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2021-05-15 I believe this is important

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Monday, May 17, 2021

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I believe this is important
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05/15/2021
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The entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED! This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms. Additionally, seals were broken on the boxes that hold the votes, ballots are missing, and worse. Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General of Arizona, will now be forced to look into this unbelievable Election crime. Many Radical Left Democrats and weak Republicans are very worried about the fact that this has been exposed. The DELETION of an entire Database and critical Election files of Maricopa County is unprecedented. Many other States to follow. The Mainstream Media and Radical Left Democrats want to stay as far away as possible from the Presidential Election Fraud, which should be one of the biggest stories of our time. Fox News is afraid to cover it-there is rarely a mention. Likewise, Newsmax has been virtually silent on this subject because they are intimidated by threats of lawsuits. One America News (OAN), one of the fastest growing networks on television, and the “hottest”, is doing a magnificent job of exposing the massive fraud that took place. The story is only getting bigger and at some point it will be impossible for the weak and/or corrupt media not to cover. Thank you to OAN and other brave American Patriots. It is all happening quickly!

The above is copied and pasted direct from the desk of
www.DonaldJTrump.com/news I encourage you to check it daily. We have been sheep without a shepherd.

“The Mainstream Media and Radical Left Democrats want to stay as far away as possible from the Presidential Election Fraud, which should be one of the biggest stories of our time. … One America News (OAN), one of the fastest growing networks on television, and the “hottest”, is doing a magnificent job of exposing the massive fraud that took place. The story is only getting bigger and at some point it will be impossible for the weak and/or corrupt media not to cover.”

At what “point” will that be? I believe Mike Lindell (the My Pillow guy) is dedicated to reaching that point. The media and their useful idiots have declared, “There is nothing to see here, move along.” They claim the courts have found no credible evidence. I respond, “Until you have shown me your documentation that Lindell’s evidence is false, your claims are baseless!”

To those “useful idiots” who are influenced by barrages of senseless hate and lies, I respond – “Get up off your butt and see for yourself! Listen for yourself, not what others tell you.” www.FrankSpeech.com or www.LindelleTV.com

To every patriot reading this I say, “Stand up for American Liberty. Shout it from the housetops –
www.FrankSpeech.com” The site had way over 100 million hits in the first three days! Write / tell everyone in your circle to check out www.FrankSoeech.com. Lindell is stimulating a worldwide groundswell that I believe God will use to reverse the 2020 election. Investigate for yourself – then start shouting to your friends and contacts. God has not given us a spirit of fear! Our liberty and His testimony are in our hands!

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2021-05-07 Optimism and Pesimism

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Friday, May 7, 2021

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Optimism vs. Pesimism

I would rather be optimistic and wrong, than be pessimistic and right. When the Lord comes to check on me, I want to be found looking forward to the good things He is about.

It is easy to be pessimistic, Our enemies are piling on! If there is a list of those who believe God is in charge and everything He does is for our good, I would be ashamed not to be on it.

We have been dumbed down for several generations. Our kids appear to have little comprehension of the value of liberty.

Those in power have made it almost a felony to speak of election fraud. Lawyers’ law licenses are threatened.

We appear to be short on pledges of, “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor”.

“Realville” is in sad shape!

I have found several apparently reliable sources for optimistic news. Mike Lindell’s www.FrankSpeech.com supports belief that good things are ahead. www.DonaldJTrump.com is the official (i.e. not phony) word from Trump’s desk. No doubt there are many more sharing truth and hope.

I choose to believe that the truth of Trump’s 2020 election victory will surface and be rectified. To God be the glory!!

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2021-05-04 The foundation of the world

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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From / Before the foundation of the world

Apo Katabole Kosmos
WORD STUDY

A HISTORY, A WARNING, A CHALLENGE —

My name is Ben Gilmore. I was born in 1929. I was born again in 1964. In the late ’60’s I was given a paper on this subject written by Howard Elseth, a student of the Greek language. It greatly enhanced and expanded my concepts of the God of the Bible. I am an engineer by training. That is, I “think like an engineer.” I am not a student of Greek. My reference tools (unless otherwise noted) are the KJV Bible and Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. The paper you hold has been edited and rewritten numerous times to make it easy for anyone to read and understand.

