Lunar Eclipse

April 15, 2014

     This morning, I got up before 3 am to see the blood moon just before it went into full eclipse.  It was beautiful.  Mars was just to the right of it, at its closest point to the Earth in six years.  Also, the star, Spica, the fifteenth brightest star was just below the moon.  This night was one for the books.

     Speaking of books, the Bible mentions signs in the heavens that would occur just before the “catching up” of the saints (the Rapture, 1 Thessalonians 4:17) and just before Jesus returns to Earth (the Second Coming).  Both the Old and New Testaments speak to these events.

     After coming back inside my home this morning, I went on a British website to continue watching the live lunar eclipse.  This sentence caught my attention on this site, “The eclipse was the first of four in the next two years – a rare astrological event called a tetrad which some religious extremists believe heralds the end of the world.”

     Well, here’s what the prophet Joel wrote:  “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come” (Joel 2:30-31)

     This is what Peter said on the Day of Pentecost (also quoting Joel):  “‘And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come’” (Acts 2:19-20).

     Now, here are the words of Jesus: “‘ Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken’” (Matthew 24:29).  “‘But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light’” (Mark 13:24). “‘And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity’” (Luke 21:25).

     Well, I guess if believing the Bible and the words of Jesus make me a religious extremist, then I guess I am one.  Maranatha!

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     This afternoon, I finished the Joyce Meyer book, Change Your Words, Change Your Life: Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak. In this book, Joyce explains, in depth, the Biblical principle that “death and life are in the power of the tongue…..” (Proverbs 18:21, KJV). She stresses the need that one has to be careful in every word that is uttered.
     For me, however, the most powerful part of the book was the last twenty-five pages. In the appendix of her book, she includes “A Dictionary of God’s Word.” In these final words of her publication, Joyce lets the Bible do the talking. She has many Scripture verses for coping with trying times of life. These are, indeed, encouraging.
     I would highly recommend this book for anyone, new believer or lifelong Christian. After reading this book and applying it to one’s life, it would make for a more joyous and fruitful existence.

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Silver Platter

February 9, 2014

     The last four days, for me, have been some of the most glorious that I have experienced in a long time. And all coming after a severe test a couple of days before. One theme that has linked these days of God’s presence has been “silver platter.”

     I won’t go into the trial that I went through, other than to say, it was God who saw me through it. To Him be all of the glory!

     My breakthrough began in the home of a dear eighty-four year old sister-in-Christ, who after praying with me, brought the communion cups on a silver platter. It was the culmination of a victorious time of prayer and worship in her home.

     The next day, this past Friday, I was in a mighty prayer service at Faith Assembly of God Orlando, where my wife and I attend. It was a time of rejoicing and deliverance also!

     Yesterday, my wife and I went to the Prayer Center at Calvary Assembly at Winter Park, FL. We had a mighty time of prayer and worship for about an hour-and-a-half there. The presence of the Lord was strong!

     And then there’s today! We had a visiting evangelist come to Faith Assembly for two morning services and one evening one, Mike Shreve. All I can say it that it was awesome! Jesus was in the place! The Holy Spirit was doing mighty things!

     People were being healed of diseases, filled with the Holy Spirit and delivered from oppression of the enemy. Once again, to God be all of the glory!

     But one of the great things, in my opinion, that happened was the prophetic word that came this morning and tonight about a global revival that is coming to Orlando and our church. The evangelist spoke this word today and tonight over our body.

     After church, which ran for about three hours tonight, I spoke with several pastors and others that all of the components for a global move-of-God are in place. Here in Orlando, we have an international airport, more hotels than any other place on earth, four major roadways, a facility that seats just under three-thousand, parking for over sixteen-hundred and an amazing staff. And not only that, Orlando is the number one world destination. The pieces are all in place for this global revival to happen. Or, in other words, everything sits on a “silver platter” ready to be used by God for His glory and honor! “Lord, let it happen!”

     This past Tuesday, I checked out this book at the Winter Park Library.  By Friday afternoon, I had read the book twice (187 pages).  It was time well-spent.

     Joyce talks about letting go of hurts, anger, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness.  She lets us know that holding onto these things only hurts the one who refuses to release them.

