Two Ways to Defend Accusations of Judging

Every time a believer speaks in opposition to what the world supports the cries come from the rafters to the highest mountains to the lowest valleys and deepest basements. That cry is, “you have no right to judge me.” Or some form of that sentiment.

Here are two ways to defend the accusation that you are judging. They both must be present. 

The first is to: preface your comment with “Thus Saith The Lord.” 

The second way to defend the accusation that you are judging is to: make certain the Lord actually saids it! 

Until Next Time

Hoss

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The Spiritual Element

There is a spiritual element to every decision we make, every course we take and every direction we journey. 

How often we forget and neglect such a truth. 

Until Next Time, 

Hoss

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The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn: A Book Review

The challenge of any book review is to give a critical analysis without revealing too much detail of the book itself. The purpose of a review is to advise others on whether to read it or no. 

I downloaded the Ebook version making it just over 200 pages so it was a short read. That’s a plus for me. Too long and I’m not likely to finish. 

The book is told in a story ‘narrative’ format. Following the conversation gets a bit challenging, especially in the first two chapters. You have to wade through it to chapter three before getting to interesting material. You have a man telling a woman about an encounter he had with another man and the conversations between the two. So the man is telling the woman what the man told him. Get it?

A second negative for me was the repetition of the same material. Granted this negative would turn into a positive because the repitition helped me to remember some of the details. 

Jonathan Cahn introduces nine harbingers (seals of judgment) and searches to discover their meanings. His search depends greatly on the prophet he “happened” to encounter. At some points the ‘meanings’ are difficult and he has to have help while others appear quite simple but help is still sought after. 

I finished the book with questions. Who is Ana? The book is fiction but also real! Jonathan saids so. Therefore, what part is real and what part isn’t? Once you finish the first half of the book which deals most specifically with the nine harbingers, you have to wade again through the economic and financial info presented. Chapter fourteen I believe. Once again interest begins to peak. 

The premise is made that America made a natural response to a catastrophic event which should have been seen as a spiritual calamity and warranted a spiritual response. The act was seen as only a terrorist event. How can we be the recipients of judgment when the meaning behind an event isn’t clear? 

One verse of scripture serves as foundation for drawing a parallel between ancient history and current tragedies. The reader is left to decide if sufficient evidence is given to support the thesis of these harbingers and their proposed meanings. 

Now what most people would want to know from this review is, do you believe what is presented in the book? I personally can’t argue against its presentation. It warrant serious consideration. While the anti-religious would generally disregard this book as worth the read or to contemplate its direction, I find it worth the read. 

Having a religious based knowledge helps in the understanding of limited biblical teachings scattered in the book. 

On a positive note, the book brings home a great truth for the people of God. I’d encourage them to read the book and deal with the one question the prophet posed to the man in the book and to consider faithfully the one word  admonition contained therefore. 

I can’t argue against the examples presented as facts and to there meanings. However, I can support the conclusion. 

Americans would be more interested in this book since it deals with major events in America. 

Jonathan writes in the book about a man writing a book and sharing all that was imparted to him and the expected outcome. I think this was done to introduce the readers to his knowledge of the ridicule this book will likely generate. 

Whether you buy into the interpretation of events and what is the true meaning for the people of God, there is still truth in the final admonitions of The Harbinger, by Jonathan Cahn.

Out of five stars I’ll give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Until next time,

Hoss

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The Remedy is Hope

The lyrics are as true today as when first penned. True because the lyrics are based solidly on the precious Word of God. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.” 

Our world, your life, is filled with heartache and despair. If not right this moment, just give it a little time. The Ole preachers of days gone by would say you are either in the midst of trials and troubles, coming out of them or headed into the valleys of trials and trouble. That my friend is the true reality show. Display the family, the person, the church and visit the trials they are all going through.

