Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW FAMILY BASED ENTERTAINMENT TV NETWORK LAUNCHED FROM CENTRAL ILLINOIS



THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION is the streaming way of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and now the FIRST EVER FAMILY VALUES NETWORK for those who are sick of inappropriate video streamed into their house over the big Four Networks (NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS) as well as some of the once kid-friendly cable channels.

SOON TV has been in the works for a while with the mission of  returning television to the Family Hour of Classic movies and television shows with the added bonus of inspirational solid Bible-based teaching to feed the soul and spirit. What is different about this new TV network is that it is online and streaming and ON DEMAND.

If you're a Comcast subscriber, you have something called XFINITY but their programming does not contain much for family entertainment or preaching. SOON TV is available for your at all times on your computer (PC and MAC), Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone. If your computer has an HDMI output, you can plug into any HD television set to watch your new streaming programming. A SOON TV Channel is coming soon for the ROKU box and other devices.

SOON TV is currently available here on www.cross.tv. Here are some of the examples of the Classic programming which used to be available on TV Land on Cable TV before they went to inappropriate programming - Bonanza, Beverly Hillbillies, Woody Woodpecker, Classic Superman and more. 

Soon TV will be bringing you dynamic and diverse family friendly sitcoms (unique and some original in the coming years). There will be historical Biblical dramas, syndicated programming and daily news as the network comes online more and more.

Viewing the new network requires a sign-in,which is very easy and cost effective for the programming which will be available in the coming weeks, months and years. New content will be added weekly and updated continually.  Please follow the following links to sign up and read about your options which include FREE content.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SOON TV: CLICK TO READ ABOUT SOON TV
SIGN UP FOR SOON TV HERE: CLICK TO BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: CLICK TO HAVE YOUR CONCERNS ADDRESSED

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"JAMES" AT 14 (WEEKS, THAT IS...)

....... (or NOT AN UNVIABLE TISSUE MASS)!
A REAL BABY AT 14 WEEKS - NOT "AN UNVIABLE TISSUE MASS" BUT A PERSON!
The birth of your children is one of the special moments of any person’s life. There is almost no greater feeling. One can think of the real defining moments of life: such as when you were saved/born again/rejuvenated or converted from a person bound for hell into a son or daughter worthy to be associated – for eternity – with the Creator of the World, the Lord Jesus Christ.  But there is something phenomenal, natural and instinctive about a baby – marveling at a new born, holding a toddler and raising many of them which lands life’s precious moments close to the top of the list.

However there is something even more incredible, these days – seeing a live baby – A LIVE BABY IN THE WOMB! I remember the ultra sounds of my own children from the 1990’s and they were nothing as defined and crystal clear as they are today.  Modern technology has developed to bring the issue of life to a crossroads where there can be no doubt as to just WHO and what is in the mother’s womb!  These photos are from the just concluded LIVE ultrasound at the Springfield Illinois Lifetime Pregnancy Center (now called LIFETIME) dinner of a pregnant mother with a 14 week old baby in her womb.  These photos are also from a jumbo projection screen from a projector which was NOT HD (high def), the image is stunning, affirming and absolutely real!

14 week old baby with a terrific beating heart facing foward on the new Samsung Ultrasound Machine
A fourteen week old baby (or fetus in the other people’s language) is only a 3 ½ month baby and is only one third of the way to being born into the world.  Yet the pro-abortion rights side from Judges to juvenile politicians and academics and liberal mainline protestant clergy will have you believe these are “unviable tissue masses”. Their lost estate continues to such a moronic extent that they try to indoctrinate others to believe that life does not begin until a baby is born or out of the womb. You see they have to concoct fables like this to convince their dark souls and consciences that they are not really destroying a human being when they commit abortion – midterm or late term.

Anyone who has seen one of these new high-tech ultrasound machines, if they had any vestige of decency and conscience left, would immediately become pro-life.  This is what is happening 90% of the time when pregnant women are given the opportunity to see an ultra sound image  of their child. They immediately change their minds and carry the baby to full-term. God has written His law in EVERY heart of every human who ever lived. Therefore, so the majority of women instinctively know this is a real live baby which they just cannot terminate to their eternal horror and shame.  The remaining 10%  who proceed anyway, will answer for their deeds on Judgment Day, that is – unless they completely repent and have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The baby's back with fully formed spine and limbs clearly visible
The photos here are from a live ultra sound of a baby with a beating heart. The baby’s complete body is identifiable from head to spine to hands to feet.  You cannot tell if this baby is an author, a scientist, a tennis player or a violinist.  But one thing is certain – God created this baby. God knows the baby’s name.  God knows the baby’s every minute on this earth. He knows how many hairs on the head. He knows the child’s entire future. Why? Because birth begins at conception and He knows your name and mine. He knows our every thought because He knew us from the foundations of the earth.

