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August 26, 2009

Keep Watch

The Harvest is Coming in

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins
1"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 7"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 9" 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' 10"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11"Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' 12"But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' 13"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

At that time…

What time? Look back to Matthew 24.
Signs of the End of the Age
The Day and the Hour Unknown
The return of Jesus

Why are 10 virgins going out to meet the bridegroom? Let’s take a look at the Jewish wedding ceremony.

A Jewish marriage included a number of steps:

Betrothal (which involved the prospective groom’s traveling from his father’s house to the home of the prospective bride, paying the purchase price, and thus establishing the marriage covenant);
the groom’s returning to his father’s house (which meant remaining separate from his bride for 12 months, during which time he prepared the living accommodations for his wife in his father’s house);
the groom’s coming for his bride at a time not known exactly to her;
his return with her to the groom’s father’s house to consummate the marriage and to celebrate the wedding feast for the next seven days (during which the bride remained closeted in her bridal chamber).

These virgins are not waiting for the bridegroom in order to get married, but to attend the wedding feast. The groom already has a bride who is not mentioned in the parable. I believe these distinctions are significant and indicate that the coming of the groom for the virgins is at His Second Coming which follows upon the marriage of the Lamb described here. The virgins do not marry, but attend the marriage feast which follows. The context also supports this view:

Five Wise
Wise because they brought extra oil.
Five Foolish
The foolish are considered foolish because they didn’t prepare for an extended need of oil.

Literally these people ran out of supplies.

Figuratively the Holy Spirit is often symbolized by oil. Half of the virgins could lack the spiritual resources to remain faithful to the bridegroom even though they still have lamps.

Both the wise and the foolish virgins fall asleep because the bridegroom is a long time in coming but the wise have enough time to trim their lamps and ignite them.

The foolish ask for help but the wise virgins don’t give them any!
Don’t rely on others if you want to make sure you have enough supply.
You can’t get someone else's spiritual supply. You will need to have your own.

The Wise go into the wedding banquet and the door is shut. The foolish are left outside asking for permission to come into the banquet.

The door is NOT opened because they are told that they are not known by the bridegroom.

We’re told no man knows the hour but we’re also told to watch.

I’ve been watching.

The mark of the Beast is a mark of commerce.

Revelation 13:15-17
15He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

This economic structure, being international in it’s scope would mean that the money system we currently have will have to be dissolved or altered at some point in the future.
The U.S. dollar as well as the entire world financial structure, according to the Bible, is going to collapse at some point in the future.

Economic Horseman
Revelation 6:5-6
I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"

The staple foods are effected but the luxury items are not.

How did Adolph Hitler come to power?

A word on the great tribulation.

People argue theologically over whether or not the church will go through the great tribulation.
I’d like to think not but what does it matter to you if the tribulation is great if you’re going through it.

We know when Nero was feeding Christians to lions it wasn’t the great tribulation but if you were one of those Christians to you it wouldn’t give much comfort to find out you weren't in the great tribulation. Who cares when you’re going to be eaten by a lion?

There can be tribulation before the great tribulation is my point.

The remaining portion of my blog for this week is Taken from

  • A prophecy by Chuck Pierce
    I am a watchman and try to watch carefully for patterns and trends that affect each of us. The enemy loves to change times and laws. Therefore, he will use worldly structures and controls to hinder Kingdom advancement.

    "Watch for an economic shift by the end of this month. Between August 24 and October 17, there will be great changes in the financial system. Be aware that the banking system has not finished making its changes. We will start into an accelerated shift in structure. The government is in an open rearrangement."
    I do not believe that the Lord is talking about a big Stock Market Crash or a Bank Run. This could happen, but that is not the overall issue to understand. There is a full rearrangement of the economic system going on worldwide. If you have not read The Future War of the Church and God's Unfolding Battle Plan, there are chapters in each book on wealth that could help you.

    Here is one perspective that is important for you to understand: even though the dollar is changing and fluctuating, this is a time your dollar could really work for you to acquire resources.
    Many banks have resources they have acquired from loss. These resources could be redeemed by those who have extra dollar buying power. You could seek to acquire resources. Some banks must move now to alleviate themselves from the over abundance of failed loans and corresponding properties. This could be a catalyst for Kingdom advancement.

