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Veterans Day Message

Veterans Day Message:
“Some Things Worth Standing And Fighting For”
(Scripture Readings: Eph. 6:13; Neh. 4:14)

Eph. 6:13 reads, ” Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Nehemiah 4:14 reads, ” And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, ‘Be not ye afraid of them; remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

A veteran, according to one dictionary definition is:
1. somebody formerly in armed forces.
2. an experienced soldier
3. A military veteran is ANY person who served for ANY length of time in ANY military service branch.

A veteran is someone sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign or domestic.

A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made
payable to ‘The United States of America’, for an amount of ‘up to and including their life.’
A veteran should be considered a hero, though some of us veterans don’t count ourselves as heroes.

On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families. We honor their contributions to our Nation. We keep faith with the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve our Union, and with the ideals of service and sacrifice upon which our Republic was founded.

Today, we come together to honor our veterans and commemorate the legacy of profound service and sacrifice they have upheld in pursuit of a more perfect Union and the freedom for each of us to live our lives in Liberty and Justice, and according to the dictates of our conscience. Through their steadfast defense of America’s ideals, our active service members and veterans, have ensured our country still stands strong, our founding principles still shine, and nations around the world know the blessings of freedom.
Our men and women in uniform are bearers of a proud military tradition that has been dutifully passed forward—from generation to generation—for more than two hundred years. In times of war and peace alike, our veterans have served with courage and distinction in the face of tremendous adversity, demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to America and our people. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the country they loved. The self-less-ness of our service members is unmatched, and they remind us that there are few things more fundamentally American than doing our utmost to make a difference in the lives of others.
Many of our veterans served; not wanting to go to war, not take another’s life, but willing to serve, none the less, to defend and protect our freedoms and way of life.
We owe them a debt of honor, and it is our moral obligation to ensure they receive our support for as long as they live as proud veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
However, in remembering our American Veterans, let’s not forget the greatest veteran of all; Our Lord Jesus Christ!
According to 2 Cor. 5:16 – ,even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, we know Him thus no longer. You see, he’s no longer a suffering servant but he’s now a mighty warrior and a conqueror!

We read in Rev 5:1-7 – that Jesus is not a wimpy lamb, but a conquering lion. In fact, He’s is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Jesus is not a helpless victim, but He’s an over comer and he has power! In fact, ALL power has been given him in Heaven and in Earth!
Paul describes Jesus as a military general in Eph 4:7-10 (READ).
1. The imagery Paul uses is a military victory parade
2. Jesus conquered and gave gifts to men.

The clearest and most inspiring picture of our hero, Jesus, is in Rev 19:11-21. In this passage,
1. Jesus, on a white horse with burning eyes leads an angelic army
2. He defeats the enemy (followed by judgment, then heaven for his people)

Christ left us an example that we should follow in his steps. He has given us a great nation, great families, & great churches. If we have been born again, and are followers of the Supreme Commander – in– Chief, we are all veterans in the army of the Lord.

As veterans, there are three, just three of many things, I want to briefly talk to you about that are worth standing and fighting for, and then, I’ll be done.

1. OUR COUNTRY: Something worth standing and fighting for!

I thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate several years ago. It seems prayer still upsets some people.. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas State Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

Heavenly Father,
we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek your direction and
guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those
who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we
have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it
the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it
welfare….

We have killed our unborn and called it
choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it
justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our
children and called it building self esteem…..

We have abused power and called it
politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions
and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and
pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values
of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts
today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Amen!


The response, of course, was immediate. A number of
legislators walked out during the prayer in
protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian
Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than
5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls
responding negatively. The church received
international requests for copies of this prayer
from India, Africa and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on
his radio program, ‘The Rest of the Story,’ and
received a larger response to this program than any
other he had ever aired.

Freedom is a word our forefathers learned from the Bible, and the movers and shapers of our nation were often men of evangelical persuasion.
For instance, there was Samuel Adams who saw individual freedom as “…the law of the creator and a Christian right documented in the New Testament.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” [from Notes on the State of Virginia, 1791]
Woodrow Wilson, 28th. President of the United States said, “ A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.”
Other great men & women of history such as Calvin Coolidge, our 30th. President, Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, a signer of the Constitution and an original Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Noah Webster, creator of Webster’s American Dictionary, and Patrick Henry, and many others, had something similar to say about this great nation.
Regardless of how bad this country gets, it’s still the greatest nation on the face of the earth and it’s worth standing and fighting for!
2. THE FAMILY: Something worth standing and fighting for!
The traditional family in America and around the world is under attack! State after state across the United States is recognizing Sodomite unions as natural. It’s being taught in our Government school as diversity, while traditional unions between one man and one woman are bigotry.
Census figures show that as of 2011, only 23% of married couple families with children younger than age 15 have a stay-at-home mother (SAHM). These days, there are more kids being raised by single moms than by married couples where the man earns all the income and the wife stays home.
Married couples with children account for less than a quarter of all households. More than 30 percent of households are single person households. 23 percent of children live with a single mother, 5 percent with a single father. More than 70 percent of all children live in families where every adult in the household is employed. Stay-at-home-dads are still a small minority — less than a million in the country –but dads do the primary childcare for more than a quarter of the children whose mother works outside the home.
According to revised estimates from the 2010 census, there are 131,729 same-sex married couple households and almost sixteen thousand same-sex unmarried partner households in the United States, but this relies on self-reports, so is biased toward the low side. About 20 percent of same sex couples are raising kids.
Traditional marriage and the traditional family is under attack by a filthy, anti-Christ, reprobate society!
Education was once the province of the family. It did an admirable job. American society before 1850 (excluding slavery) was the envy of the world. State schooling did not arise to fill a deficiency in the people. It arose, rather, because — in the unplanned order of a free society — people were doing too good a job of educating and nurturing their children and facilitating their growth into independent, competent, and moral adults.
In the eyes of some, this had to be stopped. Why? Because the elite and the parents held two conflicting views about education. Even today, we believe that children are an heritage from the Lord; that God has entrusted them to us to train up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. However, the statists believe that children belong to the state. Even our own Kentucky State Constitution calls children “the state’s children.” It is only another way of breaking down the home and family. The family should be interpreted in the light of God’s Word, not what is politically correct!
The Bible tells us that out of the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. I going to quote just two of many high education officials and what they say about the goal of public or government education.
Paul Blanchard, a contributing author of “The Humanist” declared: “I think that the most important factor moving us toward a secular society has been the educational factor. Our schools may not teach Johnny to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is sixteen tends to lead toward the elimination of religious superstition. The average American child now acquires a high school education and this militates against Adam and Eve and all other myths of alleged history…”
Dr. John Goodland wrote a report for a National Educational Agency in the 1980’s arguing that one of the goals of public education is to re-educate children and turn them away from the values of their parents. He said, “Our goal is behavioral change. The majority of our youth still hold to the values of their parents and if we do not re-socialize them to accept change, our society may decay.” Well let me tell you something. our society is decaying because of re-socialization!
The Scriptures tell us in Ecclesiastes 12:13: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Regardless of what the liberal establishment has to say, or what the Government education system teaches, the traditional home and family is something worth standing and fighting for!

