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Tentmaking Evangelist (Architect). An Evangelist with the Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association (non-denominational). Co-Founder of Kingdom Gospel Ministries, a ministry now in its 31st year with a mission to reconcile people of different racial, ethnic, and economic situations, and the producer of two weekly radio programs - a Sunday morning verse-by-verse Bible Study on Radio Delaware Valley and a weekly radio drama on the Wilkins Radio network. He also has archived many, many programs on the Internet. John is also a PA/NJ Architect with his own practice in its 38th year working on a wide variety of projects. Acutely interested in politics since a teenager with many articles published over the last 50 years and served as a guest on a Talk Radio show discussing race relations and on It's Your Call TV show with Lynn Doyle dealing with the subject of interethnic marriage.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

FATHERING LIKE GOD

Many times people bandy about what God the Father is like. Yet few statements of faith for churches and ministries actually say anything about him other than he created the world and that Jesus the son and the Holy Spirit are coequal and coeternal with him.   Any father wants his son to emulate his best qualities, and with God, all his qualities are great unlike earthly fathers.  Let us look into a few of those.

GOD IS CREATIVE - actually, creation was a joint effort of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Genesis says "we" and also that the Spirit moved on the face of the waters. John 1 states that Jesus was integrally involved in every decision - "Without him was not anything made that was made/"  Father and Son working together - I treasure the time my son spent working with me, and one son and I actually still do some work together now.  God likes to create a world of variety, vibrance, and life.  He wants us to be creative and not to be same-o/same-o - he wants to see variety and vibrance in our creations as well.

GOD IS DIRECTIONAL - our heavenly Father loves to give direction - even though Jesus said plainly that he was doing what he saw his Father doing, he only did what God told him to do.  As his sons, we need to understand that God has a vantage point unparalleled in the universe - he knows every detail of the past and of the future/  People pay a fortune to consultants whose knowledge is embarrassingly trivial compared to God's - yet he wants to be our Counselor and advise use what to do so our paths will be straight and so that we will have good success.  Many rely open books, business gurus, and others for guidance while largely ignoring what God would say to them.  I Want God to speak into my life, my business, my ministry, and he does.

GOD GIVE US ROOM - many children feel the world of their parents is closing in on them.  If we belong to God's family and want to leave, like the father of the Prodigal Son, he will let us leave, and he will let us wallow in the muck and mire, but will always be watching for us to come to our senses
and celebrate if we return.  The father did not pursue that son - he let god the father do it.  God will pursue us, nut not force us. We have to make the commitment to him. We have to repent. We have to come to our senses.

GOD PROVIDES - fathers provide for their sons and God provides for us.  He notices if a bird falls out of a tree or if a hair or two falls off our head.  He meets our needs.  He understands what to give us and what must be withheld for our own good.  He freely shares with us good things.

GOD SACRIFICES - Good dug deep for us, not simply sending us the cattle on a thousand hills, but sending us his son knowing that he would die.  He withheld nothing from us, and we must withhold nothing from our sons.  If we have it, we give it.  God did.

GOD LOVES - any father who rears a son, direct his son, who allows his son to grow and sometimes fail in the process, who provides for his son and sacrifices everything for his son still falls far short if he does not love his son.  Hod the Father loves us, and so we must love and show affection to our sons and assure them that we are in their corner, that we are rooting for them, and that we love them as much as we love ourselves.  After all, that is the biblical standard for loving our neighbors, and our sons are much more than neighbors.

Be a father like God.  If you do not know how, get better acquainted with Father God.  He will show you how to do it.

Friday, May 18, 2018

WAKE UP

The church seems asleep.  People are staying away because they see no power, truth is routinely compromised, and they are pressed to give lots of money for questionable purposes using non-Biblical pressure.

It is time to preach the scriptures, hold people to Biblical standards, and defend the faith against carnal Christians as well as the world. The church is in pitiful shape because of compromise.   The devil NEVER compromises, and neither should we.

