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You are invited to celebrate the goodness of the Lord with us on Thursday, November 28, 2019, from Noon until late, at 7041 DeBarr Road, Anchorage, Alaska.
11:00 AM Doors Open
Watch the end of the Bears vs. Lions game
Noon Food served
12:30 PM Watch the Dallas vs. Bills game
1:00 PM View 2019 version of “Pilgrim’s Progress” (animated)
1:30 PM Board games and children’s crafts
3:15 PM View “Heaven’s to Betsy 2”
3:30 PM Basketball or Volleyball
4:20 PM Watch the Saints vs. Falcons game
5:30 PM View the “Nativity Story”
5:30 PM Youth Decoration the Youth Development Center
Today’s Sunday in the Word teaching, “Good Lessons from Good Examples,” features Andrew and Philip. It was their delight to each bring a friend to Jesus. These simple introductions produced eternal change.
Plan to attend Dr. Perkins’ teaching live or online. WWW.Mcaonline.org
Good lessons, Good Examples 12-1
Intensity flows through my veins when God is in anyway connected to evil. It is inconceivable to me that anyone, especially Christians, would place causation of evil upon Him to whom the angels cry, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
“In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” Job 1:22 ESV
The slaughter of God’s children, inside their mother’s wombs, to the god of feminism is the most unconscionable act of Satan and sinful humanity. Nothing matches the wickedness of this anti image-of-God, anti life-of-God, anti prized-creation-of-God abomination.
Please don’t believe that God wants, wills, or somehow is a more glorious God because of wickedness. By definition, to God nothing can be added and nothing can be subtracted. If you can improve God, He isn’t God. If you can reduce God, He isn’t God. God is truly the Self-Existent, Self-Sustaining, I AM.
Every four years (The United States Presidential election cycle) I beg and plead, rebuke and exhort any Christian who will give me a moment of their time, to disavow any allegiance to the works of Satan.
Born in 1960, my life has been lived under ten Presidents of the United States. Each president has claimed, to my knowledge, the name of Christ.
- President John F. Kennedy – Catholic
- President Lyndon B. Johnson – Baptized in 1923 at the “Christian Church” also called the “Disciples of Christ”
- President Richard M. Nixon – Quaker also known as the Religious Society of Friends
- President Gerald Ford – Episcopalian
- President Jimmy Carter – Baptist
- President Ronald Reagan – Disciples of Christ
- President George H. W. Bush – Episcopalian
- President Bill Clinton – Baptist
- President George W. Bush – Methodist
- President Barak Obama – Unspecified protestant
With this presidential history the United States has become as ungodly as any civilization in history. These men have led our country into possibly the greatest spiritual decline in the history of the world.
This version of “christian leadership” has produced rampant debauchery, unprecedented vileness, and moral depravity beyond measure. Without a doubt these presidents have led the United States to a precipice of Divine judgement.
Who were the folks casting ballots for this type of leadership? What is the fiber of the folks who tirelessly worked these long and difficult campaigns? What is in the soul of the donors who sacrificially contributed for these elections?
The VAST majority are those who claim to be professing Christians. Professing Christians empowered this historic spiritual collapse. Professing Christians cheered the selection of anti-god, anti-Bible supreme court justices (I don’t capitalize because my Supreme Court is in Heaven). Professing Christians say, “Personally I oppose abortion, but I feel it is every woman’s personal right to chose to kill God’s baby in her womb.” Professing Christians cheer on sexual sin as the freedom of personal choice.
The equation looks like this:
Professing Christians casting ballots + Professing Christians as Presidents = the greatest spiritual decline in the history of the world!
There must be something WRONG with professing Christians.
On September 12, 1960 presidential candidate John F. Kennedy spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. Listen to the gigantic spiritual errors in the soon to be president’s speech.
I’m grateful for your generous invitation to speak my views.