3. THE CHURCH: Something worth standing and fighting for!

Is the Church in America under attack? Let’s review some facts!

What is happening in America is an increasing hostility and intolerance toward Christian beliefs and values that many perceive to be an attack on religious freedom. In current American culture, you are free to be a Christian as long as you don’t actually live out your faith, vote your faith, take a stand in relation to your faith, or believe others should embrace your faith; in other words, you must not evangelize. It’s not enough that your beliefs can’t influence society; you must also embrace society’s beliefs. The concern is that government will make people choose between obeying the law and following their faith. For Example:

*Catholic Charities in Illinois shut down its adoption services rather than place children with same-sex couples (as the state required).

*A Christian counselor was penalized for refusing to advise gay couples.

*A court clerk in New York was told to issue same-sex marriage licenses, despite religious reservations. The same happened recently in Kentucky

*A wedding photographer was sued for refusing to shoot a same-sex wedding.

In Colorado, a Christian baker refused to bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple, and his case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.


In each case, the Christian(s) involved were not attempting to impose their religious views on others. They simply didn’t want to be forced to participate or offer support for something they felt was in violation of their religious conscience. The argument is, of course, that such stands are discriminatory.

Liberty Institute Founder Kelly Shackleford said of the recent hike in reported incidents of Christian persecution. “It is dramatic. I have been doing these types of cases for almost 25 years now. I have never seen the levels of attacks like these and how quickly they are now proliferating.”
Shackleford says government, from schools to social programs, is the ringleader. “There are children being prohibited from writing Merry Christmas to the soldiers, senior citizens being banned from praying over their meals in the Senior Center, the VA banning the mention of God in military funerals, numerous attempts to have veterans memorials torn down if they have any religious symbols such as a cross, and I could go on and on,” Shackleford said.
This is NOT what our veterans have so valiantly served, fought and even died for. But, this is what we’ve become. I believe our country, our church and our families are still worth standing and fighting for!
The enemies of the church are not always from those without the Body of Believers, but many times we are our own worst enemy. Many times we fight among ourselves, we can’t agree on what God’s Word says or even what God’s word really is. We many times give our churches over to Government control through incorporation and our children over to Government control through the Government schools. We fail to realize we should render unto God the things that our Gods and to Caesar, the things that are Caesars.

To sum it all up, let me say this. If you love your freedom, thank a Veteran! If you’re sitting in church today with the freedom to worship as you please, thank a veteran! If you want to get in your automobile and take off on vacation and have a good time, thank a veteran! If you have food to eat, clothes to wear, a roof over your head, shoes on your feet, good transportation, the necessities of life, or just plain enjoyment without the interference from an oppressive government, THANK A VETERAN! And, thank Almighty God for empowering that veteran to do what they did!!

God gave us this great nation. The veteran has sacrificed, even unto the ultimate sacrifice, to preserve this great nation. God has given each of us the responsibility to continue preserving the rich heritage we so wonderfully enjoy!

Let me close, with this piece entitled, “The Bravest Man I Know” by Amanda Whitney.


The bravest man I know.
Is a man I’ve never met.

He’s a man who risks his life
To save a friend,
Not only to save a friend,
But to save a nation.

Risking his life
For those he does not know.
Stepping up
Leaving loved ones behind,
So that somewhere,
Someone else won’t have to.

He is a man who follows orders
Even though he knows he might die.

The bravest man I know.
Is the man who would rather die,
So one more person could go home
To see his family again.

The man who stares death in the face,

But never blinks.

The bravest man I know.
Is the man who risks his life
So one day the world may be a better place for his children.
Or any man who goes against his biggest fear.
DEATH
Just to save someone he loves.

The bravest man I know.
Is the man who fights
So another man can have the taste of sweet freedom.
Not fighting only for his own benefit,
But for many others all over the world,
Fighting to make this world a better place.

That’s the bravest man I know.


I’ve heard it said that a person stands tallest when they’re on their knees; in prayer before Almighty God. We have some things worth standing and fighting for. Let’s start right here and now!

Thank you, and God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

Don Woolett.

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Biblical Scriptures and Principles for Church Security

Nehemiah 4:9
Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
Nehemiah 4:14
And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
Isaiah 21:6
For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
1 Timothy 5:8
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
2 Corinthians 6:15
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (Would you want to be associated in ay way with an infidel?)
James 2:20
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
2 Corinthians 13:1
…In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Four basic Considerations For an Effective Church Security Team
*1. Situational Awareness. (or knowing what is around you at all times) (Is. 21:6) “Situational awareness” can be defined as “paying attention to what is going on around you.” Awareness is a choice. One has to choose to pay attention. Remember, never put yourself in a situation you can’t see your way out of.

2. Verbal de- escalation of conflict when dealing with disruptive persons ( How to approach a disruptive person without putting them instantly on guard, or triggering their flight or fight response.) (Prov. 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”)
3. Unarmed or non-lethal de-escalation (take the perp. down with pepper spray, stun gun, physical force, etc.)
4. Armed engagement (using a last-ditch effort to save lives).
Side notes:
* No one should be on a church security team without being properly trained in the 4 areas above .
* Everyone on a church security team should be properly trained in the use of their weapon.
* No one should be on a church security team If they are unwilling to use deadly force if necessary.

