U.S. warns China not to try Crimea-style action in Asia

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  1. Irene C says:

    As I have mentioned before, I had the feeling that my home state, Ohio, would be next in line.

    Federal Judge To End Ohio Ban On Recognizing Gay Marriages

    “CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, a move that would strike down part of the state’s ban on gay marriages but stop short of forcing it to perform same-sex weddings.

    Judge Timothy Black announced his intentions in federal court in Cincinnati following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.

    “I intend to issue a declaration that Ohio’s recognition bans, that have been relied upon to deny legal recognition to same-sex couples validly entered in other states where legal, violates the rights secured by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” Black said. “(They’re) denied their fundamental right to marry a person of their choosing and the right to remain married.””

    Although I know that we are not of this world, only in it, it still angers me and breaks my heart. And I also believe that soon this will become nationwide. Our country is staring judgement right in the face as we mock a Holy God. Tornado season is upon us, earthquakes have been rattling California, Yellowstone, and Oklahoma, a big landslide in Washington has killed at least 30 people, and it won’t be long before it’s hurricane season.

    I believe that everyone else on here feels the same way as I do when I say – I want to go Home. I’m tired of seeing all the evil surrounding us. Maybe it’s just me, but the darkness that seems to be closing in around us has a heaviness to it. I can almost feel it. I am so thankful that I have the Blessed Hope, even though I didn’t, and still don’t, deserve it. And as we get ready to celebrate Resurrection Sunday. I just want to say “Thank you Jesus, for paying the price for my sins, which are many.” And because of Him, I can have peace. Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    God Bless and Maranatha

  2. Norman says:

    Bless you John, for all your work, in the Lord.

    As all these events unfold before us, I perceive an inexorable momentum. I do not think the Church’s actions could have averted these things, any more than the Jews could have averted Jesus having to go to the Cross.

    The important thing is for us to continue to be faithful to Him, and out of our weakness, to overcome in the power of His might. How wonderful, that Jesus will soon come home to take up residence again, and rule over what is His rightful possession, wondrously redeemed through His own blood.

    “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created (Rev 4:11).

    This hymn will, I’m sure, be a comfort and inspiration to all, especially to the fearful: it will place you in the safest place of all.

    http://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1058

  3. Lucy Embry says:

    the sodomites have surrounded the house of lot & judgment is coming

  4. B. Ross says:

    I have found this article titled, “Whose Side is God on Now?” to be interesting. (http://www.creators.com/opinion/pat-buchanan.html)

    I couldn’t help but to think of Israel’s past, how Israel was given clear and direct instructions to walk with God and to worship him and him alone. They were also told of the blessings they would receive if they did, and they were told of the curses they would receive if they did not. Throughout Israel’s history, they went through many kings. During this time, Israel experienced a wild roller coaster ride of worshipping God and then falling to false idols over and over again; which they were warned not to do. Whenever Israel worshipped these false idols and turned their backs on the one true God, God raised up another nation(s) to come against them, not that this other nation(s) was any more righteous than they, God forbid, but to cause Israel would realize the error of their ways, repent of their sins, and turn back to the one true God! Oftentimes causing them to go into captivity.

    Now it is America’s turn! We also have turned our backs on God and it is now our turn to reap what we have sown. God is raising up other nations over us; militarily, economically, financially, morally, etc. Russia is one of those nations. Just as the nations were not afraid of Israel when they turned their backs on God, so too are the nations not afraid of us now. Russia, according to Putin, is actually claiming to be a Judeo-Christian nation and is condemning America for its fall from grace. (I hope they don’t boast too loudly). Can America come to their senses before it’s too late? (I can only pray). One thing I do know, God continued still to protect those who called on his name regardless of what was happening to the nation as a whole, and it was through their prayers (Israel’s) that they were saved. Most of the time it was through one lone prophet who was called of God that saved Israel!

    May God continue to protect those who belong to him and fear him, regardless of what may happen to this nation (America). It is sad to see what is happening to this once great nation I have to admit, however America, as all other nations, is earthy, of the earth. We, the believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, are not of this world and we will soon have a new home that is not earthy, but is of Heaven…the New Jerusalem! Praise God! (We already live there, we’re just not ‘there’ yet).

  5. Brian says:

    You’ve mentioned this already in your blog, but I think it’s worth reinforcing the point with another opinion column about the CEO of Mozilla, a company he founded, being forced to resign because of his support of traditional marriage.

