Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christians Need To Support Israel

  I don't know how to make this more clear, I support and love Israel and I also love the Jewish people. Our Bible says, in Romans 15:27 "...For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things." Simply put, God's chosen people are the sons and daughters of Abraham and these people are the Jewish people. They have preserved the Holy Scriptures for thousands of years and gave us the First Family of Christianity which is Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We Christians were graphed into the family because of Christ, our Lord and Savior.

  More than ever before, the Jewish people need our prayers, our love and our support. The angry clouds of war are gathering over the Holy Land as Russia and the Muslim nations surrounding Israel prepare to attack God's people. Daily, rockets are flying into villages and town wounding and killing men, women and children whose only crime was to be born Jewish and love the One true God. While the United Nations seems to always side with Israel's enemies, those enemies of Israel are waging a war against God's people. While Israel does its best to recognize all people's and their right to exist, the nations of the world still refuse to recognize this nation, the Jewish State of Israel that has given so much to the world.

  As Christians, it is our biblical obligation to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, to pray for the Jewish people and it is also our obligation to support Israel with our "carnal" things as well. Yes, I'm taking about supporting Israel with our finances whenever we feel led and whenever can. Support any number of the great organizations that help feed, clothe and shelter God's children. Support efforts to care of the orphans, widows or help organizations that provide help to those who are trying to migrate to Israel. No matter what you feel led to do, God will bless your efforts and you will be a blessing to those who need our support.

  Personally, I support Christians United For Israel with finances and I am also a member of this great organization. I have watched CUFI grow into the largest pro-Israel organization in the United Sates and have seen the results of the thousands of people who have given to support the many causes CUFI supports. While there are a great many organizations supporting Israel, this is the one I felt led to become a part of. My online church, The Home Church, is also a member of CUFI and supports CUFI with offerings, prayer and posting information they supply from Israel.

  Here's the main point I want to make: no matter what, Christians need to support Israel with our prayers. King David, the great warrior king of Israel, wrote in Pslams 122:6 "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." God made a promise here that you need to listen to and need to understand: God promised that HE will bless those that pray for Jerusalem (meaning Israel) and HE will bless those that support Israel with their finances. God promised Abraham this when He said " And I will bless them that bless thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." The whole of the earth has been blessed because and by the Jewish people so, lets support them with our very best prayers and offerings. Don't let a day go by that you don't take a moment and pray for God's chosen people and for the City of Jerusalem.

God bless Jerusalem and the State of Israel: God bless and keep you,


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Technolgy And The Gospel

  We're living in an age of amazing technology. No matter where we go, we can now take equipment with us to keep in touch with our family, friends and others who follow us. There's cellular telephone, text messages, email, FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube to just name a few. All of these things allow what has become known as "Social Networking" which could be used to promote the Gospel.

  As Christians, we need to take the tools of technology and use them for evangelizing the world around us. We can use all of these tools to reach people with the message of Christ's love and salvation through faith in Him. We should be using these tools to tell what Christ has done for us, how He saved us, held us, and how we've found peace and understanding through our faith and belief in Christ.

  I'd like to challenge each and every one of you to use your various "social networking" tools for spreading the Gospel. Instead of using these things to just keep people updated on what you're doing or just for keeping track of friends and family; let's use these wonderful tools to spread the Gospel, send our devotions, inspiring Bible verses, make short videos that express our love and devotion to our Lord. Come on, post great sermons you find on YouTube to your FaceBook page, post Christian music videos and when you find a great Scripture that moves you, by all means share with everyone on your various friend lists.

  The world is using this technology to spread things that aren't fit for consumption so, let's use it to tell the story of Jesus and His great love. Let's use every tool God puts in our hands to inspire, to witness and to express our love. Satan wants to use all of this to entrap people, to pollute the Internet with pornography and music that isn't spiritually healthy for people. Let's come together and make the world a better place by taking these tools and using them for God's glory.

  Join me and my friends as we spread the Gospel of Christ around the world with our cell phones, iPads, computers and smart phones. Let's evangelize this lost and dying world with the Good News of Christ's saving grace while we await Christ's return to carry the church home to Heaven.

God bless you and keep you,

Pastor Dave

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Warning To Christians

  In the wee hours of this morning, I heard what I believe to be the voice of the Lord. It was a short message, but it's one that all Christians need to pay close attention to. We are far too close to the end to be making stupid mistakes.

  The words I heard were these. "Tell My children they're watching too much television. They are polluting their hearts, minds and spirits by viewing they shouldn't. I wish that they would spend their time reading My Word, praying or, at the very least, watching programs where My Scriptures are being taught.

  Turn it off and stop watching things that promote sin, programs where they take My name in vain and they promote sexual immorality. Turn off that television and spend more time talk with Me, praying and promoting the Gospel.

  When you do watch television, only watch programs that you would not be ashamed to watch if I, the Lord your God were sitting next to you; for I am always there with you. IF you wouldn't watch it with Me in the room, you shouldn't watch it at all.

  Behold, My Son is coming quickly, be ever mindful and ready for His coming. I, the Lord God Almighty, have spoken."

At this point I heard the Lord say, "Warn them to be careful what they put before their eyes and allow access to their hearts." Folks, we need to be careful and need to be mindful of what we put before our eyes, the things we listen to and the things that we support with our dollars. Jesus is coming soon and He's coming for a faithful church that is ready, and serving him with all of their hearts.

God bless you and keep you. In Christ's love,