Enjoy Your Neuroplasticity

7 Dec

Every moment is another choice in our thought life, where will we entertain good or evil imaginations? Because it’s in our thought life that we must choose to believe the Lord’s truth or the devil’s lies.
As every thought must travel a path of faith or fear in your body, mind, spirit and soul. Why listen to anything the Devil (who is the father of lies) has to say?
Papa God designed our brains with the amazing ability to reorganise itself throughout our lifetime here on earth.

Neuroplasticity (neuro” meaning brain and “plasticity” meaning changeability) allows the neurons or the (nerve cells) in your brain to compensate for any problems it is dealing with. Your brain is constantly laying down new pathways based on your thoughts and experiences.
Neurons that fire together, get wire together. A neuron is a brain cell, and when brain cells get activated at the same time by something you see or hear or smell or whatsoever you are experiencing, they release chemicals that help strengthen the connection between those neurons.
That can be for good or bad. For example, when you eat something delicious, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical that makes you feel glad all over. If you hug someone you really care about, your brain releases a chemical called oxytocin, that helps you bond with other people and animals.
One of my neigbours often gives my horse Mr. Bob an apple or carrot when we ride by her farm. My horse’s brain has now obliviously built pathways connecting my neighbour with feeling happy and loved. He will even try to pull me to go off the trail to go visit her farm. How much more do people make such connections then as we process information and experiences daily?
It appear all to obvious now that the devil’s plan is to use people who will passively receive his lies and merge poisonous thoughts as if they were their own thoughts. If the devil can keep you thinking poisonous thoughts he understands that through the working of neuroplasticity he can then attack your body as those poisonous thoughts get rooted down into your brain. Just as easily as if the devil was actually able to solder poisonous wiring into your brain. Because the devils lies will have a negative affect on your mind, spirit, soul and body and overall well being.
You see all the devil can really do is try and convince you of his lies. The same way he tried to tempt the Lord Jesus/Yeshua when he misquoted Scripture to him. Another good reason to memorise and know some Scripture so you can quote the Gospel truth back in such times as needed. The good news here is neuroplasticity works both ways. That means that any damage from ungodly thinking to the brain can be undone when someone changes they way they think (Repents) before the Lord and gets on the narrow pathway to holiness with Christ. Unhealthy behaviours will then become healthy behaviours.
Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Because “All”, things are possible with God! I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
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Darwinism May Be One Of The Greatest Deception Of All Time

25 Nov

I recently had another discussion with some people claiming to be an atheists and rational thinkers. I asked one of them if it is possible that Charles Darwin actually delivered to this world a model for one of the greatest deception of all time? Now my atheist friend here has an interesting problem because he has somehow dismissed the Holy Bible and the supernatural without really ever investigating it for himself. He has built his neuronal pathways of understanding the world on other peoples ideas and opinions rather then on the Word of His creator. Another problem is that atheists and such rational thinkers can not explain how so many people have been healed supernaturally, nor the most basics of questions like how did we come to exist here?
1 Corinthians 2:14,” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” This describes someone who has no sense of spiritual values and so it seems foolish to them to seek the Lord, for they are lost and attracted to only the sensual and depraved passions of this fallen world.
1 Corinthians 2:15,” But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”

Only after you are born again can you begin to understand and see things from a heavenly perspective. It is interesting to also take note that atheist’s and other followers of such cults and false religions do not actually have open minds and so are not at all really tolerant of those who follow after the Lord Jesus/Yehsua. Because they do not know the truth they can not therefore do any better then the rhetoric of what they espouse. Some of them are very well educated and appear very intelligent, however they lack discernment, understanding and wisdom and so they are slowly perishing from lack of true knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)

Often it is rather difficult to carry on a real debate because the spirits manifesting in them become so emotional they will begin to name call when they can not hold up their position. It is important to keep in mind we are commanded as Christians to love everyone even when they are acting unlovable. Without hearing the whole Gospel, sadly ignorant and uninformed people have no real choice, no matter how well educated they are. Because the enemy has done this just as he sowed tares with among the wheat. Matthew 13:25,” But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”

It appears to me the enemy of our soul’s PR company worked rather closely with Darwinism because it changed the way people think on a global scale and not every thought you have is your own. Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection was embraced and taught as fact when it has no real facts to back it up.
With the Darwinian point of view only the strong and those able to adapt to their surrounding may survive, so there was no need for God in the equation. So how did the universe create itself out of nothing? Who or what caused the big bang? Without God there is also no devil to trick us into sinning because there are no moral standards to really live by. So you can live however you like as there is no judgment or real accountability. Just like some counterfeit movements of Christianity today where people embrace lying signs and wonders and a message of grace on steroids so they feel justified to continually sin, thinking that grace shall cover them. We read in Romans 6:15,”What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”
Think about this because before you can really embrace communism’s ideals you need to first establish Darwinism. Sort of reminds me of those pyramids schemes like ‘Amway’, where only the people on the top actually benefit. As only the leaders of Communism really benefit and have their needs met whilst their people suffer on. Because truly when you think this through there is no real purpose in being alive then except to get what you can for a moment and reproduce the species.
Darwinism helped lay the foundation for many world atrocities which also greatly inspired Carl Marks ideas about world dictatorship of a Proletarian government. This along with the occultism behind people who allowed evil to manifest in them, like Hitler’s attempt for a final solution and you have the ingredients for much world misery.
The devil has tried so many times throughout history to take out and destroy God’s chosen people the Jews. As if he could do that somehow and actually succeed he would somehow be able to cancel out the end time prophecies from being fulfilled and spare himself from his certain fate. That everlasting fire was made for the devil and his fallen angels, not for mankind.
Matthew 25:41,” Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

