Worldwide Christians: “Woe to HORSELEACH Pastors!”

King Solomon wrote,  “The HORSELEACH hath two daughters, crying, GIVE, GIVE…”  (Proverbs 30:15)

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God told Solomon,  “…I have made thee king…WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, wealth, and honor such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.”   (I Chronicles 1:11c-12)    

With regard to Wisdom and Knowledge,  I want to hear what king Solomon has to say because God gave Solomon Words of Wisdom & Knowledge  for us today!  The word HORSELEACH was uttered by a man named Agur who was the son of Jakeh (i.e., we know nothing about these men but Solomon knew them).  The word horseleach is mentioned only once in the Bible (Proverbs 30:15).  By definition, horseleach (a.k.a. horseleech) means ghoul, leech, to cling, an evil spirit which seeks to prey, to injure, to suck bone dry its victims like leeches.  Agur was speaking to two men, Ithiel and Ucal (again, we know nothing about them).  Apparently, king Solomon felt it important enough to include Agur’s conversation, confessions, and observations in Proverbs 30:1-33.  That’s good enough for me. 

 Fortunately, Agur gives us a little information about his character,  “Surely, I am more brutish than any man and have not the understanding of a man.  I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy…Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.  Add thou not unto his words lest he reprove thee and thou be found a liar…Two things have I required of thee [God], deny me them not before I die:  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord?  or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”  (Proverbs 30:7-9)  Therefore, we can conclude Agur was by nature a mean man, unlearned, lukewarm, not rich or poor, but he had reverence for the Almighty GOD.  In other words, Agur prayed to GOD as he didn’t want to “…take the name of my God in vain.”  (Proverbs 30:9)  Agur said,  “…my God…”  Question:  Can the Lord speak through a brutish man?  Answer:  YES!   If God spoke through a donkey to Balaam, He can speak Truth through whomever or whatever He elects. In fact, “… a little child can lead you.”   For instance, you could be standing next to a rock or telephone poll and either one could cry out asking, “Did you read your Bible today?”   

Many Pastors wear out Malachi 3:8-10, Will a man rob God?  Yet ye have robbed me.  But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?  In tithes and offerings.  Ye are cursed with a curse:  for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.  Bring all ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house…”   We know the first example of paying tithes appears in Genesis 14:20 when Abraham paid tribute (one-tenth) to Melchizedek, king of Salem, and the priest of the most high GOD. 

As a devout Christian, I know there is a great blessing in tithing and taking care of God’s house and His ministers. (I Cor. 9:7-14; I Tim. 5:17-18; Neh. 13:10)  PLEASE DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND MY POSITION!   If the Pastor has to wear $1,500. suits…pay $500 per pair of shoes…live in a two million dollar house…fly in private jets or helicopters…drive a Rolls Royce or own five luxury cars…be surrounded by expensive security guards (day and night), THE PASTOR NEEDS TO BE HORSEWHIPPED!  The Son of Man (JESUS) had no place to lay His head!  Are these Pastors greater than Jesus?  The tithes and offerings WERE NEVER meant to make Pastors  Monarchs, demi-gods, or exceedingly rich!  If Pastors’ spend their own salaries on personal, expensive items, its their business but its not the churches’ responsibility.  Many people in the congregation are hurting, jobless, homeless, cars repossessed, homes repossessed, facing foreclosures, being handed a pink-notices by employers, children on drugs, children in jail, and so on.  You know what I mean? 

