Book of Daniel 11:32 :: By Jim Towers

Many of us believers feel that we could be the generation that ushers in the great tribulation period after our departure in what’s called the rapture. With governments toppling left and right, even non- Christians believe that something isn’t quite right, and that war among the great powers is on the horizon. But even the leaders of these nations don’t seem to know what to do about it; and with the shaking and toppling of governments worldwide, humanity is coming to its collective wit’s end. Except for hardcore Christian believers, many throughout the world are living in fear and confusion.

Even so, here in America there are many traditional and wishy washy “Christian believers” who are still playing church with an eye to recognition from fellow congregants. When speaking to these people, they are likely to tell you that we’ve been living in the end times for over two thousand years, and they’ll start off their spiel by saying “Bah,” (my addition) …“Where is the sign of His (Jesus) coming, for since the fathers fell asleep all continues as from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4).

While the traditional church is experiencing a falling away in this country and abroad, another phenomenon is taking place; there are other churches springing up, led by self-styled gluttonous preachers who wear their shirts outside their pants to hide the roll of fat that has become their belly. This laissez-faire attitude smacks of disrespect for the things of God. Even so, the congregants follow suit, wearing sandals and shorts and moo-moos to the services. They have no respect or fear of God. Loud music, strobe lights and often smoke machines serve to makeup the service, when groping and desperate people only need to hear the gospel and unadulterated word of God.

Despite all the foolishness going on in today’s churches, there are some who truly take the things of God to heart. These folks care about the dying humanity and aren’t afraid of wearing their faith on their sleeves. The reason I write about my exploits is that they may inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and experience the blessings one receives when we reach out to others. Science has proven that, when we reach out to others, it releases endorphins in the brain and makes you a happier and more confident person – and this goes for everyone – Christian or not.

Only then, when you begin to do what He’s called you to do – it will surely put you in favor with God, and you will see His promises begin to bear fruit. Except for His mercy, God’s promises are conditional, and He will prove Himself to you if you give Him first place in your life.

William Carey (1761 to 1834) once said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

When you know the power of a Covenant relationship with God and walk in His ways, you will experience a radical change in your life.

Indeed, we can’t just let people guess that we’re Christians; they may even think we’re just a worldly goody two-shoes. There are plenty of those running around who seem to think (like some Christians) that they can find favor with God and man by being so-called “decent” folks, but the Bible says differently. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no not one; for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; but God has laid upon Him (Christ Jesus) the iniquity of us all.” That is the scourging and death on the cross.

The apostle James says, “Yea, a man may say he hath faith, thou hath faith and I have works: show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith with my works…Faith without works is dead.”

In these disastrous days, we must not resort to being closet Christians. Just look what it’s done to our society by withholding the good news of the Gospel from a lost and dying world. Isn’t it contingent upon us all to admit openly and without hesitation that He is our Savior, if indeed he is?

The exploits I experience on an almost daily basis are for me a blessing since I enjoy each and every encounter. Thankfully I began sharing Christ right after receiving Him into my life over forty years ago.  That experience was so profound that I just couldn’t keep it to myself.

So, don’t become complacent with what you know about God, nor be fearful of men who don’t understand but lean instead on their own understanding and ego. Do something about your faith. We all have gifts and talents.

Let us step out in faith to lead others to Christ and encourage them in these times of great uncertainty.

Books:

You may remember Chuck Colson from the Nixon Administration. I just finished reading The Good Life by Chuck Colson and Harold Fickett. I don’t know who Fickett is, but Chuck Colson is remembered for the Born Again book written several years ago. I read it when it first came out, and figured he didn’t have much to say after that experience in his life – not many Christians do. Chuck, however, went on to write many other books having to do with Christianity.

Here then is an extraordinary Christian man, a man whom I admire for his varied ministries, one of which was a worldwide prison ministry. I would say this man qualifies as one of those who dared to do great exploits.

I highly recommend either of these two books for anyone seeking the deeper things of God.

YBIC

Jim Towers

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Her Name Was Susan :: By Jim Towers

Susan was a former hippy who had spent her life in the San Francisco Bay area. Today when I met her, she was traveling around the country, even though she wore no shoes because her feet were severely burned; except for the toes, her feet were encased in bandages. The fronts of her feet were red with still-peeling skin. A few months ago, she had stepped onto some hot coals just below the surface of the sand on the beach where she was living. Someone had built a small fire and had just thrown some sand on it to extinguish the early morning fire, and had walked away from it.

