Archive for January 2013

G-d’s Provision every day

January 29, 2013

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013

OUR FATHER’S PROVISION
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

In my lifetime I have never talked to as many frightened people as I have in
the past three months. America is downright scared!

Builders, Wall Street professionals, retailers, executives, lawyers, small
business owners are all saying the same thing: “It’s worse than most people
know. And it’s going to get worse!” We are racing toward very hard times.

No one likes to hear these kinds of reports; in fact, they can be very
depressing. But the Puritans had a saying: “Our affections bribe our
discernments.” We all love America and our way of life, but unless we face the
truth that hard times in this nation are upon us, we will never have the trust
and confidence we are going to need.

Rest assured, none of this is taking Jesus by surprise. He saw it all coming.
He who has numbered every hair on a person’s head and counted every fallen
sparrow knew beforehand what His followers would face in the last days.

He knew where every dollar in the federal budget would go—and that your rent
and taxes would escalate. He knew about every job layoff His children would
face, about all your bills, even the number of children you have. There is not
one thing our blessed Savior did not know when He told us very specifically in
Matthew 6:25-33: “Don’t give these things a second thought. Your heavenly
Father knows all about your personal needs and He will take care of you!”

You wonder how a Christian in need can give no thought to his physical
condition and I say that we cannot shrink from Jesus’ promise to us. His very
words are eternal: “I say unto you. . . .” In fact, you can take those very
words to the throne room of God and say to Jesus, “These are the red letter
words: ‘I say unto you, give no thought to your needs!’”

No matter how many banks close or how long the unemployment lines grow, our
Lord will be feeding the fowl of the air, dressing the lilies of the fields,
and supplying the daily needs of an ocean full of fish! “Your heavenly Father
feedeth them” (Matthew 6:26). Not one creature will suffer without our Lord
knowing it.

Hard times will never stop our Father’s provision: “Are ye not much better
than they? . . . Shall He not much more clothe you?” (Matthew 6:26, 30).

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Tu B’Shvat…Plant a tree in Israel

January 27, 2013

Israel Inspiration: Tu B’Shevat
Today is the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, known as “Tu B’Shevat.” In Hebrew, “Tu” is the abbreviation for 15. What is the nature of this holiday (pun definitely intended)? Jewish tradition teaches that there are two main ways we can come to an understanding and appreciation of God: Through “His Word” (The Bible) and through “His World” (nature). On the 15th of Shevat, we focus on the relationship between His Word and His World and thank God for His beautiful Creations and especially, the majestic Land of Israel.  There is a custom on Tu B’Shevat to plant a tree in Israel, so become an Israel365 Partner today and plant a tree to help make the desert bloom, one tree

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January 23, 2013

Angry Clinton Explodes at Questioning on Libya Protest: What Difference at This Point Does It Make?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton erupted at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) during his questioning Wednesday over whether there were protests in Benghazi, Libya before the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission.

Johnson was insisting that the American people were “misled” about protests that supposedly occurred over an anti-Islam video, similar to those that had taken place at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo hours earlier on Sept. 11, 2012. It was later determined there had been no protests in Benghazi and the assault was labeled a terrorist attack.

“Do you disagree with me that a simple phone call to those evacuees to determine what happened would have ascertained immediately that there was no protest?” Johnson asked Clinton during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. “That was a piece of information that could have been easily, easily obtained, within hours if not days.”

“Senator, when you’re in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on — ” Clinton started to answer.

” — I realize that’s a good excuse,” Johnson cut in.

“Well, no, it’s the fact,” Clinton said sharply, adding that there are questions being raised “even today” about what precisely happened in Benghazi.

She continued, “Now, we have no doubt they were terrorists, they were militants, they attacked us, they killed our people. But what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing, is still — ”

Read what God has to say about Israel…

January 23, 2013

 

