Pastor’s Corner

Welcome to the Pastor’s Corner blog. Pastor Mike Thomas will be blogging his thoughts periodically, and this page will show a chronological listing of the posts with the newest posts at the top.

Pastor’s Corner Feb 19, 2013- Security

So far we have discussed setting up a home food pantry and trading some paper money for something of real value. If you have been following the news then you have heard that the economy is improving with the stock market near an all time high. A boom also preceded the collapse in the Weimar Republic. The largest transfer of wealth in human history is about to take place and 95% of the American public will not see it coming. Inflation is to fiat currency like gravity is to airplanes, sooner or later they all come down. Inflation happens when the paper currency supply becomes so great that the perceived worth of it begins to fall. When this begins it starts a chain reaction in those who are well vested in this currency. Confidence begins to wane and they begin dumping the devalued notes as fast as possible which floods more paper into the system which in turn erodes confidence and that cycle does not end till the currency is completely valueless. You see the only way to get rid of the national debt is to inflate it out of existence where 16 trillion isn’t worth a loaf of bread. You may be thinking that is a good thing if our national debt disappears, but your wealth, all of it, disappears with it. You may think that this has only happened to third world countries or those defeated by war, but the reality of it is that no nation that abuses its monetary system escapes without paying a severe price. Our nation is on a reckless course of disaster of which the turning back point was 2008, but instead of turning back, taking our medicine then, our Presidents, both Republican and Democrat decided to crank up the presses. Enough said.
Let’s talk about security. Should a Christian ever arm themselves for the purpose of self defense? Luke 22:36 “Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” This is one of the last conversations the Lord had with His disciples before going to the cross. In this verse He announces three changes in how the disciples were to walk. Before this time, they did not need their purse, but now they were to carry their money on them. Before, they did not need their scrip, which is a shepherd’s bag where one kept food, clothing, ammunition, business papers etc. Today we call that a BOB, a bug out bag! 1Sa 17:40 “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.” The Shepherd’s bag was an overnight bag for a shepherd in the field. Before, they needed no weapon for protection because the Lord Himself was among them and protected them. John 18:6-9 “As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.”
“BUT NOW… he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” This makes owning a weapon (one equal to the weapon of any period) a God given right to the believer. The second amendment is nothing more than an affirmation of it, that is why our founding fathers put included it and said don‘t touch it! There are only a few reasons why a government disarms its law abiding citizens, one is to steal what they have without any real resistance. The other is to control you from the cradle to the grave, so that they can steal from you systematically your entire life. If you resist unarmed, you die. Estimates of up to 100 million or more died exactly this way in the 20th century. Communism, Fascism, Islam, Democracies, Oligarchies, or Republics, makes no difference what system your under if they get your weapon they will come for your stuff and more times than not, they will come for you! James 4:1-2 “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” A Christian man has the right and obligation to defend his home and his family. Real Bible Christians (not the crusader kind) who are not attacked are the most harmless people on this planet. We are taught by our Lord not to steal, kill, covet or bear false witness against our neighbors. We may have to fight wars started by politicians and kings but with everything that is within us we desire to live in peace with all men- Rom 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
If we get a bad rap it is because of kingdom builders like the Roman Catholic Church who believe the Pope should rule the earth, that use other countries armies to steal what they want.

If the bottom should drop out, you should be ready to defend yourselves and your families.
Neh. 4:13-14 “Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”
If you do not own a firearm, you should do the research to find what is practical, safe, and necessary to defend your home.
My next post will not be so serious, just something I enjoy discussing.

