Jesus Hired Fishermen And The Church Hires Celebrities – The 21st Century Impotent Church – By Thomas Koester

I think what has actually occurred these past few years is that God has pulled back the curtains. He has done this to show us all how evil our Nation has become, and how perverse our political and corporate leaders actually are on both sides of the political spectrum. God has shined the light on you and me too, to convict us of our own personal wickedness and unfaithfulness.

We should not expect God to bless America until we turn from our personal, corporate, and national sins.

What can the Righteous do when it’s the “Righteous” that are practicing unrighteousness?

It is not the unbeliever or the pagan that is to set the moral standard, but the believer. When a nation loses its moral standing, it is not the fault of unbelievers, NO! We, God’s people, bear the responsibility before God and the country.

The Church has failed to honor Jesus’ Great Commission. It’s the Gospel of the Kingdom, which changes the hearts of men and women, and which preserves a nation. The prosperity gospel, “Christian fads,” Christian this, and Christian that, heavenizing everything we touch is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s conformity to the world standards, and unfaithfulness to Christ Jesus, which has neutralized and besmirched our testimony and witness.

We were supposed to take on the same attitude and humility of Christ Jesus. We were supposed to do the good deeds of Jesus, and even surpass them because he has gone to the Father. We were supposed to be filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered with God’s grace to move mountains and to bring Good News. But instead, we built buildings and hid behind walls and stained glass windows.

Jesus hired fishermen, and the Church hires celebrities and the mighty. We’ve become the Church Impotent of the 21st Century. Let me repeat that:

We have become the Church Impotent, not the Church Important of the 21st Century. If we had been the Important Church, our culture, society, and politics would be reflective of righteousness, fairness, and justice.

Amos 5:23-27

23-24 “I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image-making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.”

25-27 “Didn’t you, dear family of Israel, worship me faithfully for forty years in the wilderness, bringing the sacrifices and offerings I commanded? How is it you’ve stooped to dragging gimcrack statues of your so-called rulers around, hauling the cheap images of all your star-gods here and there? Since you like them so much, you can take them with you when I drive you into exile beyond Damascus.” God’s Message, God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”

Do you see what happens when we make our Kings our idols [president], and Hollywood type stars our religious gods [pastors, prophets, and priests]?

Tens of thousands of people, families, and businesses have left oppressive governors and states. To where will you go under a Biden/Harris administration? Beyond Damascus?

We have long since abdicated our religious duties and responsibilities to the State, and the State has willingly taken the place of the Church in society.

Authority in a vacuum is always replaced with another authority. In this case, the “New Authority” will not rule according to the Church’s values or ethics. We gave it up willingly for a 501-C3 tax break!

Judgment always begins with the House of God. And, my dear brothers and sisters, this is not the kind of judgment that a rapture will save you from. We did this, and it’s our robes which we have soiled.

Prepare for a season of purification and trials. Not to destroy us, but to bring us back to God that we may take our place in this age and the age to come. That we may once again be the Light and Salt of the earth. That we may preach the true Gospel of the Kingdom, which is actually the real Good News, which the world needs and yearns for. That we may make true disciples.

Turn back to God Churchgoer. Repent Pastor, prophet, and priest. Pour out your lament for yours and our sins. Put ash upon our own heads, and pray that God will grant all of us contrite hearts and godly repentance.

The Rise of Fakers & Thieves vs The People of Faith & Freedom -By Thomas Koester

“If our God, whom we honor, can save us from a blazing furnace and from your power, he will, Your Majesty. But if he doesn’t, you should know, Your Majesty, we’ll never honor your gods or worship the gold statue that you set up.” Daniel 3:17-18

Let this New Year be a year whereby all believers everywhere honor God and His Word. We must resist men who threaten to seize control over our lives and who are progressively replacing the God in whom we worship, with false gods and ideologies increasingly infesting our sacred institutions.

We will never bow to a false president, nor accept fraudulent elections. We will not honor any decrees which dishonors God or the sanctity of life. We will never worship government or live by every word from the mouth of Washington DC.

We refuse to listen to fakers and thieves, whether in Church or government.

