New Year New Choices

540_293_resize_20130701_3b9dc09f8218f9325f956558fe990f4c_jpgThis is the time of year people are making New Year’s resolutions hoping that they will keep them but knowing that they probably won’t.

Sadly, this is a ritual many go through year after year and the outcome is always the same – failure.

Let’s make this year different.

Make is a new year of new choices for your life.

The word resolution means: 1. Process of resolving 2. Decision 3. Determination

Where are you in the process of the decision that will take determination to achieve?

Now, to the deeper question.

Where are you spiritually and what new choices do you need to make in this New Year?

Patient: Doctor doctor.  It hurts when I do this!

Doctor: Don’t do it!

In 25 plus years of ministry I have met countless people who want the pain or torment to go away but do not want to change the decisions that led to the pain and torment.

Many Believers in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior see Him and His grace as a license to sin.  They know He will forgive them so they keep doing what they did before and getting the same outcome.  Yes, He loves you just as you are but He also loves you too much to let you stay that way.

The Holy Spirit is given to inspire, encourage and convict us of sin.  He walks with us to show us the way and to remind of The Word.  When we willfully sin we wander away from Him and His guidance.  Eventually, if it goes on long enough, we are lost in the darkness and shadows of this world where the wolves dwell.  It is then that the Shepherd seeks us out and leads us home.  Correction regarding our choices is a part of His love and done with His grace.

woman-caught-in-adulteryThe woman caught in adultery in John 8 was offered love, grace and no condemnation.  But, she was also offered a directive –  “go and sin no more”.  In other words, stop doing what you are doing or make better choices.  The Lord finalizes this directive with His closing statement in verse 12 – “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

If we are claim to follow Him our lives must show it.  If we are walking in darkness it means we are no longer in the Light.  And, that means we are no longer following Him.

It’s a New Year I pray that you will make New Choices that will keep in out of the darkness and into His Light.

Firefall Talk Radio – New Year New Choices

Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch.
Director & Team Leader, SRT the Supernatural Response Team

Traveling Light Show

From The Porch, Perpetual Pentecost Pt 4, last night on Firefall Talk Radio:

John 8:12(NKJV) 12Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

As we are in a very dark and wicked world, what are we to do (Phil. 2:15)?

Philippians 2:14-15(NKJV) 14Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

We are like the moon whose light is not its own, but is reflected from a bright sun.

2 Corinthians 4:2-4(NKJV) 2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully.

1 Corinthians 12:7 (NKJV) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

Manifestation- Greek: phanerosis (GSN-<G5321>), making visible. Used here and in 1Cor. 12:7 where it speaks of the use of the spiritual gifts.

The gifts of the Sprit are the means God has chosen to make the truth of the Gospel visible to the world.

Paul confirmed and made visible his preaching by a demonstration of it in signs, wonders, different miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  In other words, he was a traveling Light show where ever he went.  And, because of that he went to the darkest places on purpose.

Hebrews 2:3-4 (NKJV) 3  how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4  God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

The Lord’s command to the Apostle Paul is to us –
Acts 26:18(NKJV) 18to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ (emphasis added)

Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV) 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (emphasis added)

Romans 13:11-14(NKJV) 11And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
12The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.   14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (emphasis added)

How do we do that?

Being Born Again and Filled with the Spirit.

We must visit The Cross, The Empty Tomb, The Upper Room.

And then we become a traveling Light show by walking as children of The Light!

Shine, shine, shine!

Sizzling or smoldering

When it comes to our walk as Believers in Yeshua/Jesus we are either on fire (sizzling) or the fire is going out (smoldering).  There is no in between.

We are either passionately in love with Him or we are passive toward Him and in love with the world.

When we are passionately in love with Him we care about others, love others and want to help others.  Love is His essence and it invades our very being and makes us like Him.

John 15:5-12 (NKJV)
5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

When we are in love with the world we are self-centered and selfish because the sway of the world is to lean to the dark side – the kingdom of darkness.  This leads to the coldness and lawless we see in the world today.

Matthew 24:12 (NKJV) 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

Lawlessness (sin) has led to an epidemic of coldness and callousness toward all living creatures except ourself.

