Be Encouraged Older Saints of God; God Is Not Finished with Us Yet.


This morning I had a wonderful quiet time with Jesus.  After prayer and intercession, and after putting the final touches upon the Sunday school lesson that I will be teaching on Sunday, I asked God for something personal.   I asked Him for a word from Him for me.  Although I know that He and He alone holds my future, I wanted something from the Scriptures that I could hold throughout this day.  The passage of Scripture that He took me to was Psalms 71: 17-20.  Not only does this word have enough “juice” in it to carry me through this day, but it is powerful enough to carry me for the rest of my natural life.  In addition, God encouraged me to encourage others with this scripture.  Let’s look at the Scripture that God gave me.

Psalms 71:17-20 (KJV) 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

My first reaction was OMG! David must have made the same request of God that I did, because this first verse uses words that describe my life experiences with God.

 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

As I look back over my life I can clearly see God’s handiwork.  Even in the midst of extreme poverty, a racially prejudiced society and being raised by grandparents, God taught me from my youth many of the things that I live by today.  And, in my latter years, I have declared the wondrous works of God to the best of my ability.  In spite of the three little books that I have written; a blog that extols the goodness of God that has been viewed by at least one person in 98 of the 196 countries on earth; a podcast that preaches the gospel of deliverance; and a 47 year career of service to my fellow man as a nurse, I know that there has to be more that I can do for my Lord.

The Bible says in Luke 12:48 (KJV) 48 … For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:

It is certainly true that God has been good to me.  You have to know my story to understand my praise.  Only those who know where He brought me from can understand how much I love Him.  They alone realize why it is my cry to God to Use me O God in your service! And now I see that David, in the 18th verse of Ps. 71 cried the same thing when he said:

18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Some of the quotes about old age from Wikipedia include the following:

Old age comprises the later part of life; the period of life after youth and middle age… In the 4th century BC, Plato divided the human lifespan into six phases, the last two constituting ‘Old Age’ (the ages of 62-79) and ‘Advanced Age’ (80-)…Hair usually becomes thinner and grayer…Pain afflicts old people at least 25% of the time, increasing with age up to 80% for those in nursing homes…Diminished eyesight makes it more difficult to read in low lighting and in smaller print. Speed with which an individual reads and the ability to locate objects may also be impaired.

Considering these and other definitions of what comprises old age the picture could be considered bleak if we focus on the negative side of the story.  But we must also consider the fact that not everyone is blessed to attain to the state of old age.  If we reach it then we should be praising God.  Based on my years on planet Earth I certainly qualify to be a member of this category, grey hair, pain and all.  But I, like David, ask God to:

  1. Not forsake me.
  2. To allow me to show God’s strength to his current generation and
  3. To allow me to show God’s power to everyone that is to come.

God spoke to me some years ago and said that He had given me an “end time ministry”.  Later He clarified His words to mean that I would have a ministry at the end of time, at the end of their time (meaning a ministry to the elderly, the sick, the dying and to others who are close to the end of their time on earth) and the end of my time (meaning my latter years).  So now that I am officially of old age I cry out to God that the time of my ministry has come and I humbly bow to His perfect will for the rest of my life.

I pray that You, O Mighty and Holy God, will use this vessel of clay for Your glory and Your honor.  Have thine own way in my life O God, for there is none other like You!  I look not at the few things that have been accomplished, but ask that in spite of my old age that You will be glorified through me.  I want to be able to show your strength to this current generation, as well as to those who are to come. 

As I was seeking God, He dropped into my spirit that these things are accomplished by sharing God’s word verbally and in writing to this generation and in writing for future generations.  In addition, what I am to do is to encourage those of this generation, particularly my fellow “old age” peers, who have the ability to communicate in writing, to do so.  While this generation needs our testimonies, future generations will need them even more.  These are the words of encouragement that God gave me for my ‘old age” peers:

America, as well as the entire world, is teetering on the precipice of a paradigm shift.  The Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines a paradigm shift as a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely.  In a very few short years our world will look very different than it does today.  The life of freedom and open worship of our God that we who live for God enjoy today will sound like a fairy tale in the near future.  It is our responsibility to share what is real about our lives and our love for God so that it is preserved for our progeny.  They will need the encouragement to live holy that we are able to give them based on the fact that we lived holy.

Saints, writers, teachers, preachers, prophets and prophetesses, we have the precious gift of salvation in our earthen vessels.  Those of us who are living holy hold a precious word that will cause others to live for God and escape the damnation of hell.  Saints of God, when God speaks to you, write it and share it.  That’s what I have done today.  Let’s bless someone else with our experiences in God so that they will know that He is real.  They need to know that He loves them just as He loves us and that they too can go to Heaven when they die.  Then, when old age comes their way they will understand their continued responsibility to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When God speaks a word in our ear we must declare it from the rooftop.