So, even if our God delays, our most sincere prayers and longing for a New Heaven and a New Earth, we’ll never honor false gods, or fake news broadcasts, nor will we honor their czar-gods, or worship “the golden programing” they continue to force us to watch.

Why? Because the Church will be too busy caring for the lost and reaching them in the four corners of this darkening world.

Rise up Oh Bride of Christ, your finest hour has dawned this New Year’s Day and our window of opportunity to exploit the last rays of freedom’s daylight is closing. Otherwise the day of our persecution and times of trouble spoken about in the Scriptures will soon provide the contrast which should have been there all along.

Our listening to glorious Sunday morning messages, talk radio; Christian-branding and marketing of worldly delights has forfeited the grace and culture that could have been ours. We’ve lost our Nation not because of our adherence to our Christianity, but because we did not preach it’s redemptive messages outside of our pretty Church buildings and corporate structures.

We’re loosing our Nation not because we’ve not read enough Christian authors, or followed each crazed Christian fad, but rather because we chose passivity and embellished ourselves on “Turkish Delights” of Worldliness, and gazed too long at the bewitchment of the Queen of Goodies and new Technologies. (For which, I too am guilty).

Because we used our freedom to form and fashion false gods of tolerance, gods of laughs and giggles; thumbs up and “Likes” to our sins and compromises. So we branded our Golden Calf with the name “Yahweh” to ease our guilty consciences and silence the voice of God’s whispering Holy Spirit of repentance.

Our Nation’s ruin is not our failed politics, or lack of political might, but rather our refusal to preach the Gospel of a better order, and of an eternal and expanding Kingdom. A Kingdom led by the King of kings, Lord of lords and the Presidents of presidents, that is Jesus Christ, The Righteousness of God!

But there is still Hope. And, the God of all hopes dwells within you. The time is NOW to declare the Hope which is inside of you. For how can it be hope unless you speak it out to the hopeless and the hope-lost?

Put down the false gods of our age, apnd thus brighten the future of America. Our freedom was won by people whose God is the Lord of Life and Freedom.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed! John 8:36

Heaven Is For Real – By Thomas Koester

If you’re not living as though heaven is for real then you’re not prepared to live there.

“Nobody gets too much heaven no more It’s much harder to come by
I’m waiting in line
Nobody gets too much love anymore
It’s as high as a mountain
And harder to climb…”

(Songwriter(s): Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb) Recorded: July 1978

We’ve got to stop playing into the hands of Unbelievers and Utopians, by joining them in bringing heaven to earth. It’s our job as believers to bring people to heaven and living a lifestyle that points the way.

Heaven is our destination, which makes us sojourners and not settlers while hear on earth.

The old saying:

“Don’t be too Heavenly minded or you’ll be no earthly good.”

That is a lie!

Being Heavenly minded is how we avoid becoming too worldly, and so becoming ineffective on earth.

We lead people towards God because of the amazing hope of heaven within us.

Colossians 3:1-2

Living the New Life

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”

Hmm, “…realities of heaven,” I like that! Heaven is a reality; it’s for real, or have you forgotten?

“Nobody gets too much heaven no more,” is because our worldly goals and comforts has replaced our heavenly destination. Jesus spoke of a present Heavenly Kingdom, which is hear, now and already within us who believe.

We’ve just forgotten it.

Heaven is both our prize and reward, which is barely spoken about or herald from pulpits. Doesn’t truly loving God mean that we have a longing to be with Him; to be where our Lover and Redeemer dwells?

We’ve trivialized what it truly means to “love the Lord thy God,” and turned love into an impossible feat, making real love as unreachable “as a high mountain” that has become “too hard to climb.”

No heaven and no love no more is making our world into a hellish place, whereby, more and more people want off earth, but in the wrong way, and in the wrong direction.

Why are so many “broken people” willing to take as many people to hell with them as possible?

Why would John Lennon pen the famous lyrics…

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky…”

…which is an atheist’s Anthem?

This song, as popular as it is, is not directing people to a place of world peace, it’s directing people straight to hell, all during a nice tune and sweet melody.

According to Ecclesiastes 3:11, We were created with “eternity written on our hearts.” We can’t fathom “only sky.” We have souls fitted for eternity.

