Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Christian Explosion In Communist China

Remember how Christianity changed the Roman Empire one slave, one Roman citizen, one soldier, one land owner, and then one political leader at a time until the Emperor himself made Christianity the official religion of the Empire?

Well in China it all began with one illegal underground church. Then another one began, and another, and another. Soon there were so many that even the Chinese government could not hold back the growth. Today there are over 150 million Christians, and by 2030 they predict there will be almost 250 million.

Will You Speak Up For The Speechless? Proverb 31:8-9

A Planetary Genocide

  • More than 1.5 BILLION babies have been aborted worldwide in the past 50 years.
  • An estimated 50 million abortions are carried out throughout the world every year.
  • One in five pregnancies worldwide end in abortion.
  • Approximately 90% of Down syndrome babies are aborted worldwide.
  • 42% of all yearly deaths in the world are from abortion.
  • Every two seconds a baby is aborted - every time your heartbeats a baby dies.
  • A study reported that in 2011 alone 163 MILLION babies were aborted simply because they were girls.
  • While baby girls are a target of abortions in 3rd world countries, in the West, and particularly in the Unites States, more and more boys are becoming the main target of abortions.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What Is His Name, If You Know? Proverb 30:4

The proverb asks if you know the name of the One who ascended to and descended from heaven, the One who gathered the wind in His fists, the One who bound the waters into a garment, the One who established all the ends of the earth. It asks if you know the name of Him, or His Son's name.

Some 900 years before Jesus was born, this proverb alerted the Israelites that God's Son would appear on earth. A prophecy bound up in a proverb. Long before the Pharisees would accuse Him of equating Himself with God, Agur knew God's Son who would descend from heaven and claim to be the Son of God.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Europe's Changing Borders Exemplify Proverbs 28:2

Throughout history, the borders of the world have changed many, many times. Solomon tells us that because of the transgressions of the land, it will have many rulers.

This video shows how the borders of Europe changed through the years from 1411 to 2012. We all know that land cannot transgress, but Proverb 28:2 speaks of the rulers and it's people of those lands who sinned. Thus their sins lead to many different rulers and owners of the land instead of a continuous ownership and control by the same people.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Are You Cheerful Or hesitant When You Give? Proverb 19:17

Sometimes it's those with the least that give the most. Jesus used a widow's offering to teach a lesson of giving from the heart.
Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them;
"Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;
for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
Mark 12:41-44
It's easy to give when what you give does not even effect you, but when was the last time you went out of your way to give more than you thought the person deserved? Now I am not saying one should go broke or end up homeless because you gave all away, but to give a smidgen when you have enough to truly make a difference in their situation is what Christ expects from us. Instead of fifty cents, maybe enough for a good breakfast or lunch. Or, if after reading this, and the Lord moves you, you could do more. Basically, I speak of the kind of love Christ wants from us.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Living A Life of a Desperado, Proverb 18:1

Interesting how today's Proverb is Proverb 18. I say interesting, because I had a dream last night about an old friend I haven't see in years. His name is Larry, and he was a preacher of his own church in Columbus Georgia. The last time I saw him was a time in my life when all I wanted was to be away from people. If anyone got too close I would disappear.

It was after my 2nd marriage fell apart, and I was pretty much wondering around the country. I would stay in a place long enough to work a few Months and then leave town without notifying anyone. Sometimes I would leave without even collecting my last paycheck. I figured if I wasn't going to give a notice why collect the check.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Is Your Focus the World, or Christ? Proverb 15:16-17

When you read the news, it's difficult to feel positive about the future. Every thing reported, points to a world nearing a climactic end. Economically, politically, environmentally, socially, religiously, morally and culturally, we can see the prophecies of how the times before the end will be, unfolding right before our eyes. The uncertainty has stoked fears that have produced one of the highest suicide rates ever.

To be honest, my heart sinks as I look at the prognosis for the future of my children and grandchildren. If mankind does not turn to God in repentance of sin soon, then billions of humans will be like those who missed Noah's boat ride through the flood, and they will be lost for eternity.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Be Wise About Foolish Friends, Proverb 13:20

You are the company you keep. This well-known saying is a short and weak version of God's true warning;
He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Proverb 13:20
Without a doubt, this could be one of the most important Proverbs a Christians can learn, and probably the most important lesson for Christian parents. At the least, it is one of the most valuable lessons any Christian can learn if they desire to prosper in life.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Do You Love God The Way Your Dog Loves You? Proverb 12:10

Back in 2013, two days after Christmas, I had to have our beloved 18 year old dog, Hershee, euthanize. Her kidneys had shut down and she was in so much pain she could not even settle down for more than five minutes at a time. So the merciful thing to do was to end her life.

It's easy to talk about it now, but at the time it was as if a member of our family had died. Maybe this should not be, I mean after all, she was just a dog. But, whether we choose to accept it or not, Hershee felt that she was one of us, and we treated her as if we would treat any member of our family. We were her "pack" so to speak, and I trust that she felt herself a valuable member of that pack. She ate good when we ate good, was happy when we were happy and always tried to do her part, even if it was just to bark and growl at people she didn't know.