The conclusions of this study differ significantly from the conventional understanding of western theology shared and taught by many. Over the years I have observed many sorts of responses. It is NOT my “calling” to straighten out anyone else’s theology, nor should it be yours! That is the work of the Holy Spirit. One does not have to accept this study in order to receive God’s saving grace.

I offer this word study to the reader who is interested in finding reasonable answers to Biblical dilemmas. It was God who said, “Come, let us reason together.” [Isa 1:18] I challenge such readers to do their own study. “[S]earch…, whether those things [be] so.” [Acts 17:11]

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” [James 3:17]

Bible Greek: Apo or Pro Katabole
Kosmos
Bible English From or Before the Foundation of the World

Scriptures using this phrase:

A– [Mat 13:35] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

B– [Mat 25:34] Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

C– [Luke 11:50] That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

D– [John 17:24] Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

E– [Eph 1:4] According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: [Eph 1:5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, [Eph 1:6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

F– [Heb 4:3] For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

G– [Heb 9:26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

H– [1 Pet 1:20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, [1 Pet 1:21] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

I– [Rev 13:8] And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

J– [Rev 17:8] The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Common Understanding of these Scriptures:

With only rare exceptions today, this phrase is taken to mean, “From, or Before the creation of the earth.” (Augustine, Calvin, Luther all appear to have understood it thus.)
The language of every English Bible of which I am aware seems to interpret it thus.

Accepting this interpretation, one may support (Biblically):

A– God has a personality trait of secrecy (vs. openness) in some areas. A– [Mat 13:35] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

B– God has prepared a place for saints prior to, or at least at the same time of, earth’s creation.
B– [Mat 25:34] Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

C– Present generations will be held accountable for sins of previous generations (back to Adam).
C– [Luke 11:50] That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

D– The Father loved the Son before the earth was created.
D– [John 17:24] Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

E– We were chosen (in Christ) before the earth was created. E– [Eph 1:4] According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: [Eph 1:5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, [Eph 1:6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

F– Christ’s works were fixed since earth’s creation.
F– [Heb 4:3] For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

G– Christ must often have suffered as part of the plan of God since earth’s creation.
G– [Heb 9:26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

H– Christ was destined for the cross prior to earth’s creation. H– [1 Pet 1:20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, [1 Pet 1:21] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

I– Somehow Christ was slain when the earth was created.
I– [Rev 13:8] And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

J– The names of the saved were written prior to, or at the time of, earth’s creation.
J– [Rev 17:8] The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Problems raised by “common understanding” of these scriptures: I accept the authority and inerrancy of the Bible as God’s Word. Given: The above interpretations, I am left with difficult questions:

A– Secrecy, a somewhat negative trait, seems inconsistent with a Godhead that invites study, reason and openness.

B– What was Christ going to prepare? “I go to prepare a place for you…” [John 14:2]

C– Difficult understanding of God’s justice, if we are held responsible for another’s sins.

D– I have no problem with the members of the Godhead loving each other before the earth was created.

E– This scripture makes God appear to be arbitrary, since I was “chosen” long before my earthly conception, or my first sinful choice, or my choice to repent and submit to Christ’s Lordship.

F– Without “choice” there can be no “virtue.” It appears then, that this scripture removes virtue from Christ’s works.

G– It appears that man’s sin and Christ’s suffering and atonement must have been part of God’s original plan.

H– This scripture appears to draw the same conclusion as G (above).

I– A sequential problem. For an event to exist in fact before it happens requires us to tamper with our concepts of time. I find no scriptural authority to do so. This, in turn, will require modification of all other definitions requiring sequential events (such as emotions). How are we to understand, God being grieved, God making new decisions, God rejoicing? If it is to be left beyond our understanding, why was it written for us?

J– More sequential problems as well as apparent arbitrary selection of those to be saved.

Bertrand Russel, a well known anti-Christian, wrote in “Why I Am Not A Christian”:

“The world, we are told, was created by a God who is both good and omnipotent. Before he created the world, He foresaw all the pain and misery that it would contain; He is therefore responsible for all of it. It is useless to argue that the pain in the world is due to sin… If I were going to begat a child, knowing the child was going to be a homicidal maniac, I should be responsible for his crimes. If God knew in advance the sins of which man would be guilty, He was clearly responsible for all the consequences of those sins when He decided to create man.”

