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The Valley… He’s There Too!

The Valley… He’s There Too!

Psalm 23 Psalm 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:2 He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For the sake of His name.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 There is always a valley between two mountains. Before each mountain top experience comes a walk down below. Some can live on the mountain top with the Lord for extended periods of time but some cannot for some reason or another.

We reach the mountain top, live there a while but then comes a wind of defeat or a wind of discouragement and the wind blows us right down to the bottom of the mountain again.

Some valleys are wide, some are narrow. Some are on rough ground and some on smooth ground. Most suicides occur there and most marriages break up while one or both mates are there.

I know I am talking to several today who are there and some people live there most of the time. It may be because of physical reasons, emotional reasons, or spiritual reasons. Whatever the reason, too many of us have an address in the valley.

If you are going to be successful in climbing the mountain, then you must recognize what’s in the valley.

I. God is There.

(v.4) “…for thou art with me.”

  • The only way God can speak to some of us is in the valley. Some Christians get high up the mountain and their ears get stopped up and they can’t hear God speak. Some get so high in the mountains that they get in the fog and can’t see spiritually.
  • There is a different living standard there. The same vegetation doesn’t grow there as it does on the mountain top. Sometimes the only way to get the right spiritual diet is to go to the valley. God may have to take us down there in order to take us up to the mountain top.

II. Ground Zero is There. (v.4) “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

In the early days of the automobile, the driver had to get a long run at the next hill in order to get up and over the mountain top. I had a Volkswagen that was like that. We’ve had a church bus or two that was like that, haven’t we?

  • The valley is the ground floor for success.
  • It is the only access to the mountain.
  • It is where the elevator is. If you enter the elevator at the top, the only direction is down. Maybe you know a high school student, a college student, a mom, a dad, a teacher, a married couple, or someone else who is in the valley and can’t seem to get out. Maybe you know someone who is considering throwing in the towel. Maybe you know someone who can’t seem to get a handle on their relationships. If it is you, get on the elevator. If it is someone you know, help them get on the elevator because it is about ready to leave the launching pad and the mountain top is the first stop.

III. Grappling is There. (v.4) “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

Jeremiah 2:23 “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled,
I have not gone after the Baals’?
Look at your way in the valley!
Know what you have done!
You are a swift young camel running about senselessly on her ways;

Jeremiah 49:4 How you boast about the valleys!
Your valley is flowing away,
You backsliding daughter
Who trusts in her treasures, saying,
‘Who can come against me?’

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

This place is always a place of decision. Am I going to stay here or am I going to climb the mountain? We must grapple with our decisions and trust the Lord so we can make the right choice. There is a battle between the flesh and the spirit. Will I make the decision to stay in the world or climb the mountain to spiritual attainment? Will I trust myself or the Lord? Will I depend on my strength or the rod and staff of the Lord?

  • The only reason for staying in the valley is that you don’t make a decision to get out.
  • Most successful people made life-changing decisions while in the valley. Sam Jones was a drunkard in the pits of the saloon and accepted Christ and made the decision to climb the mountain and he became a great preacher. The prodigal son said, “I will arise and climb the mountain back home!” One preacher was offered a lot of money if he would get rid of his bus ministry and the snotty-nosed kids and the preacher chose the kids over the millionaire.

IV. Grace is There. (v.5-6) Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

  • Luke 3:5, “Every valley shall be filled, every mountain and hill shall be brought low.” That means that the mountain is accessible to all who trust the Lord and start climbing.
  • Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to them who love God.”

 What about it? Are you going to stay in the valley for the rest of your life? You don’t need to. Why don’t you get out today? Why don’t you decide to start climbing the mountain today?

We are here for you at; On The Road For Christ and we’ll help you get through whatever is going on in your life… just contact us and let’s get started. Here’s a couple of easy ways to reach us; email- prospectorsforgod@gmail.com .. phone- (907) 315-3394 or in the comment section of this blog.

A big part of our ministry is music, so I thought I give you the lyrics to a song to help lift your spirits.

Song: “I Heard Footsteps”

Talkin’ bout the mountains;
I’ve climbed them,
Felt the sunshine on my shoulders.
Felt the warm winds blow.

Talkin’ bout the valleys,
I’ve been there.
Had my world to crumble down.
Felt the teardrops flow.

And I heard footsteps,
Walkin’ in the shadows.
And a hand reaching out
To tell me He was there.

Until next we meet again I’ll leave you with this Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for always being there and taking care of us, who love you so much. We ask for forgiveness and mercy in our daily walk with you and we realize without you we are lost and will surely remain in the valley.

Father, we need your help, our country needs your help. Some of us feel forgotten and alone without any help to fight back against what our country is doing, we fear for our freedom and way of life. We pray for Godly intervention. Lord, you can bring to justice all involved in the attempt to destroy our democracy and bring us back to a Godly nation. 

Lord Jesus, I pray you will show yourself and satan will flee and all your enemies will be revealed and justice will be administered.

I pray healing and love come over our land, as well as a worldwide awakening recognizing you as the Lord and Saviour of the universe. You are the answer … the only answer.