It appears to me there is a very sinister and diabolical plot the devil launched that came in with Darwin’s theory of evolution. As it has lead countless millions of people down a poisonous pathway where there is no healing miracles and no supernatural provisions of the Lord Jesus/Yeshua for them to experience. The Lord said for those who believe, signs and wonders shall follow, if you don’t believe it how will that happen? (Mark 16-15-20) We read in Hebrews 11:6,”But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

For the atheist and rational thinker there is no real hope because there is no real faith. There is only false counterfeit faith that God does not exist. One of the devil’s best deceptions is getting people to think he does not really exist.
If we are truly intellectually honest none of us can say we really understand how the universe and life really began. My atheist friend asked me who created God? Wanting to know were there other Gods who created himself or herself and then created our God? So I shared the facts from the Supernatural Instruction Manual, the Holy Word of God. As we study the Scriptures to understand we will clearly come to the fact God is God and HE is self existing which is to say He was always God and is not a created being.
The Bible records that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:1-3

We see also in John 17:5,” And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” and Micah 5:2,” But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Revelation 22:13,” I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

Let me share something I feel is really important here and sort of cut to the chase as they say. There was this marvelous film if you have not seen it yet called “Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed” a few years ago where Ben Stein interviews one of the worlds leading scientist, atheist and rational thinkers of our day Sir. Richard Dawkins. So Let me simply read you the actual transcript of the exchange and I quote;
“Ben Stein: What do think is the possibility that there then, intelligent design might turn out to be the answer to some issues in genetics… or in evolution?
Richard Dawkins: Well… it could come about in the following way: it could be that uh, at some earlier time somewhere in the universe a civilization e-evolved… by probably by some kind of Darwinian means to a very very high level of technology and designed a form of life that they seeded onto… perhaps this… this planet. Um, now that is a possibility. And uh, an intriguing possibility. And I suppose it’s possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the um, at the detail… details of our chemistry molecular biology you might find a signature of some sort of designer.
Ben Stein: [voice over] Wait a second. Richard Dawkins thought intelligent design might be a legitimate pursuit?
Richard Dawkins: Um, and that designer could well be a higher intelligence from elsewhere in the universe. But that higher intelligence would itself would have to come about by some explicable or ultimately explicable process. It couldn’t have just jumped into existence spontaneously. That’s the point.
Ben Stein: [voice over] So professor Dawkins was not against intelligent design, just certain types of designers. Such as God.”
What I am saying here in case anyone misses this. The brilliant and esteemed Professor Dawkins is saying what many of the New Agers are believing, what Hollywood films are helping to desensitise the public with, and which probably fits together with the NWO, UFO’s and the coming great deception.
So in fact one of the leading voices for the Atheist and rational thinkers Professor Dawkins is saying or strongly suggesting that Aliens/ Extraterrestrials from another galaxy created the human race.

We read in 2 Thessalonians 2:11,” And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Could the theory of evolution be part of the foundation of this strong delusion?”
Understanding that as the Lord has given us true prophecies the devil has set up counterfeit false prophecies. As we read in 2 Thessalonians 2:7,” For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” What is the mystery of iniquity but the devil who has been a demonic strategist for how to do what he does, kill, steal and destroy. However the church will continue to hinder the lawless one until the Rapture occurs and then the anti Christ will be revealed. I also believe this is conclusive proof the Rapture will take place before Daniel’s 70th week and the tribulation we read about in Revelation 6 and Revelation 19:21.
2 Thessalonians 2:8,” And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,”

Ignorance is a form of knowledge and there are many people it appears who rather not know the truth as if not knowing will somehow change the outcome. For example, by continuing to celebrate pagan holidays that have merged and infiltrated into the church today. Or voting for the best physically good looking candidate ignoring their lack of honesty, integrity and character. Is it possible that the devil used Darwinism effectively simply to bring in an alternative belief system that God does not actually exist? If there is really over a billion people on this earth that profess to be Christians, the devil needs to find a way to try and defuse their witness for Christ. The United Kingdom and most of Europe used to be a centre of Christianity. Even with all the religious overtones, yet now since Darwinism 150 years later the Heavenly perspectives have changed to ungodly ones. Atheism and New Age occultism’s teachings have altered the world and impacted it in a very negative and toxic way. There is a great deception in the world as the globalization movement continues to gather strength. At the same time the church is fragmented even though the Lord said in 1 Corinthians 12:25,” That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.”

