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The Road To Hell Is Paved With Cookies

Posted by truthoughts on March 28, 2011

I know you are probably thinking, WHAT?! Let me explain.

Tonight, my husband and I went to the grocery store to pick up some last minute things. It was a little late, around 9’ish but we didn’t want to have to go tomorrow. So, while we were there, shopping for what we needed, we happened to notice that some of the store food items were expired. One of which was a container of cookies, hence the title of this post.

I know you are asking yourself, “So, what do cookies have to do with going to hell?”. Well, I am getting to that.

We decided to bring this to the attention of the on duty manager because this was not the first time we have come across expired food there. Well, after we checked out, we found the manager and proceeded to inform her of the cookies. She looked at us puzzled as though she wasn’t sure what we wanted her to do about it. So, she said, “Well, I can sell them to you for a discount.” To which we replied that she cannot “sell” expired food.

She then looked dazed and replied in a prolonged tone, “Ohhh-kaaay”. She then took the cookies and walked off.

Now, to the point.

Many times when things happen, I think about how others might think or how they might respond and I then evaluate what the Biblical way of handling a situation would be.

I thought about how some may say or think in that situation that it could be free food since they cannot sell it and then rationalize that we should just take them next time and just not say anything at all. Then I thought to myself, “Its not worth going to hell over a box of cookies”.

I know some may think that is a harsh statement or judgment against anyone who might actually go through with something like that about what seems to be a small matter, however the Bible tells us otherwise.

I would like to share some scriptures with you regarding this. I do hope that you can see that taking something without saying anything or paying for it is wrong and we call that stealing. When calling it what it is “stealing”, we know that it is illegal despite the details we would try to rationalize it with. The Bible calls that a seared conscious (1 Timothy 4:2).

Lets see what the Bible says about thieves:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Now, you may say that once we “get saved” then everything is covered from beginning to end, however I would like to share a couple of verses with you regarding that.

Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

You may then wonder about the Bible saying that all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Well, lets look at those verses in the right context as they are shared in the scriptures.

Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

As you can see, this verse is talking about both Jews and Gentiles can be saved rather than just the Jews or just the Gentiles and not just in general regarding salvation.

Well, here is another verse some may share but lets keep it in the right context as well.

Acts 2:19-21 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

As you can see in Acts, it is referring to the time of the second coming of Christ. When He comes back to the earth, things will be so much worse than anything you can imagine now, even with all that is happening today. This is not referring to the Church age.

We can see the Lord confirming this in the following verse:

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Where does this leave you? We all must walk out our conversion in Christ which is not what gets us there but what is the evidence of our sanctification through Him. Which means that one cannot be saved by Him without being changed by Him. This is possible on a death bed situation but only if they are sincere and changed within themselves by Him in that moment. For the rest of us, we must walk it out as faithful witnesses by our works or as the Bible calls them “our fruit”.

So, the next time you come to a situation that may seem like a small thing… just remember what the Word says and choose the right path that leads to salvation and eternal life and turn from the wrong path that leads to death and eternal damnation.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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Testimony: Jerome

Posted by truthoughts on June 25, 2010

Testimony: Jerome I Thomas Jr.
Given 6/25/2010

I was about 5-7 when the Lord spoke to me from a cloud in the west. I had assumed at that age that the light was coming from the sun though it was early in the morning. Since that day the enemy attacked me and used the mistakes of unsaved friends and family and anyone who he could in order to destroy me. As I grew older I became self absorbed and prideful. I was being drawn to the occult and witchcraft and did not know it.

I experienced terrifying dreams and an angel tried to take me into the heavenlies, but I was so scared of everything. I believed that the evil beings that some called aliens where trying to take me and I even remember, what I believe was an out of body experience, where something was taking me. I had a feeling it was not good so I said put me back but they/it didn’t until I said, “Jesus, I want to go back.”

Many strange things and strange people came in and out of my life. I was molested, verbally abused and somewhat physically abused. So I craved the love and attention I only got when people saw me sing or dance. Entertainment was the only option for me in my mind and I idolized Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, and Terrance Trent Darby.

I could not wait to get plastic surgery and I just wanted to be rich, beautiful and famous so I would not have troubles in life; so I could help people.

