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This Thanksgiving, Do You Have Enough?

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The two men stood facing each other. One man was armed the other was not. The armed man had vowed to kill the other. Behind the armed man were about four hundred warriors. The two enemies were close enough to see each other, and the gap could close fast.

Today was the showdown. A life-long grudge was about to be settled. The fight was certainly going to be one-sided and it wouldn’t take long.

The unarmed man was known for his underhanded dealings. He had a shady past. Today was the day for his comeuppance.

The armed man stood still as the unarmed man walked toward him. They hadn’t seen each other in many years. Then the unarmed man did something very unexpected. He dropped to his knees and bowed his head to the ground. Then he got up and walked a bit closer and dropped to his knees again and bowed his head to the ground. He did the same thing over and over for seven times.

The armed man started running towards the other. The two men hugged each other and cried like boys. The flood of tears washed decades of hate away. There would be no blood shed here today.

At length the unarmed man presented the other with a great herd of cattle and sheep.

The armed man modestly declined and said, “Thank you, but I have plenty.”

The unarmed man nodded and still persisted that his gift be received. He said, “I have all!”

Gen. 33:8 And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

Gen. 33:9 And Esau said, I have enough my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

Esau’s enough – (Strong’s #7227 “rab” = Much, Plenty),

Gen. 33:10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

Gen. 33:11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

Jacob’s Enough – (Strong’s # 3605 “kole” = All).

 The difference between the two men’s possessions is explained in their own description. Esau had plenty as far as the carnal mind could evaluate wealth. Jacob on the other hand, realized that since he had a relationship with Jehovah, he in fact had ‘All’.

As far as earthly possessions go, many wealthy people may feel that they have enough.

But while those that have received the Holy Ghost may be poor by this world’s standards, they are actually rich. They have Jesus Christ in their hearts. They have Enough. They have ‘All’.

Esau had enough. Jacob had more. He had Enough!
Do you have enough? Or do you have Enough?

If you have Enough this Thanksgiving… be extra Thankful!

Enjoy Your Family And God’s Blessings This Year!

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Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

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A New Project From The Gleason Family, Heritage.

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November 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

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Miso-Veritas

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This guest blog is written by my brother-in-law, Rev. Eric Marxer. He attends Inland Lighthouse in Rialto, CA. – mjb

 

Miso-Veritas

 

2 Thess 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2 Thess 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2 Thess 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2 Thess 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Miso-phonia: literally “hatred of sound“, is a neurological disorder in which negative experiences (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific sounds.  For some people with this condition, mealtime can be torture. The sounds of other people eating – chomping, chewing, slurping, clicking their dentures or sucking their teeth – can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage.

The last part of verse 10 in our text says, “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” The word “truth” in Greek means “verity” which came from the Latin word “Veritas”. Therefore, if Miso-phonia means, a hatred of sound.

Then Miso-veritas means, a hatred of truth, and could be defined as a spiritual disorder in which negative experiences (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific truths. For some people with this spiritual condition, church time can be torture.

When an Apostolic teacher/preacher delivers this precious truth of One God, repentance, be baptized in Jesus’ name, be filled with the Holy Ghost (with the evidence of speaking in other tongues) holiness message – it can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage.

Sadly, the scripture gives the ultimate effect from this condition, ” And for this cause (of not having a love of the truth) God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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Two Things You’d Never Expect To See Under The Same Roof!

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Two Things You’d Never Expect To See Under The Same Roof!

