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Germany and the USA ... What Next? (Standing Watch) 12 min. video

‘Risen’ - a movie review (First Century Christianity)
Truth be told, I don’t have much interest in movies. It’s rare for me to want to watch one on my own and the family has to anchor me to something to get me to watch one with them. If someone recommends a movie to me, I might watch it many months later, on accident, and then remember that someone recommended it to me.
This week, I was bored enough on a flight to see what there is to see on the free movie app that United uses. I think I went through the list looking for a specific movie, but Risen caught my eye. I recalled that it was about Yeshua’s last days on earth as seen through the Roman perspective. I watched it and am glad I did.
The main character is Pontius Pilate’s right hand man, named Flavius but called by his title, Tribune, throughout the movie. The movie opens with Flavius squashing a small rebellion of Jews, and the leader of them dies while referencing the coming Messiah who will destroy Rome. Flavius executes the man saying, “today is not that day”. The first half of this movie is brutal and is meant to show what life was like under Roman rule – brutal to say the least. Flavius returns from this battle only to be sent directly to supervise the end of Yeshua’s execution, and he is the one who orders Yeshua to be stabbed, while the legs are broken on the other two.
What transpires is that Flavius is tasked with finding the body of Yeshua after He is resurrected and, in this hunt, he changes a whole lot. Keep in mind this movie is fiction based on the Gospels. The movie is fiction much like CS Lewis’s works were fiction: it’s based on the Gospels and inserts a fictional character to show the application of the faith and the journey many take to conversion. Many people can’t take fictional Gospel renderings if they look too much like the real thing. Some of us go through phases where we can’t stand to see anything that looks like the faith adulterated in any way. If you’re one of these folks, this movie will irritate you, particularly at the end. But if you can look at it as a purposely crafted fictional work to illustrate a very good Biblical lesson, then it will be of much benefit to you and is a powerful thing. Keep in mind the move is fiction.
Keeping in mind this movie is fiction, what it shows is an incredible lesson of conversion. It shows with, remarkable clarity, the struggle when the conversion process starts. It shows in a very unique way the contrast of contemplating the lives we used to live against the doubts and reluctance to fully submit to our Messiah and His Father. And it shows that once one commits and comes to Yeshua, there really is no turning back.
It took me two flights to finish this film and I am glad I did. If you can look past the fictional aspects and a couple of doctrinal glitches to see the bigger picture, then this movie will be a positive experience in the same way that the great works of the past are.

Drain Pipes and Unleavened Bread (Sabbath Meditations)

