Judgment is imminent!

by the Mad Preacher

A few weeks ago I posted on my You Tube page a video entitled, There is no such thing as a true atheist.” Atheists came out of the woodwork. Many of them just attacked me while others wanted to debate with me. This I refused to do even although it some of them more angry.

I try to stick to Paul’s formula when to sharing the Gospel. “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2)

This is a response to one’s commit stating that he doesn’t believe there’s a god because there is none.

I can say that I don’t believe in something, but my non-belief doesn’t make it a fact. I didn’t make these videos to spark off a big debate or make atheists angry with me. I posted them for one reason, and only one reason, to give me an opportunity to tell you about Jesus and the life changing effect that he had on me and on the lives of multimillions of others who embraced Him as their Lord and Savior. I’m a man in a burning house. There is only one door, only one way out of the blazing inferno, and I’m desperately trying to direct everyone to that door. Jesus said, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, will be saved.” (John 10:9)

Jesus said, “… this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) My friend, Jesus’ words are ringing true today. The gospel (good news) is being broadcast all over the world. It carries the message about Jesus and the free salvation he offers and this message is touching people all over God’s creation. At judgementthis very moment, through TV, radio, the Internet and many other venues this gospel of the kingdom is being preached everywhere. Jesus said that when you see this taking place the end of all things is near. In other words, judgment is imminent!

So, I’m still running around the burning house begging people to come through that the Door, the only door out. I’m talking with God about you. I’m asking that He will break through that wall that you have built around heart in order to show you the light of truth and then to show you the overwhelming love that He has for you.

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The Brick

by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

A young, successful executive was nearly flying down a neighborhood street in his new Jaguar. He was doing his best to watch for the possibility of some kid darting out from between parked cars. He slowed down whenever his eye caught any kind of movementbrick around the cars.

As he drove along, he could see no sign of children. So, he reached over to adjust the volume on his car stereo system. Suddenly, WHAM!!! A brick smashed into the Jag’s passenger door! The tires screamed their disapproval as he slammed on the brakes. The executive gripped the wheel, turning a hard left as it skidded toward a parked car. His travel mug flew out of the cup holder spraying hot coffee all over the car’s interior and his lap. He screamed as the steaming liquid coated the tender skin underneath his trousers. Finally, the car came to a screeching halt just inches away from the fender of the parked car.

He threw the Jag into reverse and backed up to the spot where the brick collided with his car. He then leaped out of the car and saw a lad of about ten standing in the street. “Did you throw something at my car?!” he roared. Without waiting for a response, he grabbed the small boy and pushed him up against a parked car. “Who are you, and why did you do that?!” he demanded. The boy said nothing but only looked back at the executive with huge tear-filled eyes.

The lad’s silence only made the man angrier. “Listen here, you…you little brat! Don’t you know that this is a brand new car? I just got it!” Gripping the boy’s small arm tightly, he looked around and spied the brick in the street. “This brick,” he waved it in the kid’s face. “is going to cost you a lot of money. Why in the world did you do it?!!”

“Please, mister… please.” The boy pleaded. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt your car! I didn’t know what else to do! I threw the brick because no one else would stop!” Tears were beginning to flow from his eyes and drip from the boy’s chin as he pointed at what was behind the parked car.

“It’s my big brother,” he continued. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.” Sobbing, the boy pleaded, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair, mister? He’s hurt… and he’s just too heavy for me.”

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He gently lifted the young man back into the wheelchair, took out his coffee stained-handkerchief, wiped the scrapes and cuts and checked to see that he wasn’t injured badly. Satisfied, he then turned his attention to the little boy.

“Thank you, mister, and God bless you,” said the grateful little boy. The man stood speechless as he watched the little boy push his brother down the street, around the corner and then out of sight. It was a long walk back to his Jaguar…. a very long, slow walk.

The young exec never repaired the damage to his Jag’s door. The dent was a constant reminder for him to never speed through life so fast that someone had to throw a brick at him to get his attention.