I had stopped at the fast food restaurant to grab a bite, and there she sat near the front door. Her small, rolling suitcase was next to her, and her head was drooping with her straight, shoulder-length white hair hanging over her eyes.

Sensing something was wrong with her, I stopped and asked “are you alright? “No, I’m not,” she replied angrily. “I’ve been sitting here for two hours and no one will help me,” she scolded. Susan’s disheveled appearance was matched by her morbid and sour outlook on life, and who could blame her. Mankind had let her down.

As I proceeded to question her, it seems she was “lost,” having over-shot her destination which was Ft. Meyers, but ending up in North Naples.

With nothing better to do, I offered to drive her there. Anyway, it is my inclination to aid a person in distress.

As I drove, we conversed. I was able to share my faith with her as she listened quietly, saying nothing. Once we reached Ft. Meyers, I offered to buy her lunch, and she readily accepted. As we ate, she shared something about her life as a liberal. She had worked for Barbra Boxer and Nancy Pelosi; and although I take great issue with liberals, Susan was a human being first – a lost one – and I bit my tongue, refusing to talk politics.

After our meal, she asked, “You gave me a ride and bought me a meal – what makes you so kind to a total stranger?” I replied: Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” She demurred, and to this she answered, “The world would be a nicer place if everyone followed the Ten Commandments.”

The day before, I had seen a wheelchair-bound woman in her fifties. Having been stricken with Cerebral Palsy, she had been in a wheelchair since childhood and had begun working at a young age to help support her widowed mother. She was a Christmas bell ringer for the Salvation Army this season. As I stopped to make a small donation, I couldn’t help but notice the smile on her face. She was clean and neat, and her hair was combed nicely. Without a wrinkle, she had the appearance of a twenty-five-year-old. I asked if she was a Christian, and she answered in the affirmative.

The difference in these two women is that one had Jesus and the other didn’t.

Again, I was at a fast food restaurant sitting against the back wall of the dining area. As usual, I thanked God openly; and when I raised my head, I saw a woman a few feet away, facing me with a big smile of approval on her face at my thankfulness. Just then I realized that I had forgotten to get some napkins, and the dispenser was at the far end of the store. I had to pass my admirer on the way to retrieve some. The middle-aged woman stopped me as I approached to go by her table. “Sir, were you just now giving thanks for your food?” she asked. I replied that I had. “You seldom see that anymore,” she offered.

I responded, “I’m a Christian and should show thankfulness anywhere and at any time.”

“I’m a Christian too,” she offered, and it does me good to see someone unafraid to express their faith in public.”

Then she added, “When I woke up this morning, I asked God to show me a sign that there were still Christians who truly believed…. YOU, sir, are that sign. I was beginning to despair that I was the only one left who believed in God.”

By now I was realizing that just by showing gratitude to my maker I was at the same time blessing someone else.

I gave her my two-sided card and told her about Rapture Ready and Drop Zone Delta. At this, she became more intrigued. Upon standing on her feet, she gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. God had answered her prayer.

With evangelicals going off to save people in other countries, our own country and states and cities are a mission field – brimming with people without hope and in despair.

Insofar as books and movies are concerned:

There hasn’t been a good one of either in recent weeks that I’m aware of. I did however view The Diary of Anne Frank with Ben Kingsley portraying her father. It of course tells of the young Jewish girl who wrote of her experiences and thoughts in her diary at the time of the Nazi occupation. The story was visually graphic in capturing the terror and cruelty of deranged humanity wreaking havoc on the Jewish people. The writing was excellent, the lighting was right on, the music was good, and the editing was good as well. This thought-provoking, true-to-life movie will, I suppose, become a classic. It can be gotten at the public library.

I just finished reading When God Happens, a Christian book written by Angela Hunt and Bill Myers. It is a compilation of stories told of people who have experienced a supernatural miracle in their lives. It’s surprising to me how few Christians (except for those seeking recognition) have allegedly had like experiences.

P.S. Tune in to fbcn.org live streaming on the internet for Bible-based sermons by Pastor Hayes Wicker at 9:30 EST each Sunday morning.

YBIC

Jim Towers

You can reach me at  jt.filmmaker@yahoo.com   www.theprophesiesmovieandbook.com and  dropzonedelta.com