While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that we have far more critical issues to face in the 1960 election: the spread of Communist influence, until it now festers 90 miles off the coast of Florida; the humiliating treatment of our president and vice president by those who no longer respect our power; the hungry children I saw in West Virginia; the old people who cannot pay their doctor bills; the families forced to give up their farms; an America with too many slums, with too few schools, and too late to the moon and outer space.
These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues — for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.
Fifty-six years later, amidst this significant spiritual collapse, professing Christians are still saying, “We have far more critical issues to face in this election…than the fear of God, faith in Jesus, and obedience to God’s word. The real issues which should decide this campaign are “too late to the moon and outer space.””
What might be wrong with “professing christians?”
- Professing Christ without knowing Jesus
- Professing Christ without obedience to the Holy Bible
- Professing Christ and believing that God needs darkness to somehow help His light
- Professing Christ and believing that no amount of sin is a deal breaker
- Professing Christ but replacing “thus saith the Lord” with, “I think…”
Every day, without exception, in this presidential election cycle, I hear professing christians speak opinions that will only push this nation further to the cliff of God’s judgement.
When I say “The greatest spiritual decline in the history of the world came from the ballots of professing christians and their leadership selections,” I speak against the tide of “tolerance” running rampant in this country.
Jesus’ best friend revealed the intolerance of our Lord.
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8
Maybe professing christians who make a practice of sinning are of the devil?
Maybe believing that God needs the works of the devil is exactly what the devil hopes one will believe?
My take on Romans 12:9 is that sincere love must hate what is evil and cling to what is good. Is it possible that professing christians think they have sincere love but do not hate what is evil?
I try to live honestly before God and people. I don’t recall any one ever saying to me, “Kent, I don’t know where you stand on this issue.” I HATE what is evil (to the degree that I understand evil) and I HATE suggesting that God is the cause of evil and I HATE when good is made evil and evil is made good.
I ask God to help me CLING to the goodness of the image of God in all people, even those who who make evil a practice and those who are, in essence, evil people.
It seems a majority of professing christians must hate what is good and cling to what is evil otherwise 51,923,070 little US citizens would have been welcomed to embrace their first breath.
Don’t welcome evil as something that enhances God but make your vote a “destroying the works of the devil” ballot.
Do more than profess Christ.
“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13:14
Years ago a teenage girl said, “Pastor Kent, I can’t control my lustful thoughts and the Bible says that if you lust you have committed adultery already. Since I lust for my boy friend, I have sex with him too.”
Why would a teenage girl even talk to me about lust and sex? Because she was wanting my opinion about the abortion she had just scheduled.
Is lust a sin? YES!
Is fornication a sin? YES!
Is abortion a sin? YES!
My teenage friend’s huge theological error was in thinking that lust, fornication, and abortion are the same sin.
What kind of fair Judge would punish the sin of lust with the same sentence as abortion? God certainly doesn’t.
Speaking of sexual sin and the abortions that follow; It’s election time in the USA.
When you gather up all the sin of the United States of America and her people into a basket and place it on the right side of God’s moral scale, you discover the vast weightiness of our personal and corporate sin. Truly the United States of America and we the people of this nation are catastrophically sinful before God.
Now pull from the dregs of this basket the sin of abortion and place it on the left side of God’s moral scale. The sin of abortion outweighs all other national sins combined.
This is gigantic. Our nation and we the people have gargantuan sin almost too enormous to fathom. Sometimes it feels like we are the most sinful group ever to live on the planet simply because we have experienced the goodness of God and we know better. Intentional, methodical, and consistent sin is as bad as it gets.
My theology and understanding of God requires me to vote for life.
My vote for life is a personal repentance for the world’s greatest sin. It is a personal apology to the millions of humans who were never given an opportunity to breathe one breath.
My vote for life is in hope of replacing the wicked and sinful judges (for the Christian there is nothing Supreme about the top court in the USA) who have voted to approve and stand idly by, officially giving protection and oversight to the slaughter.
My vote for life is a vote for God. “For God so loved….that none (especially babies) should perish.”
My vote for life is a vote against Satan. “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.”
