Put on Your Dancing Shoes

weeping into dancingIt’s wonderful when we know the Lord and can enjoy life! The internet has made it possible to spend less time doing those tedious things such as banking, shopping and travelling to work, and given us more time to do what we like to do. Continue reading

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A Very Dark Hour

954751_689208277771242_889438941_nIt seems that life now-a-days has more ups and downs and constant challenges than ever before. The law has changed dramatically and now it allow things that years ago would have been forbidden such as the legalization of abortion and the acceptance of a homosexual lifestyle. Crime and pointless killings have become the norm, sickness and incurable diseases are on the rise, and God has been eliminated from public sectors such as schools, work places – and even churches! The security of every person on earth is being contested and not far in the future those who don’t know Christ will face a very dark hour.

We have watched the chaos unravel around us for years and now we see the dangers they all present and the future that we face, and many of us are scared.  What is our hope for the future?

While it is true that the world is becoming overrun by sin, it is also true that as Christians, this world is not our home so it does not control us. When we became born again Jesus became the Lord over our life and so we have to realize that HE is in control over everything that happens in our life when we study our Bible, follow Him and trust Him. The world will continue down its path of destruction, but we will keep our eyes on Jesus and follow Him on the narrow path.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that Taken3leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at, because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.” … Matthew 7:13-14

In Matthew 24:3, the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him, “Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus answered them in verses 4-14 and explained what signs to look for, and then in verses 15-51 He went into more detail about what things would happen in the last days before He would return. These scriptures no longer refer to the “future” of mankind because we now live in the time when we can see evidence of many of these occurrences.

And we are not far from the time that is spoken of in Luke 21:26 when we’re told about the fear that would come to mankind because of these events. Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

The world is literally falling apart, yet many will argue and say that Christianity is spreading across the globe more now than ever before in history, but that is not really true. Yes, Christianity is being preached by true born-again believers all around the world and there are many who have devoted their lives to spread the true gospel of Christ. And there are many Christians in the Middle-East who are martyred because they choose to follow Jesus. However, not everyone who says they are a Christian is, in fact, a Christian.

The bulk of the Christian world as we know it in general is not led by Jesus or founded on the real gospel of Jesus according to the scriptures; it’s a false gospel that caters to the desires of greedy people and does not teach the true gospel of Christ. There are many false preachers and religions that make people feel good and that seem to hit right on with what they want to believe. And since the churches they join are called churches – be it physical congregations or television evangelical organizations – they feel secure in their ignorance, all the while thinking that they’re safe, but not realizing they are on the road to hell.

68998146_6136ce06da_mWhile each one of us will stand accountable for our own life one day, these false preachers, teachers and prophets will all face the judgment of God and be cast into hell because they deceived the people and taught a false Christ and a false gospel.

“And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” … Matthew 24:51

And as we read in Matthew 7, there are many false preachers and doctrines that the devil has cleverly planted here just to deceive people and to keep them from knowing God. The less of God there is in this world, the more the devil can rule in lawlessness and the more damage he can and will do. When people carelessly assume that they will go to Heaven and that God will protect them and give them everything they want and feel that they deserve, they are fools. Satan has used the false leaders to deceive them and when they leave this earth and face God, they will receive their judgment right along with the deceivers who they followed.

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” … Matthew 7:23

A very dark hour is coming upon this earth, just as Jesus predicted, and the only way we will get through it is with Jesus. Though many Christians hope to be raptured before the worst of it comes, the truth is that no one knows when that will be and so we may have to endure much more before that great event happens. But, Jesus has promised to protect us and keep us safe when we walk through those horrific trials.

944431_692565744102162_465147567_n“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” … Psalm 23:4

False Christianity and ignorance might get us riches and fame here on earth, but it will not cause us to escape God’s wrath that is coming and has already begun. There is much more to life than just living for today because God created us to live with Jesus forever, and therefore, our souls will live on forever. Our bodies here will die, but Jesus has said that we will be given new bodies and that when we leave this earth we will all stand before God. If He sees that we belong to Him and that the blood of Jesus has washed away all of our sins, then He will welcome us into Heaven to live with Him forever; but if we are not covered in the righteousness of Christ and we still have the old sin of the devil in us, we will face judgment and be sentenced to hell.

Just as the life of Joan Rivers was taken suddenly and unexpectedly, so could it be with anyone. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can accept Jesus and change your lifestyle “one day” because that day may have come and gone and may never come again. The Bible tells us in Luke 13:28:

“There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. “  

When we live for Jesus, through His grace and our faith we are able to see His goodness and His love, the joy He gives us and the hope for today. We can experience a blessed peace in our heart because regardless of what happens here on earth, we have a home in Heaven where our Heavenly Father waits for us. We have much to look forward to and much to thank God for every day, but those who don’t know Jesus will stand alone as they head toward a very dark hour.