    “Freedom is hanging on by a thread, America, and it is those who worship the sin of Sodom that are determined to finish it off once and for all,” this author writes.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/mattbarber/2014/04/06/why-are-they-called-homofascists-heres-why-n1818934/page/full

  6. james smith says:

    Saturday night, I heard a message delivered by brother yun, who at one time was the most wanted Christian in china.He is called the heavenly man if you have not read his book THE HEAVENLY MAN, please do so and you will learn of a man who went through some of the worst persecution a human being could go through.He was like a modern day Paul and many miracles took place so the Gospel of Jesus Christ could be spread to many lost souls.He and other Christians would not pray for the persecution to end but that they would be given the strength to withstand it.This type of persecution is what it will take for Christians in America to finally get out of their comfort zone and win many to the Lord and I am including myself.May the Lord prepare us for the rough times ahead which could be very soon.

  7. Danielle says:

    Brother John, please come back soon … We love you and miss you! Thank you for all that you do. Abba Father is watching over you … May The Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you .. May He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace ~

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      Thanks so much for your concerns.
      The Lord healed my lungs and I’m back.
      God bless you.

  8. Barbara in VA says:

    John: Praying for you and for your health! God be with you to heal, bless and comfort you and your family!

    Maranatha!

  9. David M. says:

    John:
    You are spot on with what is happening in the middle and here at home with the forced resignation of Brenden Eich since he would not conform to what the Gay mafia( I am sorry if anyone might find the Gay Mafia reference offensive) wanted him to believe. I read many articles about Mr. Eich character and he hates nobody at all. In fact last week he pledged to work with Mrs. Baker for equality for all. Can someone explain to me what he did wrong? Obama made the same statements in 2008 and the hard left does not go after him.

    I know God is judging the country for allowing sinful behavior. The same day Mr. Eich had to resign from Mozilla there was a powerful earthquake off the coast of Chile. This is what happens when anybody embraces homosexuality over God’s holy word. I love gay people. I have no problem with them. Only time will tell if more Godly events come upon us. I know Jesus should be coming real soon.

    One Proud Jew who believes in Christ.
    David M.

  10. Carol M says:

    John . . . first of all let me say I’ve been sadly missing your always interesting and provocative blogs lately and was delighted to see this one of April 5 but now am stunned two days later to see no responses!!! I can’t imagine that it can be due to Hebrews 10:27 “But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” among your readers so the only alternative would appear to be your inability to post them for hopefully an away and about the Lord’s business reason!!!

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      My health has been under attack for the last 6 weeks.
      I just got out of the hospital with a case of pneumonia.
      It was walking pneumonia and I had it for a long time.
      I hope to get back with regular post as my health improves.
      I will explain all this on my next blog post.
      God bless you.

  11. Dan.w says:

    Hope you are o.k. brother John,Dan.w

  12. Barbara in VA says:

    Irene (#1) and Norman (#2): Thank you for your comments that brought such an uplift to my “spirit” today (April 8). For some reason today several things just seemed to go all wrong, which actually seldom happens to me any more. And I have been so concerned about John’s health and wondering when he would feel like posting again. I have been close to tears most of the afternoon and your words have just helped so much.

    Today in the grocery store, one of the employees was telling me that almond products were becoming harder to get because of the weather. I had already noticed a very recent increase of $2.00 in a small jar of almond nut butter at another store. I mentioned to him that times were getting harder as we approached the end of this age (or something to that effect) and he looked at me and smiled real big as he assured me we had lots of time yet before that happened. Sort of caught me off guard, so all I could think of to say to him was “keep looking up”.

    Psalm 91:4 (KJV)
    He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

    God bless us all! Maranatha

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      Thanks for you concern as my lungs cleared up very fast.
      All the chest pain is now gone.
      God bless you.

  13. Dan.w says:

    Well said Lucy.God Bless all of my brothers and sisters in Christ.On a side note,..I’ve recently had a brother ask me if I believe in once saved,always saved.I believe the proper answer lies in the fact that Jesus said He would not lose even one that the Father has given Him….So I say yes.not as a licence to sin and get away with it,but knowing that Christ is able and doe’s save to the uttermost.I take Him at His word.It is impossible for Him to lose me.There is safety in Christ’s arms..

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      Please consider what happens with those who tamper with God’s word.
      Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life,
      and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book

  14. Mary E. says:

    Irene,
    I know how you feel. I sense the heaviness every where I go. Last Thursday, my area was hit with wave after wave of severe storms and torrential rain. When the tornado warning sirens went off, one county away, I thought….Lord I am SO tired of this…..please come soon! But Irene, because we are in a constant state of waiting and understand the sign of the times, the Lord is pleased. We are ready with our lamps full of oil, waiting for His shout.

    Norman, thanks for the link. Hope all is well with you in the U.K.

    John, praying for you!

  15. Irene C says:

    Brother John – Like everyone else, I’m so thankful to see you back to health. I was also praying for you. You were missed.

    At this time in our history, there isn’t much that can shock me. Also, outside of preaching the Gospel and warning people of what is coming, I advocate for animals, children, and the elderly. So when I read this article, my mind was reeling.