Recently I finally began to tackle a project that has been on my ‘to do’ list for quite some time ... finishing the master bathroom that we added on to our home years ago. Having run out of energy and funds, this final addition sits, mothballed, gradually becoming the dumping ground for seldom used treasures.
Well, this last Sunday, thanks to a block of free time, a spurt of energy and a little prodding encouragement from my wife, I enthusiastically dove in, intent on crashing through this project in record time. I mean, after all, I remodeled an entire house a few years ago, how much trouble could a little bathroom be? A great deal, as it turns out. It’s not that I didn’t go into this with a plan, it’s just that, in my impatience to get started, I didn’t take the time to make sure my plans and my actual house would cooperate. To coin a phrase, I had a serious case of ‘irrational exuberance’.
My first task was to frame up a couple of walls. No big deal, right? Except, after laying down the base plate and a couple of studs, I realized that the configuration of the floor trusses were going to require me to relocate some major plumbing connections, right beneath the wall I was framing. To get at them, I would need to tear up the floor. You guessed it. My newly erected wall came down. So, wall down and 3x5 foot square opening cut in the floor, I began to fit pieces of drain pipe together. I was mid way through this endeavor when it hit me; the pipe I planned to route through the wall, to my sink, and up through the roof were too large for the size of the studs. So, you guessed it, apart came the drain pipe. Thankfully I hadn’t glued anything yet. It was just a dry test run.
In the end, the only work I actually accomplished that day was two hours spent in the plumbing department of our local hardware store, staring at various sizes and configurations of drain pipe fittings. Oh well, there’s always next Sunday.
Sometimes our struggle against sin can seem a little like that, can’t it? We launch into this project of becoming like our Elder Brother with great zeal, building walls and piecing together the plumbing of our character, and just when we think we’re ready to move on to the next phase, we realize that the work we’ve done wasn’t as thorough as we thought. The same weaknesses we believed we had once and for all overcome resurface, forcing us to go back and tackle them once again. It can be discouraging to say the least.
Paul expressed the discouragement we all experience with overcoming perhaps better than anyone: Romans 7:14-25 “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin ... For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. ... I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
Reading this, after my struggles with our bathroom, I can almost envision Paul exclaiming while tearing down a wall he just erected with a sledge hammer, “O ... crash, bang ... wretched ... pound, crack ... man that I ... crush, grunt ... am!”
Maybe the purpose of all this overcoming we are supposed to do in this life is to lead us to the same conclusion. No matter how hard we struggle against our sinful nature; no matter how much effort and zeal we expend; we can never fully eradicate it from our lives. We will always be, in a sense, tearing down, rebuilding, tearing down again. Bottom line: We are wretched.
But Paul didn’t leave us, to quote a line from one of my favorite movies, in the ‘pit of despair’ spiritually. He goes on to answer his own question, and what an encouraging answer it is.
Romans 7:25 “I thank God - through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Isn’t that really the lesson of the Days of Unleavened Bread that are soon approaching? While Passover brings us into remembrance of the death of our Savior, and our entering into a covenant relationship with Him, Unleavened Bread reminds us of our continual need for His life living in us and through us.
In preparation for those days, we attempt to remove all of the leaven, the biblical symbol for sin, from our lives. Anyone who has undertaken this process seriously has discovered that it’s pretty much impossible to get all of the leaven out. Somehow, no matter how determined our effort, a slice of bread or a packet of yeast gets overlooked. We just can’t eradicate all of the sin from our lives. But really, isn’t that the point of the exercise?
If the Days of Unleavened Bread were only about getting the leaven out, it would be quite a discouraging observance. We would all be left exclaiming with Paul, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?”
Thankfully, we aren’t left there. In fact, it isn’t even the main focus. God gives us these days, not to discourage, but to encourage us. The days of self-examination and recognition of our wretched sinful nature are quickly followed by a powerful reminder of His righteousness and power living within us through His Son. For seven days, we are commanded to take in of unleavened bread. We take in, symbolically, of Jesus Christ, the Unleavened Bread of sincerity and truth. His life in us, His sacrifice, continually covering our sinful, weak, backsliding nature, making possible our continued access to and relationship with the Father. It’s an awesome reminder that it is He who works in us both to do and to will of His good pleasure.
I’ve got quite a bit more work left to do on our master bathroom. But I know that, regardless of how many stops and starts lay ahead, regardless of how many hours I will spend tearing down and rebuilding walls and walking the aisles of the local hardware store, the outcome isn’t in doubt. With a little determination and continued prodding encouragement from my wife, it will eventually get finished.

My effort to become like my Elder Brother ... now that’s a different story. I’ll keep working at it, but thankfully my effort isn’t responsible for the outcome. He’s a much better Master Builder than I am.

The Empty Tomb (New Horizons)

