The whole discipline of the life of faith is to mix together the light of heaven and the sordid actuality of earth. Contemplation and consideration must go together. We must take our plan for what we do on earth from the altitude of heaven; let contemplation of the stars be mixed with what we build on earth. ~ Oswald Chambers, A Star-Hitched Wagon
I don’t know what to say anymore. Nadezhda, pronounced Nadia, and I are the first ones up every morning in this house. She starts the fire and I make the coffee. “Any news?”, she asks me this morning. “No”, I reply, “I was going to ask you.” Nadezhda, who’s Russian, has family in Ukraine. “Are they OK?”, I asked. “Yes”, she answered, “Everybody’s alright.” “That’s the main thing”, I said…thinking to myself how I wish I could say the same about people here in Amerika. We are so far from alright we may as well be in Oz. Watching those who have accepted a vegetable as their leader point the feckless finger of blame at the one man in the world protecting his people from evil too dark to describe…it suddenly dawns on me. We have become a nation of vegetables led by a vegetable. Smiling ghost smiles from inside our “I got the shot” Facebook halos for all the world to see…while the Russian people and their Russian children are living normal lives led by a strong man of courage who finally decided to put an end to the evil at his door…10-15 bio labs…paid for by you and me!
Well dear Facebook friends, let the vegetables sleep (I wonder what they dream about?) It’s time to wake up the lions!
“Be strong and courageous”, Moses told Joshua and Caleb… “in the sight of all Israel” according to my Bible in Deuteronomy 31:7
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory. But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves. When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase. ~ Proverbs 28:12,28
Solomon’s wise reflection on the cowardly nature of man was so intentional he called it out twice in Proverb 28, which just happens to be this morning’s A Psalm & Proverb a Day read!
A Psalm (Heart) & Proverb (Wisdom) a Day Drives The Tyrant Away! PS 28:1 To You, O Lord, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit. PR 28:1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
The wicked who sacrifice children, harvest babies for their organs, cave in women’s skulls with the shoulder stocks of machine guns and crush the spines of old women in wheelchairs with their police horses, do so because the church in hiding has no moral influence. Worse than that, they’ve created counter-influence. Who would follow those who are afraid to show themselves? My last Tune-up, The Impossible Dream (question mark) triggered a back and forth yesterday with brothers of the sleeping church…where they have been conditioned to become the passive audience of their own demise.
The book that immediately followed the four Gospel writers was not the Book of Passive, or the Book of Wait. It was the Book of Acts…of the 1st Century Disciples! “Acts is what Jesus continues to do in and through the lives of His people.”
It has happened in the past in regard to national Israel, and yet this passage (Psalm 2:1-4) also speaks prophetically about a time yet future when this will be true of Jesus Christ. Its hard to imagine that at some point all the nations of the world will knowingly be aligned together against God; the heathen will rage! (NOTE: Not a single Western leader has condemned Trudeau’s tyrannical actions) ~ We Won’t Be Silent, The Founders’ Bible
And just this morning, one of the audience members sent me an article on parent’s rights in education. That’s great…but what are we doing about it? How will we Act, as God’s people, in response to what public education is doing to harm children and divide families? I love my brothers in the sleeping church, I feel their pain, and I appreciate their taking the time to engage with me in dialogue. I invited them to join those of us in the fight on the front lines…where they will feel the breeze of the slings and arrows. Sharing articles on education with the choir is easy. But when you stand up and ask the BOE’s why they are not fighting for our children…when you Act to take the hill, led by the Holy Spirit, to plant the flag of a “Classical” education where our children will learn math to see the world as God sees it, learn science to understand the world as God made it, and learn history to appreciate the Acts of what God has done in and through the lives of His people over time. Yes, you will feel the breeze. Yes, you will be scorned and hated. But, as Kipling knew so well, (IF) and when you do these things, “you’ll be a man my son!”
Please join us for Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow with prayerful focus on Revelation 21:8 that we might see our present course, and Ephesians 5:14, that we, by God’s grace, may awaken from our slumber, shake of the chains of our chronological snobbery, and return to the ancient paths…while we are able.
Courage isn’t an absence of fear. It’s doing what you’re afraid to do. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” ~ Evangelist Billy Graham. Your life expands in proportion to your courage. Roman historian Tacitus said, “The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” But courage opens doors, and that’s one of its most wonderful benefits. ~ John Maxwell, A Leader’s Courage, February 27
See what happens when you don’t know what to say? On the other hand, my pastor and good shepherd is NEVER at a loss for words…please join us if you can…
Greetings, my dear brethren, in our Savior’s precious and mighty Name, as we prepare our hearts for worship on tomorrow, Sunday, February 27th! Our Elder Walter Johnson will deliver the Word for our 10:30 AM service, and we ask God’s blessing upon both the messenger and the message, and for His gathered people!
To make it undoubtedly clear, we live in days of unprecedented battle against the forces of spiritual darkness, and as never before in America! The challenge before us is to be true to the uncompromised Gospel of Christ and to the entirety of God’s Word, regardless of any conflicting opinion or the personal cost involved! While we are to walk in love and unity with all faithful followers of Christ, we are to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11)! This means we are to “expose” them for what they truly are, especially in our day of spiritual and moral compromise. The Lord’s faithful prophets of old and His chosen New Testament apostles did not hesitate to do this, regardless of the consequences! Their loyalty was first to a holy and to a righteous God, not to a religious establishment or nation that had departed from their God and fallen into grave sin! We likewise are called to expose the darkness in both the church and in our nation; the wickedness of religious apostasy, political corruption, of moral perversity, and of an ungodly educational system, indoctrinating our children with atheistic philosophy, gender chaos, and hatred for established biblical and national values! Our nation is now being filled with violence, with uncontrolled drug traffic, unstopped criminal immigration, and most of it coming out of Communist China with the unabated permission of incompetent, shameful, and actually pro-Marxist political administration! America is being intentionally destroyed right before our eyes, and an ignorant generation has been deliberately brainwashed for it to happen! What did the prophets say when Israel fell apart? They cried out against the evil, declared God’s words, and called the people to repentance – whether they lived or died! By God’s grace, and dressed in “the whole amour of God” (Ephesians 6:10ff), we are to STAND for the Lord in this hour – in love, in faith, in unity, in prayer by His Spirit, and without any ambivalence whatsoever! Let us shine for Jesus for the world to see! God bless you!
Always in His love
Pastor Steve Offringa (Psalm 27:1)