Stand Up!

By Pastor Jeff,

The year 2020 has been one interesting year that I’m sure will be read about in history books in the decades to come. We’ve started out the year pretty good but soon the covid-19 virus took over our nation’s news at a pace never seen before. I don’t mean to minimize this virus as over two hundred thousand people have died with the virus contributing to their death which is horrible for all involved. I will not spend time on whether this virus has become way to political or if we have not taken it serious enough in this blog but maybe I will spend time sharing the science if the Lord leads.

We are also in the midst of a very controversial presidential election that has divided our country like no other time than probably the civil war we had over 150 years ago.

The caption I have shared from Alexander Hamilton, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything” has been repeated by others such as Malcom X, Peter Marshall, and others. So as I pondered on this quote, I’m reminded of the scripture in Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” The state of Israel during Ezekiel’s life was seemingly similar to our country in that they had abandoned God, it’s prophets were spewing lies, the leaders were corrupt, and it’s people only cared about themselves.

The reason I felt I needed to address this is that if we ever want to continue to have the freedom to worship our Lord Jesus Christ, speak freely, work and be able to improve your life we need not one, a couple, or most of the followers of Christ to stand up, we need all believers to do so! Ephesians 6:11-18, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Stand! stand for what? truth, before the present election, we had many who called themselves prophets, with much pride, prophesied that Donald J Trump would win the election. Now that the numbers that we now have are being contested favor the opponent some are recanting their prophecy. They either are false prophets who tried to get 5 minutes of fame or don’t have the guts to “Stand”. The word of God is not the center of many messages as motivational speakers (I can’t call them preachers) as they fulfill 2Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Standing for the word of God? no thanks it may cause others to not like me or I may lose my paycheck. This puts a horrible stain on the church of the living God

How about standing for life, Ruth 4:13, “So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.” I was appalled recently when I heard that someone spoke with excitement that 80% of evangelical Christians voted for our present president who supports the pro-life message. That means 20% voted for the party of death, that’s unbelievable to me that so-called believers will not make a stand for life for any reason.

If you won’t now take the time to stand for God and our country, you will find yourself falling in line with this world that is literally running to the endtime agenda of a one world government and one world leader. Standing up will cost you but its what we must do or we will lose out as your family members, friends, neighbors will never hear about Christ so will be headed to a eternity without God!

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The Peace that Passes…

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By Pastor Jeff,

It’s been a while since I had a chance to post a blog and I must say its been a very busy past month. My wife, a few friends, and me took a well deserved vacation down to the Creation Museum/Ark Encounter for a Pastor/Leadership conference. I also took a three day training class in Green Bay WI for becoming a Chaplain for the Rock County Sheriffs Dept. which I consider a great privilege.

So as I write this I am also thinking on my Son, Jeffrey W. who our family lost unexpectedly exactly one year ago today. Last week was also the one year anniversary of a good friends death, Russ, as well, so you would think I would be relating about how awful I am feeling. Not So!

Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” It has to be one of the worse events that any parent could ever endure in that he or she has to bury a child and I will not minimize the pain that comes from it. It’s been said that time heals all wounds but a situation like this will never heal completely nor would I want it to. Jeff was my son, I loved him and would gladly of traded my life for his.

I also have come to the point in my life that I desire to completely surrender to the will of God and the great part of that is that Jesus is there to help us in the rough times, Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 

At times I must admit I feel guilty that I do not feel that horrible ache in my stomach that I have had at the beginning of all this. It’s not that time has dulled the pain or that I did not love my son or my friend. It’s only by the love of God and His peace that I can face this tragedy head on. This brings me to the thought of those who go through tragedies like this without Christ in their lives; I really don’t know how you can. No wonder people head to the bottle, pills, or even commit suicide to run from the pain. I implore you to seek Jesus Christ and draw to Him as close as possible, for that is the only true way you can get peace during these times!

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To Die is Gain…

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By Pastor Jeff,

I probably should at the onset of this blog state that I’m not suicidal so don’t call the professionals to have me committed. (There are probably many other things that could have me committed I must add!)

Philippians 1:21-25, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;”

I don’t know if it’s a by product of getting older, or that this past year was not particularly a good year in that I lost a good friend and my oldest son, that this world is getting increasingly antagonistic to what we believe as a church, or just that this world has less of a hold on my life. But I find myself more in agreement to what Paul is stating here that death is not something that is feared as it once was and even is starting to have a certain attraction to it.

The more we understand the beauty of what heaven is going to be, Revelations 21:4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” It makes me desire to be there more, I know too many people that are suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually to not desire relief for them and as Paul says being with Christ is so much better! It’s getting tougher and tougher to digest the daily news of political unrest not just in other countries but in our very own. You see the disrespect to authority in our schools, law enforcement, and even in the churches that makes you shake your head in disbelief.

Yes, I’m definitely ready for the return of Christ, my cry often is Revelations 22:21, “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” I also know this that our world is lost without the message of Jesus Christ and until He returns or decides to take me Home, I will with all I possible can tell others of His love and sacrifice for us all and through that love, we can have eternal life. 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.”

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