I grew older and had some success in dance and began to segway into acting, but by then, I became a homosexual, marijuana smoking, club hopping, sinner.

I was diagnosed with HIV and then became depressed, anxious, bitter, angry and somewhat suicidal but I know that I would not be forgiven for that. I started with cocaine and cigarettes by this time, and slowly progressed into crystal meth.

One day after drinking some vodka, I fell out on the concrete. Before this happened, I remember a swirling effect happening around me and evil forces pulling me down and laughing. I felt these things in my spirit but did not see anything. I knew I was dying and that I was going to hell. I felt like, “well, I’m a sinner so I belong in hell and God is doing the right thing.” But something in me said, “why don’t you pray?” So I told God that I didn’t feel like prying because I’ve been too bad but… I just was not ready to die and if You could please do something, maybe send some angels to help me. I cried and cried.

When I was out, everything was blacker then black and I think I may have been in hell but don’t remember because He has not allowed it, thank God. Then a very strong wind and then white, I got up thinking I was at home in bed only to see concrete and people around me. I don’t know how long I was out. I didn’t see any blood when I got up but some say my head was gushing blood. Nobody helped, only one guy who drank with me kept screaming, “get up… you ok… just get up.”

I stayed inside for the next 3 days crying because I knew I deserved hell and I thought how awful it would be to be there, knowing how good God is. I would be singing his praises because I always did. I just can’t help it, even when I’m depressed, sad or angry. If a gospel song comes on the radio, my vocal chords just start moving. It kept me from killing myself.

Well, I went to the hospital and nothing was wrong on the CAT scan, which was strange because I had terrible headaches. They thought I had a heart problem but the test showed a heart which the doctor said I could model for her students so they would see what a healthy heart looked like. She also said that there was no murmur, which I had as a child.

I felt words inside me saying, “a clean heart” and I thought of the scripture (Psalm 51:10) “create in me a clean heart.”

While in the hospital for those 3 days, the voice I heard in the cloud at age 6, said, “Choose!” I thought of the scripture (Joshua 24:15 ) “choose you this day” and I said, “oh God it’s time.” So ever since then, I decided to follow Jesus. No more sex, drugs and R&B for me.

I live a life of complete holiness, thanks to the power of The Holy Ghost. I ask that all who read this will pray that the Lord continue to sanctify me wholly as I die daily to sin and walk in the newness of life though Christ Jesus.

Time is short, when the Lord spoke to me at age 6, He told me I would do many bad things but that He would not forget me. I asked to go with Him when He came and for Him to stop me from doing bad things and let me know ahead of time when He was coming so I could warn everybody.

I felt led to ask for how much time and I said, “A couple years” but remembering that my mom said a couple meant 2, I said, “Oh no, we need more. I need more time because there are a lot of people.” So I thought well, several years, cause I thought that meant 7. So I said, “Yeah Lord 7 should be enough time.”

Then I felt His presence leave and I became confused about if He would give me 7 or was that too much, being that I first said 2, so maybe 4??

Interestingly enough, I was baptized in August of 09 and the Lord has been cleaning me up in preparation of something.

2010 marks the 70th anniversary of Israel, so if the generation spoken of in Matthew 24:34 which shall not pass away before they see all these things which includes Him sending His angels to collect the elect, is the 70 year generation according to Psalm 90:10 . Then we are 7 years away. God kept His promise to me. He did not forget me and He brought me out of darkness, so maybe we will get 7 more years. Keep looking up!!!

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Testimony: Pat

Posted by truthoughts on June 25, 2010

Testimony: Pat
Given on June 25, 2010

I was born in 1945 to catholic parents. They were not fanatic Catholics, they were GOD fearing good people. My father’s side of the family; were, to sum this up in an example, one of my father’s older brothers (who fought in the First World War) married a protestant lady and he was disowned by his family!!

I grew up in the west of Ireland, born at the end of WW2 in 1945.

Ireland was a totally different place than what it is today. The CATHOLIC church had huge power and exercised it. Maybe in the spiritual way that was good. It gave most people a great fear of GOD and HELL. The priests preached a lot of sermons of “FIRE AND BRIMSTONE!” we were terrified of going to hell. This did not stop the sins but it made us aware.