Where are the Holy People of God who are to lead the lost and hopeless to the love of God and the only pathway to heaven, which is Jesus Christ?

If you’re not living as though heaven is for real then you’re not prepared to live there. If you’re not loving God for real then you’re making love impossible.

God’s love is real, and so Heaven is real too!

Matter of fact, heaven is so real that God sent his only Son, in the form of a baby, to make a way for you and I to enter heaven.

Before Jesus gave up his last breath, he said to the thief, hanging on his own cross next to him:

“…This day, you will be with me in Paradise.”

This Christmas, remember that Jesus was born, so that you too may be with him in heaven. The thief on the cross recognized Jesus’s innocence, and in so doing, believed that Jesus is the Christ.

I hope you too will believe.

Heven is for real because Jesus Christ, as the One and only Son of God, is real.

Real Hope to A Hopeless America – By Thomas Koester

The hope that is in every believer is real hope for a hopeless America.

We need to find our place in His Story, so that we can leave our mark in history.

The Nazi-Socialist and their sick eugenics are alive and well in America. Their aim is a “perfect society” through science and political power.

Abortion was originally, according to Margret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, a form of “depopulating the blacks from society.” Just like the Nazis dehumanized Jews, Gays, Gypsies, and Christians, Margret Sanger, and her “Planned Parenthood” cohorts, have dehumanized the unborn, especially the unborn of color. Now, since its inception, abortion has killed nearly 60 million unborn just in America alone.

You see, dictatorial and tyrannical control requires a manageable population. This is not only about the numbers of humans, but also the dollars it takes to manage them. Coronavirus is partially about the killing off, or shall I saw more humanely, euthanizing the elderly and the weakest among us. In addition, the killing off of businesses, and creating general economic ruin, and causing melee in our cities and towns.

This is being done to usher in a New Economic Order that will require efficiency and dependence.

Efficiency, that is, a more manageable populace, and a more weakened people lowers the possibility of uncontrollable revolt. This is why patriotism and those patriotic institutions we all love must go. This is why “The good ole American way,” has been under assault. This is why football, baseball, basketball, and soccer have been ruined, and our American Flag and our National Anthem desecrated. Everything that makes us America has been slowly canceled and removed in order to take away our identity and patriotism.

All of this is not new. It’s how every great nation before us has fallen. The Coronavirus is simply the mechanism being used to take away all of our freedoms and liberties. It is being used to divide us and subjugate us to lawless mandates. The virus is also to preoccupy us, giving the Democratic Left cover for the grandest theft of all times, the Presidency of the United States, and to control all houses of government, both Federal and local.

These things are necessary in order to usher in the New World Order and the New Economy. Or, as the Globalists have renamed it, “The Great Reset.”

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, is hard to grasp, when we see so many bad actors in our government and news media outlets. So we have to remind ourselves daily, that this is foremost a spiritual battle, which has brazenly manifested itself in the world of men.

There is no question as to where this is all heading. Godly men and leaders, such as pastors, reverends, and priests no longer have the luxury of the status quo of a typical Sunday service or Mass. It’s time to raise up armies of intercessors, and train and equip God’s people in evangelism and spiritual warfare.

“It means buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, ’cause [America] is going bye-bye.”

If we want America to survive, the Church must become the standard-bearer once again. It must lead America back to God, or God will allow our nation to spit us out.

But remember, we’re the Church and our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Kingdom Gospel puts things in right order without the aid of political power. Matter of fact, the Church is most powerful under persecution.

When the Roman armies occupied First Century Israel and all of Palestine, did it deter Christianity, or did it propel it?

We know the answer — persecution became the Early Church’s rocket fuel and launched the Church into world evangelism.

“…And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14

We know what our mission is. It’s not to cower in fear or shirk our responsibility, or to proclaim that the rapture cometh. It is to stand fast, hold our ground; keep the faith, and to engage darkness with the might and power of the God of the Angel Armies. It is to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and unleash the power of the Gospel, that is, The Good News against the Bad News of World Socialism.

