat.

A man uses a plastic trash bag for rain protection at the Carolina Fest street fair, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Before going to Charlotte for the convention, U.S. President Barack Obama speaks today during a campaign rally at Norfolk University in Norfolk, Virginia

President Obama greets a young well-wisher upon arrival at Naval Air Station in Norfolk, left, and shakes the hand of supporters, right, at the university

Marine One with Barack Obama on board takes off from the South Lawn of the White House on today as Obama leaves for Norfolk, Virginia, to attend a campaign event

‘We do have a contingency plan, though, for lightning or other severe weather,’ he said. ‘We don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way so that’s really what we’re looking for, not if it’s going to rain but if it’s going to be really bad.

‘The reason that we’re not releasing the details on what a move to the arena would mean until that decision is made we don’t want a lot of conflicting information out there.

‘But once that decision is made – if the decision is made – to move, we will make sure all of the details and we want to make sure all of our supporters know exactly what is happening if it changes.’

Another official said that the use of the stadium was being reviewed ‘on an ongoing basis and we’ll keep you informed on any decision’.

First lady Michelle Obama waves on stage during a sound check with stage manager David Cove during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena

Campaign workers fold up an Obama banner after a sudden thunderstorm washed out the Carolina Fest street fair, in Charlotte, North Carolina

Democratic convention sources have indicated that the ‘contingency plan’ is at an advanced stage and that a move to the stadium appears certain. Michelle Obama gives an interview after in the Time Warner Cable Arena today

The current Weather Underground forecast for Charlotte on Thursday is: ‘Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 93F with a heat index of 99F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.’

Democratic convention sources have indicated that the ‘contingency plan’ is at an advanced stage and that a move to the stadium appears certain.

‘It looks like a done deal to me,’ said one convention worker. ‘The decision’s apparently been taken and it’s just a matter of spinning it as being forced on us by the weather.’

Convention delegates, party volunteers and Democratic officials gathered in Charlotte would make up about one-third of a crowd in the Bank of America stadium, which officials have said would be 65,000 people.

In 2008, when Obama fever was at its height, the then US Senator had no trouble filling an 84,000-seater outside stadium in Denver, Colorado. But voter enthusiasm has waned this time around.

Obama’s crowds in 2008 were far bigger than in recent months. His largest audience has been 14,000 at a campaign kick-off rally at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in May.

Some 13,000 people were at Obama’s rally at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on Sunday.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2198206/Democrats-set-Obamas-big-speech-74-000-seater-outdoor-stadium-20-000-seater-indoor-arena.html#ixzz25ZNH8ECG

How fuzzy faith in American Christians helps destroy America

 This blog should be about the wonderful things that God is doing in Santa Rosa.  Indeed the fire shows no sign of let up.  But no, I cannot talk about that today July 3, 2012.  Today I must talk to you about how the fuzzy faith of American Christians is helping to destroy America.

Nothing epitomizes this more than the murky answer that Carrie Underwood gave the English media when she said that it was because of her Christian faith that she now supports same sex marriage.  Here are her words, As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.

Underwood also told the publication that she and her husband, pro-hockey player Mike Fisher, attend a “gay-friendly” non-denominational church. The songstress went on to say that “Above all, God wants Christians to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other.”

Not since 2007, when Miss Teen Tennessee explained geography (see youtube video) has anyone from this state given such a convoluted answer to such a simple question.  I actually do not blame her, I blame her pastor in Nashville.  She is mouthing his words, she trusts his spin on the Bible.  He knows better, he is doing this deliberately to put people in the seats…but worst of all, he is indirectly helping Christians to put Obama back in power and destroy America.

The most abused scripture that fuzzy faith twists is “judge not.” Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”  You cannot extract this phrase from point that Jesus was making.  This was about hypocrisy. Jesus is rebuking the person who lays burdens on others and ignore their own sin.

That wispy sense of sophistication; that warm tingle running down your leg when you misquote Matthew 7:1 feels like love but it is actually hate.   We may not want to look hateful but in the process, we are practicing the worst possible kind of hate.  We are hating God’s word.  We are hating children.  We are hating the values that made our nation great.  We are hating the sacrifice of our service men and women.

