Jan. and Feb. 2019 Partner Update

Hey Everybody,
This year is off to a wild start in 2019 here in Michigan..
The weather this month has been so absolutely crazy as we have had one winter storm after another, several feet of snow, and ice mixed in as well.. Needless to say driving has been very problematic to say the least..

But on the good news side of things, we have been able to network and partner with several ministries to feed a couple thousand kids this winter and that always warms my heart.
Every child is a vital element of their communities, regardless of their family status. Feed them and nurture them because they can become leaders who can bring positive changes in the future. We absolutely believe that the Church can make a difference by helping feed both in their own communities and elsewhere around the world.

On another note, I (Len) , just received several hundred more prayer requests from people in prison and my heart is so stirred for these men and women.. I know that God loves them so very much and its very humbling for us to be used by God to convey that message of Jesus Christ and His Salvation. There are several boxes of books, literature, and Bibles that we have gathered here and are ready to ship to our partner Prison ministries for distribution in prisons in 20 states. The Prison outreach is very dear to my heart and we are excited to see what God will be doing in addition to what He has already allowed us to be a part of….

Let me say a word about our Internet Radio programming…
We have been getting outstanding testimonies to the power of God being evident in these programs.
There are several guest programs as well as messages from myself and the music is outstanding.. I hope you will go out to Spreaker Web Radio and follow the program and you will receive alerts when we are on air. There is also a selection let in archive.

It will soon be time for a fuller travel schedule and as always, I’m eager to get out there. I love the many different places I get to experience while preaching The Gospel. Please keep us in your prayers.

Due to the inclement weather, our Partner packages are behind. We are working on getting them out to you all. THANK YOU Partners…. You are the backbone of all we do..

Let me share this word with you.
“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;” (2 Cor 1:8-10) As Long as we keep our faith in the Lord Jesus then fear will never be able to overwhelm us… We are determined because of Calvary, to stand on the victory and deliverance side all the days of our lives. We serve the Great Deliverer… I hope many can join us for the next live program (March 7) at 7 pm eastern… There will also be weekday programmings between now and then..

Ah! Young men and women, God calls, and the Blood of Jesus Christ calls, and the Spirit of Christ in the gospel calls, and the rage of Satan calls, and your sad state and condition calls, and the happiness and blessedness of glorified saints calls; these all call upon you to make sure a glorious eternity, before you fall out into that dreadful ocean.—-Thomas Brooks, Puritan Pastor 1608-1680. In our own time as well, the most urgent matter upon our hearts as Christians, should be to get the Gospel to the lost and wandering.

God Bless You All….. See You Out There Soon…..
Len

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He has Given Us A Goodly Land-Intro

“He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, a land flowing
milk and honey..” (Deut.26:9)

In order to explain what this beautiful place means to me, and I speak of the Rockbridge County of my ancestors in Virginia; I must borrow a descriptive phrase from a long ago cousin, Alexander Sterret Paxton (1840 – 1914), “The old Scots-Irish pioneers came with the rifle and the axe, with the Bible and the family altar, with the Church and the schoolhouse, and laid the foundations of the grandest part of Virginia.” (Memory Days by A.S. Paxton)
My journeys through this county have led me back to my heritage and beyond into a glimpse of the future should Jesus tarry.. It has centered me, I believe I know exactly who I am and the qualities it took to see this nation built on the foundation of the Word of God, which are the very qualities we need to return to in a day where it seems we have misplaced the memories of the Godly heritage of America.
As we look stedfastly into this together we will see courage, determination, fortitude, hope, love of both country and home and hearth. We will look at forces such as bravery, loyalty, fidelity, and so many others.. All of which are laid out for us clearly in the Bible, are Gods will for man, and all of which are in fact, worked into the inner self of everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ by the mighty Holy Spirit of God……

Though I now, at the time of this writing, make my residence in Michigan, my wife and I are blessed to be able to travel to Virginia and go back in time in our hearts 4 or 5 times a year most years..
I have walked the land along Buffalo Creek that my 5th Great Grandfather, Thomas Buffalo Paxton; also known as Boatyard Paxton, settled around the year 1730 give or take the time he lived with Mother and siblings at Green Tree.. Angie and I have overlooked Arnold’s Valley from both atop the Blue Ridge Parkway and also the back country roads that have always led us to treasures. From Glasgow to Lexington, Natural Bridge to Goshen Pass, Buena Vista and through the whole of Rockbridge I find Paxton heritage. Paxtons were among the earliest of settlers and in their lives and the lives of their fellow settlers, we see many things that our entire nation was forged from.
No matter what anyone tries to say in this our day, America was indeed founded upon the solid Rock of Christ Jesus. It is duly noted in her documents and in the letters of her pioneers, like my family and many of yours also and though we are an imperfect lot, inasmuch as we are members of Adams fallen race, there is hope for our future found in Christ and because of what He did for us at the Cross..
Rod Parsley once correctly said that there is much to be gained by a return to the discarded values of the past and I know that is the reason God has sent me on this journey and has led me to write about it. So come on with me as we discover Clear Skies Over Rockbridge and the Spiritual Lessons I Have Learned In The Land Of My Ancestors…