Remember, security can be balanced with a warm, welcoming environment at your church by using friendly greeters while keeping an eye out for the unusual.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.”
James 1:19 KJV

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Principles for verbal de-escalation of a conflict situation
The four main goals of de-escalation give it its power.
Keep lines of communication open. You’ll gain insight into the situation including things that may calm the person.
Get the person talking. Much of a disruptive person’s frustration comes from feeling ignored or misunderstood. Also, when talking there is little chance for action.
Actively listen. Make the person feel heard.
Maintain control through clear and calm communication. You will be able to better control the situation by keeping the level of conversation quiet and calm.
Tips for Maintaining Body Language as you De-Escalate the Situation.
Remain:
* Mindful: be conscious of your posture.
* Open: use an open, yet defensible posture
* Move Slowly: use slow and deliberate movements.
* Don’t Point: never point at the person. It communicates accusations.
* Don’t Shrug: shrugging your shoulders communicates that you are uncaring or unknowing.
* Relax: don’t display a rigid posture, cross your arms, or puff out your chest. This shows you as defensive or aggressive.
Be aware of your facial expression:
Relax Your Face: don’t furrow your brow or frown.
Smile: start friendly with a natural smile. If the situation escalates it’s okay to relax into a neutral expression. Nothing is more aggravating than a fake smile.
• Eye Contact: keep and maintain natural eye contract. Never close your eyes or look away. Don’t stare. The person may interpret this as a challenge.
Be aware of your voice:
Volume: keep your volume soft. Generally, the softer voice is matched. It’s also calming.
Slow Down: your rate of speech should be natural or slower than natural. This is soothing.
Friendly: keep your tone of voice friendly and helpful.
Keep your thoughts and emotions in check. They come across through body language:

Maintain the Mind of Christ: do not prejudge, criticize, argue, threaten, encage in power struggles, or disregard the feelings or position of the person.
Understand Without Agreeing: it is recommended using the phrase “I hear you.” It shows that you understand what the person is saying and the emotions they are feeling. It does not say you agree with their actions or interpretations.
Additional Tips Helping to De-escalate the Situation
Avoid intervening too quickly. People argue and it is a healthy part of relationships.
Avoid interrupting a disruptive person. The whole point is to get and keep him/her talking to calm down.
Don’t ask “why” questions. Why questions are logic-based. Emotional people do not thing logically.
Don’t rush the interaction. Time is on your side. Don’t try to hurry verbal de-escalation techniques.
Avoid asking a lot of questions. If you do ask a question, it should be a “softball” type of question.
Avoid accusatory statements such as “act right—this is a Church!”, “you’re acting crazy”, or “you need to calm down.” These statements are very inflammatory.
Avoid saying “I know how you feel” or “things can’t be that bad.” This isn’t about you, and you can’t know how they feel. Do not suggest that things will get better because they may not.
Avoid shouting or giving rapid commands. Don’t take anything personally (lying, tricking, deceiving, threatening, etc.)
Never make promises you can’t keep!

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Church Security Questions (Knowledge Exam)

What are the four basic steps of church security?


What is verbal de-escalation of conflict?


Explain Situational Awareness.


What is one of the best Situational Awareness principles someone should keep?


What is the one main thing you should never do when verbally negotiating with someone?

Name at least one OT and one NT Scripture in favor of Church security.

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The Inheritance, Authority, and Name of Jesus

I believe the Bible is the God breathed, Holy Ghost inspired word of Truth from God to mankind. I believe the Authorized King James Version is God’s Holy Ghost preserved translation to the English speaking people and any version or translation not in complete agreement with the KJV is in error.
The name of Jesus means something only when it applies to the MAN Jesus! The name of Jesus is not a “Magic formula” to be used by just anybody to gain power or influence. That name can only be used successfully by those who KNOW Jesus personally!
All the power, and all the authority that Jesus had is invested in His Name. Jesus himself said in Matt. 28:18, “All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth.”
In John 16:24, Jesus gave us the authority to use his name in prayer, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing IN MY NAME: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Jesus not only gives us the use of His Name in prayer, but he also declares that the prayer prayed in His Name will receive His special attention: John 16:23, “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father IN MY NAME, he will give it you.” That is an endorsement by Jesus to the Father to give you what you are asking.
We also have authority in the Name of Jesus against all powers of darkness. Mark 16: 17 – 18 says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
That Name has been given unto us who are born again according to the scriptures.
Heaven, earth and Hell recognize what Jesus did. All He did, all the authority, all the power, all of His achievements are in His Name.
The Name of Jesus will work in Heaven; it will work here on earth; it will work under the earth. It will work in all three worlds because those are the three worlds in which we have to do. The Name of Jesus will not work for us, however, until we get the revelation of it by studying and feeding on God’s Word. Jesus gave us the right to use the name that was given to Him.
There is authority in the Name of Jesus. Jesus has the keys of hell and of death (Rev. 1: 18).
Just before Jesus ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father, Jesus said, “All power [authority] is given me in heaven and in earth”. Then he immediately delegated His authority in the earth to the Church when he said, “Go ye therefore”. Then he gave us a promise when he said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME….”
Jesus authorized us to use that name. He commissioned us to use that name in Matthew 28 and Mark 16.
The Name of Jesus belongs to us today regardless of what skeptics say. In fact, there is salvation in that Name. If the Name of Jesus only belonged to the early church, as some believe and teach, than no one is born again today for, as Acts 4:12 states, “Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Let me share this. In the name of Jesus Christ there is Salvation, Authority, Deliverance, Healing, Power, and other attributes to numerous to mention. The following Scripture references testify to the fact:
Col. 3: 17: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Col. 2: 9 – 10: “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (10) And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”
Col. 1: 18 – 19: “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (19) For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;”
John 14: 13: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Luke 10:19: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the powder of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
John 14:26: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Romans 11: 36: “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
Read also Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19 – 20 & Matt. 28:19-20.
What more could be said? God’s word says it very clearly. Jesus Christ is our high priest, our authority, our savior, our provider and Lord. There’s none other name. Trust him. Believe him. Follow him and love him. That is the only way we’ll face eternity secure in him.
WHO IS JESUS?
The only way to get the answer to this question is to go to the only source that is infallible, the Bible!
Matthew 16:13-17
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
8. This takes us back to the definition we read at the beginning of this lesson.
Christ comes from the Greek word χριστός (chrīstós), meaning “anointed one”
Another question: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE MEAN WHEN IT SAYS ANOINTED? (here we are talking about speaking of one that is “anointed”)
• To be anointed is to be set apart, empowered
• The primary purpose of anointing with the holy anointing oil was to sanctify, to set the anointed person or object apart as “holy”
There is no question that Jesus was the “Anointed One”. The Bible is full of examples showing us the “anointing” Jesus exhibited while on this earth.
John 20:30-31
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
In John chapter 20 it is talking about Jesus’ resurrection & then the time He appeared to the disciples when they were in a shut room. Jesus just appeared & talked with them & then He just disappeared… Thomas was not with them that first time Jesus came into their presence, but later Thomas was there & this chapter tells about Thomas seeing Jesus.
John 20:26-29
“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

There should be no question in our minds that Jesus is indeed the “Christ”.