On the other side (HELL) there were some abominable treatments in the institutions run by the CATHOLIC church and sanctioned by the Irish government. As a young boy I wanted to be “holy” as I loved the LORD JESUS, but in 1994 my first wife got cancer, she was 39 when she died.

Certain CHRISTIANS had been testifying to me, particularly at work. I was an assistant manager in a hotel owned by the “EDGE” and; “BONO” of U2 fame. They decided to close down most of the hotel for mostly reconstruction. This really was a help as I still was working, with so little to do. From shift work, 5 over 7. I went to 8 to 4 and 5 over 5. The two staff that were left were both CHRISTIANS and I got plenty of testifying to, for 18 months!!!!!. It was like a bible school. The LORD was working hard for me!!

My wife died in April ’95. She had repeated the sinners prayer twice before she died. We had 4 young children then. (now they are 4 young adults) Six months after she died I was shaving in the bathroom, feeling in good form, not thinking of anything in particular. Suddenly something came into my head.”SHE IS SAFE IN THE PALM OF MY HANDS”. I didn’t know that this was from ST. John’s Gospel 10:28. I just felt a wow feeling as this inspiration grew in my mind. It is hard to describe this type of sensation…but I knew CAROLYN was safe in HEAVEN. What peace that gave me!!

One year later I lost my job in the hotel. So now I was a single unemployed father with 4 young children.

I was not angry with GOD, except one day I cursed GOD and put my fist through a bucket of paint. I soon apologized, as I said at this time I was a “babe” CHRISTIAN, and was fascinated by the great bible preachers. I was so happy to learn the BIBLE in a better light. but I was lonely. I had and have a very blessed CHRISTIAN pal, called Clem, who left the CATHOLIC church, same time as me. He got me plenty of work over those strange years. Thank GOD for him. I was very lonely being single. was married to Carolyn for 17 years, but knew her for 34 years. Her sister was married to my brother in 1959. I heard a preacher say one day. ask GOD to give you the possession that he has for you. So for the next 3 years I prayed, “DEAR LORD HELP ME TO POSSES THE POSSESSION THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED FOR ME” lo and behold 3 years later I met a beautiful girl of 32 years, JAYNE. She did not know much about GOD. Her family did not go to church, but Jayne had a semblance of faith. When I told her about the bible she instantly believed. Jayne has and is such a blessing to me and my children. Many more things have happened to me as mighty blessings from GOD but I don’t want to bore you anymore. Suffice to say that YHWH, THE LORD JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT are my life. May you truly find them also. MARANATHA.

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Enter In At The Narrow Gate

Posted by truthoughts on October 1, 2009

The Lord has been laying something on my heart so heavy that at times all I can do is shake as tears flood down my cheeks. I am praying that He will give me the words for this post because right now, all I can do is cry. At the moment, my hands are shaking and there is a warm heaviness deep inside me flushing throughout my being.

The true subject of this post is holiness. Putting everything aside and getting to the heart of it all… We must be holy to enter into the kingdom of heaven. God will not accept anything less than a holy bride, a holy servant of Christ. Before we go further, lets take a look at some scripture from God’s Word.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.

1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

2 Peter 3:11-14 [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Here is a warning:

2 Peter 2:20-22 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

This being the case, what could be worse then before they knew the Truth? Before they knew the Truth (salvation of Christ Jesus) they were on their way to hell. What is worse then hell? Could it be that there are different degrees of hell? I certainly would not want to find out.

Part of how Jesus ends the book of Revelation is with:

Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Will you make sure you are counted in the end group or will you continue in the first group?

There is a testimony that I came across that I would like to share with you here of a lady who found this all out the hard way. Lets learn from her so that we do not have to experience this ourselves.  I will attempt to embed the video of her testimony here as well as a transcript with links. Please watch her video. Some of the video is unclear, so refer to the transcript for those parts. Just remember that we are to Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass (God’s wrath), and to stand before the Son of man.”

Here is the link to the video: Video

Here is the link to the transcript: Transcript

March 25th, 2007,on a sunny Saturday afternoon at 2:35 PM, I came home from helping a friend and lay down to take a nap. All of a sudden, the right side of my bed started to roll like a wave of water as I was laying on the left side of my bed. I did not feel the bed moving, I only saw it moving.