Television commercials make you want more even if you can’t afford it.  Mainstream media glorifies selfish achievements that highlight an area of sin or rebellion.  Movies and TV shows make it appealing to be in outright rebellion against the rules and righteousness of a Living God.

These are the people sitting in the pews of so called churches today.  If there ever was a fire, it has gone out.  They are a smoldering ashen mess who cannot “go into all the world” as the Great Commission of Mark 16:15 commanded.  They are already in the world and have become of the world.

So, the question now remains – are you sizzling or smoldering?  Are you combustible enough to be set aflame?

Firefall Talk Radio – The Porch – Are You Combustible?

Putting Your Head in the Lion’s Mouth

In the days of the traveling circus there would usually be a lion tamer who had trained lions and other large dangerous animals.  We still see them today in the remaining circus attractions and even in Las Vegas shows.  A standard trick would be for the trainer to have one lion open his mouth and he or she would actually put their head into the lion’s mouth to show how well-trained the animal was.  Since then, “putting your head in the lion’s mouth” means knowingly and willfully doing something dangerous.

Recently I received a text message from someone attending a Youth Service where the worship leader was leading the group in a song stating that “Satan was vanquished and powerless”.

My immediate thought was as to how dangerous a mindset that was.

For years in traditional church I can remember the songs about Satan being “under my feet” and watching people stomp & jump up and down as if they were crushing a bug.  Not only was it a silly sight to behold it was an endangering error being perpetrated on the masses.

Yes, Satan and the other fallen angels were defeated on Calvary.  A bloodied wooden Cross was their undoing.  However, even though they are defeated they have not submitted.  Until the Lord Returns for the final showdown they are roaring lions roaming about looking to devour someone.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8, New King James Version)

The words “roaring” and “devour” clearly indicate action and threat.

The warning to be sober and vigilant clearly indicates that this threat is prevalent and ongoing.  And, this was written AFTER the Crucifixion and Resurrection from someone with experiential knowledge.

Oh, I can hear it already from the naysayers and critics – “I’ve not been given a spirit of fear….blah blah blah….”  Yeah, I get that and I believe that.  But you haven’t been given a spirit of carelessness and recklessness either!  If you are carelessly reckless it’s by your own doing or by the bad teaching you’ve heard over the years.

It’s my belief that the reason “teachers” take the position that Satan, his angels and their demons are no threat to you is because they do not want to be responsible for the warfare that comes from taking a stand against them.  They are hirelings who run away or ignore the threat at the sign of the wolves and not shepherds who run toward the wolves to protect the flock.  (Just my opinion from 22-years of watching people play church)

Satan, his angels, the other fallen Watchers and their demonic offspring are supernatural beings looking to destroy anything made in the image of the One who created them and defeated them.

They are the ultimate terrorists although formally defeated still inflicting casualties and destruction as long as they exist.

Do not foolishly put your head in the lion’s mouth in a spiritual arrogance that sets you and your loved ones up for disaster.  If you attend a church where they teach and embrace this philosophy you may want to stop eating their regurgitated Word and start feeding on it for yourself.

The key to victory isn’t arrogance and it’s definitely not ignorance.

It’s vigilance.

Understand that you are in a 24/7 war with the adversaries of Heaven.

 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6:12-18, New King James Version)

And that Victory starts at the Cross, takes you to an Empty Tomb and empowers you from and Upper Room.

It then comes from personally knowing the One you serve and what is expected of you in His service.

 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

      “ God resists the proud,
      But gives grace to the humble.”

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:4-10, New King James Version)

Humility, submission and commitment to Him and Him alone is what empowers you in this fallen world.  The enemy knows that someone who does that is hidden under His wings and under His covering.

Remember this and the next time you hear someone leading you in a song about stomping the devil listen closely.  You will hear the rumble from this throat as he waits patiently in the bushes for the weakest or the oldest of the flock to get separated from the rest in their dangerous carelessness to “devour” them.

By the way, the word devour means to literally tear to pieces.

Do you think Peter was trying to tell us something?

