Who are we?

The center of the Traditional Anglican Communion; adhering to the Holy Bible (KJV) in all matters of Faith and Doctrine, a strict reliance on the Thirty Nine Articles of Religion, The two Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, the Two Creeds, and the Homilies and formularies of the Reformation Church of England.

Verse of the Day

Friday, June 23, 2017

Eagle Saints - 23 June 2017

If you prefer, there is an easy to read and print READER version RIGHT HERE!

We are told in Holy Writ that the Holy Spirit will be our guide and teacher, leading us into all truth.

When we seek, we shall find. And when we come to a fullness of the knowledge of God, we become like Him because we Love Him. We become as clay in the hands of the Great Potter.

No matter what befalls us in this life, we have a certain assurance of God’s Providential care for us, for He is always concerned about those in whom He sees the likeness of His only Begotten Son.

     We may always be sure that God is ready to catch us when we stumble:

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee;  (Deuteronomy 33:27)

The Bible often uses beautiful illustrations from nature to teach us truth. Today, we will learn what God says about the Eagle and what characteristics are common to the Eagle and the True Christian.

The symbol of the United States is the Eagle because our Founding Fathers were Godly men who desired that our national spirit would be akin to that of the Great Eagle.

You have heard it said that the Lion is the King of the Jungle. No other beast can challenge his rule. The same is true of the Eagle. It is the King of the Skies. No other creature can challenge the Eagle in its chosen environment. It is stronger, more ferocious in battle, able to fly higher, and more independent than any other bird.

1.              The Eagle mates for life. (Just as Christians are commanded to do) Eagles may live for as long as one hundred years or more. Christians may also live a long and happy life according to the Commandment.

2.              The Eagle is a loner – never flies in a flock or crowd but always alone or with its mate. We, too, are commanded to come apart and be separate from the world. We are not to “run with the crowd!”

3.              The Eagle can fly high above stormy weather. His strong wings allow him to float above all earthly troubles (just as the Holy Spirit allows us to rise above the petty problems of this life.) The Eagle soars effortlessly allowing the wind currents to lift him. So does the Christian depend upon the lifting forces of the Holy Spirit to soar effortlessly in the Christian walk?

4.              The Eagle has excellent vision. He can spot a mouse from 8,000 ft above the earth. (A Christian, likewise, should have far-sightedness in identifying sin and error.)
 
5.              The Eagle jealousy guards her young. When terrible storms arise, the mother and father eagle spread their wings around the young in their nest to protect them from harm.

6.              The Eagle is very fast. Deuteronomy 28:49 tells us that the Eagle is swift. Christians should also work with deliberate speed to redeem the time of the coming of Christ.

7.              We are told in Scripture that the Eagle can fly straight up to the heavens and into the Sun.  When danger threatens, the Eagle flies directly to the Sun and the archer is unable to see him for the sun’s brightness. When Christians encounter evil or temptation, they need only fly toward the Sun of Righteousness (Jesus Christ) and Satan can not take aim on us.
     Just recently, scientists have learned exactly why the Eagle can look directly at the Sun. The Eagle has a membrane which will cover the Eagle’s eyes when it looks toward the Sun. Almost like sunglasses.

8.              When the Eagle becomes old and miserable, it can renew its youth and strength. Look at Psalms 103:5 - Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 

The Eagle cares fervently for its young. During the time of breeding, the Eagle parents build a nest on a high crag (always near a great rock). Job 39:

27.  Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
28.  She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29.  From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30.  Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

They build the nest of strong limbs and briars – even sharp pieces of glass and thorns. Doesn’t sound so comfortable does it? Then the Eagles bring leaves and cotton and line the nest. At last, the fur of rabbits and other creatures is brought to make the nest a paradise for the expected baby eagles. When the babies are hatched, the Eagles bring food constantly. A baby eagle needs a lot of food to nourish its growing body. When a mother cannot find prey for her young, she will feed them from her own blood. How like Christ is this natural instinct of the Eagle? We need the cleansing blood of Christ to wash away our sins, and then we need the Bread of Heaven (Word) to make us strong in our Faith.

So do young Christians need much teaching in the Word of God.
   