Well, I am a born again Christian and I know to call on the name of Jesus when these things happen. So I started pleading the blood of Jesus over my bed then bam! I was standing up on the floor behind my bed. I remember standing there and thinking to myself, how did I get up here without remembering and who is this woman laying in my bed?!? And why is my bed still rolling like this?

Then I looked down at my body. I was slim and beautiful but naked! I specifically remember that there is no time in eternity, none! We are governed by time in this reality but in the spirit realm, there is no time governance. Also, I remember that all thoughts and communication are conveyed through thinking and then the recipient just receives what you are saying and then back and forth like that. No mouth needed!

I was then taken from my apartment and I appeared in this massive room where there were people of every colour and shape and size from every nation standing there, all dressed in very bright white. I thought to myself, this is a room of saints.

However, I was immediately told by my invisible spirit guide, who I knew was standing there beside me, that the white robes that these people were, people who were professing Christianity but had evil continually in there hearts. There were millions of people!!! Suddenly, I saw their flesh start to drip off of them like chocolate melting in heat. The flesh just started to drip off of these people right onto the floor. I just stood there in quiet amazement. I was told that all of these people are on their way to hell because they profess Christianity but have evil in their hearts continually.

Then I was taken up into eternity, this is what took place. I was up in the air somewhere in eternity and I was looking down on this scene. There was a female, who has the same complexion as me laying on her back on this platform naked. She had shreds of clothing, white and black in colour, hanging around her neck. She was up on her elbows looking intensely at something in front of her.

There was a great being standing beside her that I could not see but I knew was there who was ALL POWERFUL! Over the entire scene was a canopy and the canopy was the spirit of God. The platform that this female lay on was a flat surface but there was a funnel under the platform and inside this funnel was a great whirlwind that kept this funnel in place.

Then, all of a sudden, I was down and inside this body. Now, I lay there. I was whimpering but too much in utter awe at what was happening in front of me. All of a sudden, a great circle appeared in front of me. The circle grew to the size of a two story house and a flat brown surface appeared inside this circle that acted as a door. Words appeared on this flat brown surface in a foreign language that resembled Hebrew. Although I didn’t know the language, I could understand what the words said: THE GATES TO HELL!!!!!!!!!!

These gates started to open, and then I saw the fire…blue, yellow and red flames. I was told that the flames that I was looking at are 20,000 times hotter than the fire on earth and that this fire is fed by sulphur and brimstone. I then saw the darkness. The sun lights the day here and the moon lights the night here, but there is no darkness like it is in hell. The darkness is alive with pure evil!!!

I then saw the darkness..the sun lights the day here and the moon
lights the night here, but there is no darkness like it is in hell. The
darkness is alive…with pure evil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was about to be thrown
into this fire and then,all of a sudden, I was back into this body. I lay here in
this body, feeling heavy physically because the spirit is free with no flesh and
blood, just completely free but I lay here.

I was about to be thrown into this fire and then, all of a sudden, I was back into this body. I lay here in this body, feeling heavy physically because the spirit is free with no flesh and blood, just completely free but I lay here. The GOD of all ages spoke directly to me, this is what He said to me, and let me just say that He was ANGRY. When He spoke, His voice went through my bones like a massive vibration!!! All I could do is just lay there and hear my master speak.

He said,”This is the end of all sin. If you do not serve me
with your whole heart, I will use you to save others but you will die and go to
hell.” “If you do not serve me with your whole heart, then you serve Me not at
all.”

Than the Lord of hosts got even angrier and said, “TITHES AND
OFFERINGS ARE A COMMANDMENT. THIS IS HOW MY WORD IS
PREACHED, THIS IS WHAT TAKES CARE OF MY CHURCHES!!!!”

The Lord said, “You go and tell them….WITHOUT HOLINESS, NO MAN CAN
ENTER INTO MY KINGDOM!!!”

The Lord said to me exactly what was in the
bible, “Be ye holy as I am holy!!!!” This is what I changed me forever.

I was living half holy before this experience but not anymore. I am on my
way to Heaven. I do not ever want to go back to this disgusting place. The
Lord has also told me that he is going to use me to preach the unadulterated
truth of his word..NO SUGAR COATING…NO EASINESS…JUST HOLY
GHOST BOLDNESS.

