Friday, March 16, 2012

Still feeling good.

Tom's Journal.

Dear Friends,
I hope you get the same thing out of this pre-post article, by one of my fav. publishers/ sharer of the Word and pure prophecy, Jan Markell.  If this makes me a "religious fanatic" or crazy man, let the comments and character assassinations come!  Most folks and other unbelievers won't 'sword fight' with me because I read and study a lot, and ALWAYS HAVE, because I had been thirsting for the pure Truth half of my life, and also got suckered into false religion twice!!  Now millions of other Bible loving Christians are willing to sacrifice their very lives for what they believe in: THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.  Good, well trained warriors, the 'flower of America' U.S. Army men and women are dying almost every day in Afghanistan for WHAT???  So Obama can look good just before elections time??  I have actually been in combat and I know what goes on behind the scenes, and it's hard to trust a Gov't or religion who will allow it's young men and women to die for some silly, stupid cause that few will remember in a decade! 
And for what??  Why are we spending our treasure and blood??  For lazy, illiterate people who hate us and don't even want us there???  And yes, I am exercising my 1st and 2nd Amendment rights.   Read 'em and weep -- if you dare.

Iran threatens N. Israel with bombardment from Lebanon
by Debkafile---

Tehran has begun capitalizing on its allies' two perceived victories: Bashar Assad’s success in seizing Idlib from rebel hands and the Palestinian Jihad Islami’s triumphal missile assault from Gaza.

The Iranians are now moving forward with plans to match the Palestinian assault on southern Israel with an offensive on the north from Lebanon. This is reported by debkafile’s exclusive sources in the wake of a visit paid by high-ranking Iranian and Hizballah officials Wednesday morning, March 14, to the Lebanese-Israeli border region opposite Metulah, Israel’s northernmost town at the tip of the Galilee Panhandle.

The Iranian group, led by Ali Akbar Javanfekr, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spokesman, arrived in a heavily guarded convoy at the Fatma outpost opposite Metulah for its rendezvous with Hizballah military intelligence officers. Once there, they kept moving around near the Lebanese-Israeli border fence. At times, they came up close and examined the Israel Defense Forces’ ongoing work for fortifying the border fence and upgrading it from a boundary marker to a military barrier able to withstand terrorist incursions into the Galilee panhandle. The Iranian visitor, Javanfekr, commented in the hearing of our sources: “The Zionists can build any wall they like, whether of concrete, iron or plastic, but we and Hizballah will knock it down, like Israel itself.” Read on...

Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries said:
"Regarding the Christ at the Checkpoint conference at Bethlehem Bible School March 5 - 9 … The event was really a bash-Israel brigade that called Israel apartheid Nazis 'occupying' Arab land. There is not a word that the land is God-given to the Jews and that covenants are everlasting. Their secondary intent was to smash the image of Christian Zionists (Christians who are friends of Israel) and smear theology that considers end-time issues and Israel's rightful role in those issues….This crowd believes that the church is the new Israel, a theology known as Replacement Theology. It allows them to disinherit Israel and to even look past Arab terror attacks on I srael just as Germany's churches disregarded anti-Semitism 80 years ago thanks to Replacement Theology. God was finished with the Jews. Enter the royal church center stage.”

God says: “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? ... “But there were also false prophets among the people just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies … and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.”… “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teaching comes through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”… “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves … having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” (II Peter 3:3-4; 2:1-2; I Timothy 4:1-2; II Timothy 3:1,5)

The JerusalemConnection says: When there is a willing departure from the clear, literal and face-value understanding of the Bible, heresy is certain to emerge. Regarding Israel and the Jews this inevitably occurs when the clear intent of God’s eternal covenant promises with respect to their national homeland are denied or spiritualized. In clearest terms God has said, not that Christians have replaced Jews as the covenant people of God but the concept of the Israel of God has been expanded to include (“grafted in”) Christians (Romans 11:17-24). But for those who refuse this basic Biblical truth, the LORD has already rendered his judgment. “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these comma ndments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)

Obama and Israel, the astonishing truth

Barack Obama ran for president as a pro-Israel candidate — but his record tells a different story.

This video, released earlier this month, went viral right as the Prime Minister of Israel arrived in the United States. Once again, Israel was seeking America’s help in dealing effectively with the terrible Iranian nuclear threat. The truth contained in this short film could powerfully affect the 2012 election campaign.

We urge you to immediately watch it, and speedily forward it to as many people – Christian and Jewish leaders, political leaders, local news media, friends and family – as you can, likewise pressing them to publish and disseminate it further. At this desperately critical moment in the history of Israel and of the United States – let us stand shoulder to shoulder in doing all we can on behalf of the nation so beloved by our God.