How in the world can these unfortunate people support Pastors’ crying,  “GIVE, GIVE, GIVE, GIVE…” In other words, the Pastors (not all of them) are begging,  “…give me your rent money, give me your car note money, give me that $20.00 you’ve tucked beneath your baby’s picture, give me your gas money, give me this, give me that…”    IT’S RIDICULOUS!   Some churches (especially mega churches) are equipped with ATM’s, Master, Visa, Debit card machines.  Some churches specifically ask for social security numbers, places of employment, places of birth, gross salaries, home addresses and they input this data into their computers.  Next, the churches’ Finance Department sends out letters to every church member spelling out a pre-calculated ten percent due for tithes. In the interim, a church member may have lost his job!  After pounding a sermon, “You have robbed God…”  the people are caught between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps, the Mother wanted to treat the family to a breakfast at Denny’s but now she has to go home to sweat in the kitchen.  Every family needs time out, away from home!  Question:  Where did the Pastor (fancy pants) and his wife go for brunch?  Answer:  Hilton, Hyatt,  or some other highend restaurant with table-cloth service. 

Granted there are churches which fully support its members, single parent Moms, the unemployed (within reason), home & foreign missions, and give out small scholarships to students.  This message is not for them!  However, this message is to open the eyes, ears, and understanding of the HORSELEACH PASTORS who are guilty of selfish behavior!

Have a Blessesd day! 

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Worldwide Christians: “WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?”

“NOW FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN.”  (Hebrews 11:1)

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You can’t see the air but you breathe it…you can’t see the wind but you can feel it and hear it…YOU CAN’T SEE FAITH but its there!  Two blind men followed Jesus crying,  “Thou Son of David have mercy on us.”  (Matthew 9:28)  They heard the crowd roaring about Jesus who healed all the sick and diseased.  These two blind men must have gotten up off the dirt ground, latched on to somebody who could see Jesus, or followed the noise.  Then, they heard that Jesus was entering a house and they came to door (i.e., Jesus always has an open-door policy).  

Like the two ragged blind men, YOU’VE GOT TO GET UP OUT OF YOUR MESS…GET UP OUT OF PITY…DON’T USE YOUR SICKNESS AS AN EXCUSE…GET UP OUT OF CONFUSION…GET UP OUT OF MALICE…GET UP OUT OF HATRED TOWARD OTHERS…GET UP FROM THE DOCTRINES OF MEN…AND LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT AND HINDERANCE LIKE THESE TWO BLIND MEN!   They had faith to believe that only JESUS could heal them.  So, the Lord turned to them and said, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?  They said unto him, Yea, LORD.”   (Matthew 9:28)  It’s so simple and they answered with two words,  “YEA, LORD.”   Then, Jesus touched their eyes saying,  “According to your faith be it unto you…And their eyes were opened and Jesus straightly charged them, saying, See that no man know it!”  (Matthew 9:29-30) 

You don’t have to stand in a $1,000.00 or $100.00 prayer line!  All you have to do is BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST!  Now the two men  (WITH NEW VISION) couldn’t keep their mouths shut,  “…when they were departed, they spread abroad his [Jesus] fame in all that country.”  When the LORD heals you or does something wonderful for you, YOU CAN’T KEEP IT TO YOURSELF! You’ve got to run on and tell somebody. 

Just as the two men with laser vision were leaving,  “…they [other people] brought to him [Jesus] a dumb man possessed with a devil.  And when the DEVIL WAS CAST OUT, the dumb spake and the multitudes marvelled, saying, IT WAS NEVER SO SEEN IN ISRAEL.”    (Matthew 9:32-33)

LOOK OUT!  Satan is coming to steal your JOY!  Just as soon as Jesus blessed these poor people,  “The Pharisees said,  He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.”   That’s what the enemy is all about lies and defamation of character. Question:  DID JESUS STOP HIS MISSION?   Answer:  No.  Likewise, don’t you give up your faith and working for the Lord!   The Bible states,  “Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people…Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest will send forth laborers into his harvest.”  (Matthew 9:37-38) 

Keep on working for the Lord!

  

 

 

Worldwide Christians: “Sow GOD’s WORD into the Lives of your Children!”

