Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Family Business

   There is an economic principle you are probably unaware of. And it's costing you. It isn't taught in schools.  You may not even hear it from "Prosperity" teachers.  The Media and Advertising are more than happy to keep you blissfully ignorant of it.
   You know the Bible warns us not to be conformed to this world? Or that the Beast system wants its mark on your hand or forehead?  Did you think the Devil chose those body parts randomly? Listen, you and I have been taught, trained to think in a certain way. To see ourselves a certain way, to behave in a certain way. And this is a way that is not good for us, but very good  for those who would exploit us.
   You ready? Here it is: A FAMILY IS A BUSINESS. That doesn't exactly sound earth-shattering, but if you don't know it, you can't profit from it, and you can be kept down. Have you ever wondered why a couple needs a license to get married? It's because the new entity they are creating- the family, the household, is a business. 
    You say, "Yeah, some families have a home business."  and perhaps you are diligent to support small businesses and local family-owned trades. I applaud you for that! Keep it up, it's the right thing to do.
   But what I want you to see is that we have been deceived. We've been lied to, and we bought the lie. From the time we were kids in school we've been told that we are consumers.  Not producers, not savers, not investors, but  consumers.  And we believed it. Why would our Social Studies teacher lie to us, right? They labelled us "CONSUMERS"  and we accepted it, and we became that. That's why two of every three families in America are buried in Credit Card Debt.  And we continue to consume despite racking up enormous debt through unfair and unethical interest rates and fees.
   This needs to stop!!! We need to stop calling ourselves what they call us, "consumers" , and see ourselves as and become producers. Now most families, it is true, don't own any land.  Maybe you live in an apartment, or condo, or a house with less than an acre of land. Maybe you can't have a garden or raise chickens or whatever.  But every household is a business.  Even if you don't produce anything yourselves, you still bring in income from your jobs.
   And we all think that when we go to work, we're working for the Company, not for ourselves. We need to change that thinking. Our take-home pay is to run our households. Not just to buy more stuff and consume more goods, but to increase our assets and become more profitable, to build up equity. Many families today just want to break even or keep their heads above water.....well they never will as long as they have that consumer attitude.
   I wish someone had told me this forty or thirty years ago, even twenty years ago! Sometimes individuals dream of becoming successful as a person, but how many think of becoming successful as a household, or as a family? Let's turn back to the beginning: God placed Adam & Eve in the garden "to dress it and to keep it", not just to eat the fruits thereof without putting any effort into it. Nor did He place them there to labor constantly with no reward, but "every man shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree".  God ordained that each household should have means of production and be fruitful.
   The world seeks to undermine that and keep us ignorant. The motto on the Connecticut state flag is "Qui transtulit sustinet"; why did they write it in Latin? Why not put it in our common language so common folks would know and understand that He who transplants sustains, or he who gets off his butt and invests in his household will survive!
   Read the Old Testament miracles and episodes of divine intervention. How many of them were to get a family established, or back on their feet? Remember the prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10) "Oh, that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!"  Now that sounds like a selfish prayer, but we are told plainly, God granted him his request. Why? Because that's the way it's supposed to be!
   Everything in our current system is rigged to keep all the wealth in the hands of a select few while the rest of us never get ahead. The first thing is that they've brain-washed us into seeing ourselves as merely consumers.  Friends, it's time to renew our minds! I'm telling you this because I wish someone had told me!
   Think about it!
   If we truly want to take our country back, and make it great, it must begin here, with changing our mindset  toward the home and the family! We cannot let the culture dictate how we live. The Beast wants to brand our right hands (work, productivity) and our foreheads (frontal lobes, i.e. reason, logic, judgement) with their stamp. A nation is only as strong as her families.Take our households back, and we will take our country back.
Until next time, Peace.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Kingdom of God is for LOSERS!