1 John 2:22-23

“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”

10. Jesus is God, yet He is the Son of God.  Here are some scriptures we need to discuss to get a better understanding of who Jesus is:

Matthew 28:19

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

Notice in this scripture the word “Name”.  It is singular…

Acts 4:12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

When you properly understand these scriptures you can see that Jesus & God are one yet separate.  Let’s not forget the Holy Ghost is part of this too.  In Matthew 28:19 the singular “name” is speaking of “the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”

This takes us to our next scriptures:

John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The next scripture clarifies who the Word was.

John 1:14

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

These next 2 scriptures automatically put God & our Saviour Jesus Christ together…

Titus 2:13

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

2 Peter 1:1

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:”

This next scripture is a bold statement by Jesus:

John 10:30

“I and my Father are one.”

Philip is having a conversation with Jesus in this next scripture:

John 14:8-11

“Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”

Jesus makes it clear that He & the Father are one together.

John 20:28

“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

As you can see even Thomas recognized he could not separate Jesus & God…  They worked together as one. 

Jesus is God in a bodily form.  God is spirit & Jesus was the earthly body in which God dwelt.


Don Woolett/Debbie Woolett, Secure-Family.net

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God Or Caesar: Which Side Are You On?

As Bible believing Christians, we are all in a warfare, a warfare of values. We are in this warfare whether some like it or not; whether we understand it or not, whether we want to be in this warfare or not. We are all either a participant or victim in this warfare of values and worldview.
We, as true born again, Bible believing children of God are likened to defendants on trial; good versus evil, righteousness -v- unrighteousness, right -v- wrong, Light -v- darkness.
We must each make up our minds in this warfare; this soul on trial to testify for the side of Jesus Christ or meet eternal doom as our destiny.
America and this whole world is in a spiritual mess and it looks as if the spirit of the end time day antichrist is rapidly taking over. It seems the name of Jesus is the most hated name ever, and Christianity is the most hated philosophy and teaching there is in the world today.
To illustrate my point, let me share some headlines from sources of the news media.
“Canadian Newborn to Decide Its Own Gender With Blessings Of Government” (GOPUSA News)
“Pastors Could Face Jail Over Mass. Anti-discrimination Law.” (Fox News)
“School Stops Saying, “God Bless America” After ACLU Threats.” (Fox News)
“School Lets Buddhist Coach Chant But Bans Christian Coach From Praying.” (Fox News)
“School Pledges Allegiance to International Flag.” (Fox News)
Many Christians sometimes willfully send their children to the Government schools to be trained and educated, and then wonder why so many children are passive toward God and Country and why we’re in the mess we’re in. It’s like allowing the fox to protect the hen house!

We’re in a mess partly due to a nation, a world, churches, and families becoming so passive toward Jesus and His Word.
The foundation of our nation is being shattered. Our freedoms are being lost one freedom at a time. Morality is at an all time low and clean moral living is hated above most any other attribute that America was founded on. Psalms 11:3 tells us that, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Our First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and expression, free exercise of religion, the second amendment right to keep and bear arms, and many times freedom of association are being attacked on an almost daily bases.
There are evil people in this world, seemingly without conscience, who would seek to do others injustice.
We as Christians, as well as the true Church of Jesus Christ, have set back too long making flimsy excuses for passiveness, indecision, cowardness, and laziness. We have allowed Satan to take over that which God has ordained and created. It’s time we stand steadfast and unmovable in the work of the Lord.
Like Hebrews 13:16 says, “But to do good and to communicate, forget not! for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Is he well pleased with us today?
We are commanded to obey authority. However, the highest authority is none other than God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. The Apostle Paul told us that we are to obey God rather than men. We are to obey the laws of the land as long as they do not conflict with the laws and commandments of God. We obey God’s Word FIRST above the laws, rules, or regulations of men.
As I have stated many times before, Psalms 62:11 proclaims, “…power belongeth unto God.” Even Satan himself is known as the prince and power of the air and possesses power on earth to deceive mankind. However, God commands us to resist the Devil. Therefore, we, as Bible believing Christians, have the mandate to resist authority that would cause us to commit sin or violate God’s will or principles. In fact, that is exactly how our country was founded.
When we stand up and say “NO” to officials who are breaking the law, we are not only fulfilling the Constitutional purpose enacted by the Founding Fathers, but we’re fulfilling the Biblical mandate to properly provide for our own and those of our own house. [1 Tim. 5:8]
God commands us, as much as lies within us, to live at peace with all men. However, there comes a time when we must stand our ground by being assertive and, as true citizens of both God’s world and the natural world, proclaim Christ above all.
Each and every one of us will be held accountable at the day of judgment for the deeds done in this body, whether good or bad. We need to make a choice as to whether we hear God say, “Well Done, thou good and faithful servant.”, or “Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angles.”
Deut. 30:19 declares, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Jesus told the people in Matthew 22:21 these words, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
We, as true Christians, have a choice to make; Caesar (the state) first or God first. Which choice will it be for YOU?

Don & Debbie Woolett
Secure-Family.net
Bro. Don & Sis. Debbie Woolett are members of the Hodgenville Pentecostal Church where Sis. Debbie is a long time Sunday school teacher and Bro. Don He is a member of the HPC church security & safety team and holds credentials as a minister with the Free Pentecostal Church of God Association, Cincinnati, OH. He is an ordained & licensed Chaplain with Chaplains International, Inc

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Encouragement For Seniors

Old age brings wisdom that is able to help and guide others in need. Older Christian men and women have a duty to help the younger generation.

I have learned a lot from elderly Christians. Sometimes all you want to hear is how God has worked in someone’s life and their different experiences.

Older aged people have been through many different hardship experiences that will help your walk of faith. They have made mistakes and they will help guide you so you don’t make the same mistakes. As seniors, we all have an obligation to use our knowledge and experience in life to help and guide others. Some may not listen but we must give it our best anyway. Remember, back in the day, when someone helped you through a crises or situation that you couldn’t figure out? Be encouraged. You could provide the very answer to their situation that they so desperately needed.

