Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

Matthew 16:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

March for Jesus Christ


Mission Statement: 
            Christians of the Bitterroot Valley
            Walk for Jesus Christ
            Holy Saturday, April 19, 2014
            Starting at 6:41 am (Sunrise)
            Starting Point Angler's Roost Bridge
            End Point Lolo, Montana
            To stand and show solidarity with Christians here and around the world.

Concept:
            40 mile route divided into 14 checkpoints. The checkpoints are separated by three miles.
            We are asking valley churches to man checkpoints, and lead the march from their checkpoint to the next checkpoint.

Start Point: Genesis
Church: Grantsdale Community Church
Location: Angler’s Roost Bridge
Sunrise Prayer: 6:41 am
Start Time: 6:45 am

Checkpoint #1: Romans
Church: First Christian Church
Location: 711 South 1st Street, Hamilton
Station Time: 7:30 am
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 7:45 am

Checkpoint #2: Joshua
Church: Darby Foursquare Church
Location: Donaldson’s Precast North Gate
Station Time: 8:30 am
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 8:45 am

Checkpoint #3: 1 Corinthians
Church: Corvallis United Methodist Church
Location: Alpine Granite Accent
Station Time: 9:30 am
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 9:45 am

Checkpoint #4: Colossians
Church: In One Hope Ministries
Location: U.S. 93 & Bear Creek Road
Station Time: 10:30 am
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 10:45 am

Checkpoint #5: 1st John
Church: Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene
Location: Victor Park
Station Time: 11:30 am
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 11:45 am


Checkpoint #6: Acts
Church: Barnabas Ministries Christian Center
Location: Points of Interest 3 miles north of Victor
Station Time: 12:30 pm
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 12:45 pm

Checkpoint #7: Hebrews
Christians: Lisa & Steve Allen
Location: Between Genesee Drive & Wildwood Lane at Second Hand Store driveway
Station Time: 1:30 pm
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 1:45 pm

Checkpoint #8: Isaiah
Christians: Stevensville Knights of Columbus
Location: Just South of Schearbrook Lane
Station Time: 2:30 pm
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 2:45 pm

Checkpoint #9: 2nd Timothy
Organization: Military Brethren – Dave Beckett
Location: U.S. 93 & Larry Creek Loop Lane
Station Time: 3:30 pm
Cross Exchange Time (estimated) 3:45 pm

Checkpoint #10: Philemon
Christian – Wayne Weidow
Location: Town Pump in Florence
Station Time: 4:30 pm
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 4:45 pm

Checkpoint #11: Luke
Christians – The Meyer Family of Stevensville
Location: U.S. 93 & West Carlton Creek Road
Station Time: 5:30 pm
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 5:45 pm

Checkpoint #12: Nehemiah
Organization: Military Brethren – Doug Mason
Location: Park and Ride of Rowan Road
Station Time: 6:30 pm
Cross Exchange Time (estimated): 6:45 pm

End Point: Mark
Church: Lolo Community Church
Location: Lewis and Clark Drive, Lolo
Arrival Time: 7:45 pm
Dismissal Time: 8:00 pm

Checkpoints will be marked by a sandwich board with “March for Jesus Christ” sheets of paper stapled to it. The sandwich board will be placed 30 minutes prior to the checkpoints station time.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 911

For more information call Doug Mason 546-4244

Monday, April 14, 2014

Their Gov’t Wants to Curb Spread of Christianity, Threatening to Demolish Their Church. How the Faithful Fight Back Should Come as No Surprise.