    Lawsuit: Male stripper did show at NY nursing home

    http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/apexchange/2014/04/08/us–nursing-home-stripper-suit.html

    “A lawsuit claims an 85-year-old woman was subjected to an unwanted performance by a male stripper when she was living at a New York nursing home.

    The lawsuit was filed last month by the relatives of the former patient at the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Long Island.

    It claims that the woman’s son found a photograph in January 2013 of a male stripper gyrating in front of the woman. It is not known who shot the photo or when it was taken. Other patients are also in the photo.

    The lawsuit says a nurse said the stripper performance was part of an entertainment event.”

    Now naturally, when I saw the article on Facebook, I made several comments. What got my mind reeling wasn’t so much the article itself, but the other comments and retaliation to my comments. Maybe I live a sheltered life, but I just couldn’t believe that so many people saw nothing wrong with this and that the son should keep out of it. I took early retirement to take care of my mother (at home with us) and I would be outraged if something like this happened had it been her had she been in a facility. The fact that this elderly woman was subjected to this put me in tears.

    I’m sorry if it seems like I’m venting, but I know that all of you understand. The evil and depravity that’s around us just grieves me so much. I just want to go Home.

    God Bless and Maranatha

  16. Tish Payne says:

    John, I didn’t know how ill you’ve been, but have been praying for you anyway. So glad you’re on the mend, the Lord answered my prayers for you!

  17. Danielle says:

    My brothers and sisters in Christ ~ I love each one of you! You all bless me as I read what is in your hearts & thank you for ministering to me and to each other. @ Irene C., Mary E., and Barbara in Va. : We must be strong and always remember we are soldiers in the Army of God. The world hates the true church with the passion with which it hated Christ.We are at war against an enemy who is trying to stop the purpose of God! I too feel the darkness surrounding us, but we are more than conquerors in His Name ! This is no time to retreat and flee the war zone … We are chosen, separate, set apart , and God has given us power over all the power of the enemy! I REALLY, REALLY want to go home now too, but we have to finish the work He has given us to do here. (I am speaking to myself as well.) Most of the Church is asleep or stagnant .. So it is refreshing to me that the true followers of Christ continue to be “salt and light.” When I see Jesus in you, and hear His voice as I read your posts, then I know He is Alive! I thank God for every person here, whether they have been posting for years, or they are brand new to this site. I pray for all of you AND your lost loved ones. Please remember me in your prayers as well, and so looking forward to meeting you soon! Keep going..
    We are almost home 🙂

  18. Brian says:

    In reply to comment #19 by the author of this blog: Although brother I love your ministry and your blog, this is a great example of pulling scripture out of context. A fine reading of this passage notes that it applies to this specific book of the Bible, and not the entire Bible as a whole.

    Aside from this, I’m delighted to see you made a recovery from your illness and you’re back to blogging. God bless you.

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      I see, so in your way of thinking it is perfectly alright to remove verses from 1John5 as verse seven, and there are no eternal consequences from God!
      You are really manifesting a lack of the fear of God and respect for His word.
      Lets see what happens to those who took 1 John 5:7 out of the Bible and so many other verses.
      Revelation 22:19 is the SEAL on the Bible not to tamper with it.
      Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

  19. Debbie H. says:

    Mr. McT…..so sorry to hear you were so ill. Hope you regain your strength quickly. I will be praying for you.

  20. Norman says:

    Re – the ‘once saved, always saved’ question.

    I’ve been reading through Matthew recently with a completely open mind, just letting the word speak for itself afresh. It’s proving really edifying to be de-cluttered from so many past ‘winds of doctrine’, and allow the breath of God, and His still, small voice, to speak – how gracious that He does! Good teaching will, of course, affirm such revelation, being of the same Spirit.

    Much could be said, but I don’t believe it would be edifying. We need to take our minds off ourselves, and put our trust in God. Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Mt 11:11). Wow – that should make us think!

    I have known some who have fallen away, but the question arises, were they ever truly His? And as to the theologians and scholars who endlessly meddle with God’s word, are they all even true believers? We can only rest content in the knowledge that the Lord knows them that are His, and will see them through.

    “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)

    Thank you Lord – for your faithfulness TO US! May we all, by your mercy and grace, be faithful to YOU. And may we yet be used to as labourers in your harvest field. Amen.

  21. Dan.w says:

    Thank you all,for being my family in Christ.There is alot of gold here,alot of wisdom and love…alot of truth.Above all,I keep my eyes on Christ,He is sufficient.All of your comments are valuable,and I appreciate each one.God bless you all,Dan.w

  22. Dan.w says:

    As re the earlier post about ‘once saved,always saved’,I was trying to refer to the eternal security of the believer in Christ,not of someone who may appear saved,or has walked near the way but not in it.As far as the scripture being parsed,i.e. 1John 5-7 etc,Those people obviously have lost the fear of God,and they shall reap a reward that is none too pleasant.Even if I may not understand a verse totally,I agree with what the Lord has said in His word,and if any change must take place,it is I, that the Lord will change,and not me changing His word.Thank you Jesus for your eternal truths..may we all be drawn closer to you,thank you Jesus,for saving me,and keeping me.Amen.