Parents,  SOW seeds of faith into the lives of your children. What is the seed of faith?  GOD’S WORD! Next month is Christmas AND you’re getting presents by the pounds ready for the kids!  Some parents are putting presents on the layaway!  That’s fine because they can make monthly payments.  Some of you have put locks on closet doors (because the kids are too smart these days) and you have fewer places to hide things.  Whatever you do, don’t put the presents under your bed as that’s the first place they look.  Remember, Christmas is not about buying roller skates, bicycles, Barbie Dolls, ski helmets, and computers!  Like you, I love giving presents. 

Above and beyond the presents, you have to SOW the Word into the lives of your children.  TEACH THEM ABOUT CHRIST JESUS The reason for the season is not about presents.  The Bible states, “Ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ…written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God:  not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.  And such trust have we thourgh Christ to God-ward.”  (II Corinthians 3:3) Therefore, you and your children are LIVING EPISTLES FOR JESUS CHRIST! Every day, you must sow Spiritual Food into the lives of your family.  If you don’t they will whither away. Likewise, if you don’t feed them a balanced diet, they will whither away.  Life demands both diets, Spiritual and Physical. 

Look what happens if you fail to Sow the Word into your family,  “Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and the CHILDREN SHALL RISE UP AGAINST THEIR PARENTS, and shall cause them to be put to death.”  (Mark 13:12)  You’ve seen the news about children shooting their parents!   So, JESUS said,  “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not:  for of such is the kingdom of God.  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”  (Luke 18:16-17) 

In the eyes of Jesus Christ, we are all little children. Naturally, the Ancient of Days is from everlasting to everlasting… He is the beginning and the ending…He is Alpha and Omega which is and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty!    (Revelation 2:8)    Jesus fed both Spiritual and Physical meat to His Disciples.  One morning (after His resurrection), Jesus was standing on the shore (at the sea of Tiberias) and the Disciples did not recognize Him,  “Then Jesus saith unto them CHILDREN, HAVE YE ANY MEAT?  They answered, No.  And he said unto them,  cast the net on the right side of the ship and ye shall find.  They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes…Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine…”  (John 21:5-6, 12) 

Parents, the only way to fight evil in this world and to keep it from taking over your children is “…to train them in the way they should go…and when the are old, they will not depart from it…”  

SOW THE WORD OF GOD INTO THE LIVES OF YOUR CHILDREN!      

 

Worldwide News: “SPIRITUAL FOOD!”

Apostle Paul said, “So as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you…FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. “  (Romans 1:15-16) 

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I bring the good news of the Gospel to those who are hurting at midnight during the wee hours throughout the night…those who cannot sleep…those stuck at work searching for words of encouragement…those without church homes…those to proud to repent…those who can’t call up someone to share their true feelings…and so on!  Therefore, I must share whatever the Lord gives me to all of you.  Won’t you join with me for this SPIRITUAL FOOD?  When you dine at a restaurant, your lips are smacking for ribs, steak, salmon, baked potatoes, dessert, coffee, wine, or whatever!  Some days you feel like eating ethnic foods, so off you go to the appropriate restaurant. Lord, don’t let the restaurant be closed as you stand outside looking in the window for 15 minutes.  Are you planning to break in to fix yourself a plate of food?  Well, the WORD OF GOD IS FOOD FOR THE SOUL!  Like your physical body, the soul need daily nourishment. If you don’t like my blog, don’t read it, but be mature enough to move on.  I get so many ugly comments but I must keep on keeping on.

You’ve got to be ready for the trials and tribulations coming your way.  If you think things are bad now, you just wait.  The New Year will bring more devastation. No matter what’s coming, you keep the WORD OF GOD in your heart, mind, and soul…in the car…in your wallet…under your hat…on the bottom of your shoe…as a bookmarker…in the bathroom…in the kitchen.  DON’T BE ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL. 