Or, you can keep doing what you are doing.

Let me know how that works our for you!

In the Power of His Name,
Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch

Celebrating the Resurrection of Messiah

Today, Sunday April 24, 2011, people are getting dressed in new outfits to go to church.  For some its their second command appearance (Christmas being the other) if they want to keep their membership in the C&E Christian Club.

I remember doing this day as a child and for many years in “traditional” church services.  Churches will drag the cross out of storage, dust it off, prop it up on stage and get ready for the day.  Special events and music produtions are planned and performed.  There will be baskets of candy for the children, chocolate bunny rabbits, and colored eggs to look for and so many activities to do that have little to nothing to do with the Resurrection from the dead of Jesus of Nazareth that day in Jerusalem 32-33 A.D.

There are plenty of other teachers, scholars, web sites and You Tube videos to explain the pagan origins of Easter for me to go into that here.  Search them out.  Research the topic and then you decided what to do as the Spirit leads.

No, I have another bone to pick today with this day.

The early Book of Acts church and the church for almost 300 years never celebrated an “Easter Sunday”.  It was another anti-Semetic result of the Council of Nicea to absorb the pagan Sun worship into Christianity as a way to attract more pagans.  This “seek friendly” approach to religion was mean to absorb nonbelievers into the church.  And, it was a way to further distance the church from any connection to the Jewish feast of Passover and water down the Gospel.  In my opinion, NOTHING good came from the Council of Nicea and Constantine’s inteference with the church.  I know that there are some, especially Roman Catholic believers, who disagree with me.  From someone steeped in Roman Catholicism (elementary, high school and university) for 32 years of my life its an argument you cannot win.  As the old Carman song would say…”I’ve Been Delivered”!

No, I will leave that for another day, another rant.

What bothers me about this commercialized, trivialized day the world calls Ishtar…I mean Easter is that we were never called to, inspired to or taught to in The Word of God to celebrate this day….JUST ONCE A YEAR.  It’s supposed to be a part of our everyday walk, worship and inspiration.  We were called to take communion every time we got together with other Believers and acknowledged His death and resurrection from the dead.

19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
(Luke 22:19, New King James Version)
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47, New King James Version)

If He’s not raised from the dead then we have faith in just another religion.  By acknowledging it every day we partake of His death and resurrection and all that goes with it.   The intimacy and emotional investment that it will give you will change your walk and therefore change your life.  And, the daily affirmation of the Resurrected Life gives us hope at a time when hope is in little supply.

If you want to keep chasing bunny rabbits and making colored eggs in honor of the pagan fertility rites that inspired them, that’s up to you.

However, if you want a real, personal relationship with Yeshua/Jesus as Lord and Savior then try the daily approach.  Get some unleavened bread (Matzoh) from your local grocery store, some grape juice and everytime you get together with other Believers (even just family) take communion and remember what He did for you.

As with everything else the Lord God did for us – its your choice.

Shalom & Blessings,
Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch

Business As Usual…the blind leading the blind.

Lately myself and a couple of fellow warriors for the Kingdom are taking some heat & criticism for trying to warn the church of what is coming down the road spiritually that is a danger to them.

It would seem that the head in the sand mentality is in full effect in the church today.

It reminds me of a dog we once had. My mother in law, who passed away in 1984 had a poodle that we adopted. His name was Beau. Beau lived a long life but at the end of his life he went blind. it didn’t slow him down a beat. Of course, he would riccochet off of the walls as he hustled down the hallway to follow the other dogs outsidbe but he was unaffected by it. It was amusing to watch and I would somtimes add the sound effect of a bullet richochet as he did it.

Beau had a bad habit of stealing the cat food from the cat dish. Yes, we had dogs (3) and cats (2) in the same house. Everyone got along fine. But, Beau was addicted to the cat food and no matter how many times we moved it he would find it and eat it all.

One evening, as we ate dinner, I heard a noise coming from the kitchen. I slowly and quitely entered the kitchen to find Beau doing his best attempt to quietly creep toward the cat dish. He would walk a few steps, tilt his head and listen to discern if anyone was coming. A few steps. Stop and listen. This went on for a few minutes. He was working hard to get to the cat food. I quietly stood over the top of him as he crept toward his cat food fix. Just as he put his face into the dish I leaned over the top of him and screamed “BEAU!”

