MIND YOUR P’S AND Q’S

Mind your p’s and q’s

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P’s and Q’s is an English language expression, an idiom, with the meaning ‘be very careful.’  It can be applied to what you say, to what you write, to your behaviour and so on.  Its origin goes back to when the printed word was typeset. Every letter was formed in a small steel block and the letters put together to make words – a time consuming process.  Mixing up p and q, was easily done as the typesetter saw a mirror image, and it could mean having to re-set a whole qage! (page)

In our Christian faith p and q have great importance:

P for patience – we inherit the promises of God through faith and patience. Hebrews 6:12

P for perseverance – the ability to stand and keep standing as we wait on the Lord. Romans 8:25

P for peace – it should be the decision maker in our hearts. Colossians 3:15

P for praise – an essential in our relationship with the Lord. Psalms is full of praise.

P for power – we receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. Acts 1:8

P for prayer, another vital ingredient in the Christian life.  In Greek  ‘proseuchomai’ means ‘to speak out loud’ and ‘deomai’ means ‘to make your request’.  Prayer is simple – at any time and any where.

P for presence – refreshing comes from the presence of the Lord, privately and corporately. See Acts 3:19

P for possible – things that are not possible for us are possible for the Lord. Mark 10:27

AND  P for practical.  These things listed above are part of the normal Christian life.  Each one is a vital ingredient in learning to reign in life, which is a key objective. Romans 5:17

The ‘oil’ that makes all things possible is the wonderful grace of God without which, in our human strength, we would fail miserably.  Grace is that unmerited favour which freely flows from Jesus – abounding towards us. Ephesians 1:7-14

Q for quench.  On the positive side the shield of faith quenches (extinguishes) all the fiery darts of the enemy. Ephesians 6:16

On the negative side beware Q for quenching the Holy Spirit.  ‘Do not quench the Holy Spirit.’        1 Thessalonians 5:19.  It is easily done. The still small voice of the Holy Spirit is easily ignored and easily rejected, when we think we know better, to our cost.

This is perhaps an unusual way of considering things, but what a great self check list. Check every line – how are you on your p’s and q’s?

MESSAGE TO LGBTQ COMMUNITY

Angel Colon and Luis Javier Ruiz probably shouldn’t have survived the 2016 massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. But they did, and the deadly shooting sparked radical transformation for both of them.

After realising he had miraculously survived the June 16, 2016, killing, which left 49 people dead, Colon thanked God and promised to use his life to share the Gospel.

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“I look around again and everybody that was around me was dead and I am alive,” he said. “And I just started thanking God: ‘Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Lord. … The moment I get out of here, I’m testifying about you. I am worshipping you for the rest of my life.’”

Colon’s transformation wasn’t immediate, though. Weighed down by fears of how those around him might react to his decision to abandon the gay lifestyle and embrace Christianity, his conversion took time.

But after watching Ruiz step out, Colon had the courage to embrace the faith that saved him. Colon, when he finally spoke out, said he and Ruiz “became these men, these soldiers, these generals that aren’t scared anymore to share wherever they go the Gospel of God.”

One of the reasons Colon was so hesitant to walk away from the LGBTQ community and run toward the church was because of the backlash Ruiz faced for his conversion.

Ruiz, though, said it finally clicked for him when he realised that — despite his ongoing homosexual desires — “it’s not a gay to straight thing; it’s a lost to saved thing.”

For Ruiz, living a faithless life was no longer an option when he discovered not long after the shooting he was HIV positive. He is now using his platform to spread the Gospel, and his story is making a big difference in the lives of those around him.

“In all this, behind the scenes, God was working, because I had ex-lovers that were coming to Jesus because they saw a Facebook Live that they were making about me, and laughing about me. . . . This brought people to email me and say, ‘Hey, I want to know about this Jesus you’re so in love with.’”

THE LORD IS ALWAYS AT WORK PARTICULARLY IN CRISIS SITUATIONS

Lord is always at work. In fact, it is specifically in the midst of catastrophe, crisis, and the times when it seems as though the Lord is most absent that He is actually most active. Learning to see gospel opportunities when many others only see crisis is not a skill that comes naturally. Yet it is a skill that the body of Christ must learn. The closer we get to Jesus return the more we are going to see crisis situations and catastrophes. The Bible is clear, the last seven years of history prior to Jesus return will entail Christians going through tribulation and great tribulation in the second half of the 70th Week of Daniel. We are fortunate that God has given us many prophecies concerning His Second Coming so that the church can prepare and even use the prophesied events as part of our evangelism efforts.