Apostle Mark started his Gospel with,  “The beginning of the gospel is JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God…”  (Mark 1:1)  When Jesus wasn’t eating physical food, He was praying and fasting in the wilderness.  Didn’t the devil tempt Jesus?  But every time, Jesus spoke the WRITTEN WORD to that old dragon!  That’s the way, you fight in the Spirit World….SPEAK THE WRITTEN WORD outloud for the devil to hear you.  Honey, the devil will test every nerve in your body and then some! 

Carry your BIBLES and put God’s Word in your mouth.  Don’t be afraid to eat this Spiritual Food because you need it for strength against the enemy.  Also, you need to drink from the Spiritual Rock, CHRIST JESUS.  You don’t need alcohol to fill up with unknown spirits!   You can drink alcohol but be sober!  You’ve got to know when and where no to draw the line. 

Remember, you are a tree planted by the Rivers of Living Water! If so, your tree ain’t dead and feeding on stale water.  The Bible says,  “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.”   (Matthew 7:17-19)

Be Blessed!

Worldwide Christians: “The Door of FAITH is OPEN!”

JESUS said,  “I AM THE DOOR:  by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture [good ground]…I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep…”  (John 10:9) 

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The thief cometh to steal, kill, destroy but “JESUS CHRIST came that we might have more abundant life. ”   (John 10:10)   These days, life is full of sorrows and disappointments.  You may feel like the first Adam and Eve who sinned and were thrown out of the Garden of Eden.   Also, you may be wondering if your garden will ever grow and expand.  JUST BELIEVE AND IT WILL!

The Lord is saying THE DOOR OF FAITH IS OPEN unto you!  (Acts 14:27) You only have to walk through the door!  As the Good Shepherd, Jesus knew all about your problems before you entered the womb.  HE CALLED YOU FROM THE WELL OF SOULS!  He knew that certain forces would drive you to Him.  You don’t have to look for trouble as it will find you.

Don’t place the Cross and the Bible in the drawer as if you can hide Truth. Can you hide Jesus? He’s so high, you can’t go over Him...He’s so wide, you can’t go around Him…and He’s so low, you can’t go under Him!  The Bible states, “…the truth will make you free…”  (John 8:32)  Yet, you go out into the World to act up!  After your performane  is over and the party ends, you come home shower about 4 am (as if you’ve washed away the sin) but the stains are still there!   Well JESUS is still standing at the door waiting for you!  In fact, HIS eyes followed you throughout your tour(s)…as you cut up on the dance floor…as you drank yourself silly…as you called different ones to party with you…as you stopped off  to eat…as you finished the night cap…and returned home.  In fact, Jesus ain’t missed a thang! 

JESUS LAUGHED at you but HE STILL LOVES YOU!  Are you done with all that?  Come on in!  Jesus is saying,  “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND I KNOW MY SHEEP, AND AM KNOWN OF MINE…I LAY DOWN MY LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.”  (John 10: 14-15)  Do you realize that Jesus took the bullet for you?   Let me share this joke with you:  there was a poor black family with a little boy, Leroy, who was kidnapped by bad people.  The kidnappers thought Leroy’s  family was rich because they lived in a big house, owned designer clothes, wore designer shoes, and drove fancy cars. They didn’t know all that stuff was leased and purchased on credit!  So, the kidnappers called to make their demands.  To their surprise, the Mother asked to speak to Leroy saying, “Baby, Ah loves ya and Ah’s sorry but you take care now and GOOD LUCK!”  Then she hung up the phone.  Poor Leroy!

Unlike Leroy’s Mother, the Lord JESUS will never, never, never leave you!  JESUS said, “…Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world…”  (Matthew 28:20)   Also,  He said, “ASK and it shall be given you; SEEK and ye shall find; KNOCK and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh IT SHALL BE OPENED.”   (Matthew 7:7-8)     

Praise the Lord!

Worldwide Christians: “Under New Management!”