I have heard the answer, “God is above man’s ways and we are not to ‘judge’ God, but only to learn, trust and obey.” An unsaved man has every right to ask why he should trust and obey such an apparently arbitrary and unjust God!

Word Study
Bible English From or Before the Foundation of the World Bible Greek: Apo or Pro Katabole
Kosmos

Let us take our own look into this key phrase, apo / pro katabole kosmos.

* WORLD (KOSMOS) is the same word used in John 3:16, “For God so loved the ‘earth’…?” If we study a bit, we will discover KOSMOS (Strong’s #2889) refers to INHABITANTS not “earth.”

GE (Strong’s #1093) used by the same Bible writers, means “earth.”

So now we have, “FROM / BEFORE the FOUNDATION of the INHABITANTS.” This does not seem to make sense.

* FROM (APO) (Strong’s #575) is ambiguous in both Greek and English: “vector,” from here to there;
“causal,” sick from eating too many green apples.
(See Matthew 18:7 “… Unto the world because of (APO) offenses…”)

* BEFORE (PRO) (Strong’s #4253) is also ambiguous in Greek and English:
“sequential,” that is, A comes before B, etc;
“positional,” I stand before the people in plain view, exposed. (See Matthew 11:10 & Luke 1:76.)

So now we have the possible interpretation, “BECAUSE OF (or IN PLAIN VIEW OF) the FOUNDATION of the INHABITANTS.”

We can see that KATABOLE becomes a key word in interpreting this phrase.

* Chart of New Testament uses:
#2602 #2310 #2311
KATABOLE Themellious Themelioo
“foundation” 10 12 1
“foundations” – 4 –
“founded” – – 2
NOTE: The ONLY time KATABOLE is rendered “foundation” is in our 10 referenced scriptures.
NOTE: KATABOLE is used only once more in the New Testament: “conceive” (Hebrews 11:11) “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed,…” There is a question regarding the authenticity of the Greek here, since “power to conceive seed” belongs to the male, not Sarah (female).

Since we are basing this study upon Strong’s Concordance, Let us note a significant detail about using Strong’s. The symbol [:-] terminates the definition in Strong’s Greek and Hebrew dictionary. What follows are the renderings of the word, whether correctly translated or not. To take incorrect renderings as part of the definition is circular logic.

From Strong’s we find:

* #2602 KATABOLE (kat-ab-ol-ay’); from #2598; a deposition, i.e. founding; Fig’ conception:- conceive, foundation

* To understand “founding,” a beginning, build-up sort of word; or “founding,” a metal-working, strike-down sort of word, we must look at the referenced “root words” of KATABOLE.

* #2598 kataballo (kat-ab-al’-lo); from #2596 and #906; to throw down:- cast down, descend, fall (down).

* #2596 kata (kat-ah’); a primary particle; (Prep.) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to case [Gen., Dat., or Acc.] with which it is joined:-…

* Kata seems to intensify the word to which it is joined in a downward sense.

* #906 ballo (bal’-lo); a primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense):- arise, cast (out), x dung, lay, lie, pour (up), send, strike, throw (down), thrust, Comp. #4496. — “#4496 …#906, which denotes a deliberate hurl…”

* From the above, I conclude KATABOLE to mean, “to deliberately throw down, more or less violently (with intensity).”

Acording to Elseth, Aristotle, Philo, and Josephus, all of whom wrote in Greek that was contemporary with Bible Greek, used KATABOLE to mean “the beginning of dissension.”

The LXX or “Septuagint” (Greek translation of the Old Testament from which the apostles quoted at times) uses KATABOLE 27 times: 2 Chron.32:23; Job 12:14; 16:10, 14; Psalms 37:14; 73:18; 106:26, 27; 140:10; Prov. 7:26; 18:8; 25:28; Isaiah 16:9; 26:5; Jer. 19:7; Ez. 6:4; 23:25; 26:4, 9, 12; 29:5; 30:22; 31:12; 32:12; 33:4; 39:3; Dan. 11:12. In every case, it is a pull-down, cast-down, disintegrate sort of word.