This is why I was born. He gave me a boldness to tell
people things that they do not want to hear…It is ALL OR NOTHING WITH
JESUS CHRIST….NOTHING ELSE WILL SUFFICE…..ALL OR NOTHING…ALL OF
YOU OR NONE OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As Jesus Christ is my lord, my God and my king, this record is true and real
and is my personal beginning of wisdom.

The word of God says in Proverbs,
“The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”

I fear him now and have an utter
reverance for the god of ages that I never had before.

By: Queen E. Dixon

My suggestion would be to pray very hard to the Lord Jesus. Ask Him to cleanse you of every sin that you have committed, whether knowingly or unknowingly. Ask Him to help you to draw near to Him and that He make you holy and pure in His sight. Ask Him to help you to live for Him and to be obedient to Him through His Word and His Holy Spirit. Ask Him to make you ready to be in His presence and to be pleasing to Him in Jesus’ name.

Daily… this is a daily focus. We must strive for holiness in Christ every day, this is what is meant by taking up our cross daily (Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, and Luke 9:23). We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling for this very reason (Philippians 2:12 ).

I will leave you with this…

Philippians 3:13-15 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Run the race well, with endurance and faith to overcome.

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Myanmar Junta Refuses US Aid

Posted by truthoughts on June 13, 2008

The following article is from the Associated Press at Yahoo news, so it will change as information is updated on this topic.

UN says Myanmar farmers need fuel for planting

…The U.N. estimates more than 1 million survivors, mostly in the delta, still need help more than five weeks after the cyclone struck. The government’s official death toll is above 78,000 and an additional 56,000 people are missing…

…”The window of opportunity is very short, and the need is of the utmost urgency,” Heyzer was quoted saying. “The planting season in the delta is June to July, after which it will be too late, with disastrous consequences for food security in Myanmar and the region.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an assessment this week that the area affected by the cyclone “normally accounts for roughly 60 percent of (Myanmar’s) rice production.”…

…In a clear reference to the U.S. on Thursday, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a mouthpiece for the junta, said that “the goodwill of a big Western nation that wants to help Myanmar with its warships was not genuine.”

Myanmar turned down humanitarian aid from U.S., British and French warships, which sailed to the waters off the Southeast Asian nation after the cyclone hit May 2-3…

1st Picture           2nd Picture

The Junta government of Yangon (Myanmar) mistrusts the US government because of their (US) ties with the democratic government and opposition towards the Junta military government. The Junta leaders feel that their are strings attached to the aid offer presented by the USA and others who hold the same stance, therefore, they will not accept the aid from those governments.

As you can see in the article, it is time for them to plant for their rice harvest and if they do not, they will surely suffer greater devistation as well as others around the globe due to the shortage. Also according to the article, tens of millions of dollars have been donated and offered but the Junta will not accept it for the people of Myanmar. This tragedy reaches far deeper than words can convey and it has only just begun.

Military Ship Picture

 The Junta government claims that you cannot trust aid from a source that presents it from military vessels, such as Navy ships and helicopters, etc. In the following picture, you can see the devistated areas with some census information, taken by: Reuters News

 We have not recently heard any additional information from Understand The Times Ministries, however, the last that we did hear was that the orphanages were structurally sound and that no one was hurt. They have been struggling along with everyone there, due to the rising food costs while trying to help those around them in need. Please continue to pray for them and you can stay informed through the ministry site as to their progress. You can help by going to Understand The Times Donation Center, which is a dedicated link for Bryce Lodge in Myanmar. From what we have heard, the aid efforts are better received by having an inside source to go through rather than without a contact in the region. The children at Bryce Lodge and the people in the surrounding areas will be blessed by your prayers and donations.

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There Is Hope For Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Victims

Posted by truthoughts on May 19, 2008

There is hope for Myanmar cyclone nagris disaster victims… We have received an update from Roger Oakland with Understand The Times, International Ministry. Please read the following message:

Myanmar Missions Update
From Understand The Times

As the world now knows, the destruction that hit Yangon and surrounding area two weeks ago may go down in history as one of the most severe catastrophes of all time. While the loss of life is indescribable, there is much more to this story. Not only is Myanmar one of the poorest places in the world, the people of the country may be the most oppressed in the world. 

