We Must Vote 0

November 8, 2016 is election day and I believe it is every Christian’s responsibility to vote. Even this cycle, where there appears to be no moral choice. I am not going to endorse a candidate nor a political party. However, you can rest assured that any political candidate for any political office who supports abortion on demand or supports same-sex marriage will not receive a vote from me.

I know that in the culture of America today people who claim Christianity as a lifestyle are seen as hypocritical, bigoted, uncaring, unloving, homophobic, out-of touch, and closed minded. I understand that this is the perception, but very far from the truth. Most of the people that I know who claim to be Christians are very concerned about people and their lives, they are very loving with everyone they come in contact with, they do desire to stay up with the times and they enjoy debates that are uplifting and productive. However, they still believe that there is a standard to live by and that standard is the Word of God; illuminating their hearts and showing them the way.

My encouragement is to educate yourself on all the facts. Pray for godly wisdom and discernment. Then on November 8, 2016, vote for the candidate that best represents your values and principles.


Pastor John

Snakes or Gold 0

A number of years ago the Lord gave me a dream.

In my dream I saw myself standing in front of many garbage cans.  The cans were full of snakes——-stuffed to the brim with snakes!

Some of the snakes were cut in half and should have been dead but somehow kept coming back to life again.  I was working very hard to push them back in the garbage cans and get the lids on, but somehow they kept getting out, and there was no END to all these snakes……..no matter how many I crammed in the cans, there were still more and more of them.  Consequently, I was very frustrated and becoming tired of this disgusting activity.  It was a seemingly hopeless endeavor…….I could never get rid of them or contain them!  Then my attention was diverted in another direction.

I looked off into the distance and saw some people down at a beautiful river, which was glowing in the sunlight.  They were  standing in the pure, lovely water panning for gold and having a truly enjoyable time.  They held up pieces of gold and called to me:  “Hey, come down and join us;  we’re panning for gold!”  I thought to myself, “Oh, that sounds wonderful——much better than dealing with all these snakes!!”  Soon I left the garbage cans behind and went down to the river, stepped into the water and started panning for gold with the others and found it to be a joyful, life-giving experience.

Lately the Lord has been bringing this dream to my attention at various times and I know He is saying to me again, “Forget the SNAKES! COME AND GET INTO MY RIVER!!!  This is where I want you to be!”

It is so easy to see all the evils in the world, the problems, the inequities, the injustices and get riled up and frustrated and worried and angry about them.  For instance, just lately my daughter-in-law told about their car getting broken into, and I was upset and angry that they had been robbed.  My husband told about problems at work and I was frustrated with the unfairness and greediness there.  The news media (as usual) tore down people’s reputations and ignored the wrongdoing of people they are trying to promote.  “Unfair!” my thoughts scream in my head. 

All of a sudden I see I have once again been tricked by the enemy to focus on the SNAKES (his evil deeds)!!  Evil and sin and all the works of the devil will continue until  Jesus comes and rules on this earth.  I can become bogged down and heavy-hearted from now until eternity.  This is exactly what the devil wants for my life and yours!

BUT GOD IS CALLING TO US:    “Come and get in the river!!  Come to the Waters of Life!!!  You will find gold, rare jewels and treasures in abundance!”

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God”.  (Psalms 46:4)    “And HE  showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal coming from the throne of God.”   (Rev. 22:1) “And it will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes will live.”  (Ez. 47:9)  “I will make them walk by streams of water, on a straight path in which they whall not stumble.”  (Jer. 31:9)  “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters!”   (Isa. 55:1)   “Whoso drinks of the waters that I shall give him shall never thirst.”  (John 4:14)

God wants His people (you and I) to LIVE in the waters of life that are ever flowing out of His throne.  Let’s seek to be there, to LIVE in those waters, beginning today!  Tell the Lord, “Jesus, I desire to live in YOUR  RIVER and I will seek YOU with all of my heart so I can fully experience that abundant life you have for me.  Lead me to the river, and as I am in Your river, I will discover the eternal gold, the jewels and  treasures and the beauty of YOU  LORD!!     Amen!!

 Ruth Strokel



A Mist in the Pulpit 0

It has been said, “If there is a mist in the pulpit, there will be a fog in the pew.” One of the primary teachings in the postmodern church is that Scripture is fluid and must be interpreted in accordance with current culture. The influence of the postmodern pastor and writer over the last twenty years has caused many to question doctrine. Inerrancy of Scripture is taking a hit in the church today.

The implications of this attack on doctrine is staggering. If Scripture is unreliable or changes with the times, can we offer the world a reliable gospel? If Scripture is wrong on even one point, then the confidence of the entire Word of God is destroyed. If the Bible is unreliable, then how can we have a reliable Savior? If preachers no longer have confidence in the reliability of Scripture, then they will turn to humanistic principles to guide them. If Scripture is inaccurate, then our Bible schools will have to rely on the cold, dead, stinking-thinking of theological liberalism to teach future generations. If Scripture is God’s revelation to man, then to question its inerrancy is to imply that God has allowed His people to be deceived for centuries.

If we allow a mist in the pulpit, then we bring about our own destruction as a church. To allow liberal minded people a place in our educational institutions will destroy young minds. If we allow the attacks on doctrine and the inerrancy of Scripture to continue then we risk losing the anointing of the Holy Spirit and protection of God’s hand.

God has given us His inspired, inerrant and infallible Word. We must now stand with a prophetic voice and speak with authority and boldness His truth.

1 Peter 4:11
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone serves, let him serve with the strength that God supplies, so that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.