Also, no matter what age Christians should never fear death. We have confidence that we will be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our body may appear older, but our insides are being renewed daily. An elderly Christian never truly gets old. You only get old when you stop seeking the advancement of the kingdom of God. You only get old when you cease building up others in Christ and turn to other things to occupy your time.

Many elders have lost their zeal for Christ. Life will never stop being all about Jesus Christ. Always remember that you’re still alive for a reason.

Let’s hear what the Bible has to say?

Isaiah 46:4 : And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Psalm 71:9: Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

Older people carry so much wisdom and they give great advice.

Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

Job 32:7 I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’


The godly continue to bear fruit and praise the Lord.
Psalm 92:12-14: 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Flavia Weedn said, “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”
“Time heals all wounds.” – Common Saying


Og Mandino said, “Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.”

Joel Osteen said, “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”

Carl Bard said, “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis. How many of you know that Jesus is the light of the world? John 8:12 says,
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

“Just because something isn’t happening for you right now, it doesn’t mean it never will.” – Unknown
“Let your faith be bigger than your fears.” – Unknown
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” The Bible tells us in Proverbs 24:16, For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou

Helen Keller once said, “Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.”

I want to encourage you, today, live life to the fullest, starting today and moving forward. Our strength comes from God through Jesus Christ and him alone. No matter what our situation, Christ has the answer and cure. We just need to trust Him and believe. He has proven himself many, many times and He’ll continue until the judgement. So, be encouraged.

I’ll close with this short poem. I hope you’ll take it to heart and apply it to your life.

So, be encouraged. There’s work yet to do.
The harvest is ripe. The workers are few.
Go tell some poor soul that Jesus does care.
Send words of encouragement Christ wants you to share.

God bless in the wonderful name of Jesus!

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The Mars Hill Bunch

The Mars Hill Bunch
Acts. 17: 22 – 31

The Mars Hill Bunch, as I call them, are about like many people today:
1. Idolaters
2. Superstitious
3. Religious troublemakers

The Unknown god on Mars Hill is the one Paul preached about. Remember, Mars Hill: was the supreme court of that day.

Some one said, “Finding a god there was easier than finding a man.”
They sacrificed to all kinds of gods because they did not want to offend anybody. they did not know whom they were worshiping. Sincerity and commitment are meaningless without a relationship with the true and living God.
Paul used the “Unknown god” alter to make his defense and declare to them the God they do not know.

We still have the Mars Hill Bunch among us. What about the Mars Hill Bunch (that’s what I call them) of today? What are their characteristics and doctrines?

Here is a little humorous story that could possibly be true nonetheless.

A Sunday school teacher was teaching her fifth grade Sunday school class one day about whales. She said, ” Whales are very large animals with very small throats; incapable of swallowing a man.” A little girl raised her hand. The teacher recognized her. She said, “Well Jonah was swallowed by a whale and he’s in Heaven.” The teacher replied, “Whales are very large animals with very small throats; incapable of swallowing a man.” The little girl replied, “Well, when I get to Heaven I want to ask him about that.” The teacher replied, “Well what if Jonah didn’t go to Heaven but went to Hell?” The little girl replied, “Well, in that case, you ask him.”

There are perpetrated lies being taught from the pulpits of churches today. There is always someone wanting to be affiliated with the Mars Hill Bunch! However, the Bible, in 2 Peter 2:1 tells of their destruction when it says,  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

First, the Mars Hill Bunch always get their pleasure from wanting to hear or tell some “new thing”. They feel they have the “one upmanship” on every one else.

They feel as if they have “seen the light” and need to educate everyone else about the truth of creation and life. These people are usually very nice and accommodating persons. However, these Mars Hill believers believe all kinds of things the average sensible person doesn’t and shouldn’t fall for. I’ll give you just two examples. One, the theory of a flat earth. And by the way, these are only theories which means “a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.” These people believe that the Earth is not a globe, but instead a flat disc. According to believers, government forces promote a completely fictitious model of the cosmos in order to conceal the true nature of the Earth. (what’s the point? )However, The evidence for a spherical Earth is overwhelming. Most obviously, there are many thousands of images and videos of the Earth from space, including a continually changing live stream view of the globe from the International Space Station—not to mention all the astronauts who have personally seen the Earth from orbit. Flat Earthers, however, claim that all images of the globe are fraudulent inventions, and all testimony from astronauts is false. (I personally think they’ve lost their ever loving mind!)

Isiah 40:22 says, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers” Circle in this passage clearly means according to a study by famed creationist Dr. Henry Morris, clearly refers to the spherical shape of the earth. Dr. Morris goes on to say,” The Bible says the earth is round, showing that its authors were inspired to understand science beyond their time.” Well, here we are beyond their time and some people still believe that non biblical flat earth nonsense.

Number two. Some also believe that gravity is a hoax or a myth! Stand under a concrete block and let someone drop it on your head and see if it’s a myth. A group called the Anti-Gravity Alliance says gravity is only a theory and not a scientific fact. Those unfortunate souls that jumped from the twin towers as they were being destroyed by terrorists should have known that! They go on to say gravity cannot be seen, heard, felt, tasted, or smelt. Well, I walk on this earth everyday and haven’t floated up and out into space yet!

These Mars Hill believers are confused and the god of this world has blinded their minds and spoiled them through philosophy and vain deceit. The Bible calls them the blind leading the blind and they’ll all fall into the ditch together.

When the Apostle Paul preached to the people on Mars Hill, some didn’t like it. Some were furious, livid, and fuming because of what Paul preached. That was one reaction to Paul’s message, but there were other reactions as well. Acts 17:32 goes on to tell us, “…Others said, We will hear thee again on this matter.” This second group wasn’t jumping and shouting, “Amen!” But the fact that they were open-minded and wanted to hear Paul again constituted a significant victory for the Kingdom of God. This means they were interested — and for judges in the highest court of this pagan land to be interested in the Gospel was a huge development!

This was a massive triumph for Paul’s ministry. He also left the door open to tell them more about the one true God. He had enraged one group, interested another group, and had no visible proof that anyone would be saved as a result of his preaching that day. Although the response to his message was very mixed, there was a small group of notable people who not only heard it but were deeply touched by it. Some people believed the truth they heard and desired to know more.

You know, we may not be popular preaching the truth but we must preach it anyway!

