Perilous Times Shall Come

It’s not hard to see that our nation is in chaos. It can be depressing and downright frightening to tune into the news these days. Common sense has been thrown out the window. What’s right is called wrong, and what’s wrong is called right. Actions that are blatant sins are being dubbed by behavior experts as disorders or alternative lifestyles. Pleasure is the ruling god of the day and many times it’s obtained at the expense of the weakest and most vulnerable. The madness doesn’t stop here. Racial tensions and violence are at an all-time high. Our economy is at risk as well, with experts predicting gloom and doom. The federal government operates daily in a deficit of trillions of dollars, not to mention the national debt is also in the trillions. Politicians make promises knowing full well this economic disaster will take more than several lifetimes to correct. If all this isn’t enough to shake your faith, adding the threat of terrorism to the mix will make anyone cave in fear wondering what we and our loved ones will have to endure. America’s social, political, and economic foundations have been shaky for some time, but can it get any worse? According to II Tim 3:1, “…in the last days perilous times shall come.”

Perilous Times Shall Come

But what you see, good or bad, should never dictate your faith. If our eyes are on anything but Jesus, we will be discouraged in this hour. For those that are walking in covenant with Christ, this podcast episode should encourage you to “…look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). However, if there is any doubt about your relationship with Christ, or if you know for a fact you have no relationship with Jesus, then take this as a warning. Stop playing games and get serious with God because time is running out!


015: What Do I Do With What I Have?

We are such a blessed, or better yet, spoiled people. We take for granted God’s provision of basic necessities like food, clothing, and shelter, not to mention all the materialistic stuff that we think we can’t live without. God blesses us with so many things, and maybe we utilize them and are satisfied for a short time, but not for long. We want the latest and greatest that’s available. We crave newer, nicer, faster, better! The same could be said for our spiritual experience. We claim we want more of God; we want to draw closer to Him; we want revival! It all sounds good. We all should hunger to be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19), but why? God’s Holy Spirit doesn’t reside in us to make us look better, feel better, or fit in better. Neither does He come to make our church the most exciting or entertaining around. Whatever we ask of God, if it’s not to bring glory to His Name that souls be saved, that the Kingdom of Heaven be blessed, then why? We need to examine our hearts and motives so that we are found faithful, good stewards with what God has blessed us with, including spiritual blessings. All the preaching and teaching, all the praise and worship, the outpourings, the healings, the deliverances, it all must be focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Hopefully, this podcast episode about the demon possessed man in Mark 5 will challenge you to do what you can to spread the gospel of Christ. No more excuses! Just do what you can with what you have!

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But Do I Really Mean It?


Yes Lord


We sing a song in our church titled “Yes, Lord, Yes” (written by Lynn Keesecker). The chorus goes like this:

I’ll say yes, Lord, yes
To your will and to your way
I’ll say yes, Lord, yes
I will trust you and obey
When your Spirit speaks to me
With my whole heart I’ll agree
And my answer will be yes, Lord, yes

It’s a wonderful chorus—but much easier to sing than to live out!

There are some key occurrences in Scripture where someone replied to Jesus with “yes, Lord”,  but what exactly were they saying yes to? I want to share with you 4 thoughts on saying yes to Jesus.



“She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

– John 11:27 KJV

This deals with the PERSON of Christ.

In this text we are witnessing the conversation between Martha and Jesus after her brother has died. He asks her to believe that He is the resurrection and the life even in the wake of her brother’s death. Her response? “Yes, Lord: I believe…”

Believe what?

This is the foundation of any relationship with Christ. Do we truly believe that He is both Lord and Savior? Do we believe everything the Bible says about Him? We must respond with, “Yes, Lord”.



“And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.”

– Mat 9:27-28 KJV

Now we move to the POWER of Christ.

Here two blind men followed Him asking for mercy. What was the prerequisite for their healing? “Do you believe that I can?”

Do we believe He has all power to work in our lives? Do we believe He can handle the problems and circumstances we find ourselves in? Maybe more importantly, are we willing to trust Him with our needs?



“Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.”

– Mat 13:51 KJV

This brings us to the PURPOSE of Christ.