Psalm 139: 13 says “For You formed me in my inward parts, You covered me in my mother’s womb”…and God says in Jeremiah 1:5a “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”. To the extent that liberals re-define God’s handiwork on earth, it is only for the present… while man is still in charge, for the brief time left for all humanity in this life. There is coming a day when all creation will rejoice and life will return to its original intent – Eternal Glory of the One True God and King – Who  created Heaven and Earth and all living things.  In that day as well, the almost 60 million babies, whose lives were ended by legal abortion since 1973 will be restored and ushered into the Father’s presence to enjoy eternity. What a day that will be!

IMPORTANT LINKS: 
1. LIFETIME PREGNANCY HELP CENTER
2. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF FAMILY AND LIFE ADVOCATES

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WHY WE WROTE "25 REASONS TO BELIEVE"

FREE APOLOGETICS eBOOK FOR DOWNLOAD
Anecdotal and empirical evidence have show the challenges facing the future of the majority of our young people. We already know that the majority of the world’s population has turned its back on the Holy God of Heaven, who created everything around  us. We already know that the majority of western has spread its corrupt culture into our churches and misdirected the majority of our youth group attendees away from Jesus Christ, a Biblical Worldview and thus –hell.

We saw from the recent Christian movie phenomenon – “GOD’s NOT DEAD” – that when given a chance, most of our church-raised teens (notice, I did NOT say saved or born-again), would deny God to further their own “futures”, which when they get there, will soon be evident as pathetic, in its destination. 

The amazing thing is some of these teens and twenty –somethings (herein called millennials) went to solid bible-teaching churches….the majority of which never disciples them properly, if at all. I know places like that. The even scarier thing is these young people think they’re Christ followers and all going to heaven. They support non-biblical activities like abortion rights  and "marriages" which God did not ordain and free casual attitude towards morality and the culture. 

Having been burdened to assist young professing Christians in their defense of our Christian Faith, Pastor Mike Henderson, John Snyder and I got to work on some of the popular questions from the scoffers who wish the denigrate Christianity. We then answered them, in a clear and concise way and they are now formatted for easy access on your tablet (iPad, Android etc) or downloading directly to your laptop or personal computer to read. I know of a Christian school right now where the head of the religion class is now using our twenty five topics to teach with! Another man is using them to start an apologetics class, which  he can use almost all year! This is a labor of dedication and love from those of us, who are deeply committed to helping raise the Remnant of the nex generation to have a better Biblical Worldview than we ever had. 

Here is an example of one of the topics we addressed. This one in particular was one of my favorites. It is my favorite as it shows both the Sufficiency of Scripture and the Sizable Impact Scripture has had on daily living:


The Bible and Everyday Life

The Struggle:
The bible is so outdated! It could not possibly apply to my life!

The Answer:
Bible-believing Christians trust every word of every phrase of every
verse of the Word of God – the Bible. The world undervalues this, by
often using language which came DIRECTLY out of Scripture without
knowing! Amazingly, there are over 200 phrases or sayings which
people all over the world use in everyday discussions…and they have
absolutely no idea their origin is the Bible! Here are just a select few
of them and where they can be found in Scripture:

The apple of His eye - Psalms 17:8

A good old age Genesis - 15:15
A still small voice - 1 Kings 19:12
The pride of life - 1 John 2:16
From strength to strength -  Psalms 84:7
A drop in the bucket  - Isaiah 40:15
The salt of the earth -  Matthew 5:13
The signs of the times - Matthew 16:3
The powers that be - Romans 13:1
The fashion of this world - 1 Corinthians 7:31
Decently and in order -  1 Corinthians 14:40
A thorn in the flesh - 2 Corinthians 12:7
A labor of love - 1 Thessalonians 1:3
Thou are the man (You da man!) -  2 Samuel 12:7
The handwriting on the wall -  Daniel 5:5
Stand in awe - Psalms. 4:4; 33:8; 119:161
Clear as crystal -  Revelation 21:1; 11
The fat of the land -  Genesis 45:18
All things to all men - 1 Cor. 9:22 1 Tim. 6:10


Friday, April 4, 2014

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FIVE YEAR OLD STOPPED FROM PRAYING FOR HER FOOD
Mark 9:42 reports Jesus as saying “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea".


