Gold! :: By Jim Towers

After the third attempt I finally was able to give Genesis the new purple Bible I bought for her. As I handed it to her, she was beaming from ear to ear and almost jumped out of her skin with joy. Two other young waitresses watched the transaction, wondering what I had given her – maybe it was a bar of solid gold! Genesis clutched the new Bible to her breast as though she had never owned or even seen one. Like I said in my previous article “Hallelujah,” she didn’t know her name appeared in such an important book – a God-breathed book – and it’s taken her by complete surprise. This amazing book is worth more than all the gold in the world.

I wrote a letter about the contents and order of the Bible: The Old Testament, The New Testament and what they meant. The prophets, the history of the Jews, Moses, who David was, the psalms of David, and finally – The Gospel of Jesus Christ, and placed it inside her new Bible.

Way too many people have never read the Bible – especially the young people of today; and so they go about trying to make sense of life by following New Age cults, Buddha and other man-made philosophies and Ideas. Some even go as far as following after Baphomet (Satan himself) and joining Witch covens. After failing to find peace and hope that only the God of the Bible can give, they, on their own, with their own rationale, fall into hopelessness with some even finally committing suicide out of complete despair.

UPDATE ON CHURCH MATTERS

In the meantime, the faux leaders at my church have fixed the voting, saying it didn’t count because of spies sharing the results? (like the Democrats they are – who fake voting numbers and procedures – then claim that they lost because of this and that, this ploy is taken directly from the Saul Alinsky playbook Rules for Radicals” – a book that exclaims “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”) This took place recently to put in place an inexperienced pastor who just happens to be black.

They claim that the voting was prejudiced because of the young man’s race. Not so. They also claim that two spies handled the ballots and passed along secret information to those opposed, and this warranted annulment of the process, even though they fell short of the desired 85% vote. So it is that these people proceeded to go against the will of the majority. On top of all that, the voters had to be present to vote and show a valid ID in order to do so. Not only that, but many members are “Snow Birds” who never had a chance to make their voices heard – boy are they in for a surprise when they begin to arrive after the holidays and they find everyone walking around in torn jeans and bopping to strange rhythms – no more suits filled with stoic and wooden men.

The new leadership can’t help but fail for the lack of money to run such a big church and are already showing signs of desperation and begging for money outright, buttering up the wealthy widows in hopes of garnering money to help defray costs. Maybe they should all take a cut in pay to help put a dent in the shortfall. But I’m sure that won’t happen. Except for Robin Hood, criminals are not known for their generosity. These wolves in sheep’s clothing are sure to hang themselves anyway for all their plotting. The guilt (if they have any) for destroying the faith of many is on their heads.

The affected congregants will view the things of God with seriousness. Both sides may find themselves repenting for not taking the things of God more seriously. The Word of God says that in the “Last Days” He is going to do some serious shaking; and unless you are well-grounded in Christ, your false religion and man-made assumptions are sure to crumble.

Funny how, at the very same time, another church in Naples is collapsing because of the machinations of manmade thought and practices. The Lord’s Way church – a branch of James MacDonald’s Harvest Bible Chapel, a 40,000-member church located in various campuses throughout the country – with its home base located in Chicago, Illinois, has come apart at the seams as well.

Former pastors are being displaced or leaving the church for one reason or another. The false ones are part of the last days falling away. They never had true faith to begin with.  For example, it was disclosed on Axios, that former evangelical megachurch pastor Josh Harris said he “excommunicated” himself from the religion that propelled him to fame. Harris, who renounced Christianity earlier this year, told  “Axios on HBO” that he ruined lives and marriages while he served as one of the country’s most well-known evangelical pastors. “If you’re not living according to the teaching of the Bible, and you’re living in unrepentant sin, then you have to be put out of the church,” Harris, 44, told Axios. “I excommunicated myself, essentially.”

This pastor was dependent on his own rationale and says he has now changed his mind on what he was preaching, which goes to show that he apparently was all along in a state of confusion regarding true faith in Christ.

Satan is sure to trip you up in any way he can and sometimes uses pride to bring us down.

Churches are being shaken to the core, and only those who truly are in Christ (who are the real church) will be taken away in the soon-coming rapture of “Believers” in Christ.

But the shaking was and is necessary to sift the wheat from the chaff on the threshing floor of Almighty God.

YBIC

Jim Towers

jt.filmmaker@yahoo.com   and www.propheticsignsandwonders.com

Hallelujah!! :: By Jim Towers

Do you remember I wrote about a young man I had started witnessing to who was into the homosexual lifestyle? Well he got saved today after receiving Christ into his life.

