Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Who Lost The War Between The Southern States and U.S. Government?

With all that has been going on in our country, I have been interested in the War Between The Southern States and U.S. Government off and on. It's not something that I hope happens again, but...

If I understand my history right, and I have been wrong before (once or twice, haha), the North did not defeat the South, the South defeated itself. Abraham Lincoln's main goal was not freeing the slaves, but rather preserving the Union. He is quoted as saying that if he could preserve the Union by freeing the slaves he would do that, and if he could preserve the Union by not freeing the slaves he would do that. Slavery was and is wrong. But the 10th Amendment did and does allow for states to secede from the Union. If it comes to that again, and if the Lord tarries it may, we need to use wisdom and expect that the Federal Government likely will not allow states to secede from the Union just like 150+ years ago. Even so Lord Jesus come.

~ Pester Brat

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

10 Reasons Why We Being Poisoned

10 Reasons Why We Are Being Poisoned


Do I think we are being poisoned? In the opinion of this writer, the answer is yes.
Why would I say such a thing? Well, I have done a lot of reading over the years
and have been trying to put the pieces of a puzzle together. I have actually thought
this for a couple of years or so, and may have a Blog article about it some where.
But here are 10 Reasons why I think we are being poisoned:

1. Water: There is all kinds of toxic substances and pharmaceutical drugs in our
water supply. No one should be drinking tap water without a decent water filter.
But most water filters will not remove the fluoride that most municipalities
add. The fluoride that is added is derived from waste. There are warning labels
on the 55 gallon drums that store it. While it is debatable on whether fluoride
really helps our teeth in the long run, it was intended to go in toothpaste that
would be spit back out, not ingested with water along with sugary drinks and 
sweet tea that use tap water. This writer just ordered a filtered water pitcher that
just came out that removes fluoride, and I encourage everyone that reads this to
do the same. We have also been drinking bottled spring water because that is
supposed to have little or no fluoride in it. Just contact me and I will get you
the information on the new water pitchers if you're interested.

2. Aspertame: You know, that artificial sweetner that is in all kinds of diet
drinks and foods. Bad news folks! Don't just take my word for it, do your own
research. Really, any artificial sweetner is bad for you because anything that
is not a natural food is toxic to our bodies. But in my opinion, Aspertame is at
the top of the list of artificial sweetners.

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): This is a concentrated salt that is added to
various foods to enhance flavoring, that many food manufacturers hide by using
other terms including but not limited to Natural Flavoring and Carrageenan. It
is added to most snack foods and a lot of restaurant foods. It is not good for
you and should be avoided if possible. Again, do your own research if you don't
believe me  :-).

4. Chem-Trails: What-trails, you may be thinking? This one for some reason really
irritates me. These so-called Chem-Trails are toxic chemicals that are being
sprayed up in the sky supposedly in the name in slowing or stopping global
warming. Yes, global warming! You know, that problem that our planet is
supposedly having that is so rediculous and that Al Gore is still preaching about.
These very toxic chemicals are being sprayed all over the country and can be seen
even though most Americans think it is just normal contrail from jet airplanes IF
they even notice. Contrails don't linger and follow the plane, whereas chem-trails
stay in the sky. What I also think is very interesting and telling, is that these chem-trails
are even showing up in animated movies in an attempt to make it look normal. Each
State's elected leaders need to put a stop to the spraying of these chemicals that are
carcinogenic and God knows what else they may be doing to our bodies.

5. Artificial Food Coloring: Yes, even this seemingly innocent act of making
various foods and deserts pleasing to the eye, is bad for you and can cause
cancer if they don't use a natural food coloring.

6. Toxic Pesticides and Fertilizers: Very bad for us. There are natural
alternatives that can be used.

7. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): They think it is helping our food
supply, but from what I'm reading it is making it worse. The GMOs are not good
for us either. And when a state tries to pass laws to show GMOs on labels, the
corporations affected go on an all-out campaign to scare voters into voting no.

8. Brominated Vegetable Oil: I don't know why they are putting this in various sodas but they are. It used to be in Mountain Dew, but I think they finally agreed to stop. But check the label because I don't think they took the ones that contain it off the shelves and it could be that they have not all been consumed yet. It is very deceptive to call it any kind of vegetable oil and this so-called vegetable oil contains the same ingredient that is used in Flame Retardants. Just a week ago (Jan.2015) I saw this listed in two different kinds of fruit flavored drinks. As with other chemicals, this is not good for your body and should be avoided. If you want to drink sugary drinks, there should be enough out there that does not use this toxic ingredient.

9. Vaccinations: I don't know if they are all bad or not. But as one person recently commented, they have increased exponentially over the years. It's bad enough when they but the strain of the virus in you to try to immunize someone, but they often add very toxic chemicals such as mercury. There is no proof they such vaccinations really help and there may even be research to the contrary. There is also a link between various vaccines and autism. And do you remember the H1N1 virus and when they pushed that dangerous vaccination on us? Well a couple of years ago they just added it to the flu shot. They told us about it at first and then we didn't hear any more about it, so I don't know if it is still in the flu shot and they just don't tell us anymore or if they took it out of the flu shot. It would be wise to find out first. This writer take mega doses of Vitamin D3 almost every day. It is not only good for your heart and fighting free radical and cancer cell, it is also said that a flu shot may not be necessary. Speaking for myself, I have not gotten the flu ever since I have been taking 5000 to 15000 IUs of Vitamin D3 almost daily.

10. Prescription Drugs: Anything that is not a natural food is toxic and possibly carcinogenic to our bodies. Do we pay attention to the side affects mentioned with the various prescription drugs? Even over-the-counter drugs? There are many natural alternatives available to help with even serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and more. The problem is that the AMA, ACS, Big Pharma, and even the FDA, are in cahoots with each other because it seems it is more about greed and control than helping people. And if there is any truth to the conspiracy theory, it is really about reducing population growth and dumbing down the populace.

There are of course other ways that we are being poisoned whether it is intentional or not. I have trouble accepting that the FDA and companies that produce this stuff don't know what it is doing to our bodies. And I don't always practice what I preach regarding some of the ten things mentioned above. It is true that we are all going to die sooner or later and spend an eternity somewhere. The most important thing is if we have been saved from penalty of our sins through the perfect life, sufficient sacrifice, and glorious resurrection of the God-man Jesus the Christ. Are you trusting in the Persona and Finished Work of Christ with a repentant faith. God has numbered our days, and I'm a firm believer that those days are fixed. But God also ordains the means as well as the end, and our "quality of life" can still affected be affected these "10 Reasons" and more. Most if not all of our diseases are a result of unnatural foods and substances we put in our bodies and the lack of sufficient vitamins and minerals in our bodies. I am no expert! I have just been doing a lot od reading and online research since I was diagnosed with a non aggressive form of prostate cancer in April 2011. I hope this brief article will be a help and blessing to others.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Christian Discussions and Chem-Trails

What a title, huh? I just didn't want to post these separately :-).