If we die, it’s gain. If we live, it’s Christ, the power of God unto salvation. Let’s show the World Jesus Christ. Let’s all become Jesus with skin on and hold fast to the attitude, humility, and power of Christ.

Whether we are free or in bondage, our job is to be the Church and Triumphant Bride of Christ.

Like you, I don’t want to disappoint Jesus when he returns. I want him to not only find faith on earth but to find a bright, beautiful, and radiant Bride.

So, come what may. The Devil and his minions will do their worst. The Church, we will do our best because we have the Spirit of Christ, the love for Truth, and have love for one another.

We will win because God has already won the victory in Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. The ending of the story has already been written. Just make sure that your names are written in the Lambs Book of Life, and all will go well.

We need to find our place in His Story, so that we can leave our mark in history.

The hope that is in every believer is real hope for a hopeless America.

The Empire Strikes Back – The Counter Attack of the American Media Complex – By Thomas Koester

The Enemy of The People

I wrote this four years ago, yet it reads as though I wrote it just yesterday…

The Failed American Media Complex will not go away quietly into the night.

Get ready for all types of media, including social media, print media, and including the alphabet soup networks to strike back against conservative talking outlets, and any outlet whereby free speech flourishes. More and more corporate owners of giant social media sites and network owners will increase the amount of filters against all dissenting voices and opinions. You may have noticed this happening during the recent presidential campaign.

The Media Complex has lost HUGE and has seriously failed the Leftest and Progressives movements. They’ll stop at nothing to correct the wrong they’ve done to the political left and to themselves. So get ready for them to strike back hard!

They’ve inadvertently caused the near extinction of liberalism through their arrogant and inaccurate polling and reporting. “Journalism is dead,” is not quite an accurate montra, rather fair and accurate journalism is beyond dead and beyond saving. We need a new resurrection of true unbiased journalism and fact based reporting. We need a new bread of journalistic watchmen, willing to report the news, rather than shaping and creating the news.

We need a journalistic renaissance to bridge between misreporting to accurately reporting news events, and to hold those in political power accountable to truth and action.

The Freedom of the Press must be free of all bias and ideologically driven journalists, or we’ll lose all other freedoms. I don’t think most people realize just how close we came to losing the Republic during this past election cycle!

Do not return to apathy and indifference. Keep observing and keep talking, and while you’re at it, learn about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States. Become informed, so that those controlling the media and your classrooms that want you to be uninformed, will be met with your intelligence and not your ignorance.

America is free, because of intelligent-free thinking and self-governing people. The “Useful idiots” (the uninformed) have already lost their freedoms, and are therefore more easily manipulated by “community organizers” and a Media Complex gone wild and unchecked!

Our Nation’s freedom was won by a handful of rebels against the largest and most powerful empire of its day. We too can win the battle against the Media Complex Empire – one network at a time! Starve them to death by listening to them no more.

This is our New American Revolution. You are The Resistance against The American Media Complex!

The Deconstructing of America – By Thomas Koester

The Left are experts in the use of disasters as a political and ideological wrecking ball.

We are witnessing the systematic tearing down of America, under the guise of a real virus, but a false pandemic.

The unfortunate and tragic death of George Floyd had been exploited before all the facts and evidence was considered. Tragically, a rush to judgment incited anger, hatred, division, and ultimately chaos and destruction. Both the virus and the needles death of George Floyd have impacted the economy and National morale, as well as force more and more people into governmental dependency.

Now, in addition to eliminating the bail system, the Socialist and Leftists want to take our guns away. Due to recent events, they want to defund and disband local police agencies. If that’s not enough, the Democrats want to suspend in-person voting just in time for the 2020 November elections.

Do you see? Mass shootings are the driving force to take away our guns. The pandemic is the driving force to fundamentally change the way we vote. The unfortunate death of George Floyd by several cops becomes the driving force to defund and disband the police.

If you look backward at many major events, you can connect the dots to the political agenda of the Left, into the near, and or, distant future. Their efficient use of disaster and calamity becomes breadcrumbs. Follow the breadcrumbs and they’ll lead you to their modus operandi. Each and every one of these historic events is politically abused and exploited to erode our freedoms and destroy the Constitution. The historic evidence is there. Matter of fact the historical evidence is there in any of the previously collapsed Nations.