An alternate, perhaps more literal rendering of these scriptures.

So now we have: “BECAUSE OF (or IN PLAIN VIEW OF) the DISINTEGRATING INHABITANTS.” This literally revolutionizes the meaning of the referenced scriptures.

A– [Mat 13:35] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret because of the disintegration (downfall, unrighteousness) of the people.

B– [Mat 25:34] Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you because of the unrighteousness of the people…

C– [Luke 11:50] That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed because of the unrighteousness of the people, may be required of this generation;

D– [John 17:24] Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me in plain view of the disintegration (those choosing unrighteousness) of the people.

E– [Eph 1:4] According as he hath chosen us in him in plain view of those choosing to be unrighteous people, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: [Eph 1:5] Having predestinated us [henceforth] unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, [Eph 1:6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

F– [Heb 4:3] For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished because of the unrighteousness of the people.

G– [Heb 9:26] For then must he often have suffered because of the unrighteousness of the people: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

H– [1 Pet 1:20] Who verily was foreordained in plain view of the unrighteous people, but was manifest in these last times for you, [1 Pet 1:21] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

I– [Rev 13:8] And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain because of the disintegration of the people.

J– [Rev 17:8] The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life because of the unrighteousness of the people, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Though admittedly these translations are revolutionary, they seem much more reasonable in context and much more literal.

Far from being “academic,” these ten scriptures together strike at the base of the “eternal now” concept and free God to live today with the ability to make new decisions while observing our decisions (always lovingly desiring the very best for all men). Further, the literal interpretations free God from any responsibility at all for man’s sin.

(In fact, Scripture seems to indicate God was surprised! “And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” [Gen 3:11])

These interpretations make easily understood sense to the man on the street who has, up to now, rejected the confusion of a message based upon “eternal now.”

What more blasphemous statement could be conceived than to say that the loving, benevolent, just, eternal, uncreated Creator God is in any way responsible for all the sin and heartache men have chosen to create in this world?

How this fits into a world in need.

The major roadblocks to world revival are:
* Conditional love. (We make agreement a factor in our love. God does not.)
* Distorted message. (We allow faulty logic to introduce confusion. God is logical.)
* Lack of commitment. (We don’t want a world revival that takes us out of our “comfort zone.” God is committed.)

We must first establish a bridge of love that others can trust to remain unchanged before we can afford to discuss our differences. Relationship is more important than agreement.

We must be willing to reexamine every point in our message for scriptural soundness and that MUST be logical. (Here, I think the APO KATABOLE KOSMOS study is vital.)

We must fervently desire to have the heart of the Lord for all the peoples of the world, regardless of the cost. (John 3:16)

Most recent revision – June 30, 2020

Address update – May 13, 2018

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2021-04-23 Activist Church

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Friday, April 23, 2021

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Activist churches

This time next year the internet will be wall-to-wall politics! If you plan to do your part in saving our nation – NOW is the time to be preparing.

You should want to educate your congregation in Christian principles of government.
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Your goal should be to make every local candidate aware that you expect him/her to present themselves before your congregation – and their friends – and ask for their vote. How do you do that? Prepare a letter on church stationery, inviting the candidate to give his card to an usher at the beginning of any Sunday service. Tell them, at the close of the service, they will be invited to introduce themselves and be interviewed by the pastor. Stay in touch with the county registrar and post the invitation as soon as they take out papers as a candidate.

Churches with good video capacity should consider hosting candidate debates. The invitation should make clear that absent candidates will be represented by an empty chair with their name on it. Local media stations may broadcast and rebroadcast these recordings!

Prepare voter guides for distribution. Mail a series of questions that are important to your congregation. Compile the responses and print them.

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2010–04-19 Election fraud

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Monday, April 19, 2021

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Election fraud
Mike Lindell is broadcasting LIVE now for 48 hours, about Nov 6 election fraud. Apparently he is overcoming efforts to block program. As of 10:30 AM PT over 20 million viewers!

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2021-03-27 Sheep without a shepherd

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

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Sheep without a shepherd

Lord you said you would heal our land if we would humble ourselves and pray, and seek your face, and turn from our wicked ways. [2nd Chronicles 7:14]

Our land does not appear to be healing. Our nation is founded upon your principles. If our nation is not healed, the world will believe your principles do not work! It is true that our nation has violated your principles again and again. We deserve to fail!