From children killing and getting killed, to crime in the workplace, infidelity now a recreational sport, and the church throwing away words like sin, repent, hell, and the blood of Jesus.  I had the sad experience of sitting where the pastor went nine weeks without telling the complete gospel story and didn’t speak of sin but of how to behave better and invited people to go see someone else if his “lesson” leads them to want to “talk to someone.”

The people of God who seek to live as such can be so caught up in the tragedies of life that hope begins to wane. I truly believe the answers to our tragedies and the despair in life is hope. Naturally, or should I say spiritually, it is the Hope of Jesus Christ. Living like Jesus desires for us will not take away all trials but will lessen despair and provide what is needed to live a victorious life. 

Take a look at this one verse. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NASB)

I. The Resource of our Hope. (God)

You can look in the self help books but hope will not be found there.

Neither will you find it in religion, other gods, nature or each other. 

Only in your personal, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior will you know true hope. 

II. The Result of our Hope. (Peace and Joy)

Just how many people do you find in your daily paths who display a real peace and spiritual joy? Even more so, Do you?

III. The Reason of our Hope. (Belief)

The crux of the matter of living, nourishing and sustaining hope found in our relationship with Jesus is in this one word: believe. 

IV. The Reaches of our Hope. (Abounding)

Abundant, very plentiful. Hope found in Jesus Christ reaches beyond the end of your earthly journey. 

V. The Renderer of our Hope. (Holy Spirit)

Hope is empowering. It strengthens, encourages, indwells the believer with confidence. The reason is the power of the Holy Spirit. 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

When darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood

Support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Him be found;

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain:

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

Until Next Time

Hoss

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Church Search and Pot Luck

Many years ago our state Baptist paper published a question on how to find the right church to attend and join. The advice from “PJ” was to make a list of what you are looking for and attend the churches that had what you wanted until you find the one that has most of the things you are looking. 

I do not agree with that advice. We ought to consider how our gifts could help a church in the call to answer the Great Commission so it is not just what we could get from the church but also what we have to offer. 

Searching for a church is like sitting at a table and being served a “pot luck” meal. There is no question what you will be served! 

In the church you might be served unorganized chaos or a rigid bulletin, Christian Rock, baptist hymnal, contemporary or blended music. You might have a preacher in a three piece suit or a guy in trousers with his shirt hanging outside his pants. One may carry his bible to the pulpit while the other may not carry his bible at all! 

Then before you even got to the church you have to find out what time they meet. I’ve learned some churches do not even post that info on their web sites. I guess you have to know somebody who goes there to get that info. 

The search for a church brings the weekly find for a place to sit without taking someone’s place. There’s the probation period once you start attending for the members to get to know you and vice versa. Course you have the meet and greet where everyone does as told and shakes a hand or two. You’d think this would be a natural act of courtesy and not orchestrated. 

Attending church is getting less and less appealing. This is a serious matter. Churches have not handled this issue very well. How do you get people to come? How do you make the church appealing again? Just today my wife and I visited a church and felt singled out because the church took up the special Annie aRmstrong offering by having the people file out of the pews and go to the corners of the room to drop the offering. Imagine how we felt not being prepared and us just standing there while the others take there march.

I know what I look for in a church. I also know I can be a bit more critical than most. What follows is my list but be aware I start from the fact that I want to attend church and worship God. Now my list.

  1. I want to sense I belong there and that sensation is genuine. 
  2. I want a pastor who respects the office of a pastor in his appearance behind the sacred desk, his visitation practices and his integrity. 
  3. I want the church to be clean and cared for. 
  4. I want a church whose demographic points to the truth where everyone is welcome. 
  5. I look for a church where it is congregational run, and pastor lead under the divine direction of the Holy Spirit. 
  6. Blended music works good for me. 
  7. Invitations are a must. Invitations where the people in attendance feel free to come to the pastor and not be sent to some other person. 
  8. I want a church where the staff make it worth while to attend . They make it worth the effort to go to church. Just as each one who attends does their part. 

