It will be interesting to see how the elected officials who pushed for this, who voted for this, who promoted this monstrosity as *not* being a tax, will now explain how SCOTUS allowed it to stand, only because it *is* a tax.  It could not stand under the commerce clause, but with the power of the congress to tax, it becomes the largest tax increase in the history of the U.S.A.

I say it’s time for a real change, a change of elected officials.  The first Tuesday in November can’t get here soon enough.

Update: the spinmeisters are already at work trying to convince the American people that this is *not* a tax.  Sure wish SCOTUS had listened to the president and the democrats in congress insisting that this is not a tax.  Maybe then the vote would have gone against obamacare for being unconstitutional, which it actually is.

Thailand Food Help

If you’ve followed any of our recent prayer requests, you know that there has been food donated for the Thai people that had been sitting for months on the docks.  It was not allowed to get to where it was needed.  But, praise the Lord, He has answered prayer and the food was released and is feeding the hungry.

Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say – Telegraph

“Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say”

Here’s the logical end that the pro-abortion, pro-choice mentality of this world is taking us.  We who are believers in Jesus Christ, and/or who believe in the sanctity of every human life, whether conceived by rape, incest or is endangering the life of the mother, should ask ourselves, “If infanticide becomes legal and acceptable and as prevalent as abortion is now, would we do any more about it?”  Again, ask yourself, “What’s the difference between abortion and infanticide?”  Answer, nothing, except that the infant is outside of the womb.

“Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.”

via Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say – Telegraph.

Worldwide Outrage Grows Over Condemned Iranian Pastor

Worldwide Outrage Grows Over Condemned Iranian Pastor.

I strongly encourage you to read this article, then act upon it.

Christian Persecution

If you haven’t yet read it, I encourage you to read the article, ‘The Rise of Christophobia’ in the 2/13/2012 issue of Newsweek. It chronicles the ‘War on Christians’ by Islam from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. In the words of the author, Ayaan hirsi Ali, “From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christian are being murdered for their faith.” Don’t just read the article, but after reading pray! After praying, take action and write or email someone to try and make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

from Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

NETANYAHU TO START BIBLE STUDY IN HIS HOME: Pray that all Israelis follow his lead and begin reading the Word, like in the days of King Josiah

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

I read a fascinating story in the Jerusalem Post this morning and it gave me fresh hope for the nation of Israel. ”Taking a page out of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin’s playbook, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will begin hosting a regular Bible study group in his official residence for researchers, public officials and invited guests, “reports the Post. “Netanyahu announced the establishment of the study circle on Friday at a ceremony marking 30 days since the passing of his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi. The study group will be named after Ben-Artzi, a noted poet and Bible teacher. Both Ben-Gurion and Begin, when they each served as prime minister, hosted regular Bible study groups. Netanyahu said he was establishing the class to perpetuate love of the Bible.” Interestingly, in recent years Netanyahu — who has never described himself as a religious person — appears to have been developing a deeper interest in Bible study. In January 2010, Netanyahu delivered an address at Auschwitz saying the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 have come to pass in our lifetimes. In March of 2010, Netanyahu’s son, Avner, won the National Bible Quiz in Israel. In July 2010, Netanyahu told Larry King that he likes to study the Bible on Saturday mornings with his son, Avner.

These are excellent steps by the Prime Minister, and he should be commended for them. Indeed, let us pray that the study of the Word of God has a powerful, personal impact on the Prime Minister and his family and each of his colleagues and guests. Let’s pray that many Israelis would follow the Prime Minister’s lead and begin reading the Holy Scriptures again, and that Bible studies in people’s homes would spring up all over the Land of Israel. Let’s pray that pray that more and more Israelis would develop a new and deeper curiosity about Bible prophecy, both the dramatic prophecies in the Scriptures that have already been fulfilled, and those that will come to pass soon, including the all-important prophecies about the Messiah.

Such a national reawakening to the importance of the Scriptures has happened before in Israel’s history. Remember men like Nehemiah, Ezra, Josiah, and Joel? These were beloved governors, priests, kings and prophets whom the Lord used to turn the Jewish people back to the Scriptures and the need for national and individual prayer, fasting and repentance. One of my favorite examples is found in 2 Kings 22. I’d encourage you to read it afresh, for it is the remarkable story of King Josiah.

via Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog.