Time after time when your people repented and prayed for salvation, you granted grace over justice. We, your people in America, have been praying, not so much for our sakes, but for your name’s sake, and the witness to the world validating your principles.

I believe we have humbled ourselves in prayer. I believe we have asked for direction (i.e. “seek your face”). I suspect you are waiting for more of us to, “turn from our wicked ways.” Hidden, unconfessed sin of one person can hold back an entire nation. [Akin and the battle over Ai.] I know of an influential, growing church that appeared strong and healthy. A guest speaker was led to preach on adultery. The church exploded and is no more!

Again you said, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. [Malachi 3:10]

Lord, I know this is on your compassionate, forgiving heart. I know from personal experience, how hard it is to expose and confess hidden sin. I also know the wonderful, priceless grace and liberty that comes from doing so! If that is what is causing America’s problems, then I pray with a compassionate heart, that hidden sin will be confessed.

“The blood of Christ will not cover, that which man will not uncover.” [The late Duncan Campbell]

“May God give you grace to see sin as it really is in His sight, for then you will realize your need for a Savior.” [Charles Spurgeon]

Just as I was about to post this – the following popped up in my inbox – – Thanks Verne.

Grace Moments
Lord, give me patience with you
by Pastor Mark Jeske
Of all the many things I do that irritate my wife, known and unknown, near the top of the list must be her persistent complaint that I don’t listen to her. Not to squirm out of that responsibility, but I fear that many wives would have the same lament. It may be that she wants my help with something. But of greatest urgency for her is that I pay attention to what is happening in her life and showing that I care about her situation. She needs me to resonate emotionally with what she is going through.

How frustrating to imagine that God is ignoring us. The prophet Habakkuk concluded that he was getting a divine brush-off, and he had the nerve to hurl a testy accusation against his Creator: “How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” (Habakkuk 1:2). From our vantage point millennia later, we know that everything turned out well for the believers. But at the time, stuck in the middle of their fears and dilemmas, the people didn’t know that.

As Habakkuk reflected on the Lord’s mighty deeds of the past and pondered his words and promises, he grew in his ability to trust his Father. His little prophecy ends on a happier note: “I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer” (Habakkuk 3:18,19).

So-do you have deer feet today?

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2021-03-25 My experience with the Holy Spirit

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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My experience with the Holy Spirit
I Thought I was a Christian. After all – I was an American and I went to church on Sunday! I knew there was a prayer-answering God who sent provisions when needed and protected me in tight situations.

In 1964, Fremont, California in a Conservative Baptist church, the pastor said, “The Bible is the word of God; Jesus is who the Bible says He is: and all the things Jesus says are true.” Suddenly it dawned on me how long God had been patient with me! The Holy Spirit peeled me naked like peeling a banana! I did not know it was the Holy Spirit then, but I was “born again”.

When I got home, someone had rewritten the Bible. Before that, the Bible had been bone dry! Now it was alive. I couldn’t get enough of it! Our situation changed. We moved to southern California just as the “Jesus Movement” was blossoming. We got to sit on the front row and watch it happen!!

There were home prayer meetings going on everywhere! I saw spiritual power going on around us that I did not understand. Our Conservative Baptist church seemed unaware of what was going on throughout southern California. Fran and I were teaching high school classes at church. Every now and then we would take the kids to Costa Mesa to a little church that was beginning to explode. That was the beginning of Calvary Chaple.

We had just purchased our first house. I lost my temper at the same time my boss lost his – I got fired! I phoned our dear pastor who sent me to Psalm 96. I cherish that Bible with its tear-stained pages on Psalm 96. As I prayed the thought came to me, “Call Dan Krikorian”. Dan and I were both on the Board of Teen Challenge.

I told him what the Lord told me. “Well,” he replied, “John (another Board member) and I are driving to the beach today. I guess you are supposed to go with us.” As we drove, I pulled out a tract that had impressed me, “Have you seen these? I would like to get a bunch. They are written by a guy named Shannon Van Druff.” Dan drove to Shannon’s home in Yorba Lynda. It was impressive with a double hand carved front door.