I’ve shown you the doctrines and characteristics of the Mars Hill bunch. Now permit me to tell you the characteristics of the one true God just as the apostle Paul did in our text above.


Characteristics of the One True God

A) GOD IS CREATOR:
1. He created the world and everything in it / in six literal days!
God, as the creator, is important. When the enemy has undermined the faith of people in their creator, he has effectively removed their accountability to him! As creator, God is creation’s rightful owner and ruler. God also created this world and everything in it with Jesus himself. John chapter 1, verses 1-3 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” God also said in Genesis 1:26, “Let us (U.S.)make man in our (O.U.R.)image, after our likeness:” So, Jesus was with God the Father from the beginning; not a created being like some of the Mars Hill bunch teach today.

B) GOD IS SELF SUFFICIENT.
1. God made man / one blood.
2. He’s involved with man’s history, with the world’s situation, and he has his way in the rise and fall of nations.

C) GOD IS WHAT MAN DESIRES.
1. God places a desire in man so that he would seek the Lord.
Jer. 29:13: “And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all ;your heart.” The Mars Hill bunch really doesn’t know what that means.

D) GOD IS EVERY WHERE PRESENT.
1. Acts 17:27: “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us.”) God is not someone that you had to take a journey to visit. He did not just live in some temple or reside in a statue but was near to all of them (as well as all of us if we’ve been born again)
Paul even quotes from a couple of their own authors to back up his statement. “In Him we live” refers to our continuance of life being owed completely to God. If it were not for Him we could not go about our daily activities, nor be in existence. These all demand an Omnipresent God. If He were not near us, we could not do or be anything.

E) GOD HAS PROVEN HIMSELF!
1. God has proven himself to be just exactly who he says he is. Mark 12:22 states, “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:”

Acts 4:12 states, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

1 Cor. 8:4 states, “…and that there is none other God but one.

In the book of John it says, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”
One must either believe God’s Word or deny it altogether. God’s word is not mixed up or half truths. I believe the King James Version of the scriptures is God’s perfect design for mankind to live by and learn from today.


The book of first John tells it like it is in verses 4 – 6 when it says, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

This was the unknown god Paul preached about to the Mars hill bunch that day on Mars hill. He said, “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; For in him we live, and move, and have our being; …he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness…”


The truths of God’s work and word are still under attack today. We still have the Mars Hill bunch running around and spreading their superstition, lies and poison today. We still have those who profess salvation through Jesus Christ but don’t possess salvation.


We must study to protect these foundational doctrines from crumbling in our society. We must do what Timothy said and Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.


I suppose some of the Mars Hill bunch will always be with us as long as we are still on this earth. But when I leave here, I want to know that the Mars Hill bunch has had no effect on me nor swayed me from the simple truth of the Gospel. How about you?

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The Joseph Experience

Gen. 39:7-18
The life of Joseph is one of the most remarkable stories found in the Bible. His life is a mixture of sadness and glory, of pain and of success. As a result, Joseph’s life contains many lessons from which we all can learn. One of those lessons is found in this passage, Gen. 39:7-18.


In these verses, we find Joseph at one of the lowest moments of his young life. We find him as a young man, having been sold into slavery into Egypt. There, he is purchased by a man named Potipher, and in Potipher’s house, Joseph quickly rises to a place of authority and prominence. However, Potipher’s wife has eyes for Joseph and attempts to get him to commit adultery with her. He refuses and actually has to run away from her, leaving his garment in her hand, Gen. 39:7-13. His coat had gotten him into trouble again. After she has been spurned by Joseph, Potipher’s wife accuses Joseph of attempting to rape her. Her husband, who is a high ranking Egyptian official, has Joseph thrown into the King’s prison.
Now I know it sounds like Joseph was “set up” and wrongfully sent to jail or prison. But, through it all, God allowed Joseph to learn some valuable lessons in life to make him a better person.


Now, Joseph wasn’t alone in having to go through a prison experience. In fact, many of the great men of the Bible found themselves in one prison or another. For instance, there is Samson, Daniel, Jeremiah, Hosea, John the Baptist, John, Peter, Paul, and Silas. Many of the Lord’s greatest servants had to go through the prison from time to time. In each of these prisons, the Lord revealed His power and providence on behalf of His servants.


We all find ourselves in prison from time to time. The prisons of life may not always be a physical jail experience but sometimes a spiritual one. Often, the trials, valleys and troubles of life can be compared to a prison experience. These times can cause us great problems, but they can also be the means to great success for the Lord. However, the prisons of life do not have to defeat you! God often leads us into the prison experiences of life so that we might thrive in His work and to His glory.


What I want to briefly show you through the experience of Joseph, is, if you’re a born again, converted Christian, that no matter what may come your way, you can have victory and become a great witness for God.
Let’s look at some facts about Joseph and his prison experience. There are some truths taught here that teach us How To Thrive In The Prisons Of Life.


PRISON IS A PLACE OF OPPRESSION. The Bible tells us that Joseph was “bound” in the prison. He had lost his liberty and was held against his will. It was a place of harshness and suffering that brought pain into the life of Joseph. However, Joseph was going to learn the powerful lesson that a person who’s life is lined up with the will of God is abundantly free despite the walls that surround him!


You see, the difference in a true born again child of God and the rest of the world is while they struggle through their difficulties, the child of God can rest in the sure knowledge that God has us where we are for His own purposes and that when we are walking in His ways, we are free despite the prison we find ourselves in at that moment.


Next, PRISON IS A PLACE OF OBSCURITY. When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and then when he was locked up in the prison house, it must have seemed to him that all those dreams he dreamed as a younger man had really meant nothing, Gen. 37:7-10.


He had dreamed that God was going to make something special out of his life, but here he is going nowhere fast. It must have seemed like God had forgotten all about Joseph. Surely, Joseph felt alone, deserted and defeated by the trials and problems he faced.


The prisons of life can leave us all feeling that way. When the problems of life mount up against us, it is easy to feel like we have been deserted by the Lord. When we are thrown into one of life’s prisons we tend to feel forgotten and overlooked by the Lord. The devil uses those times to whisper his lies to us and he says, “Well, if God really cares about you then why are you going through this valley?” Or, “You trusted God, and what did it get you but trouble. let me remind you that God does care! Others may forget about us, but God knows exactly where we are and what we’re facing. In fact, we have His promise concerning this matter in Luke 12:6-7; Heb. 4:15.