Pastor’s Corner Jan 19, 2013

In this post we will discuss money, real money. I get more resistance from saved and lost folks alike about this than anything else. They think I am trying to put something over on them and that they will get burned if they believe me. First, I am not selling anything here, and if you have half a brain you will check this stuff out for yourself. Remember, the KJB is the only infallible source of information on this earth, so weigh every thing I say against a perfect standard, if you doubt the extra information please get on the internet and check it for yourself.
First, lets define what is real money. Exodus 35:5 “Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass,”. Mind you, we are still accepting cash in our offerings but we will not turn up our noses if a little gold and silver makes its way into the offering box. The entire world operates on what is called a fiat money system, where printed paper is used as currency without anything of value backing the currency. We call these, reserve notes here in the U.S. The intrinsic value of this paper currency is zero, it is just paper! What gives it buying power is the confidence of the economy it comes from. Whenever that confidence evaporates there is a mass movement toward the exits. Your government and the Federal Reserve ( a private bank) are creating just such a scenario. At one time we did have some paper money called certificates, which were backed by real gold and silver and you could cash in the paper for the metal. Those certificates and circulated coinage made from precious metals are no longer produced. None of our coins are made of gold or silver, and even the pennies are no longer made of copper. In most cases it cost the government more to produce the present coinage than the value of the metal from which they are made. God recognized three metals primarily for offerings: gold, silver, and brass (which is an alloy of copper and zinc, just as our pennies were before 1982). Check out the charts at coinflation.com
Gold is found 427 times in the Bible, with “golden” found 66 times. Silver is found 321 times and brass is found 126 times. Notice that God recognized a tri-metal system; one metal for each class. The widow’s mites was bronze (copper alloy), the poor man’s metal. Silver, used for a days wage was the common man’s gold, and of course gold, the king of metals for the rich class. Anything with the intrinsic value of zero should never be called money, but currency. Real money throughout millennia has always been at least gold and silver, with only a few exceptions like salt being used as money. The best example for this is a twenty dollar gold piece which back in the 1800’s would buy you a nice suit of clothes, boots, and a cowboy hat. Today that same twenty dollar gold piece is worth ~$1700 which will buy you a nice suit of clothes, dress shoes,and a dandy hat for your head. In other words, that gold piece is inflation proof, and is a hedge against a doomed fiat currency. Another example is the war nickles produced between 1942-1945. These nickels were forty percent silver and their value in silver alone is about $1.80, which will still buy a loaf of bread. Precious metals like gold and silver will weather an economic collapse of fiat money. Just a brief study of the Wiemar Republic after WWI, should convince anyone that once a fiat currency starts to die you do not want to be holding it when it falls. In April 1919 it took 12 German marks to get one U.S. dollar. By December 1923, it took ~4 trillion German marks to get on U.S. dollar. A loaf of bread would cost billions and a pound of hamburger would be a wheelbarrow full of marks. I have in my possession a more recent example of a real one hundred trillion dollar bill; it is from Zimbabwe when their fiat currency crashed. Listen, if you ain’t got nutin’, then you ain’t got nutin’ to lose. If you have worked all your life and God has blessed you then think about what you could lose in a very short period of time. The Lord Jesus told His disciples to take their purse with them. That is, have real money with you. When He sent Peter to pay some taxes the Lord miraculously supplied Peter with a piece of money from the mouth of a fish, and I doubt very much whether it was a wadded up one hundred dollar bill.
If you would like to have some silver on hand and still have real American currency then find a reputable coin dealer who sells pre-1965, ninety percent silver coins. You can buy dimes, quarters, half dollars, and silver dollars, for the price of the silver plus a premium. Silver dollars carry a much higher premium due to their demand than the dimes, quarters and halves. These small pieces of American money will be the first to be accepted by merchants and traders at there value in silver which will sky rocket if the currency dies. You should only buy with a long term hedge in mind. I am the world’s worst investor so don’t think of it as an investment, just exchanging “soon to be” worthless paper for something God and the world says is of real value.
Job 31:23-24 “If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;”…
Just in case your thinking of this verse and that it might be wrong to own gold or silver, here is my answer. If you would rather have paper in your pocket and ones and zeros in your bank then that is entirely up to you, but the difference between you and Job is that nothing could fix Job’s problems but God Himself. James 5:1 tells rich men to weep and howl for the misery that was to come upon them. There is no amount of gold or silver that can provide any kind of relief for those who find themselves in the Great Tribulation under the wrath of Almighty God. This is not so for the believer in this age, who may suffer tribulation but not The Great Tribulation. Anyway, holding a handful of silver coins certainly does not mean you are rich. Oh, and by the way, the international bankers, the filthy rich like Warren Buffet, and certain countries are buying gold and silver like there is no tomorrow. Rats leaving a sinking ship!!
God Bless.
P.S Check out Franklin Sanders at moneychanger.com, He has a lot of wisdom in this matter.