Matthew 10:27 (KJV) 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

When God speaks to his vessels, it may seem very natural because it comes through our spirits and into our natural minds.  It may seem as though “everybody ought to know that”.  But the truth of the matter is, everybody will not know what God has spoken to you.  You must tell them.  God spoke to Habakkuk and told him to write what He said so that the word could be preserved.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

The 20th verse of the Scripture that God gave me this morning states:

20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

God has indeed shown me and many others that great troubles are coming upon the face of the earth soon.  But even if the worse possible events happen to us He will indeed quicken or make us alive again; we who are saved will live with Him forever.  Meanwhile, we must continue to pray so that the hand of the enemy is stayed and one more soul is able to make it in through our ministry.  Older saints, it’s not over until God says it’s over; let’s continue to work for the Lord!

The Light Across My Path Part II


This Thanksgiving I also say, “Thank You Jesus” for my salvation. John 15:13 says
13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.
And thank you Lord for continuing to be the Light Across My Path.

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The Light Across My Path

The desire to kill myself lifted.

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Don’t Get It Twisted, Mister

Confused maleAccording to the Urban Dictionary, the popular expression “don’t get it twisted” means several things, but the best definition is “don’t get it wrong or don’t be confused about it”.  It’s important that we are not confused about key issues presented in the Bible.

On Palm Sunday, 2015  we had a wonderful Sunday school lesson concerning the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Bethphage and Bethany on a colt that had never been ridden before.  It was at that time that Jesus formally announced his Messiah status.  The people received him as the Messiah.  Jesus was very careful to assure that the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 was accurately fulfilled.  This scripture so clearly described how the Messiah would appear that no one should have been confused.

Zechariah 9:9 (KJV)
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

The people treated Jesus as a great celebrity and received him in royal fashion.  The problem was that the people “got it twisted”.  They thought that Jesus had arrived to relieve them of the burdens of the Roman administration at that time.  They had no idea that He was sent to bring salvation and to destroy the power of sin for all of mankind.  Less than one week following the events of what we call Palm Sunday, some of the same people who cried, “Hosanna!” and celebrated him by laying their garments and palm branches on the ground, cried “Crucify Him!”

And guess what.  Even today many people are getting the gospel message twisted.  Have you noticed that almost everybody that you speak to today is “saved” and going to Heaven as far as they are concerned?  They may be drinking, doing drugs, living in sin and committing every abominable act that one can image such as sodomy, abortion, fornication, adultery, lying, cheating, stealing, tipping, dipping and sipping, yet they declare that they are going to heaven anyway.  If this were true, then everything that should be in Hell would wind up in heaven…and you know that that’s not going to happen.  They refuse to accept the Bible’s guidelines on how we are to live, yet contend that they are free to do these things!  Why on earth would Jesus lay down his life so that men could be set free from sin if living according to the word of God does not matter???

Romans 8:1-3 (KJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Jesus came to save us and he is going to receive ONLY those who are saved into his kingdom.

Ephesians 5:27 (KJV)
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

God sent Jesus to die for our sins so that sin could be condemned.  So do you really think that people who continue to live in sin are going to Heaven in their sins?  NO! NOT! SO!  Let’s not get this thing twisted.   Everybody talking about Heaven ain’t going there.  The Bible tells us that he that commits sin is of the devil!

1 John 3:8-9(KJV)
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

So how is that “church folks” get the gospel message so twisted?  They declare that they love God and that they want to go to Heaven, yet  they believe that they are going to Heaven in their sins. Apostle Herman Lobias Murray, Jr., the Pastor of Full Gospel Holy Temple Church in Dallas, TX  explained it all.  I highly recommend that everyone listen to his message on YouTube which aired Sunday, May 29, 2015.  It is entitled, “Somebody Ought to Say Something”.  It is a “knock-your-socks-off” message that everyone needs to hear.  It is a powerful expose’ on how the entertainment industry is being used to subtly and insidiously corrupt the minds of people into believing that sin is acceptable…even the church.  Jesus is soon to come and we have to prepare for His return.  Get right church and let’s go home.  And don’t get it twisted, Mister…or Ms.  no one is going to Heaven if  they  are living a life of sin.  IJS.

Searching the Scriptures: Are There Nine Dispensations or Seven?

shutterstock_13281205According to Wikipedia, Dispensationalism “reflects a view that biblical history is best understood as a series of dispensations, or separated time-periods, in the Bible.”  Dispensational Theology believes that God has related to human beings in different ways under different Biblical covenants in a series of “dispensations,” or periods in history. It is God’s way of administering His rule over the world as He progressively works out His purpose.

Many sources refer to only Seven Dispensations and describe them as God’s method of interacting with man.  They are the Age of Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law, Grace (The Dispensation that we live under today), and Divine Government.  There are other sources, however, such as Dake’s, that refer to two additional dispensations:  The Dispensation of Angels and the Dispensation of Faithful Angels and the Redeemed. The Dispensation of Angels (Genesis 1:1-2) occurred prior to the Dispensation of Innocence and The Dispensation of Faithful Angels and the Redeemed will occur as the final dispensation.

The information that is presented is taken from the Dake’s Topical Index and The Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible 10th printing. March-2012

The First Dispensation: The Dispensation of Angels

1.     Name. We call it the dispensation of angels, because angels were given rulership under God to administer His will and rule the earth and other planets (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:11-17; Matthew 25:41; Ephes. 1:21; Ephes. 3:9-10; Ephes. 6:12; Col. 1:15-18; 1 Peter 3:22; Rev. 12:7-10; Rev. 20:10).

