Importance of the Living Stone


Therefore it is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen precious cornerstone; and the one believing on Him, shall not be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2:6


Why does Peter say therefore? Something always comes before therefore… Here it is: God is working on a building, a spiritual house, and those believing in Christ are a part of this building. Those included are BELIEVERS. Not believing in ideas, doctrines, philosophies, or theories, but believing in the Living Stone.

“As you come to Him, the living stone, rejected by men but chosen and precious in God’s sight,…” 1 Peter 2:4

No wonder John, and the disciples, preached Christ Jesus the Lord, born of a virgin, without sin, suffering for the sins of the world as He shed His blood on Calvary, buried, resurrected bodily, and coming again!

“There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John. John testified concerning Him (Jesus Christ, the Living Word). He cried out, saying, “This is He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’” From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:6, 15-18‬ ‭BSB

And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Acts 3:20

 “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being examined today about a kind service to a man who was lame, to determine how he was healed, then let this be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. This Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:8-12


Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Acts 8:5

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the samescripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 8:35

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues,that he is the Son of God. Acts 9:20

But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles,and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:27

Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will thisbabbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forthof strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus,and the resurrection. Acts 17:18

Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. Acts 9:29


The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) Acts 10:36Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:22-24‬ ‭BSB‬‬

…but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,…” 1 Corinthians 1:23Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 1 Corinthians 15:12

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:10For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. 2 Corinthians 1:19

But as for me, may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:1


Though I am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, Ephesians‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭BSB‬‬

What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. Philippians 1:18

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began. In His own time He has made His word evident in the proclamation entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior. Titus‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭BSB‬‬

Are you a believer?

Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27


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Jesus Christ – Son of Man, Son of God


Who Is Jesus?

“Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

Holy Bible Matthew 6:13

While this appears to be an easy question to answer, I find that many religions give different answers to the question. It doesn’t really matter what “religious” people or religions say. Only by what is written in the Bible will we know the answer to the question “Who is Jesus?” .

Jesus asked His disciples a similar question that was recorded in the gospels. Here is Matthew’s account along with the answer that was given.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He questioned His disciples: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-19

Pilate also had a notice posted on the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. John 19:119

Throughout the New Testament and in various places in the Old Testament the question “Who is Jesus?” is answered. John’s gospel has the most complete answer. Matthew begins by calling Jesus the son of David. Matthew also tells us that Jesus birth is a fulfillment of this prophecy:

“Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”) Matthew 1:23

Mark identifies Jesus as the Son of God. Later we learn in John’s gospel that the Jews were enraged because Jesus identified Himself as the Son of God and they understood that He was saying He is equal to God. For this they tried to kill Him and eventually crucified Him.:

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, He saw the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11

In Luke we learn in chapter 1, verse 33 that “…His kingdom will never end!” and how Mary, a virgin girl, would conceive be able to conceive Jesus. “…, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”

But in John we learn the most about who Jesus actually is.

The Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The Witness of John

There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe. He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

The true Light who gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of blood, nor of the desire or will of man, but born of God.

The Word Became Flesh
(Psalm 84:1–12)

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14

Titles Used to Identify Jesus

In what is thought to be the oldest book in the Bible Christ is identified as our Redeemer. Our Redeemer is God, who stood on the earth in the Person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and has promised to return and will again stand upon the earth. As early as the book of Psalms to identify Jesus. Christ speaks through the prophets and at the end, in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ we find how the Father identifies His Son. Jesus identifies Himself with seven “I Am” statements in the book of John. Devout people who recognize Christ as the Messiah identify Him. Many Biblical passages identify Christ.