The fact was undisputed - even to the Jewish authorities: The tomb was empty. The body of Jesus had disappeared! Since the hour of this discovery, much has been penned to explain - or to explain away - this startling discovery. That Sunday morning at first light the rock tomb in which Jesus of Nazareth had been laid after his crucifixion was bare and empty.
Within hours of the first report by the women, the guards had roused from their coma and staggered into Jerusalem bearing a weird tale of an earth tremor followed by a blinding light. And, after they recovered, they said Jesus’s body was gone. The authorities disputed the story, but it was true - the tomb was really empty.
How could it be possible? Was Jesus spirited away by some cunningly contrived human plot? Were the disciples hallucinating? Had Jesus merely swooned? What really did take place?
The Jewish authorities admitted the fact that Jesus had gone - and they ‘knew’ the answer: the body had been stolen by the disciples. They had pierced the almost impenetrable defence set to forestall this very act. Thus were doubts smoothed away and conscience eased! Such explanations were widespread even a century later in the time of Justin Martyr. Later still, Tertullian reported the account extant in his time: The gardener had stolen the body to protect his lettuce!
More seriously, in modern times various ideas have circulated among scholars. For family reasons, Joseph of Arimathea buried the body elsewhere without telling anyone (Holtzmann). The women, in the darkness, went to the wrong tomb (Lake). It was all a clever invention by the disciples (Reimarus). Jesus had swooned on the cross, recovering later in the coolness of the tomb (Venturini, Schleiermacher). The Gospel story was a myth (Arthur Drew: The Christ Myth). Or the resurrection appearances were merely visions: There had been no resurrection (S.V. McCasland).
Of course, all such attempts to explain away the Bible record are designed to eliminate the miraculous. The aim - to negate the intervention of a divine Creator. Yet, aside from this, they fail to account for the facts as recorded by eye-witnesses.
These facts pose too many questions. Who moved the stone? When? How? What about the missing body? And the wraps? And the guards? Why the strange reaction of the disciples in the tomb? What then, is the answer?
Let’s look at just one convincing proof that Jesus did rise and was not spirited away by  the machinations of any group of men, no matter how determined. Here’s proof that the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah was real. First reports of the disappearance of the body of Jesus were received with scepticism by the disciples, who discounted them as ‘idle tales’. Even though they had heard Jesus tell them time and time again that he would rise from the dead, none of them were convinced. So how can we account for the dramatic turnaround in attitude evoked by what they saw inside the dimly-lit tomb?
One Bible account reads, “Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first went in, too, and he saw and believed.” Seconds before he deemed the idea preposterous! What was the convincing proof?
Could a mere empty tomb work such an instantaneous, such a profound, intellectual somersault? An empty tomb proves little. John had witnessed a phenomenon that convinced him of the impossible. There had been a resurrection! This was no physical resurrection such as John (ch.11) had witnessed when Lazarus had stumbled from the tomb bound hand and foot in his grave clothes, requiring that someone unwrap him (v.44). This resurrection was different, unique.
John’s first glimpse of the shadowy sepulchre through a narrow slit of a window seemed to confirm that the women bore a wild and nonsensical tale. The body appeared undisturbed. John saw the faint whiteness of the wrapped body gleam against the blackness of the rock wall. But, when he went inside and had a close look, he believed. Why? What had so disturbed his scepticism? What startling proof of a resurrection did John now have?
The evidence rests in the appearance of the clothes in which Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea had wrapped Jesus’s body. The custom of the time was to wrap the body from neck to toe in a long ‘bandage’ and with many pounds of blended spices. The head was separately encased, leaving visible the face: ‘the grave-cloth that was on His head was not lying with the linens, but was wrapped up in one place by itself’ (John 20:7). [Incidentally, this negates the notion of the one-piece ‘Turin Shroud’ as the burial cloth of Jesus.]
Picture then what John saw as he stood by the body. On the bench hewn from the living rock lay the grave clothes packed with spices - as if Jesus’s body were still within. In a depression in the rock lay the head napkin. But ... the body was not there! The grave clothes were empty.
If, somehow, Jesus had recovered, where were the tangled yards of linen evidence? If somehow, the disciples had stolen past or bribed the guards, would they have stopped to unwrap, then rearrange, the wraps? Could they indeed? The bandages were not in disarray. Nor had they been removed.

We are left with the rather uncomfortable fact that Jesus’s human flesh had been transformed as spirit - and had passed through the wraps as easily as he later passed through a solid door.