“While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again,
but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.”
(Jeremiah 7:13)

Often God wants to speak to our hearts and points out someone with a great need. Everyone around us is a potential ministry opportunity. People are hurting. Some may need our help in a tangible way. Others may need an apt word of encouragement. Yet all too often, we don’t have the time, or maybe even don’t take the time, to be sensitive to God’s voice. That’s when He throws a brick at us.

It’s your choice: Slow down, listen―or wait for the brick.
A little girl who is hungry
Prays for something she can eat
A single mom doing all she can
Finds herself out on the street
Will we see their need and hear their cries
Look at our watch and just walk on by
Or will we stop and take the time
To be Jesus in their lives

We need to be lambs that roar
We need to be eagles that soar
We need to be salt
We need to be light
We need to be Jesus to the world

We need to take love into the streets
Be willing to turn the other cheek
We need to be strong
We need to be weak
We need to be Jesus
Jesus to the world

We can talk and talk about what is wrong
But that won’t change one thing at all
We must take God’s love where the hurting live
‘Cause that’s what Jesus did [1]

[1] Jesus To The World ¾ Writen by Eddie Carswell, Leonard Ahlstrom, and Russ Lee Recorded by Newsong on their album, Arise My Love: The Very Best Of Newsong ©1999 BMG Songs, Inc (Admin. by BMG Music Publishing) Lowery Music Company. Benson

Noah’s Hammer

by The Mad Preacher
noahs-ark-flood“Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what
time I will come to you.” — Jesus (Revelation 3:3) [1]

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. (2Peter 2:4-9)

When God told Noah to build the ark, probably the first thing he had to learn was how to balance his schedule. Noah’s days consisted of building the ark, providing for his family and, then, preaching during his time off. It must have been quite a challenge for Noah. However, God told him that he had a limited time to reach as many people as he could before the flood. Judgment was imminent and God, being the merciful God that he is, wanted to give everyone a chance to repent of their wickedness.

Now as long as the people around him could hear the sound of Noah’s hammer ringing out across the countryside there was still hope for them. There was still time for them to repent and be spared the impending deluge. However, Noah’s friends, neighbors, and extended family chose to ignore his warning and thus eventually faced the judgment of God.

Then it happened. The sound of Noah’s hammer ceased and soon his plea ceased as well. Noah gathered his little family and joined the animals in the ark. Next, and it’s important to note this, the Bible says that God himself closed the door to the Ark. Soon, the heavens opened and a torrential rain began to fall. The waters began to quickly rise higher and higher. In a little while all, except for eight souls huddled deep within the belly of the huge vessel, would be lost. Those outside of the Ark had no hope of salvation from the ascending waters.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7)

I wonder what it was like being in the ark with Noah when the rain began to beat against the ark. Did the downpour and rising waters smother all other sounds outside the ark? Or could Noah and his family hear the screams of those who had once mocked and laughed at Noah’s appeal. They had ignored his plea. Now, he could not respond to theirs. What do you think went through Noah’s family minds and hearts as God’s unbridled wrath fell on the earth that day?

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming
of the Son of Man.” — Jesus (Matthew 24:37)

God announced his coming judgment to Noah by saying, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever…” (Genesis 6:3) The same scripture holds true for today’s generation. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the end is coming soon. For once again the sound of Noah’s hammer is resounding throughout the land. You can hear it echoing in the events taking place around the world. You can hear it in the voice of God’s prophets and from others in his church. Judgment is imminent!

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)

The hands on that great cosmic clock called “time” are slowing down. Please don’t be like those in Noah’s day who ignored the warning. If you’ve never truly repented and made Jesus LORD of your life, please do so now. Soon, God Himself will close the door of repentance, and the Book of Life will be closed to new members. Then no one will be allowed to enter.

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:22-24)

God loves you, my friend. He doesn’t want you to… miss the boat. Give your life completely to Jesus. Repent of you past disobedience and ask him to forgive you of all of your sins. He will forgive you and accept you. God will then open the door of his heart to you. He will remove all of you sinfulness and give you his personal righteousness, or right standing. You’ll never be alone or have to feel guilt ridden ever again.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.(2 Peter 3:9)

Listen closely. Do you hear the sound of Noah’s hammer?