To say that he jumped would be an understatement. He went airborne and his feet were pawing the air to run away as he tried to escape even before he hit the ground from what was sure punishment for his efforts. I was laughing to hard to consider punishing him and he curtailed his cat food habit for a while. He was a great dog who lived a long full life…and ate a lot of stolen cat food.  🙂

It appeared that Beau believed that if he couldn’t see us then we must not be able to see him. His blindness had fooled him into a false sense of security that had a shockingly abrupt ending.

The church at large is the same way. Their spiritual blindness will have a shocking abrupt ending. The foolish idea that if they ignore the enemy’s efforts and do not talk about or listen to reports of the increase in demonic & supernatural activity that it won’t effect them.

In Matthew 15:14 the Lord spoke about “blind leaders of the blind” leading both into a ditch. The thing about falling into a ditch is that it leaves you as a sitting duck to any predator who might be pursuing you. The blind church is setting itself up for a shocking and aburpt ending when the roaring lion seeking to devour them pounces upon them.

Remember this saying when you accuse me or my other brothers like me of being “fear mongerers” for warning of what is coming – it’s better to be prepared for something that doesn’t happen then to be unprepared for something that does. It’s always better to err on the side of caution.

Or, you can just continue with business as usual and keep those spiritual eyes closed.

Richard J Grund

An Alien Conspiracy Theory from an Alien’s Perspective

An Alien Conspiracy Theory

As told from an alien’s perspective

By Richard J Grund

It’s been a long wait.

Dawn of time and all.

He raged.  He plotted.  He failed.

And, we all fell.

The plan went into play.

The edge in his silky voice gave his doubts away.

A kingdom here.  A country there.  Too many souls to count.

Then, the Sign.

The Fig Tree was blossoming.

Operation Deception initiated.

For  a deception to work we must mimic the Real.

Then we saw what He was doing.

So, we did it too.

Seeds planted, watered, groomed and prepared for harvest.

A boom of babies they called it.

We called it a buffet, a smorgasbord, a feast.

Some were His.  Some were ours.  All were claimed.

Move.  Counter move.

Feint, block, strike.

Final Phase came with the cries of Jubilee.

In the shadows we whispered “not for you but for me!”

The flares of our last move pierced the heaven’s gates.

Our fathers heard that announcement and stirred in their graves.

Wait, what is that?

Eye witnesses found, our actions exposed, our plans revealed?!

No, that cannot be.

We were told they would not see

Our deception demanded a deception.

Double feint for one big blow.

If they believe what they see they will say what they know.

Our scheme will be revealed and all will be lost.

They are proof of our existence but not for long.

They must not know nor believe the truth.

A serpent’s hiss in a friendly voice.

A whisper in a willing ear.

“It’s all a lie, a deception, an illusion” don’t you see.

Don’t listen to them.  Listen only to me.

There is nothing to tell because nothing happened.

They are so desperate for relief they will believe the lie with eyes wide open.

Never knowing who or what has spoken.

No one notices that the salesman is not like them.

No one knows what he knows or where he’s been.

He is not a victim, not a witness but has the loudest voice.

Just a weak, willing vessel who desires what he does not earn.

So desperate for relief he will smear the honey to soothe their pain.

Spread and smear again again!

We will lick that honey away and consume them before they awaken.

In gross denial they will be taken.

We did it before we will do it again.

Move on.

There is nothing to see here.

No victims, no testimony, no truth but what we say.

Sleight of hand and mirrors in the dark keep the curious away.

In 1000s of year these creations of His want what they can’t afford.

They buy what is not real because they won’t pay full price.

If only they knew that they get what they pay for.

And, all because they rejected the price He paid.

Would not listen to what He said.

They cry for Eden and so do we.

A return to Noah’s day you’ll see.

What did He expect from dust and clay?

It’s almost time and nothing left to say.

Ignore the warnings.

Just step this way.

Just step this way.

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