Pastor’s Corner Jan 15, 2013

Sorry for the delay in writing another page, I have been sick for two weeks with a wicked cold. Last post we discussed storing food. Storing enough food even for a family of four for a year is quite a task. It takes planning and coupon clipping if you’re on a tight budget. If you have unlimited or considerable resources, by all means buy the freeze dried foods that are already in vermin proof buckets. The stuff they have these days taste rather good, all you need is water and fire and you can have hot meals every day. If you’re doing it the hard way and the cheap way then start looking for sales on canned vegetables and fruits and buy a case or two of what you like. It will add up and soon you will have a sure enough food pantry. I strongly suggest that you do not broadcast this to your neighbors unless they are believers and are going to do the same. We will talk further about security in a future post.

Here are the Biblical passages that formed my mindset to get prepared and store some food.
I Kgs 17:7-16
7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
8 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.

Great truths are taught here about God supplying the need without ruining your faith with a full barrel, and yet never having an empty one either. The thing you need to notice is that this woman has a BARREL. She had lasted as long as she did because she had food set aside for such a dearth. Her test of faith was to give to a man who had not missed a meal part of the last meal she had. The very fact that this rosy cheeked well fed prophet had not missed a meal should have been the thing that clinched it for the widow. Moral of the story is: God can’t put food in your barrel if’n you aint got one!

II Kgs 4:1-7
1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

Would you please notice how the Lord helped this poor widow to survive a tough time. He gave her a commodity that she could sell or trade for what she needed. Food is a great commodity to have in a time of want. We will speak in the near future of other commodities that are good to own when the bottom drops out.

Gen 41 – You can open your Bible and read it. It is the chapter about Joseph preparing for a seven year famine that was going to strike the whole region. Note the time to prepare was during the good years not when the first crop fails. These are just three examples of accounts in your Bible where a believer lived through a terrible time and how they did it.

I know that some of you are thinking that I am eliminating walking by faith. You will need every ounce of faith you can muster to maintain a Christlike testimony under adverse conditions. It’s easy when you’re comfortable, well fed, and have everything you need. Suffering want, stress, fear, and physical pain will wear you down. Adding hunger to that and you become a mess. If you want to know what I’m talking about just do a real fast for three days and you will know. A real fast is a water-only fast and nothing else. There’s no such thing as a juice, salad, oatmeal, or poptart fast. Give it three days and then tell me how the old man is getting along. You will be as weak as a pup, stink like you haven’t had a bath for a week, your head will be so cloudy you can’t think a clear thought and the only thoughts that are clear are about food. Set some food aside, you will be glad you did.

Next post we will discuss real money and how to hedge against a failing fiat system.

Pastor’s Corner Dec 21, 2012

What is it about Christians today who think if they prepare for tough times they are not trusting God? I think it’s pure laziness on their part not to do everything they can to lessen the blow to their families. I’ve been preaching for four years now that everyone should have a food pantry with at least three weeks worth of food so that you don’t have to fight half the town for the last loaf of bread on the shelf when the whole thing goes belly up.