“In the long vista of the years to roll….
Let me not see my country’s honor fade;
Oh! let me see our land retains its soul;
Her pride in Freedom and not Freedoms shade.”
(Keats… Quoted In Memory Days)

(for purposes of this blog there will be only excerpts that will ultimately be added to other writing and placed in the new book.. Please enjoy the excerpts and be patient with me as I attempt to put these very personal thoughts, expressions and feelings out there..)

Victory In Jesus

1 Corinthians 15:57-58
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

These two verses speak volumes to my heart… Not even death, no enemy, no fear…. Nothing can prevent me from having a fruitful, productive, meaningful life IN CHRIST JESUS…. always abounding in the work of the Lord…. awaiting my eternal reward….. Praise God..

We have victory in us because of what Jesus Christ did for us at the Cross and Resurrection.. This great sacrifice Jesus made affects every area of the believers life.. Victory in Jesus is so much more than a song.. It is the living reality for every child of God! You and I can face Life steadfast and unshakable because of this Victory.. We need to renew our minds through the word of God to the reality of the Victory truths because of the Cross..

The Word of God is filled with so many promises that tell us what we have and who we are in Jesus Christ.. As we continually fill up our mind, our spiritual tank, as it were with these great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4), we will rise up and walk in the More Abundant life Jesus promised us.. (John 10:10)

If you are a born Again believer; a Christ Follower, then live your life from a position of Victory. You are not trying to get victory; you already have victory because of the Cross and Resurrection.. You are IN Christ! Be Liberated today to walk it out with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Your victory in life does not depend on how many educational certificates you have earned, how faithful you were to Sunday School or perfect attendance at worship services (though those things are important and beneficial).. Victory is yours because of what Jesus has done and your faith in Him… The work of Redemption was completed through Jesus suffering, death and resurrection.. The Work is finished! The thing for you and I to do is to believe it… Consider it Done…

As we read these truths from scripture and begin to speak them, they get way down deep inside us, in our new man… This will establish us in His Word and Truth and it changes the way that we respond to situations and circumstances. God performs His Word in us (Jer. 1:12)…

“I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

I Choose To Live In Peace

Dear Friends,
We have finally kicked off the fall season of ministry…. Yes, I know that technically its still summer, but I run my fall season as Sept. thru Nov…..

As we head out for a busy time on the road I want to leave you with some powerful thoughts on Peace….

First of all, as believers we need to realize that God is not mad at us.. In Romans 5:1 it says this ““Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
We have Peace with God and need to learn to walk in the Peace of God….

When you need peace, God promises to provide a peace that passes understanding. The best thing you can do when you are filled with anxiety and worry is to find a quiet place to pray, read Scripture, and listen to encouraging worship music. God wants you to have a life lived to the fullest and that includes being at peace!

Also, Its time to distance yourself from those who do not value the anointing of God on your life…. You still love them, Pray for them, help them when and if God gives the open door and you can, but walk consistently with those who build you up in your faith and calling…. Live as much a drama free life as you can in the presence of Jesus… Jesus is so beautiful… He Loves and values you……….

Here are just a few helpful verses on Peace:

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 5:9 – Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Romans 12:18 – If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Matthew 10:34-36 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (Read More…)

1 Peter 3:11 – Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Hebrews 12:14 – Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Psalms 4:8 – I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 12:20 – Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.

Isaiah 12:2 – Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.

1 Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Make the quality decision today: I Choose To Live in Peace…. You don’t have to be mad and offended to choose to walk with those who appreciate what God is doing in your life and distance yourself from those who create drama and do not really believe in the vision God gave you… Just obey the Word… Pay them little attention except to pray for them. LIVE IN PEACE… Only you can make that choice for your life…

Because this life is all about JESUS you are free to live to please only JESUS and let others do, say, and think what they so desire.. God will send you people who care and who build you up..
No circumstance can steal Gods Peace in you either.. That can be very hard at times but God will give us His precious Grace that leads to His Peace…..