In Jesus name, we pray,

AMEN

Here It Is… The Truth!

 

 

 

I love all of you in Christ Jesus. I pray that all of God’s children would read this and find solace in what I’ve been trying to pass to them what the Lord has been telling me all along. (Read the message before this one.) Of course, there will still be naysayers but remember what I’ve been teaching … Fear is the opposite of faith. Do you trust God or not? That has a yes or no answer, no middle of the road, Revelation 3:16. Carefully read what was released today from the same people who lied to you in the first place;

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The number of reported COVID-19 infections has plummeted 40% in the United States in just one week and 30% worldwide in the past three weeks.

And the primary reason is not the distribution of vaccines, contend, experts, who point out that only 8% of Americans and 13% of people worldwide have received their first dose, DailyMail.com reported.

 

A New York Times COVID-19 case tracker indicated cases in the U.S. were down 30% from just last week, according to Marketwatch. Statistics from Johns Hopkins show the nation’s seven-day rolling average is down 40%.

Daily cases have dropped 45% since the latest peak on Jan. 11, according to data from the COVID-19 Tracking Project.

 

The World Health Organization said Monday its World in Data graphs show the daily infection rate has fallen by 30% over the past three weeks.

Some public health experts told DailyMail.com it’s possible that more people contracted the virus than previously thought, and some regions could be experiencing herd immunity.

Many epidemiologists have noted the coronavirus, in a second wave, is following the bell-shaped pattern of epidemics predicted by Farr’s Law in 1840, regardless of mitigation efforts.

Further, in January, the World Health Organization officially acknowledged that the “gold standard” test used to diagnose COVID-19 has a high rate of false-positives that make it unreliable.

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In a July podcast that resurfaced in December, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted the widely used PCR tests pick up harmless fragments of the coronavirus, resulting in many false-positive cases that result in overstating the threat. In August, the New York Times examined PCR testing data in three states and found “up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus.”

In an advisory to lab workers issued Jan. 13, the WHO recommended a second test to confirm any diagnosis for people who aren’t showing any symptoms of the disease.

“Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken,” the guidance says.

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The WHO warns that most PCR tests “are indicated as an aid for diagnosis,” meaning health care providers should consider at least seven other factors to confirm any test.

WND reported in December an external peer review concluded a major paper supporting the PCR test for COVID-19 has 10 “serious flaws,” resulting in many false-positive cases.

A briefing published by four British scientists concluded PCR testing is “distorting policy and creating the illusion that we are in a serious pandemic when in fact we are not.”

“A false positive pseudo-epidemic is a well-described phenomenon in the medical literature which results in an exponential rise in diagnosed cases and deaths but no excess deaths,” the British researchers write.

Until the next time we get together … KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

My prayer for you; Praying Hands

Father, what a rollercoaster ride we’ve been on, if it wasn’t for You we’d be surely lost. In this time of scare tactics, the evil one is using we thank you for the TRUTH and give you all the praise and glory.

We thank you for holding us in the palm of your hand and loving us so much. I pray you continue to bring the truth to light and the evil ones would get the punishment they deserve.

I also pray for you to heal our land and open the eyes of non-believers and bring our country back in line with your word, protect the unborn, heal the sick, and use in a mighty way to help build your kingdom…

In Jesus name, we pray,

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEAR… Get Over It!

 

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

Forty years of wanderings in the wilderness are finally over! But, Moses the man who brought the children of Israel out of Egypt is dead. Now, it is time for Joshua to take the staff. He is named as Moses’ successor, and the time has come for Israel to cross the Jordan River and take possession of their Promised Land. If they could get over this one last obstacle, they would finally be home. On the other side of Jordan is a land flowing with milk and honey, the fulfillment of all dreams. But standing at the edge of the River and not knowing what lurks ahead, Joshua became fearful. And he had every reason to be afraid! Canaan was occupied by giants! The cities to be captured were fortified. And yet the Lord tells Joshua, in Chapter 1, Verse 6, “Be strong and of good courage.” Meaning, to succeed in his new assignment, Joshua needs to overcome fear. God tells him this again and again. Indeed, He wasn’t “asking,” “requesting” or “suggesting” to Joshua not to fear. God was issuing a command!

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” Isaiah 43:2.

As we stand at the start of the year 2021, God’s telling us not to fear. As we are embarking upon a new path that we’ve never been to, there is a danger that we too can become anxious and fearful. But God has given us a sound mind! We are exhorted to be strong and courageous! God’s given us power so we can overcome every obstacle, and He’s given us love. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7. So there is no reason for a child of God to be gripped, controlled, paralyzed, and destroyed by fear. The Almighty tells us not to fear because He is in control of every situation. He is our refuge and strength! God is our help in times of trouble. So we don’t have anything to fear! God will be with us. He knows our name and knows what we are going through, so we don’t have to be fearful of the unknown. We can face the future fearlessly.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.