2.     Length-from the time the earth was created in the presence of angels (Job 38:4-7) to the time of chaos and defeat of Satan in his invasion of heaven (Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:11-17; Luke 10:18).

3.     Favorable beginning. Every angel, devil, and person was sinless to begin with (Ephes. 1:21; Ephes. 3:9-10; Col. 1:15-18; 1 Peter 3:22). Lucifer, the ruling cherub of earth, is described as “perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:11-17). This scripture and Isaiah 14:12-14 picture his exalted position. He had a most favorable beginning and it would have remained so had he not exalted himself in an effort to dethrone God (Ezekiel 28:17; 1 Tim. 3:6).

4.     Test. The test for angelic rulers was the same as for man-to obey Him in all that He commanded. Lucifer had ways to walk in (Ezekiel 28:15), and so did all other angels, or they could not have sinned. Sin is transgression of the law for angels as well as human beings (1 John 3:4).

5.     Purpose of God. His purpose was to test angels to see if they would remain true to Him before using them eternally as trusted servants. For this same reason God tested man, His purpose for testing being alike for all free moral and responsible agents. Satan and others failed because they “abode not in the truth” (John 8:44; Ephes. 3:9-10; 1 Tim. 5:21; 1 John 5:18-19; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7).

6.     The means of God in accomplishing His purpose. God used the ways that He restricted the angels to walk in as the means of testing them (Ezekiel 28:15; John 8:44; Ephes. 3:9-10).

7.     Failure. Some angelic beings failed to continue in the truth (John 8:44) and the ways which God made clear to them (Ezekiel 28:11-17). Over one-third rebelled, including Lucifer who will be cast down to earth with the other rebellious angels in the middle of the future tribulation (Rev. 12:4,7-12). God found it necessary to charge them with folly (Job 4:18), sin (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7), and rebellion (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:11-17; Rev. 12:7-12).

8.     Judgment for sin. God prepared hell “for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Some are in hell now (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7). Lucifer and those still loose with him will eventually be put into hell (Matthew 25:41; Rev. 12:7-12; Rev. 20:10). Immediate judgment came by their defeat and God taking away their rulership (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:11-17). They would not be pseudo-rulers of earth now if Adam, the new ruler of the earth, had not fallen and submitted to them (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12-21; Ephes. 2:1-3; Ephes. 4:27; Ephes. 6:1; 1 John 5:18-19; Rev. 12:9-12). Now, in Christ, man has power over them (Ephes. 6:10-18; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:7-9) and will eventually have the entire dominion restored to him (Psalm 8; Daniel 7:18,27; Hebrews 2:9-18; Rev. 5:10; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 22:4-6).

9.     God’s provision of redemption. In what way God offered reconciliation to angels and how many availed themselves of His grace is not revealed, because the Bible is not a history of the creation, fall, judgment or redemption of angels, as it is of man. Whatever is said about angels, demons, pre-Adamites, and other creatures not of the present creation on earth, is limited to what is necessary to reveal God’s plan for man. When 1 Tim. 5:21 speaks of elect angels, the term is no doubt used in the same sense as elect men who are redeemed. We then conclude that angels had some means of grace and reconciliation, and that some are called elect because they became reconciled. God, who is all good, has always given mercy to rebels of the human race, and we can believe He was just as merciful to angels, demons, and pre-Adamite rebels, providing them with a means of grace befitting their nature and created purpose. Among those who ruled, the ones who rebelled when on probation and now persist in continued rebellion will be punished in the same way that human rebels will be (Matthew 25:41). Since both classes are to be punished, we conclude that angels, as well as human beings, have been given some means of grace even though not by blood sacrifice.

Paul speaks of “invisible things” in the heavenly world as being as real and understandable as the visible things on Earth (Col. 1:15-18). In fact, he states that these “invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom.1:19-23, emphasis added). That is, there is no excuse for being ignorant of heavenly things.

He further speaks of heavenly bodies as being as real as earthly bodies: “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial . . . There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body . . . As is the earthy such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly (1 Cor. 15:35-50).

Let us forget the idea that Heaven is an invisible nothing, or merely a cloud that the redeemed will float around on in space and play a harp forever. The Heaven in which God dwells is a real planet, “a better country” than the planet Earth (Heb. 11:14-16). As we shall see in Lesson Forty-two, Heaven is a real place, created with cities, mansions, food, water, trees, and other things that we know of in this visible world. Lucifer is spoken of as having a “throne” (Isa.14:12-14; Ezek. 28:11-17) and other “thrones” are mentioned in Col. 1:16-18 as being in the heavens. These are evidently thrones of other angels, so there is such a doctrine as the dispensation of angels taught in Scripture.

The Final Dispensation:  Dispensation of Faithful Angels and the Redeemed or

The Age of the Ages (Ephes. 2:7; Ephes. 3:11):

1.     Name. So-called because faithful angels and resurrected saints will help God administer the affairs of the universes from the earth which will be the eternal headquarters of His government. This dispensation is what we know as the New Heaven and New Earth. It could also be called the Eternal Future, the Eternal Perfect State, or the Eternal Sinless Career of the Earth (Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah 66:22-24; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Rev. 21:1-22:5).