He had risen! This was no human plot. The infinite power of the Almighty Creator had worked a miraculous change and released His Son from the bands of death forever. Jesus was - and is - alive!
The proof convinced those men and women of the first century. Jesus was with them on numerous occasions in the six weeks following that memorable morning. When the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians some twenty years later, he cited the living testimony of almost five hundred witnesses of the greatest miracle ever to shake our world: ‘Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve. Afterward He was seen by over five hundred brothers at once’ (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
The resurrection was the central teaching of the New Testament church of God, and upon it is based the enduring religion of Christ. It is the ‘good news’ - the Gospel.
The record of the momentous event remains preserved for 21st century man in the Holy Bible. And the fact of the resurrection remains as much a challenge to us - to all mankind of all faiths - as to those men in the cold sepulchre 19 centuries ago. It’s a challenge none of us can afford to ignore. It irrefutably proves God is alive.
It is evidence that He intervenes in human affairs. It affirms His intense and loving concern for every human on this planet. It testifies to the happy knowledge that we are not alone in this universe, that our Creator will never allow His creation to drift to utter destruction.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is an uncompromising challenge to each of us. It is a challenge to our readers to search out His plan for your own life! Because the Father raised Jesus Christ from cold death and transformed him from flesh to spirit - then you must face what that means for you! Because Jesus Christ was without doubt raised from the dead, then God exists.
There is life after life. And that means you must respond to Him - for He holds you accountable! The Father is, in this age, ‘team building’. He issues a universal invitation to everyone to enter into a relationship with Him through Jesus with the ultimate purpose of working with Him throughout eternity. Those who respond to His call He draws to Jesus: ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day’ (John 6:44).
It’s a life-time commitment along a narrow and difficult pathway, and ‘narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing’.
Along this pathway we are assured of the guidance and support of the only person raised from the dead to spirit life.

How Long Until Christ Returns? (Children of God)

How close is Christ's return? We in God’s Church often wonder how much time is left before Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God. We especially wonder this when we are going through severe trials or see others that we are fond of having difficulties.  We know that the only cure for this sick world is for Jesus Christ to come and remove Evil from this earth and to bring all people to the knowledge of God’s most perfect Way.
So how close is the return of Christ? To answer this question, we can start by trying to imagine what the world around us will be like just before Christ’s return. Christ is going to come back to a world that has rejected Him and has completely gone the way of Satan. So let’s take a look at the status of our society now and see how close we are to seeing it go over the brink.
Can we imagine living in a country: Where the name of God or His Word cannot be mentioned or displayed in any governmental or business setting? Where science’s primary objective is to prove that God doesn’t exist rather than to seek true knowledge? Where business cheating is the rule rather than the exception? Where countless unborn babies are killed because their parents see them as an inconvenience? We can see that most of these trends are already characteristic of our society.
Are we able to imagine living in a world: Where all forms of sexual deviancy are not only accepted but widely practiced? Where most entertainment, television programs, music, movies and advertisements are blatantly showing filth, perversion and indecency? Where lewd people flaunt their lifestyles in public, and the few remaining decent people are continually vexed by their blatant indecent behavior? Society is reaching that point, and it continues to get worse day by day.
“And [God] delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds).” (2 Peter 2:7-8)
In this world, the decency practiced by our forefathers, both in this country and abroad, has almost completely been replaced by the perverted way of life espoused by Satan. It is becoming harder and harder to live God’s way of life, and many people who once were in the Church have given up trying.
“It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)
We are going to find ourselves being more and more tested as we see these things happening, but we have to be patient. God does not want us to put our heads in the sand. He wants us to watch what is happening and “sigh and cry” because of what we see around us.
The Lord said unto him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” (Ezekiel 9:4)
How bad does it have to get before Christ’s return? We understand that God will allow great suffering to come upon the world due to perversities of all kinds. It has to get so bad that people will finally have to admit that living Satan’s way of life will always bring pain. Only when the conditions just mentioned become normal, and evil has grown to unimaginable proportions, will God finally say “Forgive them not”. Then mankind will be thrown into the final crucibles of the Tribulation and the Day of the Lord.
“Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.” (Jeremiah 7:16) “[When everyone is involved] therefore forgive them not.” (Isaiah 2:9)
We can see that day rapidly approaching. As we mourn for the people of this godless society, we can also rejoice because we know that our salvation is near. The time won’t be long now. Almost every day we see society reaching new lows. It is like a snowball rolling downhill rapidly picking up speed, and there are no strong forces in society that can stop it.
“Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near.” (James 5:8)
Because of our calling, we are able to face the future with confidence. Although we also share in the suffering now, we have the assurance that our suffering will be turned into joy. As we count down the days, let’s take heart in knowing that Christ’s return cannot be long now.