This morning as we were sending off our daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, there was a Chem-Trail right over us in the sky. Have you heard of Chem-Trails? They are chemicals being put in the sky to supposedly help with so called global warming  :-). Sadly, too many people still think this is a conspiracy theory. For those that do, I recommend you just put that in a search engine and see what comes up and just start reading. They come from the exhaust of commercial airliners, but they are not the same as "contrails." Contrails dissipate and follow the plane. Chem-trails stick around. They have certain chemicals in them (Aluminum and Barium are two of them if I recall correctly) and they just add to the list of toxins that our bodies absorb and endanger or health. If more people would pay attention and communicate with our elected officials at all levels perhaps we could put a stop to this Lord willing.

Christians discussing church issues and theology has changed over the years. We have let the world's view of "tolerance" and "political correctness" infiltrate the church, let alone emotions and concern about offending one another. Add to this cell phone texting and social media, so we do need to use godly wisdom. We are to communicate with one another in a Christ-like manner. We should be careful as not to say things in text, email, or social media that we would not face to face or in church. The flip-side to that is that we be careful not to try to read emotions and motives into text as well. Our Lord Jesus Christ was meek in His earthly ministry but not a wimp. We are not Jesus of course, but think of what some others in Scripture said as well. Yes, we speak the truth in love, but that does not mean we are to avoid speaking the truth. We are to earnestly contend for the Faith, and we have to deal with issues within our local churches. Let's get some backbones brothers and sisters, but indeed Christ-like backbones :-). Love y'all!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Possible Cancer Cure?


There is a product out that may very well cure various types of Cancer. It does not require a prescription, does not involve radiation or chemotherapy, and is not a drug.

If you do a search on the internet, you should find information that Intravenous Vitamin C can cure various types of Cancer. The problem is that it is not a FDA approved. In the opinion of this Blogger, the FDA won't approve it because they are in cahoots with Big Pharma, the AMA, and the ACS. If it cannot be patented and make millions off of it, it seems that it does not get approved most of the time. So it is hard to find a doctor that will do this.

Only a fraction of regular Vitamin C is absorbed by your body, and if you try to take mega doses, it will likely keep you in the Potty for a while ;-).

The good news is that there is a form of Vitamin C out there that alleges can be taken in mega doses and not send you to the Potty  :-). It is Liposomal Encapsulated Liquid Vitamin C. I have been taking this product myself for weeks now, and have taken 20 grams/20,000 mg daily numerous times already with no side affects and not have to run to the Potty. A friend of mine said he has taken 30 grams at once with no problems. It is non GMO, Gluten Free, Sugar Free. One 16oz bottle provides 3,000mg/3 grams a day for 32 days for those who want to use it to keep your immune system up. Mega dosing would be for those, like me, that want to use it as alternative for possible cancer healing (I was diagnosed with non aggressive prostate cancer in March 2011), possible cancer prevention, possible prevention to the Ebola Virus, and more.

I made arrangements with the U.S. Distributor to sell this amazing product. I currently offer it as a ministry to individuals. The U.S. Distributor, at the time of this blog post, advertises $49.95 as a regular price and $39.95 as a sale price that includes free shipping per bottle. My cost is $26.00 per bottle plus shipping if you are not local and it needs to be shipped. With that information, the amount you give me is between you and the Lord :-).

I believe in the wonderful possibilities of this product so much, that I'm also considering trying to sell it wholesale to various stores. Please pray with me about this.

The following is a disclaimer I came across that I will be using:
These statements have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which has long had, along with powerful pharmaceutical companies, a political axe to grind against many forms of safe and effective alternative medicine. Deo Natura Ministries is committed to bringing you the most accurate, most reliable information possible for healthy living. Nevertheless, nothing stated here should be considered as formal medical advice for dealing with a given problem, or to diagnose / treat / prevent / cure any disease. This information is for informational and educational purposes only. Only a licensed medical doctor can legally offer medical advice in the United States. Consult your health care professional for individual guidance for specific health problems.

The following is a list of other benefits for this product:
Liposomal Vitamin C Benefits: Natural Anti-Aging Factors* Powerful Antioxidant Support* Natural Immune System Support* Supports Energy Production* Promotes Liver Repair & Function* Promotes Optimal Memory & Brain Function* Promotes Healthy Cholesterol Profiles* Supports Glandular Health* Supports Cardiovascular Health* Promotes Bone, Hair, Nail & Skin Health* Supports formation of collagen* Promotes Cellular Glutathione Levels* Supports Healthy Gums* NON-GMO Vegan Friendly

Thank you. May the Lord bless the use of this information and product according to His good pleasure!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Recording of our Final Worship Service on 4/29/12





Return of a Blogger

Well, after almost 14 years of pastoring churches in three states with the exception of about seven months when we first moved to Central Alabama, I will no longer be pastoring as of the first Sunday in May 2012. With that, I will be returning to posting about various issues and concerns that I hope will work in conjunction with Facebook and a return to local television and the internet with The Pester Brat Report. May the Lord be glorified, and His people and His creation be edified.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Government, Economy, Constitution, Conspiracy Theories, Etc

I haven't had a personal post in quite some time now. There has been a lot going on in our country that I think would be wise to address. I am at times misunderstood by a few so let me make a few statements before I proceed:

1. I am neither a Republican or Democrat and don't think that our current problems are the fault of the current administration alone.

2. I am not a racist. I did not vote for President Obama because he is too liberal among other things, not because of his skin color. I agree with much that Alan Keyes holds to and may very well have voted for him if he was on the recent ballot.

3. I do not believe all conspiracy theories are true and don't know if any of them are true. I post some of the videos and articles in that catagory for information, consideration, and as a 'just in case it's could happen' scenario.

Having said these things though, I think someone would have to have their 'head in the sand' to not believe that there are serious problems that will most likely bring about some major changes to our way of life. I have been doing what I can to prepare my family for a 'worse case scenario' with our economy and government. I don't advocate a violent revolution but I also don't think we as Christian Citizens are required to submit to the government if they are not following the Constitution of the United States since they have sworn to uphold it.