Is the church preparing for this period?

We are told that there is a great falling away in the church in the last days. Sadly, we see that happening in our day with much of the church compromising with the world on issues such as gay marriage, homosexuality and other LGBTQ issues.

The catastrophes of history have not been meaningless. God’s plan was that in the fullness of time, He would reveal the hero of the story who would make sense of all the suffering mankind has endured throughout the ages. From the chaos is revealed a mystery of unimaginable grace from God to His creation. More than has ever been given out, by way of indescribable human suffering, God has taken upon Himself in the person of His Son. The promised Deliverer finally came, and His tragedy was greater than any catastrophe to ever befall mankind, for God made “him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Before the first human disaster ever struck, God determined that He Himself would bear all of the suffering of man’s failures on Himself when He would come and die on a wooden cross. If we are tempted to think it has been unfair that God would orchestrate catastrophe in human affairs, can we still remain uncertain in light of this truth?

Quotes taken from the book, The Mystery of Catastrophe: Understanding God’s Redemptive Purposes for the Global Disasters of the Last Days by Joel Richardson and Nathan Graves  (Kindle Locations 119-121). WinePress Media. Kindle Edition.

 

TO JERUSALEM WE MARCH, MARTYRS BY THE MILLIONS!

END TIMES RHETORIC: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an address at the Jalazone Refugee Camp near Ramallah that the Palestinians cannot be removed from their homeland and that every building built by the Zionist occupation will be destroyed and thrown in the garbage bin of history. He also made the patently absurd, historically false claim that the Palestinians are “Canaanites who have lived in Palestine for 5,000 years. He rejected the conferences in Warsaw (Warsaw Middle East Summit) and Manama (Peace to Prosperity Conference) as unacceptable to the Palestinian people. He said that Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians, and the audience began to chant:

“To Jerusalem we march, martyrs by the millions!”

Abbas continued, saying that the entire Palestinian nation will enter Jerusalem as millions of fighters, along with the Arab, Islamic, and Christian nations, and he said that he rejects the designation of Palestinian martyrs as terrorists. He added that the families of Palestinian martyrs, injured people, and prisoners will continue to receive salaries from the PA because they are the most sacred thing the Palestinians have.

Abbas should read what God has to say about Jerusalem and Israel:

“Comfort , yes, comfort My people!”says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare has ended. That her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for her sins.” Isaiah 40:1

“But you, Israel are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, and said to you are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away.” Isaiah 40:8-9

“Behold all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing , and those who strive with you shall perish.” Isaiah 40:11

ELOQUENT TEACHING ON TIMING OF THE RAPTURE

Another excellent video from Nelson Walters on the timing of The Rapture (Matthew 24:30-31 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

It is important we understand that Christians will experience tribulation and even great tribulation during the last seven years (70th week of Daniel) before Jesus returns to earth to liberate Israel at the Battle of Armageddon.

Before you watch Nelson’s video let me share this revelation: the Holy Spirit revealed to me another gem on the timing of The Rapture just two days ago. I was reading Revelation Chapter 8 on the opening of the seventh seal.

Already, I had accepted from the work Nelson Walters has done, that The Rapture takes place at the trumpet blast at the seventh seal.

SUMMARY: At the fifth seal, Revelation 6:9, John sees the souls of martyrs under the altar. They are crying out, asking when was God going to judge and avenge them. Then, they were asked to rest a little longer until the number of their fellow servants and brethren who would be killed as they were was completed. They were also given white robes, but at this stage the resurrection of the saints has not occurred so are unable to wear them.

At the end of the chapter on the opening of the sixth seal, Revelation 6:17 we read “For the great day of His wrath has come and who is able to stand. God is about to pour out His wrath upon the earth. It is time for the saints to be raptured as both Jesus and Paul said, the saints will not experience God’s wrath.

Next in Revelation 7:9, John sees “behold a great multitude which no one could number of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues standing before the throne and the lamb clothed with white robes and palm trees in their hands.” Note they are no longer souls but have bodies and are wearing the white robes (The Rapture has occurred) and no longer complaining but crying out with a loud voice saying “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the lamb.”

Now what was the gem I observed that confirms The Rapture has occurs at the opening of the seventh seal?