The Gods of Egypt (Morning Companion)
“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn of the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgement.” (Exodus 12:12)
Before Israel came out of Egypt, God brought a series of plagues upon the Egyptian people. Most scholars believe that the plagues were God’s systematic rebuttal of the gods of Egypt, for each plague showed their impotence and even destroyed the objects of worship.
The Nile, the giver of life to the nation, was the greatest of the gods, and it was the first to be cursed. Frogs were the symbol of fruitfulness of offspring, and God cursed the land by an overabundance of them.
The plague of flies was a repudiation of Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies. Moses initiated the plague of boils by sprinkling ashes, which was a repudiation of the god Typhon, whom the Egyptians tried to appease by burnt human sacrifice. And the locusts revealed that the god Serapis was powerless to stop the infestation that he was responsible to prevent.
And when there was darkness of the land for three days, Ra was shown to be nothing when compared to the great Yahweh.
We have our own false gods today to whom we pay our homage. It has been said that, in order to get the attention of an American, simply kick him in the pocketbook. We worship the goddess named Fortune, because we hold wealth and possessions as a measure of success.
We worship the god named Status, for we crave position and the adulation of others.
We worship a goddess called Liberty (whom we should really call Libertine), and in the name of that god claim the right to do whatever we please with no regard for consequences.
We sacrifice babies on the altar of Erotica, claiming freedom of choice, but only in matters from the waist down.
We bow at the altar of Narcissus, where self-made men worship their creator.
Your god is what you think about most of the time. Your god is the one you trust for deliverance, sustenance, and meaning in life.
As we enter this Passover season, we should think long and hard about the gods we worship. The true God systematically removed the objects of Egyptian worship until all were forced to acknowledge the One who is supreme. Will God be forced to remove from us our false gods before we finally and completely turn to him?

God Is Kind (and He wants you to be too!) (Guardian Ministries)
There are two Greek words translated ‘kindness’ in the New Testament. They are (in a transliteration) ‘chrestotes’ and ‘philanthropia’. The first of these words is used much more often and means ‘moral excellence in character and demeanor, goodness of heart, kindness, and gentleness’.
Look again at these definitions They describe God Himself - ‘moral excellence in character and demeanor’. Is God good? That’s another definition of ‘chrestotes’ - ‘goodness of heart’. Also our English words ‘kindness’ and ‘gentleness’. God is all these in His character. That is why this word is used to describe God. Here’s an example: “so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7 NAU).

God grants us His grace in kindness!
In the United States today, we could use more kindness, especially in what has been a tumultuous election year. People get on social media sites and just lambast, insult, name-call, deride and verbally insult others who do not agree with them. Some have had their reputations trashed because they voted differently from others. Friendships have ended over differences of choices of candidates. How sad!
We ought to follow the example of Thomas Jefferson who said: “When I hear another express an opinion which is not mine, I say to myself, he has a right to his opinion, as I to mine.” He gave this advice to his grandson: “Why should I question it (another’s opinion). His error does me no injury, and shall I become a Don Quixote, to bring all men by force (or intimidation) of argument to one opinion? Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics.”
The apostle Paul said that the proofs of his ministry were many. He outlines them in 2 Corinthians chapter 6:3-6, “Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed: but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.”
Please notice that kindness is one of the proofs Paul cites of his ministry. In his list of the fruit of the spirit Paul mentioned ‘kindness’ (Galatians 5:22).
In order to be a new person in Christ, we have to put off the old man with its evil deeds. And we must put on the new man. One of the things we must put on is ‘kindness’ (Colossians 3:12). In his list of the qualities of love, Paul places kindness. He says, “love is kind” (1Corinthians 13:4). And Proverbs 19:22 says, “What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.”
In counseling with young single people, especially women, I emphasize that one of the most important qualities in a man is kindness.
There is a second Greek word used that is translated kindness. It is ‘philanthropia’, which comes from two Greek words combined. One is ‘phileo’, which means love or deep friendship, and the other is ‘anthropos’. Literally, this Greek word means a love for mankind. Luke tells us in the Book of Acts that the natives of Malta extended kindness (philanthropia) to Paul and the members of the ship who were stranded on that island. See Acts 28:2.
When Paul wrote the letter to Titus, he used both these Greek words in chapter 3:4. “But when the kindness (‘chrestotes’) of God our Savior and his love for mankind (‘philanthropia’) appeared ...” The kindness of God reflects his wonderful character. With that wonderful character God then expresses his love for mankind. God manifested his wonderful qualities and His love for mankind after humans have been foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved the various lusts and pleasures, hateful and hating one another (the opposite of kindness). For more details see Titus 3:3.
Since we are to manifest the fruit of the spirit and are to put on the wonderful qualities of love in the new man, there is no doubt we should have kindness. Kindness is definitely a Christian quality. If you and I are not kind, we are not manifesting the love of God or the fruit of the spirit. There are people who have kindness who are not Christians. But no one can claim to be a Christian who does not have kindness.
You and I must follow in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior, of our God and Father, and in the admonitions of the apostles of Jesus Christ.

