The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The “Foolish” & The “Prudent”

“This Final Wedding List”

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. ~ Ephesians 5:6

God gave me two messages Thursday night; Remnant Prayer and a powerful message to my men’s Bible study group…in that order. In much the same way as the Holy Spirit interrupted Jude’s salutation to give him what I believe to be the greatest warning in the entire Bible…just before Revelation, He interrupted Remnant Prayer after writing,

This fortress wall, alone I man…Upon Thy love, I make my stand.                                                                     

To give me this

Are we really Iron Sharpening Iron?

“God is looking for a church that is unwilling to be silent when truth needs to be spoken.” ~ Pastor Matt Maher ~ Cornerstone Chapel.  Wes sent this video out last week. How many of you watched it?

We have an alert on our Orange Strong Team APP, “They’re Coming For Your Kids” that reads, Your children will likely be first asked, then later bribed, coerced, browbeat, and or segregated for not taking an experimental gene therapy injection into their bodies. Make sure they are prepared for the fallout. Their attendance in school is implied consent!

This week I sent an urgent appeal to ALL HANDS call to “peacefully protest” the Vax to School van targeting Cornwall schoolchildren. We, the church, were a no-show…missing in action!

So, I think about this Friday morning prayer group, and I ask myself why especially in this group do I have to raise the face mask and child drowning calls-to-action to this group of men who have just come through an intense study of the Book of Daniel? What is the main take-away lesson of Daniel, if not the non-compliance of Daniel and how God protects the non-compliant! And now…we’re going into the book of John. This is what the Founders’ Bible author David Barton had to say about John…

When all others fled, or did not feel safe enough to follow, John did just the opposite; he drew ever closer. Though the entire world was becoming unglued in the horror of seeing his best friend crucified, there was no safer place than to follow Him to the foot of the cross and hold on to Him who is the glue to life itself.

And we wonder why our sons do not have the faith of our fathers??? I am bringing more young and old people to the faith through Orange Strong than most churches for one reason and one reason only…THEY ARE SEEING FAITH IN ACTION.

Pretty strong message, right? This particular study involved us in the 2nd chapter in John…the wedding. Remember this…very significant. This was Friday morning…

No sooner do I get back home, then my Orange Strong partner Matt posts the following, suggesting it might provide grist for the CLOTH (Christian Leaders Of The Hudson) mill…

We find ourselves in a similar situation. Western society is burning. The structures that led to her prosperity have been broken down. You see this in many realms, but none so clearly as the state of our men. Like the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the days of Nehemiah, our men are in “great distress and reproach” (1:3)…We are living in a world of fatherless males who don’t know how to rebuild the walls of society. They have become clueless bastards. They know how to build, explore, and conquer—in video games. They must turn to YouTube to learn how to jumpstart a car, tie a half-windsor knot, and do a push-up. Social skills are even harder for them. They scour the internet to learn how to stand up for themselves, make friends, and talk to women. The knowledge which is normally transmitted from father to son has been lost. They have to rediscover it for themselves. The West Is Burning

Interestingly, I thought it to be too harsh, too strong. After all, to one of the Friday morning Bible study brothers who had texted me his “appreciation” immediately following our meeting, I replied, “Hearts and minds via truth in love.” But then, Saturday morning He introduces me to Kyle…

Kyle Warner breaks down… “the state of our men.”

Now everything in the Galilean culture of Jesus centered around the wedding. It was the Wedding in Cana where He worked His first miracle, turning water into wine. In the Parable of the Ten Virgins as told in Matthew 25:1-13, we know all ten to be the church, and Jesus to be the groom. We also know five to be “Foolish”, and five to be “Prudent”. The following message was in this week’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday…

“WOE to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed my people: “You have scattered my flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the Lord. “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord. ~ Jeremiah 23:1-4

So, there are two key components in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, the oil in the lamps and the state of readiness/alertness of the virgins…the church. The Foolish had neither. The Foolish thought that the oil was only oil, and that readiness/alertness meant only waiting. The Prudent knew that the oil was the Holy Spirit, and that readiness/alertness was the appropriate/timely ACTION as guided by the light of Holy Spirit. This realization moved me from the Foolish to the Prudent in June of 2020…to be ready for the gathering.

Yesterday morning as I am driving and listening to my new favorite Sirius radio station Bluegrass Junction as I’m contemplating His gathering the remnant, the new Eddie Sanders song comes on. You have got to hear this! Last Lonesome Pine

I hope and pray each and every single one of you is listening to what I am listening to. I was able to complete most of Remnant Prayer yesterday, but it remains unfinished. I would love to include the finished prayer in next week’s Tune-up, God willing, if one of my readers would care to add the finishing touch.

Remnant Prayer

This fortress wall, alone I man… Upon Your love, I make my stand. You saw this day from far away, before the sands of time… You knew back then, the where and when, the every who that You would find, to make this final wedding list, and by your mercy dine. I think of every moment since… into this world I came, of every single pain and bliss, each memory to reclaim. To know the day and hour… is never what I sought… To know that by Your precious blood, this lonesome man was bought. I give myself to You this hour,

About Chip Murray

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