I think the signs and conditions exist for a major economic collapse and think it's possible that it's what the 'powers that be' want. While greed abounds with many, power and control is even a greater desire by many. They seem to want a one world government that would begin with or include a North American Union, and they have been concerned about population growth for a while now. According to the U.S. Debt Clock (www.usdebtclock.org) we are over 12.1 TRILLION dollars in debt as a nation, which breaks down to over 39K per citizen and over 111K per taxpayer. Come on people, what do we think this will come to? China is our biggest creditor nation, and it is not easy to find products that are not made in China with the exception of food.

I think that most of of our elected officials (regardless of party affiliation) need to be voted out of office and that we need to repent of our 'two party system' mentality. I don't think capitalism is a perfect system, but socialism just won't work in a sin cursed society. I think patriotism is good, right and important, but I also think that some blur the line of Christianity and Patriotism.

I do believe that Christians have a responsibility and privilege to be active in the poitical process since God in His providence has ordained our type of government. But I don't believe that worship services should be replaced with political pep rallies. If Christians cooperating with other religions and groups prevent them from sharing the gospel with them, then they shouldn't work with them in my opinion. I think we should return to or continue to legislate morality but it is only the gospel accompanied by regeneration of the Holy Spirit that will change hearts, lives and society.

As Christians, we should continue to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and look forward to being with Him for eternity. This world is not our home, we are just a passin' through :-). We are ambassors for Christ here and citizens of Heaven. Indeed, we are in the world but not to be of the world. But we are IN THE WORLD. We do what we can when we can by the grace of God, while realizing that God is in sovereign control and has His plans and purposes. Most Christians have probably been influenced by our culture almost as much if not just as much as non Christians. I think that pastors and Christians should inform and try to prepare people for what may be coming, just in case it indeed does happen. And by the way, I also don't think that if these things do happen to our country, it means it's necessarily 'Rapture time.' This is our country and I love it under God. But we are not better than any other country that has gone or is going through times of tribulation. Remember, God's word does say we will have tribulation.

Thank you for reading, and may God continue to bless His own.


Brother Bret Lovitz

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Important Article by Chuck Baldwin For Your Consideration

It Is Getting Very Serious Now
By Chuck Baldwin
May 12, 2009

This column is archived at
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2009/cbarchive_20090512.html

First, it was a Missouri Analysis and Information Center (MIAC) report; then
it was a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report; now it is a New York
congressman's bill. Each of these items, taken on their own, is problematic
enough; taken together they portend "a clear and present danger" to the
liberties of the American people. It is getting very serious now.

As readers may recall, the MIAC report profiled certain people as being
potential violence-prone "militia members": including people who supported
Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and myself. In addition, anyone
who opposed one or more of the following were also included in the list: the
New World Order, the U.N., gun control, the violation of Posse Comitatus,
the Federal Reserve, the Income Tax, the Ammunition Accountability Act, a
possible Constitutional Convention, the North American Union, the Universal
Service Program, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), abortion on demand,
or illegal immigration.

The MIAC report prompted a firestorm of protest, and was eventually
rescinded, with the man responsible for its distribution being dismissed
from his position. The DHS report profiled many of the same people included
in the MIAC report, and added returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans as
potentially dangerous "extremists."

As I have said before, it is very likely that when all of the opinions and
views of the above lists are counted, 75% or more of the American people
would be included. Yet, these government reports would have law enforcement
personnel to believe we are all dangerous extremists that need to be watched
and guarded against. If this was not bad enough, a New York congressman has
introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to deny Second Amendment
rights to everyone listed above.

According to World Net Daily, May 9, 2009, "A new gun law being considered
in Congress, if aligned with Department of Homeland Security memos labeling
everyday Americans a potential 'threats,' could potentially deny firearms to
pro-lifers, gun-rights advocates, tax protesters, animal rights activists,
and a host of others--any already on the expansive DHS watch list for
potential 'extremism.'

"Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has sponsored H.R. 2159, the Denying Firearms and
Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009, which permits the attorney
general to deny transfer of a firearm to any 'known or suspected dangerous
terrorist.' The bill requires only that the potential firearm transferee is
'appropriately suspected' of preparing for a terrorist act and that the
attorney general 'has a reasonable belief' that the gun might be used in
connection with terrorism.

"Gun rights advocates, however, object to the bill's language, arguing that
it enables the federal government to suspend a person's Second Amendment
rights without any trial or legal proof and only upon suspicion of being
'dangerous.'"

WND quotes Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt as saying,
"By [DHS] standards, I'm one of [DHS Secretary] Janet Napolitano's
terrorists. This bill would enable the attorney general to put all of the
people who voted against Obama on no-gun lists, because according to the
DHS, they're all potential terrorists. Actually, we could rename this bill
the Janet Napolitano Frenzied Fantasy Implementation Act of 2009."

Pratt was also quoted as saying, "Unbeknownst to us, some bureaucrat in the
bowels of democracy can put your name on a list, and your Second Amendment
rights are toast." He went on to say, "This such an anti-American bill, this
is something King George III would have done."

Now that DHS has established both a list and a lexicon for "extremists," it
looks to Congress to confer upon it police-state-style powers through which
these individuals may be disarmed and eventually done away with. Rep. Peter
King is accommodating this goal with H.R. 2159.

Let me ask a reasonable question: how long does anyone think it would be,
after being profiled by DHS and denied the lawful purchase of firearms, that
those same people would be subjected to gun confiscation? And how long do
you think it would be before DHS began profiling more and more groups of
people, thus subjecting them to gun confiscation?

This was exactly the strategy employed by Adolf Hitler. The Jews were the
first people denied their civil rights--especially the right to own and
possess firearms. Of course, after disarming Jews, the rest of the German
citizenry was likewise disarmed. And we all know where that led.

I'm not sure how many of the American people realize that it was the
attempted confiscation of the colonialists' cache of arms in Concord,
Massachusetts, that started America's War for Independence. Yes, my friends,
it was attempted gun confiscation that triggered (pun intended) the "shot
heard 'round the world." And now it would appear that, once again, a central
government is on the verge of trying to deny the American people their right
to keep and bear arms.

I am told that as of 2004, 50% of the adults in the United States own one or
more firearms, totaling some 270 million privately owned firearms
nationwide. I would venture to say that the vast majority of these gun
owners would find themselves matching the DHS profile of a potential
"extremist." I wonder how many gun owners realize the way they are now being
targeted by their government, and just how serious--and how close--the
threat of gun confiscation has become?