UTT has been working with Christians in the country of Myanmar for the last three years. We have over 60 underprivileged children that are being cared for in four different homes (Bryce Lodges 1,2,3 and 4). We have also helped to establish Yangon Grace Bible Fellowship that has planted an additional five churches in two years. Before the storm hit we were in the process of establishing a Bible School and 25 Bible School students to share the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the country.

Four days passed following the storm before we received word from our people (who mostly live in Yangon) that all had survived the disaster. By surviving, we mean that all are alive. The conditions they now face are very difficult.

Understand The Times has established a Myanmar Relief Fund to assist the survivors. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who have already contributed. We have prayed and come up with what we believe is the proper way to distribute one hundred percent of the funds we receive to those who are in need.

Our strategy is to move financial resources into the country by several different means, and get these funds to the local Christians that Understand The Times has been working with over the last 3 years. Through their network of house churches and Bible School students we will identify needs and means of securing food, clothing and supplies for shelter and daily living and then provide for as many needs as possible along with proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This is a report from one of our leaders from May 13: 

“We went to the most destroyed places this morning but returned from half way because the military (army) do not like us to go. They check every truck to see whether the people bring rice, cooking oils, etc. The morality has been the issue.” “It looks like I will have to borrow the money and buy chain saws and help the Buddhist outreach area. Their house was completely destroyed. I will send the picture. Today, we gave them some money to buy rice. It is very humbling to see where they sleep and eat.”

And from another leader in Yangon:

“Nowadays, our main work is to go around and help the needy people in the way we could. Many of them are still in government school because of having no place to stay. According to the situation of Outskirt people (Buddhist slums), if you can come and supply the needs of rice, material needs for houses like bamboo roof cover like a roof grass- thatch tents, mosquito nets, cooking oil, salt, water for use so that no loss motion comes and solves the problems which they can not solve by their own, I believe it will be helpful and useful for reaching out the gospel to the people. The above things are getting higher day by day. Some are rising twice to sixth than the normal price. We brought even water very costly.”

We must exercise caution since foreign activity is suspect there and if we are too visible we can bring much trouble upon the local Christians. We must be very discreet and proceed with much caution and we must protect names and faces. We are presently in the process of sending someone over to Yangon to provide assistance and to help organize and oversee the dispersal of assistance through Understand the Times in the surrounding area. Others will follow as they are able to secure visas. Please pray for favor that we may receive the necessary visas and be able to go. 

All funds taken will be documented and accounted for and records will be kept showing who received the support and how it was spent. Our benevolent efforts will be in the name of Jesus and the gospel will be presented along with the physical assistance. A fund for supporting the victims of the Myanmar disaster has been established at  www.understandthetimes.org. Checks can be sent to our two offices in Canada and USA. Again, one hundred percent of all donations to the Myanmar Relief Fund go to help the people of Myanmar.

Sincerely In Christ,
Roger Oakland

As you can see, so much is going on in Yangon Myanmar and the surrounding areas. It reminds me of the verses: 

 

Amos 5:19 “As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.”

 

These poor people are going from a horrific event then having to suffering from the elements, food starvation, water dehydration and if that wasn’t enough, their own government is out to get them… or at least let them suffer and die. So, please, if you can do nothing else… pray for them and for those who are trying to help them. Let Understand The Times know you are keeping them in your prayers, encourage them in their difficult tasks ahead. You can visit their website at:  Understand The Times.

Be sure to subscribe to my feed for updates as they happen and please remember that your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. Also, if you have any questions or comments you would like passed along, please feel free to leave them in the comments section of this post. Thank you, God bless.

 

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Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion… Yeah Right!

Posted by truthoughts on May 18, 2008

There is a lot of controversy over these topics lately and through the years. It seems to be growing at more of a rapid pace through and to the Church lately. It seems that you are fine as long as you do not promote, discuss or even alert others that you are a Christian. If you do, then you are asked to stay quiet for the greater good or to leave in silence. We are being groomed to accept the rules of the supposed majority and to resign ourselves to not questioning those with a loud voice.