Redeemer – “But I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end He will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25

Holy One – For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

Almighty One “…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8

Messiah – “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).” John 1:41

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The Light of the World – Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

The Way, the Truth, the Life – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

The Resurrection and the Life – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; John 11:25

The Good Shepherd – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11

The Bread of Life – Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35

The Door – ‘I am the door. If anyone enters in by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and will go out and will find pasture.’ John 10:9

The Vine _ ‘“I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard….I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:1,5

I AM – That is why I told you that you will die in your sins, for unless you believe that I AM, you’ll die in your sins.” John 8:24

Mediator – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5

Lord – “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

Rock – “For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:5

Savior – “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Creator – “By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.…” Colossians 1:16-17

The Word “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

Immanuel – “Behold, the virgin will hold in womb, and will bring forth a son, and they will call His name Immanuel” which is, being translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

Lion of the Tribe of Judah “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5

Lamb of God – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:19

Passover Lamb – Get rid of the old leaven, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5:7

The Living One – And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. And He placed His right hand upon me, saying, “Fear not. I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. And I was dead, and behold I am living to the ages of the ages, and I have the keys of Death and of Hades. Revelation 1:17-18

King of kings and Lord of lords – And from His mouth proceeds a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:15-16

Jesus Is Coming Again

In Revelation chapter one, we read that when Almighty God speaks He said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, “says Lord God, the One being, and who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.Who is this One being who was, who is, and who is coming? The verse just prior gives us insight into the verse as it speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ and we read, “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, and those who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will wail because of Him. Yes! Amen!”

Even so, come Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20

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About the Oneness of The Father and Son


I and the Father are One. John 10:30

What Did Christ Mean by the Statement?

Jesus meant that He came to earth – God in the flesh. John acknowledged this in the first chapter of his gospel and below it will be explained by looking at scriptures and words of Christ. Oneness is an important doctrine. It is taught only about two relationships in Scripture – Christ and the Father and man and woman united in Holy matrimony. Concerning the latter, Jesus had a conversation with the Pharisees concerning God’s original purpose for marriage it can be read here or at at Gateway, Mark 10:2-9.

Some Pharisees came to test Him. “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” they inquired. “What did Moses command you?” He replied. They answered, “Moses permitted a man to write his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away.”But Jesus told them, “Moses wrote this commandment for you because of your hardness of heart. However, from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.

Christ, in the same passage in chapter 10, declared Himself to be God when He said…

The reason the Father loves Me is that I lay down My life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.” John 10:17-18

Please look, think, and pray concerning Christ’s words. What did He say He was going to do? Christ, Himself, would lay down His life. Christ, Himself, would take His life back from the dead. He said He had the ἐξουσία, ας, ἡ, or exousia in Greedk meaning the POWER. It is often translated authority. Who has this kind of power – Almighty God, YHWH. Another way we know that this is what Christ meant by His words is by looking at the reaction of the Jews. They fully understood what Jesus was saying!

At this, the Jews again picked up stones to stone Him.  But Jesus responded, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone Me?” “We are not stoning You for any good work,” said the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because You, who are a man, declare Yourself to be God.” 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were present and active at creation.

Both Man and God

Moses said it this way…

YHVH (singular) or God is One Elohim (plural).

John explained it this way.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:1, 14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Paul  said…

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 Jesus spoke of their Oneness to the Father in John 17

Jesus spoke these things, and having lifted up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You. As You gave Him authority over all flesh, so that all whom You have given Him, He may give to them eternal life. Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. I glorified You on the earth, having completed the work that You have given Me that I should do. And now glorify Me, You Father, with Yourself, with the glory that I had with You before the world existed...Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given Me, that they may be one as we are. John 17:1-5, 11

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WE TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD OUR GOD


Trust In God and His Name

As Christians and God’s people we are to know About God’s Name.  While the Angel of the Lord told Manoah that His name was incomprehensible, we need to know that while the completeness of God’s Name was then incomprehensible, we are to trust in His name as given in the Word of God. There are certain things we are given where God speaks and says…

 I appear to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty; as for My Name YHWH, I have not been known to them;
Exodus 6:3

“And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭3:13-15‬ ‭KJV

I [am] YHWH, this [is] My Name, “” And I do not give My glory to another, “” Nor My praise to carved images. Isaiah 42:8

Read about the I AM statements Christ made.

‬‬“Why do you ask my name,” said the angel of the LORD (YHWH), “since it is beyond comprehension?” Judges 13:18

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:10-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father…For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians‬ ‭2:9-11, 13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Hidden Beauty of the Holy Name of God

As we approach the celebration of the most world changing event in history, the Resurrection, may we remember the importance of His Name.