What do I mean by purpose? I mean the will of God. What is His will for me personally? Jesus has a perfectly planned will for my life. The question is do I trust His will? Do I truly believe that He knows best?



“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

– Jhn 21:15-17 KJV

Now we conclude with the PRIORITY of Christ.

What is Christ’s priority for you? I can tell you–to love Him with all you heart, soul, mind, & strength.

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.”

– Mark 12:30 KJV

Do you love the Lord more than anything else? Is He the priority of your life? The true essence of love isn’t a feeling–it’s an action verb! It’s a choice we make! Jesus made a choice to love us, to die for us, and to take care of us, even while we were sinners! Will you choose to love Him today? Right now?

Say: “Yes, Lord…


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5 Facts About Heaven

And why you need to know them!

Do you ever wonder what Heaven must be like? I know we like to think about streets of gold, gates of pearl, and great mansions, but do we consider anything beyond that? We do get glimpses of this place called Heaven scattered throughout the Bible. Let’s look at 5 aspects of Heaven according to Scripture.

Road To Heaven

1 For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in [this] tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
– 2Co 5:1-4 KJV

The Bible is very adamant about realizing this world is not our home. We are pilgrims in this earth. Heaven is a place of everlasting life! That’s the great promise of salvation through Jesus Christ! We are on this earth for a limited period of time. Our life is only a vapor that appears for a short time then vanishes away.



30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
– 1Co 1:30 KJV

21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
– 2Co 5:21 KJV

Here we have a great deal standing in the way of becoming righteous. Most everything around us leads us in a path of unrighteousness! But there, all is righteousness because everything exists in Christ.

The verses above show us that Jesus is our righteousness. In Heaven, we will enter into unhindered fellowship with God Himself and He is that righteousness!


10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
– Mat 5:10-12 KJV

We are an instant gratification society. If it doesn’t happen now, we tend to move on to something else. It can get discouraging to see so little return for your labor. But always remember, your true reward as a Christian comes when you see Him face to face!

The real reward is there not here! It’s also not the material things of life! God Himself is our greatest reward! Hear what God said to Abraham:

1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.
– Gen 15:1 KJV


In Heaven, we are going to find rest from the struggle of sin and satan.

28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
– Mat 11:28-29 KJV

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
– Rev 14:13 KJV

1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it]. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh [day] on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this [place] again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
– Heb 4:1-11 KJV

Rest! Doesn’t that sound wonderful? We enjoy very little rest in this life. There’s always something running us to near exhaustion! I can’t wait to enter into that eternal rest!


One of the key characteristics of Heaven is the full attention that is placed upon Jesus Christ. He’s not a good man, a good prophet, or a son of God. He’s God, Lord, Savior, The Almighty, and He’s the only name under which you can enter His heaven!

23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
– Isa 45:23 KJV
11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
– Rom 14:11 KJV
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
– Phl 2:10 KJV

Are you ready for Heaven? The ONLY way you can be is to serve Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior. Surrender to Him today!

If you are living for Christ, be encouraged! One day (could be very soon) we’re going discover that it has been worth it all to be with Him forever!

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014: Where It All Went Wrong

Whether you’ve been saved for many years or just starting your walk with Christ, we all can become distracted from God’s truth. Have you ever been tempted to participate in something you know is not Christ-like? Temptations are everywhere, coming at us from all points in our life, even from the “Christian” culture. It’s so easy to let our guard down when everyone else is partaking, including fellow Christians. Just one look, one taste, one time! One minute won’t hurt! Or will it? Don’t be fooled by the devil’s devices! When God gives you a word, and convicts your heart, obey to the very end. Recall the story of the Man of God and the old prophet in I Kings chapter 13. As you listen to this podcast episode realize just what can happen if we relax our walk with Christ.

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Count It All Joy

Part 2

What are you doing, God? This is not what I asked for!