So there are some of my thoughts. 

Next Sunday is a special day for Pot Luck Church Search. It’s Easter Sunday!

Until next time,

Hoss

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The Humiliation of being Humble

Current trends in our society compels individuals to do for yourselves, to speak up for yourselves, and to do all you can to promote yourself. The idea is if you don’t think much of yourself then how are you going “sell yourself” to others. That is why so many people have “agents” to speak for them. Others have people of ‘influence’ to speak for them. They play politics in every area of their lives. Jobs, careers, church, personal, and private goals.

Competition matters. In order to secure that job, that contract, that girl, you have to present yourself as the better choice among potential candidates. Political candidates do the same thing to secure your vote. However, most voters know the real decision is to chose the lesser of the available evils. 

The old expression, “nice guys finish last’ is true in most cases. Seldom do the girls want the nice guy unless he’s abnormal and happens to be handsome, beefed up, and sexy in addition to being nice. Most women who call a guy ‘a nice guy’ are usually speaking more about charater than “marriage material.” 

Now here’s the question. Is it not humiliating to be humble? Most people who have the trait of humility seem to think they are less than the majority of the population. I tend to think of humility as a strong trait because you have to discipline yourself not to get an attitude of thinking too highly of yourself like so many others do. You have to be self-disiplined to not follow the ways of the world.

In many cases the humble person can achieve what others do and just as well but simply are not noticed for it. The humble person has to come to the place in their life to say it is okay. So many want to make a name for themself so when they leave this world they will be remembered. Hence naming buildings, bridges, tournaments, etc after them. 

Which trait do you think God explores? Which trait do you think God endorses over the other? Is it humility? Could it be self-confidence? Self esteem is certainly important and matters to God. 

You can be a person of great humility and have good self esteem just as a person of great self-confidence can have low self esteem. 

I guess what I am trying to get across is this, there is no humiliation in being humble.  Just because you may not think much of yourself and equate that with being a humble person, doesn’t mean in the least that you are not a person of great worth and value to this world and to the people in your life. A humble person knows who they are in the revelation of God. They are created in His image. They are strong in character and purpose. They resolve to live life according to higher principles than the world endorses. Therefore, remain humble. Seek God. Trust God to lead, guide, and open the paths He has for you. 

I was once advised to not disclose an important part of my personal background, (being divorced and now remarried), in order that I might secure a position in God’s church. The thought was waiting until people got to know me before I told them. My personal conviction is deception is never a good idea especially when you want God’s blessings. 

Just my humble opinion.

Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. (‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NASB)

Until next time,

Hoss

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Memories of Hearon Circle

I’m going back many years to my days as a youngster. Unless you are from these parts, you are likely unfamiliar with Hearon Circle. It is a major road that travels under interstate 85 business. It is laid out in a circle rather than an intersection. Fun to get on and off the circle! 



The businesses have change but when I was small I can remeMber going to the Dairy-Dreame and getting ice cream. Dad always got a hum-dinger. It’s like a banana split in a big cup. 

On the other side of the interstate was an Exxon station where I took my volkswagen fastback to a high school friend who was working there part-time to change the water in the radiator. He spent several hours trying to find the radiator before his boss told him volkswagons didn’t come with a radiator. He almost lost his job and I almost lost a friend. Humor prevailed. 

What made me think of Hearon Circle is reading the story in Luke 15:17. But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! (‭Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭17‬ NASB) I refer to this as the time the young prodigal “smelt the bread” even if in his mind and decided to return home. 

You see, across from the Dairy-Dreame was a bread and pastry plant called Flowers Bakery. Oh it smelt so great driving by. The aroma was enticing and inviting. I think when one realizes how much God our Heavenly Father wants us in His fellowship then we run to him to receive the enticing and inviting love of God. Don’t you desire that? I know I do. 

God will receive you. Do you smell the bread?

Until next time,

Hoss

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