The America We Live In As Christians

The days they are a changing. Those who have passed a few decades ago would not recognize the place or people who live here. It has a little to do with the smart phones, computers and tattooed women you’ll find roaming the streets. It has some to do with our bastard children wolfing down genetically modified crap while having the latest lies of Satan passed off to them as the gospel by our tax dollars. But it goes beyond that. Beyond the clerk, the florist, the pizza maker and the baker who refused because they were Christians. It goes beyond the being spoken evil of, paying fines and maybe doing some jail time We now live in a country were you are not just persecuted for your faith, but martyred.

Oh how we have needed this day! Does my response shock you? It’s sad, heartbreaking and I feel for the families of those who have lost. But this was what was needed to break what was once luke warmness and has become just coldness of faith of people in our country.

We can no longer sit back and rely on the faith of our great grandparents but must make our faith our own or discard it. Just as Oregon’s shooter asked, “Are you a Christian?” The Savior of the World has been asking for sometime, “Who do you say I am?”

Our answer to that question will not only change the course of our lives, but our marriages, families, churches and ultimately our nation. Do we deny Him? Do we continue to live our faith in sloth, gluttony and selfishness. Or do we take up the arms in the battle that has always waged around us each day of our life but we had it too easy to truly dedicate ourselves to?

As a husbands, fathers and men it is our job to first hit our knees and repent, seek His forgiveness and will and then to be men who no longer stand idle but speak the truth, stand for the truth and live the truth.

It is time to toss out the heretic leadership in our churches, call out their false teaching, serve our fellow man, give until it hurts to our wives, children and neighbors, pray and if necessary die for our faith.

There were generations of men who were willing to do that many generations ago and we have been living off their fumes for awhile now and the tank if finally on E. Much like Israel in the Old Testament after too many good years and folks turned their back on God and hard times were needed to bring about repentance and a renewed faith. We’ve been paying the price for our lack of perseverance and faith already but now the true time of testing and deciding is upon us. The fight is at our doorstep and there is no longer time to sit in slumber. It is time to become mighty warriors of the King.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and [b]we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but [c]we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:1-6

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Testing Your Faith

1 [a]James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes who are [b]dispersed abroad: Greetings.

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various [c]trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces [d]endurance. 4 And let [e]endurance have its perfect [f]result, so that you may be [g]perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and [h]without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,8 being a [i]double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

9 But the [j]brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like [k]flowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with [l]a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has [m]been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted [n]by God”; for God cannot be tempted [o]by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin [p]is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be [q]deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or [r]shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be [s]a kind of first fruits [t]among His creatures.

19 [u]This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all [v]that remains of wickedness, in [w]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [x]natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [y]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [z]an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in [aa]what he does.

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [ab]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [ac]by the world.

The Fight Bell is Ringing

Paul tells us in Ephesians 5 that we are in a battle and the weapons that are at our disposal.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your lions with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to distinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

We are at battle today. In our cities, in our churches, in our very own homes and in our own souls. If we are going to win we must first train for battle and use these tools that God has given us. It is unlikely we will win if we enter the ring as fat, slobby, undisciplined men who have not practiced and trained in our faith. First we must fight the sinful nature that lives inside us but even as we begin to train we start to battle. We do not wait around until we have mastered the craft of spiritual warfare. For our God is the Lord, who is risen and alive and fights for us.

Today is the day for not only conquering our own demons but standing up to, rebuking and breaking down the evil teaching and practices in our homes, schools churches and neighborhoods. It is our battle. We are the men. It’s time to throw out the feminism that has killed our marriages, family and churches; the progressive ideology that is a cancer to our communities; the humanist sickness that is damning our children’s souls.

Many will tell you that you cannot, should not, threaten you, harass you, imprison you and possibly kill you. You will risk home, loved ones and life but that is our duty and the only way it will get done if it’s going to get done. Make no mistake, there will be causalities among us. The costs will be great. It will hurt like hell at times. But hell is not in our cards, simply a well done good and faithful servant.

Truth. Righteousness. The Gospel. Faith. Salvation. Sword of the Spirit.

May we speak and battle boldly just as Paul did as the bell is ringing louder than it ever has and the battle is on.

Training For the Fight

My father is coming to visit in a month. Our guests stay in our travel trailer when they visit us. Since the visit will take place in early November in our mountainous region I needed to get the propane furnace repaired. It has been making a screeching sound that sounded very much like a ball bearing in the fan or motor that was about fried.

So my son and I grabbed my tools bags and went to investigate. The furnace had an exterior access door and also an access door under the fridge. It was tight quarters and I don’t have a lot of experience with furnaces. I have fixed a lot of things and built many things in my life, but other than tinkering a little on an old oil furnace we had at a previous home my experience is pretty limited outside of wood furnaces.

It seemed every screw and allen nut was placed in just in the right spot to require me to either cut my hand & shed blood on the sheet metal. Or the placement of the screws needed an extra long or stubby tool. My son was constantly running and fetching new tools from the shop during the process. It took a couple hours to get the furnace out and disassembled. After inspection it looks like the motor had become sloppy, either in and of itself or it had become loose in the clamp that held it in place and with that little bit of slop the squirrel cage fan had begun to rub on some screws in it’s enclosure. First, making an awful racket and then burning out the motor.

Fighting that furnace is similar to a fight I have been having in my spiritual life. You see my Father is coming and things are not working right down here. The task of getting things ready and fixing things has been given to me as the man of the household. And while I gain experience every year, sometimes there are battles and fights I have very little experience with. Battles and fights that I would love help, encouragement and shared knowledge on.

Thankfully, depending on the battle I have guys I can call for help. For example, when my truck breaks down I can usually call my dad who has decades of experience of working on them. His knowledge asks the right questions, gets me started in the right direction and sometimes saves me a ton of frustration and worry.

But sometimes I don’t have someone available. Either I don’t have someone who knows this particular battle or in many cases they are unavailable. Sadly, many battles tougher than RV furnaces I have fought with little guidance, encouragement or help.

There are many everyday battles a man fights for in his faith, his marriage, his family and his work. Battles I have fought that took too long, veered in too many wrong turns, shed too much blood simply because I did not the correct knowledge or the correct tools. And unlike an RV furnace in which the damage was a new $50 motor the stakes were much higher in marriage, and fatherhood, work and faith.

So that is why you find me here, typing out this message. Hoping to offer a place of knowledge and tools rooted in the Word of God to offer men who have realized the stakes and want to fight the good fight of faith. A place that affirms Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. A place that realizes that the church, society and in many of our cases our own family has denied the truths found in the Bible, forsaken them and left us alone to fight the battles in tight quarters without the knowledge or tools to do so.

We find ourselves in a time not unlike the times of Amos. A time when God’s eternal truth’s have been forgotten.
“Behold, days are coming, declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it (Amos 8:11,12)”

That will be our goal here. To point men to the Lord and His plan for their lives. To feed and water the staggering who are famined for Bread and Water. To try and offer a respite where He can be found. If you find yourself staggering, bloodied or without the right tool I hope in the coming days this sight will be of help to you.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in me Me will never thirst.” John 6:35