TKC Ministries May 2021
Current Topic: Give me! ,
Give me! , Give me!
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Recently I took some time watching and listening to various Gospel preachers , on TV and online.
One could only conclude that their message is quite clear , God Almighty , The Creator of the universe, The Almighty , our Savior , our Redeemer , The One who has given us his Word , His Christ , and His Holy Spirit.........this same God has one purpose.......to hook us up!
A favorite line of mine is "Jesus didn't die on a cross , just so you can drive a new Cadillac! When I'm listening to a preacher I'm looking for him to be talking about certain things like , God's merciful plan to keep us all from making a one way trip to hell! , Then let's see there is his love for the inhabitants of this planet despite their race or color , and all the other unique characteristics that makes each of us special , but in many cases , we tend to use them for hateful discriminatory purposes.
And as I mentioned earlier , how about his Holy Word. The word's of the Creator of the universe , at our fingertips , and yet many folks don't even own one (a bible) , let lone bother to read it.
The Holy Spirit , is an individual I do not take lightly , and we are warned not to take him lightly .
Ephesians 4:30 - And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God , whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
There is endless spiritual material to learn about and familiarize ourselves with , other than just being prosperous on this earth , but if you take note , for many, that's all they talk about.
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Nothing wrong with having money! Nothing wrong with having lots of money! However when your finances become your God , then we have a problem.
I was listening to Jacob Prasch preaching , the other day , and he was talking about his confrontation with some so called Gospel preachers and teachers. Mr. Prasch was letting them know that what they are allowing to go on in their churches , are the types of things that will bring down God's wrath!! Here is how they responded......... "Oh well , you know there are other things going on as well , like the racism , global warming , the economy , social injustice , etc. , etc, etc.
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And likewise those preachers who in their attempt to include everybody , go contrary to God's word , and try to defend their doing so , and accuse those who speak out against such things as being , old fashioned , or just simply not up to date on the new way of having church.
So just like I was mentioning earlier how that money , success , a good positive image , one's portfolio , the type of vehicle you feel you must drive in accordance to your societal status , then there is the number of jobs you created , or the number of people you have working for you , or perhaps you have more degrees than a thermometer! And these are great things to have , and to work towards , there is absolutely nothing wrong with having those things , but when you put those things up against the things of God , you are in a no win situation. I don't care how much capital you have , it simply won't last , and in most cases you will run out before your capital. And that's just it! , all this stuff you are putting your faith in , is only a temporary fix. King Solomon has some words of wisdom concerning $$$$$.....
Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 - Yea , I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? Yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
Proverbs 27:24 - For riches are not forever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
Proverbs 23:5 - Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.
Our society has become fearless of God!
A statement I hate to make but it's so obvious. I happen to catch an old clip of the late comedian George Carlin , whom no doubt was an extremely funny man.......until I saw one of his stand up comedy routines where he outright calls God a failure on how he has managed running things! I was in awe as this guy whom I really thought was funny , and whom I wished , like I do with everyone , that he got to know the Good Lord , but instead he was bashing him relentlessly. What an incredible nerve he had to do and say such things , in front of a live audience , who were laughing and cheering as he carried on with his madness. I wonder what Mr. Carlin is thinking right now , having stepped in eternity?
I found another comedian , Rowan Atkinson (Mr.Bean/Johnny English) ,one who has brought me many a laugh. For the opening to his stand up routine , he came on stage wearing a pair of red horns to simulate that he was the Devil. With checklist in hand he proceeded to go through his list of new eternally damned residents , much to the delight of the audience who once again roared with laughter , as this man made fun of one of the most horrific experiences that a human can go through. An experience God came into this world and died so that none of would have to go there , but instead it has all become a big joke!
In one of my other articles I talked about the Prophet Ezekiel having to feel God's wrath as God showed him the wickedness that was taking place (Ezekiel chapter 8). Well in the verses below another one of God's prophets , Jeremiah , finds himself in the same position.
Jeremiah 5:1-12 - Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem , and see now ,and know , and seek in the broad places thereof, and if ye can find a man , and if there be any that executeth judgment , that seeketh the truth and I will pardon it. And though they say the Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely.
O Lord , are not thine eyes upon the truth? Thou hast stricken them , but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them , but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
Therefore I said , Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord , nor the judgment of their God. I will get me unto the great men , and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord , and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke , and burst the bonds.
Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them , and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them , a leopard shall watch over their cities: everyone that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many , and their backslidings are increased.
How shall I pardon thee for this? Thy children have forsaken me , and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full ,then they committed adultery , and assembled themselves by troops in the harlot's houses. They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbor's wife.
Shall I not visit for these things? Saith the Lord; and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Go ye up upon her walls , and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD'S , for the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me , saith the Lord. They have belied (to give a false representation) the LORD , and said It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword (war) or famine. Wow!
Last dying thoughts
A man collapsed from a heart attack. As he lay there reflecting on his life you can bet he wasn't thinking , 'Oh, I wish I worked more'.
Usually , people's last dying thoughts are about their relationships. Concerns over promotions , unpaid bills , petty squabbles , or gaining weight are so insignificant when weighed against death , yet we spend so much of our life concerned with the insignificant.
True , we need to attend to such matters on a daily basis , but sadly we often give the mundane too much priority and neglect things of ultimate importance. As unpleasant as the thought may be , we all die. We should live every day as if it were our last - for it might be. We shouldn't wait until our deathbed to be concerned about things that are truly significant. We learn from the bible that our wealth is temporary , but relationships can last forever.
God graciously gives us time to consider things of ETERNAL significance - like Christ , salvation , our relationship with our Creator and our relationship with family and people. We should take time to question: If I was dying now , what would be my dying thoughts? Interestingly , those same thoughts should probably be our 'daily living thoughts'. (Ecclesiastes 2:4-11)
I recently watched a video , on an old western TV favorite of mine , The Big Valley. Prior to his death , I was in contact with Peter Breck (Nick Barkley) , his wife and a friend of theirs.
Mr. Breck had started a jazz band , and I bought one of his CD's for my mom.
As they went through the documentary , they first reviewed all the regulars that were on the show. Then went through all the guest stars , many of whom you would know , if you were alive during that period.
What hit home was the photos showing these young actors and actresses in their prime , looking good , sharp , looking beautiful. Then , as it is with any human being that is born on this planet , each day we live brings us that much closer to eternity. In this documentary many of these actors and actresses had already entered into eternity , some went there after the documentary was finished.
There was an interesting point made about Lee Majors (Heath Barkley). He originally was a stuntman on the show. When the part for Heath came up , he put in for the role , and also visited a little church , and prayed and asked God to help him get this part. Well he got the part , and went back to that little church and thanked God for helping him out! Good job Heath!
It is my desire that all the actors and actresses on the show had the same type of attitude towards God.