    However, no one seems to have extra dollars to "take the land." If we look at the "giant" that is controlling economic structures and choose to shrink back, then we could lose ground and miss an opportunity to advance now. Also, this could leave an open door for a thrust from a dark side to control the land and keep the land from being occupied with those who hold God's plan.
    So here is what I have done personally: I cashed in my retirement and paid off debts; I gave to the future of the land; I helped some others advance; I made sure the Eagles of God accounts were up to date; I helped two children advance; we analyzed foreign currency, such as the Australian Dollar, Euro, Turkish Lira, etc., to see how currencies are moving worldwide.

    I do not think that this is a reactive type of prophetic word—just a word to be prepared by October 17. The economic structure as we have known it will not be same. So if you are buying stocks on the same basis and understanding of a system of yesteryear, you will probably not see the return you are looking for.
    (This ends the prophecy by Chuck Pierce)

I would like to conclude with a scripture on fear.

2 Timothy 1:7

7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (NIV)

7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)
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August 25, 2009

Drive - In Movie Night

Bring the family out to see...

...Facing the Giants

After six consecutive losing seasons, high school football coach Grant Taylor believes things can't get any worse. He's wrong. With fear and failure defeating him in football and in life, the downtrodden coach and husband turns to God in ...desperation. Trusting that God can somehow do the impossible, coach Taylor and his Shiloh Christian Eagles soon discover how faith plays out on the field and off.

When: Friday August 28th, 2009; 9:00 PM

Where: Jubilee Family Church
45 Thunderbird Dr.
Batesville AR, 72501
[The church is located in Quail Valley, 2 miles East of Wal-Mart]
(870) 793-9124

Details: We'll be broadcasting the audio in stereo on 88.1 FM and the video projector is high definition.

Admission is free and concessions will be available.

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Not Fooling Around

Little Zachary was doing very badly in math.
His parents had tried everything......

Tutors, Mentors, flash cards,
Special learning centers. In short, everything they could think of to help his math. Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school. After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn't even kiss his mother Hello. Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work.

His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner. To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before. This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference.

Finally, little Zachary brought home his report Card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation, His Mom looked at it and to her great surprise, Little Zachary got an 'A' in math. She could no Longer hold her curiosity.

She went to his room and said, 'Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?' Little
Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no. 'Well, then,' she replied, Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? 'WHAT WAS IT ALREADY?'

Little Zachary looked at her and said, 'Well, on the first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren't fooling around.'

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August 20, 2009

Drawing for $100.00 Cash

August 20, 2009

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August 19, 2009

Who Are You?

How your identity makes or breaks your life

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Identity - Your true self image

How do you see yourself?
What do you say when you make a mistake?
What’s the image you have of yourself?
Your Identity will determine how other people view you.
It will also cause you to disqualify or endorse yourself when promotions or opportunities attempt to come your way.

A false or negative identity will snap you back to worthlessness.
You can never get away from yourself.
Self fulfilling prophecies like, “I’ll never amount to anything.” or “If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.” “Nothing ever goes my way.” “Once a red neck always a red neck.” etc.

Identity is shaped by those in authority in our lives. The level and impact of input received is directly proportional to the amount of love and honor extended toward that person in authority.

Exodus 20:12
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Input from people in Authority
There are two types of extreme input.
1. positive and uplifting
2. negative and degrading. Both inputs have a powerful effect.

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

The Highest Authority
Philippians 2:9
Therefore God exalted him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

Revelation Knowledge
Ephesians 1:17
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

A word about rebellion. It’s a safety mechanism against degrading and destructive authority figures. Unfortunately it’s a blanket approach to a specific problem precipitated by usually only one or a few key individuals.

Culture Shock for an African man the power of words to create identity.

How Do you See Yourself?
Humbly but with value is what I believe is the appropriate answer.

The Cross screams! You are valuable.
A story about the power of a strong identity in the specific areas of confidence. Trip to St. Marten.

A large enemy of a healthy identity: Rejection
Feelings of rejection.
Notice I said feelings of rejection not necessarily actual rejection.