Have you ever been afraid? What do you fear? What is weighing heavy on your heart? Like Joshua, we all face fear! Is it of height, of failing, or of how things will turn out? Do you fear criticism? Some fear poverty, old age, or the prospect of separation or divorce. We worry about the future, about politics, and our health. Fear is a human emotion. It can make a grown man squeal like a child. Fear often results in depression. It stops your spiritual life. Fear paralyzes. It freezes. Sometimes it can rob us of quality of life, or lead us to make bad decisions. Fear will cripple even the strongest. It can prevent us from moving forward to receive all that God has for us. Fear is a torment! Fear brings turmoil in our hearts and minds. When we are filled with so much fear, we can’t think straight. The only time fear is mentioned in a positive light in the Bible is when it refers to reverence for God. Fear is everywhere! Everywhere we turn we hear the voice of fear. The media industry fills our ears with the noise of unemployment, murders, and a failing economy. The doctor’s report flood our ears with cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart attacks, tumors, COVID-19, etc. Friends and family speak their fears into our lives and it weakens our faith. “Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.” Isaiah 24:17. Still, we don’t have to listen to those noises. We don’t have to agree with them. And we don’t have to line up ourselves with them. “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” I John 5:4. Therefore, we can overcome these noises of fear by our faith. Even though we hear these noises every day doesn’t mean we have to be afraid. Faith will silence these noises as soon as we activate our faith.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10.

According to Strong’s Bible Concordance, the Hebrew word for courage means: “to be strong, alert, courageous, brave, bold, solid, hard; to be determined, to make oneself alert, strengthen oneself, confirm oneself, persist in, or prove superior to” Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s acting in faith in the midst of fear! Meaning courage is having the strength to do something despite being fearful. Hence, to be courageous means having the confidence to do what God wants them to do. Three times, the Lord told Joshua to be strong and of good courage. He also gives us the same promises He gave to Joshua today. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5. Whatever challenge we face in this life, God is with us! We can be assured that He won’t let us down. There may be an obstacle in front of us today, but God will part it. There may be opposition in the year ahead, but God will give us victory over it. Our role is to trust Him completely and genuinely. God will never leave us.

ABIDE IN HIS PRESENCE:

“And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14.

The secret of Joshua’s strength, courage, and fearlessness in the presence of God. And the assurance of this divine presence also applies to all who are in Christ today. The night before His death, Jesus told His disciples in John 14:16: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” Even in His last words on earth, He promises to be with us. “18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen..” Matthew 28:18-20. No matter what is going on in your life, Jesus is there with you. By abiding in His presence, we will be given the strength to overcome.

Here are some directions to follow and important things to always remember;

  1. Know who you are. When you put your faith in Jesus and became His follower, you are adopted into God’s family and became one of His children. You’re now a child of God! The Holy Spirit is in you. The same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is in you. Nothing will come your way in the next few days, weeks, months, or years, that should trouble you. You’re precious in God’s eyes! He’ll give you the power you need to be victorious.
  2. Let go of the past. “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” Philippians 3:13-14.
  3. Refuse to focus on your fear. Guard your eyes and ears. Don’t let your fear continuously rob you of joy.
  4. Don’t let it paralyze you.
  5. Realize that God is with you. We must not fear because God is with us. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalms 118:6. If God protects you from all forms of danger, why should you fear?
  6. Pray always. “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:4. When we seek God with all our hearts, He will hear us and deliver us from all our fears.
  7. Confront your fear. You will never win until you rise and confront the thing that is causing you to fear.
  8. Trust in God. Every time we are afraid, we must see it as an opportunity to surrender everything in God’s hands. Trust that He will provide all that you need. God is still good. He is still faithful. He will never leave you.
  9. Remember what God has done in the past.
  10. Meditate upon the Word of God daily. The Hebrew word for meditate means: “utter, muse, mutter, meditate, speak.” It comes from a root word that means whisper. We should not only ponder and think about the Word of God but speak it out even in a whisper. The Word of God is powerful.
  11. Be filled with love. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” I John 4:18. When love prevails, fear stops from existing.
  12. Fear God. Every Christian should have this fear.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4.

God is longing to pour out His favor and blessing upon us in the coming year. He has an amazing plan for us. Plans that are so extraordinary that you can’t even begin to dream about. The wilderness is not where He wants His children to be. The place of fear is not where He wants us to reside. God doesn’t want us to be held back by fear. So move into your place of abundance. You’re not alone! God’s with you. He will not leave your side. God cares for you; He will never forget you. He watches over the sparrows and He watches over you. Troubles will come, but God never stops loving you. If He remembers each sparrow, you can be sure He remembers you too.

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ” Matthew 6:25-27.

Today, you can overcome the spirit of fear and express your faith in Christ Jesus by saying this prayer: 

 

O LORD, I come to You now. I know I am a sinner, forgive me. Lord Jesus, from today, I accept You as the LORD of my life. Change my heart from a disobedient heart to a heart that will obey You. With my new heart, I believe that it is because of me that You came into this world; You died for my sins, take away my problems, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, write my name in the Book of Life, and make me brand new in Jesus name.