If one doubts the intention of the elitists in government today to deny the
American people their right to keep and bear arms, consider what former
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is purported to have said just a couple
of weeks ago. Kissinger attended a high-level meeting with Russian President
Medvedev that also included former Secretaries of State James Baker and
George Shultz; former Secretary of Defense William Perry; and former Senator
Sam Nunn. Included in the discussions was Kissinger's assertion that the
American people were now ready to accept a "New Global Order." He is also
reported to have told Medvedev, "By September we'll have confiscated all
privately owned guns so it really doesn't matter what we do, we'll still be
in charge." (Even though the national news media has not reported this
statement, the Internet is abuzz with Kissinger having said it. Whether
Kissinger actually made that statement or not, he, and rest of his ilk, have
repeatedly called for a New World Order, in which there will be no
constitutional protection for the right to keep and bear arms.)

This leads to a very serious question: how many of America's gun owners
would allow their government to deny them gun ownership? Further, how many
would passively sit back and allow their guns to be confiscated?

As humbly and meekly as I know how to say it: as for me and my house, gun
confiscation is the one act of tyranny that crosses the line; debate,
discourse, discussion, and peaceful dissent cease and desist at that point.
I say again, it is getting very serious now.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Larry King Interviews the Osteens

By CNN on AOL News

The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity:

Larry King: Since you were last on, we have sworn in our first African-American president. What are your impressions [of Barack Obama]?

Joel Osteen: Well, I think he's doing a great job. I'm impressed with his skill, his calmness, his just strength under pressure. These are tough times for him.
King: And you, Victoria?

Victoria Osteen: I've been really impressed. In fact, I've been impressed [with] the first lady. She stepped up, and she's done a remarkable job.

King: Recent polls show 12 percent of Americans still believe Obama is a Muslim, and 35 percent say they don't know his religion, but to most of them it don't matter. Should it matter?

Joel Osteen: Well, it matters to me. It matters to me that I know he loves the Lord, and I think it's important that he has convictions from his faith. So to me, it matters when I'm making my personal decisions.

King: Does it matter to you, Victoria?

Victoria Osteen: It does. It matters to me. ... I believe he is a Christian.

King: The 'Hope for Today Bible.' This is a new Bible [from you]. How is this different from other Bibles?

Joel Osteen: It's a living translation of the Bible, which is an easy version to read. And then it's got our notes besides certain passages. And it's just to help people maybe to understand the Bible a little bit easier.

King: Do you think that eventually many more states are going to allow same-sex marriage?

Joel Osteen: You know, I don't know where it's all going ... I'd love to see it stay between a male and a female, not knocking anybody else.

King: Supposing there were more states that had it. What would be the harm?

Victoria Osteen: We really want to see marriage between a man and a woman. There [are] going to be people who get together and have relationships and have what they call their families. But I just think marriage should be sanctified by the church. It should be between a man and a woman.

King: Should a gay couple be allowed to adopt?

Joel Osteen: I think that, again, it's best for a male and a female. I'm not saying that gay people aren't good people. ...

King: Or good parents.

Joel Osteen: Yeah, exactly. But again, I like to shoot for God's best, and that is a father and a mother in the home. It doesn't always happen. I know a lot of people raised by single parents. And you know what? We bless them and pray for them as well. But I think God's best is a male and female.

King: In the new issue of Newsweek, the lead story by Jon Meacham is 'The Decline and Fall of Christian America.' Just off the premise of that headline, do you accept that? That Christian America is in trouble?

Joel Osteen: I'm trying to think where he's coming from. ... I see faith in America at an all-time high.

King: The Newsweek article quotes our Albert Mohler Jr. And he's president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. And he said, "The so-called Judeo-Christian consensus of the last millennium has given way to a post-modern, post-Christian, post-Western cultural crisis which threatens the heart of our very culture."

Joel Osteen: Well, he's a smart man and I respect him. You know, maybe what he's saying is true. ... America is more diverse than it was 50 years ago. And I don't know that that means we as Christians are any less. I would like to think our influence is still there. ... And I'm sure I'm an optimistic by nature.

King: What do you make of these mass shootings?

Joel Osteen: You know, it's really sad. People get deranged. People get confused. ... I believe there are dark forces in our world. There are evil forces that, unfortunately, we can give into. And some of it is just from depression, just that mental illness.

King: Do you pray for them, Victoria? The shooters?
Victoria Osteen: Oh, absolutely. You've got to pray for them. They're obviously tormented. They're deceived and not cherishing life. ... So yeah, we do pray for them.

King: We've had a mass depression in this country, recession. Do you think that might be at the core of some of these things?

Victoria Osteen: I think it is. When you've lost your job and you've just been beaten down and you don't see any future, it's easy to start letting those negative thoughts play. ... You don't have anything to live for. It's never going to get any better. And I think that if you don't watch it, you'll just spiral down and down and down. And that is why we feel so strongly about just giving people hope. Even at your lowest moment, you never know what God can do. He can turn any situation around. You can be just one night from getting the break you need, getting the job you want.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Glenn Beck Talks to Bill O'Reilly About the Fairness Doctrine

Interesting You Tube Video of Glenn Beck on Bill O'Reilly's show talking about the Fairness Doctrine (aka Liberal Fearness Doctrine).

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

How to Defeat Calvinism You Tube Video

I came across this from an old school mate of one of my daughters. Enjoy...


Sunday, December 07, 2008

More from halturnershow.blogspot.com

Honolulu, HI -- Questions about where Barack Obama was born and if he is eligible to become President are reaching fever pitch after every hospital in Honolulu, HI has denied he was born in any of them!

In order to be President of the United States, the Constitution requires a candidate to be "a natural born" citizen. Allegations arose over a year ago that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is thus ineligible to be President.

While the so-called "main stream" media has totally ignored the issue, the internet media is blazing with information about it.

According to investigative efforts between November 20 and December 2, the following Hospitals have denied Barack Obama was born at their facility and have further denied his mother was ever a patient:


The Queen’s Medical Center - Honolulu, Hawaii Obama claims as his birth hospital

Kapi’ olani Medical Center Obama’s sister claims Barack Obama born here
Honolulu Shriners Hospital Never a patient Mom or Obama
Straub Clinic & Hospital Never a patient Mom or Obama
Hawaii Health Systems Corporation - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
Cancer Institute of Maui - Wailuku, Hawaii No Comment ???

Kuakini Hospital - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii - Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
Straub Heatlh - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
Tripler Medical Center - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
Wahiawa General Hospital - Wahiawa, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
Wilcox Memorial Hospital - Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
We were pretty detailed in our calls. You can look at every hospital here and call any of them. You can file freedom of information act requests or speak to the media relations people at every hospital. Do everything and anything you wish. Barack Obama was never born in a hospital in Hawaii as claimed.

If Barack Obama cannot prove he is a "natural born citizen" prior to Inauguration day, he cannot be allowed to be sworn in. Period.

I earnestly hope our legal system, through the courts, handle this matter so that We The People don't have to step in and settle this the hard way.