“I have written unto you NOT TO keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, covetous, an idolater, a railer, a drunkard, an extortioner;  with such an one  NO not to eat…Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”  (I Corinthians 5:11, 13)  Again, Apostle Paul pluralizes the different classes which are excluded by God,  “… Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, no effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God.”  (Corinthians 6:9-10)   

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Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. And All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation…Now then we are ambassadors for Christ… ”   (II Corinthians 5:17-18, 20)  

 As Christians, we are UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!  We have “…put off concerning the former conversation the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts…”  (Ephesians 4:22)  We are commanded to put off the old man with his deeds:   “If ye are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above not on things on the earth.  For ye are DEAD, and your LIFE IS HID with Christ in God.  Mortify your members which are upon the earth to fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness…FOR WHICH THINGS’ SAKE THE WRATH OF GOD COMETH ON THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE.”  (Colossians 3:1-6)   ONCE upon a time, we walked as the children of disobedience but not any longer. 

Apostle Paul said, “Know ye not that the unrighteous SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived…”  (I Corinthians 6:9)  Paul warned that the ungodly walk in the vanity of their own minds, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, BECAUSE OF THE BLINDNESS OF THEIR HEART; who BEING PAST FEELING have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness…”  (Ephesians 4:18-19)  

Not only shall the righteous inhereit the earth, Apostle Paul tells us,  “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?  Know ye not that we shall judge angels?”   (I Corinthians 6:2-3)  You are in an honor position in the Church of GOD  in CHRIST Jesus.  Again, YOU ARE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!  Don’t let the enemy take away your status  “…as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another. If any man have a quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  AND ABOVE ALL THESE THINGS PUT ON CHARITY WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTNESS.  Let the peace of God rule in your hearts to the which also ye are called in ONE BODY; and BE YE THANKFUL! ”  (Colossians 3:12-14)

Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus!

Worldwide Christians: “The Parable of the Sower!”

Jesus said,  THE SOWER SOWETH THE WORD!”   (Mark 4:14) 

PART TWO:  To All Disciples of CHRIST Jesus

Jesus told His Disciples“Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.”  (Mark 4:11) 

(1) Sown by the Wayside“The WORD is sown  but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”   You read the Word of God or you received it in Church or Bible Study, but soon as you left the Presence of the Lord, the Word left you.  Once you return to old sins, the Lord will not Co-habit in a sinful body!  

(2) Sown on Stony Ground“These are they likewise which are sown on stony ground. When they have heard the word immediately receive it with gladnessthey have no ROOT in themselves and so endure for a time…afterward when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.”  You’re  a baby  in CHRIST (i.e., 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 years old still drinking the milk of the Word). If you’re older than 30 years old drinking spiritual milk, shame on you!   After so many months, the baby must grow as he cannot crawl around forever!  Get off the milk and eat the MEAT OF THE WORD!  By a certain time, you’ve got to endure affliction and persecution just like JESUS!

(3) Sown among Thorns: “These are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word.  And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”  You’ve got milk money and the taste of honey in your mouth is elevated over and above the WORD OF GOD.  But your money cannot save you and it cannot heal you. Rich folks die just like poor folks. You may have millions of dollars (to buy the services of 100 doctors) and still you cannot be saved.  Just go over the deaths of the rich and famous in the last three years.  The world  (i.e., our politicians, Hollywood, and others) will deceive you and suffocate the Word of GOD and the lusts of your fleshly appetites will do the rest!   

(4)  Sown on Good Ground“And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, receive it and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”    You’ve planted seeds in good ground and your harvest will be wonderful.  Your crop will ripen in due season and the measure of return will be pressed down and running over.  So, don’t get weary in well-doing and don’t faint!  Continue to teach your children, family, and others the RIGHT WAY!  Surely, they may get angry but you still must prune the trees for them to grow.  Sometimes, you have to stake trees (tie them down) so the wind won’t blow them over. It seems like a band-aid approach and looks funny but after while (Crocodile) the trees will grow-up straightly toward Heaven. 

Have a Blessed day!