Ice Cream Parlor & Bicycle Repair

Burglar Alarms & Hot Dog Stand

Mortuary & CB Shop

Auto Sales & Tanning Booth

Barber Shop & Chicken Farm

Bowling Alley & French Bakery

Transmission Repair & Pedicures

Hot Donuts & Cold Storage

Taxidermy & Petting Zoo

Roofing & Marriage Counseling

Day Care & Optometry

Palm Reading & Pet Detective

Service Station & Office Supplies

Recording Studio & Crop Dusting

Auto Parts & Dating Service

Financial Advisory & Bait Shop

Furniture Upholstering & Valet Parking Service

Slaughter House & Florist

Concrete Finishing & Dog Grooming

Drywall Service & Tax Preparation

Tractor Tires & TV Repair

Driver’s Ed & Firecrackers

Dentistry & Stump Grinding

Bar-BQ & Shoe Repair

Chimney Repair & Ski Instruction

Welling Digging & Wig Shop

Building Demolition & Hearing Aids

Lawn Care & Diaper Service

Gun Repair & Wedding Announcements

Wedding Photography & Radiator Repair

Accounting & Dog Walking Service

Tattoo Parlor & Divorce Mediation

Auto Detailing & Tuxedo Rentals

Laundry Service & Pest Control

Blacksmithing & Banjo Repair

Estate Planning & Fish Market

Notary Service & Welding Shop

Malt Shop & Fitness Center

Carpet Laying & Web Hosting

Auto Painting & Paralegal Service

Travel Agency & Bail Bonds

Motel & Wig Shop

Real Estate & Alterations

Beauty Shop & Carburetor Repair

Deli & Dog Kennel

Graphic Design & Fresh Farm Eggs

Fresh Vegetables & Septic Service

Pizza & Acupuncture

Wedding Chapel & Wrecker Service

Apostolics & Immodest Apparel

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November 16, 2013 at 12:57 am

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What Happens When Conviction And His Friend Walk Down Your Street?

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What Happens When Conviction And His Friend Walk Down Your Street?

lookingWhat is your reaction when they actually stop, turn, and look directly at where you live. What is your reaction when Conviction takes the initiative and loudly knocks on your door?

What Happens When You Come Face To Face With Conviction?

·      Oh, you’ll know him when you see him.

·      He is instantly recognizable.

·      Do you run and hide?

·      Do you shake his hand and welcome him into your world?

·      Do you slam the door of your heart in his face and lock it?

·      Or do you act like no one is there and ignore him?

His sole purpose of knocking on your heart’s door was to introduce you to his partner, Truth, who stands quietly outside, waiting near the street!

Your first response may forever affect your future and your eternity. Respond wisely.

Reactions certainly vary in us all, nevertheless something transpires in each heart at that moment that forever identifies our true self. We are identified by our reaction or lack thereof.

·      (There were three reactions to the crucifixion. Some wept, some mocked, and some watched.)

Something unique happened in us when we first recognized that Conviction was trying to gain access into the rooms of our heart and forever change how we thought, felt, lived, believed and desired.

When Conviction introduced us to Truth, we recognized Him immediately and our spiritual eyes were no longer blinded.

·      Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

·      Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

But to those who pushed Conviction and Truth out of their heart’s house and ordered them never to return, the future is bleak.

They find it easy to mock, reject Conviction and Truth.

·      Their mind is made up.

·      They do not wish to change how they live or dress for any reason.

·      Doing so would mean losing most of their friends and admitting they’ve been wrong all these years.

·      The ability to be stirred and changed is foreign to them.

·      Guilt and embarrassment makes some bar their heart’s door.

·      Shame makes some run and hide.

Rebellion most often gets vocal and calls Conviction and Truth names. He also has a problem with any of his neighbors, friends and family who welcome Conviction and Truth into their homes and will go so far as to ban them from their life as well.

The sad reality is, Conviction is not required to knock on your door once, let alone twice.

It Is A Great Honor. Treat It As Such!

·      Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

·      Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

·      Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

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November 15, 2013 at 12:08 am

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King David’s One Line Autobiography

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King David’s One Line Autobiography

King David wasn’t young anymore. The gray showed in his hair. Wrinkles on his hands told the truth of his age. His moods had changed; his thinking now wasn’t focused on fulfilling his future dreams.

Now, he spent a lot of his private moments remembering all of his yesterdays. Somehow memories of his life’s failures occasionally crept into the forefront. Some of his sins were even knowledge.

His subjects knew of them, the historians had recorded them, and he even told on himself.

bwquillToday, in a moment of transparency uncommon for a king, David turned his thoughts to the times he had failed God, failed his subjects and shamed himself. Bathsheba’s name came to mind, as did her dead husband, Uriah. His encounter with Nabal had raised everyone’s eyebrows. Guilt was not a stranger to his thoughts.

He keenly remembered the preaching of Nathan the Prophet and the three days of God’s judgment and he was grateful for God’s mercy. He knew he didn’t deserve it, but God had been quick to forgive him when he repented.

David picked up a quill and dipped it into the ink and wrote his autobiography in one sentence on the parchment.

Psa. 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

Then he thought a moment and added a short postscript…

Psalms 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

(How Will Your Autobiography Read?)

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November 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

Not Even Once

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Not Even Once

Example One

The giant billboard alongside the Interstate blared the drug prevention message: “Not Even Once!”