Posted by HalTurnerShow.com at 12/03/2008 11:57:00 AM 18 comments


U.S. FALLING APART! "HUNDREDS OF BANKS" APPLY FOR FEDERAL HELP


The march toward complete financial collapse of the USA is accelerating out of control. According to the US Treasury, "hundreds of banks" have asked for emergency help from the government.

To help you understand the frightening implications of this, consider the following:

Since the "financial crisis" began in September, The Treasury Department has injected $150 billion in capital by buying preferred shares in 52 institutions. 52 banks, $150 billion.

Todays news that "hundreds of banks" are now in danger of failing caught my attention, so I contacted my sources inside the Treasury and I almost fell over when they told me: "Five hundred twenty additional banks are failing; ten times the number of banks that have already been bailed out."

Do the math: If 52 banks needed $150 billion, 520 banks could translate into one point five TRILLION.

That isn't the worst of it. The chart below (click image to enlarge) shows that our nation has already committed EIGHT POINT FIVE TRILLION to the financial mess and of that, they've already disbursed THREE POINT TWO TRILLION.
Ask yourself this simple question: Where are they getting this money? The simple answer: They're printing it.

Let's not forget that the money listed above is ON TOP OF the ten trillion dollars the government already owes from past deficit spending!

Do the math again:
$1.5 Trillion needed for another 520 failing banks
$8.5 Trillion committed to more financial bailouts
$10 Trillion in national debt from years of deficit spending.
__________
$20 TRILLION dollars in total (so far)

Let me put this in better perspective for you. $20 Trillion dollars divided up among each of our 300 million citizens amounts to sixty-six-thousand, six-hundred sixty-six dollars ($66,666.) for every man, woman and child! Wow. That's like a satanic number!

Need further perspective? If you took a loan for the $66,666 at one percent (1%) interest per year for ten (10) years, you would need to pay $584.06 per month for you, your wife/husband and each one of your children! For my family (Me, Wife, one son) that would be 1752.08 per month for ten years!!

You're a smart person. I know you're smart because you read this blog! As a smart person ask yourself: How long is it going to be before the rest of the world says to themselves "The USA is totally bankrupt, they can't even hope to repay all the money they've borrowed, the US dollar isn't worth the paper its printed on because they printed so much of it, we're not going to accept it as money anymore."

I'll tell you how long it will be: The end of February or early March 2009. Best case? Late June, 2009. That's it.

At this point I think it is worth reminding all of you that in December 2007 and January, 2008, I warned everyone via my radio show and web site that "September is going to see major financial upheaval." I told everyone when and why. It happened exactly as I warned. So I hope you heed my warning about total financial collapse early next year.

That's when the shit is really gonna hit the fan and this nation will fall into complete, total, economic collapse. A collapse brought about by our own federal government spending us into oblivion.

Why do you think they re-deployed an active duty Army Combat Brigade with 4700 troops and support personnel from Iraq back here to the USA? Why do you think the Pentagon announced yesterday they are going to increase the number of combat troops inside the US from its present 4700 up to 20,000? They KNOW the shit's gonna hit the fan.

When the economy fails -- and it will -- they are terrified about what We The People might do.
They are afraid we might (rightfully) blame the government for wrecking our nation and that we might take retribution upon them by force.

It's good they're afraid. They ought to be.

I have compiled a compete list of the home addresses of every member of the House of Representatives, every member of the U.S. Senate, all nine Justices on the Supreme Court and a slew of other federal Judges in the various Circuit Courts of Appeal and District Courts.

I have the home addresses of all the members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and every key person at every regional federal reserve bank.

When the shit hits the fan, I am going to publish those addresses so the folks out here in the real world who have suddenly found they've lost everything, can pay a visit to those responsible for it!

Oh, and in case you folks in law enforcement think you can grab me up and throw me into some dungeon to prevent the release of that info. . . . . . I've already distributed CD's with the info to quite a number of people whom I trust. They, in turn are making copies and sending those to people they trust.

The CD's were sent with instructions to IMMEDIATELY disseminate that info as soon as they hear I have been grabbed.

So there is no way at all the government can prevent "being held accountable."

I am also presently researching the home addresses of all the Bankers and other financial hot shots involved in stocks, bonds, money markets, mutual funds and the like. Their home addresses are going out too!

When the whole system collapses, it won't just be government types that get paid a visit; it will be the financial hot shots too.

There's going to be retribution for the destruction of our financial system and our country. Nothing can prevent that retribution -- except if they find some way to stop the financial catastrophe they have caused. I wish them luck.
Posted by HalTurnerShow.com at 12/02/2008 05:55:00 PM 19 comments

Gov't Tells Youtube to shut me off over AMERO

I found out this morning that my account at YouTube has been permanently shut off at the request of the United States government!

According to Keith in YouTube/Google client services, officials from the United States Treasury Department visited YouTube/Google yesterday evening and allegedly told YouTube/Google that my video exposing plans to exhaust the U.S. Dollar and replace it with the AMERO (seen by over 600,000 people) "was destabilizing the U.S. Dollar."

They asked YouTube/Google to pull the video and permanently prevent me from uploading other videos to their system because "my material is subverting the federal government and is thus a threat to national security."

YouTube/Google pulled the video and shut off my account.

Even though the video did not violate YouTube/Google terms of service, did not violate their acceptable use policy and did not break any law, my account is shut off.

I just thought all of you should know because if they can do this with my YouTube account, they may try to do it with this free blogspot account.

If this blog suddenly disappears, I will resurrect my old web site domain www.HalTurnerShow.com and be back within a few days.
Posted by HalTurnerShow.com at 12/02/2008 03:28:00 PM 21 comments

An Amero Dollar?

I received the following forwarded e-mail. For most of us citizens, there is no way to know whether these things are true. But I don't think we should be so quick to dismiss all of these so-called "conspiracy theories." I also think we need to use wisdom about how to prepare for life in our country and world changing from what we have known it. In my opinion it will change. How much and in what ways, I don't know. But is it not trusting in the Lord to try and make provisions for our families or is wisdom to use the means He has blessed us with? Please let me know your thoughts about this. I don't think the hyperlinks will transfer from the e-mail, but it is on a blog (halturnershow.blogspot.com). I'll save the e-mail and forward it to you if you ask for it. By the way, I did replace one wordy dird with [@#&*). Thanks...


Serious Stuff - If the media can hide the storm over Obama's citizenship and his lack of proof that he is a U S Natural Born Citizen then they can hide the hidden agenda for our nation to lose it's Constitutional foundation and it's currency.