     One paragraph that really ministered to me came in chapter thirteen.  Joyce writes, “Mercy is kindness beyond what is reasonable.  In other words, there is no reason for God’s kindness that can be found.  He is kind, and we are the blessed recipients of His kindness” (p. 155).

     This book was a tremendous blessing to me.  I highly recommend it!

10. Without a doubt, we are living in the last days.

9. Our world is in turmoil.

8. Our nation needs revival.

7. The Bible tell us to “pray without ceasing.”

6. None of us have made it to heaven yet.

5. We have so much to thank God for.

4. If Jesus spent much time in prayer, so should his followers.

3. God’s Word says, “yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”

2. Praying is such a great privilege.

1. “…..The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

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10. The printing of God’s Word, by Christian publishing companies, could be halted.

9. Bibles, in the future, could be deemed as “hate-speech” and confiscated.

8. Christian websites could be “taken down” by the government.

7. Bible apps could removed from smartphones.

6. God reveals Himself to us through His Word.

5. Our lives are transformed when we commit Scripture to memory.

4. Our “minds are renewed” when putting God’s Word into them.

3. We are “conformed to the image of Christ” by studying the Bible.

2. We get direction for our lives when we study and memorize Scripture.

1. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).

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10. Some day, it could be an illegal act.

9. If there is a global oil crisis, it could be a logistical impossibility.

8. There is no substitute for meeting with the saints of God.

7. The devil hates it when we take our families to church.

6. Corporate worship is an amazing experience.

5. We become more like Jesus when we go to church.

4. The discipling process is enhanced when we fellowship with believers.

3. We are able to leave our burdens at the altar when we attend church.

2. We are given the privilege of ministering to God.

1. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

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Is Climate Change a Hoax?

January 8, 2014

     Once again, we find ourselves in the middle of a brutally cold winter. Imagine that, a winter that’s cold. Who has ever heard of such a thing?

     But I thought that the planet was getting warmer. You wouldn’t know it from the frigid temperatures across the country. I guess someone forgot to tell the mythological “Mother Nature” that it was supposed to be hot in January, at least according to the global warming alarmists.

     But you know, even the proponents of global warming know that the “jig is up” when it comes to this supposed warming of the planet. That’s why they have changed the jargon from “global warming” to “climate change.”

     Well, I’ve got some meteorological news for them: the climate changes four times a year and it’s called “seasons.” We’ve always had them, and I can name them: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Stop the presses, and let these weather “experts” in on the “scoop.”

    But here is a weather forecast that you can take to the bank, and it comes from the Bible. God said this after the Flood, “‘As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease’” (Genesis 8:22). So for all of those who say that man has the ability to change the Earth’s weather, let me tell you this- God is the one who has control of it.

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One Task

December 30, 2013

     I was created to do one thing, and I have been waiting for millennia to fulfill my purpose. Although I have always known that I would complete this task, it has, at times, seemed like a dream.

     I do not know when I will be summoned to carry out my calling, but I know that I will be ready when asked. The time that my purpose is fulfilled does not matter for me; only the accomplishment or finished work does.

     I have felt, however, an unusual stirring in my heart of late. It is a restlessness that has appeared, and it seems that this feeling will not leave me. I sense an excitement in my being that I have not felt before. I feel my pulse increasing with each passing day, and I feel as if I could fly. These are new sensations.

     I have not slept much since these new experiences have been occurring, but my appetite has grown. I have felt increased strength in my muscles, and I believe that my energy level has not been this great before.

     I imagine myself doing this thing for which I was born, and it makes me tremble. When I do sleep, I am awakened with my impending task.

     Who am I? I am the white horse of Revelation 19. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords” (Revelation 19:11-16)

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Baptism Anniversary

December 17, 2013

     Eleven years ago tonight, Tuesday, December 17, 2002, I was filled with God’s Spirit. The night that I was saved is the only one that could rise above the importance of this particular night in Groveland, Florida, eleven days before my 40th birthday.
     My wife and I had just bought a new home in the Crane’s Landing subdivision of this South Lake County community six months prior. I had come home from work and was having my devotional time when I felt my mouth quivering.
     I had sought after this blessing for many years, and, finally, I was baptized by Jesus Christ into His Spirit. I began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave me utterance. I can remember the joy and the smile on my face as I was receiving this blessing and enduement of power from God. It was a night that would change my life forever.

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