Precisely what doctrines are not worth fighting for?   Name one or more for me.  It is no different from ripping out inconvenience pages from the Bible.   ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, not just the portions we put on plaques on the wall.  The scriptures that challenge us, that make us change, that make us study are just as important as the feel-good favorite verses.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

INTIMACY WITH CHRIST

I speak with people about talking with God, I sometimes get a blank stare.  People generally do not have any conversations with God unless in real trouble, in which case they pray as a last resort.   I was in a small group talking about hearing God and a quizzical look came over the leaders.

My wife had to have blood drawn, and the lady messed up and the sample could not be tested. My wife went back and the lady gave her a gift card for her inconvenience. She also acknowledged that she talked with Jesus all day long!

I talk with the Lord every day, and he gives me specific direction. Running a business in its 39th year, having six grandkids, and ministering on the radio and online, I better know what God is saying.

I wrote a five part dramatic series I call "The Jackie Series" which we are playing over the next few weeks on the radio and online.   Perhaps it would be a blessing to you. All the information is available at www.kingdomgospelministries.org.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL DROPPING AMONG YOUNG "EVANGELICALS"

No surprise here - the young are often Biblically illiterate and have been ill-equipped to fight the left-wing indoctrination and false ideas of what social justice really is. From the emergent and missional churches to mainstream feel-good preaching that ignores sin, hell, and the grave, core beliefs on a host of issues have been weak for some time. 

So called Christian colleges have jettison core Biblical truths for political correctness. Many have
professors who are wolves in sheep's clothing who are deeply compromised. Most I would not trust with kid anymore.  

Without a deep personal relationship with Christ, daily Bible Study, and an intensive prayer life, Barna polls have consistently shown that most of who call themselves Christians cannot even half define what that means, and this is not limited to the young, but is more prevalent among them. Churches are losing members and losing intensity because the love of many is growing cold. If you are not intensely involved with the Lord every day, repent and get there or you will be in this number as well.

SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE FORCED TO BAKE A GAY WEDDING CAKE?

Here is a recent exchange on Facebook – I have posted it on both this blog and my political blog.

Me:    Of course not! Freedom means being able to follow your conscience. Homosexual "weddings" are a total sham and a celebration of perverted behavior. A true Christian could never go to one, approve of one, or participate in the celebration of an abomination as a baker, photographer, or other enabler. THIS IS BASIC FREEDOM, which liberals, Muslims and others routinely enjoy as NO CASE has ever been brought about their matter-of-fact refusal to bake Trump cakes (libs), gay cakes (Muslims), etc. it It a purely anti-Christian effort. We have the Bill of Rights for a reason, though many judges do not understand that but simply are there to push a demented left-wing agenda with zero consideration of the law. There is a real possibility Kennedy will vote his pro-gay beliefs and make it 5-4 against the Constitution. If that happens, Christians must be prepared to stand regardless. The SCOTUS has made many errors - remember Plessy vs. Ferguson in 1896? A man who was 1/8 black but passed for white got on the best part of the train with no issues. When he stated he was really black, they asked him to move to the "colored" section. The SCOTUS ruled against him that Separate but Equal was fine. Some universities today still do that with back dorms, etc. except now it isa t the request of blacks. Only God is the final arbiter and we need to stand for right no matter how many stand for wrong.

Challenger  How about a racist motel owner turning away black family in need of lodging for a night? Racism and anti-gay bigotry are “matters of conscience.” We’re allowed to think and speak as we like, but when we offer our services commercially, we need to offer them to all comers our equal terms. If you can’t be gracious, you’ll attract legal challenges that will put you out of business. I suspect that there were once pastors who would not perform interracial marriages as a matter of conscience.

Me:   I cannot disagree more and find it extraordinarily insulting to compare the color of one skin with abominable sexual perversion that does violence to the human body. This argument by gay radicals deeply insults black people. I testified concerning this at a public hearing on so called "human rights". Thankfully the mayor's veto was sustained The argument is fallacious because the Bible specifically forbids partiality and in fact Miriam got leprosy for criticizing her brother Moses' marriage to a black African. On the other hand, homosexuality is condemned not only by the Bible but by the Quran and almost every society until recently. We are to have no part of unrighteousness.