What do we expect to happen when we ask God to bless our life?  Lord, take my life and use me, draw me closer to You, make me more like Jesus!  Does this prayer sound familiar?  When we ask God for spiritual blessings, we expect to get “good” things, not troubles and trials. Right? It is just human nature to want to feel good and avoid pain or discomfort. However, according to Isaiah 55:9, God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. What we think is good and what God sees as beneficial for us are two different things.  Although puzzling, many times God does exactly the opposite of what our finite human mind conceives should be. This is the Paradox of God’s Path. Our strength is made perfect in weakness! To live is to die! To lose our life is to save it!  Jesus is a master at making something out of nothing. So count it all joy no matter what you are facing, and rest assured knowing that God is at work. Each trial you joyfully go through brings your life one step closer to reflecting the image of Christ! 

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My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations [trials]; 

 – James 1:2

The flesh resists God!

Each of us (that have been born-again) is made up of two people: the old flesh man and the new spirit man. Depending on which man you feed and strengthen, the louder voice will be heard, and ultimately obeyed.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Romans 6:6

If not crucified, the old man challenges God’s motives, and will selfishly resist any discomfort. On the other hand, the new man submits to God and will recognize the eternal benefits of enduring troubles and trials far outweighs the costs of any temporary discomfort or pain.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory:

-II Corinthians 4:17

Even Christ “though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). If Jesus suffered, should we expect anything less for our life? All the while we are struggling with that old nature, God wants to bring us to the point that we silence the old man, stop questioning God’s motives, and completely trust Him with our lives. Although our human frailty may not understand it, God wants to transform our flesh nature into the image of His dear Son, Jesus. This can only come through chastening, trials, and battles, so count it all joy!

Has God forsaken me?

Has your life ever gotten so out of control with turmoil and pain that you think God has abandoned you? David, battled with these same concerns in Psalm 13:1, as well as Job in Job 13:24. Both men cried out to God, wondering where He was, doubting why He wasn’t rescuing them. Yet both these men overcame their doubts and chose to trust this same God they questioned. David relents “but I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation” (Psalm 13:5). Job declared “though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” (Job 13:15). When tested with trials, our human side cries out, “Where are you, God?” Thinking we’ve been betrayed, we build a wall up between us and the only one that can help us. However, before we can experience true joy, we must tear down this wall of betrayal between us and God. On the cross Jesus cried out in despair “why hast thou forsaken me?” Yet He chose to willingly submit His life to God, and now Jesus is ruling and reigning at the right hand of His Father. As children of God, though we may suffer as Jesus did, we will never be neglected, but have been promised an eternal inheritance with Christ!

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

-Romans 8:17-18

When we feel like giving up or giving in, we can take refuge in God’s promises. We can actually get excited in knowing God is working, and has a purpose for each trial. Be encouraged that our temporary sufferings on this earth will seem so insignificant when we finally see Jesus face to face. Through all the despair we can cling to the promise “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

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013: A Father’s Promise

Living in such a materialistic society, we’ve become so spoiled it’s hard to distinguish between what’s really a need and what’s really a want. We spend so much time and energy amassing things: building a little kingdom for ourselves here on earth. We say we trust God’s provision to meet our needs, yet we still stress and worry needlessly over acquiring possessions that bring us fleeting moments of pleasure.  We make plans and pursue dreams that in the end amount to nothing.   Like most kids, we thoughtlessly ask our Heavenly Father for things, with no regard for His will on the matter. Similar to a vending machine, we pop in a prayer and expect God to give us stuff in return. However, if we could just get a glimpse of His eternal plan, all these requests would pale in comparison with what God really wants for us. In fact, the Bible tells us in Luke 12:32 that our Heavenly Father takes pleasure in giving us, not just earthly things, but His Kingdom. Whatever we ask of God always falls short of what God wants for us. God already knows what we need before we ask; He’s more interested in our motives for asking. If earthly treasures are leaving you unsatisfied, then tune in to this podcast episode and take a look at what God wants for you right now and what He has promised for you in the future. Be reassured that your Heavenly Father’s eternal promises will never fail!

A Fathers Promise


Part 1

Why is this happening to me?  What did I do to deserve this?

Often these are the questions that come to mind when faced with adversity. Consumed with resentment and self-pity, we resist God and think He is punishing us for something we did or didn’t do. However, as blood bought children of God, according to James 1:2, we should embrace trials with joy, not doubts and questions.   How can troubles and trials that cause heartache and pain bring joy to our life? Before we can answer this question, we must understand joy. What is joy? Where does it come from?