Eze 36:1 “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD.
Eze 36:2 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The enemy said of you, “Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.” ’
Eze 36:3 Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because they ravaged and hounded you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander,
Eze 36:4 therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign LORD: This is what the Sovereign LORD says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and the deserted towns that have been plundered and ridiculed by the rest of the nations around you—
Eze 36:5 this is what the Sovereign LORD says: In my burning zeal I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, for with glee and with malice in their hearts they made my land their own possession so that they might plunder its pastureland.’
Eze 36:6 Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations.
Eze 36:7 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.
Eze 36:8 “ ’But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home.
Eze 36:9 I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown,
Eze 36:10 and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.
Eze 36:11 I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
Eze 36:12 I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk upon you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.
Eze 36:13 “ ’This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because people say to you, “You devour men and deprive your nation of its children,”
Eze 36:14 therefore you will no longer devour men or make your nation childless, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Eze 36:15 No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign LORD.’ ”
Eze 36:16 Again the word of the LORD came to me:
Eze 36:17 “Son of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they defiled it by their conduct and their actions. Their conduct was like a woman’s monthly uncleanness in my sight.
Eze 36:18 So I poured out my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols.
Eze 36:19 I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions.
Eze 36:20 And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, ‘These are the LORD’s people, and yet they had to leave his land.’
Eze 36:21 I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.
Eze 36:22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.
Eze 36:23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 “ ’For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.
Eze 36:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.
Eze 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Eze 36:28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
Eze 36:29 I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you.
Eze 36:30 I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine.
Eze 36:31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices.
Eze 36:32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign LORD. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel!
Eze 36:33 “ ’This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt.
Eze 36:34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it.
Eze 36:35 They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.”
Eze 36:36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’
Eze 36:37 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Once again I will yield to the plea of the house of Israel and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep,
Eze 36:38 as numerous as the flocks for offerings at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts. So will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

The way out…

January 23, 2013

Torah Portion Study:
An Event to Remember Forever!

Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)
By Rabbi Glenn

This Shabbat’s parasha is Beshalach which means “in his sending“, referring to Pharaoh finally letting the Jewish people go (after ten terrible plagues), and it takes us through Exodus chapter 17. When God led us out of Egypt, He didn’t take us straight north. Though that would have been a more direct route, it would have taken us right into Philistine territory. Instead He led us through the wilderness to the Red Sea. God went ahead of us, manifesting His presence in a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day. Moses took Joseph’s bones with them – fulfilling Joseph’s request that when Israel did leave Egypt (a matter of which he was certain), they should take his bones with them. He wanted to be buried in the land of promise, not a foreign country. It might seem like a minor detail to some people, but this was actually very important and we are encouraged that Joseph’s directive was not overlooked in the grand event of the Exodus.

God tells Moses to lead the people south, which will give Pharaoh the impression that the Jews have wandered aimlessly and are now trapped at the shore of the Red Sea inside Egypt. Pharaoh, who since the death of his firstborn had had time to calm down, realizes that he’s just freed his entire unpaid work force, and again, predictably, hardens his heart. He saddles up and takes 600 of his best charioteers and a massive army to pursue Israel. When Israel sees Pharaoh’s army, they yell at Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?” It was meant as sarcasm – the Egyptians were obsessed with death and graves and the underworld. It wouldn’t be the last time our people treated Moses maliciously. In fact, three times in just these four chapters Moses is accused of evil.

But now, faced with what appears to be certain death at the hands of the mighty Egyptian army, Moses utters these unforgettable words: “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord… for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.” Moses waves his staff over the Red Sea, and the Lord sends a powerful east wind – so powerful that the sea was swept back and divided in two, completely drying out the ground in the middle to make the way of escape for the Jewish people. We walked through the midst of the Red Sea, a wall of water on either side, and no one’s sandals got muddy! All that night the pillar of fire, which had gone before us, was now behind us, preventing the Egyptians from giving chase. At daylight, however, the angel of the Lord moved behind us, and Pharaoh’s army resumed their pursuit, driving right into the Red Sea. God threw them into chaos and impeded their chariots. The Egyptians perceived that the God of the Hebrews was doing this, and began to flee. God told Moses to stretch out his hand once more over the Red Sea, and the waters rushed back, it drowning every Egyptian soldier.

Our Exodus from Egypt would be the most memorable event for the Jewish people for thousands of years to come. Dor l’dor –  from generation to generation we remember that Adonai redeemed us from the house of slavery. Our people feared Him when we saw His deliverance. Egypt, too, learned that their gods were nothing and the God of Israel was the only One.

Chapter 15 contains a song. It might seem odd to have an historical narrative suddenly interrupted like that. But in Scripture, when a story is interrupted in this way, it means we’re supposed to pay special attention. Remember, in ancient times books were not readily available as they are to us today. The Scriptures were read aloud in the assembly, so you had to be a good listener. Whenever a narrative was interrupted by something different – a song, a poem, it was designed to capture your attention! And what do we find in the Song of Moses? Well, among other things, these marvelous refrains: “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation… Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders… The Lord will reign forever and ever…” Moses’ song is more than a glorified sigh of relief; it is a series of lofty theological truths. Two important facts emerge: 1) the God of Israel is the only God, and, 2) that man cannot save himself. Salvation comes from God alone.