My vote for life is a vote for Jesus. “I have come that you may have life and that more abundantly.”
My vote for life is a vote for self-preservation. It is just a matter of time before the killing machine decides that Bible based Christians can not live.
In the end, I must stand before God with personal responsibility for my vote. Should the Lord tarry and give me strength, I plan to vote for the candidate that I hope has the greatest likelihood of being guided by the Holy Spirit to give life.
With enough of us voting, we can tip the scale!
Yep. That was me. In the very first row of seats (from the ceiling) at the Thursday Night Football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings.
Experiencing the National Football League is a total emersion experience. It may be impossible to simply stick your little toe into the ocean of one of the United States’ richest not-for-profit companies. When the NFL is in town every one notices. I’m not totally sure, but I think I saw an Arizona lizard wearing a Cardinal’s jersey this week.
So dominating is this beast that a whole region simply reduces the details into two words: The game. “In town for the game?” They ask. At first I thought they might be asking about my wife’s Words with Friends, but deep in my soul I sensed there was an earnest interest into a much more cult-like game.
The cults with which I am familiar demand….
- Strong and blinded allegiance to a heroic figure regardless of the presence or absence of character. For some very strange reason, I had a picture taken with a man dressed up like a bird.
- Special clothes. I am not sure if the NFL has secret undergarments that are required of all fanatics or if a simple Larry Fitzgerald jersey will do. By the way, someone needs to let the out of shape middle aged NFL fans know that Brett Favre RETIRED and is an honored and decorated Green Bay Packer. At the Viking’s game I saw way too many Favre Viking’s jerseys. This is a bit like wearing the wedding ring from your ex-wife.
- Face painting and costumes. This one dude looked like his face was pushed into a hot wax basin filled with melted red and black lipstick. He thought he looked like an Arizona Cardinal, but in reality he closely resembled a drunken vampire. True thing! One lady, in purple and gold, was wearing a set of horns and I saw a guy with a Viking tattoo on arm.
- Chants, slogans and adoration. When passersby see another cult member in the special cult clothes of their heroic figure, huge noise would flow from these folks who otherwise look semi-mentally stable. Seriously, five guys walking in their purple and gold jerseys see seven or eight folks in similar garb drinking beer on an outdoor patio. The five and the seven erupt into some kind of unintelligible, yet exuberant, whoop. It sounded, to me, like the sound a cow moose would make when giving birth. Of course, I have never heard that sound, but it seems fitting.
- Body contact. Everyone wearing the same colors had instant approval to touch each other. High fives, fist bumps, hugs and even more seem to be granted to every loyal member who ventured out in the same colors.
- Lots and lots of spirits. As if this experience is unbearable to a healthy and stable mind, I noticed eight or nine people at our hotel swimming pool gearing up for the big event many hours before kickoff. When someone entered wearing the correct colors, everyone would holler and yell and then down another spirit or two. One of the female fanatics entered the Jacuzzi because, “I was partying last night in preparation for the game and I think I can sweat it out.” Not knowing exactly what that meant, I left the Jacuzzi immediately. I couldn’t get over the image of “sweating it out” floating around in the bubbles.
- A specially revealed book and someone to demand obedience to the book. From time to time these folks in black and white stripes would blow whistles and throw yellow flags. I’m not sure what all that is about, but the folks near me were yelling, really yelling, “That’s not the rule. The book doesn’t say that.” I’m just guessing, but maybe the guys in black and white stripes are considered the religious police.
- A long time after “the game” had started, the intensity increased dramatically. Honestly, there was a decibel meter on the huge screen that showed 106 decibels from the screaming fanatics. As the Vikings moved down the field for an apparent overtime causing field goal someone said something like, “The end is near! Stop the Vikings. The end is near.” Apparently, even the NFL has an eschatology.
Being in the first row of seats, next to the ceiling, provided me opportunity to do a little bit of thinking, sort of like a monk during the monastic movement, perched high up in the monastery. Images of Saint Simeon Stylites the Elder, who lived for thirty-seven years on a small platform that was anchored to a tall pillar, floated through my mind.