Count It All Joy

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations [trials]; 

 – James 1:2

 Joy is not happiness.

Although used interchangeably in our society, joy and happiness mean totally different things.  Happiness is temporary and depends entirely on our circumstances and feelings. We are happy when we feel good and things are going well for us. Trials do not make us happy!  The joy of the Lord, on the other hand, is eternal and supersedes circumstances because it is nurtured by God Himself. Joy is not only available during a trial, but is also enriched by each trial. Regardless of our struggles, God remains the very source and object of true joy! God delivers joy to meet our needs, but He also becomes our joy.  Jesus faced the epitome of all trials, “…endured the cross, despising the shame.”  Hebrews 12:2 tells us, and He did it all “… for the joy that was set before Him.”

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

– Hebrews 12:2-3

Certainly, Jesus was not happy when forsaken by family and friends.  He was not happy when he was unjustly treated like a criminal and brutally tortured. If the source of Jesus’ strength had been anything less than the pure joy of the Lord, He would have protested while His body convulsed with pain under the load of the cross. Instead, He declared to God in Luke 22:42, “…not my will, but thine, be done;” Jesus was not relying on happiness, but something much more substantial­—the joy of the Lord. If Jesus could take joy in suffering on a cross, then “…consider him…lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Surely we can take joy in whatever trial we must face on this earth. Whatever evil is committed against us, if family and friends forsake us, when all earthly pleasures fail us, we can still have the joy of the Lord!


God has a purpose for each trial.

God is omnipresent: everywhere, watching over my life and your life.  God is omnipotent: all powerful, able to start and stop any trial we are facing.  Everything that occurs in our lives must pass through our Heavenly Father first. Even the devil, and all his devices, is subject to God’s authority.

Many times He allows things to happen to us for our own good, but why?  What good can come out of this cancer diagnosis?  How can this family crisis draw me closer to God? What is God going to do through this financial crisis? How is God going to work this mess out?

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

– James 1:3-4

Depending on how we react to the situation, every trial we face is a unique opportunity to allow God to work in our lives.  We know from James 1:3-4, if we face the trial with joy, then patience will follow.  Patience is the ability or strength to withstand discomfort, pain, stress, or any adverse condition without complaint, annoyance, or loss of temper.

Ultimately, through all of this, our lives will mature and develop to the point that we lack nothing.  With each trial, we become more, and more like Christ!

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

– Hebrews 12:6-11

If you find yourself bombarded with one crisis after another, take heart  and rejoice in knowing that trials are a confirmation that we are, in fact, God’s children, “…if ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons…” (Hebrews 12:7). As a loving father corrects and guides his children, God chastens us for our own good so  “…that we might be partakers of His holiness…” (Hebrews 12:10).  Therefore, trials provide a framework for God to mold and make us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.  If we endure a trial, according to Hebrews 12:10-11, not only will we be partakers of Christ’s holiness, but the trial will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness.  This is the ultimate goal!


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012: The Money Trail

Even at best, our human nature is to be selfish! Starting at birth, we learn how to get what we want, when we want it. Parents rush about to pacify their little one before the baby’s whimpering erupts into wailing. In the flesh, we learn to “love” others for what they do for us. If we are not careful this same perversion of love can infect our walk with God. Certainly, if you know Jesus as Savior, then you’ll agree we love Him for being the sacrifice for our sin to save us from eternal separation from God. However, we would be less than truthful, if we claim our love only focuses on the eternal benefits of this relationship. We love God for all His many blessings, including those fleeting, temporary things that only satisfy our flesh and make us comfortable. But what if God withheld these earthly blessings? What if, short of our salvation, God never did another thing for us on this earth? If His protection lifted, if divine healing ceased, if financial provision halted, if all the pleasures we enjoy and take for granted each and every day were gone, would we still be committed to Christ? Or would we be tempted to sell out to the world for all eternity in exchange for a moment of pleasure? If you are wondering about your commitment to Jesus, then stay tuned to this podcast. This refreshing insight into the story of Judas Iscariot and his betrayal will challenge you to examine your motives for serving Christ.

The Money Trail