We are not talking about selling people food, coffee or a car here. No one asks anything in straight transactions, and in fact at the hearing NO ONE said they has EVER experienced discrimination .  It was :”just in case” – yes,  Just in case there was a Christian they wanted to target make an example of.   That is the true history of these cases – sometimes traveling 3,000 miles to do so – agenda—driven to the extreme.  A wedding is a whole different story from a simple sales transaction. We are talking about CELEBRATING and AFFIRMING the unfruitful works of darkness. We are talking about an intensely personal service in a celebratory event.  That is how I found out John Kasich was a fraud - he said he was a Christian and opposed homosexual "marriage" but went to one of friend to "support" him. That is absurd. If you are against a wedding, you do not go. Our wedding was packed and our pastor, our elders and our family ALL approved. I would not want anyone there who thought what we were doing was wrong. You cannot celebrate what is abhorrent to God, and the first amendment (read it again last night) says the freedom of religion cannot be abridged.

According to Merriam Webster, RELIGION Is a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices. A Christian made a custom ring for with your point of view made custom rings for a lesbian couple. When they found out he was a Christian, they demanded a refund. All sane people want those involved in their wedding to be in their corner -we selected very carefully for our wedding. IT is SOLELY about seeking to shut down all debate and insist that EVERYONE believe in their pagan practices which shall be destroyed by Christ's breath at his coming. Those who approve of what God hates are on thin ic and I do not like really cold water.

Challenger: I understand the whole “God hates fags” pitch. I think it doesn’t play in 2017. We know too many adorable gays—with many who are still in the closet, sadly. If you want to throw them from the tops of buildings (and forgive “straight” divorce, which Jesus clearly hated and preached against), go ahead. If these people are not your neighbors, who is? You were loved and appeared to love your fellow architecture students who were/are gay. What changed?

Me:   You sure are leaping to conclusions.
Have never thrown anyone off a building.
Hired homosexuals when in charge of technical hiring for a large A/E firm.
Designed projects for gay clients.
Every place we lived there was a gay couple within doors of us - a lesbian couple in their 70;s lives 75' down the hall.
My younger son's best Sunday School teacher was a former homosexual who sold flowers on Rittenhouse Square.
I have never justified divorce (except for Biblical grounds), fornication,  living together before marriage, porn, R-rated movies,  or anything else.
All will put you in hell.

HOWEVER - homosexuality is still an abomination and while not the only one is a core rebellion against whom God made you. There is no "gay gene" and adorable does not cut it with God.   Look, I had two adorable clients who worked for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton making up those diabolical questions. They were eccentric and hoarders, but intellectually smart and engaging and liked to talk about their church.   When the project was about 95% complete, I was shocked looking at the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer one day to see his picture and he was in jail for molesting his six grandchildren, all adopted from Vietnam.  His wife called three days later as  though nothing had happened and wanted to finish the project.  I could not get the Contractor back there.   

I can never celebrate what is repugnant to God.   I will not go with signs to protest homosexual "weddings", but I will never go to one either, put my endorsement on their relationship., or as a minister marry them in a ceremony,  Thankfully, I cannot legally marry anyone in Pennsylvania though I have been asked more than once by heterosexual couples, as I do not have an active congregation, but do the work of an evangelist. Though a friend in one case, the man was not behaving in a biblical manner and I did not deem his marriage to be allowed scripturally.  In Denmark and other areas they seek to force ministers to marry people.  My Dad was a pastor and he rejected more couples than he accepted, especially during WWII.  Most reputable ministers insist on counseling and being sure the couple is ready to marry.   


What I oppose so vociferously is the attempt to force anyone to celebrate what is repugnant to God and which by nature is a sin against the human body.  Few people even know what gay people do in bed.  I do - I dated an African girl back in the early 70's who lived at the YWCA who told me what Lesbians actually do.  She was so grossed out she moved in with an older woman.  The sanitization of sin happens in all arenas, but the current push to force everyone to endorse these perversions is totally against our Constitutional Freedoms and the freedom of conscience.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

PEOPLE GET READY!

