Thursday, March 14, 2013

God says We're at War!

Tom's Journal.

I am just crazy about Olive Tree Ministries, and Jan Markell's web site here!!  I fully intend to buy a few videos and books as soon as I get paid!  That ought to put the lead back in my pencil... LOL!  I have posted this site before, but thought that folks ought to know about such fine, strength delivering books and news again, TODAY.  Sometimes I donate to their cause/ ministry maybe twice a year, because I really believe that they are helping so much in these "Last Days."
    If you think that everything in the world is just fine and things are getting better -- than the devil has really got you under his thumb and you are totally MISLED!  IF YOU STRUGGLE EVERYDAY, fight the devil and his minions, and cry out to God for relief and His Kingdom to come-- then you in the right crowd of Believers.  Learn more right below.   Please share this.  Thanks.

---Tom Schuckman

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Dr. Mark Hitchcock: Prophecy scholar, author of 25 books, pastor
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Heidi is Jan Markell's executive assistant. She joined Olive Tree Ministries in August 2007.
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Know Thine Enemy:
God Says We're at War!
March 14, 2013
By Heidi Swander
Whoever said the world would get better and better until the Lord's return must not read, watch or search the daily news. It's a little scary out there -- and unfortunately it is also scary inside the church in many places!

Jan keeps coming out to Gail and me saying, "We're adding this product to our store!" because she knows what information you need in order to wage a good warfare for our captain.

Our store is flourishing! We have many new products and some oldies that not all of you have had a chance to read or watch that are so vitally pertinent to what we see happening in the world around us! So let me take a minute and outline just a few of the products that we highly suggest you check out:

This book, by Dr. Erwin Lutzer, who was one of our guest speakers at last fall's conference, has been a big hit since it was highlighted in one of Jan's recent broadcasts.

The country most likely to be affected by Islam's agenda for the West is America because of our political correctness. Islam's rise in the West poses a threat to our freedoms of speech and religion and Pastor Lutzer has some unique things to offer in this book as he considers how Islam's growing influence might affect you, personally. This book is so up-to-date that it even contains information on the Benghazi, Libya tragedy of September 11, 2012!. Lutzer quotes people in the know including Robert Spencer, Steve Emerson, Clare Lopez, Andrew McCarthy, Mark Steyn, and more. This is not your usual Sura-quoting book! It's practical, and yes, a bit frightening. It's top of the list for "stuff you must know to survive our crazy, perilous times."

What if there were hidden forces in power with no ties to democracy or constitutional rights? What if new laws and media propaganda labeled you a danger to society? Our Homeland Security crowd did that three years ago. If you're an evangelical or an end-time watcher, you got put on a list! And what if all this set the stage for a biblically-prophesied global government run by the Antichrist? When this DVD first came out, the arguments seemed plausible but a tad in the conspiracy theory category. But since then, our constitutional rights are being taken from us bit by bit, and, people who, "cling to guns and religion," have been marginalized. What this DVD talks about is coming to pass right before our very eyes. You need to see it and be informed about where all this is headed! And thank God that He has already told us, so we needn't be afraid because plans are unfolding just as He predicted they would!

Here's another book that has been flying off our shelves. Anyone doubt that we're in the end of the end times? Jesus talked about false Christs, false prophets, earthquakes, famines, regional and world wars . . . and He told us to watch. Yes, yes, no one knows the day or the hour of our Lord's return. But, as best-selling author Ron Rhodes (who, incidentally, will be one of our featured speakers at this fall's Understanding the Times conference!) says, "You can know the order of events!"

Apparently a lot of people are interested in knowing what Scripture has to say about how the end of days will play out because, as I say, it's been tough to keep this book in stock! God intends for us to understand His Word -- including end-time prophecies. The more you learn, the more you will come to love and trust the Scriptures and the God who inspired them.

The Agenda: Grinding America Down If you say it about too many products, it becomes meaningless. But we don't often give a product this much credit. Agenda is probably the product we would recommend most highly to you from our store right now. Here's why: This film shows that the ideas behind communism still exist and are thriving through socialistic efforts in our country today. In fact, you'll watch this DVD and have to make a conscious effort to keep your jaw from dropping at the relevancy to what we are watching come to pass before our very eyes in America.