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ABOUT COMMUNION SERVICE


Why Are We To Partake At Communion  Service?

Jesus said, “This do…”

And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:19-20

Jesus gave the church two ordinances – Communion Supper and Baptism.

We cannot live without the Bread of Life.

I Am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever. John 6:48-58

To Whom Is This Command Given?

Paul made it clear the ordinance of Communion is given to the Church. The church is made up of those who are believers and who have received Christ and been received by Him. They are placed into this body by Holy Spirit. See Acts 2

First of all, I hear that when you come together as a church, …For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you;c do this in remembrance of Me.”In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:18-23-26

Believers will receive the bread and the cup because this is symbolic of the Body and Blood of Christ. Those who are looking for another way to eternal life will reject this ordinance. 

Does It Matter?

Yes, it matters! Not because partaking saves a person but because the saved will obey Christ’s command. We are saved by Christ who paid our sin debt on Calvary’s tree. Christ Jesus gave His body and  His blood that we might have life in Him. We partake because we have received life in Christ!
“So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.’“

 

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President Trump was wrong about one thing…


Looking at the Record

President Trump Was Right About Some Things…

Before we look at what President Trump was completely wrong about and why, it is only fair to check out what he got right.

Although President Trump made many enemies by working tirelessly to block funding to Planned Parenthood, I am placing this as the number one thing he did that was right. While there are those who do not consider this something he did right, pro-life Christians like myself,  consider this very right. 

President Trump was right about how to bring jobs back to the USA. During Trump’s first three years, from January 2017 through January 2020, the nation added 6,585,000 jobs, an increase of 4.5%.

The President was right when he said a vaccine would be available before the year 2020 ended.

President Trump’s China policy was right.  Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state Tony Blinken said that President Trump “was right” to take a “tougher approach to China.” Most in Washington agree and outside as well, agree. President Trump’s Middle East policy was not only right, it was phenomenal!

That ‘a well built border wall will end the problem America has long had with illegals crossing our southern border’ was one of President Trumps’s campaign promises that was rapidly becoming a reality. The wall was effective. Trump was right.

‘The Future Act’ that President Trump signed has allocated more funding to historically black colleges and universities than any President has done before. In May 2017, President Trump promised “unwavering support” for the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In December 2019, President Trump signed a bipartisan bill, known as the FUTURE Act. This is certainly something he did that is right.

President Trump moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and proposed a peace plan that substituted economic development for immediate Palestinian statehood. Traditional experts feared that Trump’s policies would ignite regional conflict. Instead, if anything, the region has calmed. First the United Arab Emirates, then Bahrain and Sudan, and most recently Morocco have opened diplomatic relations with Israel. It’s now possible to fly direct from Tel Aviv to Dubai, overflying Saudi Arabia.

President Trump was right about his decision to stop sending money to Iran and instead go after Soleimani. He brought long-delayed justice to Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, who had orchestrated so many acts of terrorism. Experts feared that the killing of Soleimani would trigger the direst of consequences. Instead, the Iranian regime itself halted the cycle of retaliation!

President Trump’s 2017 tax bill actually helped those Americans in the lower income bracket despite what some predicted. The 2017 tax bill did ease the tax burden for many low-income earners. Before the tax bill, the standard deduction for taxpayers was $6,350 for single people, $9,350 for heads of household, and $12,700 for married couples. (There was also a personal exemption of $4,050.) Beyond that protected amount, low-income taxpayers could deduct additional amounts—if they kept proper records. With Trump’s bill, the standard deduction was almost doubled : For income earned in 2020, a single person pays no income tax on their first $12,400, heads of household on their first $18,650, and married couples on their first $24,800.

Under the Trump administration’s First Step prison-reform proposal sentences will be reduced for certain drug offenses. The program makes it easier for non-violent prisoners to qualify for early release, and be closer to their home. Women in prison will also receive sanitary products free of cost. This program offers much needed reform and is something very right done by the Trump administration.