     When the young are able to move about and even walk, the mother does something very strange: she stirs up the nest and removes the comfortable fur and leaves so that thorns and briars remain. Deuteronomy 32:11. 

11.  As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
12.  So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
13.  He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

         The nest is now quite uncomfortable. When we become complacent in our walk as Christians, God quite often stirs up our nest and makes us so uncomfortable that we leave our former state and embark on new missions in life. That is what happens to the young eagles. They become uncomfortable and leave the nest during the day. They walk about the top of the mountain until their strength is increased. Then the mother swoops down and knocks them from the top of the mountain. The young eagle is confused at this sudden unfriendly treatment by its mother. It falls helplessly for hundreds of feet. Finally it tries to flap its wings, but to no avail. As it falls down and down near to the surface of the valley below, the mother Eagle swoops under her baby at the last minute and catches it on her back. Exodus 19:4 -  I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

        An Eagle always carries her young on her back between her wings. Her talons are too strong to grasp her baby. God also carries us in the safest manner on His back (like Korean O’pah). She repeats this exercise over and over until the young eagle is able to fly.

    The Eagle enjoys a great life for many decades, but there comes a time when the Eagle is old and weary. They get disgusted with life and are tired of living. Some Christians likewise. The Eagle goes through a period called the moping (or mourning) period when they are perhaps 50 years old. They quit flying. They walk down the mountain to the floor of the valley. They begin to live off of the grass, insects and rats that inhabit the valley floor. This is a phase that many Christians go through. After many weeks, the eagle’s feathers become stiff and coated with goo. Their beaks become coated with a buildup of calcium so that they are unable to get food and insects from between rocks. Their condition becomes hopeless – and they will surely die if they do not amend their attitudes. They become possible prey for land locked animals such as wolves and coyotes.
The younger eagles bring them food and shriek from the air their warnings in an attempt to encourage the older eagles to fly to safety.

     Finally, the old eagle becomes totally enraged at his deplorable condition. He gets mad – very mad. He begins to climb the mountain again. He climbs desperately back up to the large rock near which he was born. He beats his beak against the rock until the calcium deposits are gone. He then pulls out all his unsightly feathers until he becomes bald. Micah 1:16 -  Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.
Likewise the Christian, after falling from the Christian path, must become angered and disgusted at his deplorable state and resolve to amend his way through repentance and grief at his sins.

     In a few days, the Eagle begins to take on a new appearance: new feathers begin to cover his body. Finally, the Eagle looks just like a new, young Eagle. He soars into the heavens with a new lease on life. He may live another one hundred years after having renewed his strength. Christians may likewise renew their strength as the Eagle.

Look at Isaiah 40: 28:

28.  Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31.  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Do not be a pigeon Christian, fearful of every predator and danger. The pigeon travels in the company of the common flock. He eats dead organism and anything else which comes within his purview. He is fearful of the slightest danger. He lacks courage, determination, and valor.


Be an Eagle Christian and fear not. When the times are difficult, soar above the storm. When tiresome days come, renew your strength in the Lord. Glide on the wings of the Holy Spirit without labor or effort. That is the way of the Eagle and the Way of the Christian!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

No Quarter – 22 June 2017, Anno Domini

If you prefer, there is an easy to read and print READER version RIGHT HERE!
B

e sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

            We are counseled in Scripture to know that there will be no end to wars on earth as long as the seasons wax and wane. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matt 24:6-13)

            There prevails a popular sentiment in the western countries, especially today, that no offense can justify general war. We would prefer to indulge in limited ‘police’ actions rather than mobilize the full resources of the nation and her allies for general war. As a result of this flawed mentality, we are constantly engaging in limited wars around the globe. Instead of investing the enemy at points of his greater concentration, we meet him on the far reaches of his perimeter, and never come to an unconditional victory. Such policies feed the coffers of bankers and investors quite well, but it also assures a continuous conflict at diverse points of our frontiers.

As John Stuart Mill has said: "War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." 

            War is so pervasive and engrained in the minds of mankind that one must resort to arms to protect life and property. The time may come when governments cannot be relied upon for that protection and we will find ourselves at the primitive stage of history in which protection must be borne by the individual families.