America Wake

.......December 3, 2008
*** URGENT *** NEW "AMERO" PAPER CURRENCY EXPOSED!
North Bergen, NJ -- To the chagrin of the government, I have obtained new "AMERO" paper currency notes! You know, the "AMERO" . . . . the new currency that is going to replace the US Dollar, The Canadian Dollar and the Mexican Peso? Yea, the new currency that all three governments claim doesn't exist. . . . I have it. Here's what a 50 Amero note looks like:

In September, 2007 - over a full year ago - I first broke the story about AMERO coins being minted secretly at the Denver Mint. After that story ran, the Denver Mint announced on its web site that they were closing public tours of the Mint for 10 - 14 days in order to make renovations to the tourist area of the mint.

My sources inside the Mint, however, reported Treasury officials were outraged that someone had leaked info about the AMERO to me and they closed the Denver Mint to the public so as to secretly move the AMEROS out of the Mint to prevent further leaks.

In October, 2008, I received word that the U.S. government shipped 800 Billion AMEROS to the China development bank. I did a story on that (here) and obtained an actual AMERO coin from that shipment!

I placed a video of the coin on YouTube, showing the coin and explaining that there is a deliberate effort underway at the highest levels of our government to intentionally exhaust the dollar as a currency. Over 600,000 people worldwide watched that video.

Two days ago, YouTube/Google notified me that my video had been deleted and my account permanently closed at the request of the United States Treasury Department. The Treasury department told YouTube/Google that my video was "destabilizing the U.S. Dollar and was thus a threat to national security."

Here we are, just two days later and my sources have once again come through; this time with proof the government is secretly printing new AMERO paper currency.

Not only do I have the 50 AMERO note, give look at the 20 and 100 AMERO notes below!

Not a single American citizen has been officially asked if they want a new currency. Not a single member of Congress has voted on authorizing a new currency. Yet a new currency is already being printed and quietly distributed around the world. This is being done without the consent of the American people, without a vote by Congress and has been intentionally covered up by every official who has been questioned about it.

The REASON they are creating a new currency has to do with how they plan to get rid of our national debt. On October 16, 2008, the "Global-Europe Anticipation Bulletin" told its subscribers that the present U.S. Dollar will be demonetized (it won't be "money" anymore) and a new currency imposed. "Old dollars" will be devalued by ninety percent (90%).

Think about that for a moment. A 90% devaluation. That means checking accounts, savings accounts, IRA's 401-K's, Pension plans, Certificates of Deposit. . . . are all worth ninety percent LESS than previously.

This AMERO currency will allow the government to literally grab 90% of all our life savings and owe 90% less than they presently do in one fell swoop! They get out of debt and the rest of us are left totally destitute. Broke. Busted. Poor. Helpless.

I believe the people perpetrating this secret currency change are in for personal visits of a violent nature. I think there are folks out here in real America who will not take kindly to having been deliberately lied-to.

I believe my fellow Americans might -- just might -- decide it is time to . . . . . "discipline". . . . . the public officials who have undertaken this outrage without our consent.

It's a tough thing to have to physically discipline a mis-behaving adult, but I say now, I'm up for doing just that.

There are officials in this country who deserve to get the &*@# kicked out of them and I really look forward to having the chance to do it. If they think their puny little Federal Reserve Police force can do anything about it, they're sadly mistaken.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS IMMEDIATELY. If they are already printing paper currency, the destruction of the US dollar cannot be far away. We are ALL in grave danger of losing our life savings to this currency scam.............

Sunday, November 23, 2008

MacArthur on Tongues

This is the 1st of 5 parts. For the rest just enter John MacArthur on the search section of the You Tube page (I keep trying to get to the page at the same time, but I keep getting the Microsoft Explorer warning and it shuts down).

Sunday, October 26, 2008

E-Mail Response to What Happened in Idaho

I friend and brother in Christ asked me what happened with the Church in Idaho and said there was nothing on either of my 2 Blogs. So I thought I'd use the response to him and post it on here. I forgot to mention in the below e-mail that the church being sovereign grace, expository preaching, and no separate children's church service, cost us some folks too.

I removed the personal references and a paragraph that was not relevant. Here it is, thank you:


Heyyyy Xxxxx.



The church in Idaho? When I got there we were averaging around 45 in attendance on Sunday mornings. It was about half Air Force personnel. As they gradually transferred out, we didn’t get others back in like had happened in the past before I got there supposedly. The founding pastor was a retired air force pilot but my other two elders said they didn’t think that brought people in but may have helped some other air force families stay once they visited and found out. It was town of about16,000 if you include those that lived on the base. A high percentage of Mormons and a lot of so-called evangelical churches- 2 Independent Fundamental Baptist, 2 Southern Baptist, numerous charismatic and Pentecostal churches, 2 Lutheran (one of them liberal), a couple of other liberal churches, others, and one of similar faith to our’s. Our church first began discussing the possibility of merging or closing the church in about January 2007. With discussions I had with the pastor of the church of similar faith, we found out that a merger wasn’t really an option (because of their end). So we kept in mind and prayer that we would just close down and the people would start going to that church. But what of the pastor? ;-). It sadly is difficult for 2 pastors to go to the same local church after the one closed down. Not only because we may struggle with some things, but the people too. And based on a couple of things that were told to me, our people may have wanted me to say or teach things that could have caused a problem. That’s why I said that church was of similar faith. Anyway I sought the Lord’s will about staying there, but with having to work a job that paid better to compensate for what that church was paying me (I volunteered to lower my pay package several times), it just seemed that the Lord used not being offered a job there to show me it was not meant for me to stay there. I had already talked to a manager at the dairy here when we visited in July 2007 and he even offered me a job before Nola and I left from our visit. I didn’t take it because we had just started the radio ministry and I wanted to see if the Lord was going to use that to build up the church more at Grace Fellowship. Well, our town was 40 miles from where the radio station was (Boise) and I never received one phone call from our town; all in and close to Boise. One man did come to the church via the radio ministry though. So from January 2007 I was sending out resumes to churches looking for pastors and nothing happened with that. When I contacted the dairy here again in January 2008 I was still offered a job. The Lord seemed to be blessing that opportunity and the move so we took it. The church decided to close 2 weeks after we left. I believe the word of God teaches that He has a perfect and permissive will, but I believe that is still in His sovereign control. I didn’t want to be one of those pastors that moved around a lot like many other pastors do. I was in SE Florida for 7 years and SW Idaho for 3 ¼ years. So unless the Lord shows us otherwise, we plan on staying here regardless of whether I pastor at all again, or if I do, with a new church start or an existing church in the general area.



Thanks for asking my brother. I’m going to take your name out and post this on the Blog. Maybe there are more readers in my vast readership (haha) that want to know like you did.