   The Kingdom is God is for losers. It is for the weak, and for the foolish. That is a bold statement, but before you get too mad at me, listen. Hearken as Christ opens His Sermon on the Mount with these familiar words:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
This as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, and Luke adds, Blessed be ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake."  (Matthew 5:3-5 & Luke 6:20-22)
    So the people who seem like they're getting passed over in this life are promised so much more than our eyes can see! Now scoffers and scorners will say this is the biggest scam of all time, that there is no afterlife, and religion just keeps the poor from trying to make a better life here. More about the scoffers in a minute...let's talk more about the "losers" first.
   The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, and reminded them, "For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence."  Why would God choose the losers?  Partly because the "winners" think they don't need God, they're smart enough and strong enough and badass enough to take what they want without any help from the illegitimate son of a carpenter.
   James, the Lord's brother also asked, "Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love Him?"  When God called Gideon to deliver Israel from the Midianites, his response was, "Me? I'm the poorest member of the poorest family in the whole country!" to paraphrase Judges 6:15.
   Again, scoffers mock Christ's statement that it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. The self-sufficient suppose the weak and the poor and the ignorant are merely being mislead by the preachers As Bob Marley put it, "We sick an' tired of your ism-skism game, dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a Jesus' name, Lord" .
   But there are two points the unbelievers are missing. First, there is a certain quality God is looking for in people to join His kingdom. Secondly, the benefits of living in that kingdom are not all in the sweet by and by, some distant dream of a hope that will never be realized! 
   So why does God choose the losers? Is it just because they're rejected and oppressed and down-trodden in this life? Or do they have something the winners don't? "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart" wrote the Psalmist, " and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." Psalm 34:18. To this the prophet Isaiah agrees, as God identifies Himself as, "...the high and lofty One Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is holy; I dwell in the high and holy place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, to revive the heart of the contrite ones."  (Isaiah 57:15) 
   God's not going to waste His time with someone who thinks he's all that! (Though there have been throughout history those who thought they were all that, until they got knocked off their high horse and realized they were nothing but a speck of dust in the universe!) He's looking for somebody who knows he's nobody.  Did not Christ warn the religious leaders that hookers and tax collectors would get into the kingdom of God before they would? 
   Hear me, the kingdom of God is not some far-off fantasy world that never comes! God lifts people up now, in this life. I know, 'cuz I was there! I know the road I was heading down, and where I'd be if Christ hadn't intervened and pulled me up out of it! I'd either be dead, or wishing I were! 
   Christ's offer, "Come unto Me, ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest"  is not an empty promise! And He's not talking about one day, after your life is over. He gives you new life, new strength, new wisdom!  I was weak, I was poor, I was a loser. But now I can say with the Psalmist, "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings."
   But the scoffers and skeptics will say I'm deluded and deceived: God isn't real, Jesus is fake, the Bible is all myths.  Fine. I'll tell you what is real.  Suffering, and pain, and humiliation and guilt and fear, and addiction and hopelessness and depression are all real conditions. Such are the heavy loads Jesus promised He'd get off our backs! And don't tell me, because I've seen with my own eyes what God can do and has done in people's lives to set them free from all kinds of pain and torment! My brothers and sisters in the Lord, many friends have I who the Lord has delivered, and lifted them up now in this life!
    I know what He did for me! 
   And you may say it's all in my head, you who imagine you have everything all figured out, confident you know how the universe was born, and how lifeless chemicals took on intelligent life! Ok, it's all in my head! But the thing is, you don't have anything in your head that can do what my Jesus can do!!! 
   The proud and haughty, who have all this world's good, the wealth, the fame, the honor, the glory, go ahead and laugh! Your day to cry like a baby will come, and there will be no one to listen.
   The Kingdom of God is for losers.
   That's not a put-down, it's an invitation.   

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Konspiracy Koncepts: The Psy-op.