PRISON IS A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY. In prison, Joseph had the great privilege of learning some valuable lessons about God. He learns about God’s Presence, God’s Providence, God’s Purposes and God’s Power. He learned lessons that could not have been learned under more pleasant circumstances.


The trials of life teach us lessons about God that cannot be learned any other way. Think about it, Daniel could not have learned of God’s power over the lions unless he was first cast into the lion’s den. The 3 Hebrew boys could not have learned that God was able to deliver them from the fire until they had been cast into the furnace. The Disciples would never have known that Jesus could still the storm until they found themselves in the midst of it. When we go through the prisons of life, we learn that God is with us, that He is able to sustain us, that He is greater than our problems. We learn the truth that the prisons of life are not designed to stop us, but to strengthen us!


PRISON IS A PLACE OF OBEDIENCE. Notice that even in the prison, Joseph remained faithful. For him, it was just another place of service. Joseph was a man of integrity, who was going to remain faithful to the Lord despite his circumstances. We don’t find Joseph sitting in his cell whining about how unfair everything is. We find him being a man of God, even when nothing is going his way! We can be in submission to God’s will for our lives, or we can be in rebellion to His will. The whole idea here is summed up in one word “faithfulness”. God’s desire for each of our lives is that we be faithful to Him and His will every minute of every day, regardless of what we are going through.


Finally, THE PRISON IS A PLACE OF OVERCOMING. Joseph remained in this prison for at least two years, probably for a while longer. However, while he was there, God greatly used him. Joseph glorified God while he was there and that the Lord used him to touch the lives of the other prisoners. Eventually, the day came when Joseph was delivered from the prison. In less than an hour, Joseph went from being a prisoner to being the Prime Minister of Egypt, Gen. 41:38-45. His life changed in an instant of time!


As we pass through the prisons of life, God is merely training us. God uses the difficulties of life to grow and teach us so that He might use our lives in a more wonderful way than would otherwise be possible. We must learn to yield to the Lord’s work in our lives and trust Him to have His way in us and through us. He knows where He wants us and He knows what He would have us do. We need to learn to trust Him and experience the best He has to offer us!


The Scriptures tell us to “repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out…” And, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” If we want to be victorious in the prisons of life, we have to truly know Jesus and what his will is for our lives.

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Do You Really Know Who Jesus Is?

Do you really know who Jesus is?  He’s not some demeaning words written on the bathroom walls, used as a bi-word, or spoken in slander by some reprobate.

Jesus didn’t belittle people or bully them, or call them names, except in the case of the religious pretenders of his day when he called them “Pharisees,, hypocrites. like unto whited sepulchres, (or tombs) which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”  Jesus wasn’t a bully nor a pushover.  He was kind to people, even if he didn’t agree with them.  He didn’t shun people even if he didn’t agree with them or agree with how they appeared or were dressed.  Jesus didn’t even teach us that we need to demonstrate how spiritual we are by how high we jump, how fast we run, how loud we shout or even how much we speak in tongues. Jesus gave us an example that we should be like him in every respect.

Jesus was the type of person who would walk up to Buddha or Mahammad or any other religious leader of the day (and today as well) and say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man can come to the Father but by me.”  He would walk up to the average religious zealot of the day and say, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Jesus wasn’t a wimp or sissy, or a pushover either.  He went into the temple And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money (extortioners), and overthrew the tables.  He even stood in their way so they would not bring any more contraband into the temple to blaspheme and shame his Father’s house.  Jesus was a man who withstood beatings and physical abuse like no other has ever done, yes lived through it all only to be nailed to a cross and live for at least 3 hours until he died.  And he did it all just to save you and me from an eternal punishment in a lake of fire. Yet Jesus, today, is probably the most hated name in our nation and the world all because he preached against evil and sin and against racism and evil government officials and anyone else or anything else that was and is unlike the Holy nature of the one true God.

In the Book of John, chapter 6, verses 35, 41, and 50, Jesus spoke these words, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” “ I am the bread which came down from heaven.”  “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.”

Many think they know who Jesus is. The King James Bible describes who Jesus is The Holy Scriptures refer to Him by many names: Alpha and Omega, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, The Good Shepherd, Chief Corner Stone, Bread of Life, Savior of the World, The Light of the World, The Way, The Truth and the Life, Messiah, Wonderful Councilor, Anointed One, The Lord of Glory, The Holy and Righteous One, The Express Image of the Father, The Word Of God, just to name a few!

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.  Jesus loves us so much that through His death and resurrection has given us his peace. He has put his peace in us. He is our Salvation that came to save us from the troubles of this world. In this world, there is so much going on but as we fix our eyes on Jesus his peace that is in us will help us to be overcomers.

Jesus said in John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Luke 4:41 lets us know that even the devils know who Jesus really is.  It explains it like this. “And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.”

In Matthew 16: 13 -17 we know that the Apostle Peter knew who Jesus was. “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Peter knew who Jesus was!

In the Upper Room, after Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus told doubting Thomas to put his hands in the nail scared hands and side.  What did Thomas say? “My Lord and my God!.  Thomas knew who Jesus was!

Even Muhammad recognized Jesus for who he was though he didn’t follow him.  Muhammad, Islam’s Prophet, believed Jesus was sent by Allah to be the Messiah, miraculously born of the Virgin Mary, who brought the Gospel, who died, and raised from the dead, then ascended into heaven to be with Allah.  Jesus would become an everlasting blessing to all mankind! Muhammad even said that “Jesus is a messenger of Allah, who is to be believed” (4:171). He even said, “Allah gave to the world Jesus, exalted him above all others, and supported him with the Holy Spirit as proof of his sovereignty” (2: 253*).

 Remember, however, Muhammad is dead and buried in the ground in Medina.  Jesus is alive in Heaven with God, our loving Father.

Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, believed Jesus was the MessiahAllah’s anointed messenger.  Allah’s people (Muslims) are told to listen to Allah’s messengers (Koran, 4.171; 5. 111*)..

If Muhammad’s followers really listened to their prophet, studied the Gospels, and gave their heart to Jesus, they would know who Jesus really is.

We need to have a revelation of Jesus Christ! A revelation of Him will transform a person, a family, a marriage, and even a CHURCH! If your church needs to be changed, focus on revealing Jesus Christ! Seeing Him will transform the lives of those that behold Him!