PRAYER POINTS:

  1. Father, I thank You that You’re always with me.
  2. O Lord, help me to remember Your promises and to trust in You whenever I’m afraid, in Jesus’ name.
  3. Lead me, Lord, through the unknown in my life. Make Your path clear to me, in Jesus’ name.
  4. Father, I lift my fears, worries, and concerns to You today. Help me to keep moving forward, in Jesus’ name.
  5. Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise to be with me wherever I go.

God is your Father and loves beyond your wildest imagination …

Talk to Him … He’s listening!

I pray you receive this message and you focus your life on the one, true living God, Jesus Christ.

Until next time … Many Blessings and  “Keep Looking Up!”

Dusty

 

 

 

The Reason For The Season…

 

 

 

Well, all the presents have been unwrapped, and we’ve picked the mess up. Now it’s onward to the new year, but can I ask you something? … Did you take time to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday, even though it may not be His true chronological birthday, it’s still the one celebrated. He is the reason for the season, even if the non-believers try to erase His name from the minds of our children not allowing prayer in schools, and going against God’s holy word in the name of political correctness, It’s still our responsibility to tell them about the meaning of Christmas and to tell others of the saving grace of our Lord. I pray the real Christmas story was told at your house this Christmas.    Bible  Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20. Don’t let the political left raise your children and the news media guide your life with their fake news fear tactics. 

Jesus is our saving grace, and it’s time ALL believers if they truly have Christ in their heart and are sold out Christians to start acting like it. (Romans 8:31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Keep in mind fear is the opposite of faith.

Where’s your heart today? Are you hiding in fear or are living like Jesus is Lord of your life?

Now is the time to start a new year and truly stand for what you believe … Praise the Lord Jesus and pray for our country.   Have a blessed new year and know that On The Road For Christ Ministries are praying for you …

 

My prayer for You:

Praise you Lord and thank you for coming to save sinners like me. I pray that this new year is a year of great revival not only in our country, which desperately needs it, but the entire world would come to the saving grace of you, Lord Jesus.

Lord, thank you for your love and mercy and I pray you will heal our land, our sick, and bring our people back to you. I pray you will reveal the evil ones trying to destroy our country and bring them to justice. 

We give you all the praise and glory and pray in your precious name,

Amen!

 

 

 

 

A Memorial… Remembering Pastor Bruce

 

 

Even though Pastor Bruce left us way too soon, his love and inspiration remain for all he touched when in those quiet times you would reflect and remember him.

I thought for those of you who wanted to come to Bruce’s Celebration of Life on December 5th, 2020, but because of extenuating circumstances you couldn’t make it, I thought you might like to hear some of what was said. The following is an excerpt from his celebration: 

On this day in December, we gather together as friends and family to Celebrate The Life of Bruce Swart, a pastor too many and a friend to all. On behalf of his brother, Dean Swart, and his sister-in-law Linda as well as all his extended family; we want to welcome you and thank you for coming. We are here to remember a life dedicated to serving the Lord and helping others. Bruce was consumed with his desire to lead as many people as he could to Jesus; he was really concerned about where people would spend eternity. He didn’t just talk the talk; he walked the walk. So let me paraphrase how Bruce would do a memorial service, and I know without a doubt he would expect me to do similarly.

 

We are here to hear what God would say to us through His Word about the realities of life, death, and eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

The sudden passing of Pastor Bruce has again confirmed the uncertainty of life.

James, the Apostle, issued this warning: James 4:13-14 (NAS)

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such-and-such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”  Yet you do not know ]what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

We don’t think as much about it when a person passes away from a prolonged illness, but it gets our attention when life unexpectedly comes to an end for someone in good health.

So many people try to avoid thinking about death.

It is almost like they can think they can deny its existence if they don’t talk about it.

But unless the Lord returns first, all of us will pass the way of the grave.

“But the Bible tells us that in Hebrews 9:27  “And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment,…” 

It is in moments like this that all of us are reminded that we still have time to examine the direction of our lives, and we can still make preparation for that day when we will stand before a holy God.

 John 14:1-6 Jesus said; “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him in John 14:6; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Do you want to make sure your life is going in the right direction?

Do want to make sure that at the end of your life it has been a life with meaning and purpose?

Then Jesus is the Way! He is not just a Way; He is the Way!

He’s The Way To Peace, He’s The Way To Joy, He’s The Way To Contentment, He’s The Way To Eternal Life!

There are people who have an addiction and they are looking for a way out of that lifestyle…Jesus Is The Way!

There are going to be some difficult days in your life (Like Today) and if you want help thru them… again, Jesus Is The Way!

THE TRUTH- have you ever believed someone and found out later they lied to you? Have you ever believed in something and you found out later it was a lie?

Well, when you put your trust in Jesus and place your life in His hands, you’ll find out…

That He Is The Truth Yesterday, He Is The Truth Today, And He Is The Truth For Tomorrow!!!

THE LIFE-Have you ever heard someone say, “Get A Life!”

If you want a life that matters, a life that means something, a life that can change the world around you, a life that will impact other people’s life… Jesus Is The Life!

It also means that God is concerned about every aspect of your life.