Professor Richard Dawkins ideas and concepts that life originated on some distance galaxy by some beings that slowly evolved into some super highly advanced aliens still can not answer the most basic of question as how did life begin? It also appears to me to show he has been very deceived, even with all his privileged education and brilliant mind.

2 Thessalonians 2:10,” And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Professor Dawkins appears to be taking part in the great deception with a belief in aliens from outer space. When the demons from another dimension masquerading as extraterrestrials appear on earth the church better have their hearts prepared and understand the deception being played out. Because this is precisely what we see many of the New Agers teaching, that extraterrestrials are coming to help prevent us from totally destroying the planet. That they somehow left us here as some sort of experiment and will return to bring us peace and prosperity with their advanced knowledge. Darwinism has opened the door for such deceptive spirits to try and counter the Gospel truth. Only one position can be correct here, someone is right and someone is wrong. It is therefore so sad to see so many people reject the Lord without ever really investigating the true Gospel rather then some form of religion.

My atheist friend was also amazed when I agreed that the world is perhaps billions of years old. For the Bible tells us so, as the Holy Scriptures recorded two floods, as in the beginning in Genesis the world was covered in water and we have the account how the Lord recreated the world before the flood of Noah. The Lord tells us why the flood of Noah had to happen as the fallen angels impregnated the daughters of man in Genesis 6:4 as the world was subjected to such evil. Then after the flood of Noah the devil made another strategised move to once again introduce his evil DNA into mankind. However, the devil as brilliant an evil genius as he is did not understand he be totally defeated at the cross of Calvary or he would have done all he could to keep Jesus from dying on that cross and being gloriously resurrected.

The Lord tells us a good deal about His imminent return. In Mathew 24:37,” But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Keep in mind that the Rapture is not the second coming, rather it is a separate supernatural event in which the saints are taken to meet the Lord in the air and taken back to Heaven for several years until we all return with the Lord Jesus/ Yeshua here on white horses at the second coming.
1 Thessalonians 2:19,” For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”

1 Thessalonians 3:13,” To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” I tell you again Papa God is in control, however He is not going to control your thought life for you. Rather that is something you must work on, and the Lord will help guide establishing your hearts to be unblameable. Because if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I suggest you also read and study Revelation 19:1-11
You see the last generation living on earth at this time will see all these things fulfilled which also proves all these things will happen as the Lord said in that generation and not several generations. Read Zachariah 14:5. Jude 14, and Revelations 19:11-21

There is a spiritual battle going on and a stronghold over this nation and many others nation right now we must learn to pray against.

Keeping in mind how the Angel of the Lord spoke to Daniel about the prince of Persia and a prince of Greece and other ruling powers. Just as we seeing today as these evil forces are obviously planning and trying to implement the downfall of the U.S and world economies. One of the 4 horseman listed in Revelation 6 is the rider of the black horse representing the economy. After the rider of the white horse goes about conquering which appears connected with the mother harlot church in Revelation 17 and then the Red horse which appears to represent something like Communism. Followed by rider of the pale horse which translates into being a pale green horse whose name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Which certainly sounds like what the Islamic nations are experiencing.

What is our responsibility as believers in all this? If not to rise up and warn the church and to pray against such evil and declare and proclaim that no weapons formed against us will prosper. That such evil can not continue to operate in the presence of the people of the Living God who are covered in the Blood of Jesus. For the Lord our God made us a promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14,” If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

If I am truly covered in the Blood of Jesus then I believe that my prayers make a difference and so will yours if Christ is your Lord and Saviour.

Revelation 2:17,”He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”

What shall become of backsliders if they do not repent? As only overcomers are promised Heaven. For the overcomers the promises are rather clear they will eat real manna from Heaven, but what kind is hidden? In ancient times white stones were given to the victors. Also judges had white and black stones, if your were handed a black stone you were condemned, and given a white stone you were pardoned. Conquerors in public games were given white stones with their names written on it also giving them the entitlement of being supported the rest of their life’s at the public’s expense. Perhaps this is symbolic of all these things happening for the overcomers.