Matthew 7:5 says, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”  We are supposed to take the speck out of our brother’s eye!  That is judging.  It is clear that we are to speak out against sin when we see it but before we do it we must examine ourselves to insure we are not hypocrites.

Moreover, the “non- judgers” are the most judgmental people I know!  Californians judge you on everything!  Food, plastic, fuel emissions, racism, sexism, and get this specieism (when you think you are better than animals!)  How ironic is it when an evangelist from San Francisco has to call out the Christians from the Bible Belt about, well, the Bible!

Oh and by the way, even Carrie is judging the Christians who speak out about what the Bible says about marriage.

Don’t call it love! 1 Corinthians 13:6 tells us about real love: “Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” Love cannot celebrate the destruction of the Bible and family.

How does the fuzzy faith of American Christians help destroy America?  In their ignorance of the Bible, they are taking Obama’s bait and making the conversation about gay marriage when it should be about the economy.  Some will even…think of this now, vote for Obama because of their misguided sense that they do not want to look like a hater.

As you are reading this we are in fact slipping back into a recession…most economists agree that it began yesterday July 2, 2012.  That was when the devastating manufacturing report came out.  We are about to lose more jobs, the price of homes is going to drop yet again.  Four more years of this, you cannot be serious.

More tomorrow in a special blog about the Fourth of July.

Why You Are Here

It is hard  for us to fight feelings of anger and helplessness in a world that seems to ignore our voice and disregard our concerns.  It is easy to feel that life is random and we have no power to control but if you can answer the question that I am going to ask in this blog you can become unstoppable.

Why are you here?

The hope of His calling:  There is not only a hope of His calling; there is hope in His calling.  There is a great hope in knowing that you are called to be here at this time in order to do a special work.  You are not abandoned, forgotten, misplaced or marooned on earth, you are on assignment!

It is no accident that words like purpose and destiny are all over the landscape of the church.  We all sense intuitively the urgency of these words.  Life must have meaning! It is the depth of meaning that we find in life that determines our level of endurance.  The bigger the sense of WHY we are here, the greater our power to face WHAT is here. The more value that we place on our life, the more we will expect from our life.  ourselves and what we are doing.  It is a profound sense of mission that makes people productive.

The atheist and the agnostic face an unrelenting sense of meaninglessness.  To them, life is a cruel accident.  This is why I want to impress upon you one very great fact: it is not ease and comfort that make life bearable and it is not trials and tribulations that make life unbearable.

Suicide is pandemic among the rich and idle. But the joy of the Lord saturates missionaries fulfilling their calling in the most horrendous circumstances. You are not seeking the easy life, you are seeking the life you were born to live.  You seek that life that unmistakable stamp of divine approval.

You are an ambassador of God and that makes your home an embassy.  That means that you are here to do something that no one else can do and to do in a way that no one has ever done before.  It means that all of the authority of heaven stands ready to defend and strengthen your efforts.  That means that any anger or resentment you see is directed at God and not at you because the battle is not yours.

The call of God on your life must be more real than anything else about you. Everyday is your defining moment.  Let me say it another way: The life that lacks destiny, though it boasts of everything else is but a leaf in the wind. The life that knows it is here on purpose and for a destiny cannot be stopped by anything.

 

A therapist once asked a juvenile delinquent a question that was meant to reveal his personality.   He asked, “What would you do if a lion jumped through that window?”  The youth said, “I would raise my rifle and shoot!”  The therapist said, “But where did you get the rifle?”  The youth replied, “Where did you get the lion?”  

 

Today, lions are jumping through windows.  We have never seen stress like this and we have never felt so much of our strength sapped by everyday life.  There have never been attacks like this and there has never been so much intense strife.

 

It seems that we are constantly in need of a miracle.  Daily, we see more and more instances of where life is a cliff hanger.  We see frequent times where no human solution will do.

 

Right now we are seeing our broken government at work.  Capitol Hill is a trash heap of confusion, disarray and paralysis.  However, that same drama is being replayed in the kitchens of millions of Americans.  Many believers and in a vast number of churches are not exempt from this onslaught.

 

This morning, June 22, 2012 the voice of the Lord said, “the kingdom of God is not what you think.”  Of course I asked what that meant.  Immediately, I saw some scenes in the New Testament.  That explained what I had just heard.