As for Me, I choose to Live in Peace… I choose to allow the circumstances of my life to be used by God for HIS Glory.. I choose to spend my time with the Lord and with those who value what He is doing in my life and ministry… I choose to decrease while Jesus increases in me.. I choose to Glorify God by living a joyful and peaceful, happy life…..
Philippians 4:7 refers to “the peace of God which transcends all understanding.” Most of Paul’s letters began with the words “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace is a state of tranquility or quietness of spirit that transcends circumstances. The term peace is described in Scripture as a gift from God and congruent with His character (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Galatians 6:16; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 13:20).

If God is peace, then to know God is to bask in His peace. The closer we draw to Him, the more of His peace we can enjoy (James 4:8). God gives us clear instructions about how to draw near to Him. Psalm 24:3–4 says, “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” But Scripture is also clear that we cannot make ourselves clean enough or pure enough to earn the presence of the Lord (Romans 3:10, 23). So how do we draw near enough to experience His peace? Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). We come into the presence of the Lord through His Son (John 14:6). When we allow Jesus’ death and resurrection to purchase our forgiveness from God, we are counted as righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our sins are forgiven because Jesus already paid the price for them. Only then can we have peace with God (Romans 4:5; 5:1; 1 John 4:10).

When we develop a lifestyle of making the Lord our refuge, we begin to live in the peace of God (Psalm 46:1; 62:8). Psalm 91:1 holds the secret to living in the peace of God: “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” That secret place in our hearts is where we go to meet with God. When we choose to live there and hide away under His shadow, staying in constant communion with Him, we can remain peaceful, even when circumstances may not be. When we learn to cry out to Him in times of trouble, we find that His peace really does pass all human understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Angie and I love you… see you soon……. ( some attribution to Got Questions)

6 Signs That Your Friends May Be Green With Envy

God has been showing me for a while now why certain people ignore certain posts and things that portray the accomplishments God is giving us in ministry…. Well, here are six indications of that nasty character trait that we call jealousy: (Will Post Verses at the end)
Lack of encouragement
We’ve all had those moments where you’re extremely excited to announce something new, only for you to tell your friend and their response is “Oh okay.” Not even a “That sounds great” or “Good job” from your so-called best friend. Lack of encouragement or lack of support is a sign that your friend is jealous of you. Sometimes a friend’s lack of support is so obvious that it would even make a sarcastic “Good for you” comment seem good.
Copying you or trying to upstage you
There is nothing more annoying then buying a brand new pair of designer jeans, only to discover your friend has bought the exact same pair the next day. Sometimes they’ll even take it to the next level by getting something more expensive than yours. Are they just an admirer of your style or is the green-eyed monster rearing its ugly head? Sounds like the latter…
Tears you down and sometimes pessimistic
There is nothing worse than a friend who constantly tears you down or criticizes you about everything. You come up with a new idea, and they give you every excuse in the book about why you shouldn’t be doing that. Sometimes they will even attack your character by maybe calling you a bad parent or telling you that you’re selfish. Or they say you are filled with pride for wanting to do something for God… They try to make you look bad by saying you should not need a pat on the back.. And….. when they don’t get their pat on the back, they cry… These are just a few examples, but you get the point…
Craves attention from your peers
Ever experience a friend adding a lot of your friends on Facebook to their own list? This comes after only saying hi to your friend once if they’ve even said anything at all… sounds like someone is jealous of your popularity and wants your friends for themselves.
Disappearing or shying away
Have you ever experienced trying to make plans with a friend and suddenly they’re always too busy or don’t even call you back altogether. All of a sudden they never want to hang out anymore. Sometimes when people are jealous, they would rather stay away then face the fact that they feel bad about themselves in your presence. They are not there on the big events…
Doesn’t give you credit or creates excuses for your success
This type of jealousy usually occurs when you tell your friend about something and for everything thing you say, they always have a “Me too.” Sometimes they’ll even say something like “That’s so easy to get.” By diminishing what you’ve done, or drawing attention to an equal experience of their own, they will succeed in making sure they feel better about themselves. Once again, jealousy at it’s finest moment. We have even had some to say that they have been with us every step of the way as if they were the ones who created our success and they were really only around and involved in part of what we do…
(Attribution)Thanks to Esi Mensah for contribution

“For I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”
Acts 8:17 (NLT)
“Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.”
Romans 13:13 (ESV)
“For while there is jealousy and strife among you,
are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
1 Corinthians 3:3 (ESV)
“…idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes,
dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you,
that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:20-21 (NASB)

“Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.”
Job 5:2 (NLT)
“For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare
when he takes revenge.”
Proverbs 6:34 (ESV)
“Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”
Proverbs 27:4 (ESV)
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.”
Song of Solomon 8:6 (NLT)
“For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’.”
Mark 7:21-23 (NIV)
“These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph,
and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him.”
Acts 7:9 (NLT)
There will be MANY more posts coming as we expose this evil demon in the church and in ministries..