            This worldly system will even end in an all-out general war waged against the Elect of God. 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  (Rev 20:7-10) Notice there will be very few Elect at this last battle. The saints will be garrisoned behind the walls of only a camp, while the armies of the wicked are gathered from the four-quarters of the earth to do battle. But all of the armies of the world are no match for the artillery batteries of Heaven. God will be the Victor in this last war. 

            You may be wondering what all of this discussion of war has to do with the Christian religion – it has all things to do with faith and life. The resources of our Army are not vested in heavy ordnance and small arms; but rather in the Sword of the Word of God and the Armour of Faith and Courage: 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”  (Eph 6:10-18)

             The enemy we face is deployed in force across the landscape of the earth. The Prince of Darkness is their Commander, and he is totally devoid of pity, honor, or reason. His pawns are made up of a diverse collection of like-minded culprits from the ranks of drunks, the ambitious, politicians, rapists, plunderers, cutthroats, bankers, the military elite in some cases, and the most perverse of all humanity. Unfortunately, the most dangerous offenders who obey this Prince are imposters posing as clergy. The latter have not stood in defense of moral righteousness or the written Word of God. They have capitulated to the Wicked One at all points such as Constitutionally protected prayer in school, the Bible in public places, abortion, and the undermining of the family and Godly marriage. Had the churches stood up in righteous indignation when a decadent gathering of Supreme Court justices ruled school prayer (a matter that had been Constitutionally protected from the first days of our Republic) no longer Constitutional, the outcome would have definitely been different. The silence of the churches was profound! 

            A friend of mine raised the presumed issue of separation of Church and state and was shocked when I informed him that no such separation was provided in the US Constitution. The Amendment upon which the Imposters of the Bench founded their false decision was the very First Amendment (sometimes referred to as the ‘Establishment Clause’). You will search in vain for any part of that Amendment to prohibit prayer at any place or any time. In fact, you will find just the opposite: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” There is only one branch of government entrusted with making law, and that is the Legislative Branch, or Congress. Any law derived from any other source, except the Constitution, is invalid. If the Court insist that it is against the law to pray in school, who made that law? The Amendment quoted says otherwise: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Moreover, there is no provision in the Constitution that allows the murder of innocents in their mother’s wombs. These laws are contrived and not constitutional.

            The enemy we face is very powerful, and of great cunning. He lied to Eve in the Garden by first misquoting Scripture, and then refuting it. Unlike humankind, that Prince of the Power of the Air never sleeps or takes vacation. He continually is plotting the destruction of all who are not protected by the Blood of Christ. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9) While many professing to be the ministers of God plot and scheme for finer buildings and greater monetary benefits, Satan plots their ruin and that of their deceived followers. 

            It is high time for men and women of the Church to stand up and resist the evil. We have not yet resisted to the shedding of blood, have we? Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. (Heb 12:) Courage is the stark character of the believer. We are not to be anemic wimps, but men and women of courage and conviction: 13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. (1 Cor 16:13)


            In the Garden, Satan resolved to destroy the man and woman that God had made. He would attempt to do so by subterfuge and outright lies. His frontal assault seldom is effective for it usually emboldens the Church, so Satan has sent his vicigerents into the church posing as ministers and laypersons. He has introduced new and strange Bibles that repeat the same deceitful lies of the Serpent of the Tree. He has attempted to undermine the dignity and purpose of Holy Matrimony in order to offend God and to reduce the proliferation of man upon the earth. He has promoted the murder of babies before their birth while his own sinful souls reproduce like mushrooms after a spring rain. He takes no quarter in his striving. His only intent is to murder the prisoners that he takes. He sounds the same notes of Santa Anna outside the walls of the Alamo – the El Deg├╝ello, which signifies ‘NO QUARTER’ to the captured. He flies the same red flag as Santa Anna flew from the steeple of the Church of San Fernando – RED. His color is RED for he is the same red dragon of Revelations: And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. (Rev 12:3) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Rev 12:9)  The Sword of the Lord has drawn a line in the sand of this world even more starkly than  that of Col. Travis at the Alamo. On which side of that line do you stand?