   Let me tell ya a little story! When I was a kid in Grammar School, we read some of Aesop's Fables, and one of them went like this: One day, the Sun and the Wind were hanging out, and, being a couple of Alpha Males, soon got into it over which of them were the most powerful.  Blah, blah, blah, the Sun says, "OK, Windbag we'll see. You see that dude down there in the crappy coat? Whoever can get his coat off him is the winner, and the other guy has to buy coffee. Or beer."  So the Wind be like, "No problem! Watch this!" And he starts huffing and puffing to blow the dude's jacket off him. Only the harder he blows, the tighter the dude wraps his coat around him. So the Sun says, "OK, my turn." , and starts shining brighter and warmer. After a while the dude is so hot, he takes the jacket off. And the Sun is all, "Yea-ah!"
   We are embarking on a study I call Konspiracy Koncepts, in which I'll I'll try to list and explain the basic concepts behind modern conspiracy theory. I just gave you one of them.  So why bother? Why do you need to know this stuff? First, so you can make an informed decision for yourself whether this stuff is "nuts", or whether anything weird is really going on. How can you judge the Truth Movement if you don't know what they believe, or why?
   More importantly, we have an enemy, and we need to know how he operates. "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices."  , Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church. Jesus taught us in Luke 16:8, "...the sons of this age  are shrewder and more prudent and wiser in [relation to]  their own generation [to their own age and kind]  than are the sons of light "  Whaaaat? The Devil's children are smarter than the children of God?
   Christ further urged His disciples to " be as wise as serpents"  (Matthew 10:16).  The angel told Daniel, "none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand"  prophetic messages and their fulfillment (Daniel 12: 10). And the well-known passage from Revelation 13: 18---"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast..."  So my purpose here is inform the reader of the concepts that drive conspiracy theory. To make you wiser. I'm not talking about letting you in on secrets, because nothing I'm saying here is secret! And I don't know any secrets!!!
    Good? Then what's all this stuff with the Sun and Wind?  I didn't forget, just wanted you to think about it a minute. It's simple, and it's a basic conspiracy concept.  Here it is. The rulers of this world know that if they try to take something from the people by force, we will resist.  So instead they use persuasion.
   Suppose they want our guns? If they come in like the Wind, to take away our arms by force, we will fight back tooth and nail. So, they gonna play the Sun and try to get us to "warm up" to the idea.  Imagine some gun-totin' madman blasts 20 adorable children and 6 courageous teachers into hamburger with a bad-ass machine gun. We'll be like, "Come, Governor Malloy, Senator Blumenthal, President Obama, take these horrible guns away!"  This is the idea behind a false flag or psy-op.   We gave up rights to privacy for security after the WTC attacks, like the dude taking off his coat in the hot Sun.
   Wait a minute, if all this junk about mind-control and government brain-washing were real, wouldn't the Bible tell us? Then listen to what it does tell us. What do you know, or think you know, about the Mark of the Beast? Let's read the passage again, this time keeping in mind the Sun and the Wind fable.
"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast,  that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great... to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads"  Revelation 13: 15-16)
   Notice that this walkin', talkin' image doesn't kill the non-worshippers itself, but causes someone else to kill them!  Nor does it  force the people to be stamped with the mark, but causes them to receive it!!  It makes them want to get it, and to give up their eternal lives just like the man gave up his coat for what the Sun was giving him.
   The Press and the Media act like the Sun in that fable to mold public opinion! They use celebrities to tell us what we want, what we love, what we hate, and what we protest. Remember that the animated image John saw caused people to receive the mark. They'll camp out for it like it was the newest I-phone! They've been brain-washed for generations now since the end of WWII....first radio, the movies and television, finally the Internet, all telling them what to think, believe, and want.
   "They live, we sleep!"
   Now that you understand the concept, you can judge for yourself whether this principle from Aesop's fable is being applied. Maybe it's not so nuts?
   More next time.
Peace.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Konspiracy Koncepts

   Well Conspiracy Theory is certainly becoming a hot topic in the Media and Press, so we're going to take a little time and do a series going over the basic conspiracy concepts. It seems like you almost never hear the word "conspiracy" without the word "nut" attached to it.  But is it nuts? What if I told you the Bible itself declares there is a global conspiracy?
   There is a prophecy in the Old Testament, repeated (and partially fulfilled) in the New Testament: it is Psalm 2:1-3 and Acts 4:25-27.
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His Anointed, saying, 'Let us break Their bands asunder, and cast away Their cords from us.'"
   So the governments and the common people together unite and plan for the purpose of breaking free from God's dominion and control. They want to run the world their way. Or someone's way. But they don't want God in charge. Let's see.....who they gonna get to take His place?
   It turns out somebody volunteered. Satan's mission statement is laid out in Isaiah 14:13-14.
"...I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High." So here we have the chief conspirator, Lucifer, with his megalomaniacal scheme  to overthrow God. Think he can pull that off without a little help from a bunch of fallen angels and humans???
   And, Hello, Christians, did you just hear Satan announce his plans to infiltrate and run the Church? No, it went right over your heads. Listen: I will sit also upon ther mount of the congregation.  You say, "No way, Matt: Jesus said the gates of Hell would never prevail against His Church."  Right, and they won't prevail against the true church. But that doesn't stop Satan from setting up a false one. Haven't you read the Parable of the Tares?  That's a key Konspiracy Koncept right there- that Satan would raise up counterfeit Christians.
   And what about this idea that the wealthiest of the wealthy are buddying up together to get themselves more of our wealth? Hear the Apostle James: "Go to now ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you...Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth....Ye have condemned and killed the just."  James 5: 1-6
So not only are the rich men cheating their workers, but apparently bumping off whistleblowers who seek to expose their evil deeds. But did you notice what else they're doing?
   James says the rich men are stockpiling their assets for something that's going down in the last days.  Our days! Folks, that's a multi-generational conspiracy. Satan didn't start building his New World Order in 1776. Paul tells us, "the mystery of iniquity doth already work" (2 Thessalonians 2:7) And John adds, "...this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (1 John 4:3)
   And it gets deeper, and darker, and creepier. Because this conspiracy isn't just between kings and people, but involves the collusion of demons as well. Don't take my word for it, listen to God's word. "And I saw three loathsome spirits like frogs, [leaping] from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet. For really they are the spirits of demons that perform signs (wonders, miracles). And they go forth to the rulers and leaders all over the world, to gather them together for war on the great day of God the Almighty."  (Revelation 16:13-14, AMP)
   These frog-like entities are what are commonly known as the "Grey Aliens" (but really they are demons) who are performing signs, wonders and miracles- not of magic, but through technology  they give us. And notice that they are uniting the nations! They gather leaders from all over the world together! Love! Unity! Tolerance! I know, we'll call it "The United Nations"! Yeah, the UN is a huge part of conspiracy theory.
   Bottom line, modern conspiracy theories of one-world government, religion, and economy come right off the pages of your Bible. So it's not nuts. Although there are "nuts" involved in the "Truth Movement" who say nutty things.  We'll get into that. What's a schill? What's a psy-op? What's a false flag? You may hear these terms and not really know what they mean. So I'm going to take the next few blogs here to explain it the best I can, nice guy that I am.
    And remember, whatever is or isn't going on out there, this one thing you can be sure of: Jesus Christ will be with us, even unto the end of this age. Amen.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Shattered Portraits