In Revelation 8: at the opening of the seventh seal: “Then another angel having a golden censer (contains the prayers of all the saints) … and he was given much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.” Revelation 8:3. Once the prayers of all the saints ascended before God, what does the angel do with the censer which held the prayers of the saints? “He filled it with fire from the altar and threw it to the earth. And there was noises and thunderings, lightnings and an earthquake” Then, the wrath of God began to be poured out on the earth with the trumpet and bowl judgements.

The Holy Spirit revelation for me was that the golden censer was no longer needed for the prayers of the saints as the prayers of all the saints had been offered up. They were now raptured, the censer could be thrown to the earth filled with fire to initiate the wrath of God being poured out. 

The following email from Nelson Walters was confirmation and an encouragement.

Nelson Walters <nelson@thegospelintheendtimes.com> wrote:

Ron,  Brother, it is good to hear from you.

First, your observation about the censor is brilliant. YES, another proof. Holy Spirit stuff.

Second, glad your considering a voice over on the PPS (sermons for the end times church), which can be muted or played as desired. I use a Blue Yeti plug-in microphone which is easy to use. Cost about $100 or so, but super easy and high quality.

Nelson

IMPORTANCE TO COMMUNITIES OF STABLE, PRESENT DADS

Writing in March 2018 and after much careful analysis, Professor Paul Kengor noted that, “what is clear is the vast majority of shooters came from broken families without a consistent biological father throughout their rearing and development. Very few had good, stable, present dads.”

Another shooting, another son of divorce, Adam Lanza, who killed 26 children and adults a year ago at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. Also, Karl Pierson, who shot a teenage girl and killed himself this past Friday at Arapahoe High in Centennial, Colo., one common and largely unremarked thread tying together most of the school shooters that have struck the nation in the last year is that they came from homes marked by divorce or an absent father. From shootings at MIT (i.e., the Tsarnaev brothers) to the University of Central Florida to the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., nearly every shooting over the last year in Wikipedia’s “list of U.S. school attacks” involved a young man whose parents divorced or never married in the first place.

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The social scientific evidence about the connection between violence and broken homes could not be clearer. Dr Michael Brown research suggests that boys living in single mother homes are almost twice as likely to end up delinquent compared to boys who enjoy good relationships with their father.

Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson has written that “Family structure is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, predictor of variations in urban violence across cities in the United States.” His views are echoed by the eminent criminologists Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi, who have written that “such family measures as the percentage of the population divorced, the percentage of households headed by women, and the percentage of unattached individuals in the community are among the most powerful predictors of crime rates.”

God established in Genesis the basis for a stable family: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 God made Eve from Adam to enforce the importance and binding nature of the marriage union. Marriage and families built on Biblical principles will produce stable loving communities.

 

HOW CHURCHES CAN POSITIVELY IMPACT THEIR COMMUNITY

August 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The standing room only crowd attending the August 19 meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina erupted in loud cheers as the commissioners passed a resolution to become the first official sanctuary county for pre-born children in America.

Attorney Gualberto Garcia Jones, Esq., president of the Personhood Alliance, believes that Sanctuaries for Life are constitutional. “Look at the 1977 opinion of Poelker v. Doe, a case in which the Supreme Court held that the Constitution does not forbid a state or city, pursuant to democratic processes, from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion. The Supreme Court also decided in the 1989 case of Webster v. Reproductive Health Services that Roe imposes no limitation on a state’s authority to make a value judgement favouring childbirth over abortion.”

The president of Personhood North Carolina, Pastor Keith Pavlansky, declared the passage of this pro-life resolution an historic event and emphasised that the resolution “is the first step in adopting a complete culture of life in our communities.”

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The role of the Church and a return to law and order

“It is going to take time for communities to build connections and learn to invest in a culture of life again, but there isn’t a moment to lose,” stated Mrs. Quale. “Our communities are breaking under the weight of all the intentional political division forced upon us every day. We’ve forgotten, and in some ways, even denied our need for real human relationships. This is why the fight to defend the sanctity of life is the Church’s battle, and this is why we are so excited about the courage and leadership shown by the people of Yadkin County and our affiliate, Personhood North Carolina.”

In Yadkin County, Pastor Keith Pavlansky is working with local communities to begin the next phase of the Sanctuaries for Life project. “As the resolution states, the County Board of Commissioners will be reaching out to activate the community to come together to provide care and support for expectant moms and dads, before and after their children are born.”