God’s Glory will change the crack addict, the junkie, the pusher, the pimp, the prostitute – and it will transform the believer into an ever increasing image of Jesus Christ! Husbands, wives, and kids need to see it! Our government needs to see it. Our nation needs to see it! And we, the Church, really need to see it! preachers need to see it, teachers need to see it. We all need to see the glory of God – God in His holiness and splendor! Then we can really know who Jesus really is.

That’s the answer to the dilemmas facing the world and the Church. It’s not our preaching, It’s not our our shouting, It’s not our dancing in the Spirit, and it’s not even our speaking in tongues or prophesy. All these things are good if ordered by the Holy Ghost. What we all really need is a supernatural manifestation of the Power and Presence of Almighty God through Jesus Christ!  That changes lives.

Jesus is to be worshiped above all others; revered above others. The world is always trying to put others above Jesus; politicians, religious figures such as Mohammed, Bhudia, entertainers and movie stars, the Pope, even many times the Pastor.  But when all is said and done, they will all be dead and gone.  There’ll be nobody left but Jesus.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

We can also know who Jesus is NOT.  Since Jesus is the express image of God the Father, and He came to do the will of the Father, we can know that He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it.  He did not come to condemn but to save.  John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

So, how do you get to know The Way, The Truth, and The Life? The Holy Scriptures tell us in Ephesians 2:8 & 9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Acts 2:38 says, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 3:19 tell us, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

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Kentucky Castle Doctrine & Right To Self Defense

Kentucky Castle Doctrine (Use Of Force)
503.020 Justification — A defense. In any prosecution for an offense, justification, as defined in this chapter, is a defense. Effective: January 1, 1975 History: Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 27, effective January 1, 1975
503.050 Use of physical force in self-protection — Admissibility of evidence of prior acts of domestic violence and abuse. (1) The use of physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable when the defendant believes that such force is necessary to protect himself against the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force by the other person. (2) The use of deadly physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable under subsection (1) only when the defendant believes that such force is necessary to protect himself against death, serious physical injury, kidnapping, sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat, felony involving the use of force, or under those circumstances permitted pursuant to KRS 503.055. (3) Any evidence presented by the defendant to establish the existence of a prior act or acts of domestic violence and abuse as defined in KRS 403.720 by the person against whom the defendant is charged with employing physical force shall be admissible under this section. (4) A person does not have a duty to retreat prior to the use of deadly physical force. Effective: July 12, 2006 History: Amended 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 3, effective July 12, 2006. — Amended 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 173, sec. 2, effective July 14, 1992. — Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 30, effective January 1, 1975.
503.055 Use of defensive force regarding dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle — Exceptions. (1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if: (a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcibly entering or had unlawfully and forcibly entered a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and (b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred. (2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) of this section does not apply if: (a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; (b) The person sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of the person against whom the defensive force is used; (c) The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful activity; or (d) The person against whom the defensive force is used is a peace officer, as defined in KRS 446.010, who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official duties, and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a peace officer. (3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a felony involving the use of force. (4) A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence. Effective: July 12, 2006 History: Created 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 2, effective July 12, 2006.
503.080 Protection of property. (1) The use of physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable when the defendant believes that such force is immediately necessary to prevent: (a) The commission of criminal trespass, robbery, burglary, or other felony involving the use of force, or under those circumstances permitted pursuant to KRS 503.055, in a dwelling, building or upon real property in his possession or in the possession of another person for whose protection he acts; or (b) Theft, criminal mischief, or any trespassory taking of tangible, movable property in his possession or in the possession of another person for whose protection he acts. (2) The use of deadly physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable under subsection (1) only when the defendant believes that the person against whom such force is used is: (a) Attempting to dispossess him of his dwelling otherwise than under a claim of right to its possession; or (b) Committing or attempting to commit a burglary, robbery, or other felony involving the use of force, or under those circumstances permitted pursuant to KRS 503.055, of such dwelling; or (c) Committing or attempting to commit arson of a dwelling or other building in his possession. (3) A person does not have a duty to retreat if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be. Effective: July 12, 2006 History: Amended 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 5, effective July 12, 2006. — Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 33, effective January 1, 1975.
503.085 Justification and criminal and civil immunity for use of permitted force — Exceptions. (1) A person who uses force as permitted in KRS 503.050, 503.055, 503.070, and 503.080 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom the force was used is a peace officer, as defined in KRS 446.010, who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law, or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a peace officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant. (2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1) of this section, but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful. (3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff, if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1) of this section. Effective: July 12, 2006 History: Created 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 6, effective July 12, 2006.
Kentucky Gun Laws & Right to Carry https://www.handgunlaw.us/states/kentucky.pdf

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Hypocrites Video


https://youtu.be/gDzGZk1ELVM

Hypocrites
Words & Music: Don Woolett
I saw an old friend the other day And struck up a conversation.
Then, I felt the Spirit move on me To offer him an invitation.
I said, “How about going to church with me. Our preacher preaches great!”
He said, “No thanks. I haven’t got the time. It’s those hypocrites I hate.”
He said, “There’s too many hypocrites in church, so I’ll stay home and pray,
Or maybe I’ll run down to the lake To fish and relax that day.”
I said, “OK. I see what you mean, But let me tell you this;
All the hypocrites aren’t in church. Some are right there where you fish.”
You can go to Wal Mart, target, Or McDonalds anytime
And shop or eat with hypocrites. There’s always some in line.
You can find them at the ball game. Ride with one in a car.
They’re at the movies and the social club And drinking at the local bar.
So, no matter where you go You’ll probably find a hypocrite.
But, I’d rather sit with one in church Than in the bottomless pit!
So, come and go to church with me. Get on your knees and pray,
Then there may be one less hypocrite To deal with every day.
(CH) I’d rather go to church with a hypocrite Than to go to hell with one.
At least in church I can find relief But in hell, they’re overrun.
Yes, there may be hypocrites in church But when all is said and done,
I’d still rather go to church with a hypocrite Than to go to hell with one.
This story has a moral. It’s plain as it can be;
Hypocrites are everywhere, I’m sure you will agree.
So, don’t fall victim to the line They’ll throw you everyday.
Just stand up tall, look them in the eye, And smile and say,

(CH) I’d rather go to church with a hypocrite Than to go to hell with one.
At least in church I can find relief But in hell, they’re overrun.
Yes, there may be hypocrites in church But when all is said and done,
I’d still rather go to church with a hypocrite Than to go to hell with one.

© 2010 Don Woolett,/DewCrest Publishing, P.O. Box 337, Hodgenville, KY 42748
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