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Synopsis of Where to From Here
Good and joyful morning to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the lord has made. pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite…. we’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God. and today’s slice comes from a parable told by Christ: The Rich Man and Lazarus
Luke 16:19 Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed and who lived each day in luxury. At his door lay a diseased beggar named Lazarus. As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. Finally, the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham.”The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in these flames.’ “But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish. And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. Anyone who wanted to cross over to you from here is stopped at its edge, and no one there can cross over to us.’
“Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, send him to my father’s home. For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them about this place of torment so they won’t have to come here when they die.’ “But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read their writings anytime they want to.’ “The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will turn from their sins.’ “But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.’ “
My second favored verse of the Bible is: 1Timothy 1:12 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” Recently, as with many others, I have been led into a burden for our country. In reference to my radio broadcast sermons the Lord said I had to focus on some of the crises that were threatening our continued existence as a republic. I dislike politics more than just about anything and would rather messages on Love, Joy and Peace. The key question today is, has the darkness become an irresistible force? No, I do not think so, but we are now in a place where it will take the power of God to get us out.
As a partner member of Morning Star Ministries I became privy to Rick Joyner having lunch with Franklin Graham, Reinhard Bonnke, and other friends. In their conversation Franklin summed up the elections pretty well. He said “If Obama wins we go off the cliff, and if Romney wins we go off the cliff, but just a little more slowly. No one man, or one administration, can fix the mess we’re now in. Our government is dysfunctional almost from top to bottom with the exception of the military. I do think Romney’s election would represent grace and more time, but only God can save us. The good thing is God can do it easily, and in a day if He so chooses. Our only answer is to turn back to Him as a nation. We absolutely should vote, but regardless of who is elected, we must have another Great Awakening in America”.
Perhaps J.R.R. Tolkien may have had it right in how he saw the times unfolding when he said, “The proliferation of evil is now overwhelming the whole world, and not many are left who will fight for good, but God can still unravel all of the power of the evil one with just a couple of hobbits if He so chooses. We have to fight for right regardless of the odds or how dark it gets. The courage that was upon Daniel’s three friends is needed. They declared that they knew their God could deliver them, but even if He chose not to, they would not bow down to a false god. It is better to die fighting for what is right than to live as slaves and cowards.”
I do know that it is time to prepare the way for the Lord. Regardless of what happens to any nation or kingdom on this earth, Jesus is coming back, and His kingdom will be established over the whole earth. The gospel of His kingdom will soon be preached throughout the earth to prepare for Him. That is the best news the world will ever hear, and there is an army being prepared for this. Since you are here now, you are called to be a part of it.
In January 2001, President George W. Bush closed his Inaugural Address with a quote from Virginia statesman John Page a longtime member of the Virginia House of Delegates. President Bush related that Page wrote the following to his close friend, Thomas Jefferson: “I am highly pleased with your Declaration. God preserve the United States – We know the Race is not to the swift nor the Battle to the strong – Do you now think an Angel rides in the whirlwind (and) directs this Storm?”
The Battle, Page wrote of, was the battle for freedom and the war with Great Britain. He was asking, “Do you believe God is with us?” President Bush said, “This work continues. This story goes on, and an Angel still rides in the Whirlwind and directs this storm…” Little did George W. Bush know that he would face 9-11, Hurricane Katrina and the onslaught of the worst financial crisis the nation has faced since the Great Depression.
During the American Revolution, a praying Continental Congress called the shots and a praying General George Washington led the ill-equipped and outnumbered Continental Army to victory over the greatest military force in the world. History records fortuitous weather events – supernatural miracles at just the right time – off Brooklyn Heights, the Delaware River, at Yorktown, and more, that gave Americans the edge over Great Britain. The American nation was born. But we are in a different day. Back then, Americans held to a biblical view of morality, and our founders had a profound respect for the God of the Bible, recognizing Him as the author of human liberty. The pastors and churchmen of that period saw civic involvement as a sacred duty. The British deplored and feared the Black-Robed Regiment as these men of God were called.
But over the past several decades, we Christians have allowed prayer and Bible reading to be removed from our public schools, the Ten Commandments from our public buildings, unlimited rights to divorce, allow for the killing of unborn children, the redefinition of marriage in many states, and the distribution of abortion drugs to all women at taxpayer expense. Then, our President declares America no longer to be a Christian nation and he has snubbed our close ally, Israel, while appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist factions in the Middle East. Because God’s blessing is tied to our nation’s support for Israel, many believe this may be the last straw. Lets see Genesis 12:1 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
We are at a defining moment in our nation. Worst economic troubles in decades, uproar in the Middle East involving the U.S., and another devastating natural disaster, the latest in a growing pattern of severe, destructive weather. If you think we’re in an age of more severe weather, you’re right. The annual number of billion-dollar disasters in the United States – earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes and more – has tripled since the 1980s, from two to about six per year. And 2011 was a barn-burner, with 14 separate $1 billion-plus weather events. Losses from U.S. natural disasters in 2011 topped $60 billion. 2012 became even worse, and 2013 has already started.
Jesus made it clear that calamities such as we are witnessing in the northeast are not the result of the sins of the victims, but warn all of us to repent or perish. Luke 13:1-5 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were sacrificing at the Temple in Jerusalem. 2 Christ asked… “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than other people from Galilee? Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And you will also perish unless you turn from your evil ways and turn to God. 4 And what about the eighteen men who died when the Tower of Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will also perish.”
What did Christ say, “unless you repent, you will also perish “unless you repent, you will also perish.”
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