Sadly, the celebration didn’t last. Our people began to complain. In the Wilderness of Sin we ran out of food, got hungry and kvetched. Moses was accused of bringing us out into the wilderness to kill us. God graciously sent manna – supernatural bread from Heaven. He also sent quail. He also sent instructions. We didn’t follow the instructions. We found out the hard way that manna didn’t keep overnight. Then we came to Rephidim and had no water, so again we blamed Moses. God graciously provided water. By the way, the sons of Israel never did apologize to Moses for the accusations.

In chapter 17 the Amalekites attacked Israel. Joshua led Israel’s army, while Moses went up on a hill and lifted his staff. So long as Moses’ staff remained above his head Israel prevailed. But when his arms got weary and came down, Amalek prevailed. Aaron and Hur knew just what to do – they sat Moses down and each of them held up one of Moses’ arms until Joshua completely defeated the Amalekites. Attacking a newly freed people was wicked enough, but later in the Torah we learn that the Amalekites attacked us from the rear, targeting the weak and elderly and those with very young children. God held the Amalekites in utter contempt and later commanded Israel to blot out their very memory from under Heaven! At this victory, Moses built an altar and named it Adonai Nissi – the Lord is my Banner! In the midst of life’s raging battles, the One who is our Banner is always able to come to our aid, leading us to victory!

A few final thoughts:

  1. Moses was only the first in what would prove to be a long line of servants of God who suffered indignities from the very people they came to help. The fact that most of our people rejected Messiah Yeshua when He presented Himself 2,000 years ago should come as no surprise; and it didn’t stop God from accomplishing redemption. Likewise, Israel’s present rejection of Yeshua will not prevent God from fulfilling the promises He has made concerning our eventual restoration and blessing in the Land. Some have failed to see the bigger picture and have arrogantly written the Jewish people off, and that will prove to have been a huge mistake.
  2. In contrast to the many who treated Moses contemptuously, Aaron and Hur are forever remembered for their wisdom and dedication in coming alongside Moses and upholding his arms. It is a portrait of two kinds of response to leadership – resentful resistance or appreciative support. Which response more closely describes you?
  3. In Israel’s Exodus from Egypt there is a foreshadowing of the greater deliverance for all mankind. For just as God delivered the Jewish people from slavery to Pharaoh, in the course of time He set men and women from every nation free from bondage to sin and death. And just as Israel immediately passed through the Red Sea after turning away from Egypt, those who turn away from the world and commit to following Messiah Yeshua are expected to be immersed in the waters of Tevilah – baptism.
  4. Pharaoh is a prime example of the danger of having a “Utilitarian View” of humanity. When we cease viewing people as unique individuals created in the image of God, they become mere extensions of our own personal ambition, either serving our purposes or getting in our way. In Pharaoh’s utilitarian thinking, the Jews were, for a time, a threat, so he ordered the annihilation of our baby boys. Later we were a commodity to him, and put to 400 years of unpaid forced labor as slaves. Finally, when we were no longer either a threat or a commodity, he sought to annihilate us at the shore of the Red Sea.

Pharaoh was in his day what Haman was in his day what Hitler was in his day, and what Planned Parenthood is today: those whose Utilitarian View devalues human identity, and it always leads to murder; and often mass murder. God forbid that we should ever cease to recognize His fingerprint on each and every fellow human being.

Will Hillary come clean?

January 23, 2013

Tomorrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will finally appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to answer questions about the deadly attacks in Benghazi – fully five months after the attacks that took the lives of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

While recovering from a concussion and related medical issues, Secretary Clinton’s Accountability Review Board (ARB) published findings on the deadly Benghazi attack, recommending that blame be widely distributed and that no punishment be levied.
Citing “systematic management failures” and “grossly inadequate security” leading up to the attacks, the report concludes that there was a “breakdown in communication between Libya and Washington, DC.”
What the report failed to address was the subsequent cover-up following the deadly terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, information specialist Sean Smith, and former Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glen Doherty.

The question remains: Why did the White House lie to the American people for many weeks after the attack – blaming a ridiculous anti-Muslim video for the attack when in reality they knew within 24-hours that this was a pre-planned, well-orchestrated terror assault on U.S. soil?

