As the Lord, my Boss, has directed, this will be my final post of 2019. Lord willing, my next post will be on January 5, 2020. Thank God for the greatest gift ever given (John 3:16-21; 2 Corinthians 9:15)! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all that are in Jesus Christ!
I never tire of hearing the Peanuts character, Linus, give the whole group the true meaning of Christmas by quoting Luke 2:8-14.1 Bottom line: Christ was born at 4-6 B.C. Bethlehem, Israel in fulfillment of God’s prophetic Word to save every Jew first and Gentile thereafter from our sins who would believe on Him (Isaiah 49:1-6, 52:13-53; Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:30-31; Acts 3:11-26; Romans 1:16-17)! Savior-Jesus; a savior is what all of mankind living in this spiritually cold, empty, dark, dead world filled with all manner of evil and increasing lawlessness is looking for at this hour. Thank God, He has already provided His own Son to be the world’s Savior so that we, who have believed in Him, live in the warmth of divine life, fullness of love, joy, peace, light and hope in Him (Ephesians 2:1-7)!
As a divinely called preacher of His “glad tidings” (Romans 10:14-15, NKJV), I also never tire of reminding scoffers in and outside of the churches that the delay in Christ’s return is tied first to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His promised punitive dealings with their descendants according to the flesh, the Jews. For a set time they are under judgment for their sins; not the least of which is rejecting their Anointed Savior-King, Jesus, at His first coming (Hosea 3, 5:8-6:3; Luke 19:41-44, 21:20-24). During this same period in God’s grace and mercy to save, He has given all men that will time to respond to the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) and how glad I am for this since if Christ had come while I was still in my sins, I would have been lost forever (2 Peter 3:1-9).
Thank you, Lord, for saving me from my sins--their guilt, shame and consequences which include the righteous experience of Your coming wrath and condemnation to Hell!
1 Watch the never to be out of date, A Charlie Brown Christmas to hear Linus’ recital; a television classic written and created in 1965 by the now departed, Charles Schulz,
who was unashamedly a Christian.
One of the saddest evil developments among many of Christianity since the first century is the form of it as a religion invented by men. I have had to contend with this powerless, manmade evil from my infancy in Christ and in accord with my calling, gifting and ministry from the Lord in over forty years of service; writing much about Babylon in this blog.1 Not only is corruption of and willful disobedience to God’s Word with confusion characteristic of it, but false piety ostensibly informed by Christian love and enforced submission to men as leaders acting in the flesh of whom Scripture is quite clear are not pleasing God (Romans 8:8). (Does God in Scripture really require unquestioned loyalty and obedience to disobedient leaders--2 Corinthians 1:23-24, 11:1-21; Galatians 1-2:16?)2
Leave it to children to show the way of God as even the Son of God affirmed they do in their natural behavior. In this edited 2011 post, I reference the Lord’s instruction of His pride and selfish ambition filled disciples using the naturally humble hearts of children as the example of impossible conversion apart from God’s supernatural work their own hearts would need to enter the Kingdom. Such genuine humility of heart is characteristic of a man converted through the new birth of biblical Christianity. Too, like a child’s heart displayed by the children around Dale Ostrander who prayed for him as he drowned, a converted heart is willing to believe God--not as the religious who eloquently pray out loud, but act in their own power to accomplish their will (Matthew 23:14).
This Thanksgiving I am grateful for the children who remind us of what biblical Christianity is and the God of my salvation who makes it possible for me to walk it out in the authentic power of His Spirit; the life of an aspiring strong man of God in the image of Jesus Christ! Have a great Thanksgiving.
Originally Posted August 14, 2011
Speaking to men in Matthew 18:1-4, the Lord Jesus answered the question of His disciples, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven,” (NKJV)? He referred them to a child and indicated unless these tough guys were to be converted and become like “little children” in humility and faith, they could not “enter” or be considered “the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” That’s a hard one for proud men to swallow. But this past week the news was filled with a miracle story that verifies the humble and trusting heart of a child is great before and honored by God.
Dale Ostrander was on a beach outing with his youth group in Long Beach, WA. He got sucked under by a rip tide and pulled out over a hundred yards from shore. Another youth, Nicole Kissel, tried to help him back, but when she turned, Dale was gone. Rescuers searched for over 20 minutes for what surely would be and was the drowned, lifeless body of Dale. But while the rescuers were on their way and during their search for Dale, on their faces in the sand weeping and calling on the name of the Lord were members of Dale’s youth group. These children not only believed that God could save their fellow youth, but passionately asked Him to do so with the humble, trusting hearts of children. And what was the result?
Even the most cynical of newscasters throughout the TV News media called Dale’s return to life “a miracle.” But not only did Dale come back to life, he is expected to recover.3 God is receiving glory all over the planet because some kids had the audacity, humility and faith to believe God can do anything! In my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics,4 I tell men in order to receive its contents they must have the heart of a child as Jesus teaches in Matthew 18:1-4. The Dale Ostrander August 2011 return to life on the prayers of children is overwhelming evidence of the blessings and benefits of why. To God be the glory and thank you children for reminding proud, self-reliant adults and men--religious or otherwise--in particular, of the heart that pleases God!
1 See for example, my August 23, 2015 post, Babylon Is Falling, under the category, Bible Prophecy and August 21-28, 2016 two-part, Christianity The Religion Of Men,
under the category, Instruction.
2 Protestants certainly cannot believe this without hypocrisy since our whole existence is a repudiation of corrupt 16th century Catholicism and its leaders famously galva-
nized by heralded reformer, Martin Luther--a Catholic priest!
3 Dale Ostrander lives today and continues a progressive recovery from certain death.
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