It means that you don’t have to go through this or any trial alone. He wants you to find comfort in His word, to find comfort in the people He has placed around you.

How do you get all this… Let me show you, we’ll do it Bruce’s way. He always liked to tell people there’s no such thing as a sinner’s prayer for salvation in the bible, however, there is direction. Let’s back this up with scripture, let’s look at Romans 10: 9-10;  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes,  resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses,  resulting in salvation.

John 10:9-10;  I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life and have it abundantly.

Now to put this in a nutshell you must confess in prayer; Jesus is Lord, and you believe He died on the cross for your sins and on the third day rose from the dead and then ask Him to come into your heart… That’s it! It’s that simple. This is also a good time to ask forgiveness for your sins and to start your ongoing prayer life. Then you should find a good bible teaching, bible-believing church, and start the adventure of your life. Philippians 4:13; I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. So get started, this could be the day!

Take this message home in your heart from Pastor Bruce and remember this poem in his honor…

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now, I’m free

I’m following the path God has laid; you see

I took His hand when I heard him call;

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, to play.

Task left undone must stay that way;

I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a moment of bliss,

oh yes, and these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow.

 I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full; I savored much,

good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;

don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.

God wanted me now; He set me free.

 

How Do You Think The Lord Would Vote?

    VOTE      VOTE                    VOTE                                       VOTE            VOTE

Here are just three scriptures to help you figure it out if you don’t already know. Vote for what they stand for … not their personality!

Jeremiah 1:5,  Leviticus 18:22, 2 Chronicles 7:14

I DID NOT WRITE THIS but I agree with everything in it wholeheartedly and support everything in it I felt the need to repost because people need to read this and re-share it as much as possible in the hope that they see for themselves EVERYTHING THE DEMOCRATS WANT IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE AND IF ELECTED THE WILL DELIVER ON IT. I am not voting for a man. I am voting for the principles for which this country has stood since its founding. I am voting for Constitutional government. I am voting for a strong and viable military. I am voting for a vibrant economy. I am voting for the right to keep and bear arms. I am voting for the freedom to worship. I am voting for a national recognition of the founding of our nation on Biblical principles. I am voting for the ability for anyone to rise above their circumstances and become successful. I am voting for my children and grandchildren to be able to choose their own path in life, including how and where their children are educated. I am voting for our borders to be open to everyone who enters under our law and closed to everyone who would circumvent or ignore the law. I am voting for the Electoral College to remain in place so that a few heavily populated liberal centers do not control the elections. I am voting for a Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution rather than rewrites it. I am voting to teach history, with all its warts, not erase it or revise it. I am voting for the sanctity of life from conception to birth and after.

 

My Prayer for You:

Lord open the hearts, ears, and eyes to hear and see where our country is headed. As always, you are giving us a choice. I believe this election is the most important choice our country will ever make and I pray Christians will look at what’s at stake, not whether they like a person, we’re not voting for a man, we’re voting for our country and a way of life. Lord, none of us are perfect. We all fall short, but we know we are supposed to try to be as Christlike as possible. Lord, I vote one nation under God as our founding fathers meant it to be. I pray the ones claiming your name vote the way you would and start bring this great nation back in line with you. 

We thank you, Lord, for your love and it’s in Jesus’ name we pray,   Amen

 

Courage In The Face Of Our Enemy

 

As the days slip by, each one begins to look like the day before and they all seem to run together. With our activities limited by covid restrictions, we try to find ways to carry on our ministries. Then when we get very little response to what we feel lead to do, we start second guessing if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.

Wow! that’s a mouth full, I hope it makes sense. I guess what I’m trying to say is; don’t let the devil play with your mind. His job is to compromise your effectiveness in this torn and troubled world. When we’re pretty much alone with only our immediate family around us for support and we’re left to our own devices, we can sure second ourselves. That’s when the feeling of loss comes in and the devil starts his rhetoric.

Here’s your answer, if you get anything from my lessons, get this, it’s simple … GO TO THE ROCK!  Get on your face and pray, satan must flee at the name of Jesus, he has no power over a child of God (YOU). Satan has only one mission, John 10: 10-29Whatever life brings, remember God is still in control. It takes courage to be a christian and be politically incorrect. An unquestionable patriot put courage this way; John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway.” Jesus phrased it this way: Luke 9:23 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Some of the passion, the suffering, the hardship of the cross is lost on us due to time and to the glory that is now associated with the cross. But, Jesus was not here pointing to the glory of the cross. He was pointing to the suffering, the pain, and the hardship that is brought upon the one who desires the Christian life. Luke 9:24 “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”

Being a Christian is not easy. Jesus pointed to this principle in Luke 14:26-33 where He commands that the one who wants to follow Him must first consider what it will cost.