  23. B. Ross says:

    John had quoted Revelation 22:19 which says, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

    This is proven when one reads Matthew 1:11 which says, “And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babbylon:”

    But wait a minute! According to Jeremiah 36 verses 1 and 9, it says that Jehoiakim is the son of Josiah, not Jechonias! Why is Jehoiakim not mentioned in Matthew 1:11?

    In Jeremiah 36:21 Jehoiakim had sent Jehudi to fetch the roll to have it read before him. After hearing the words spoken against him, he (Jehoiakim) cut it with a penknife and threw it into the fire until all the roll was consumed; and they were not afraid of what he had done (v22-23). When Jeremiah hears of what Jehoiakim had done to the roll he commanded that it be re-written with all the former words that were in the first (v27-28), and there were added besides unto them many like words (v32).

    As for Jehoiakim, because he had burned the words of God that were given to him by Jeremiah, God said, “He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat,…” Jehoiakim’s name was removed by God himself for messing with his Word!

    Do NOT mess with God’s Word, just ask Jehoiakim! This is what happens to any one who messes with ANY part of God’s Word! Jehoiakim played with fire; and now he is literally in the fire! Let this be a warning to any one who plays with or alters any part of God’s Word, this includes those who call themselves Christians!(I.E.: modern per-version translators).

    Do you have a fear of God’s Word that it even frightens you to even think that you might take his Word in vain? I know I do. This is why I am a diehard King James Bible believer! (I need no other). When I hold the KJB in my hands, I truly believe with all my heart and soul that I am holding God’s Word in my hands in the language that I speak (English). If I did not believe, this then I would be calling God a liar! If I did not believe this, then I fear that I may face the same fate as Jehoiakim! That’s the fear I have for God’s Word. “Oh God let it not be so!” I pray that everyone here would develope a fear of God’s Word! I am sad to say that I know many personally who do not have that fear,…and good Christians at that.

  24. Norman says:

    B Ross – very interesting insight about Jehoiakim. However, in the interests of keeping ourselves balanced and on track, I feel you are going too far.
    The translators of the KJV, in their preface, said their aim was ‘to make a good one better’. Many of the Puritans of that day continued to use the old Geneva Bible. and in fact, the KJV went through a number of reprints and slight modifications for well over a century.
    God’s word, though, is manifestly God’s word, and I do not think those who sincerely and honestly before Him seek to bring sound scholarship to bear, in order to bring out the meaning, ‘diligently comparing the manuscripts in the original tongues’, should be bracketed with the likes of Jehoiakim!
    I myself was converted over a period of time, reading both the New English Version of the NT from the local library, and the KJV (which I was presented with at Sunday School). It was only in later years that I came to appreciate the virtues of the KJV: not only the precision of the language (albeit archaic to many who are unfamiliar with 17th Century English), but the fact that those words and phrases are innately bound up with the considerable grace shown to the English Speaking nations over the past 400 years and more. Apart from the problems with many of the modern renderings, they simply do not have the spiritual resonance of the KJV, which I believe came out of the fires (literal fires!) of 16th century persecution.
    PS:I put up my son, who was visiting us after 10 years overseas, in a local hotel, where the Gideons had placed an NIV Bible. I apologised, but he said, ‘Daddy, I’d rather have that than none at all’. I felt those were wise words from a young Christian, who I d that very morning, baptized in the River Severn, along with his wife!

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      I disagree with you.
      The modern translations have tampered with God’s word and altered major doctrines like the Lord Jesus is the only begotten Son of God.
      The alter the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ by omitting that he came to heal the brokenhearted.
      They are a subtle but direct attack on God’s word and need to be exposed as such.
      We need to close ranks and stand against this attack on God’s word.

  25. Norman says:

    Thanks John.
    Isaiah 58 and James’ letter, reveal the Lord desires that we hear the word of God, and do it: and the Spirit Himself is our Interpreter.
    Psalm 34:17-19 throws further light on the healing of the brokenhearted. “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all”.
    This fits well with Isaiah 1, on which the Luke 4 text is based, namely: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”
    What I’ve seen among my own friends, is that healing comes through entrusting themselves to Christ, despite all the odds. Ps 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise”.
    Although we may disagree over the degree to which all other versions are ‘suspect’ (some certainly are), the bottom line is that we are all here among those who love the KJV, and find it effective in conveying the mind of God, as revealed in the eternal Word Himself. Hope this is helpful!