Sermon today was on Revelation 19. Brides spend a ton of time on their wedding plans, especially on the gown/ The Bible says our wedding garment will be the righteous acts. How many people are looking forward so much to being married to Jesus that they become preoccupied with becoming righteous and doing righteous things for others? We should want the Lord to look at us and have a tear of joy in his eyes as he gazes on our purity and holiness. We are a corporate bride, so we are talking about the church here - as a body of believers, we should be working together, encouraging one another, and helping one another to be conformed to his image and conformed to the plan he has for us. We will be in his embrace forever and will be communicating with him for eternity. Since were are now his betrothed, we should be talking to him about all the details and asking him what he likes and doesn't like so that on that glorious day, neither or us will be disappointed!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LETTER FROM AFRICA

This is a letter I wrote to an African pastor who said our website was instrumental in his walk with God.
It is wonderful to hear of your transformation, and I certainly will pray for you each day, as I intercede for many.  Be sure to keep me informed of your progress and specific prayer needs.
For starters, I find this to be a valuable daily discipline - I keep track of each day's time on my computer and have since January 1 of 1990, so have thousands of pages of my dealings with God.  It is so encouraging when people I have prayed for relay an answer of prayer to me and of course I know when God answers mine.    Be sure to hear the voice of God for yourself, but however he leads you it does take signifiant time to have a serious relationship with God. This is the best time of the day. or evening - unlike many, I am alone with God at night when it is quiet.  Probably more people choose to get up early in the morning for their devotional time but God knows each person's "clock". Obviously there are prayers throughout the day. It is like a high speed computer connection - always on - he talks - we talk - it is instant and it is all the time.  Nonetheless, it is good to have dedicated, uninterrupted time with our Lord every day without fail. No need  to be rigid, but I try to be sure that every day includes at least the following. 
1) Worship the Lord in song - singing aloud or in my heart.
2) Thanking God specifically for what he has done for me.
3) Praying for urgent challenges in my life and the life of others.
4) Studying systematically the Bible - I am in Matthew right now though on my Sunday programs I am in Luke 4.
5) Write down after each verse or phase what it means to me and if there is an application.
6) Write down what God is putting in my heart - perhaps something to do, an attitude to change, or specific direction in my business.
7) Write down my response to God and any prayers needed to bring what he says to happen in my life.
8) Prayers for the nations - some pray per Operation World, others generally.  I have been led to lift up every nation and territory by name to the Lord each day, but rotate specific prayers for each country to take a week - Monday is Africa, Tuesday Asia, Wednesday the Caribbean, Thursday Europe, Friday Latin America, Saturday North American, and Sunday Oceama (Australia and the Pacific).  I formed my own database of the nations including population, percentage nominal Christian, percentage evangelical, etc.   It also makes me more aware of events around the world.  This is updated frequently.
9) Prayers for the 50 most persecute Nations (Kenya has moved up - not good - to #19, right behind Qatar.  I pray for the churches in those nations and for the secular leaders.  41 of these are problem nations due to Islamic intolerance.
10) Prayers specifically for world attitudes toward the church, prayers dealing with Islamic influences, sex slavery worldwide, FGM (female genital mutilation), etc.
11) Prayers for President Trump and his officials. For wisdom and victory on key issues, particularly moral issues.
12) Prayers for other political leaders national, state, and local.
13) Prayers for people God has put in my life and on my heart to intercede for specifically each day.
14) Prayers for the church - general issues, doctrinal deviations, political deceptions, moral compromises, etc. as well as for several dozen churches praying specifically according to their needs.
15) Prayers for our families - my wife, children grandchildren, sister, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. For example we have a cousin who signed an NBA contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team currently in China.  I ray for those involved in fornication or other sin and deception. I pray for the spiritual success and the move of god in their lives.
16) Prayers for schools and colleges, for proper knowledge to be shared and that which is false to fade away.  I pray for specific schools. seminaries, and influencers.
16) Prayers for my clients - jobs by category and possible new business.
17) Prayers for athletes who love the Lord for personal integrity, for salvation of their teammates, success of their marriages and so forth.
18) Prayers for those who are not born again that they would come to know the Lord.
The Lord leads different people differently, but I do believe he want all of us to be sober-minded people serious about out relationship with him and eager to intercede for the needs of others.