Let me encourage you to step up, stand up for God and country in this time of need. You are empowered by the holy spirit and filled with living water and the gates of hell can not prevail, Matthew 16: 17-19. You are not alone! He said He would never leave you Hebrews 13:5

If you want to talk or pray together, email me (prospectorsforgod@gmail.com) and we’ll hook up by phone or text.  I pray this latest message I felt the Lord wanted me to write touched the hearts of those in doubt … Keep up the good fight … KEEP LOOKING UP! Until we get together again, many blessings.     Dusty

My prayer for you:

Father, how heartbreaking to see all the violence and unrest going on in our country. Our police officers who serve to protect us are under attack. I pray the truth come out and the true instigators are exposed and  all the deceivers held accountable.  I pray the ones wanting to change our country by throwing you out and forcing a way of life on us unconscionable to a Christian belief be brought to justice.

Lord, I pray for courage, for all believers to stand in the face of those who would allow paranoia to take over their lives. Give them the discernment to see through all the hype and lies we are being feed every day.

Bless and protect all our leaders doing your will!

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen

Make a Difference … Now!

 

In this time of self-imposed house arrest, we find ourselves with extra time on our hands and maybe even having a hard time filling our days. Here’s a thought … How about spending some time with the Lord? I don’t mean asking Him for this or that; I mean getting to know Him. He is your heavenly Father, don’t you think it’s about you got to know Him. He wants us to come to with our needs but He also wants a relationship with you, one on one. The more time you spend in the word and having a heart-felt conversation with the Father, the more you’ll want to learn.  

All our hope is in Jesus Christ, He is the answer to what’s going on today. You ask then why hasn’t He done something about our country’s crisis.? Simple … He’s waiting on us.

Let me give you an analogy using a problem we have today; You know how president Trump wants to go in and clean up Portland, but he has to wait on the mayor to ask for help? The mayor needs to change his heart and admit he has a problem. It’s kind of like that with the Lord, He gave us a free will and until we change our ways and come to Him, His hands are tied.

We can stop being selfish with the me, me, me attitude or stay on this road to destruction.

Let’s get into the word and see how to get on track …

John 6:22-27

22 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. 23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”

Words to the People

26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

Which interests you more—who Jesus is or what He can do for you? I’m afraid that too many of us are more concerned about what He can give us than we are about getting to know who He is.

But this is nothing new—Jesus had this problem when He walked on earth. The crowds often sought Him out for what He could do for them. Even though their needs were often legitimate, Christ knew their motives.

There is a fine line between selfishly trying to use the Lord to get what we want and humbly coming to Him with our needs and struggles. Some issues we bring to Him are so pressing and urgent in our minds that our desire for Him to take action in the way we want becomes greater than our willingness to submit to His will. At times, what we call “faith” is really a demanding spirit.

We must remember that our needs will come to an end, but Jesus Christ will remain forever. If our prayers have dealt only with presenting our requests to the Lord, we’ve missed a great opportunity to get to know the One with whom we’ll spend eternity. Let’s invest time in pursuing intimacy with Christ. Then we can enjoy the benefits of that relationship forever.

How much of your communion with God is devoted to your needs—even legitimate ones? Are you spending any time getting to know the Lord? Although God delights in our prayers and tells us to pray about everything, He also wants us to come to Him just because we enjoy being with Him.

Well, did this help you? Don’t put your bible down, wonder around in it for a while longer, letting the Holy Spirit lead you. If you don’t have a bible, no problem, we’ll send you one totally free, including shipping … no strings attached! Just go to our contact page and let us know we’ll get it in the mail. Send us your comments or request a subject for us to address. We sure like hearing from yah all.

Until next time, Many Blessings, stay safe, and KEEP LOOKING UP!     Dusty

My Prayer for you: 

Heavenly Father,

You are so patience with your children; you love us so much. I pray for my brother and sisters in need of a touch from you this day. I ask you to bless all and forgive our sins. We need You, and I pray for grace and mercy for our land. I pray you will reveal the evil for what it is and change the hearts of the evildoers.

We thank you, Lord, and we praise your Holy Name!

In Jesus Christ, we pray,

Amen

 

I Wonder Why Bad Things Happen to Good People?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you remember when there wasn’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? Now after this shelter in place (house arrest) while the economy of our country collapse we sit on our thumbs and believe everything the media and the liberal left feed us.

I believe the scriptures and try to follow what they tell us to do, one commandment, Romans 13:1-2, says to obey the laws of the land, so I do. I wear a mask in public (breathing my own carbon dioxide) and we’ve canceled all our concerts and speaking engagements, actually for this whole summer season. Truly, doing God’s work usually isn’t a way to get rich in worldly gain, but of course some are in it for the money and are constantly begging for it under the cover of serving God while living the life of a superstar, and I’m sure they’ll reap their true rewards someday. I know many God-called ministries that barley cover everyday living expenses, some don’t even do that, but they keep on going. (Philippians 4:9)  Somehow, when you wonder if God is real He shows us something that removes all doubt. 

Recently I lost my best friend to COVID 19 and just before that I lost my four legged sidekick that had been a part of my life for 13 years. My wife and I are hunkered down in a little town in Oregon wondering what’s next, while all income (we’re a faith-based ministry) has come to a stop we have to have faith someone will feel led to come along side and help. Our ministry operates through love offerings and donations. Without doing concerts and speaking engagements nonthing comes in. So just like the small businesses around our country, small ministries are strugling too.