Pastor Pavlansky said, “I am especially excited to activate the churches to step up to the plate and do what Christians have done from the earliest days — to do as Jesus commanded and love our neighbour as ourselves. I am convinced that when the community steps up, we can make abortion unthinkable and finally obsolete.”

For more information on the Personhood Alliance’s Sanctuaries for Life initiative, visit SanctuaryCityforLife.org.

LAST DAYS CHURCH

Just as described in the Book of Acts, the first generation of the church witnessed many miracles, also as Corrie Ten Boon describes in the following excerpt from Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place., God provides in miraculous ways for the faithful in dire circumstances. It is reasonable to postulate that God will also have the last generation of the church experience a spate of miracles in order to strengthen—and reward—the faithful during its worse time ever in tribulation, the great tribulation when Satan will seek to exterminate God’s church.

Left to right: Betsie ten Boom, Nollie ten Boom, Corrie ten Boom 

Since the faithful will not be able to buy or sell during this time, they will not be able to purchase food and water. But don’t doubt that God will also miraculously provide water, food, and protection on occasions for his faithful people—making water and food come out of thin air. The same God that created the world out of nothing and the same God who fed five thousand men from a few loaves of bread and fish is the same God who will be present during the awful time of the Antichrist’s great tribulation.

It will be the faithful, those prepared to be martyrs for their faith, who will be blessed by such miraculous deeds of God. Those believers who have been taught that they will be raptured before this intense time of tribulation, will be the very ones who will be fretting over their faith. Sadly, we are told that there will be a great falling away in the last days and we are seeing it occur in our day with much of the mainline denominational church falling into heresy. At a time when it should be reaching out to the lost, the church will be confused and vulnerable to Antichrist’s schemes.

However, those who believe in Jesus’s end-time teachings (especially the Olivet Discourse and Revelation) will take part in bringing in a great harvest of “end times” souls and see miraculous blessings.

MORANO DESTROYS CLIMATE HYSTERIA

An extremely important video on climate change. Celebrities, activists, environmentalist organisations, the UN, government entities and sadly, even the Vatican support the theory that humans cause climate change. However, in this exclusive interview, “global warming” expert and author Marc Morano gives you hard-hitting arguments and facts that dispel the artificial fear propagated by “climate emergency” alarmists.

In the video Marc Morano talks about: Climate change (2.58 minutes), Population control (14.24 min.) Global warming (17.12 min.), Medieval warm period (19.37 min.), Best arguments against climate change (33.03 min.) The fake 97% scientific consensus 34.17 min), The Green New Deal (38.23 min), Pope Francis and Laudato Si (48.11 min.), Socialism and environmentalism (51.27 min.), His book is Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change

Yes, there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places in the coming days but it is not caused by humans but by God as part of His “end times” plan.

TODAY’S CHURCH NEEDS TO EXPERIENCE GOD’S PRESENCE

This article by John Burton in Charisma News will not be well received by pastors of most churches. It reveals the truth about the sad state of the church even in those churches that see themselves as alive and well. Churches that are great places to raise a family, to connect with other believers and to worship and even grow in God. Sadly, they are not reaching out to the lost. Nor, disciples making disciples.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has given his support for transition within marriage (Picture: PA)

Fortunately, there are some, even in these churches, that realise there is something desperately wrong. The world around them is getting darker and the church is no longer seen relevant by the majority, in fact, the church is seen to be in opposition to all that he world sees as good; gay marriage, no longer male and female in a life long loving commitment before God., abortion on demand, sex whenever and with whomever, gender is fluid and a matter of choice, family is whatever you choose,

“And when Solomon finished praying, fire came down from the heavens and consumed the burnt offering and sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests were not able to enter into the house of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. And all the sons of Israel saw when the fire came down and the glory of the Lord came on the temple, and they bowed their faces low to the ground on the pavement, and they worshipped confessing, “The Lord is good, and His mercy endures forever” (2 Chronicles 7:1-3).

Prayer and sacrifice resulted in fire coming down from heaven and the glory of the Lord filling the place! When that dramatic, supernatural event impacted that building, nobody could enter. They all hit the pavement and worshipped and declared God’s goodness!

We need God to turn up and His power to be evident in church in this hour. A revelation-driven church will be filled with prophetic decrees, biblical declarations, groans of intercession and messages that shift atmospheres. The church as revealed in the Book of Acts.