As Shannon opened the door and shook my hand he said, “Do you know the Holy Spirit?” I answered, “What is that?” The four of us sat for an hour with open Scofield Bibles as Shannon went over the accounts in Acts of various transactions involving, “baptism in the Holy Spirit”. I had been seeing Spiritual power and authority around me that I knew I did not have. I sincerely wanted it. Part of the Holy Spirit package in Acts appeared to include “tongues”.

We all prayed and I asked to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They were expecting me to begin speaking in tongues. I did not. On mt left shoulder as if a little devil whispered, “phony, phony”. On my right shoulder was a response, “If you were truly praying sincerely, nothing can get between you and God.” “What you asked for has been done.”

Two days later, alone, chatting with Dan in his kitchen, I sensed what seemed like a belch coming up. Suddenly I was speaking in a language I did not know. Dan chuckled. I sat alone in his living room with God, praying in my new language for an hour.

The next day I was seated behind three unruly teens at a Teen Challenge “Praise In”. The Lord said, “Put your hand on her head and pray.” I thought, “No Lord – Everything in order. It isn’t the time to pray. I’ll look like a fool.” At the close, I was at the door handing out flyers. As the unruly girl passed, I asked her to wait in the yard. Later I came up to her, “Have you given your life to Jesus?”

“No” she replied. I shared my testimony with her as I had done many times with others since being born again. This time it was different. It was as if I were across the lawn watching me witness with new power and authority in my voice. She declined. I heard that she accepted Christ about a week later, but the Lord used it to teach me about obedience and timing.

From that point the adventure and learning curve went exponential. Witness opportunities, deliverances, healings, miracles, seemed to become a family lifestyle.

Looking back on all those years – I suspect the “baptism in the Holy Spirit” and all that goes with it is part of the “tool kit” that comes with the born again experience. You just have to trust in the Lord and ask for it. Many are afraid of being phony with God. Each of us knows in our hearts the depth of our sincerity. Nothing can separate a sincere heart from God!

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2021-03-16 A nudge

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

This is a letter to our friends –

A nudge
Is it possible that the Lord has been nudging you to be a candidate for elected office?

It night be for the House or Senate. Trump and his team are going to be looking at every one of the candidates. If they think your philosophy, drive, and personality make you look like a winner – you will have surprising support!

It doesn’t have to be top of the ticket races. The down ticket state, county, and city races are, in many ways, more important. Again, I suspect “(R)” behind your name will be a surprising asset in 2022.

If there is even a possibility – time is shorter than you think. Some primary races are scheduled in about a year from now. I suggest you go to the County Registrar’s office in person. Talk with a knowledgeable staff member. (It never hurts to have a friend there that you can call.) Build a timeline of campaign filing dates.

Next – You will need a close friend to be your campaign treasurer. This person will have to stay current on filing dates and cash flow. I emphasize “close friend”, one who is as dedicated as you are. (Else you might be sharing a jail cell!)

Open a “fictitious name account” for your campaign. You will need about $50 to the county and another $50 to open a Campaign bank account. (You must have a county fictitious name to open a Campaign bank account.)

I recommend holding off on hiring a Campaign Manager. Get started on your own. Learn a little first.

That done, your friends will know you are serious. Invite them over. I suggest – don’t ask for money. That comes later. You re looking for advisers. They come in “flavors” – political experience; fund raising; philosophy; public relations; “girl-Friday” grunt work; … .

Attend the local Republican clubs. You are a newcomer – play dumb. DO NOT mention you are running until you know who else might be a competitor.

That should be enough to get started. Let’s take our country back!

OH – BTW If you win a Primary Election (Often you are the only candidate in down-ticket races.) and lose the General Election in November, you will have earned a voice with, perhaps, other political perks.
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2021-03-15 To a ypung mom from grandpa

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Monday, March 15, 2021

This is a letter to our friends –

To a young mom from grandpa

Looking back over almost 92 years of experiences gives me a heart full of things I wish I could share with the current crop of young parents. – Mom’s especially!

How wide is this page? You may say 8 ½ inches. That is your “opinion” until you measure the page with a ruler, i.e. a reliable standard.