Is there any hope? Yes of course there is … now more than ever we have to keep our hope, trust and faith in Jesus Christ … He is the answer!

Recently a good friend of mine and a very well known gospel singer called and told me he had COVID 19. My heart jumped into my throat. His next words brought Joy, he said the key word was “had”. He had went online and found a cure and used it and now he is virus-free. In doing this he started a long and arduous search for more answers and wondered why other people weren’t doing so themselves. He found America’s frontline Doctors, a group of doctors in practice around the country that are fighting COVID on the frontlines and winning, of course, we don’t here about them because there not part of the libral agenda. He told me to look up “America’s frontline doctors 3-hour summit video“. This is the the one youtube pulled down they didn’t want the world to see. Wow! If you watch this you might brighten your day, especially if you realize how we are being lied to.

Remember the scriptures said we’d be deceived? And like sheep being led to slaughter the world has bought into the lie.

How can that be? How can bad things happen to good people … remember the world is controlled by satan (Ephesians 6:12). Let’s see if I can help you understand more, get your bibles out and turn to Romans 8:28-39.

Romans 8:28-3928 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

“I wonder why bad things happen to good people. I wonder why my prayers go unanswered. I wonder about God’s will for my life.” Have you ever wondered about these things? I know I have! I don’t believe we are Christians very long before these wonders begin to creep into our minds.

However, many of us are often reluctant to admit that we wonder about such things-that we have doubts and questions about our faith. We are afraid we will be accused of not trusting God enough or that we’ll be looked upon as some heretic. And this is tragic, for sometimes there is more faith in wondering, doubting, and questioning than there is in blind acceptance. In fact, every strong Christian I know reached a deeper place of faith after going through a “dark night of the soul.”

So, I am going to examine some common wonders of faith, and I want to see where these wonders take us. So hear this message with an honest heart and attitude of prayer, and I believe you will find your faith enriched and strengthened.

Now as COVID 19 runs rampant in our land and some of our friends and loved ones are struck, that question, why does bad things happen to good people, certainly comes to the forefront. When a bible believing Christian is infected with it and hospitalized we wonder why … one partial answer is free will, even Christians make bad choices sometimes. We need to keep beliving and praying for one another.

I know a lot of churches are closed and that’s a tragedy, but we can still come together in prayer and by spending time on sites like this and joining in with appropriate comments.

As we look back on the tragedy of 9/11, and this virus sweeping across this land and of course, all the rioting in our nation, I believe it is very appropriate to ask: “I wonder why bad things happen to good people?” Certainly, this was a burning question in the hearts and minds of all of us as we experienced the horror of that day starting with 9/11. Churches were flooded with people asking this question. Counselors were overbooked with clients asking this question. People all over the world were praying this question: Why do bad things happen to good people? 9/11 shattered many people’s naïve illusions about how the world is supposed to operate.

We don’t live life very long before many of our illusions are shattered. “Why do the innocent suffer and the wicked prosper?” “Why does God allow evil and suffering?” “If God is great and good, why is there suffering?” Another way it is put is: “If God can’t stop suffering, then he is not great. If he can, then he is not good.” In the study of theology, this wonder is called “the theodicy question.” And it’s been asked since the very beginning.

In fact, it is a frequent question in the Bible. The Psalms ask it. Job asks it. Lamentations is full of it. The prophet Jeremiah questions God about it: Why do the wicked prosper and the innocent suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people?

So we ought to take a lesson from the biblical writers who cry out with this same burning question. And that lesson is that if we are going to be intimate and personal with God, we need to give him all that we have inside of us, even our deepest complaints and questions. Don’t worry! God is big enough to handle them.

Now at this point, you may be asking, “It may be some consolation that the Bible asks the theodicy question, but do you have an answer for it?” No, I don’t. I don’t know why bad things happen to good people. I am just as mystified by it as everyone else.

The simple fact is that the Bible asks the question, but it never answers it. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” This side of heaven we will never know why bad things happen to good people.

Now there is an incomplete response to this question. It is free will. Because God wants us to love him because we choose to love him, we have free will. It is a great gift. But there is a negative side to it. People can use their free will to do evil things and cause much pain and suffering. Several years ago, certain people chose to take their free will, get into an airplane, and crash into a building.

But free will is an incomplete response to our question today because it does not address things like natural disasters and diseases, those things that human beings do not cause to happen. The truth is that we live in a sinful world that runs amuck, and bad things happen to both the innocent and the guilty.

However, as Christians, we have the hope that one day Christ will come in glory and all of our questions will be answered and all of the great mysteries will be solved and all of our confusion will turn into clarity. So get your list of questions ready for that day. I know I’ve got mine. And the question at the top of my list will be, “Why did bad things happen to good people?”

You know what Mother Teresa said? She said, “When I die, God will have a lot of answering to do.” And Billy Graham once said, “When I die and go to heaven, I will spend the first 100 years just asking God questions.” We can look forward to doing the same thing.