In an Oviedo, Florida public elementary school, five year old Gabriella Perez was told by a lunch monitor at the Carillon Elementary School that she was not allowed to pray and thank God for her food. The very impressive Gabriella (watch short video here) reported that she had bowed her head when the monitor told her she was not allowed to pray (in school). We all know the Supreme Court has ruled it IS constitutional for student-led prayer. This is bore out by the numerous Fellowship of Christian Athletes bible study groups in PUBLIC schools and the annual "See You at the Pole" prayer event. 
The thing is these public educators know the rules but their goal is indoctrinate as many parents' children as possible into a way of thinking, far from the Biblical and moral foundations of decent humanity. All kinds of social engineering are being promoted by the ungodly, and it is stunningly refreshing to see such a young saint boldly proclaim "IT IS GOOD TO PRAY"! 

After watching the movie GOD's NOT DEAD and seeing almost all students in the actor Kevin Sorbo's character's Philosophy class write down "God is Dead" in order to get along with the world, pass a class and not make waves....and knowing this actual sell-out of their souls for temporal material gain is the norm rather than the exception in real life, it is just heartwarming to see a 5 year old show up the majority of young people in America. Church youth groups in this country are packed with a majority of cultural Christians who put on their halo for a couple hours or so a week. They proceed to take off the facade and their faith the rest of the time and act just like anyone else around them.

Five year old Gabriella has shown them all up. She has not only shown up the spiritual paucity of the educated (and lost to perdition) class, but the religious. Her impressive statement that "they caught me again", when she resumed trying to do what she knows is right - being grateful to God, shows two things - this wonderful child, as part of the Elect, knows what Perseverance of the Saints really means. Secondly, it raises the following question: IF YOU WERE ACCUSED OF BEING A CHRISTIAN - WOULD THERE BE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT YOU? If there is any doubt in your mind, read what Jesus said in the following three verses; then examine yourself to see if ye be in the Faith, as this little child most definitely is:
Matthew 7:21-23
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Saturday, March 29, 2014

MEET ANNA ZIELINSKI, CHRISTIAN MOVIE PRODUCER OF GOD'S NOT DEAD

How does a young woman born in Harvard, Massachusetts who graduates from Louisiana Technical University; then ends up as dancer for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and bikini girl for Amazon.com’s Kindle Paperweight end up as the producer for the biggest Christian movie in a decade? Answer - dedication, talent and sticking to truth!


Forty year old Anna Zielinksi has stepped huge into the limelight as producer of the surprise movie and Faith-based hit “GOD’s NOT DEAD”, which has taken the Christian world by storm. God's Not Dead has eclipsed all the Hollywood hype over Paramount's Epic Film "NOAH" which is now out in theaters. Not much is said of Anna Zielinski at this time, but her growth from NBA San Antonio (Texas) Spurs cheerleader to trying her hand at acting has lead her on a curiously wonderful journey. This journey has produced an increasingly well put together body of work in Christian Film Production Company PURE FLIX, which keeps improving constantly.

Secular audiences may know Anna from "How I met Your Mother" and several other roles. She has been active on stage and other solid roles, including the terrific End Times action-packed drama JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN. Zielinski first broke into the Christian Movie genre with a movie called Marriage Retreat, which had a personal connection to her own life. Since that time, her portfolio has become stunningly successful.

What impressed me the most was her movie - DANIEL (Pure Flix 2013), which is based accurately on the great Old Testament prophet who impacted not just the Babylonian King, but the conquering Persians, down to the so-called "Wise Men" or magi of the Christmas story. Anna Zielinski's reasoning for this fantastic portrayal of the gentle prophet of God, Daniel, is in marked contrast to the recent vitriol and controversy surrounding those who made a big budget epic on the Great Flood. From her post-Daniel interview, it was obvious from whom the Godly leadership to make this gem emanated.

She has also recently produced a heart-warming romance, which you can actually allow your kids to see, called FINDING NORMAL (Pure Flix 2014) which stars Candace Cameron Bure (Kirk Cameron's sister).  This was her last offering before the blockbuster GOD's NOT DEAD which will one day soon, make Anna Zielinski, of Mexican and Phillipino heritage, the Premier Woman Movie Producer of not just Christian movies, but quality blockbuster film!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

GOD'S NOT DEAD - MAN'S PHILOSOPHY IS!