n the face of an official campaign to curb the rapid spread of Christianity, thousands of Chinese Christians have camped in and around a church in the eastern part of the country in order to prevent its demolition, the Washington Post reported.
Image source:
Sanjiang Church (Image source: Pray for China CCL/Facebook)
Local officials in the province of Zhejiang embarked on a campaign in February to demolish any church buildings that violated local regulations, according to a government Web site, given their concern that Christianity was growing too fast and in an “unsustainable” manner.
When leaders of Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou refused to remove small spires on the rooftop, officials threatened to tear down the entire building, according to Zheng Leguo, an evangelical church leader from Wenzhou.
A local Christian leader who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation told the Post he’s been staying in the church since Thursday with about 3,000 other Christians — some of whom are from neighboring churches and are helping to guard the building.
“From what they discussed during negotiations, the point isn’t about the illegal construction, but about the cross,” the leader told the Post. “Some top officials believe that there are too many crosses, too many churches, and in every county, they asked for a few crosses to be destroyed, not all of them.”
Image source:
Sanjiang Church (Image source: Pray for China CCL/Facebook)
Apparently crosses that can be seen in public are a big problem; the provincial Communist Party secretary reportedly bristled at being able to view many large, bright crosses during a recent trip along a major highway and ordered the removal of some of them. Churches have been told that they can instead hang smaller crosses inside.
According to ChinaAid, a Texas-based Christian group, at least six crosses have been taken down so far.
A local government official not authorized to speak by name to the media said authorities were trying to resolve the matter peacefully and had never threatened to demolish the structures by force. “We’ve asked them to leave out of concern for their own safety, but some local followers still slept inside the building,” he told the Post. “The government is still negotiating with the people to figure out how to handle this smoothly.”
China’s constitution recognizes freedom of religion but the government limits religious practice to officially-approved places of worship.
More than 23 million Christians are in China, according to a 2010 report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences — but scholars believe the actual number is much higher, given that many belong to house churches, which the government views as illegal and often harasses and arrests.
Although Sanjiang Church church is registered with the authorities, it’s not affiliated with the “Three-Self Patriotic Movement” of Protestant churches which critics contend is closely controlled by the Communist Party.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Military Brethren: Stand To for 14 Apr, 2014

Veterans Push Back with Prayer
0700 at BJ’s Restaurant
Hamilton, Montana

1. Opening - Round the Table Individual Prayers
2. Morning Psalm: 23
3. Breakfast Reading: John 12:1-11
4. Breakfast is served
5. Breakfast Discussion Topic:
          What did you learn at church yesterday?        
          52 Weeks to Preparedness by Tess Pennington
                    Week 16 of 52: Survival Tools
          Holy Saturday March for Jesus Christ April 19, 2014
                   Planning Update
6. Closing - Round the Table Individual Prayers

Upcoming Events:
          15 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Final Planning Meeting, Saint Mary’s Mission, Stevensville, MT
          19 Apr 2014 – 0645 – Holy Saturday March for Jesus Christ
          21 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer Breakfast (1 year anniversary)
          28 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer Breakfast
          1 May 2014 – National Day of Prayer
          5 May 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer Breakfast
          12 May 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer Breakfast
          19 May 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer Breakfast

Tasks:
          March Planning
          Plan for National Day of Prayer
          Prayer to do God’s will
         
 Fellowship of Military Brethren:
          Our 3Circles:
                    1) Outside (Feeder) Circle: Churches & Church Organizations, Veterans Organizations, Special Events, and Word of Mouth
                    2) Middle (Push Back with Prayer Groups) Circle: Prayer Breakfast every Monday at 7am, Prayer Lunch (still needed), Intercessory Prayer every day, and Daily Communion
                    3) Inside (Give Back with Care) Circle: Fellowship of Military Brethren

On Twitter: @Walk_April_19

Week 16 of 52: Survival Tools
by Tess Pennington

This week we will be expanding on the topic discussed in week-2: tools for home emergencies, and focus on acquiring the right tools to help you survive.
Preparedness requires the ability to fall back on a foundation of tools and supplies you can count on for survival. Our ancient ancestors depended on tools for survival, and we are no different. Having the right survival tools on hand for when unexpected emergencies occur can help assist you in getting your basic needs met, catch food, communicate with emergency officials, and find your way in the dark.
Good, quality tools are a sound investment that can last a lifetime if properly cared for. The ten tools listed below are the most important survival tools that should be in your 72-hour bags or survival bags. Practice using these tools regularly so that you know their capability and their strength.
The Top 10 Survival Tools For Your Survival Bags
1.     Water Treatment: We simply cannot live without water. The more energy you consume, the more water your body will need. Having a means to purify water in a survival situation will help keep you hydrated, your brain functioning properly and your focus on survival. In addition, if you sustain an injury, water can be poured over the wound for cleaning.
2.     Compass and Map: Knowing which direction you are headed and where you need to be are essential. Keep maps of your surrounding area at home (in case you have to evacuate by foot), in your car and in your survival bags.
3.     Fire Starter, flint bars, matches or lighter: Having a way to produce fire can help you cook food and keep warm and prevent hypothermia.
4.     First Aid Kit: You do not want to be caught in a survival situation without a first aid kit. This kit assists in injury treatment and helps prevent infections from perpetuating.
5.     Mirror: Used for signaling, checking face for wounds, looking at your back for wounds/ticks, and can be used to start fire.
6.     Rope: This can be used for making snares or assisting in making other traps lashing branches together to build a shelter, assisting in first aid (splints, tourniquets, slings), or to make survival tools such as spears.
7.     Survival Blanket or Bivvy: A bivvy or survival blanket can be used as an emergency shelter, sleeping bag or can be an extra layer added to your existing sleeping bag if you are expecting a cold night.
8.     Multi-tool: Used for notching or more complex wood working skills, opening cans, altering equipment, medical uses, if snare wire is around wire cutters can cut it.
9.     Lighting: Lanterns, light sticks, flashlights, and head lamps can help you find your way if in the dark. LEDs, solar and hand crank will get you the most for your money.
10.                        Survival Knife: Survival knives should be made of good quality steel. Invest in one you can rely on. Make sure it is well made, is strong enough for rough field use, and is the best you can afford.
The bottom line is, your preparedness tools are your life line. The tools you choose should ones that you can depend on to assist in meeting your basic survival needs. Without them, you could be ill-equipped in a survival situation.