The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27,” My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Jesus said in Luke 21:15, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.’ I say hallelujah! Because “All”, things are possible with God! I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
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Souls Restored

21 Nov

We have all met numerous people over the years who will not accept an invitation to come to church or even read a tract you might give them. However they will most often listen to someone whom walks in Christ’s love they feel respects them, even if they clearly do not agree with your perspective. Share Christ’s love anyway and blessed them any way you are able. After all the Lord Jesus told us in John 4:35,”Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” As I look back retrospectively there have been a numbers of times I have prayed and ministered to an unbeliever who needed healing and restoration. I have moved in the supernatural confidence of the Holy Spirit that my faith shall trump their unbelief. Many were healed and came face to face with the awesome love and almighty power of the Lord Jesus. Some were soon converted when they realised the Gospel is absolutely true. Scripture instructs us that there is always someone who is ready to get saved. Even if you witness to people who seem disinterested, you have still sown a seed of truth in their hearts knowing that the Holy Spirit is orchestrating all things together to lead them closer to accepting salvation. For we read in 2 Peter 3:9,” The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”Eventually, some spirit-filled born again true believer who is a soul-winner will have the joyous opportunity to help win that person to Christ as Saviour. After all the Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in, John 4:37,” And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.”The fact is you are never wasting your time witnessing and sharing your testimony to this fallen world as we are watching the end time prophesies fulfilled. Only Papa God knows the countless number of sinners that shall be saved from the wrath to come.
The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27,” My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Jesus said in Luke 21:15, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.’ I say hallelujah! Because “All”, things are possible with God! I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
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Hell For Just One Minute

19 Nov

If everyone could be suspended over Hell for just one minute, there would be probably be no need left to preach the Gospel, as straightaway everyone including progressives, atheist and agnostics would desire to become a true born again spirit-filled Christian and become the Gospel. We read in 1 Corinthians 9:14,“Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”
Could a day be happening before us and is even now, when churches become filled with people overflowing who remain lost in sins and stay confused because the pastors preach anything, and everything except… Christ crucified and resurrected? Considering that without repentance there is no forgiveness of sin.
We read in Luke 24:47,” And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Yes, the Lord Jesus/Yeshua’s words to Papa God asking for the forgiveness of those who persecuted him and nailed him to that cross is our example to follow.
Yes, they did not know they were killing the only begotten Son of God, and so could not understand the vast implications of what they were doing. The crucifixion was not the tragedy most believe it to be, rather it was a orchestrated achievement to bring you freedom. As the Old Testament concealed what the New Testament revealed. For we see in Matthew 27:54,” Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” Yes, the Holy Word got out and there is no stopping the Gospel truth now. The devil was totally defeated at the cross. 1 Corinthians 2:8,” Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
If God forgave them, so ought all the true believers now…even those who have been made victims since and who have suffered greatly forgive all those offenders as well. For even though they which have manifested such evil have done absolutely nothing to deserve forgiveness, we have done nothing to deserve salvation.
Keeping in mind that as soon as you forgive all others you enter into a place of holiness before the Lord. It doesn’t take the offender of the hook, it takes you off. They will still need to give an account before the Lord Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:10,”For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” So be good and bless others and live a life that is glorifying to Christ.
Keep looking up.
The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27,” My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Jesus said in Luke 21:15, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.’ I say hallelujah! Because “All”, things are possible with God! I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
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Church Steeple Chaser’s

18 Oct

The greatest decision you ever made with eternal consequences was accepting the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Messiah Yeshua as your personal saviour. The moment you were born again and saved you also accepted Christ as your Lord of Lord’s and King of King’s, your commander and chief.
He even sent the Holy Spirit to help guide you with every step you take everywhere you go.
One of the greatest decisions of your life after this momentous experience is front and centre upon what church you join in with. We read in Hebrews 10:25,” Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

This will be where you assemble weekly to receive the teaching of God’s Holy Word, that you continually grow in the knowledge of Gospel truth in His mercy, grace and love.
A place to gather corporately that you are blessed through the family of the Lord that you and your entire family may be fully engaged by the leading of the Holy Spirit. A place where ordinary believers come together to experience a time of worship, discipleship and missions, with signs and wonders following you as you follow after Christ.
We read in Ephesians 4:11,” And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
In other words all Christians are to be ambassadors of Christ, sharing his love with all you encounter. (2 Corinthians 5:20) and yes the Lord still provides apostles and prophets as they are listed here in the same sentence.

Joining with a church fellowship of true believers is no small decision, especially today in finding others who believe and embrace the almighty Word of God cover to cover.

As a pastor who travels periodically to minister with groups like Hear the Watchmen and Prophesy Watchers, over the years I have come across a number of people at conferences who asks the same sort of questions. Others who have seen me in some interviews have contacted us to inquire where they can find a church like ours to attend? Most all of them have told me similar tales of how they stop attending church because they basically they can’t find the perfect church.
Sometimes I tell them, “if you do find the perfect church I pray you realise as soon as you join them it will cease to be perfect.” Because there is only one who is perfect that being Christ our Lord!

Maybe this something you can relate to, maybe your unhappy with your church in your community, what should you do?
Let me begin by addressing the fact that not attending is not a viable option.
If you’re not presently attending a church and have found yourself murmuring and complaining about it, basically feeling discouraged and disgruntled with your present church community, due to the fact that things are exactly perfect, let me simply tell you that have entered into a very dangerous place.

The Lord our God calls us to travel a narrow pathway of holiness with him. Matthew 7:14,” Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” However, the Lord our God never intended His people to journey to the Celestial City of Glory alone.