Your generation has grown up without learning how to determine “right” and “wrong” by a reliable standard. Our society offers “what feels right”, or “someone says is right”. These “standards” are not fixed, or reliable, they change from time to time. Not measuring by a reliable, FIXED standard leads to chaos. What is “Right” and what is “wrong” are only opinions without a standard!

Not to use the most reliable, most proven measure for “right” and “wrong” seems foolish, but our culture encourages you to do it all the time. The Bible teaches that God works through people-groups (nations). Much of today’s culture favors one-world without nations. The Bible teaches the ten commandments. Our culture ignores them and removes them from sight. Yet no more reliable set of laws has ever been discovered.

Think back – What in your earliest memory? At some moment your child will create his / her earliest memory, one s/he will carry for a lifetime. What a blessing if that memory might be of parents in prayer!

You must choose. “Train up a child in the way that he should go …”, as the Bible teaches, or turn over his / her training to others. If you tern it over to government schools, who or what will the child be trained to serve? If you turn it over to a private (secular) school, who or what will your child be trained to serve? If you turn it over to a Christian school chances are better that s/he will be trained to serve God and have a long and productive life. “Honor your mother and father that your life may be extended,”

Knowledge without quality character will turn on you. Training up your child’s character cannot, I believe, be delegated. The product reflects the producer. For that reason, I believe every young parent should become a regular reader / studier of the Bible. Home schooling is by far the best way to pass on the best set of values to be found.

One of the “mother-ships” of quality education, The Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE), offers an annual “Foundations” course that I have found to be inspiring. This year’s dates – July 11-16. I recommend the fellowship of in-person class in Virginia, else online classes via internet. Contact them, www.FACE.net or (800) 352-3223.

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2021-02-28 Election evidence

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Friday, March 5, 2021

This is a letter to our friends –

The way it is
To begin with – Please recognize all the different forces that are working hard to make you discouraged. They want you to feel overwhelmed. They want you to sit down and shut up! They want you to forget who you are – a God blessed citizen of the United States of America, endowed with life, liberty, and free-will.

I want to encourage you to exercise that free-will and overcome discouragement. “We the people” created our civil government to protect and defend our God-given rights. American civil-government is our servant not our master!

Remember – When you are in a discussion with a liberal who believes things that are not true, The Holy Spirit is working with you! Truth is always fighting for the surface. Just as we sin because we choose to sin – we believe what we choose to believe. Since last November’s election, the left has been diligent not to allow details of the big steal to be heard. Trump’s last best chance to air the truth on a national platform was to have been on the floors of the House and Senate on January 6th. I speculate the riot at the Capital was purposed to interrupt that platform. As it did!

Once discouragement sets in, the next step is to take the easy road, “Go along to get along!” It is done, better luck next time! Well, there may not be a next time! Just have a look at what allowing the left to steal a presidential election is costing us – and it is only March! Article II section 2 of the Constitution was clearly violated only days before the election. The Supreme Court failed to do their job – protect and defend the Constitution. I speculate that there are some very “dark” reasons for that failure. Our border is wide open. Our currency (your savings) is being squandered. Our children and even our military are being indoctrinated. Our election laws are being nationalized. There appears to be clear documentation that our vote counts were hacked and manipulated from specific computers that are overseas.

Fran just asked, “Are you optimistic yet? !”

Without a personal relationship with the God of the Bible, I believe optimism in the face of all that is impossible! This is aa spiritual battle for the soul of America.

“So, Ben, what are we to do in order to be optimistic?” To begin with – Get right with God. Humble yourself and pray, seek His will for you, and repent of your hidden sins. Our founders did everything they could to protect and defend their God-given right to liberty short of bloodshed. When war came, it was in self-defense. WE MUST DO THE SAME.

Once the truth of alleged election fraud becomes general knowledge (if it does), the current “President” will have no official authority. “We the people” are the source of that authority. It appears to me that there will be no alternative, but to declare the election certification null and void. Not to do so would be to violate the will of “we the people.” Then, to hold new elections, else certify Trump President. Many will say, “This will never happen.” Perhaps so. Some will fear the consequences on the street. It is never wrong to do what is right, because it is right – – and trust the consequences to take care of themselves!

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