Rahm Emanuel was the 23rd Chief of Staff serving President Obama and the 55th Mayor of Chicago. He is famous for making an interesting observation about natural or planned disasters:

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel

The Left’s tools of deconstructing America are the use of natural calamity or the creation of disaster to fundamentally change or destroy America. The Left are experts in the use of disasters as a political and ideological wrecking ball.

Honestly, and with all seriousness, if the Conservatives lose both Houses this November, including the White House, America as we know her is finished! This is not mere speculation, but a certainty. Current events are dress rehearsals for something much larger and more widespread.

Was George Floyd a marked-man? Or were the Left desperately waiting for a black American to be killed by a white cop? Whether this incident was happenstance or anticipated, one thing is sure, it was used for maximum effectiveness, and to provide cover for what’s really going on, as well as contribute to further economic ruin of businesses, towns and cities during a key election year.

If we don’t see and understand that everything which has been happening these past few years is intentional and coordinated; designed to corrupt and dismantle our freedoms and liberties, then prevention and recovery will be impossible, or very costly.

Just recently, in California, the Democratic controlled State Assembly has passed a law lowering the age of sexual consent to 14 years of age! I bet with all the pandemonium you hadn’t seen this in the news.

The time for indictments and arrests is now, tomorrow, next week or next month is too late. If these indictments and arrests do not happen before this November than it will never happen.

My hope is in God. He is, for those who trust him, our High Tower and Shield, but I fear for the millions of people that have no trust in God and remain unsaved. There will be a great shaking of America and the world. Nothing that we’ve recently experienced will even come close to the disaster on the horizon.

It reminds me of the Lord of The Rings, “The Tale of Two Towers.”

Evil, I’m afraid, is wakening and aligning. A dark army is forming. The same allies of the past, the Far Left and Islamic Jihadists of the 1930s and 1940s are again coming together. This is not conspiratorial nonsense, or a Hollywood movie script, but historical fact and the evidence is all around in plain sight. But too many people have their faces in front of their smartphones and tablets to notice.

Do you ever wonder how great Nations have fallen?

They fall because too few are paying attention. The watchmen have become too distracted, or have fallen asleep. A free press is the watchmen of society. At least our Founding Fathers thought so. Except our broadcast and printed news media has long since been co-opted by the Left.

Look no further than in America. She is about to fall because so few are paying attention. Today’s watchmen are marginalized or called a “conspiracy nut.” They’re maligned; they impune their character, or accuse them of racism, or acting unchristian. Anybody in the news media that doesn’t follow the political narrative is forced out.

The deconstructing of America has slowly been progressing for over 100 years. However, in these past few years, and especially the first half of 2020, America is falling rapidly, as if the Left tripped the alarm and are now rushing their plan of destruction before America wakes up.

Currently, BLM and ANTIFA are moving from city to city and into the suburbs. I just read a report that the Portland activists and rioters are traveling to Lodi, California.

Do you care, or are you more interested in napping?

Your silence is deconstructing America.

America, WAKE UP!

The Slumbering of Christianity – By Thomas Koester

“I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:

“‘A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.’” Proverbs 24: 32-34

America appears to be at the beginning stages of a revolution. The political Left, Marxists and Socialists are fanning the flames of division and are trying to create a war between races, by exploiting unfortunate wrongs and the sins of past centuries. Hatred for Christians, conservatives, and white people is all around, and especially in our major cities and metropolitan areas. Hatred for America and capitalism is being taught in our colleges and universities.

Because of the indoctrination of past several generations, I believe that great persecution is coming. A time of testing is upon us. Christianity is being assaulted. Patriotism is under attack. Our monuments, plaques, and history is being systematically destroyed, canceled and erased, leaving nothing to learn from. Our youth are being used by the Leftist Cabal to kill America and resurrect her as a Socialistic Communist State.

What do you think the world leaders and corporations mean by “Global Reset”?

Global Reset is simply a more acceptable term for New World Order. Do you really think that people of real genuine faith will be invited to the table? That there will be a place for us in this new world?