2.     Length-eternity; world without end. It will be the time of perpetual generations, endless perfection, and eternal life. See Sixty-five Other Eternal Things.

3.     Favorable beginning. Not only in the beginning but continuing throughout eternity, there will be perfect conditions and people (Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah 66:22-24; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:1-22:5).

4.     Test. There will be no further need of moral or probationary tests to see if angels or human beings will prove true and worthy of eternal trust. All in the eternal ruling class-the elect and faithful among angels and human beings-will have been purged of all possibility of falling. They will be obedient to God, absolutely and eternally trusted to help administer the affairs of the vast creations (Ephes. 2:7; Ephes. 3:11; Rev. 21-22). Perpetual generations to come, who will be ruled by resurrected saints and others, will be born sinless.

5.     The purpose of God. To be all in all again, as before rebellion began with Lucifer and Adam (1 Cor. 15:24-28; Ephes. 1:10), and to carry out His eternal plan of having creations and kingdoms which are willingly subject to Him and consecrated to the same end that He is consecrated to: the highest good of being for all-that is the purpose of God in the future eternal dispensation.  See note 49, The Ten-fold Purpose of God in the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ, in Fifty Facts about the Millennium since this applies to the New Heaven and New Earth as well as to the Millennium.

6.     The means of God in accomplishing His purpose. Throughout eternity, He will continue to use Christ, faithful angels, and redeemed human beings who will have proven themselves trustworthy in ministering to the human race (Hebrews 1:13; Hebrews 2:9-18), and who will have come with Christ to take over the kingdoms of this world (Zech.14:1-5; Matthew 13:38-51; Matthew 24:29-31; Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Thes. 1:7-10; Jude 1:14-15; Rev. 19:11-21).

7.     Failure. There will be no failure throughout eternity with elect angels, elect resurrected men, or elect natural men who will carry out their part of the program as in the eternal purpose of God as His plan was before Adam’s fall. The fall did not do away with God’s original plan; it only postponed it until the restitution of all things in the New Earth (Acts 3:21; Rev. 21-22)

8.     Judgment for sin. There will be no judgment for sin again, for all will be righteous and holy. Rev. 22:3-5 says, “there shall be no more curse … His servants shall serve Him: and they shall see His face … and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

9.     God’s provision of redemption. This is the same as stated in point 9 of the seventh dispensation for man-Dispensation of Divine Government or Millennium. The redemption provided through Christ and the cross is eternal in its scope and benefits to mankind.

Before I close this presentation please allow me to present our current Dispensation:  The Dispensation of Grace.

Dispensation of Grace Matthew 3:1Rev. 19:10

Present or Postdiluvian Age (Genesis 8:15Rev. 19:10)

1.     Name. So-called because of the fullness of grace brought by Jesus Christ (John 1:16-17). Human beings had grace in all previous ages, but not in fullness. The same was true of laws. People had laws in all periods before Moses, but the fullness of law came by Jesus Christ.

2.     Length-from the preaching of the kingdom of heaven by John (Matthew 11:11; Luke 16:16) to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Considering that we reckon our time in A.D. from the birth of Christ, and that He was about thirty years of age (in A.D. 30) when John the Baptist announced the kingdom and when Law ended and Grace began (Luke 1:26; Luke 3:23), then we know that we will have already come 1,970 years in this dispensation by A.D. 2000. How many more years Grace will continue is not known because we don’t know when the second coming (which is to terminate this dispensation) will take place. Students of prophecy believe it will be soon. Grace cannot end until ten kingdoms are formed inside the old Roman Empire territory (Daniel 7:7-8,19-24), until the Antichrist has been here seven years after the rapture of the church (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thes. 2:7-8), and until all the events of Rev. 4:1-19:10 have been fulfilled in these last seven years (Rev. 4:1, note). Then, and then only, can Christ come (Rev. 19:11-21) and the Millennium begin (Rev. 20:1-10).

3.     Favorable beginning. Satan was defeated on the cross and made powerless to overcome any believer who would put on the whole armor of God (Ephes. 6:10-18) and resist him (Ephes. 4:27; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:7-9). In this matter, no difference was made between Jew or Gentile, male or female (Acts 2:16-21; 1 Cor. 12:13; Galatians 3:28; Col. 3:11). Furthermore, the dispensation of Grace began with ministries of power-that of Christ, John the Baptist, the apostles, and other men endued to perform miracles, as recorded in the Gospels and Acts. It began with complete grace (John 1:16-17), promises of the fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39), and a full commission to represent God and do the works of Christ (Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12). There is now no limitation to the believer regarding what he wants from God according to the promises. Everyone is privileged to receive according to his faith (Matthew 8:13; Matthew 9:29; Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:21-22; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-15; John 15:7,16; Hebrews 11:6; 1 John 3:21-22; 1 John 5:13-14).

4.     Test-obedience to the faith of the gospel in all its teachings (Mark 16:16; John 3:16; Romans 1:5,16; Romans 16:26; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:5-8).