There are people and groups that have successfully targeted America's morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down into obscurity. Sad to say, they are experiencing great success. This DVD will explain the who and the why behind the destruction of our culture and our country that we see happening all around us with increasing speed. In fact, after watching the trailer that's posted in our store, I think it's almost time I watched this DVD again!

The Man of Lawlessness
Where will the Antichrist come from? Will he be a Jew or a Gentile? Could he be a Muslim? Is he alive today? Will he be killed and resurrected? Will Christians have to face him? Dr. David Reagan and a forum of Bible prophecy experts answer all these questions and more concerning the identity and role of the Antichrist, surveying his career from the beginning to the end of the Tribulation.

We may not know exactly who he is, but we can know his character and agenda, spawned by the enemy of our souls, and be prepared to share any pertinent information with those around us as we see evil rising around the entire planet.

Dr. David Reagan is Jan's radio guest this coming weekend. The program begins airing on 650 radio stations March 16-17. You can listen online here or here.

Paul asked the Corinthians: "For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?" (I Cor. 5:12, emphasis mine).

E-mails pour into our ministry daily questioning what on earth has happened to their church? This is cross denominational and everywhere in the Western world.

If you've been acquainted with our ministry for any length of time, you know that we invest a great amount of time warning Christians about the dangers of what is commonly called, "The Emergent Church." It is dangerous and heretical. As you will see from this DVD, it's leaders don't believe in Hell, don't believe in Heaven, don't believe in the need for salvation by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Indeed, one of them considers the cross to be, "a distraction and false advertising! for God."

There's a trailer in our store for this DVD, also, and if you'll take four minutes to watch it, I think you'll understand the necessity to get your hands on this important message and watch it in its entirety.
Paul's command to the church in Ephesus was to, "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them," (Eph. 5:12). This DVD does a good job of exposing a dark movement that is acting as a subset within what has been called, "the evangelical community," and will equip you to expose it as well!

At no extra charge is included a DVD that is an expose' of the rocker Bono. It's shocking but truth-telling.

These are produced by our friends at "Good Fight Ministries," the outreach of Joe Schimmel, our frequent radio guest as recently as February 23. Find that programming here or here.


Alright troops! You have your assignment! Find the information you need to brush up on so you can be better equipped to share all that is happening with your fellow soldiers! As Jan quotes so often, "Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

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Seek our own Salvation?

Tom's Journal.

I found a "keeper" short article today, and decided to expand on it a little bit.  At first glance it may SEEM to sound like Calvinism... but in a nice, easy, smooth way, everything comes out in the wash according to how the Bible really wants us to understand, correctly.  And I was looking for a good way to explain this subject for a long time, so here it is!  The Bible says that no man can "earn" or work for his Salvation and entry into heaven, because it's already A FREE GIFT FROM GOD!  All we have to do is to grab hold of it, confess our sins and desire [Honest Desire] to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, forever!  And then, real, Christians [defined by Webster: a follower or imitator of Christ] will want to 'be like Jesus, continue to learn, study the Bible [that means God is talking to us], progress, and be responsible --EVEN THOUGH WE ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE SINNERS ON THIS EARTH!  We will sin now more when we get to heaven-- as we will be PERFECT then. 

For an old war horse, bag of bones, pained/ suffering physically, and sometime emotionally, every day of my life already at the age of 64, with disabling arthritis, losing vision, body don't work right anymore, must use a cane and power scooter... LOL, I am ready for the Rapture any where, any time, please, LORD!!  Yet real Christians already live in a "spiritual Paradise" knowing that we CAN and will bear up to all challenges because we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, and we know for sure where we are going... once we understand the true meaning of Jesus words in the Bible only!  Hoo Rah!  When we get cut-- we bleed red, we get sick, we die, but we know for a fact that we are SAVED!   And what normal guy or gal doesn't want to share something good like the "Good News of the Kingdom-- the Gospel?"  After worshiping God, that is JOB 1 !  Job number One!  What supporting scriptures that I know and have memorized --fine, I can lay them on you. 