I don’t think so. Hstory shows us that when the Church abrogates its duty as Salt and Light, darkness invades and usurps our God given role as occupier.

Didn’t Jesus ask us to do something before he returns?

“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.” (Luke 19:13)

The word occupy means to invest with the intent of increase. They were not simply to keep their Master’s pounds safe. Like the one servant that covered his pound and kept it hidden and protected.

What happened to the dude that kept his pound safe?

“And he [Jesus] said to those who stood by, ‘Take the pound from him, and give it to the one who has the ten pounds.’ And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten pounds!’ ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Luke 19: 24-26)

Jesus meant for us to risk everything for the sake of the Kingdom and the Gospel, not keep ourselves safe from the world, that’s the job of the Father of Jesus. God the Father keeps us safe, as we obey the Words of his Son, Jesus Christ.

“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)

Who told you to take the Church out of the world?

It wasn’t Jesus!

Our vacancy in the would has left an open opportunity for the evils of humanity to move in. Our absence as parents, preoccupied with consumption of more then enough, has left its children’s hearts and minds empty and vulnerable. Allowing the State to “educate” our children has corrupted their minds and distorted their virtues.

Our youth of several generations have been robbed of learning and understanding the horrors of Communism. They know nothing of the Socialism of past Nations, nor the misery and death left in its ungodly wake. This is what happens to generations of children when, instead of teaching them historical fact, they are propagandize, and formed unknowingly into groups of agitators, rioters, and revolutionaries.

This is what happens when Christianity barricades themselves in behind the walls of their Churches, instead of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the marketplaces, downtowns, and the city squares.

“What good is a light hidden under a basket, and what good is salt left in its container?” – Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus preached in towns, hillsides and lakesides; he preached in town squares, villages and at marketplaces. He touched the leappers, the diseased, the blind and the crippled. He set the oppressed free. Cast out demons publicly, dismantling their reign. He crossed racial barriers, challenged religious intolerance, cursed the spiritual elitists, and toppled tables of greed and unjust gain. Jesus did all of this, and far more outside and in plain view. Was Jesus an anomaly, or the standard for all those who call themselves by his Name and hold to his Testimony?

What we’re witnessing today is what the world looks like when Churches retreat from the world, rather than going into the world. We’ve tried conforming our services to the appeal of the world, but as a result, we have created worldly Churches. Worldly Churches have no real spiritual power. The “Prosperity Gospel” does nothing more than create poor Christians, powerless to live godly lives that can impact culture and extol the virtues of our faith.

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3

I call upon the faithful believers in the 3rd World Nations to pray for their brothers and sisters in the West; in Europe and the Americas. We will either rise up from our apathy and preoccupation with prosperity, or join the Nations toppled in past histories. Either we rise to the occasion and loudly proclaim the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, or go silently into seasons of persecution and purification. Jesus Christ will, with all certainty, come back for his Radiant Bride, but not for a Worldly Tramp.

Wake up, Oh House of God from your slumber! Judgment is nearing and your lamps are unfilled, you are ill prepared for the day of disaster!

The hour is late – do you know where your faith is?

Thomas Koester,
Copperopolis, California,
November 19, 2020

How To Make America Great Again – By Thomas Koester

Many years ago, August 4, 1984, to be exact, God called Toni and I to Youth With A Mission (YWAM). We needed $4,500.00 tuition for the Discipleship Training School and travel money from California to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

We embarked on our cross country journey with our two small children, Josh and Jordan. Toni and I had only $300.00 cash, and a gas and oil guzzling, 1973, Chevy station wagon. Needless to say, we were over $5,000.00 short. Yet, we believed that God would provide.

On our way to Canada, and after driving all night, the following morning, an 18-wheeler hit our car doing 90 miles per hour. The truck bursted into flames on impact, skidding 600′ feet before it exploded, and the driver jumping out safely from his cab into the center medium. Miraculously, none of us were seriously hurt, eventhough our Chevy station wagon was totaled. Our trip to Canada appeared to be cut short.

I put my family up in a Motel 6, in Elko Nevada, using part of the $300.00 we had started out with to cover the hotel expense. Within 24 hours, a knock on our hotel room door. It was an insurance adjuster, representing the trucking company responsible for the accident.

