Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Avalon Chronicles #144: The Benefits of His Passion

 Reference: Avalon Chronicles #137

At the Crucifixion and Resurrection there was a new Sheriff in town! He came to change the world!

 The Evidence Bible Matthew 27:50-54 "And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, 'Truly this was the Son of God!'" 

     If we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, we have a personal relationship with Him and can discard much of what religion or "spirituality" teaches us. We have the authority as believers to appropriate His authority to battle the adversary. More on this later.

     He walked the earth for forty days and appeared to many before He went to the Father in heaven. With His death on the cross His earthly mission was accomplished. Note above He overcame death in the earth overseen and under control by the devil, who up to that time held power over the earth and death. Jesus brought the opportunity for salvation to all, who believe He was the Son of God. Historically, back to Golgotha even the Roman soldiers, who were at the foot of His cross believed Him to be the Son of God. But, humanity through the centuries since that day, has lived in a never-ending time of turmoil individually and corporately, some caused by our own sins and expression of our free will and most caused by the continual attacks by the demonic spirits on humans. The attacks by the evil spirits become a proving ground for us to show our love of our God in heaven. We must express our loyalty by winning the tactical (personal) battles all of us are faced with each day

     He acquired the power and authority over heaven and earth. His Name causes the evil ones and the demonic spirits to cower before Him. So we have a choice. Either we choose God's or Satan's world. I choose God's. You too may do so by saying these words: 

(Copyright by Christian Equippers International 1981).

"Lord Jesus...I want to stop trusting in myself...and what I can do...and starting trusting in You...and what You have already done...when you died for me on the cross. I know that I am a sinner...and I am sorry for my sins. I ask You to forgive me...and I invite You to come and live inside of me. I want You to be my Savior...and my Lord...which means being #1 in my life. I want to repent and turn away...from everything You and the Bible call sin...and I totally commit myself...to obeying You...Everyday, for the rest of my life. Thank You Jesus."

     We can accept Jesus as Savior with this commitment and thereby have a multitude of benefits of His passion that will be addressed in future messages. God bless and keep you and your loved ones in the protection of our Father in Heaven. 

     

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Avalon Chronicles #143: Putting on the Full Armor of God and Then Some!

 I Put On:

The Helmet of Salvation

The Breastplate of Righteousness

The Belt of Truth

I shod my feet in preparation to Proclaim the Gospel of Peace

I hold up the Shield of Faith to ward off the fiery darts of the evil one

I take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God

Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.

I will make not provisions for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.

I will bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

But, I say to you, that for every idle word that you shall speak, you shall give account of it in the day of judgment and by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.

I praise you Lord for your love, grace and mercy that endure forever.

You know that your prayers are answered because you obey His Commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

I confess my sins of thought, word and deed, known and unknown. I repent and I ask forgiveness in the Name of Jesus. I know that you are faithful and just to forgive me my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteous.

I know that if I forgive all others, I will be forgiven, but, if I do not forgive all others, I will not be forgiven.

I bind myself to the character and attributes of God, Righteousness, Holiness, Integrity and Purity.

I bind myself to the Mind of Christ and ask that I would have imparted to me Wisdom, Insight, Discernment, Knowledge and Maturity.

I bind myself to Holy Spirit and pray I would reflect the Fruit of Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Long-suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Kindness, Faithfulness and Self-Control.

The eyes of the Lord roam throughout the world to show Himself strong on behalf of those, whose heart is loyal to Him.

Allen Clark 


Saturday, May 4, 2024

Avalon Chronicles #142: Between Two Worlds: Will You Choose the kingdom of death or the Kingdom of Liberty?

      We all live in two worlds, one, our earthly existence in our flesh/body, ruled by Satan and a spiritual one of our soul and spirit, whose Kingdom is that of God the Father and Creator of all.