Do I have other interests?  YES!  I love to do veggie gardening, farming beef, welding, carpentry, wood carving, throwing knives and tomahawks, teaching other what I know, using power tools, etc.  I am a shooting, gun, knife enthusiast, love my wife to pieces-- pretty blond, well endowed, my dog, "Deuce" the Rottweiler, rescued from Katrina in N.O., love to talk, email, write, blog, grill steaks in the back yard, invite friends over for dinner, go to the Iron Mountain, MI., Family Baptist Church, where the good pastor Kevin Sullivan--906-774-8239.      -- gives such wise council and great teaching sermons every Sundays, etc., pray, and many more things.  PTL= "Praise the Lord." 

Please pray for my dear son-in-law, Grant J.,  who just had surgery on his knee and not fighting with his lame Health Insurance company who wants to back out of a firm commitment to help him....duh.  Pray for my pretty wife who has arthritis, RLS, and a bad shoulder [as she still works hard at HD U.P. here every day] and needs corrective surgery--rotor cuff.  Pray for my dear friend and fellow brother in Arms/ Vietnam Vet, Jerry, in NH who has Agent Orange, etc.  So sorry, that I don't pray for Amerika anymore, as she is being punished for electing greedy, power loving perverts who LOVE abortion and the Gay agenda, also enslaving the greater mass of hard working people into satanic Socialism, and kicking the one true God, Jehovah, out of the country, sorry!  However, many individuals still need to be Saved and soon-- before God makes his judgment and before the Rapture....  we have much work to do!  Share the Gospel and the Bible.  Pray to protect our 2nd Amendment, please.  And please pray for this old man, named Tom Schuckman, a sinner man, but still a lover of Jesus and all things good and holy. 

I had a 10 AM VA appointment this morning for a scheduled 'echo cardiagram' procedure by a nice red headed lady who treated me with kindness and respect, and thanked me for my service to this country -- as she could tell by looking at the small tattoo only on my Lift shoulder [that can be easily concealed], that says:  "Vietnam Veteran.  68-70. Picture of the flying American flag, and under that, "Jesus is Lord."  Now, I wish I would have left the flag OFF.  We ought to pray for ISRAEL, the only State/ Country that has a real blessing and contract/ promise with God!!  In fact, anyone who disses, injures, hurts, curses Israel, according to Genesis 12:3 will be under God's wrath and curse.... [Read: Obama, and the country who elected him.... duh].  Hey!  I don't make or write the rules or the Book,  Sorry, I just share them with others, OK, guys?  "I calls 'em like I sees 'em."
       Our day U.P. here is sunny, but the ice is horrible and death dealing--take care.

Comments Welcome !!  Don't be afraid...... ha!

Warm Regards,

How Are We Able To Seek Our Salvation?

Q. Man is in a depraved state and sin was passed down thru Adam to us. Because of our sinful nature, how are we able to make the decision to be saved without God helping us ? Are we that able to have something to do with our salvation ? Wouldn’t that mean salvation isn’t just up to God and that it’s our work and His grace combined?

A. Romans 8:29-30 explains the process and shows God’s involvement in our salvation. It begins before the creation with His foreknowledge of all who would choose to accept Him during the age of man. This shows how our name came to be written in the Lamb’s Book Of Life from the creation of Earth (Rev. 13:8).
With that foreknowledge He predestined us, which means He made sure it would happen. Then at the proper time in our life He calls us to do what He already knows we will do. He’s persistent and keeps after us until we respond, because He promised never to lose any of us (John 6:39). It’s like when you set your alarm but because you have an important appointment you also ask your spouse to make sure you wake up. You make the choice to get up, but your spouse will keep after you until it happens.
When we respond, as He knows we will, He justifies us by applying His blood to our sins, rendering us as though innocent. Finally, at the rapture/resurrection He will glorify us. No one falls through a crack, no one is forgotten, no one is left behind. We make the choice, but He knew we would and sees to it that we do.
Salvation is not just up to God because if it was everyone would be saved (1 Tim. 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9). But because He already knows we want to be saved, He will do everything necessary to make sure we are. That’s how He helps us.
But that’s not all. He’ll also make sure we stay saved. 2 Cor. 1:21-22 says it’s God who makes us stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, put His seal of ownership on us, and put His spirit in our hearts as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.
Our salvation is not a combination of our work and His grace. In the Bible work is defined as something we do in an attempt to earn or keep our salvation. Choosing to be saved involves admitting we don’t deserve it and could never earn it. In Ephesians 2:98-9 Paul was very clear in saying our salvation is by grace through faith, and not by works.
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