Preps To Buy:

  • Candles or hurricane lamps
  • Matches (regular and water-proof)
  • Batteries (an assortment of sizes)
  • Collapsible Shovel or trowel
  • Water Treatment (purification tablets, chlorine granuals, water filtration system)
  • Compass and Map
  • Fire Starter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mirror
  • Duct Tape
  • Rope
  • Signal Flare or flashing beacon
  • Survival Blanket or Bivvy
  • Multi-tool
  • Lighting (lantern, light sticks, flashlights, head lamps)
  • Survival Knife (If you have not already purchased one)

Action Items:

1. Prepare a survival kit or 72-hour bag with your survival tools included. Have this ready in case you have to make a quick evacuation.
2. Create a personal support network of neighbors and friends who can help you and your family if you are separated or unable to get home.
3. Give copies of the following lists to your network: emergency information list, contact information for various times of day.

4. Learn about sheltering-in-place and what items you may need to do so. Make a plan with your family and choose the area of your home where you will go.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Military Brethren: Stand To for 7 Apr, 2014


Veterans Push Back with Prayer

0700 at BJ’s Restaurant

Hamilton, Montana

 

1. Opening - Round the Table Individual Prayers

2. Morning Psalm: 143

3. Breakfast Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

4. Breakfast is served

5. Breakfast Discussion Topic:

          What did you learn at church yesterday?        

          52 Weeks to Preparedness by Tess Pennington

                    Week 14 of 52: Emergency Medical Supply (List 3)

          Holy Saturday March for Jesus Christ April 19, 2014

                   Planning Update

6. Closing - Round the Table Individual Prayers

 

Upcoming Events:

          7 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer

          14 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer

          15 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Final Planning Meeting, Saint Mary’s Mission, Stevensville, MT

          19 Apr 2014 – 0645 – Holy Saturday March for Jesus Christ

          21 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer Breakfast (1 year anniversary)

          28 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer Breakfast

          1 May 2014 – National Day of Prayer

          5 May 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer Breakfast

 

Tasks:

          March Planning

          Plan for National Day of Prayer

          Prayer to do God’s will

         

 Fellowship of Military Brethren:

          Our 3Circles:

                    1) Outside (Feeder) Circle: Churches & Church Organizations, Veterans Organizations, Special Events, and Word of Mouth

                    2) Middle (Push Back with Prayer Groups) Circle: Prayer Breakfast every Monday at 7am, Prayer Lunch (still needed), Intercessory Prayer every day, and Daily Communion

                    3) Inside (Give Back with Care) Circle: Fellowship of Military Brethren

 


On Twitter: @Walk_April_19


Week 15 of 52: Emergency Medical Supply (List 3)
by Tess Pennington 

Last week, my 5-year old slammed her finger in the door so hard that we thought it was broken for sure. Immediately, her finger began swelling and my husband and I were about to bolt out to the door to take her for an X-ray. She was terrified and crying, and all we wanted was to take her pain away. I grabbed an instant ice pack out of our medical supplies for her finger and decided to wait 30 minutes to see if the swelling changed. I laid her on my bed and cuddled with her while ensuring her fingers were in between the ice pack. When I checked her finger, the swelling had begun to subside and I breathed a sigh of relief. You never know when a medical emergency will arise, but you are always hoping that when it does, you will be ready for it.

As I previously mentioned, to be fully prepared for a medical disaster, you need to have a well-rounded medical supply. Since there are so many different types of medical supplies to store, I have broken them up to make the list more affordable. Click to see List 1 and List 2.

Because medical emergencies can occur suddenly and without warning, your medical supplies should be diverse and unique to your family’s needs. Situations may arise and getting to the store or the emergency room may not be a viable option. Therefore, having a wide array of medical supplies at your home can help diffuse an alarming situation.