[Lets define what a Christian is because it seems that many people are a little confused as to what it means. First of all, you MUST believe that the Bible is the INERRANT Word of God, without this, you cannot base a security of salvation on what the Bible says if you do not believe it is without error. Secondly, you have to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, Savior, the Son of God (Creator of heaven and earth) and that He came here to earth, lived a sinless life to die on a cross in place of you. This created a way to be able to come before God, clean from sin, because your price has been paid and you have been cleansed. You must also believe that Jesus rose from the dead 3 days later and is now in heaven sitting at the right hand of God on His throne making intercession for you… Mary cannot do this, for there is NO other way to God but through Jesus His Son. Also, you must realize that you have sinned, done things wrong and be repentful of this (desiring with your entire being to be forgiven and are sorry for all you have done wrong). You must desire to turn from sin and earnestly – diligently – wholeheartedly walk toward Jesus in the truth of His Word.]

I am noticing recently, more than ever, that there is truly a double standard in every area. This is happening at our schools, our jobs, our online communities and even our churches. It is a sad day, when we hide our light under a bushel for the sake of peace. The world systems, especially the US government, say that you should respect those who tell you what to do, even if it goes beyond your beliefs and convictions, because people have died for your ‘freedom’ and if you don’t like it then you should move away.

Well, why can’t we look at Christianity the same way then… Others have died, suffered, gave of themselves completely, so that you could be a Christian – saved by grace and sealed for the day of redemption… so why hide yourself in quiet while others stand yelling to take away your voice and the opportunity for others to share in that ‘true freedom’ of the salvation from eternal death. Where is that respect?

This of course, will not be resolved until the Day of the Lord comes. The world must first come together under one umbrella: one religion, one government, one submission in order to accomplish what the ‘greater good’ sees as their utopian dream of glass houses and brainwave visualization. The world is becoming a cesspool of muddy water, yet they are too blind to see that it is filthy… all they see is that it is all one color and to them, that means unity. To us, Christians on the other hand, it means soon redemption… so look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

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Breaking The Myanmar Blockades

Posted by truthoughts on May 9, 2008

The Junta government ties the hands of those who wish to help, but we have a way to get the victims in Myanmar what they need…

According to this article, (Yahoo article may change/update) the ruling military Junta, has allowed the US only one shipment of supplies/aid to the people devastated by Cyclone Nagris in Myanmar.

Article Excerpt: Earlier Friday, Ky Luu, director of the U.S. office of foreign disaster assistance, had said that skilled aid workers were being forced to sit on the sidelines as victims of last week’s cyclone die…

However, we have contact with a ministry who already has people inside Myanmar, just north of Yangon. They may have a better ability to get shipments of supplies and aid to them because they already have insiders working at the Lodges.

A man cycles past a destroyed house in Yangon May 6, 2008, after ...

The following is an email, which was sent out by Roger Oakland of Understand The Times International Ministries, that he received from his people running the Bryce Lodges (orphanages) in Myanmar (which were previously established before the Cyclone)…

Early this morning I received two more letters from our Understand The Times representatives in Yangon. All our immediate family have been preserved from the storm.
We are presently in the process of sending someone over to Yangon to provide assistance and to help organize the dispersal of assistance through Understand The Times in the surrounding area.
Please pray for favor that we may receive the necessary visas and be able to go.
A fund for supporting the victims of the Myanmar disaster has been established at http://www.understandthetimes.org
Checks can be sent to our two offices in Canada and USA.

Following are the two letters that were received today:

Dear Roger,

Internet access was down, now only I can email you again. Hope that you are getting better in these days. With our children we are always praying for your health.

At the time thousands of people lose their lives, by His protection, we are survived but our programs and plan of wedding was failed on Saturday and changed on Sunday. It turned to helping others in needs especially for our members. Since every one was busy with his own work, phone line and transportation problems caused by the storm and
flood, so we just called a church pastor, Philip and Dante and only some of our neighbor and made wedding at home.

We learned so many lessons from those things happened. we felt that God has taught us not to love the world neither the things that are in
the world. It made clear that our earthly life is just really temporary and unreliable. Now, the city of Yangon and it’s surrounding areas lose it’s beautifulness. It has a lot of changes and different from the time you came to Myanmar. The Prize of things are getting higher day by day.

And unlimited numbers of outskirt people are in trouble because they are homeless and without food. By His grace in this time we have privileges to show our love, care and concern to our church members at Shwelinpan who are in trouble by giving rice and the funds they are really in need.