 

The disciples were devastated by misunderstanding the Kingdom of God.  The Cross dashed their hopes for a temporal kingdom.  The disciples saw themselves on thrones beside Jesus, using supernatural miracles to run Israel.  When it did not happen they were scattered and terrified.

 

The same disappointment and shock is touching Christians who made assumptions based on hysterical teachings and trendy doctrine. What we forget is that the Kingdom comes out of nowhere and flattens its adversary when we least expect it.

 

The resurrection of Christ exploded the church into existence.  Now the 12 saw that they were global not local.  They saw that the mission was not to build a regional paradise but to destroy the worldwide curse of Satan.  The Kingdom was not what they thought.

 

Not long after that they huddled in an upper room once again feeling abandoned and disappointed.  That is why their numbers dwindled from 500 to 120.  Once again, the Kingdom had other things in mind.  Tongues of fire, a mighty boldness and the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit transformed them into an unstoppable force.  The future was not what they thought.

 

It did not take long for massive persecution to come and now they felt helpless again.  They were slandered, maligned and driven underground.  They felt they had no voice, to retort to the angry, sophisticated society that God had plunged them into.

 

Suddenly, a light flashes down onto an angry intellectual, religious terrorist…the Bin Laden of the Jews if you will.  Saul becomes Paul and the church gains a voice that Jesus predicted.  “I will give you a mouth and wisdom that no man can gainsay nor resist.

 

Today, you must not be disappointed or despairing.  The Kingdom does not always let us see our true resources or know the stunning breakthroughs that are just ahead.  What we do know is that the Kingdom we have received is unshakable.   For every lion there will be a rifle.

If I had the ear of this entire generation for 15 Minutes. Get out while you can.

If I had the ear of this entire generation for 15 Minutes.

The day of Pentecost 34 A.D.

Men and women from all over the world are crowded into Jerusalem.  Suddenly 120 people pour out of an upper room with supernatural flames appearing over their heads and speaking in the local dialects of the thousands of foreigners visiting the city.

Whatever your view of the origin of the Church of Jesus here is the real story.  It was not born in a musty guilt-ridden gathering.  It is not the product of weak minds or social escapists.  On this day it became clear that a truth would impose its reality on all cultures and all levels of society. It was born in plain sight of one of the most multicultural events of all time.

Skeptics can dredge up whatever failure of man done in the name of Jesus but it does not touch the power of the real source of the Gospel.

When it became obvious that a miracle has happened, Peter, the spokesman for the 120 begins to explain that this is the fulfillment of a prophecy that was given 753 years before.   Joel 2:28 says, “I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh.”

He says in essence, “Our ability to speak your language is further proof of what has happened here in the last 4 years.  Proof by healing miracles, proof by fulfilling over 200 direct predictions of the messiah and proof by the resurrection from the dead!”

They saw the flames over their heads, they heard them speak in such detailed accuracy and even accent of obscure tongues from their remote villages. But some still mocked and said that they were drunk.  Some people will mock in the face of absolute proof but  mocking Jesus does nothing to disprove Him.

 Peter finishes with a heart-felt warning.      He finishes with a warning.  Acts 2: 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”  The Message Bible says it this way, “He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!”

In 37 more years Jerusalem would be totally destroyed.  It was one of Jesus’ final predictions fulfilled in painful detail.   I want you to get out of disaster:  Every current crisis of the world is laid out in the Bible.  Every cast member on the stage and plainly seen.

You may not have much in common with any Christians that you have met.  But what you do have in common is problems and the need for love.  You see the protests of the Occupy Movement and the extremes of many today.  They are not just seeking justice on a natural plane but they are feeling the convulsions of their soul.  They sense that our way of life is far more unnatural that we think.

Just because it is simple does not mean it is not absolutely true!  Victory over any adversity may be found by living for Jesus Christ. Whatever you are going through, there is hope in Jesus.

God is real. Jesus is alive! He loves you and is concerned for your well-being. He is the absolute Reality on which all truth is ultimately grounded. His message for you and your world is contained in the collection of 66 books called The Bible. Its transcendent teachings have stood the test of time, the scrutiny of scholars and the furnace of practical experience. They speak not only about history but how to live today in every level and facet of life.