      One of the prized books in my personal library is that of Annals of the World, originally published in 1658 by the  most Reverend James Ussher, Archbishop and Primate of Ireland. My volume is copyright by Larry and Marion Price of Canada and what a marvelous volume they have revised and updated. It was published by Master Books of Green Forest, AR. In this work it is dated 4004 BC, when the recorded history of the Kingdom of God began almost 6000 years ago. God introduced the newlyweds, Adam and Eve, into the Garden of Eden, possibly located arguably in the land of present-day Iraq. It did not take them long to violate the Kingdom of God by eating the forbidden fruit. How long has disobedience reigned in Satan's world? The kingdom of Satan got an early start for humanity! The clash between the two kingdoms is the most critical element of our lives. That set the stage for the constant conflict in all our lives. Conflict is minimized is God's Kingdom.

     Because of this early disobedience the groundwork was laid for Satan to have authority over the world. A long study would be needed to establish the background for this condition and status, so take my word for its happening and let us develop the short example. A classic example of the veracity of Satan controlling the earth is his having the authority to submit Jesus to the three temptations in the wilderness. In NIV version Matthew 4:1-11 we learn that Satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms in the world, if Jesus would bow down and worship him. Jesus attempted to set Satan straight as to who really was in charge of earth by advising him to "Worship the Lord your God and serve him only." Thus was established in a very significant fashion the struggle we mere humans face each day. We must choose to believe a Supreme Being created planet earth and us humans, but God has given us free will to make the choices of which world we will inhabit every day. I have chosen to live in the Kingdom of God, the one in which I have chosen eternal life because of God's Son dying on that cross at Golgotha in Jerusalem in 33AD. Who, but God, knows the statistics of those in either kingdom, but I am comfortable for sure in God's Kingdom. 

     Humans may dispute there is God at all, but they do so at their own peril. Remaining isolated from the power available by believing in God, the Son and Holy Spirit is a lonely, fearful, and sad world to put it bluntly. By my or anyone's decision to join God's Kingdom by believing He was the original Creator of all and after four thousand or so years of our existence and much warfare and killing and suffering, He sent His Son Jesus for us to claim eternal life by believing He was Who He said He was, establishes me for a place in eternity. Not only do I have eternity in Heaven ahead rather than the depths of Hell, but I have a blueprint I can follow that gives me the opportunity for daily peace and happiness. I will not be so rigid as to claim I am always in God's Kingdom. One can choose that Kingdom, but, by unwise choices step off the right path from time to time and when that happens, one of those one third of Heaven's angels/demons, who joined Lucifer in rebellion, will be more than pleased to work us over! 

     Unfortunately, the continued suffering and pain and death in the world is because Satan is alive and well on Planet Earth. He uses his power over the unsaved to continue the mayhem and horror that has impacted us, since Cain killed his brother Abel. He uses his demonic agents to keep many in his realm through sin, unforgiveness, addictions and fleshly desires.

     Which kingdom do you choose? Only one has a destination of life eternal. 



   

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Avalon Chronicles #141: National Day of Prayer in America May 2, 2024

 

        For this message I am forwarding the site to access the latest issue of Christian Times Magazine in which I have written an article on National Day of Prayer as requested by the magazine's Editor-in-Chief Charles Lingerfelt.


www.CTimesmag.com/digital-magazine

             Download Issue 83

             Page beginning 13 "Corporate and Personal Prayer"

Please be reminded of my web site www.combatfaith.com, where, admittedly my books are mentioned, but, more importantly, I have information for those veterans, active duty military or first responders, with issues related to combat/operating stressors. 

Honorable Allen B. Clark

Retired U.S. Army Captain

Special Forces recipient Purple Heart for wounds 

Vietnam 1966-1967

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Avalon Chronicles #140" "Liberty or Death" Patrick Henry Speech March 23, 1775 Richmond, Virginia

 by The Honorable Allen B. Clark      allenbclark@aol.com

     When Linda and I travel abroad or in our own nation, we tend to visit sites off the typical tourist paths. Such was so years ago when we visited St. John's Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA. It was not an accident we went there. That is the church on March 23, 1775 where American Patriot Patrick Henry, member of our First Continental Congress and first governor of the state of Virginia, spoke those immortal fiery words that were a guidepost in the following years leading to the liberty of and formation of our dear United States of America. Some of the words he spoke that day are captured as follows:

        "The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part I consider it nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery,...Should I keep back my opinions at such time , through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason toward my country and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings....Are we disposed to be of the number of those who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?...If we wish to be free----if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending---if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us! 

     Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave....What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!...

     I know not what course others may take, but as for me: Give me liberty or give me death!"

Source:Great American Speeches Edited by Gregory R. Suriano Gramercy Books New York 1993. William Wirt re-created the address in his Life of Patrick Henry (1817).

     This speech is one never to be relegated to the dust bins of history. It was one of the first bugle calls spurring our nation to break the chains of slavery of the British Empire. There are those throughout history, who could relate to these words of Patrick Henry's, as being the motivation and emotional appeal to break the temporal chains of slavery from servitude to governments that abuse their power. Temporal government slavery exists internationally today.  Stay tuned to harken back to this speech and adapt it to the liberty or death we face in the lives of each and every human being on earth today. 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Avalon Chronicles: #139 "Total Eclipse-What is Being Covered Up?"


 By allenbclark@aol.com

Probably ten Bibles are in my possession, but my favored one I received just three years ago as a gift. It is The Evidence Bible New King James Version Bridge-Logos, Florida, 2011.

Commentary by Ray Comfort

Here we are one day before the newest total eclipse of the sun. I just "happened" upon turning again to Genesis 1 in the Bible to discover this footnote (pg. 4) below for Genesis 1:16:

"Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.

He made the stars also." Both lights will be evident April 8, 2024!

"Make sure you don't miss the magnitude of what God accomplished in creating the sun. Its surface temperature is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, with the temperature at the core around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. That's hot. The sun's diameter is about 870,000 miles (109 times greater than earth), and it is 330,000 times heavier-and that is only one of over 100 billion stars that God made. The sun generates the heat and light the Earth needs. Without it, Earth could not support life. The sun is composed of 92 percent hydrogen, 7 percent helium, and small amounts of inert gases. It burns an incredible seven million tons of natural gas every second. And Almighty God spoke it into existence."

An entertainment icon of my earlier years was Johnny Carson. He would hear his guest make some comment and I still recall in the recesses of my memory, he would say, "I did not know that!"

For the footnote above, I can surely say, "I did not know that." 

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Avalon Chronicles #138: "Are You Ready to Surrender?"


Prayer of Surrender

If you have ever said, "I am ready to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but, I do not know what to say?," then read on!

Below is the "Prayer of Surrender" distributed by the pastor of my place of worship on Easter 2024.

Jesus, Your sacrifice for me on the cross not only covers the debt of my sin, it reveals the depth of Your love for me. Your resurrection not only testifies to the truth of your promises, it validates your authority as King over all things. You are the King of Kings.

I want and need you as my Savior, but today, I truly understand the gospel. I realize you came to be my Savior and King. I've wanted Your forgiveness for sin, but I haven't truly allowed Your rule to govern my whole life. I'm sorry.

Today, I truly give you my life. Not just as my Savior, but also as my King. I take the crown off my own head and place it at your feet. I bow my knee and surrender my heart to your Lordship.

Take my life. Govern me. Rule me. Change me. Lead me. Let my life reflect all that it means to be a true follower of Jesus the King.

                                     In Jesus Name. Amen

If you prayed this prayer and mean it, you must proclaim it and live it. Speak to others and share it with those you love and desire truly to join you in the family of God. Study your Bible, find a place of worship, where you are comfortable. Believe in the gift of answers to your prayers. Demonstrate and reflect Love for others. Get serious about your faith. There is too much chaos in the world today not to achieve the spiritual peace we need in this turbulent secular world. Vaya Con Dios Go With God! Honor Him and He will honor you. I pray with gratitude for the grace, mercy and love He provides me. 

Allen Clark