The adjuster wrote Toni and I a check for $25,000.00. Way more than enough for our YWAM tuition and travel expense. We then took a bus ride to the airport in Salt Lake, Utah. While staying at another hotel, It was the next morning that God took me to a verse of Scripture:

“Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, you must bear the consequences…’ Ezekiel 23:35

This verse popped up three times within 24 hours. It took me a while, but I understood what God was saying; because we had received such a large sum of money that our faith and trust shifted from God to the money. In other words, we put our trust in the gift and not the Giver.

Later that morning, I lost my wallet with all the money in it. That Ezekiel verse kept echoing in my mind. Fortunately, I had kept part of the $25,000 settlement in the form of a certified check for $4,500.00, the rest in cash. But the certified check was also in my wallet.

You see, it is so easy and subtle to shift our trust and focus in God to other things. Because God loves us, and that he’s a good and faithful Father, he won’t leave us in our sins. He corrects every son and daughter he loves.

Two weeks after we had arrived in Canada, the Salt Lake Police Department in Utah, sent me a letter, asking me to call or write back and describe the wallet’s contents. I want you to know that I didn’t have time to file a lost wallet report and nothing in my wallet could’ve lead the police to our temporary stop in Quebec. It was an absolute miracle that the Salt Lake Police Department found Toni and I while staying on a farm in QQuebec, Canada! I still to this day do not know how they found us.

Everything was still there in my wallet, except the $20,500.00 cash. Fortunately for us, the exchange rate in 1984 was 130%. Turning that certified check from $4,500.00 to $5,850.00, Canadian! Because we had repented, and adjusted our hearts, God gave us back just enough. Matter of fact, because of God’s faithfulness, we were the only students that paid our tuition in a lump sum payment!

I believe what we’re all going through as a Nation, is that God won’t leave us in our sins, and as a faithful and good Father, he’s chastising America. He remembers our commitment as his People and as his Nation to follow in His precepts and laws. After all, our Country is founded on His principles.

In reality, we’ve all chosen to worship America, and all it’s bounty, rather than the God of Heaven, Earth’s only Redeemer.

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3.

Unfortunately, the 21 Century Church has been too preoccupied with Church. If the Church would’ve been occupied with the Kingdom of God, as an occupying force for good, we would not be this far down the river, and perhaps the “foundations” could’ve been repaired. I believe our Nation’s fondations can be restored, as I believe you do too.

Our task was to occupy until He comes — To preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to all the world for a witness. Not hasten the day of destruction because of our misguided disengagement, and our pre-tribulation and premilienial exfiltration focus.

We need to individually and corporately acknowledge our sins and turn away from them. We need to shift our trust and dependence on America and on our government, and place our faith and trust back to God.

If we do this as a Nation, I sincerely believe that God will restore America. Only God can make America great again.

Better to have God and just enough, then to have more than enough and no God.

It’s really not about making America Great Again, it’s about making God Great In America Again. Amen

The Strength of The Abiding Presence of God – By Thomas Koester

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 | ESV

Christians become saints and better disciples when facing trials of every kind. To complain about your suffering is to reject the process that makes you a true saint. Remembering that God is your strength makes all the difference.

God is on duty 24/7, and nothing, absolutely nothing happens to his saints without his approval and authority. Just ask Job, Apostles Paul and Peter; John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth.

Through all your suffering, your faith is being perfected and not destroyed. When you rejoice during your suffering Angels gather near you and demons, well they shudder in fear of what you’ll become. Nothing more can transform you faster then when you worship and praise God in the middle of your stormy trials. Your thankfulness will reduce your pain, just like a mother’s joy at the moment of her baby’s birth.

Pain is swallowed up in the midst of your joy, no matter what the Enemy says or does; he’s defeated at the moment of your praise, and your worship of God drives him away.

While Jesus suffered alone, he showed you and I how well a true and obedient son faces and endures the will of God.

Now, face your trials, your pain and whatever the will of God allows into your life with determination that none of it will destroy God’s love for you. You’re becoming a true Saint just like the Saints you’ve heard and read about in the Scriptures and down through the ages.