First, I thought, the Seahawks Twelfth Man is far more sophisticated than this.
Second, I wondered what all I could learn from this experience about developing wildly committed disciples of Jesus.
From now on, I will be wearing an Apostle John jersey with the number 3:16 on the back so I am properly clothed for “The Game” set before me and so I can cheer wildly when I see others wearing the same colors.
Currently, I am studying the Rule Book and doing my best to imbibe the right Spirit.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the face painting/tattoo thing figured out yet.
It seems to me that the end is near in the Apostle John’s game too. Unlike Teddy Bridgewater, the Quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, I must not drop the ball with only five seconds left on the clock.
“The Game’s” end is near.
I just have a feeling in my gut.
Can’t really say that I am a scholar on the last days, end times, prophecy, Revelation, or eschatological events.
However, I am the world’s leading expert on that sense I sometimes get in the pit of my stomach. Since much of creation is circular, East and West must meet somewhere. What may be viewed as opposites can actually be in perfect agreement. This is the reality rolling around in my soul.
Malachi said that a very strange “day” would come upon the earth and all living people. This “day,” is unlike any other because it is best identified by opposites. It is the “Great day of the Lord” and at the same time it is the “Dreadful day of the Lord.”
At the core of my being I am aware that a very dreadful “day” has come. Although I want to say that the worst is behind us, I know it isn’t. Darkness will increase. Death will increase. It will look like all is lost.
Surely, the Christians in the Middle East can shout “This is a dreadful day!”
With the past, present and future moving into the consummation of God’s revelation, today must also be identified as a great day.
One would think that the more “dreadful” increases the less “great” there can be. Sort of like the more rocks there are in the glass, the less water the glass can hold. This is not an accurate take on the great and dreadful day of the Lord. In fact, the more “dreadful” increases, the more “great” increases too. Both are growing at an exponential rate.
Is it going to get more dreadful or great? YES. Both will increase with mind-boggling speed.
Reading the news reconfirms this feeling in my soul. On every hand there are extremely dreadful things happening virtually every day. It is wise to feel the dread.
Yet everywhere I look I see the great hand of God at work in ways that inspire awe. Today is truly, in every way, the great day of the Lord. It is wise to feel the greatness.
Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Our response on this great and dreadful day of the Lord is to straighten up and raise our heads because God’s redemption for us is drawing very near.
I have this feeling in my gut that our redemption is nearer now than it has ever been.
(Graphic from www.jewelsofjudaism.com)
MCA Church’s attention is being directed to ministering in the cities in which we live. Our studies have included Sodom, Nineveh, Jerusalem and the City of David.
We are learning that the book of Acts can be viewed as the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the apostles in an ever growing list of cities. Almost unbelievably these early Christians even made it to Rome with the Gospel. In less than fifty years they carried the Good News to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth.
On January 8, 9, and 10th MCA Church is calling an Official Nineveh Fast. For three days we will follow the example of Nineveh and pray for God to move powerfully in our cities and turn the entire populations to Jesus. I will be writing more about the Nineveh fast in the days ahead.
Today I want to begin a conversation about the difference between fasting and abstinence. Commonly fasting and abstinence are considered one and the same but they are different.
Fasting is, technically, not eating food and/or drinking liquids. In the two thousand year history of Christianity fasting has taken many forms with a variety of practices. If you enjoy the study of fasting, you can find more types of fasts, fasting rules and fasting practices than you can imagine.
Abstinence, is the practice of refraining from something. For example, some one will say, “I am fasting coffee.” More accurately, they are abstaining from coffee. I think it is important to understand that one doesn’t fast from television, the internet, and cell phones but one can abstain from these items.
Additionally, God has commanded that his children abstain from sexual relations prior to marriage and it would be a bit improper to say that one was fasting pre-marital sexual activity.
