Watch Mark 13:33-37; King Coming in Power Revelation 19:11
The Importance of Watching
Many misinterpret the following verses about the thief in the night. They stop reading after verse 2 ...
“The Lord so cometh as a thief in the night; for when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
1 Thessalonians 5:2-6; Mark 13:33, 37
* Excerpted and adapted full original message herefrom Pastor Mike Taylor
God Is Making His Jewels,
and You Are One of Them!
In our physical world, when one talks of jewels, he or she refers to some very precious, beautiful, rare and expensive stones, metals or pearls. The Bible speaks of treasures, of precious stones and of incredibly beautiful jewels. The prophet Malachi wrote of such a spiritual treasure:
“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. ‘They shall be mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘On the day that I make them My jewels’.” Malachi 3:16-17
We usually do not think of ourselves as jewels. Yet that is precisely what God thinks of us! We are His jewels in the making—we are His special treasure and when we are finished, our Savior “shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:21
Never lose track of that when you are going through trials; we are being polished and prepared. What Malachi prophesied is now happening.
* Excerpted and adapted full original message by Bernard Hongerloot here: https://www.ucg.org/united-news/god-is-making-his-jewels-and-you-are-one-of-them
 A carbonado weighing 3,600 carats was found in Brazil, but it was not made of gem-quality material.)
Two Hundred Twenty One Years Ago
President Washington Prophesied a Divided America
2-19-18, * -- In September 1796 America's first President, George Washington, articulated a vision for the United States in his farewell address. It did not include political parties or class warfare--two ingredients that have culminated in a divided nation just as Washington prophesied 221 years ago. Washington said,
"Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles."
How far have "We the People" strayed from this statement? In the name of progress, we have become a nation without pride of patriotism. We have so many religions and versions of religions that we have barely no religion at all.
By Washington's standards, we have lost our bearing on what it is to be an American--that citizens assimilate the national properties of religion, manners, habits and political principles rather than becoming a melting pot of diverse beliefs and practices.
Washington warned, "You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heart burnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection...they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
Washington believed an inoculation against the undermining of political parties was electing moral and religious leaders; he said:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them."
As Exodus 18:21 says regarding good government: "provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness..."
Something to contemplate as we celebrate Washington's birth. [Feb 22, 1732]
Excerpt of President Washington's Farewell Address:
* Excerpted and adapted from Bill Wilson's DAILY JOT - full original message here
Zechariah 3:1-2; John 8:44; 1 John 3:8; 1 Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7
42 minute video here
Most imagery, artwork and the music itself is totally satanic.
Angry Yet Not Sinning
2-18-18, * -- Born again Christians are not called to a state of pulse-less passivity, no longer in possession of a backbone, lying down as our neighbor’s doormat. We live as people, redeemed people, but humans nonetheless. We feel the entire spectrum of God-created emotions: sorrow and happiness, peace and discontent, love and disdain, fear, anger, and more. Anger is one of them.
There is a righteous anger that should exist in the heart of the redeemed. As with Jesus’ anger toward the money changers (John 2:15), and Paul’s anger toward false teachers (Galatians 5:12).
Anger is a right response to evil and injustice. There is a fine line, however, between anger and hatred; deep seated resentment leads to hatred and goes well beyond anger. So “be angry, and do not sin,” remembering that “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).
Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:14-16; John 2:13-14
The Apostle Paul Before Christ Was a Brute
then throw off your old evil nature ... the old
you that was a partner in your evil ways.
2-17-18, Billy Graham Archives -- The Apostle Paul before his conversion was called 'Saul of Tarsus;' he was not meek. Proudly and brutally, he apprehended all Christians and sought to destroy them. Acts 22:20 He was bigoted, selfish, and vaunted. But after he learned the truth of Christ and was converted, he wrote his warm and affectionate letter to the churches of Galatia, he said, among other things, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness ..."
His meekness was God-given, not something man-made. It is not our nature to be meek. On the contrary, it is our nature to be proud and haughty. That is why the new birth is so essential. That's why Jesus pointedly said not only to Nicodemus, but to every one of us, “Marvel not that I say you must be born again!” John 3:3,7
Meekness begins there! You must have a change of nature.
- Art Pat Marvenko www.revelationillustrated.com/
1-29-18, JPost -- The European Union & Norway plan to hold an urgent meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee in Brussels Wed, 1/31/18 to address Palestinian funding crisis.
"The Bridegroom Cometh!"
Audio Bible here
We must not allow the scoffers
and haters to discourage us! Jesus is King and He's our Father.
God's Covenant With Abraham was with him and Sarah
and their son Isaac
... NOT Ishmael the son of Egyptian Hagar.
1 Corinthians 9:22
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