Among our members at Shwelinpan, two of the tents (houses) were fallen down and faded away. another one of the roof was destroyed. One was
survived. If we can not continue to supply their need, they will be without food and house. So, I let you know the condition of our church members at Shwelinpan. Beside, thousands of outskirt people are in great trouble. they can not solve the problems they have by their own.

Please pray that these things lead them to know and trust the Saviour alone.

Your brother in Christ
Elisha

Dear Brother Roger:

I am so sorry that I could not give you information about us earlier.

I know that many people concern about our situation. We are saved.

Bryce Lodges One, Two and my family are saved. We do not suffer any serious damages. But the prices are sky rocketed.

Thank you so much for your concern.

Prayer Requests:

1. Give thanks to God for He has saved us from this storm.
2. Pray for all the Bryce children for the coming admissions to the school. Usually, admissions start about May 20.

Sincerely yours,
Mang

Sincerely In Christ,
Roger Oakland

If you would like to help, please contact the ministry of Understand The Times International… it will be greatly appreicated. (There is a link on their front page to make a donation) We will keep you informed as we receive information.

 

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Myanmar Fears 13,000 Dead/Missing From Cyclone

Posted by truthoughts on May 5, 2008

The devistation continues to increase and the support is few and burdened.

As stated previously in my other Post: The local news media in Myanmar is comparing this devistation to the Katrina impact in the USA. In a location where poverty abounds and governmental problems seem insurmountable, this destructive impact can cause far more damage to this country than Katrina ever hoped to here in the US.

At this point it would seem that the comparrison would be more with the Indonesian tsunami.

Myanmar believes 13,000 dead, missing from cyclone

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta believes at least 10,000 people died in a cyclone that ripped through the Irrawaddy delta, triggering a massive international aid response for the pariah state in southeast Asia.

“The basic message was that they believe the provisional death toll was about 10,000 with 3,000 missing,” a Yangon-based diplomat told Reuters in Bangkok, summarizing a briefing from Foreign Minister Nyan Win. “It’s a very serious toll.” For More…

You can view the updated video HERE

Photo 
Image of devistation by Aung Hla Tun

Understand The Times Ministry with Roger Oakland provides missionary work in Myanmar through an organization he has created set up to help children, called, Bryce Lodge. You can find out more about these efforts HERE.

Roger has sent out a message requesting prayer for those in Myanmar:

We have a critical situation in Yangon. A cyclone has devastated Yangon and communications have been cut off. I have not been able to make contact with our people. All we can do at this point is to pray.

So far, there is still no word and as we stay glued to all information that comes across, the hope grows thin. Our only comfort is that if they were taken in this horrific devistation, then they are with the Lord, where there is no fear and no pain. Please continue to pray urgently for their safety and provision.

Children from Bryce Lodge 1,2 ,3 and 4 in Myanmar

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Myanmar Cyclone Devastation Abounds

Posted by truthoughts on May 4, 2008

Prayer Urgently Needed – Missionaries in danger and unable to communicate with the outside due to a catastrophic event that exceeds the devistation of Katrina in comparison.

Over 350 dead as cyclone pounds Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) – A cyclone killed more than 350 people in military-ruled Myanmar, ripping through Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta where it flattened at least two towns, officials and state media said on Sunday.

The death toll is likely to climb as the authorities manage to contact outlying islands and villages that felt the full force of Cyclone Nagris, a Category 3 storm packing winds of 120 miles per hour when it hit early on Saturday. Full Story…

You can view a video regarding the devistation HERE.

Understand The Times Ministry with Roger Oakland provides missionary work in Myanmar through an organization he has created set up to help children, called, Bryce Lodge. You can find out more about these efforts HERE.

Roger has sent out a message requesting prayer for those in Myanmar:

We have a critical situation in Yangon. A cyclone has devastated Yangon and communications have been cut off. I have not been able to make contact with our people. All we can do at this point is to pray.                              

 

Bryce Lodge 1 (picture above)                               Bryce Lodge 2 – Michael Miller’s House (picture above)

The local news media in Myanmar is comparing this devastation to the Katrina impact in the USA. In a location where poverty abounds and governmental problems seem insurmountable, this destructive impact can cause far more damage to this country than Katrina ever hoped to here in the US.

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