In my experience fasting and abstaining, though closely related, have very different goals and results. One of the main goals of abstaining is the development of a higher degree of self-discipline, self-control and self-mastery. Fasting’s goal is first and foremost humility.
Maybe this is the reason fasting and abstaining are often mentioned in conjunction with each other. It takes abstinence’s self-discipline to engage fasting’s humility. Humility is foundational to God’s interaction with His children because pride is not truth. Pride is connected to greatness and only God is great.
To go into greater precision, one can abstain and be proud but one can not fast and be proud. The moment one is proud of his fast, he is simply not eating. Pride destroys fasting.
Abstinence is mostly a function of the will while fasting’s function is anchored in the spirit.
In preparation for the January 8-10, 2015 Nineveh Fast, will you consider from what you could abstain? Also, will you ask the Lord if He is inviting you to fast? If so, will you make sure your medical professionals approve of your planned fast?
May our abstaining and fasting bring honor to our Lord and results for our cities.
The Life Cycle of a Specific Assignment from God
Text: Genesis 9:28 “After the flood Noah lived 350 years.”
Noah was born with destiny in God. Genesis 5:29
…and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”
Noah, born with destiny in God, lived up to His destiny and found favor with God.
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:8
Noah, born with destiny in God and with favor in God, lived a unique life.
These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9
NOW Noah is prepared for God’s specific assignment.
14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Genesis 6:14
Every Specific Assignment Requires an Ark!!!
• Do the years of hard work. 2 meters a day it would take 7 years.
o And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. Genesis 7:5
• Endure the years of misunderstanding.
o For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark… Matthew 24:38
• Figure out how to get the necessary people on board.
o And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. Genesis 7:7-9
The water will always go away for every Specific Assignment.
The hardest part for many people is becoming aware that the Ark is NO LONGER NEEDED!
• Now we must get everybody OFF of the Ark.
• But they want to worship the ark and ignore that the specific assignment from God has been accomplished!
• It feels totally wrong to abandon the ark.
The Specific Assignment and the Purpose of God are not the same thing!
After God is done with the Ark, we come back to our text today.
Genesis 9:28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years.
When God is done with your ark…….join Noah and build an Altar!
Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. Genesis 8:20
Remember!!! Noah has 350 years more to live!
After the Ark and after the Altar Noah gets his next Specific Assignment.
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Genesis 9:1
God gives a new promise for a new assignment!
“This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:17
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
Many devout followers of Jesus are perplexed about how to respond to the seemingly sudden turning of the tide against long held Bible based morality, governance, beliefs, and practices in the United States of America. Bible based Christians, those who understand that the Bible is God’s word and our only rule of faith and practice, are shocked to see the great increase of anti-God, anti-morality, anti-Jesus, and anti-Christ laws, beliefs, and practices in this country.
Unfortunately we must honestly admit that much in our country today is anti-Christ.
Leading the anti-Christ way (in my opinion) is the Supreme Court of the United States. I agree with Judge Robert Bork’s stated position, “We are increasingly governed not by law or elected representatives but by an unelected, unrepresentative, unaccountable committee of lawyers applying no will but their own.” Sound familiar to your Bible based mind? Judges 17:6 states, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
Peter, author of two New Testament books, understood this ungodly tide and saw the coming actions of God and asked, “…what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God…”
What thinking should guide our choices and what choices should we make?
Dr. Joe Fuiten, Senior Pastor of Cedar Park Church, presented a message on Sunday, October 20, 2013, in which he opens Romans 13 in light of the anti-Christ movement in the United States of today.
I will make a very bold statement: This may be the most important message you hear in the next several years. In my opinion, Joe’s message is a grand slam home run helping us navigate the confusing landscape for the Christian today.
My goal is to encourage and help 1,000 people to hear this POWERFUL, TIMELY, and CRUCIAL message.
Direct your web browser HERE to listen to Joe’s foundational message.
In a world of cesspool thought and action, Dr. Fuiten’s message is like apples of gold in settings of silver.