You must make a deliberate and conscious decision to surrender your life to Christ as your Lord and Savior.

What you must do:

Get real: You must face for the first time the truth about your wrong. To do this you must be utterly real. Many plead with God to prove He is real.  The cure is in doing the very opposite: prove that you are real to God.  God will not do business with people who do not mean business with Him. “He that covers his sins shall not prosper; but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” (Prov.28:13)

Repentance: “I confess that I am a sinner and I cannot save myself from sin.” True repentance means turning completely from your selfishness, with the determination to sin no more.

Faith: “I believe that God is real, and that Jesus Christ is His son. I freely confess He died on the cross for the penalty I deserved. I believe that I can receive both His forgiveness and a new life through the power of His Spirit living within me.” This act of faith is neither an idea or a feeling but an intelligent and deliberate act of the will. Give Him your doubts, your weakness and your loneliness. Your heart will never have peace, your doubts will never clear up, you will never get relief from the cruelty of this world until you trust, surrender, believe from your heart!

It is your turn to experience the power, proof and love of God that has given humanity for over 2,000 years.

 

Today some very dark news came out about America’s future. What should you do?

 

Today some very dark news came out about America’s future.  The numbers are not good.  The vital signs of an already weakened nation have gotten worse.  These grim report have touched off a flurry of experts.

The messages are meant to shock us into reality.  The message is that most of your dreams are dangerous delusions that will waste your life.  Love will be rare and few if any will be there to take care of you.  Their point is the sooner you get used it the sooner you will be able to cope.  It is reminiscent of the proverbial phrase over the entrance to hell “All who enter here abandon hope.”

Out of all the voices that spoke there are two that I want to mention to you.

The first is from the Nobel prize winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz.  He says that there is no American Dream.  He says we are not the land of opportunity.  He backs up his statements with a ton of research.  We rank 8th among industrialized nations in opportunity.  In fact, it was easier to get ahead in Old Europe than it is now in the United States.  He said, “”The nature of our growth today is markedly different than in the decades after World War II,” he says. “There, we had shared prosperity. More recently, what we’ve had is exactly the opposite. … Right now, most Americans are worse off than they were 15 years ago. There has not been shared prosperity.”  Bottom line: If you are born poor in America, you will die poor.

The second is a graduation speech by Wellesley High teacher David McCullough Jr. who said this to graduates, “You are not special. You are not exceptional.  Contrary to what your soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you… you’re nothing special.”

In an atmosphere like this hearts are crushed.  Such is the case of one American businessman that I want to mention to you.  He was wealthy at a young age.  Then this recession hit.  He lost everything and in a dangerous gloom he wrote this letter to a friend. “I am at the end of my rope, my business has  crumbled, my communications with colleagues has faltered, and even my . . . wife and our children are estranged from me. It was all my fault.” He was even contemplating suicide.

Finally he committed himself.  In the medical facility he would walk the corridors  aimlessly sinking ever deeper into despair.  One morning he was making his rounds at 7AM when something happened.  He let out a desperate prayer for help.  In that moment he heard people singing a hymn from his childhood.  “Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you All you need he will provide God will take care of you.” 

“Suddenly needing to be heard, I cried inwardly, ‘Lord, will you take care of me? I can do nothing for myself!’ . . . I felt I was passing out of darkness into light.” The words “only believe” came to him. It was no longer about his own efforts, but God’s. “In the midst of failure to believe, I was being helped back to believing.  At that time something happened to me which I cannot explain,” he said later. “It was a life-changing miracle, and I’ve been a different person ever since. I saw God in his glory.

That man was J.C. Penney who in the grinding depths of the depression lost it all and then heard the voice of death.  Resurrection power swallowed up the spirit of death and this man went on to break all of the predictions of impossibility and the despair of his generation and build an retail empire based on the Golden Rule.

Isaiah 1:19 echoes down the centuries to us today: “If you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land.”   No matter what, if we are willing and obedient, God will overrule every circumstance.  The words of economists, doctors, teachers,  may be accurate but they are not final.  Don’t you dare let a dream die because of this economy.  Don’t you dare let some man with some statistic tell you what your future will be.  Look at the last days and defiantly declare, The end times are not happening to me, I am happening to the end times!