5.     The purpose of God-to save all who would believe, to call out a people for His name, and to build the church (John 3:16; Acts 15:13-18; 1 Cor. 1:18-24; 1 Cor. 12:12-31; Ephes. 2:14-22; Ephes. 4:7-16; Ephes. 5:25-32; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Rev. 22:17).

6.     The means of God in accomplishing His purpose. Preaching the gospel is His means to call out a people for the church (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20; Romans 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18-24; 2 Cor. 4:4). For this work He uses called and gifted men (Romans 12; 1 Cor.__1 Corinthians__12; Ephes. 4:7-11). He also uses angels (Hebrews 1:14) and ordinary saved men to propagate the gospel as directed by the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17,26; John 15:26; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 5:32).

7.     Failure-three-fold:

(1)  The failure of Israel is seen in their rejection of John, Jesus, and the apostles; in the crucifixion of their Messiah; and in war on the early church. The gospel first went to Israel (Matthew 10:5-6) but they would not obey. So, it was taken from them and given to the Gentiles (Matthew 21:33-46).

(2)  The early church began to fail God in the very beginning (Acts 5-6; Acts 15). All the epistles reveal divisions, strifes, heresies, unclean living, false leaders, and other evidences of backsliding and fallacy (1 Cor.__1 Corinthians__1; 1 Cor.__1 Corinthians__3; 1 Cor.__1 Corinthians__5; 1 Cor.__1 Corinthians__11; Galatians 3; Galatians 5; Ephes. 4; Col. 3; 2 Peter__2 Peter__2; Jude 1:3; Rev. 2-3).

(3)  The post-apostolic church continued in failure-not evangelizing the world, living clean lives, preaching the full truth, or being one as Christ had prayed (John 17:21-23). The church entered the dark ages when popes and bishops lorded it over civil rulers and murdered millions who would not conform to organized religion. A reformation finally took place and Christianity has now been revived (in part) as in the New Testament, but the church as a whole is still slow to recognize its full rights and privileges in the gospel.

8.     Judgment for sin. For their rejection of John (Matthew 3:7; Matthew 21:23-27), Jesus (Matthew 11:11-27; Matthew 12:1-50; Matthew 23:1-39), and the early disciples (Acts 4:1-31; Acts 6:8-7:59; Acts 8:1-4; Acts 9:1-8; Acts 12:1-5; Acts 16:19-38; Acts 17:1-18:18; Acts 22:1-28:31), Israel was destroyed as a nation in A.D. 70 and scattered among the other nations (Matthew 24:1-3; Luke 21:20-24). They will not be restored until the second coming of Christ (Romans 11:25-29). This dispensation will end with great apostasy (Matthew 24:4-41; 1 Tim. 4:1-16; 2 Tim. 3:1-13; 2 Tim. 4:1-4; 2 Thes. 2:1-12; 2 Peter__2 Peter__2; Jude 1:3-18). The question in Luke 18:8 is: “when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Judgment will include the greatest tribulation ever known on earth (Matthew 24:15-24; Rev. 6:1-19:10; Daniel 12:1). Because men will not receive the truth, God will send strong delusions to damn such rebels (2 Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 13; Rev. 16:13-16; Rev. 19:20).

9.     God’s provision of redemption. The provision for this period and every other one is the death of Christ on the cross (1 Cor. 1:18-24; Col. 1:12-20; Col. 2:14-17; 1 Peter 2:24). People in previous dispensations looked forward to it by faith to receive its benefits. People now look back in faith to receive its benefits (Romans 3:24-25; Ephes. 2:8-9; Hebrews 11). God sent His Son to take the place of all person in death, so that all who believe might be fully redeemed, reconciled, and restored to original dominion (Psalm 8; Galatians 3:13; Ephes. 2:11-18; Hebrews 2:9-18; 1 Peter 1:18-23).

Remember that today is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV) 2 …now is the day of salvation.  The day that you hear his voice you must not harden your heart. Hebrews 3:15 (KJV) 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. If you do not take advantage of the grace that God has provided through the death of His only begotten Son, you will wind up in hell and no other dispensation will matter to you.  The Rapture of the church is the next great thing on God’s calendar.  Get right church and let’s go home.
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A Follow-Up to …And We Looked Up and Saw Death Hanging in the Sky”

shutterstock_69707593Saints of the Most High God, this is a follow-up to the post that I wrote this morning: “…And We Looked Up and Saw Death Hanging in the Sky”. In the post I stated that the individuals who approved the laws that were in direct conflict with the Word of God actually told God that they don’t love Him by their disobedient actions. But saints, they don’t love Him but we do! Death hanging over their heads also means that it is hanging over our heads. But we must remember that we have great power with God through prayer. He is our Heavenly Father and we have a real relationship with Him. Remember 2Chronicles 7:14, which states:

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.

Saints, we have been left here at this time and in this country for a specific reason and that is to hold back not just the power of the enemy but also to be able to plead to God for mercy. We need to pray so that His wrath is stayed just a little bit longer to allow a few more souls to be saved. Our Pastor reminded us in service on Tuesday night that we are the salt of the earth and we are the light of the world. The world does not even see the death that is hanging over our heads, but we do. They cannot pray down mercy but we can.To quote my Pastor, “Salt does not stop decay, but it slows down the process. It is also an irritant in the wound of the enemies”.  This follow-up post is written to remind us of our power with God through prayer as well as our responsibility to tell the unsaved how they can be delivered.