Famine of the Word (Legacy Institute
The world is changing rapidly. We know that someday there will be a famine of the word. Amos 8:11-12 says: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
It is a crime in Canada to talk about what God says about homosexuality in the Bible. How long before preachers and televangelists start being imprisoned for so-called “hate speech”? The LGBT and atheist lobbies are gaining in strength daily and any mention of God or Jesus as an important part of the fabric of our Western society is targeted. God must be removed, they say!
A recent PEW research survey shows that an alarming number of Americans are just giving up on God. “Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.”
For those who have stopped looking for the Word of God, a famine of the Word will not affect them—that is, until they realize they need God and start to seek out those who are preaching and teaching His Holy Word.
Will they find Him? Not if the media, internet and other public forums are all controlled by those who want to erase God out or our Western consciousness.
This famine will affect the whole world, not just the U.S.A. All of us involved in preaching the Gospel to the whole world must step up our efforts to make the Word of God available to many, many more who thirst for the Truth.
It is getting more and more difficult to bring young people from Burma here to Thailand to prepare them to return home and preach the Gospel. Satan always uses governments to squelch the true Gospel message, even if those governments do not even know they are being used as tools of Satan. Satan is the god of this world, never forget!
Legacy cannot and will not stop preaching and teaching the word of God. There is much more work to be done. We may just have to do it in a different way. One door closes and another opens.

Science Catches Up! (OzWitness)

Have you noticed that scientists recently have begun to discover that more long held ‘unscientific’ beliefs which they had scoffed at, have been discovered to be true after all? Today in one newspaper was the news that ‘mother was right after all’. You’ll catch a cold if you don’t put on a coat in winter! Scientists have long claimed that coughs and colds are not caused by a drop in temperature but more likely by warm stuffy rooms where he cold virus can spread more easily, though now thy have recognized that our immune systems work better when we are kept warm with coat and scarf!

Another ‘new’ discovery mentioned in today’s news is that whole milk may actually help to reduce blood pressure because it apparently contains high levels of nitric oxide, which widens blood vessels, and this improves blood flow to the heart. That information joins other recent news that full cream milk is better for us than half cream milk, and even that butter may be better for us than vegetable oil margarine.

Actually, I would not be surprised if that were true. Years ago I had a recurring problem like King Henry the Eighth. Gout in my big toe! Every year I would get an attack and have to hobble about with an unbending toe until someone told me about cherries. OK, so it was unscientific, but apparently several cherries each day keeps the gout away (By the way, I don’t drink much wine or alcohol!). I tried it, and the gout disappeared, never to return. Any cherries will do – tinned, fresh or bottled – only a few each day and goodbye gout!

That information can point us to another source of ‘unscientific’ information that we can refer to for even more authoritative health guidance. The Bible. The Bible is the handbook the Creator provided with His product – us. You may not realize it but it contains a great deal of advice on how to live long, and stay healthy.

Sometimes, it is simply promises – keep this commandment and you will live long e.g. Exodus 20:12“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

Sometimes it is guidance on which foods are designed to be good for us to eat, and which bad, and elsewhere we are advised on which behavior and attitude will help our mental state to remain healthy and avoid psychosomatic illness. Also, God incidentally mentions things that His people eat, and food which some shared with God Himself, when He has appeared on earth. Food like fish, whole grains, meat, milk, butter, honey, which in that way gain God’s stamp of approval.

So, yes, as the years go by, more and more of the Bible’s teaching is being shown to be true after all. You can be in there in advance of science, and enjoy the health benefits before science catches up. Just study the Bible! Joshua 1:8  ‘Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.’