It is now common knowledge that after stumping around the nation declaring that he had killed Osama Bin Laden and had Al Qaeda on their heels in full retreat, the truth about this attack could have devastated Barack Obama’s re-election hopes.
Was this the reason underlying the cover-up?  Did Barack Obama’s strategists craft a life to give the President political cover until after the election?

These critical questions have not been addressed, and in fact aren’t likely to be addressed, unless grassroots Americans demand a full and thorough congressional investigation into what is now correctly called “The Benghazi Cover-up.”

Bob, this is likely to be one of the final appearances of Hillary Clinton as the outgoing Secretary of State.  She must not be given a pass!  She must be made to answer the tough questions.

No matter how valid her long medical delay – and there are lingering questions on how this crucial testimony could have been postponed for such an inordinately long period of time – Americans deserve a full and accurate explanation of what happened and why the cover-up went on until well after the election!

It has been a huge victory for the Obama administration to have delayed this inquiry not just past the 2012 election, but even past his second term inauguration!  Now that it is finally happening, it must not be turned into a “thank you for your service” tour for the outgoing Secretary of State!

++We have 24 hours to take action! Fax Congress today demanding a full investigation!


Secretary Clinton will appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee tomorrow – and before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, possibly later this week.

Unless Americans demand honesty and accountability, the horrors and lies associated with Benghazi will be swept away.

Please, don’t allow that to happen!
Liberty Counsel Action is asking members of our team to fax key lawmakers demanding a full and honest investigation into the Benghazi cover-up. Our exclusive faxing system gives grassroots citizens the power to quickly and conveniently send personalized faxes to key members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and other key lawmakers, including your two North Carolina senators and your representative.

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With your help, hundreds of congressional offices will be inundated with faxes over the next 24-hours, calling for a full investigation into the Libya cover-up!

Bob, the Obama administration wants nothing more than to move past Benghazi. Unfortunately for the families of the four murdered Americans, that’s simply not possible – not until they get honest answers from this administration.
Go here now to join with thousands of Americans who are barraging Congress with faxes in an effort to get to the truth about Benghazi:

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Thank you for allowing us to represent you on Capitol Hill.

Mathew D. Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action

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Perhaps today…

January 21, 2013

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013

IS THIS THE GENERATION?
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

The whole world is frightened, perplexed and confused. Even the saintliest
Christian must be wondering about all the prophetic events rapidly unfolding. I
know that believers all over the world are asking themselves a question that I,
too, am pondering: Are we in the last decade of human history? I do not know,
but one thing is sure: We have seen an acceleration of world events. Suddenly,
without warning, the Iron Curtain fell. Almost overnight, Eastern Europe was
free. Seemingly in a flash, the Soviet Empire—once threatening the United
States—was brought to the brink of disintegration and utter turmoil.

Could it be that in the same sudden manner, the antichrist world leader will be
revealed? Could it also be that God has come to the end of His patience with the
sins of North America, as happened with Sodom and Gomorrah?

Frightening bankruptcies in our savings and loan organizations, mounting
national debt, diseases and nationwide plagues—are these all signs that our
country is entering the corridor of a divine curse as outlined in Deuteronomy
28? Read what God does to the nations that sin against the light. You can see
it happening right now!

Are we already in the early stages of the biggest depression in our history?
The Great Depression of the 1930s has been regarded as the worst ever, but many
economists believe we are on the brink of a depression that will make our worst
look tame by comparison.

Is God even now beginning to cut off our supply of bread? Is He bringing ruin
upon us, as He did upon Jerusalem and Judah because of their sins? In Isaiah
3:1-6, you will find that God does cut off bread and massive unemployment
results. When judgment fell in Zion, “there was no hire for man, nor any hire
for beast” (Zachariah 8:10). Will there be massive unemployment as God judges
America’s sins?

There is a sense of danger in the air; every situation seems volatile. There is
a feeling that the world is on a course from which there is no turning back.
There is talk of wars, race wars, holy wars. Israel is feverishly preparing for
war as never before, gearing up for a final conflict.

Is this the day that Jesus predicted when men’s hearts will fail from
overwhelming fear as they behold the frightening things happening on the earth?
Could it be we really are the generation that will behold the coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ? Have we come to such a point in human history that it can now be
said, “This generation shall not pass away till all these things come to pass”?
Will it indeed happen in our time?

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