 When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
 A few imperfections: a pimple here, an age spot there, your nose hair or eyebrows need a trim? Oh, is that a blackhead?
   "As many were astonished at thee: His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; so shall He startle many nations..."  
   The prophet Isaiah foresaw Christ's sufferings on the cross and tells us His tormentors messed up His face so bad He didn't even look like a person! The Gospel writers show us His accusers punched Him, beat Him with rods, and forced a crown of thorns down on His head all the while they mocked Him. 
   Isaiah writes again, "I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not My face from shame and spitting." (Isaiah 50:6). They tore His beard right off His face!!! He looked like a monster!
   Why am I telling you this?
   King David also had a vision in which he experienced  Christ's agony on the cross, recorded in the 22nd Psalm. "But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All that see Me laugh Me to scorn..."
   "Reproach" isn't a word we use much these days, but it means you are the butt of peoples' jokes, the object of their contempt. They whisper about you, look down on you, judge you and brand you as inferior. 
   You're fat. You're ugly. You're stupid. You're retarded. You're gay. You're a loser. You're a wimp. You're  poor. You're illegitimate. You're worthless.
   Many of us have had moments in our lives when we were either told such things straight out or made to feel that way by a parent, sibling, classmate, relative, whoever. And you internalize the reproach, and turn it inward on yourself.  You have a broken image of yourself. "I am a worm and no man."
   I recall an event in my life that marked me. It was my birthday (5th or 6th?) and in cards from relatives and family friends I got some cash, about $9.00.  I remember my father telling me, "That's too much for you", leaving me $2.00 and taking the rest. I forgive him, but damn! He told me essentially I didn't deserve nine dollars! It was too much for me!
   I went through my life feeling like I didn't deserve good things, didn't have a right to expect or ask for anything for me! I never finished college, and took low-paying jobs, driving second-hand cars and dressing like a bum and never knowing why I sabotaged my life. I didn't recall it until after much prayer and seeking the Lord, but that one moment defined my view of myself.
   Why am I telling you this?  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. Why did God let them do that to His Son? TO UNDO IT IN YOU!
  Listen, I'm not talking about some warm fuzzy feel good about yourself chicken soup for the soul. I'm talking about the God Who Sees Me looking deep into your heart and soul and taking that moment that filled you with shame and fear and self-loathing and putting it on the cross for His Son to bear it for you!!!
   His visage was so marred so that your image of yourself can be restored. He came to make the crooked things straight and the rough places plane. For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy  the works of the Devil. (1 John 3:8) Jesus Christ came to destroy whatever evil things Satan and his demons worked in you. Whatever crap the devil  dumped on you while you were a child, or a teen, to break you up inside, JESUS WANTS TO TAKE AWAY.
    Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted. Listen, you don't earn any points with God by suffering pain and misery. Jesus did the suffering for you. You earn points with God by believing what He said and acting like it.  In the 12th chapter of Hebrews, we are encouraged, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."
   You've carried that weight and worn that label long enough! Let Jesus heal your heart and soul deep within where nobody else sees. Just give it to Him!
Peace!