The Lord reminded me of some of the words that our pastor spoke in one of his recent messages. He was not specifically referring to this current situation but I heard his words loud and clear.  I am also applying those words to this situation.  He said, “If you say that you are going to die you will. Remember that God gave us the power to loose and bind. If death appears, bind it!”  He also reminded us that we must not forget to loose the positive things that we desire. Scriptures that relate to the principles of loosing and binding are:

Matthew 16:19 (KJV)
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:18 (KJV)
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Yes, the Lord did show me what is hanging over the head of America. Could it be possible that He revealed the impending danger to spur us to prayer and intercession?  I have to admit that the word from Him shook me to my core. But the Word of God says that man should always pray and not faint.

Luke 18:1 …that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

My pastor said to us this past Tuesday night, “If you don’t see me panic, then don’t you panic”. We are blessed and highly favored to have a spiritual leader like Apostle Herman L. Murray in this country. He is a man who hears from God and is able to tell us in advance what God would have us to do. So now that I have calmed myself I know what I am to do in spite of the knowledge concerning God’s impending wrath. First I know that I am “good to go” to heaven whenever God chooses to take me because I am living holy everyday. But I also know that one of my chief responsibilities is to pray and seek God that His mercy is extended towards America.  At the same time I must gather in the harvest of souls.

God is causing a separation of the wheat and tares in the Christian world to determine who is on the Lord’s side. The real Christians will emerge and stand tall for the Lord. Those of us who can get a prayer through must do what I call “Go deep” when we pray. We must pray until we pray. By this I mean that we actually need to get lost in our prayers to God. We must pray until the burden of our situation is lifted. We must pray until we hear from heaven and until we know that we were heard by heaven. There is no question that sin is abounding now but we can also expect grace to abound. Romans 5:20 (KJV) says 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

Saints, we are not helpless in this thing. Will we stand boldly for Christ or will we wimp out and fall apart with fear? Can we be aware of impending dangers and yet plead with God to hold back his wrath with prayer? I believe that He expects it of us.

Remember the story concerning Sodom and Gomorrah when Abraham asked that God would not destroy the city if a certain number of righteous men could be saved? He went from 50, to 45, all the way down to 10. What would have happened if he had asked to have the cities spared if one righteous man could have been found? Perhaps his request might have caused a different outcome.

Genesis 18:23-33 (KJV)
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26 And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
33 And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

Saints, let’s you and I pray and ask God to delay the outpouring of His wrath on America. At the same time let’s run, run, run to the lost to get them into the Kingdom of God. He did it for the city of Nineveh and perhaps it will cause a turnaround for us. (I know what ultimately happened to Nineveh but surely some of the people were saved in the interim that they were given.) The church is not going out with any less power than the early church. Let’s show ourselves worthy of our calling.

“…And we Looked Up and Saw Death Hanging in the Sky”

453565-a-russian-officer-takes-a-picture-of-a-tu-95-bomber-or-bear-at-a-militWith these heavy and ominous words the Lord showed me the very form that the wrath of God will take upon America. On Friday, June 26, 2015 America crossed a critical line when it made the decision to openly defy God and approve same-sex marriage in this country. As a result of that decision America stepped out of the status of a Christian nation into the unfortunate status of a country that is in open rebellion against God. The decision told God that we no longer love Him. “Why?” you may ask. Because the Bible in John 14:15 says If ye love me, keep my commandments.  We told God with that court decision, “We will not obey you” which ultimately means, “We don’t love you.”

I am going to be detailed and specific concerning the events that lead to my hearing the ominous words because it is critical that you, the readers of this post, understand why I find them to be so serious.  I am a prophetess. I don’t generally walk around using the title because titles don’t really matter anyway. But I share it today because the Bible says in 1Thessalonians 5:12 (KJV)
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you.

A prophet or prophetess is one who has been called by God to know and speak aspects of His mind and heart. He uses the prophet and prophetess to speak to individuals, congregations and some to the nations. I do not use this title for self-promotion. I use it now simply so that you will understand why God would give me such a message. On Monday of this week God let me know that an important message was coming.  As a result of obedience to something that He told me to do, I awoke at three A. M. this morning, July 1, 2015 and heard these words in my spirit. “…And we Looked Up and Saw Death hanging in the Sky”.   As I looked at the vision that God gave me I saw a large aircraft sitting in the sky waiting for a pre-determined time to drop what appeared to be some form of destruction from its belly. God is angry at America and He will bring great devastation and destruction upon our country. We may not know the day or the hour but it is coming very soon.

At first I was a little reluctant to write this post because of the heaviness of the message. But what kind of minister and Christian would I be  if I did not tell you the truth? There are some critical steps that we must take within our remaining time on earth. We know that Jesus is coming to get the church that is prepared for His return. This message is for saints and sinners alike. Get right with God and do it now!