The surprise hit movie of 2014 is not the coming big budget NOAH movie from Hollywood, but the offering from some wonderful folks at PURE FLIX and actor Kevin Sorbo. Their sleeper hit "GOD'S NOT DEAD" surprised the mainstream movie industry when it opened in only 780 screens across America on Friday March 21 and ended up at number 4 in the Box Office that weekend! The average Hollywood production launches in 3000 or more screens (just as a gauge).

What makes this movie the potential blockbuster not seen since 2004's Passion of the Christ is quality production combined with inspired solid professional writing. The main story revolves around a freshman Christian student Josh Wheaton who finds himself in a Philosophy class run by the vitriolic atheist Professor Radisson (played by the popular actor Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins his class by telling all 80 plus students that they must disavow God, write on a piece of paper that "GOD IS DEAD" and sign their name to it. Josh is a Christian and comes face to face with this Faith or what his cultural "christian" (and soon to be ex-) girlfriend calls "his future".  As the only student in his class to refuse to go against his belief, Radisson immediately dislikes Josh Wheaton, yet gives him 20 minutes over three classes to prove the existence of God. This leads to several sub-plots which make this one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Kevin Sorbo is outstanding as "atheist" Professor Radisson
Before getting to those, as a personal point of privilege, I must recount my only encounter with Philosophy in college in the early 1980's when it was one of my electives at Acadia University. Watching Professor Radisson in this movie made me harken back to the absolute hogwash man made philosophy really is.  It was not clear why I dropped out of Philosophy class after one day until I got older and more mature in Faith. Some of the same dead atheists listed in that movie - from Albert Camus to Descartes were some of the people I studied in my teens, before God blocked out all of that atheism and saved me completely in 1988. I have since seen, up close, the kind of arrogance and absolute evil present on the modern campus which is turning the majority of young people against God and their own salvation in chance meetings with men and women like Radisson, in real life.

The reality of the sheer slipping away from the Faith of some from our own youth groups was never more evident than Josh Wheaton's girlfriend in GOD'S NOT DEAD, who pressures him to sign "the stupid" paper and be done with it. The thought that kept coming to my mind, as I watched student after student sign their name to their scribbled (and forced) God is Dead, is that this thing is real! These kids represent the millions of many others doing the same all over North America and Europe and meaning it - to their eternal regret one day.
The film also has a serious glimpse of what happens to any person who is saved out of islam into the liberating spiritual freedom, which Jesus Christ provides.  The testimonies of several former moslems whom Christ redeemed are full of the same violence we see used against "Ayisha" (Hadeel Sittu) in the movie by her islamic father, who throws her literally out of the house when he discovers she has become a Christian. Humor also is a big part of making this 112 minute movie so dynamic, fast-moving and inspiring. We all know that the God Who created a sense of humor, also uses circumstances to line up and lead up toward the outcome He has in mind. In the movie, God's timing is perfect as He uses some humorous situations to lead to the ultimate salvation of the Kevin Sorbo character, moments away from his sudden death in a hit and run accident.

There are several other relationship interactions which are all too prevalent in this corrupt dog-eat-dog world. We get to glimpse the cold pursuit of the good life which people give everything to get (including walking over others and ultimately their souls and more). We see the interplay between a Communist Chinese official and his searching son, who eventually gets saved. We also see the well known NEWSBOYS, a group to whose music I was first introduced in 1996 in a small water park here in Illinois. I had never before seen long-haired Australians banging out heavy metal and calling it Christian music. Fast forward 17 years and I am in the dressing room with them at the pre-concert dinner hanging out as they prepare to go on stage to preview a trailer for some movie called GOD's NOT DEAD and sing their hit song of the same title from years ago!

Apart from being the best movie I have seen in movie theaters in years, it is also the best production from PURE FLIX, a Christian movie group with which several of us Christian ministers have a relationship as part of our ministry. The movie is a MUST for ALL YOUTH GROUPS and especially any teen who is about to go to college in the Fall. God's Not Dead will give any such teen the courage and a sample of the methods he/she can and must use to defend our Faith in God, through Christ our Lord and Savior.
GOD'S NOT DEAD - THE PHILOSOPHY OF MEN IS!
                                          
NEXT POST: MOVIE PRODUCER ANNA ZIELINSKI

Sunday, March 23, 2014

THE REALITY OF THE FLOOD (#NOAH'S ARK, SCIENTIFIC PROOF")

The new Paramount Hollywood version of NOAH, starring a fifty year old man who is supposed to represent an almost 600 year old Noah, is so off based that the real reason the Great Flood ever happened is lost - as was intended. The context of sin, corruption and the evil of man is not mentioned by those who saw the various previews. As a result, we have people like Bill Maher and even Russell Crowe himself (who played Noah in the most recent movie) blaspheming God to the vilest extent. They and those who believe like them do not understand original sin, the Holiness of God or the Fall of man. 