I stared at the message with great fascination. To me the message was clear. While drug users may both concur or debate the point, there is truth in the message.

A few years ago, I preached in a church on the subject of God’s Mercy, His Forgiveness and Recovery.

The prayer warriors soon surrounded a middle-aged man who was crying out to God desperately.

Several nights in a row I watched as this man prayed. I often prayed with him myself.

I finally asked the pastor about the man one day, and what he said put me in a state of shock.

He said that the man in the altar used to pastor a fairly large church about 30 miles away. The former pastor claims that one Friday night he drove to another city and saw a man loitering on the street corner.

He pulled up and told the man he wanted to try crack or meth and would he help him make a connection. The man said he would, but only he bought some for both of them. The deal was made.

The former pastor claims that the very first time he tried the drug, he got addicted.

He lost his church, his ministerial license, the respect of his family and friends, his reputation, and he almost lost his marriage.

By the time I preached to him, he had already been through drug rehab programs two times and he still couldn’t be trusted with a ten-dollar bill.

For What Happened Once, Became A Fight For Survival.

 

 

Example Two

While preaching a Sunday night church anniversary service, I spoke on the importance of honoring and respecting their pastor. When I gave an invitation to pray around the altar, tearful family and saints surrounded an older gentleman at the altar. He sobbed uncontrollably.

The prior Sunday night, the man had stood up in the church service and railed on the pastor and the church.

While he spoke, his throat started hurting him, so he sat down. The next day he went to the doctor and was diagnosed with throat cancer in the last stages.

He Railed On God’s Man Just Once.

 

Example Three

After service one night, a middle-aged man walked up to me and said, “I am going to divorce my wife and leave the church. I know it’s not the right thing to do, but I don’t know what else to do.

“Do me a favor pastor, tell everyone you talk to, to never commit adultery the first time because it gets easier after that.”

With that comment he walked out of the church and out of my life.

 

 James Said It Best!

James 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

  • Just don’t mess up the first time!
  • Don’t play with sin.
  • You can’t take fire into your bosom and not be burned.

God has always hated sin. Why play with the things God hates?

Too many are taking great risks with their souls. They feel more comfortable around sin than they ought.

Maybe they think themselves superior and stronger than the pull of sin. The Bible already tells us our flesh is weak, believe it!

 

Do Not Err My Brethren!

Do Not Sin My Brother, Not Even Once!

Do Not Backslide My Brother, Not Even Once!

 

NOT EVEN ONCE

Once – was all Eve had to disobey… and she was cursed forever.

Once – was all Saul had to disobey and disrespect God… and he was cut off.

Once – was all Moses had to smite the rock… and he was kept from the Promised Land.

Once – was all Achan had to disobey… and he and his family were stoned.

Once – was all Ananias and Sapphira had to rob God of their tithes… and God killed them both.

Once – was all Miriam had to talk against her brother Moses… and she became leprous.

Once – was all Gehazi had to disobey… and he was smitten with leprosy.

Once – was all Korah had to rebel and stand up to Moses… and the ground opened up and swallowed him and his friends.

Once – was all Cain had to get jealous and lose his temper… and God marked him forever.

Once – was all the Unknown Prophet had to disobey God… and God let a wild beast kill him.

Once – was all Israel had to refuse to enter into the Promised Land… and God made them wander in the wilderness for forty years.

Once – was all the Rich Young Ruler had to walk away… and never be heard of again.

Once – was all the Five Foolish Virgins had to be unprepared… and they got locked out for good.

Once – was all Balaam had to compromise and chase after money… and he died along side of the enemy.

Once – was all Nebuchadnezzar had to refuse to give God the Glory… and he was made to crawl on his hands and knees like a cow for seven years.

Once – was all Herod had to exalt himself higher than God… and God let worms eat him alive.

Once – was all Belshazzar had to desecrate the Holy things of the Temple… and God’s handwriting appeared on the wall.

Once – was all Esau had to despise the value of his birthright… and God never stopped hating him.

Once – was all Israel had to build a golden calf… and multitudes died.

Once – was all David had to commit adultery… and a whole nation was punished with death.

 

Be Very Grateful That God Has Allowed You To Enjoy His Grace And Mercy!

If You Have Sinned, Be Grateful For His Forgiveness!

But, Do Not Trample On His Mercy, Not Even Once!

Think Twice Before You Even Sin Once!

It’s Not Worth The Risk!

Don’t Do It!

Not Even Once!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 3, 2013 at 8:56 am

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