Saturday, January 26, 2008

Good morning and Happy Saturday to all of you. :) I'm spending my day working on copyedits for The Kingdom of the Occult, so please pray.

On a lighter note, my niece, Amber, sent me this little observation on marriage that I thought you might enjoy. As most of us know, marriage is hard work at times (but well worth it). I look at it as one of God's training programs . . . .


CROCHET DOLL

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They shared everything. They talked about everything. They kept no secrets from each other . . . except that the little old woman had a shoe-box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe-box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents.

"When we were to be married," she said, " my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was never to argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

"Darling," he said, "that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

"Oh," she said, "That's the money I made from selling the dolls."



:) Have a great day!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The conference was amazing (my word for the week). Thank you to all the wonderful people who took time out of their schedules to study the Word and say "hello". I am so honored to know you.

Friday and Saturday were very special days . . . .



Jesus, keep me near the Cross,
There a precious fountain,
Free to all a living stream,
Flows from Calvary's mountain.

In the Cross,
In the Cross,
Be my glory ever.
'Til my ransomed soul shall find,
Rest beyond the river.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Last night's program went great--thank you Frank! It's a gift to be able to share my thoughts on air.

Friday's almost here--can't wait for the conference. I hope some of you will be able to make it!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Just thought I'd let you know I will be on the Frank Pastore Show (KKLA) today at 5:30 pm for a short segment. It's always interesting talking to Frank. :)



CONFERENCE January 18 & 19 - For those of you in Southern California, I'm speaking at the Spiritual Perils in the Last Times Conference this weekend. You can read all about it here:


http://www.moriel.org/articles/notice_board/spiritual_perils_in_last_days.pdf

It's sponsored by Moriel Ministries (thank you! http://www.moriel.org/) and will be held at Fullerton College Campus Theatre, Fullerton, CA. My topics are Spiritual Warfare and Goddess Worship (Witchcraft/Wicca). Jackie Alnor (Apostasy Alert http://www.apostasyalert.org/) has done a phenomenal job of putting everything together. It should be a great time of fellowship--and it's FREE. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

This morning I was reading 1 Samuel 1 to my seven year old son, Justin, and it hit me in such a powerful way. I've always been touched by the story of Hannah and Samuel, but today, holding my little boy in my lap, I actually felt Hannah's loss in a new way. I couldn't imagine for a moment giving my son to temple priests and seeing him once a year just to bring him a little robe. The love and trust Hannah had in the Lord is truly awe-inspiring. I don't know that I will ever come close to it in my lifetime.

Yes, God rewarded her sacrifice with three more sons and two daughters, but she didn't know He would do that when she gave up her only son--her firstborn--after so many barren years. How she must have loved him, and how much more she loved the Lord to keep her promise to Him.

It is now 2008; centuries and a world away from Hannah and Samuel . . . and I see her sacrifice and feel her heart, and pray for that kind of love; a love born of a bone-deep trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

When I am alone,
When I am alone,
When I am alone,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Give me Jesus.



http://www.waltermartin.com/listening_library/Give_Me_Jesus.ram

Give me Jesus
(Recorded by my good friend Dwayna Litz)

Sunday, January 06, 2008


Joel Osteen Embraces Mormonism

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope 2008 started out well for you. Mine started out just fine until I discovered that positive-thinking preacher (and I use the term loosely) Joel Osteen stuck both feet and most of his legs in his mouth on Fox News with Chris Wallace (December 23, 2007). That's right, Rev. Osteen (and I use the title loosely) told America that he doesn't exactly know what Mormons teach (because he hasn't really thought about it) but he does know that Mitt Romney's Jesus is his Jesus:

WALLACE: And what about Mitt Romney? And I've got to ask you the question, because it is a question whether it should be or not in this campaign, is a Mormon a true Christian?

OSTEEN: Well, in my mind they are. Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his savior, and that's what I believe, so, you know, I'm not the one to judge the little details of it. So I believe they are.

And so, you know, Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me, and I don't think he would — anything would stop me from voting for him if that's what I felt like.

WALLACE: So, for instance, when people start talking about Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, and the golden tablets in upstate New York, and God assumes the shape of a man, do you not get hung up in those theological issues?

OSTEEN: I probably don't get hung up in them because I haven't really studied them or thought about them. And you know, I just try to let God be the judge of that. I mean, I don't know.

I certainly can't say that I agree with everything that I've heard about it, but from what I've heard from Mitt, when he says that Christ is his savior, to me that's a common bond.

Men like Joel Osteen will have a great deal to answer for in the end (as will all of us) but his ignorance on the nature of Jesus Christ is appalling in a Christian--let alone someone who claims the title of "pastor"--and his deliberate refusal to defend the faith is nothing less than cowardice.

Let's take a closer look at the Jesus Joel Osteen believes in--by his own admission--the same Jesus of the Mormons:

- Mormonism teaches that Jesus was not conceived by the Holy Spirit . . . just a "little detail" that Joel Osteen hasn't thought much about.

- Mormonism teaches that Jesus and Satan are brothers . . . another little detail Rev. Osteen hasn't thought about.

- Mormonism teaches God is an exalted man who had physical sex with the Virgin Mary to produce Jesus . . . just another little detail missed by Rev. Osteen.

So, if we take Osteen's remarks to their logical conclusions, than Joel Osteen is now a Mormon.

Mitt Romney's Jesus is Joel Osteen's Jesus.

Ridiculous?

This is what Rev. Joel Osteen claims is true.

"My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment." James 3:1

Osteen's foolish words on national television could endanger the souls of thousands who follow him, and he should be denounced for his cowardice and the incalculable damage he has just done to the body of Christ.

You can read more of Osteen's ramblings here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,318054,00.html

And if you don't agree with him, let Lakewood Church know:

info@joelosteen.com

I did.