This thirty-one-year-old man had been ostracized and bullied all his life because of being effeminate. This brought on phobias and anxiety so much so that he takes medication and has a female therapist who tells him he must learn to love himself – just the way he is. She, by the way, worships Buddha, Jesus and some other entity and has a mural on the wall of her office depicting all three entities.

Today the young man came to see me about helping me set up a tent at a local art show where I hope to sell my artwork (I’ve participated in this “hobby” for years). I told him I had a book to give him, and so he came right over. We made small talk about art, and then we moved on to more serious matters. All the time he knew where I was coming from; and because I had already tilled the soil – as it were. Today I thought I would just plant more seed, but God had other plans.

We sat in my makeshift studio; and after making sure he wasn’t pressed for time, I began to explain the Jesus promise book to him. It had been on the shelf for some time now as I had already committed most of it to memory. Benny had tried to read the Bible but couldn’t make heads or tails of it. (That’s why I thought to give him these Bible verses to read on his own for now.) Then I explained to him that in order to understand the Bible, one would need to have received Christ into his life to be able to read and understand the words in it with spiritual eyes through the help of the Holy Spirit.

I could sense his desperation, and he was very open to what I had to say. After probing into his life, I knew that the Gospel was the only answer to his emotional and spiritual well-being. He spoke of his sleepless nights, anxiety and low self-esteem. I told him that God could give him hope and freedom from guilt and forgiveness of sin, and on top of all that – a peace that surpasses all understanding. I could see his eyes beginning to water up with a glimpse of hope.

After explaining the Gospel in a caring way, I asked if he wanted to receive Jesus Christ into his life; and low and behold, just after a moment of careful thought, he said yes. Then I asked him to repeat the words after me in his own way. “God forgive me,… I receive Jesus Christ into my heart and life to change me and give me hope of eternal life…. After that short prayer, I explained how he should be baptized by immersion to show his sincerity toward God; but then I thought – but where can he be baptized since my church is undergoing a tremendous polarizing struggle right now.

Then it happened; a still small voice said to me to ask him if he’d like to be baptized right now (or was that just my imagination?) In any case, I knew it was the right thing to do. (I had baptized my own younger sister a few years ago after leading her to Christ – when she thought she had cancer.) Benny again said yes, then I said, “follow me” and led him to the lanai. “I’ve got an extra pair of swimming trunks hanging on the pegs alongside the pool.” And so, I baptized him in the swimming pool in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. After talking a bit more while in the pool, I left him to be alone with his thoughts and changed into dry clothes; but as I happened to peer out the lanai doors, I saw him sitting on the pool deck gazing heavenward contemplating, praying or meditating. Already he was beginning to feel peace.

Before leaving I showed Benny my old banged, taped up and highlighted Bible explaining the Old Testament and the New Testament and pointing out what the prophets said about Jesus three thousand years before he was even born. I was quoting scripture verbatim particularly from the book of John. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning and there was nothing made that was made without Him. In Him was life and… But as many as believed on Him – to them was given the right to become the sons of God.” He was thirsty for every word; but not wanting to overload him, I bid him farewell and told him to call me anytime he had questions concerning the Christian faith.

Sunday after voting No to the pastor nominee (a “Woke” person with little experience), I went to lunch at a sit-down restaurant; and being famished, I asked the server to please bring the biscuits and gravy right away. This the server did as I asked, and I thanked the frail, hollow-eyed young man profusely while looking at his name tag to thank him by name. The name tag read “Genesis.” Reading it aloud, I asked, “Do you know what Genesis means in the Bible?” He said, “No, I’ve never read the Bible.”

“It means the beginning of everything.”

“Really?… I never knew that.”

Wow, I thought as he walked away. How could a person not know that?

So today I stopped by Hobby Lobby to get material for the upcoming art show; and low and behold – a Christian bookstand! I found what I was looking for – a Bible for Genesis. A red-letter edition with a beautiful purple leather cover.

On my way back home, I stopped at the restaurant and, looking around, I didn’t see him, so I asked a waitress if she knew Genesis. She replied yes but she’s not here today. She’ll be here tomorrow. SHE??…. Genesis was a girl! In any case, I intend to stop by and give her the Bible and show her the name Genesis on the very first page.

Jesus said, “Only those who throw their lives away for my sake…will truly know what it means to live.”

How true Lord – how true.

YBIC

Jim Towers

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