But, until that great day comes, we still have to cope with life in all of its suffering and tragedy. We still have to deal with the bad and unfair circumstances of life. So I want to offer some things that have helped me as I have struggled with the question of why bad things happen to good people. My prayer is that they will help you, too.

The first bit of help I offer is simply this: Do not allow the question of bad things happening to good people to make you cynical. It’s fair and healthy to ask this question and struggle with it, but I have seen too many people hang on to it way too long, like a protest, and remain stuck in their faith, or stop believing in God altogether. I have also seen people use it as an excuse. Some people feel that as long as they wear a badge of prideful agnosticism, they will not have to deal with the truth of God in their lives.

Don’t allow unfair pain and suffering to harden your heart. A good way to protect yourself from cynicism is to reflect on the insightful words of Harry Emerson Fosdick. He said this: “Goodness is a far greater problem for the atheist than evil is for the believer.” Instead of focusing on the evil and suffering in the world, look at all the goodness that abounds in our world. Where does that goodness come from? It can only come from a loving God who cares for us. Allow the goodness in the world to lead you back to the goodness of God.

The goodness of God can help us overcome anything, which leads me to offer another bit of help as we grapple with the question of why bad things happen to good people. And this bit of help comes in the form of a question: What happens to good people when bad things happen to them? This is a question that the Bible does answer. This is what our scripture lesson for today is all about. Did you hear all of the words Paul used to describe the assumed pain and suffering of life: hardship, persecution, distress, nakedness, peril, the sword? The apostle Paul and the early Christians were very much in touch with unfair suffering. But what did Paul say happens to Christians when bad things happen to them? Not only did he say that we will never be separated from God’s love, but in Romans 8:28 Paul says something truly remarkable: “All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

This means that evil and pain is never the will of God, but God can take evil and pain and use it for good. Over and over again in life we see this. When evil attacks with pain, God uses it to build character. When evil shows resistance, God uses it to build strength. When evil cripples with tragedy, God finds a way to victory. When evil destroys with death, God restores life. God is in the transforming business. God can turn our trouble into triumph!

One of the greatest examples of God turning rough times into glory is the story of Joseph in Genesis. Joseph was the favored son, and his brothers were jealous. So in a jealous rage, they beat him and sold him into slavery as a youth. Through an amazing turn of events, as Joseph grew older, his abilities impressed the authorities of Egypt and the Pharaoh made him second in command in Egypt.

Now he had the power to get revenge on his brothers. But he didn’t. Instead, he forgave them. His brothers approached him, scared to death, and Joseph said, “Don’t be afraid. Am I God? I can’t judge you. What you did was meant to hurt me, but God used it for good. I have strength and character, and now I have the power to save and provide for the people of Israel.” At that moment, Joseph knew that God had taken something very ugly and made it beautiful.

H.G. Spafford had the same experience. In 1873, his wife and four children sailed from New York to France on an ocean liner. Mr. Spafford was unable to make the voyage with his family because of business commitments in Chicago. He told them goodbye, promising to meet them in France in a few weeks.

At two o’clock on the morning of November 22, 1873, when the luxury liner was several days out, it was hit by another liner. Within two hours, the ship sank. Nine days later when the survivors landed at Wales, Mrs. Spafford cabled her husband these two words, “Saved alone.” They had lost all 4 of their daughters. When he received her message, he quickly booked passage on a ship to Europe to join his wife. On the way over, the captain called him into his cabin and said, “I believe we are now passing over the place where your family’s liner went down.”

Well, that night in the mid-Atlantic, filled with much pain and sorrow, Mr. Spafford wrote five stanzas, the first of which contained these lines: “When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul!” And these words have been a part of one of the most popular hymns in the church today. Little did Mr. Spafford know that his words would give comfort to so many people. God turned his scar into a star.

We can’t control the fact that bad things will happen to us. They just do, and one day we will find out why. But the one thing we can control is how we respond to the bad things that happen to us. We can get bitter or better! We can stay angry at life and at God and never move on, or we can give our pain to God and allow him to do something beautiful with it. Then we’ll be able to say with confidence:

I will be untouched in the midst of fire
I will stand firm in the midst of a storm
I will not crack in the midst of chaos
I will not lose heart when the world is torn

I will not fear when the heat blazes
I will not fret when drought comes
I will bear fruit in the midst of all of it
I will march to a different drum

I will discover victory in tragedy
I will trust in El Shaddai
I will laugh in the face of death
I will wave evil and pain goodbye.

Always keep looking up and keep praying, God does care about each one of us and His word says; He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Be blessed, my precious friends until the next time we talk … Dusty

My prayer for you: 

Dear Lord,

How fragile we are without you, I pray for strength and healing for my brothers and sisters.

I ask forgiveness for our sins and for mercy. We don’t know how or when you will touch and heal our land but your word says to pray and believe and our prayers will be answered, so I choose to trust in you Lord. I let Psalm 23 run through my mind when I need a boost to lift my spirit.

I thank you Lord for always being there and leading us through the valleys.

I would like to close my prayer with a quote from Mr.Spafford;
“When peace like a river attendeth my way. When sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well; It is well with my soul.”

Amen.