To Overcome Rejection
I am accepted...
I am God's child ~ John 1:12
As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ ~ John 15:15
I have been justified ~ Romans 5:1
I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit ~ 1 Co.. 6:17
I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God ~ 1 Co.. 6:19-20
I am a member of Christ's body ~ 1 Co.. 12:27
I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child ~ Ephesians 1:3-8
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins ~ Colossians 1:13-14
I am complete in Christ ~ Colossians 2:9-10
I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ ~ Hebrews 4:14-16

To Overcome Insecurities
I am secure...
I am free from condemnation ~ Romans 8:1-2
I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances ~ Romans 8:28
I am free from any condemnation brought against me, and I cannot be separated from the love of God ~ Romans 8:31-39
I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God ~ 2 Co.. 1:21-22
I am hidden with Christ in God ~ Colossians 3:1-4
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me ~ Philippians 1:6
I am a citizen of Heaven ~ Philippians 3:20
I have not been given the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me ~ 1 John 5:18

To Overcome Feelings of Inferiority
I am significant...
I am the branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life ~ John 15:5
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit ~ John 15:16
I am God's temple ~ 1 Co. 3:16
I am a minister of reconciliation for God ~ 2 Corin.5:17-21
I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm ~ Ephesians 2:6
I am God's workmanship ~ Ephesians 2:10
I may approach God with freedom and confidence ~ Ephesians 3:12
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me ~ Philippians 4:13

The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity! (Taken in part from Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson)

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How to Get to Heaven

A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery
Store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, "Son, can
You tell me where the Post Office is?"

The little boy replied, "Sure! just go straight down this street a
couple a blocks and turn to your right."

The man thanked the boy kindly and said, "I'm a new pastor in town.
I'd like for you to come to church on Sunday. I'll show you how to get
to Heaven."

The little boy replied with a chuckle. "Awww, come on... You don't Even know the way to the Post Office."

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August 13, 2009

Financial Freedom Weekend

with David Mallonee

We had a great weekend with Brother David Mallonee and I wanted to share the audio (podcast) of the three sessions with you. I know they will be a blessing to you.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3

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August 12, 2009

Who Will Take the Son?

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'

There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'

But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'

Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!'

But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

'We have $10, who will bid $20?'

'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'

A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.'

'What about the paintings?'

'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.

The man who took the son gets everything!'

God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The son, the son, who'll take the son?'

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.

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August 5, 2009

Stop Sinning...

...or something worse may happen to you.

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What is Sin?
1. a missing of the mark,
2. a principle or source of action, or an inward element producing acts, a governing principle or power,
3. an act of disobedience to Divine law.

Sins of commission – To commit some kind of act of disobedience.

Sins of omission – To omit or leave out some kind of act of obedience to the Lord.

1. The Penalty for Sin

John 5:14
14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."

By Implication we know that Jesus is telling this guy his sin will have an effect on his health. He was an invalid for 38 years. Something worse than that was to come upon him if he kept sinning.

Romans 6:23a
For the wages of sin is death,
Spiritual Death but also Physical Death

The payment for sin is death. Our physical bodies stop working because of disease/sickness, accidents, or fatigue.

Different Sins have different repercussions.
1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

I think if we all did an honest assessment of our lives and looked over our life spans at the most difficulty we’ve encountered it’s been because of our sin or the sin of someone else. When we walk in obedience to God’s will and ways we walk in the fruits of the spirit.

The principle further explained.

Luke 13:2-5
2Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

Matthew 3:8
8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

The Parable

Luke 13:6-9 6Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' 8" 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' “ These Galileans were insurgents and Pontus Pilate had them killed on the altar where the Romans made their sacrifices thus mingling the blood and defiling their bodies.

Repentance - In the NT the subject chiefly has reference to "repentance" from sin, and this change of mind involves both a turning from sin and a turning to God.

2. The Path to Victory over Sin
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. "One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied,

"The one you feed."

Crucify the flesh and nourish the spirit

Galatians 5:16-26
16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

3. The Payment for Sin

Jesus paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross and if we receive Jesus by faith we receive forgiveness for our sins and can walk in newness of life.

Watch this 5 minute video, pray and ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you. Then repent for your sins.

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August 3, 2009

The Talking Centipede

A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede which came in a little white box to use for his house.

He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box, and decided he would start off by taking his new pet to church with him.

So he asked the centipede in the box, "Would you like to go to church with me today? We will have a good time."

But there was no answer from his new pet.

This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked again, How about going to church with me and receive blessings?"

But again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited a Few minutes more, thinking about the situation.

The guy decided to invite the centipede one last time. This time he put his face up against the centipede's house and shouted, "Hey, in there! would you like to go to church with me and learn about God?"

This time, a little voice came out of the box, "I heard you the first time!

I'm putting on my shoes."

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