Let me know how things are with family and church. I want to come up to see everyone, but until I get some vacation time built up and the house in Idaho rented out or sold, that will not happen for a while yet. You are welcome down here anytime. I think it would be about a 12 hour drive but much quicker by plane :-).



Blessings bro…



Bret

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Blog Article by Alan Stang- Reducing America: So It Can Be Merged

Interestingly, I have been having si8milar thoughts and shared them today at work adding that this may be why they are allowing such a hugr national debt. I mean, come on people, how do you think this debt will be taken care of? Hmm? :-) PB

www.alanstang.com

Reducing America: So It Can Be Merged

As I write, the treason Senate – under intense pressure from Communist world government traitor Smirk W. Bush – is preparing to pass the legislation that will legalize the present invasion of these united States. So here let me repeat something I have said many times, which nevertheless deserves repetition even more because it is so little mentioned, even by our friends.

The goal of the conspirators from the beginning has been to submerge and dissolve our country in a totalitarian socialist world government they would run. But they had a problem. Go back to World War II. When it ended, these united States indisputably comprised the most powerful country on earth.

Unlike most of the other participants, our homeland was completely undamaged. We had most of the gold. No other country even came close. The problem was that you can’t merge a country at the pinnacle in everything with other countries at the bottom. That would be like trying to moor the Queen Elizabeth in a Dixie Cup. You could only merge them when they are sufficiently alike. So what would you do if your goal were world government?

One thing you could try is raising the levels of the countries on the bottom. The conspiracy for world government has tried doing that with programs like foreign aid; the problem is that the nations on the bottom tend to consume any help and stay where they are. Generally, they are bottom feeders. Instead, what about trying to reduce these united States, trying to lower its standard of living so that it corresponds better with the nations at the bottom?

At the Bretton Woods Conference in New Hampshire, the newly created International Monetary Fund, run by Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Harry Dexter White, a Soviet spy, arranged to deplete our gold supply. Years later, in a speech lauding IMF, Jack Kennedy interrupted his womanizing long enough to explain that the loss of our gold was not an accident, but the product of a carefully orchestrated plan.

In recent years, we saw the departure of our industry, thanks to agreements like NAFTA. Not to worry, they told us. Industry will be replaced by a “service economy.” Let the poor benighted slobs in other countries do the hard work. We here shall sit at desks in white shirts and work with computers. But then the service jobs departed. Now, when you talk with somebody at your credit card company, he or she is probably sitting at a desk in India, doing the job you were supposed to do.

And now comes the invasion from Mexico. Consider that a military invasion of our country could not get off the beach in Santa Monica. The invaders would be exterminated by .50 caliber rednecks the government has not been able to disarm. But speculate with me. Suppose you could mount an invasion that is not an invasion, an invasion in plain clothes, for which you could concoct a superficial, “humanitarian” excuse.

In fact, suppose your invasion conformed to the findings of Antonio Gramsci, founder of the Italian Communist Party, who said that because no military invasion of the advanced countries could succeed, the traditional Communist method of conquest must be reversed. Instead of seizing a country militarily, as in undeveloped Russia, and then perverting its institutions; in the advanced countries the Communists would first seize and pervert and subvert the institutions. Eventually, the government based on those rotting institutions would collapse.

In other words, the world government conspirators decided to use the technique of population replacement, a modern term for which is genocide. Our country is full of unreconstructed soreheads, people who still believe in the Constitution, many of them military veterans and dangerous. Even some of the women are armed. It would be too risky to try to remove them. Instead, the Gramsci technique would have them overrun.

What is the effect of the present invasion? Yes, it involves Mexicans. Remember that Mexico suffered a Communist revolution even before Russia. But Mexicans are simply the tool; they are fellow victims, victimized by their own socialist government. The conspiracy for world government is using them simply because they are there.

Is not our standard of living falling? Dad used to support the family alone. Now Mom has to pitch in. Pretty soon even the kiddos will have to contribute. Your waitress is so intelligent because she has a graduate degree. Yes, because the system is so gargantuan and has been running so long, inertia will keep it going for a while, but the telltale signs of degeneration are everywhere. Is not the dollar on the way down?

The new Communist invasion law will expand the process, adding millions upon millions of illegal aliens to those already here, overloading our hospitals, our schools, our courts and other facilities, draining our paychecks, but far more important than anything else, reducing our standard of living and changing our culture along with our population. Of course you don’t need me to tell you this. Simply look around. Habla español? No? Well, you had better learn, compadre.

The plan is that after a while the merger will not seem so bizarre. Would you not agree that by now the idea already seems less incredible? Remember that, as we speak, about 10% of the population of Mexico lives in these united States. The Communist legislation coming out of conference committee will intrude the millions we have mentioned. After a while, you rednecks will be irrelevant. You already are close to a minority.

All of this answers the question of why the Senate votes Communist despite a literal firestorm of disagreement from their constituents, even from stalwart supporters of the Republicrud Party who at last feel disgust. With a few exceptions, your Senator is the best legislator corporate America could buy. For that America, an honest legislator is a legislator who stays bought. When Hitler and Mussolini married government and business, we called it Fascism.

Remember that for years the Republicruds told us they would restore America if only you would give them control. They have control – of Congress and the White House – they have had control for many years; yet the country is in far greater danger than it ever was under the Democruds. Smirk W. Bush is just as much a Communist as Clinton.

The latest demonstration of Bush’s treason took even my jaded breath away. By now you know that Communist Bush has ordered the Border Patrol to inform the Mexican government as to the whereabouts of America’s heroes, the Minutemen, whom Bush earlier called “vigilantes.”

This is treason almost tantamount to telling the enemy where our military is during combat on a battlefield, which the Mexican border has become. Ask yourself my favorite question: How long could that order to the Border Patrol continue after Smirk W. Bush picks up the phone and says, “Stop this at once!” The fact that Bush doesn’t make that call proves the treason is what he wants. He is a Communist. He is a traitor. What does the military do with a traitor who has betrayed his comrades in battle?

Some years ago, Steve Symms, then a U. S. Senator from Idaho, who retired too soon, said in a speech that Americans peaceably solve problems in the jury box. If that fails, they go to the ballot box. But if that fails, said Senator Symms, they go to the bullet box. My fear is that the pressure will intensify, and that someone who is threatened by the invaders will fire the second shot heard ‘round the world, which would give Communist Bush the excuse for the martial law he wants.

By invoking the Executive Orders already in place, he could take direct control of everything in this country, including every human being. You couldn’t eat, live, drive, talk, even walk without his permission. The merger would be complete. And it would all be legal. Would martial law be the whack upside the head that would finally awaken the American people? Nothing else has worked.