This post looks more at the result of the Flood which legitimate scientists are finding in the fossil record and more, as God reveals more and more of Himself to His people, in these last days! Therefore, we start here briefly with the Biblical context from Bible Gateway (NKJV)

Genesis 6

The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah Pleases God

This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

SCIENCE AND THE FLOOD:
Next, here from the Edinburg, Scotland Creation Group is Dr. Marc Surtees who apart from looking at the Fossil Record, disintegrates the various theories of Darwin and others. This is a fancy special effects multi-million dollar production from a man-made studio in California. What Dr. Surtees does is follow some recent historical false concepts before laying bare, the Truth and Reality of the Post-Noahic Flood for the majority of this video.

One theory which is not fully developed here, and which will not be proven in this corrupt age is the air we breathe! There is a theory out there that pure oxygen extends life and was more in existence pre-flood, thus enabling mankind to live to 300, 700 and 900 years old. Post-flood atmosphere reduced the purity of the oxygen due to the present of all that water, which altered it. Oxygen dissolves naturally when it comes into contact with water. The presence of a planet-wide huge flood pulled in and basically sucked in all the pure oxygen which had existed since God created the Heavens and the Earth almost 6000 years ago. All of this will be revealed by the Savior Himself in the Milennial Kingdom as we go up to Mt. Zion to be taught by Him - Isaiah 2:2-3 "
Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths." 



DOES SCIENCE PROVE NOAH'S FLOOD?
Evidence of flood hydroplate theory cited to support biblical account
by Michael F. Haverluck
For decades, science books in America’s schools have taught that the earth is 4.6 billion years old, with the Big Bang bursting the universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago. They teach children that bacteria has been around for a few billion years and that the “Cambrian Explosion” launched some of Earth’s earliest forms of life.
But what if the evidence doesn’t support that? What if scientific observation suggests that the Bible’s literal account of thousands of years is right?
That is the position of Walt Brown, director of the Center for Scientific Creation in Phoenix. His own scientific credentials are impressive. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, is a West Point graduate and a National Science Foundation fellow, served as a tenured associate professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and was chief of Science and Technology Studies at the Air War College.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

HOW WE REGAIN FAVOR WITH GOD, PART 2

1. Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
2. After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
3. Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth 
                                            HOSEA 6:1-3
Come let us return to the Lord – this acknowledges how far we have moved from Him, that we have to make a solidly sincere effort to come to our senses (just like the Prodigal Son); relent and repent (change directions from destruction to restoration) and seek reconciliation. This is the first step to genuine and permanent reunion with the Holy One of Heaven.

He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken but He will bind up – we are a wounded people, with 100% self-inflicted wounds. God had nothing do with the poverty, evil, cultural sleaze and church corruption. God had nothing to do with perverting justice, 55 million abortions and same-sex “marriage” and whatever else. It was all unsaved men and women who sought to satisfy the flesh because their spiritual eyes are not open. 

So if God had nothing to do with any of this sin, how are we “torn” and “stricken” by Him? Simple -  our sin violated His statues and we are torn apart and AWAY from Him in Spirit. The corporate soul of the people is terminal unless miraculous divine intervention takes places. God is the Repairer of souls; the Healer of broken hearts and spirits and the Restorer of the Nations. But He will only be all of that to a people whose heart is repentant and are seeking Him on His terms.

After two days He will revive us and on the third day He will raise us up – This is a prophetic reference not just to the Resurrection on the Third Day after Passover of 30AD but the coming Resurrection of the saints at the Rapture. This is the event that we, who are called by His Name, look forward to!

The Father has given all of this in His Word to show us the Way back to Him. He has given us His Son and His Grace.  Those who are not born again reject  and refuse any or all of it their own eternal peril. 

Therefore, as Verse 3 instructs, do the following: 
Pursue the Knowledge of the Lord: do this by not just reading the Word of God (the Bible) with intention and passion. 
Key into a real small group Bible study or better yet, meeting with a more mature believer. 
Develop relationships with some person(s) who can assist in discipleship and mentoring so the man or woman of God can before more acquainted with the Greatness of our God, through His Love Letter to Mankind- The Bible!