While in church service last night God gave me these scriptures:  Ezekiel 3:17-21 (KJV)
17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

So you see, I must obey God. I must tell you the truth, although many will call even this post a hate message. I love you with the love of God and want to see as many souls make it into the Kingdom of God as possible. My Pastor, Apostle Herman L. Murray, told us last night, “Don’t get nervous, get busy”. We must take a firm stand and be the church that God has called us to be.

Final steps to be taken in our final hours:

For Christians:

  1. If you are a Christian act like it. Stand firm on the Word of God. Many are calling themselves Christians but are conforming to the world. One of the problems may be that you have no power in your life. You need the Holy Ghost to stand firm. Make sure that you are ready for heaven. Your garments must be unspotted, unwrinkled and must have no blemishes. There must be no sin in your life or you will not go back with Jesus when He comes. The key word is repent if there is unrepentant sin in your life!                                                              Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

  1. You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.                                                                                                                                Matthew 5:13-16 (KJV)
    13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
    14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
    15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
    16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
  2. Run and tell everyone that you know that Jesus is soon to come. Start with your family and move out to everyone.
  3. This is no time to be paralyzed with fear; it’s time to gather in as many souls as we can.
  4. Get closer to God through church attendance; study of the word and through prayer. We do not know how much time we have, but we must use our time wisely.

For those who are lost:

  1. As an intelligent human being you owe it to yourself to find out all you can about Jesus Christ, for he is your hope of glory. We strongly encourage you to get saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost.

It is true that all sin is equally sinful but the soul that sinneth shall die.                                                                                                               Ezekiel 18:20 (KJV)
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

This means that you will be eternally separated from God and eternally punished in hellfire. Get right so that this will not be your fate.

  1. Once you are saved convert your brother. Help someone else make it into the kingdom of God.

Saints and sinners alike, devastation is coming to our nation but Jesus will take care of those who are His. Let’s fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. God bless.

The Runaway Train Of Deception Is Picking Up Speed


America…we’re in for a bumpy ride.

Originally posted on Bring Bread:

Not long ago, the evening news was filled with the terrifying story of a passenger train that inexplicably accelerated so severely that it jumped the tracks and derailed. Tragically, scores were injured and lives were lost.

“It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” the local mayor remarked. “We do not know what happened here. We do not know why it happened.”

His words are haunting to me. Prophetic sounding even, because lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m on a runaway train, too. Buckled up with me? My nation. My culture. Hurtling towards catastrophe, we’re passengers on the freight-train of demonic deception and it’s accelerating exponentially. Surely, derailment is just around the bend. I’m afraid when we come to a full stop, we’ll be an unrecognizable, disastrous mess. In shock, people will wonder what happened, and ask themselves, “Why?”.


Yet, we’ve been warned. The Bible clearly describes a time of run-away trains…

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Jesus Loves You!


Originally written in 2012 but this is so relevant today I decided to REBLOG!

Originally posted on Committed to Preaching the Word of God:

This post was initially written around Christmas, 2012 but it is still relevant today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hello everyone.  I have a message for you from the Lord.  As my husband and I were preparing for service in the nursing home that we visit, I asked the Lord what He would have me tell the residents.  His answer was, “Tell them that I love them”.  This post is based on Jesus’ message to the nursing home residents.  We are blessed, however, because His message of love applies to us all.  

“Jesus Loves You!”

Many of us learned a little song as children entitled “Jesus Loves Me”.  According to Wikipedia, “Jesus Loves Me is a Christianhymn that was originally written as a poem in a novel by Anna Bartlett Warner  in 1860.   The poem was written to comfort a dying child.  The tune and chorus were added in 1862 by William Batchelder Bradbury and has become one of the…

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“Need Your Needs Met? All You Have to do is ASK!”

Luke 12:32 (KJV)
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

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“Have You Believed the Report? If You Believe It, Then Act on It”

shutterstock_116035348In Isaiah 53:1 the Prophet Isaiah raised a question. He asked:

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah presents very clear-cut and descriptive information concerning our suffering Messiah, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One has only to read the chapter to understand the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. But before we get into the specifics of the report that Isaiah presents, the question needs to be asked, “Why did mankind need a Messiah or Savior in the first place?” A quick review of the circumstances that led to the need for a Messiah to deliver mankind from the results of sin follows.

In the beginning God created a man who He named Adam. He gave Adam a wife that was perfectly suited for him, gave him meaningful work and God had fellowship with Adam and Eve every day. But Adam and Eve sinned against God through disobedience, lost their status  and were rejected from the Garden of Eden.  At the same time that they sinned, death entered the equation. They, along with every one of their offspring (including you and I), were condemned to Death,  Hell and ultimately the Lake of Fire without hope. But God loved us too much to leave us in that hopeless situation according to  John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his   only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus became our escape route from sin, death, Hell and the Lake. Our Heavenly Father sent His only Son to die for us. That thought bears repeating.  Since No other person was pure enough to die for our sins, jesus, in obedience to His Father, came to earth, lived among sinful men but himself did no sin. He demonstrated how men were to live holy. He healed the sick, raised the dead and modeled love itself. He gave us a picture of the Father through his own behavior. Then He hung, bled, died and rose again to pay the awful penalty for sin. His death, burial and resurrection opened the door for all men to be saved and delivered out of the hand of sin. He overcame death, hell and the grave so that we might have a right to the tree of life.