You can do it, because God is both in you and His angels are around you! There is nothing greater in this world than the abiding presence of God within your heart.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5

May the God of the Angel Armies keep and protect you.

Are You a Christ-Follower or a Churchgoer? – By Thomas Koester

If you haven’t noticed lately, the world appears to be slightly short of Christ-Followers.

If we can be honest, COVID-19 shut Churches down because too many Churches suffer from corporatism. That is, in order for Churchs, or religious organizations to “prosper,” they must subscribe to a structural governance that conforms to State and IRS standards. These “standards” hinder the Churches from acting freely, dynamically and transcendently.

COVID-19 simply revealed how much the State actually controls religious liberties, and the actuation of both individual and corporate faith. In other words, what we’ve learned is the core of our identity of trusting and obeying God was superceded by governmental mandates, and their insistence to trust and obey them. Our faith in God and obedience to his Word has lost its contrast, as we believers huddled in our homes with the same fear and apprehension as the unbelievers.

I encourage you to contrast the 21st Century Church with the description and actions of the Church written about in the Acts of the Apostles and in the epistles. Churches back then didn’t worry about liability insurance or the risking of their lives or being arrested. The Gospel went out in spite of death threats, arrests, beatings; in spite of shipwrecks, venomous snake bites, stoning, beheadings and crucifixions.

Our early brothers and sisters defied both civil and religious authorities, where chased out of towns, temples and festivals. When they suffered greatly they wore the stripes from lashings as chevrons and badges of honor, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ Jesus. In a supernatural way, they discovered fellowship with the sufferings of Jesus.

So, I ask you, are you a Christ-Follower, or are you a Churchgoer?

We have everything in Christ, but many believers live as though they’re spiritually bankrupt, having little to no idea of how spiritually rich they are.

I was speaking with some friends of mine a while ago. I had suggested that somewhere along our spiritual journey we’ve ceased being Christ-followers and have simply become Churchgoers. Our lack of individual and collective power bears this out.

Have we exchanged our spiritual heritage and authority for a lifeless, powerless, corporate construct and a 501-C3 tax break?

The truth is that if we’re connected by faith to God, through Christ, then even our mere shadows would become dispensaries of His grace and healing. This is not simply a lost apostolic emphasis, but a lack of connecting faith with obedience and divine relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the source of all life and truth within us.

My good friend, Tony Shaw asked, “why has no one walked on water since the time Peter had left the boat and his feckless cohorts?”

If you have Christ and the fullness of His riches, you then have what it takes to do greater things for others. This is true of the smallest and greatest believer.

When Jesus sends out the 72, he tells them, “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:3

Later he instructs them: “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'” Luke 10:9

When the 72 return, they brief Jesus with amazing and miraculous reports. Jesus’ response: “I beheld Satan like lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:17-18

In light of all this, Jesus promotes, authorize and admonishes them, reminding them to be humble and that their identity is in Heaven.

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19-20

I want to remind you too that your significance and identity is in Heaven, and that you also have been given authority. Your faith, as little as it maybe, is far greater than you think.

“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” Luke 7:28

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” John 14:12

Can you imagine, if we truly understood our identities in Christ and walked as He walked? Because Christ Jesus has gone to the Father, He said we will do greater things then He. What if we spent a few hours at hospitals, nursing homes, Walmart or hospice care facilities? What would be the outcome of the sick and dying, if we were truly connected to heaven’s riches in Christ?

This could be one way of lowering the cost of healthcare!

If you abide in me, said Jesus, and my words abide in you, then anything you ask of my Father will be done for you. John 15:7

All we need to accomplish this is an exchanged identity. Thwart our false selves and acknowledge our true selves as Children of God!

Turn your old one in today and receive a brand new identity in Christ Jesus. The lost, hurting and sick needs the Christ in us. All heaven and earth, even nature are yearning for the Children of God to be revealed.

Are you simply a Churchgoer or Christ-Follower? There is a difference. If you follow Christ into Church, you must also follow Christ into the world in which he’s placed you.

The Kingdom of God is in you, and as you go into the world, no matter how dark or frightening, you bring the Kingdom of God near people. Believe me, it will not go unnoticed!