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Tax season always gets me nervous every year, and now with half of my stuff up here in the U.P. makes it harder, plus Sharon's passing away, and I don't know how to treat that... and it will be the one year anniversary of her death, on April 9th,2011.  It will also be one year since my only son, Andy, was killed, on May 10th, 2011, and yes, I miss them both, but Andy's  passing was more of a shock and surprise....  sorry.  I was so lonely and then again, devastated, and had to deal with all that mess ALONE, ALONE!  It's nice to have someone to have and to hold-- some one to talk to, hug you, and comfort you.  But that isn't possible for all people, especially those of us who are older, or live in a community pretty much isolated from friends, like my mom is now-- and she will be moving soon too, again, to where there are more nice people like her.  My sister, Linda Breuer, in Burlington, deserves a lot of credit for helping mom all the time, even with her own life, family, and part time job.  Thank you, sister, Linda.  She was also the National Autism Society president for a few years and politically active in helping to promote that cause, since her youngest son, Kent, is afflicted with that dysfunction.  Her oldest son, David, is still serving as a Air Force Captain, and daughter Emily has a post graduate degree.  So, we are not a bunch of bums either. 

I think that: IF, IF I could have lived my life over again, I would change some of it to save me the pain of mistakes and traumas, but then, that wouldn't be me!  I am a product of many mistakes, predicaments, failures that I LEARNED FROM!  The Bible tells me that God knew me before I was born, and in my life-- had his protective hand over me all the time, but allowed me to 'fall down and cut my knee' for a reason. The Lord allowed me to experience so many different things, life altering experiences, victories, failures, heart aches, joys, sorrows, but much knowledge and wisdom!  With my knowledge and experience, I can HELP OTHER PEOPLE AND LEAD THEM TO THE LORD, SO THEY CAN BECOME SAVED, AND JOIN JESUS IN HEAVEN --instead of being consumed and tormented in hell like MOST of the rest of unbelieving mankind, and most folks also believe that there will not be some big old national or global "revival" right before the end, but as is in most cases in history-- 'cramped and narrow is the path leading to everlasting life-- the good minority of Saved folks.   Sorry, that's just been mankind's track record and dismal failure in trying out every concievable "Gov't" to rule other people.    [Indeed, 'man has ruled man-- to his INJURY!'].  The Lord will come like a 'thief in the night' when no one is awake or alert, except His chosen, Saved Saints.  The Book says that I can be 'in that number' if I am Saved, and I AM SAVED!  But I sure don't feel like a 'Saint' and have always confessed that I am a SINNER, who can't even get through ONE DAY WITHOUT SINNING SOME HOW-SOME WAY!! 

Terri is not perfect, but I believe that she is a far better person than I am, easy to get along with, full of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, long suffering, etc., but IF she is NOT SAVED, she is in trouble. So we make it a habit to study the more important parts of the Bible on a regular basis, so that she knows the 'keys points' that pertain to us, NOW, in a sinking, perishing world of Satan.  She is hungry for knowledge and eats it up, and that makes me happy, because Terri is a wonderful person, and we both care deeply about each other.  We talk about everything under the sun, all the time, have fun, comfort each other, and she knows and understands that I am NOT SOME NUT CAKE, NOR A "RADICAL", nor amy I dangerous in any way!  She loves me dearly, and I care for her and her welfare all the time, and never force anything on her-- but try hard to educate her and then let her make up her own mind, using logic and Bible discernment.  Simple.   And it's NOT ABOUT "MY RELIGION" !!  I am a Bible loving Christian, pure and simple, and no one church can claim to be the only source of learning or soul winning, but a church is only the means of getting the 'fresh fruits and vegetables-- from the garden [the Bible] to the people' who want to purchase it-- by confessing Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior !'  And that is a good analogy, accuarate and simple!  I may have readjusted my mindset about the Rapture-- and my friends think and hope that it could happen any time now!!  It's all in God's hands, and I don't have all the answers-- but at least, the Bible shows us that we are living now in that "season" where all the truths of the prophets are coming true right now and Israel is the most importanty part of the "equation" and the 'lynch pin' that will surely start the whole parade, that will affect the entire world, IMHO.   But the real truth is that nobody knows exactly when the Rapture will come-- and for good reason.  Just try to read, understand the scriptures by yourself or with family/ friends--or within a good, Bible teaching church, with the help of the Holy Spirit, try to keep your nose clean and live every day for the Lord, according to the Book, and humble yourself under the mighty hand of Christ.
  Hopefully, after I makes more friends up here and get with the program, I won't be so lonely and "needy" and dependent "on one person..." 

I have so much paper work to do again before I travel in a day or two, and pray that the tax time pressure will pass.  I just have to sit down and force myself to do it, when I really want to play and get more sunshine outside and play with my noble dog, Deuce, who also has a new girl friend in the U.P. -- a Geman Shepard female.  They get along just fine as things continue to get sorted out, and I feel more balanced these days and it's good to feel 'wanted, needed, loved, honored and respected.'   
Have a great sunny day!

Warm Regards,

What Makes Us Different?

Q. My question is, in the Bible it states that “the Devils also believe and tremble”. What is the difference between our belief that God is God and their belief? If they are full of sin and so are we what is the difference. Why am I saved when they’re not? The answer is probably right in front of me, but I can’t figure this one out.

A. The verse you have in mind is James 2:19, which says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”
Being disembodied spirits, demons believe there’s one God because they’ve seen Him and felt the effects of His judgment. But believing there is one God is not enough to save us. In order to be saved we have to believe we’re sinners in need of a savior, and that God sent His Son to die for our sins. Then we have to ask Him to be our Savior. That’s what gets us saved, and that’s what makes us different from them.
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