It was Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev, who many years ago at the Communist UN in New York, expressed his amazement at the depth of naiveté of the American people. Khrushchev exclaimed, “These Americans! You can spit in their face and they call it dew!” My guess is that today he would marvel even more.


Posted by Alan Stang on 05/24 at 01:52 PM

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Song: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Saw this on the Alpha and Omega website. Enjoy!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ra-CnBxTOE

http://aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=2770


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Compatable vs Libertarian Free Will

Dr. Bruce Ware dealing with this subject as part of a debate. You can the whole debate on DVD here: http://tinyurl.com/5cdhbe



Thursday, April 17, 2008

"When Your Preacher is not John Piper" by Steve Burchett

When Your Preacher is Not John Piper

Steve Burchett

Many who have had the privilege of hearing John Piper1 preach in person would testify that it felt like a monumental event. His preaching is a powerful combination of truth and passion, leading to convicted and exhilarated listeners. After the sermon, certain hearers might leave wondering if they were just in the presence of a figure who will be talked about in future centuries.

Then they go back to their home church, where several things are different, including the preaching! Thankfully, the gospel is still proclaimed. In fact, the sermons are thoroughly biblical, but the ability of their regular preacher simply does not measure up to the phenomenal preaching they recently heard.

Unless you regularly attend the church of one of the celebrated preachers of our day, you most likely have faced a similar situation. Either at a conference or on the internet, you have heard exceptional preaching, but each Sunday you're back in your simple little home church that hardly anybody beyond your town knows about, with its "nobody" of a pastor who will probably never preach to thousands.

What if your gospel-preaching pastor is not as good as one of the great orators of our day? Is it time to sell the house, pack up the family, and change churches? No, I don't think so. But what should you do?

First, rejoice that your preacher is a man who proclaims the gospel. In some towns, finding a man who preaches the true gospel is as difficult as locating that precious new golf ball you sliced 100 yards into the thick woods! I once endured a 40 minute sermon that consisted mainly of the preacher telling about his family's vacation. Though that might be an extreme example of non-gospel preaching, too many preachers fail to speak of the holy God, sinful humanity, and the redeeming work of Christ. But not your preacher. He speaks honestly about sin, boldly proclaims "Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:2), and then lovingly invites listeners to repent and believe. That is a reason to rejoice.

Second, recognize that certain men are uniquely gifted by the Lord to have an international ministry and appeal, but this is not the norm. The typical local church should be satisfied to appoint as pastors men who are "above reproach" in their lives, who believe the gospel and are able to teach God's Word, and who have an aspiration to serve as shepherds (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Most preachers will not be strikingly smooth and polished. They may never be the keynote speaker at a big conference, but this is not a tragic shortcoming in your corner of God's kingdom. It is precisely His design.

Third, if your pastor is (honestly) dull, but he preaches the truth faithfully, a little statement I once heard might be helpful for you to remember: "The mature worshipper is easily edified." When hearing lackluster (even if biblical) preaching, immature worshippers will typically not listen to the message because they wish the messenger was more exciting. Conversely, mature worshippers eagerly receive the truth as it is proclaimed, even if it sounds like the preacher is reading a phone book.

Fourth, listen "outwardly" to the preaching. Here's what I mean: Sit with your Bible open and routinely make eye contact with the one preaching. An occasional nod of your head when he makes a point will encourage him and stir up his confidence. In my experiences of both preaching and listening to sermons, I can confirm that yawning listeners with glazed over eyes make mediocre preaching worse, while eager listeners inspire better preaching.

Fifth, verbally encourage the preacher(s) in your church. Every preacher who is not extraordinarily gifted has heard remarkable preaching and moaned, "After listening to that, why do I even try?!" This is a strange phenomenon, but great preaching from the renowned teachers of our day makes many "ordinary" pastors discouraged. Here's a simple way you can buoy your pastor: After a sermon, instead of just saying "Nice sermon!" as you head out the door, take a few moments to tell him what was especially helpful and/or convicting from the sermon. In the first church I served as a pastor, a particular young couple would stay after the service, about once a month, conversing with me about what they learned. These helpful conversations sometimes lasted for over an hour. Even today, I am heartened when I recall their zeal for what was taught.

We should praise the Lord for giving us outstanding, well-known preachers, but let us not forget Paul's command to Timothy, who was entrenched in a local church with pastors whose names none of us know: "The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching" (1 Tim. 5:17).

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1 John Piper is the main teaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a regular preacher at conferences all around the world.
Copyright © 2008 Steve Burchett
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Short and Sweet GraceGem from JC Ryle

Doctrine is useless!

(J. C. Ryle)

"If you know these things, you are blessed if
you do them." John 13:17

Doctrine is useless—if it is not accompanied
by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does
positive harm. Something of the 'image of Christ'
must be seen and observed in our private life,
and habits, and character, and doings.









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Monday, March 03, 2008

Grace Gems- "Nothing Escapes His Notice" By Arthur Pink From the "Attributes of God"

Nothing escapes His notice!

(Arthur Pink, "The Attributes of God")

What a wondrous Being is the God of Scripture!

"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the
eyes of Him to whom we must give account."
Hebrews 4:13

God is omniscient.
He knows everything:
everything possible,
everything actual,
all events,
all creatures,
of the past, the present, and the future.

He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the
life of every being in heaven, in earth, and in hell.
Nothing escapes His notice, nothing can be
hidden from Him, nothing is forgotten by Him.
His knowledge is perfect.

He never errs.
He never changes.
He never overlooks anything.

God not only knows whatever has happened in the past
in every part of His vast domains; and He is not only
thoroughly acquainted with everything that is now
transpiring throughout the entire universe—but He is
also perfectly cognizant of every event, from the least
to the greatest, that ever will happen in the ages to
come! God's knowledge of the future is as complete
as is His knowledge of the past and the present; and
that, because the future depends entirely upon Himself.
God has Himself designed whatever shall yet be, and
what He has designed, must be effectuated. God's
knowledge does not arise from things because they
are or will be—but because He has ordained them to
be! Yes, such is the God with whom we have to do!

"You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my
thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my
lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a
word is on my tongue—You know it completely, O Lord!"
Psalm 139:2-4

How solemn is this fact: nothing can be concealed from
God! "For I know the things that come into your mind,
every one of them" (Ezekiel 11:5). Though He is invisible
to us—we are not so to Him. Neither the darkness of night,
the closest curtains, nor the deepest dungeon—can hide
any sinner from the eyes of Omniscience! Men would strip
Deity of His omniscience if they could. They wish there
might be . . .
no Witness of their sins,
no Searcher of their hearts,
no Judge of their deeds!


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