Yes this journey appears somewhat long and winding, and it can actually even be treacherous at times, nevertheless God’s plan for each of us has always been about reconciliation, and that involves belonging to his church. We simply need one another for encouragement, friendship, partnership, and accountability.

Consider carefully the words in Hebrews 10:23,”Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

The day approaching is the Blessed Hope.
Titus 2:13,”Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Is it possible the Lord may have chosen you to help stir up your church to love and good works? However, if you’re not in regular attendance with the church, how can you encourage your church?
The Lord Jesus/Yeshua even tells us if your not gathering with him your doing the opposite and scattering. Matthew 12:30,”He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

If you’re not helping with the gathering together with your church family, encouraging others who are un-churched or de-churched to join you for the purpose of worship and service in ministry, what is it your doing?

The church is to come together in one accord to gather together weekly for worship and service, and to regularly participate together at the Lord’s Table remembering the sacrificial death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus/Yeshua.
Let us consider this because nonattendance was not an option for the early church therefore, it shouldn’t be an option for today’s modern church.

Maybe its not just about what you need as much as what the Lord needs of you.

How many times have people attended a church for a while and even made verbal commitments to help with something like singing with the praise team or being a greeter only to not show up for the task? Some will call in to work or school if they can’t make it in, and yet how many people will just not show up? Or how about those who repeatedly come late to church, would they show up late for work or school?
We read in Matthew 5:37,”But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

Where are those who are willing to work to help advance the Kingdom of God by helping to pray, interceded and help make the church a better place for all? Perhaps that’s a major reason so many people do the church steeple chase in our generation, and sadly they will stay unhappy on the chase because their searching for the perfect church, or for one they can help control.

For example, in ministry how often have pastors heard from a husband or wife who is unhappy with their spouse because it turns out they are consistently looking at other marriages and comparing them as they search for the ideal marriage. In other words perhaps if you stopped shopping around made a serious commitment where you become focused on your local church things may just suddenly improve.

When people tell me what sort of church they are looking for often its not based on biblical standards from the Holy Spirits. Instead of asking what can I do to help the church, how can I best serve the Lord my God, many people are asking what can the church do to help me?
Instead of having Christ be the centre they are focused on themselves.

If you want a church where it is relevant, what are you doing to be part of the solution?
Before leaving your church fellowship and looking for a better church, have you considered working to improve the deficiencies within your local church? Have you considered maybe the Lord has you in this church for His purposes?
Anyone can sit on the sidelines and entertain a critical spirit, but the Lord is looking for true disciples, not pew sitters.

Let’s face it, the church today needs us and the Lord deserves much more and better results from us all who are willing to be in engaged with the gifts of Holy Spirit and to enter the spiritual daily battles. We often describe the church through analogies of these human body’s our holy temples, like some of you are the hands and feet of the Lord’s body. Some of you are the neck who tries to turn the head etc. Clearly if all the members were pulling their weight in the church today we wouldn’t have many of the issues facing us in this generation as the early church had. Probably because we be operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit in a regular basis without a doubt.

John 13:34,” A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

The Lord means what he said and he said what he means. We are called to love and help serve each other. Philippians 2:3,”Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

Maybe it is time you commit to getting along with those other church members and learn to encourage others instead of complaining about them, or they way they look, dress or act.
We are actually called to go beyond even liking one another,  and to serve with one another, to help promote unity in all the churches of the Lord. So many desire to go on a missions trip to some far away exotic place when there is a mission trip here in your own backyard.
Let us live a life that is glorifying to God at all times. If your a child of God act like one and stop your carelessly acts, and think of others more then yourself.

Of course there are times when it’s become necessary to leave a church, just as how some marriages fail, or people are relocated to another city or town.
Still pray and seek the Lord, and before making any decision consider talking things over with your church leaders.
Always evaluate your desires and motives through a biblical perspective before you make any decisions, keeping in mind your not just effecting your path but those round you. In the film Its a Wonderful Life, shown at Christmas time, the story revolves around the character George Bailey who has some terrible misfortune where he loses the rent money. At some point he is so discourage with all his many problems that come as a result of losing the money, a spirit of suicide tries to get him to end it all by jumping off a bridge. Taking a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I personally don’t care for the rather un-biblical way the film represents angels, however it is a powerful story where the angel show Mr. Bailey what his town be like had he not lived.

I have seen people simply leave a church fellowship without a word to anyone, or some who leave for the wrong reasons. How we grieve the Holy Spirit at times not understanding, perishing from lack of knowledge.
Maybe this was a reason we read and Jesus wept. (John 11:35)
I dare say one should never leave a church out of emotion, anger, or silly petty complaints.
If your church is preaching the Gospel, then be a team player. If your church is entertaining you with feel good messages and puppet shows, this would be an indicator you need to find a true remnant church body to belong to. By the way there is no seeker friendly messages to be found anywhere in all of Scripture.

Let us proceed as serious true believers. Let us hold each other accountable and stop playing church and become the church.

I once attended a church for several years where I had to drive 3 hours each way, because this is where the Lord had placed me.

