Monthly Archives: October 2016

Turn from Darkness

As the Apostle Paul stood before King Agrippa recounting the events of his Damascus Road transformational experience, he quotes Jesus’ actual words to him that changed his life from darkness to Light. In Jesus’ own words we are given the path to forgiveness of sin and salvation unto eternal life.

The Apostle Paul had been accused of turning the world upside down (Acts 17:6) by preaching that Jesus, whom the Jews had crucified, was the Promised Messiah the Old Testament prophets had spoken of throughout the previous millennia. He spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah whom he encountered on his way to Damascus with orders from the high priest in Jerusalem to bring any believers in Christ he found back to the Holy City to be imprisoned for their faith. As a great Light brighter than the sun shone round about him on that designated road, Jesus delivered to him the way of salvation to God, the Father, for Saul who would become Paul and for all those who would follow (Acts 9).

Jesus spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus of opening the eyes to the Gospel, of which Paul wrote of in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, “I declare unto you the Gospel… how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day.” Jesus then said what follows is what Paul needed to do, turn from the darkness to the Light, turn from the power of Satan to God, which is repentance. It is not enough just to know the Gospel; one must believe the Truth of the Gospel and turn away from sin, walking in newness of life based upon the commands of Holy God found in Scripture (Romans 6:4). In so doing, Jesus told Paul man would receive forgiveness of sin and an inheritance of eternal life, “sanctified by faith that is in Me (Acts 26).

After being blinded by the great Light, three days later as soon as Paul’s sight was miraculously restored and along with his new life in Christ, he began proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing first with those at Damascus, then Jerusalem and Judea, and then to the Gentiles, “that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” Doing works “meet for repentance” is not working for one’s salvation, but is doing works because of one’s salvation. Paul wrote to Titus, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost: which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour,” (Titus 3:5). Salvation is of God, not of sinful man. God says all our righteousness is as filthy rags; we are all an unclean thing (Isaiah 64:6). There can never be a scintilla of righteousness in us apart from God and His redeeming grace.

Revival Comes to Appalachia

Nestled in the heart of Appalachia in southeastern Kentucky, Clay County found itself fighting a losing battle with crime, drugs, and political corruption. With nowhere else for the law-abiding citizens to turn for relief, in May 2004 the Christians in the community cried out “Enough,” fell on their knees and began to plead with God for deliverance. God heard their prayers sending revival to their part of the state, changing the town of Manchester from a city of hopelessness to the “City of Hope.”

To hear more of the amazing details of the Christ-changing transformation of Clay County, Kentucky, log on to Southwest Radio Ministries here and scroll down to the two-part radio broadcast dated October 12 and 13, 2016 titled “An Appalachian Dawn” with Pastor Larry Spargimino and the producer of the film, George Otis, Jr. A DVD of the documentary is available at Amazon here.

 

How to Love Life and See Good Days

      “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him:lovelife1

  1. Refrain his tongue from evil
  2. Refrain his lips that they speak no guile (deceit)
  3. Hate evil
  4. Do good
  5. Seek peace
  6. Pursue peace  

     

    For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous,  and His ears are open unto their prayers:   But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

    I Peter 3:10-12

 

 

 

Understanding the Battle of Gog and Magog

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Over 2,600 years ago the Prophet Ezekiel, during his time spent in Jewish captivity in Babylon, was told by God of a battle that would take place in the end times that would bring the nations surrounding Israel to war against them with the leader of the battle, Gog, being from the land of Magog, present-day Russia. Dr. Ed Hindson, professor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, gives a clear and timely presentation from the Book of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 of the Biblical prophecy of the upcoming battle that will take place at some point in God’s timing before the Great Tribulation.

 

 

America in Bible Prophecy

There has been a search on for years of where and if the country of America is mentioned in the Scriptures. Unlike the countries of Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Spain, and Syria, to name a few, America’s name is nowhere to be found in the Bible. During the First Gulf War in 1991 as scud missiles rained down upon Israel from Iraq, referred to as Babylon in Scripture, there were those who wondered if America was the “great nation” mentioned in Jeremiah 50:41 who would bring total destruction to the land of Babylon, never to be inhabited again (Isaiah 13:19-22). Alas it was not, at least at that time, but America is found in Scripture as God rules over the nations of men (Daniel 4:17).

America can be found as a faithful friend in the creation of the State of Israel, born in a day on May 14, 1948 as prophesied in Isaiah 66:8. The United States under President Harry S. Truman was the first country to extend formal recognition of the State of Israel within hours after David Ben-Gurion officially announced its establishment in Tel Aviv. America continues to support the nation knowing of God’s promise that Jesus will one day return to the earth and reign in the City of Jerusalem upon the Throne of David during the Millennium (Luke 1:31-33; Revelation 20).

American churches have also been instrumental in the sending and financing of the vast majority of Bible-believing missionaries who have fanned out across the world, teaching all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,” ( Matthew 28:19-20), fulfilling the Great Commission. The Gospel is preached on every continent because of the commitment of every Christian missionary to be His witness, sharing the Good News wherever He leads them at home or abroad.

The American invention of the Internet has provided the opportunity for the Gospel to reach unto the uttermost part of the earth before Jesus’ return (Acts 1:8). God’s Word can be heard, read, studied via the Internet in the jungles of South America, the deserts of Arabia, on the waters of the seven seas, on the frozen tundras of the North and South Poles. There is nowhere on earth the message of God’s salvation is not available to anyone who is willing to hear, as Jesus foretold before His death on the cross concerning the last days in Matthew 24:14, And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Is America in Bible prophecy? YES she is, and may God continue to use her for His Honor and Glory despite the wicked intentions of the evil one referred to as the Devil, God’s already defeated enemy whose head was crushed by JESUS’ heel on Calvary (Genesis 3:15).