Witness for Christ

Tim Tebow and Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani are very different and yet very similar.  They both are on a public stage, almost a world stage for their faith in Christ Jesus.  Pray for them that they will both stay true to Jesus, no matter what the cost.  And pray that they will be able to resist those who are trying to, in the case of Pastor Nadarkhani, force him to convert to Islam; and in the case of Tim Tebow, trying to get him to lash out in anger and compromise.  I admire them both for their steadfast commitment to the Lord.

January 22, 1973

What does this day mean to you?  Well, to over 50,000,000 preborn babies it has meant death!  And for many of them, horrible death.  Death by dismemberment.  Death by burning (as in saline abortions).  Death by having their skulls crushed (as in partial-birth abortion).  Death by neglect, when they are delivered still alive, and are then left to expire due to cold, thirst, and starvation.  There have been more babies killed by abortion than all the casualties of World War II.  That’s the significance of January 22, 1973.

What will you do on January 22, 2011?  Pray!  Pray in Jesus’ name that all abortion will end and Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton will be overturned.  March!  If there’s a March for Life anywhere around you, do your best got get to it and participate in taking a stand for life.  Counsel!  Find out if and where there’s an abortion clinic in your area.  Go there to pray and counsel, and, if possible, save a life!

Election Day Tuesday, November 2

The U.S.A. will be voting Tuesday, November 2, 2010. If you’re reading this and are a Christian, I believe you have a responsibility to get out and vote! But, vote as a Christian: pray for the Lord’s guidance, compare what the candidates are supporting with the Word of God. Also, check the voting record of any incumbents with what they “say” they support.

The Time of Harvest

Most of the harvest in the Gallatin Valley has been gathered in: hay, grains and garden produce.  The harvest workers had to contend with rain, wind, hail, etc., in order to complete their work.  There is no alternative.  You either get the harvest in or lose it. 

          But there is another ongoing harvest that is crucial and critical, both for time and eternity.  And like the natural harvest, this harvest will be lost if it is not gathered in.  Jeremiah 8:20 has Judah saying, “Harvest is past, summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  And the Lord Jesus said, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (John 4:35).  This harvest is people, individuals, souls, you and I.  How would you respond as you read this?  Would yours be the lament of Judah, “I am not saved?”  There is a remedy for that.  Jesus said that He came to seek and save the lost!  If you allow yourself to be found by the Lord, rescued from sin and its penalty of eternal death, then He will not only forgive your sin, but He will give you a new life, a new birth!  The specific way for us to be saved is given in Romans 10:9-10, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”  Harvested by Jesus!  Saved!  Gathered into the heavenly Father’s eternal family! 

          Once you know that you are part of the Lord’s harvest, it’s time to get to work in His fields.  So many around are in need of being gathered in.  They need to hear the Good News of Jesus.  They need to see a demonstration of God’s love.  This is the work of the Body of Christ: to be workers together with Him in bringing people into God’s forever family.  It will not always be easy.  There are enemies who would rather see the harvest lost and leave people as they are.  But if we will get to work, and overcome the obstacles, then we will find true this word of Jesus, “Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (John 4:36).

The Lord’s Message Was Himself

Fundamentally, our Lord's message was Himself. He did not come merely to preach a Gospel; He himself is that Gospel. He did not come merely to give bread; He said, "I am the bread." He did not come merely to shed light; He said, "I am the light." He did not come merely to show the door; He said, "I am the door." He did not come merely to name a shepherd; He said, "I am the shepherd." He did not come merely to point the way; He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
--J. Sidlow Baxter (1903-1999, Australian born pastor and theologian who authored as many as thirty books)

The Beginning of Coldness in the Heart

"Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together," is a most important exhortation.
Even if we should not derive any especial benefit, at the time, so far as we are
conscious, yet we may be kept from much harm. And very frequently the beginning
of coldness of heart is nourished by keeping away from the meetings of the saints.
-- George Muller

Freedom & Extinction

I came across this profound quote of President Ronald Reagan that is worth sharing:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 24, 2011

Why should we here in the U.S.A. be thankful? "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever." And we are told in the Bible, "It is He that made us and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture." Let's not allow ourselves to fall below the level of animals as did the people of God addressed in Isaiah 1: "The ox knows his owner, and the donkey its master's manger; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider." Take time to thank the Lord for all that He does. And if you have not yet received the gift of eternal life, you may do so by accepting it as a free gift paid for by the precious blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become sons of God"