Why go to church? Let me share this one last story with you?
One Sunday morning, a wife went in to wake her sleeping husband and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.”
“Why not?” she asked.
I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. “(1), I don’t feel like they like me, and (2), I’m starting to not like them.”
The wife replied, “I’ll give you two good reasons why you SHOULD go to church: (1) The Lord commanded we not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, , and (2) you’re the pastor!”

Seriously if you draw close to God he comes running to meet you.

James 4:8,”Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Our God has not given us another option in place of the local assembly of the saints, you need to be plugged in somewhere, just as you need to plug in your electric appliances to work.

If you need to get up and drive to the next town to attend church with other true believers simply do as the Lord directs you. If you can’t drive that far consider moving near the church. Yes, moving to be closer to your church may prove to be the best decision for you and your family in the long run.
God is not looking for good steeple chasers, rather he is looking for faithful and dedicated true disciples.

John 14:12,” Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Because “All”, things are possible with God! I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
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“Revelation Rocker” Review

22 May


Caspar McCloud’s “Revelation Rocker” Review

From Strawberry Studios to Streets of Gold

by Joshua Warren


Caspar McCloud is back!

Truth be told, he has never left us. Since 2014, Caspar has been busy both in the studio and outside of it, releasing four singles and four full albums of high-quality material, all this while preaching and performing live around the world with the likes of the legendary Phil Keaggy.

Yet it doesn’t even end there!

Somehow, somewhere in between all those impressive projects, he managed to carve out time to write some interesting books (namely, his autobiography “Nothing Is Impossible”, “Unmasking The Future”, “What Was I Thinking?” and “Spiritual Encounters With The Shroud”) and to continue to develop as an equestrian portrait painter with his work even being placed in the collection of Royalty.

However, music listeners unfamiliar with his work shouldn’t think that Caspar is new to the music industry. As recounted in his biography, “Nothing Is Impossible”, Caspar’s guitar virtuosity has not gone unnoticed. He was once handpicked to portray John Lennon in the Broadway production of “Beatlemania” back in 1977, but left before allowing it to cast too long a shadow over his career. Once back in the U.K., Caspar landed in 10cc’s Strawberry Studios Manchester where he recorded and released “Messin’ Around” on Rocksteady Records (“Caspar”, 1979), now a sought-after collector’s item.

Caspar continued working in the business with releases on Atlantic — “Self-Portrait” in 1978 and “Talk To Me” in 1983. Apart from his British / Beatle-esque pop vocals and masterful handling of the guitar, none of those previous releases gave any indication as to where Caspar would eventually end up on his musical or spiritual journey. (Details of the incredible events surrounding his conversion to being a born-again Christian are recounted in detail in his previously mentioned biography.)

Fast-forward to 2018.

Through the caring, capable hands and ears of producer and drummer Michael Angel, Caspar’s latest effort, “Revelation Rocker” brings listeners pristine McCloud. Both the music and the vocals are in-your-face from the first track to the last.

The first track, “Wheat and Tares”, wastes no time getting things started. After a quick drum fill, listeners are thrown right into the first verse and the track refuses to let up. The unorthodox drum pattern keeps things tight and interesting on the rhythm end. A short-but-delightful musical treat in the form of a gnarling guitar solo awaits listeners near the end.

As soon as you catch your breath, “Let Them See We are Christians” ramps up. This track has Caspar wearing his pastor’s hat (Did I mention he was a pastor too?), reminding Christian listeners that the world will know they are genuine followers of Jesus by how they treat each other. Listeners are compelled to love over and between some heavy guitar riffs and pounding drum and bass.

The next track, “Jesus Wins”, is the truly stand-out track of the lot. Yes, Christian rockers now have a new Gospel rock anthem. We are welcomed into this classic rock shindig via an intricate interplay between the drums and Caspar’s blaring guitar with a riff that sounds like one of the best lost riffs in rock music history. The lyrics are direct and without compromise, as are those of every track on the album: “The Devil loses and Jesus wins!”

Other noteworthy tracks include: “Pictures of Jesus” with its lush, beautiful chorus over a wonderful rock riff; “Push Back” with its heavy timbre wrapped around an unusual chord progression with a pounding, catchy chorus; two beautiful instrumentals, “Camelot Cliffs” and “Escape In Em”, that are like delightful rather than dystopian prog-rock tracks; a wonderful acoustic version of “Jesus Be Glorified” (first featured on “Dead Men Like Me are Just Happy to be Alive”); “Nimrod’s Head” acts as a musical overview of what some may consider “fringe topics” and their potential relationship to biblical prophecy; “Speak to the Mountains” works as a musical canvas to display a beautiful guitar solo; Caspar even goes acapella on “If I Had My Guitar”.