Galatians 5:26 – Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

1 Peter 2:1 – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

Proverbs 24:1 – Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Here is the real reason why they start and stop things and NO spiritual fruit in anything……
James 3:16 – For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.

1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

As I Said, there will be much more coming later… The Lord has told us to expose this and to stand against it firmly as we pursue unity in the Last Days Church of Jesus Christ……

The Psychological Way or The Way Of The Cross ?

Which will you choose. You cannot have both. They are tremendously opposed to each other. You will have to choose which worldview you will hold to.

In this blog, I am not going to attempt to give you the history of modern day psychology. I am simply going to highlight some of the contrasts between these two divergent paths; The psychological way vs The Way Of The Cross. Modern day psychotherapy has its roots in atheism, evolution, and humanism. Sadly, most denominations in modern Christianity have opted for the psychological way and have cast aside the way of the Cross.

The Bible holds ALL the answers of human behavior 2Peter 1:3
Psychology also claims to hold all the answers of human behavior.
The Bible tells us that man is an eternal soul St John 3:16
Psychology has as its foundation, evolution.
The Bible says that man is a sinner Romans 3:23
Psychology says that man is a victim.

The Bible says that the problem of man is an evil heart (Jer. 17:9) and that man is inherently evil.
Psychology says that the problem is man’s environment and man is inherently good.
The Message of the Cross treats the very depths; the very core of man’s problem, the heart. (Ez. 36:26-27, Eph 3:17, etc….)
Psychology treats only mans symptoms.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the answer (St. Matt. 11: 28-30)
Psychology says that therapy and “professional help” is the answer. Most psychology “professionals” will denigrate Faith and say that the minister of the Gospel is not qualified to help humanity.

The Bible tells us to deny self and crucify the flesh ( Matt. 16:24, Gal. 5:24).
Psychology says we should love “self” and pamper “flesh”.
The Bible directs us to the Cross, which assures us the help of the Holy Spirit.
Psychology directs us to the flesh.
The Bible directs us to Faith in God (Mark 11:22).
Psychology directs us to self effort.
Self cannot improve upon self. Remember that.

The Word of God, The Bible, Leads us into repentance (Acts 26:20) and restoration (Gal 6:1).
Psychology offers only remorse and referral.
The Bible IS TRUTH….
Psychology is mere, mortal, flawed mans opinions.
The Bible says that God’s truth is unchangeable (Psalm 119:89).
Psychology says that truth is determined by the majority and by culture.

There are many, many more contrasts that I could list for you but the bottom line is this; One simply cannot believe in the Bible and the message of the Cross; at least not as one ought, and also believe in psychology. It can’t be done.
If you as a believer put your trust in anything other than Christ and Him Crucified, no matter how well intentioned, you are committing spiritual adultery. Rom 7.

Psychology puts man as the center of all things. Our Faith, from the Bible, puts Christ as the center and the ONLY answer for man. The two cannot be joined. Preachers of the Gospel who attempt to join the two will help no one. The only true help that is available is found in the word of God which is The Message Of The Cross….

Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing

The message of the Bible is the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

It seems however, that much of the modern church little recognizes this all important truth.
Todays seeker sensitive pulpiteer looks much more like an Amway salesman or motivational guru than any of the prophets of old. On any given Sunday, one can hear a most excellent little talk on ” How to improve thyself” but precious little Gospel truth about the real need of mankind, which simply stated is that our sins have separated us from our God and the only remedy is for each of us to be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor 1:17-18
For Christ sent me not to baptize,but to preach the Gospel; not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the Preaching of the Cross is to them who perish foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

We as preachers are not called to give self help talks. We are called to declare the fact that men are sinners and God loves them and has provided a way for all to be saved, at least all who come God’s way. And that way is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. To preach anything else is to violate the sacred trust of the call.

So, preacher friend of mine, let us join together in calling America and the World back to the Cross of Christ.
Let us plead with men and women, boys and girls, to repent of their sins and run into the open arms of the savior today.