  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Message for Babylon....(Forward)

   The following is an excerpt from the Fifty-First chapter of the Book of Jeremiah. I have pulled references to "Babylon", and forwarded the message to the United States. If the shoe fits, wear it.
Thus says the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against America, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against Me, a destroying wind; and will send to America fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land; for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about. Against him that bends let the archer bend his bow, against him that lifts up himself in his brigandine: and spare her not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host. Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Yanks, and they that are thrust through in her streets......Flee out of the midst of America, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD's vengeance; He will render unto her a recompence.  America has been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken; the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. The U.S. is suddenly fallen and destroyed; howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. We would have healed America,  but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgement reaches unto Heaven, and is lfted up even to the skies. 
Make bright the arrows, gather the shields;  the LORD has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes:  for his device is against America, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of His temple. Set up a standard upon the walls of America, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which He spake against the inhabitants of the United States.
O you who dwell upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of your covetousness. The LORD of hosts has sworn by Himself, saying, "Surely  I will fill thee with men, as with locusts, and they shall lift up a victory shout against you,
And I will render unto the U.S. and to all the inhabitants of America all their evil that they have done, says the LORD. Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain," says the LORD, "which destroys all the earth; and I will stretch out My hand upon you, and roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burnt mountain."  Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her.....appoint a captain against her, cause the horses to come up like the locusts!
And the land shall tremble and sorrow, for every purpose of the LORD  shall be performed against Amerca, to make America a desolation, without an inhabitant. The mighty men of America have forborne to fight; they have remained in their holds: their might has failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling-places; her bars are broken.
 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the President of the United States that his city is taken at one end, and the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:  The daughter of America is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.
How is Washington taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! How is America become an astonishment among the nations! The sea is come up upon America: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.....Therefore, the days come, that I will do judgement upon the graven images of America: and her whole land shall be confounded.
Though America mounts up to space, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from Me shall spoilers come unto her, says the LORD. A sound of a cry comes from America, and great destruction from the land of the Americans: because the LORD has spoiled America, and has destroyed out of her the great voice....Thus says the LORD of hosts, the broad walls of the U.S. shall be broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labor in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.

   I know most people won't believe such a thing could happen here, nor that God would judge us. Many of you will be angry at me for even suggesting such a thing! Some of you will hate me. But no empire lives forever, and every great civilization comes to an end. Our day is coming, don't be surprised when it happens.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Whatever Happened to Eternal Life?

In hope of eternal life, which God, That cannot lie, promised before the world began;   Titus 1:2

   When was the last time anyone spoke to you of eternal life?
   At one time it was the main focus of the Church and the heart of the Gospel. But now the Church has a new message, that, hey,  let's make life comfortable in the here & now. So now it's prosperity seminars, marriage conferences, Men's movements, and youth camps. Others seek to unlock prophecy and explain how today's headlines fulfill Scripture. Some focus only on this evil world system, and exposing all their evil deeds.
   Now I'm not saying these things aren't good or necessary (and of course each servant of Christ must minister the things God has called him to!), but why aren't we telling the world "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" ?
   We are told in the Gospel of Matthew that a fellow came to Jesus and asked, "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"  It seems at one time the guy on the street was interested in obtaining eternal life; why not now? In our culture, there are several schools of thought on post-mortem existence. 
   Some believe there is no life past death, but once your brain shuts down for good, you're mind shuts down as well: there is only oblivion. Others hold to the notion that your soul or spirit dwells here on earth among your loved ones. Many believe in reincarnation, endless cycles of life and death. Finally there are those who suppose that all mankind, good or evil, ascend to heaven and are welcomed into the presence of God equally.
   But God, Who cannot lie, promised eternal life to those who believe in the foolishness of preaching; the preaching that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and was buried, and rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. If there is no life beyond the grave, then God lied. Or if everybody gets eternal life, then why did He promise it? Why promise me what's mine already?
   But the Bible makes it clear, that there is not only eternal life for some, but eternal death for many others, saying in Daniel, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."  Now I've heard it said by many that "a loving God would never send anyone to Hell".  Well, neither would He force those who hate Him to hang around with Him forever.  And He certainly wouldn't force those who were all their lifetimes abused, exploited, oppressed, and tormented by the ungodly to spend the rest of eternity among them!
   It may not be fashionable these days to talk about Hell as a real place, but the spirits of those who lived wickedly will be condemned and punished. The prevailing theory or feeling in our culture now is that there are many paths to God.  Well, whatever path we take, we are all going to stand before His throne to be judged of Him. If ya wanna go there.
   But who thinks they're good enough? Do you??? I sure ain't! And no matter which path you trod, your feet are still too dirty to enter His presence.
   Hello! God, Who cannot lie, promised eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die."  (John 11:25-26)
   Remember the dude with the rainbow wig at the football games holding up a sign about JOHN 3:16? He made a fool of himself to get out this message of eternal life, that  God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
That's God's promise, and it's open to anybody and everybody, but not everyone will accept it. Will you?