Pr 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Pr 27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

The Lord must have have really wanted you to pay attention to this because He said it twice!! There is a time when it is prudent to hunker down and let the masses fight for the last scrap of food. The Mormons store at least one year and most store three years worth of food, so get you a map and find out where all the Mormons live….just kidding. :) Sometimes the children of darkness are wiser in their generation than the children of light. Lu 16:8 “And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” When Elijah was on the run and God was feeding him miraculously with the ravens, at the same time in I Kgs 18:3-4, a good man named Obadiah hid a hundred prophets of the Lord in caves and fed them for 42 months during a 42 month drought. He could not have done that without preparations. There was a time when nearly every home in America stored at least 4-6 months worth of food to get them through winter and well into spring, but now most homes have only 3 days worth of food in them. Prov 30:25 “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer”. Rioting, madness, and death will come to this nation on an unimaginable scale if the food supply were to suddenly dry up or become too expensive to buy. In the event of a sudden break down of our society (which is holding on by the skin of its teeth) you may have to keep your head down for several weeks until some form of order is restored. After hurricane Katrina, a businessman went back in the day after to look after his businesses. He had prepared nearly everything he needed to survive and what he had to write was very informative, so I will condense it down to talking points:

  1. Do not look like part of the problem, look like you’re part of the solution! Don’t dress up like Rambo because you might get shot by the National Guard no matter what your good intentions are. I suggest a white hard hat, Carhart coat or overalls with a logo about electric, phone, water on it. People who look like they are a part of the solution are rarely hassled; they think you will make things better.
  2. You do not need a huge amount of money to start preparing, what you need to do is get started. The first thing you need to store is water. I have a well and a generator but I still have at least ten gallons I can get to immediately. Six drops of standard Clorox bleach (unscented) will preserve a gallon of water for 3-6 months if it is stored in a cool dark place. Water is essential so do it right. I like the five gallonwater bottles with the screw cap (can be bought at grocery stores that have the filtered water stations); though heavy, it reduces the amount of containers that I have to take care of.
  3. Food is next. If you pick up a bag of beans ( 2 lbs for less than two dollars) and a bag of rice each time you go to the grocery store you will have a store of food that will last for weeks in under 6 months. Canned goods last for years, and having precooked food ready to eat out of the can is an advantage if the power goes out or the gas is cut off. Make sure to store everything in vermin/bug-proof containers, away from excessive heat and light, and don’t forget a non-electric can opener.
  4. Start thinking about what your family will need, and start setting those things aside. THINK! Medicines, Toiletries, Clothing etc. (I will give further suggestions in future posts) I shop at the Good Will and it is amazing what all the Lord can provide for you there for pennies on the dollar.
  5. Don’t forget about your neighbors, either. You may not need them now or even like them but you will need them when it all falls apart. You may even get the chance to win them to the Lord. Nothing like giving up some of your precious food to a neighbor to soften their heart.
  6. A back up generator with some fuel set aside can bring a lot of relief and some creature comforts.

These are just of few of the thoughts that I have tried to preach over the last 4 yrs, stay tuned for more.

Paul made it clear that in the last days, perilous times would come (II Tim 3:1), so if you’re a Bible Believer what exactly are you waiting for? If the Lord tarries it will be a very bumpy ride home.

Pastor’s Corner Dec 20, 2012

For several years now I have wanted to have a Pastor’s page on our web site. A place where I could write about things that are of interest to me and maybe to you. Things I would not normally preach, although I preach about things that other preachers won’t. In the last four years or so the Lord has shown me some things on how to prepare for the beat down this nation is about to endure. Preachers are not preaching about it or even talking about it. Our nation is getting ready to implode on itself and thrust all of us into a great depression. This is the least that can happen! God has so many things in his arsenal to judge this nation that it will make you tremble. What ever happens, we deserve it as a people, a nation, and even a church, to be tried by fire (Rev 3:18).

This urgency to get ready came four years ago after I lost both my parents within a month. Since that time I cannot shake this intense urgency to get as ready as I can for what is coming. These are the type of things I want to post about. I am not very good at writing so you will have to excuse my command of the English language. I have been outlining messages and Bible studies for 30 yrs, but writing out a thought is not an easy thing for me, so be merciful.

I will leave you with a joke and a tease to my next post: What is the difference between a Christian who trusts God with all his heart, but does not prepare for trouble and a Christian who trusts God with all his heart and does prepare for trouble?

About 50 pounds!

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