President Trump was right when he said his phones were wire-tapped and the opposition spied on his campaign. We now know that Trump was right…

In May, declassified Department of Justice (DOJ) documents showed that President Obama was aware of the details of wiretapped conversations of then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak back in December 2016. Joe Biden was also aware, and was present at a meeting discussing it.

“On January 5, 2017, Yates attended an Oval Office meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, according to the newly declassified documents, including an FD-302 FBI witness report,” reported Fox News’ Gregg Re at the time. “They were discussing Russian election interference, along with national security adviser Susan Rice and other members of the national security council.”

President Trump was right when he said emphatically Russia was not involved in aiding his campaign.

“The entire investigation of Trump and his associates was based on Russian disinformation, and the FBI “used Russia’s meddling with the 2016 election as a pretext to investigate Donald Trump” and those around him.”

“According to handwritten notes from Peter Strzok, it was Biden who suggested using the Logan Act to target Michael Flynn.” Taken from: Obama and Biden Knew About Spying on The Trump Campaign 

With many good and right decisions, most who read this will agree that none of these achievements brought greatness!

 Was the President Wrong?

Good policies are never wrong, but depending upon a policy or a president is wrong because…

Only the Lord can save America and/or make America great!

Sadly Trump Was Wrong When He Said…

“…We are born free, and we will stay free. We will never be a Socialist country.”

Our freedom and our safety depends upon the Lord our God. I hope that America does not lose all freedom and I know socialism has never been successful. Still our future depends, not on who is president or upon a person. In America we have always been “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” however, this will remain only so long as we look to our Maker and obey Him. 

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:34‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As for President Trump, His campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again” is a promise that hinges upon America’s willingness to humble herself before God, because our greatness depends upon our obedience to God and His Word!

The quoted statements above were made prior to the release of the Covid virus and the resulting fiasco on November 3rd. With the mail-in voting and weeks following we have learned that things can change very quickly… Freedom is fragile. Even the former President is no longer free to speak on social media. Many of us are no longer free to operate a business or post on social media. Many students are not free to attend school. We are not free to attend certain events. We are ruled more by executive orders than by a representative government, News is highly edited and now efforts are being made in Congress to control what media is allowed in our country. We are not free if what we are allowed to view, read, or hear is controlled by Washington! 

“Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both from California, sent letters to television content providers such as AT&T, Roku, Comcast, and Verizon asking them why they carried the three “purported” news outlets that they say function as “misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm.”

Freedom is a right given by our Creator and we will enjoy it only so long as our Creator permits.

Mandates are the new normal. For these reasons, I say that President Trump was very wrong when he made the above statement and similar statements.

Please pray that our nation will return to obeying Christ and His righteousness so that He might make America great. It is only in Christ that we will find freedom.

 

 

 

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Should the FDA Have Allowed the Use Of Hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid?


A COMPARISON STUDY OF INDIA VS USA

In the nation of India, Hydroxychloroquine was used early on to treat and or prevent Covid. Niharika Sharma reports that “On Feb. 2, the government informed parliament (pdf) that it has distributed 111.6 million pills of hydroxychloroquine or HCQ. The medicine is used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases or malaria.” 

Meanwhile, in the USA, the FDA continues to refuse to place the drug on the approved list for treatment of Covid.

The United States is about 3 times bigger than India.

India is approximately 3,287,263 sq km, while United States is approximately 9,833,517 sq km, making United States 199% larger than India. Meanwhile, the population of India is ~1.3 billion people (993.5 million fewer people live in United States). One would expect the crowded conditions of India to cause Covid to spread rapidly and many more lives be lost.

MAP TRACK: COVID DEATHS AROUND THE WORLD 

(Updated February 2021)

Country/place Reported deaths Deaths, last 7 days Deaths per 100,000
United States 512,832 15,548 155
Brazil 252,835 9,378 119
Mexico 184,474 6,366 143
India 156,938 827 11

The information presented here seems to me to indicate that the FDA and WHO made a terrible mistake in not approving Hydroxychloroquine for Covid. This is not a scientific study and there may be other reasons India has outperformed other nations. Whatever the reason, I ask myself, “Why are we not seeking to learn what they are doing right and applying those therapies here?”