There will be a day
When we will be divided right and left
For those who know Him
And those who do not know
Those who know Him well
Will meet Him in the air Hallelujah
God is with us
Those who do not know
They will hear depart
I knew you not
For my friends you see
There will be a day when we’ll be counted
So know Him well, know Him well [2]

 

[1] Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture references are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

[2] People Get Ready, Jesus Is Comin’, written by Brian Ray and recorded by Crystal Lewis on her album, Beauty For Ashes, © 1996 Metro One (Admin. by Metro One, Inc.)

 

Bitterness-the Slow Suicide—The Hard Copy

by The Mad Preacher

PoisonBottleGet rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV)

It has been said, “To harbor bitterness toward someone is like swallowing poison and then waiting for that person to die.” It seems that we’re a society made up of angry people. If you doubt it, just take a drive in heavy traffic. At large we are one stressed-out generation filled with rage and eat up with bitterness.

We’re angry with friends, family, fellow employees, employers and at life in general. Many of us are even mad at ourselves and exasperated over the results of bad choices that we’ve made. We find ourselves echoing the words of David, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” (Psalm 51:3 NIV)

Boy, can I relate to those words!

We’re bitter over the way we’ve been treated by those around us. Incredibly, we expect, and even demand, justice from an unjust world! And then we become all bent out of shape when we don’t get it.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. But take heart!
I have overcome the world.”— Jesus (John.16:33 NIV)

We seem to forget these words of Jesus. The phrase he used was “In this world you will have trouble.” He didn’t say, “Maybe you will…” or, “There’s a good chance that you will …” No, he said that we can count on having trouble in the world. Why? It’s simple; the world is filled with those pesky little things called … people. And as you know, people are anything but perfect. They will frequently let you down, disappoint you, sadden you, lie to you and break promises. That’s just the fallen nature! There are times when they will downright run over you. Of this you can be sure, but what do you expect—perfection from imperfection?

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. (1Peter 4:12 NIV)

Considering this fact; why should we be hurt and embittered when someone rattles our cage? Hey, Jesus warned us. We have little control over the cards life deals us, but as Christians, we do have control over what we do with the cards we’re dealt. I personally know of people who have virtually sacrificed their entire lives on the altar of bitterness. They have surrendered their will to the ghastly power of animosity. Bitterness is a deadly cancer that eats away hope and peace. It’s a self-ingested poison that destroys homes, marriages and devastates churches.

In Acts 8 Peter told Simon the Sorcerer when he offered to pay for the ability to lay hands on people and have them receive the Holy Spirit, “For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” (vs. 23 NIV)

Bitterness is a slow suicide lying to waste potential greatness in the Kingdom of God. It’s one of the ugliest forms of pride and is a slap in the face of the One who, “was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7 NIV) It’s little wonder that God’s WORD admonishes us to “Get rid of all bitterness.”

And furthermore:

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” — Jesus (Mark 11:25 NIV)

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. (Luke 11:4 NIV)

“If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.’ – Jesus (Luke 17:4 NIV)

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13 NIV)

This bitterness you hide
It seeps into your soul
And it steals your joy
‘Til it’s all you know
Let it go

Will you forgive?
Will you forget?
Will you live what you know?
He left his rights
Will you leave yours?
You don’t understand it
Let it go *

*Let It Go by the Newsboys, from their album Take Me to Your Leader. Lyrics by Steve Taylor and Peter Furler. © 1996 Dawn Treader Music (SESAC) / Warner Alliance Music / Soylent Tunes (ASCAP), Dawn Treader Music admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing. Warner Alliance Music / Soylent Tunes admin. by I.C.G.

God is not surprised by anything that happens. He is Sovereign Lord of the universe. He needs no “Plan B” to fall back on. With him it’s always “Plan A”. This has been such a source of peace for me ever since God revealed this truth to me. He is in complete control over everything in my existence. He knew all the messes I would make of my life, and He also had the plan to get me back on course and make me the man He wanted me to be. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14)