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah described not only His humiliation, pain, suffering and sorrow, but it also describes His glorious reward and exaltation that His father has given Him because of His sacrifice. What wonderful news! But wait! With this kind of salvation available, why are there still people on earth that are not saved? Granted,  there may be a few who have not heard the good news yet, but …but what about those who have heard the report but are still not saved?

In 1960 there were approximately three billion people on the face of the earth. Today that number has increased to over seven billion people on earth. That means that had Jesus not died, billions and billions of people would be without hope. The Lake of fire, by way of Hell, would be the destination of all men and women. The only thing available for mankind would have been a certain fearful waiting for the horrors of Hell and the Lake of fire.  But, with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for our sins, billions and billions of people should be saved and either in or eligible to enter into heaven. Sin should be a thing of the past and we should all be praising and worshipping God. But you and I know that sin is still on the rampage. Why is this? Why have people all over the world refused to believe the report of Isaiah and others concerning Jesus Christ?

You and I who are now saved were not here when Jesus hung on the cross for us. Someone had to report it to us. And as a result, we believed the report. Let’s look through the Scriptures to see if there is a possible answer for why some did not believe and still refuse to believe the report.

Isaiah 53: 2-3 says
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

The prophet Isaiah presents several reasons that might account for why the Jewish people did not receive Jesus as the Messiah. Some of those reasons still stand today.

  1. They might have rejected him because they didn’t like him as a person. He was despised and of low esteem. Jesus was born to common, everyday working people. Mary claimed to be a virgin when she conceived Jesus (and of course she was) and his earthly father was what we would call today, a blue collar worker, a carpenter.
  2. Jesus was born in a manger, not at the Palais Royale Hotel or in a comfortable hospital. He came into the earth poor, not wealthy.

Luke 2:7 (KJV)
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

3.  The words “a root out of a dry ground” in Isaiah 53 tells us that he was born in the north, in Galilee, of a family out of which, like a dry and desert ground, nothing great, was expected. He was also born in a country of such small repute that it was thought that no good thing could come out of it.

John 1:44-46 (KJV)
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

4.  I’m sure many expected the coming Messiah to live an exalted lifestyle. Some might have thought that He would at least have had transportation comparable to a Lexus. But instead, He walked almost everywhere he went. They might have expected Him to have a mansion but he did not even own a home.

Matthew 8:20 (KJV)
20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.        5.  He was a man of sorrow. Even though he committed no sins, living on earth in the midst of sinful men must have made him a sorrowful man. He must have also felt the weight of His responsibility to die for mankind. But most of all, He felt the impending separation from His Father when sin was crushed at His death.

6.  As a result of all of these issues, many rejected Him back in His day.  Perhaps the same issues cause Him to be rejected today.

7.  One of the key reasons that men reject Jesus is because men love sin and do not want to be delivered. Salvation is available but men and women have to want to be saved in order to receive God’s deliverance.

8.  And finally, we know that some are simply blinded and mired down by our adversary the devil. But praise God for two great reasons for why all should believe that he is the Son of God, who died for the sins of the world.

Reason No. 1.  Before Jesus came to earth God told mankind  that He would send a Savior. The Word of a coming Messiah was delivered through prophets down through time. The prophets who foretold His coming described Jesus “to a T” so to speak.  God even let Adam and Eve know, as they were being rejected from the Garden of Eden for the sin of disobedience, that they would have a Savior one day. When God cursed the serpent for tricking Eve and then Adam into eating of the forbidden fruit, this is what He said:

Genesis 3:14-15 (KJV)
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

What He let them know is that  the woman’s offspring (Jesus) would bruise the devil’s head, although the Savior would be bruised through his sacrificial death.

Reason No.2.  Jesus performed many miracles that validated that He was the Messiah. He healed the sick, opened blinded eyes, opened deaf ears, and raised the dead. He sent a message to John the Baptist that John could believe that He was the Messiah “for His work’s sake”.

The Conclusion of the whole matter is this. The report that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for our sins is true.  And if it be true, and you believe the report, then act on your belief.  Because of the sacrifice, pain and suffering that Jesus experienced for us can’t we at least live for Him? The only thing that remains for mankind to do is to believe the report that the Bible presents and accept it, because, brothers and sisters, there is no other Savior coming. Jesus is coming back again to receive his own unto himself. But this time He is coming in majesty and in power and He will be looking for a people who have believed the report to the saving of their souls. They will be people who not only believed it but are prepared for the time that He will return to rapture his saints away. He is our propitiation for sin,  He is our only hope of glory and He is coming back soon and very soon.  There is not much time left. I strongly encourage everyone who has not done so to receive Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God, as your Lord and Savior today. Repent of your sins. Ask Jesus to come into your life and ask for the infilling of the Holy Ghost. To quote the late Great Apostle Lobias Murray: “If you believe it…Say AMEN!”

Romans 10:10 (KJV)
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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