Every single Caspar McCloud album showcases the impeccable skill of this truly underrated guitarist. Even with that understanding, this album has brought an expanded, more full-bodied auditory lift to Caspar’s catalog. While his recent productions have been very fine (2014’s “Dead Men Like Me Are Just Happy to Be Alive” and “Communion” from 2016), this release brings us even more improved sonics and vocals and, I dare say, performances. We are treated throughout the album with thick harmonies, more wonderful, varied guitar tones, tight, highly-developed guitar riffs, and thumping bass (that’s Caspar on bass). The vocal performance on this release in particular is one of Caspar’s best to date.

“Revelation Rocker” works well to prove that Caspar’s virtuosity is more faithfully brought to us, the music listening public, when in the hands of fine producers like Michael Angel. There are layers and layers of music and vocals there for listeners to hear in repeated listenings.

To this point, I think neither Caspar McCloud’s skill nor body of work has yet to get the attention they both deserve. With its soaring, incredible guitars, its classic rock-tinged sound, and its tight harmonies sprinkled throughout, this album might very well reignite a Christian rock revival in the meantime. At the very least, it proves that Caspar McCloud is a Christian AND musical force to be reckoned with.

Full disclosure: I was given a copy of the album for review purposes. I tried as best I could to be as impartial and honest as possible.

Robert Cleaver Chapman tried his best to be forgotten

30 Jan

Article by 

Jon Bloom

Staff writer, desiringGod.org

Robert Cleaver Chapman tried his best to be forgotten, but God intervened on our behalf.

An unusually humble man, Chapman would have been pleased if you haven’t heard of him — and most Christians haven’t. And he would have likely protested my drawing your attention to him here. But I’m doing it anyway because I know you’ll be the richer for knowing him. And I doubt he minds now, having lived in heaven for nearly 120 years.

You might be surprised to know that he was one of the most influential Christians in 19th-century England. Many prominent English leaders of that era whose names you do know, like Charles Spurgeon, J.C. Ryle, Hudson Taylor, George Müller, even Prime Minister Gladstone, knew, loved, and revered Robert Chapman, and sought his counsel. Why?

He became legendary in his own time for his gracious ways, his patience, his kindness, his balanced judgment, his ability to reconcile people in conflict, his absolute fidelity to Scripture, and his loving pastoral care. (Agape Leadership)

In short, it was the beautiful and (sadly) rare way Chapman loved others that made it crystal clear to everyone whose disciple he was (John 13:35). Spurgeon called him “the saintliest man I ever knew.”

From Birth to Barnstaple

Robert was born in 1803, to Thomas and Ann Chapman. It was clear early on that he was very bright. At age fifteen, he left home to apprentice as a lawyer in London. He excelled in his apprenticeship and by age twenty became an attorney of the Court of Common Pleas and of the Court of the King’s Bench. A couple years later he started his own law practice. Experienced lawyers saw a promising professional future for Robert.

But during his apprenticeship he also experienced a growing spiritual hunger. An older Christian lawyer befriended Robert and invited him to John Street Chapel, where, under the evangelical preaching of Harington Evans, the twenty-year-old Chapman understood the gospel and was converted.

Over the next few years, Chapman became increasingly involved in the ministry of John Street Chapel and Evans mentored him in preaching. But as his interest in studying the Bible and participating in gospel outreach increased, his interest in law decreased.

Finally, at age twenty-nine, Chapman gave up law altogether and agreed to become the pastor of a little Baptist church called Ebenezer Chapel in Barnstaple, a town of about seven thousand in the southwest of England. He would minister there for the next seventy years.

Agape Leader

Before becoming a pastor, Chapman had resolved to not merely preach Christ, but to live Christ. And when he stepped into pastoral leadership at Ebenezer Chapel, he had ample opportunity to exercise his resolve.

Ebenezer had so many internal conflicts that it had burned through three pastors in the eighteen months before Chapman arrived. Not only that, but some of Chapman’s theological convictions differed significantly from the church’s. The situation was ripe for another short pastorate, but that didn’t happen. Why?

Because Chapman really believed in the power of and practiced prevailing prayer. And he had supreme confidence in the power of the word faithfully and prayerfully preached to transform people. And he determined to be doggedly patient and tender with the people. Rather than exacerbate tensions by trying to push through theological and structural changes quickly, even ones he felt strongly about, Chapman committed them to prayer, faithfully preached and taught the Bible, and extended to the people tenacious, persevering love. Eventually, most people in the church embraced what Chapman taught and modeled.

Division in the Church

But not everyone did, which provided Chapman a very different opportunity to live Christ in an even more profound way.

Two years into his ministry, despite doing all he could to prevent it, a small group of Ebenezer members split off to form their own church. Not only that, but this group demanded that the rest of the church move out of the building, since they saw themselves as the faithful remnant of the church’s original convictions. In response to this, Chapman did something unusual: he led the rest of the saints at Ebenezer (the majority group) to relinquishing the building to the splinter group. He believed it was better to be wronged than to have Christ’s name put to shame in the town because of infighting over property. The Ebenezer saints made due for a few years until they were able to build what later became known as the Grosvenor Street Chapel.