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FOLLOWING CHRIST


Where Are We Headed?

There are seventeen instances of Christ commanding those who will be His disciples to “follow” Him. The most often quoted is…

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34

We are told if we belong to Him we will follow Him…

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:..John 10:27

Do we sometimes forget that following Jesus means we are headed toward suffering?

Christ steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, even knowing pain, agony, suffering, and death in the form of the cross of Calvary awaited Him there.

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. John 12:26

What Did Jesus Know?

Jesus knew all things, including what lay beyond the cross. After asking the young man we refer to as the rich, young ruler to sell his worldly treasures, Jesus told the man that at the end of the journey…

…thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. Luke 18:22

Jesus asked us to follow Him knowing that there will be tribulation, suffering, and for some a cross, because He knew the rest of the story. Satan, the Jews, the Romans, and even Christ’s disciples looked at the cross and saw a beaten, defeated man. But Jesus knew all along that this wasn’t the end. This wasn’t defeat. This wasn’t a loss. Christ’s death on the cross was the opposite of those things. The King of glory was willing to leave His estate and be made lower than the angels He had created for one purpose…so that we might be brought into His kingdom!

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory… Hebrews 2:9-10

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:7-8

Will You Also Go Away?

The Jews and some of Jesus’s disciples were offended when He spoke plainly to them about His body being a sacrifice. 

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst…I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world…From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? John 6:35, 51, 66-67

It is actually the same today. We must be willing to receive Christ as the Passover Lamb was received or we are not covered. This is what we agree to when we follow Him. 

We Walk By Faith

When we follow Christ we sometimes forget that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. We forget how He suffered. We forget that He warned us in this world we will have tribulation. This year has been a reminder. Many have suffered. A national pandemic has caused fear and panic. Death has touched many families, including mine. Still I believe Him when He says…

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” John 16:33

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Are You Holding Steady?


Steady – firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving.

Our Daily Bread ministries has a February devotional that quotes Harriet Tubman as saying, “I always told God, I’m going to hold steady on you, and you’ve got to see me through.”

Harriet Tubman

History has shown that God led Ms Tubman and she is a heroic, historical person who will not be soon forgotten. She set a great example!

Seaman are well acquainted with the term, “Steady as she goes.” Hold steady. In uncertain times, holding steady is important. God doesn’t change. What God has declared is good Has not changed. 

In His word we are taught that…

Christians Are To Remain Steadfast

“Now this I say, brethren …Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:50-58‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

WHO WILL ENDURE TO THE END

The Faith of Others Encourages God’s People

The eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews is a book that tells us of the men of faith who came before us. Then in the first verse of chapter twelve we see the word, therefore. Because so many have demonstrated faith read what God wants us to do!

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…Hebrews 12:1

Harriet Tubman was given the job of helping those who had been taken as slaves reach freedom. This was her race. The apostle Paul’s race was to share the gospel with gentiles. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s race was to serve as a Lutheran pastor and risk all by becoming a member of the German Resistance. Throughout history men and women of faith have carried the gospel, prayed, ministered to the sick and suffering, and followed Christ to do the work. Those who remained ‘steady’ made a difference and many of them are known by their names today because of their steadfastness. 

DEFENDING THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

HEROES OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

In these uncertain times Paul’s words are great advice…

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Christians, let us remain faithful and steady!

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AS THE MATTER MAY REQUIRE…


Lately, during the Covid crises, political unrest, and personal loss, even prayer has been difficult. Certainly people everywhere have prayed for this crises to end and that life might return to normal. Yet the crises has continued and the divisions in our nation grow deeper. Recently  I reread these words of wise King Solomon and they truly helped me know that we should pray that God will act AS THE MATTER MAY REQUIRE…

“And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require: That all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else.”
‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭8:59-60‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And on earth I desire no one besides You. Psalm 73:25

It is God who gives us wisdom and only He knows truly how to act “as the matter may require.” May we trust Him to bring healing and peace to our nation and world according to His purposes!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares YHVH , plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

God sent His Son and our hope is ‘in Christ…’

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:7-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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