Disobeying God To Save America

That’s the topic of this week’s The Truth Newsletter. It seems that we can not only break God’s 6th Commandment, “You shall not murder,” but we can also disobey God’s 8th Commandment, “You shall not steal.” You can do these things if America’s survival is at stake. At least that is what I am being told by Christians and a Tea Party Leader.

I obviously have a very strong opinion about this that most of you could probably state verbatim. However, my opinion in and of itself means nothing if it is not grounded in Biblical truth. God’s 2nd Commandment is the second longest of the ten and I think it is most overlooked by American Christians. I know for me it is the commandment hardest for me to keep because I allow so many things in this world to become an idol. Here’s what God wrote:

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Fear Not For Israel

It is easy to look at world events and shudder for the future of Israel as a nation. The satanic Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again came to America, spewed his hatred for Israel at the United Nations and appeared on American television and refused to acknowledge the Jewish Holocaust. The Iranian President once again before the UN General Assembly said that Israel will be eliminated. Looking at the rise of Islamic fundamentalist governments in the nations surrounding Israel, one could easily see Israel’s end could be at hand, if not at least a violent war ahead. Let us look through a Biblical lens when looking at Israel’s future.

    “‘If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,’ let Israel now say—‘If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their wrath was kindled against us; then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul; then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul.’ Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124)

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A Firm Belief Of The Future Judgment

Yesterday in Sunday School I was teaching on 2 Peter 3 and became significantly inspired by verse 9. Now we know this verse as one I call “refrigerator magnet” verses, to which I’m not opposed, but when you read the verse in its context with the preceding eight verses it surely makes it much more powerful:

    “Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:1-9)

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The Look Of Confidence

Nothing worse than a cocky person. You know him; struts like a rooster thinking he’s all that and so full and sure of himself. I’ve been accused of being cocky; been guilty of it too. Oftentimes we cocky ones respond with, “I’m not cocky; I’m confident.”

Confidence can be a great characteristic to have but it is all dependent upon the reason for one’s confidence. If your only source of confidence is your abilities, then I don’t give you a half-a-hallelujah of having eternal confidence.

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My Brother Has Gone Home

Those were the words of Reverend Pete Belmain during his benediction at our 5th Annual Hope Rides Alone Family Reunion Banquet in honor of my son, Sergeant Eddie Jeffers. It was on a Wednesday, September 19, 2007 that Eddie breathed his last breath on an Iraqi desert floor outside of Ramadi, Iraq. Normally before our banquet my grief returns and I weep for him. That didn’t really happen this year…until this morning. It happened when I read my oldest daughter Tiffany’s Facebook post honoring her brother:

    I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach. It’s the same pit that has shown up every morning on this day for the last 5 years. I can’t believe it’s really been 5 years….I know God had a bigger plan for you, but it’s still hard to think about what happened on this day not so long ago. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten and neither will you my precious brother….I love you and we miss you every day.

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The Sin Remaining In The Heart Of The Believer

I was talking with my wife this weekend and we came upon the subject of motives. The main conversation was about women’s dress, that is how they dress. While the Bible clearly defines that a woman is supposed to dress modestly, it is very common in the American church, mine included, to see women not dressing modestly. Karen couldn’t understand why some women do this and I told her ultimately it comes down to motive. The question is why are they dressing immodestly and that does not just mean “showing skin.” It is a matter of the heart and I told her only the woman and God knows the true motive.

It is important for us to examine our hearts. The wise King Solomon once wrote:

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The Source of Despair and Remorse

So here we go starting a new work week. What are your goals for this week? To make so much profit? To make so many sales? To land that one elusive client you’ve been after for months? To finally get the courage to ask your boss for a raise? To finally find a job? None of these in and of themselves are wicked. Goals are not wicked, only hearts are. Goals are, however, fleeting, just as the treasures these goals can bring are fleeting. So what’s the answer?

    “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.” (Proverbs 10:2-3)

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The Overwhelming Thing Does Not Overwhelm

For a politician to be attractive to a voter, at least according to his or her consultants, you must first sell despair before you can secure disciples. We must be told of how desperate our situation is and then be convinced that deliverance is only possible in the man or woman seeking your vote. Of course they give the empty platitudes of “together we can do this” and “lift ourselves up by our bootstraps,” but do they ever really come through as promised? Of course not!

The deliverance they are offering is found only in Christ.

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Profitable Even In This Present World

This past Tuesday our nation’s debt rose to 16 trillion dollars. I spell that out because I’m not really sure how many zeroes it takes to write it out numerically (I think it is 12). That comes out to over $53,000 owed by every man, woman, and child. Is debt immoral? It all depends on the purpose of the debt. If you are subsidizing sloth, then yes it is immoral:

    “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep—so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:6-11)

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