But this turned out not to be exceptional for Chapman. He practiced this kind of love at all levels, great and small. He frequently gave needy people he met the literal coat off his back. Or he’d give away the last bit of money he had, even if it was his train fare home from some place. This happened with some regularity, and when it did, Chapman would board the train and simply ask the Lord to provide his fare, which he always did. The frequent guests who stayed overnight at his home always found their shoes cleaned and set outside their doors in the morning. And since many of the folks who attended his church were domestic workers who had precise work start times, he sought to always begin and end meetings on time.

As you can imagine, Chapman’s consistent, godly agape leadership over the course of decades fostered a culture of love in the church he led. And its effects lasted beyond his life. A generation later, the church resulting from the small splinter group ended up revering Chapman. And the Grosvenor Churchremains a thriving, evangelical witness for Christ in Barnstaple to this day.

Blessed Peacemaker

Chapman became renown for the gracious and tender way he treated people. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t tough. He stood firm on his settled biblical convictions, and once said to a friend, “My business is to love others, not to seek that others shall love me.” But, since he was so consistently patient and kind, even in disagreement, others tended to love him.

A man strong in the Scriptures, full of wisdom, and deeply concerned that Jesus’s church not veer into unfaithfulness, Chapman was drawn into numerous theological controversies and conflicts between church leaders. He really did grieve over the damage that leaders’ pride and impatience caused in the body of Christ. He rigorously practiced, and encouraged others to practice, Paul’s admonition that “the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness” (2 Timothy 2:24–25).

In cases where people became angry with Chapman and withdrew from him, he always pursued them, doing everything he could to be at peace with them (Romans 12:18). And as long as the tension and distance remained,

Chapman referred to them as “brethren dearly beloved and longed for” (Philippians 4:1). His sorrow was genuine. There was no sense of “good riddance” on his part. He had no sense of relief to be done with those who . . . opposed him and would have no further Christian fellowship with him. These were his “brethren whose consciences lead them to refuse my fellowship and to deprive me of theirs.” (Robert Chapman: Apostle of Love)

Apostle of Love

From the time of his arrival in Barnstaple till the end of his life, because of his deep love and concern over people’s souls, Chapman was a relentless evangelist.

He talked with people on the streets and at their houses or rooms. He frequently held gospel meetings in the workhouses and talked individually with the homeless and destitute inmates. . . . He began open-air preaching . . . and became quite good at it. (Robert Chapman: Apostle of Love)

Many came to Christ due to Chapman’s personal witness.

He also carried the unreached nations heavy on his heart, and he interceded daily for them. He had a particular burden for Spain. He taught himself Spanish and took three different extended trips, walking the length and breadth of the country for months at a time to personally evangelize lost Spanish people and to encourage the few Christians there. He also spent time in Ireland doing the same thing.

Chapman developed a friendship with Hudson Taylor and was an enthusiastic intercessor, financial supporter, and U.K. representative for the China Inland Mission. And he loved George Müller and his orphan work in Bristol. Müller considered Chapman one of his most trusted counselors.

Chapman never married. But his home was rarely lonely because he made it into a place of refuge and refreshment for weary and discouraged Christian workers. Many pastors and missionaries were profoundly encouraged by spending time with and receiving counsel from this godly, gentle saint.

Example Worth Examining

Robert Chapman had a long and fruitful ministry — he lived to be 99 years old and left no blemish of moral failure. He preached his final sermon at Grosvenor Street Chapel when he was 98 (and went an hour and a quarter!). He was spiritually, mentally, and physically healthy and vigorous right up to the end — evangelizing, visiting, counseling, teaching, and especially interceding. Then on June 2, 1902, he suffered a stroke, which led to his death ten days later, on June 12th.

One of the reasons we haven’t heard more about Robert Chapman is that he sought to remain anonymous. He was disturbed by the phenomenon of Christian celebrity in his day and didn’t want people thinking more highly of him than they ought to think. He discouraged most efforts to publish his sermons and other writings, and even burned most of his personal papers to discourage the tendency he saw for people to turn leaders into posthumous heroes. Because, as he once said, “What is most precious in the sight of God is often least noticed by men” (Agape Leadership).

Robert Chapman didn’t want people to look at him; he wanted them to look at Jesus Christ. He didn’t want to distract others from Christ. And, of course, he was right about this: no one surpasses Jesus as a model of loving leadership. No one has shown greater love (John 15:13). More than anyone else, we need to keep “looking to Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2).

But I do think Robert Chapman is worth examining, and I wish he hadn’t destroyed his papers. I’m thankful for Robert Peterson and Alexander Strauch, who have compiled most of what is available about Chapman into helpful biographies. For Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). And Chapman took that “if” very seriously. He lived that verse.

We need as many models of such love as possible.

Jon Bloom (@Bloom_Jon) serves as author, board chair, and co-founder of Desiring God. He is author of three books, Not by SightThings Not Seen, and Don’t Follow Your Heart. He and his wife live in the Twin Cities with their five children.