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” … John 14:1-3

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* If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but want to be a Christian with a home in Heaven, then just find a quiet place for a minute and bow your head. Tell God that you want to repent and come out of the world and that you want to be a Christian. Ask Jesus to forgive you for all your sins and to fill you with His Spirit. There won’t be any thunder or flashing lights for you to see – although in Heaven the angels will cheer louder than any sports stadium could portray. Then as soon as possible, get into the New Testament of the Bible and read it over and over. Pray and ask the Lord to teach you everything He is saying so that it will get deep into your heart. And then remember to tell God thank you often for saving you and for making you part of His family.

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Who is the Real Jesus?

The world is becoming overwhelmed with people preaching the gospel and proclaiming Jesus as their Lord. There are countless establishments being built across the globe to glorify God and to bring Christians into the fold. Yet, instead of the global Christians uniting in thought and heart toward God, there is a great division among them. Why? It’s because they all teach a different doctrine, a different gospel, and a different Jesus.

So, Who is the real Jesus?

A new Christian looking for a church can easily become drawn into the wrong fold when their personal needs or desires are more of a priority than knowing God. We are surrounded with churches today that preach a false God – a false Jesus – a false gospel – and their congregations are growing!

The desire for fame and riches are to blame for the many false preachers that flood the television networks and the Christian book stores. These self-appointed leaders have taken scriptures out of context and turned the message of the gospel into a roadshow for Christians to become wealthy and carefree. This “prosperity gospel” is leading people along the broad path that leads to hell.

People who don’t know the Lord, but who want to be “Christians”, often search for a church that meets their needs and their desires. They join and believe that they are God’s children because they are faithful to their church and to the doctrine preached. Afterall, if the pastor is preaching this message then it must be what God wants. And then when the message becomes one that offends their personal lifestyle they leave and search for another church.

The Bible warns us of these types of Christians in 2 Timothy 4:3. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”

In 2 Timothy 2:15  we’re told to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  We need to study the Bible and learn who God is, who Jesus is, and what the big picture of creation is about. We need to put our own thoughts and desires aside and study earnestly with a pure heart and then we’ll see the truth of the gospel.

But where can we go to find this? We realize that there are many versions of the Bible and some make the message very clear, but on the whole of things it can be overwhelming when we don’t know where to begin and when we don’t understand the history behind many of the scriptures.

Rev. Rich Vermillion, a certified minister of the gospel and faithful servant of the Lord, has put together a teaching series called, The Fundamentals of The Real Gospel. He has spent a lot of time in prayer and preparation to create a teaching series that brings out the complete and yet simple truth of the gospel of Christ. He has researched the original scriptures and studied the culture and the history of when they were made so that there can be no misunderstanding of the meaning of its content.

The teaching follows the Bible from Old Testament to the New and elaborates on who Jesus is, what was accomplished at the cross, and who we are in Christ. We learn what we can expect from God as His children and what our responsibility is toward Him and toward other Christians and non-Christians.

He clarifies the difference between the REAL gospel and the false teachings that are destroying Christians, and he brings to light some of the household names of television evangelists and preachers who proclaim a false gospel. Rev. Vermillion relates everything and brings all his findings back to the Word of God, to the scriptures that warn us of these false prophets and teachers.

This is not a series that’s for sale for personal gain. This entire series of mp3’s is FREE to whoever wants to download it so they can know the REAL GOSPEL. We can listen to them, copy them, send them to friends and family, and share them with everyone we know. Jesus paid for this message on the cross and so there is no further cost. And so, there is no reason for anyone to not be able to learn the truth about the real gospel of Jesus because they are free by clicking here.

We’re living in a time when the truth about Jesus is being ignored and the greed and self-righteousness of ungodly men and women are influencing and controlling the hearts and minds of millions of Christians. We can’t sit back any longer and just assume that our relationship with God is good or that our future with Him even exists. We need to study this for ourselves and learn the truth.

Isaiah 53:5 says Jesus loves us so much that He hung on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, healed our bodies, and brought us back to our Heavenly Father. Then He prepared a home for us in Heaven so that we could live with Him forever. Our life here on earth is not about gaining riches. It’s not about fame or power. It’s not about us living a carefree life without problems – or without sin. Life for us on this earth is our opportunity to know Jesus, to accept Him and to live the life that He has provided for us.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” …1 Corinthians 2:12