This is the ONLY way we can know Him.
This is the only way we can recognize His work in our lives.
This is the only way we can learn of His goings-forth into the Kingdom realm
This is the only way we can receive healing and living water which He offers to those who repent and seek Him with longing and thirsty hearts.
This is the only way we regain favor with God.
Amen. 

HOW WE CAN REGAIN FAVOR WITH GOD, PART 1

Two main  passages of Scripture demonstrate the current condition of the American soul if it wishes to avoid a fate worse than Sodom on Judgment Day. Today, we examine 2 Chronicles 7:14 to begin our journey back to the Throne Room of God

Everything in Scripture, as we know is given for our personal edification. 2 Timothy 3:16 says all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. That means ALL. You either have to believe and accept ALL of it or you believe none. I know people who say they believe in Jesus, but not the Old Testament or the Book of Revelation etc..."just the Beatitudes, man...just the Beatitudes".....

Therefore when Scripture says that in the days of the Judges (Judges 21:25)  there was no king - there are lot of similarities. We know there are government leaders, what Scripture means - there was NO spiritual leader! Can you name the "spiritual leader" of America? The closest thing we have had to a prophetic voice calling for Repentance is the late great David Wilkerson. His warnings are from the Lord and directly out of the Bible. The living legend Billy Graham is 95 and in ill health.

No one will ever call Andy Stanley, Steve Furtick, Joel Osteen, Copeland or others the spiritual teacher of America, as Jesus called Nicodemus. Actually a lot of modern day celebrity preachers are more like Nicodemus than they would admit, because the majority of them do not preach on sin, repentance, the total depravity of man and the coming Judgment. The words "rejuvenation" "born-again" "transformation" and "new creature" in Christ hardly fill their words as they balance keeping tithing flocks in their seats, with pop psychology or prosperity gospel mindless pap passing for powerful preaching.

As a result of this modern day evangelical slide away from Biblical truth, and the century old abandonment of the Pure Gospel by the almost-defunct mainline protestant churches, we have the current generations of milennials walking away from churches and embracing the modern day philosophies of the flesh and New Age mysticism ("Christian Yoga" and other such deviations from the Gospel).

We are now at the point doing your own thing (what is right in your own eyes). Everything seemingly, is now considered "spiritual" and the sky is the limit. Apart from the very obvious remnant, it is extremely difficult to distinguish between the corrupt Hollywood/New York driven pagan culture and some of the crazy things you see in churches these days. Biblical discernment is a premium with less than 9% of the country with a Biblical worldview.

BUT, GOD HAS GIVEN US THE ROADMAP AND THE GPS COORDINATES TO GET THERE:
2 Chronicles 7:14-15:....and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15"Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place".

Now remember to WHOM God the Father said this - HIS people - Israel in the Old Covenant and Church in the New Testament. For American, and other Christians in the west to halt or slow down this slide into oblivion, we must follow His instructions in the order He prescribed! 

Briefly, here are the steps from 2 Chronicles 7:14:
#1 - Answer the call. If you call yourself on of His people, and if you are truly saved, you will KNOW you're His as His Spirit lives in you. Thus, you will immediately know when He is calling you to intercession, repentance, prayer and fasting for such a time as this.
#2 - Humble yourself. God resists the proud (especially religious pride) and gives grace to the humble. Pride and especially misplaced spiritual pride such as the evil pharisees had is a horribly fatal thing. But this is not just for the ancient pharisee however, but for the puffed up worship leader with his or her new cds and tours; celebrity preachers with their books as well as the successful Sunday school teacher or head usher or greeter...everyone is susceptible to pride! So check yourself - before you wreck yourself!
#3 - Pray. God’s people know they should pray, but prayer services are now done in less than 1% of churches and what passes for prayer in the rest of them is a laundry list of requests which take up most Sunday school classes or Wednesday night services, at the expense of teaching and worship. God is calling His people back to prayer – which is the only way to maintain a real relationship with Him!
#4 - Seek My Face: Seeking the Face of God is more than just perfunctory prayer and intercession. It is active and intentional pursuit of the Holy.  Apart from the small portion of the Remnant, the majority of even church folk have no idea what “seeking the Face” of God is about. So let's now begin the process of reaching up to our Life-Giving Creator. 

Please start here: "In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears...", Psalm 18:6