When creating a medical supply, think about which medical issues will most likely occur and prepare accordingly for them. Also, have some supplies on hand for any family members who have pre-existing conditions would make a prolonged disaster more comfortable.

In 2006, The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) released a 2006 Emergency Department Summary that gathered statistics of emergency department use, including the most common reasons adults and children sought medical care and treatment. Having medical supplies that could assist in these common medical emergencies would be proactive on your part.

  • Children Fever
  • Childhood Earaches
  • Various injuries such as sprains, strains, broken bones
  • Chest Pain
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Shortness of Breath

It is very important to have vitamins in your medical supplies. Vitamins are essential in regulating body functions and also help in the healing process. Storing the right types of food that have the highest amounts of vitamins would be one way of ensuring that your diet is vitamin packed. Therefore, prepare by having first hand knowledge on what vitamins the body needs on a daily basis. Storing multivitamins such as, Centrum multivitamins or Centrum Silver multivitamins are great options.

Ensure that your vitamins and medical supplies are stored appropriately and organized in a way that is easy to access. When an emergency arises, the person administering medical assistance will be appreciative that everything is in place and be ready for use.

Preps To Buy:


  • Sunscreen
  • Anti-fungal cream or powder
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Nasal spray (saline)
  • Saline solution
  • Lip balm
  • Flashlight (Small)
  • Allergy relief medication
  • Vitamin Supplements
  • UTI meds
  • Medical reference books or e-books on handling medical crises
  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Adhesive tape or duct tape
  • Gauze pads (assorted sizes)
  • 2-4 instant ice packs
  • Sterile roller bandages
  • Sterile surgical gloves
  • Latex gloves

Action Items:


1. Create some first response medical packs to make emergency situations easier to care for.

2. Take another first aid course, or purchase a first-aid book.

3. Practice basic first-aid techniques regularly.

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Military Brethren: Stand To for 31 March, 2014


Veterans Push Back with Prayer

0700 at BJ’s Restaurant

Hamilton, Montana

 

1. Opening - Round the Table Individual Prayers

2. Morning Psalm: 42

3. Breakfast Reading: Psalm 63:1-8

4. Breakfast is served

5. Breakfast Discussion Topic:

          What did you learn at church yesterday?        

          52 Weeks to Preparedness by Tess Pennington

                    Week 13 of 52: Spiritual Preparedness

          Holy Saturday March for Jesus Christ April 19, 2014

                   Planning Update

6. Closing - Round the Table Individual Prayers

 

Upcoming Events:

          31 Mar 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer

          7 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer

          8 Apr 2014 – 0700 – March Planning Meeting, Location TBA

          14 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer

          15 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Final Planning Meeting, Location TBA

          19 Apr 2014 – 0645 – Holy Saturday March for Jesus Christ
 
 
For information:
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

America: Plunging Headlong into Reprobation?

Wed, Mar. 19, 2014 Posted: 05:55 PM

The dictionary definition pales against the Biblical definition of reprobation. The Bible says God gives men over to a state of reprobation, as we collectively approach the last days of time before the second coming of Christ. The definition given in Romans 1:28 is one of the most frightening prophetic statements in all of scripture.
Speaking of conditions preceding the last days the Apostle Paul declared, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”
The phrase ‘God gave them over’ is enough to make us shudder when considering that if God gives us up, redemption and any chance of recovery is literally impossible.
The most basic sense of reprobation in the bible refers to something far more than simple immorality, it is the inability to hear, understand and implement any truth or morality. Right and wrong are impossible to discern with a reprobate mind.
Oddly, most dictionary definitions include a rendering of the word that clearly indicates that people don’t just fall into reprobation, but they willfully labor to get into this state.
Often words like: ban, forbid, prohibit, rebuff, repel, spurn, check, constrain, curb, repress, restrain, restrict; balk (at), hinder, impede, obstruct are also included as synonyms. But, what is being impeded, or obstructed by the collective minds and hearts of the last day’s crowd?
In the simplest terms, all that pertains to God, righteousness and basic morality is shunned in an atmosphere of self-indulgence and lawlessness.
Before reprobation sets in on a generation, they may be found acknowledging and repenting of their sins. After reprobation begins to take root, they are found affirming and celebrating their sins.
Now, anyone calling out the sin seems like a hater of the sinner. The lawless then turn to the law to force acceptance of their lawlessness, it is a vicious cycle that leads to destruction.
If you want to lust for those of your own gender you must be protected by the law to do so and even the idea of someone counseling you to avoid the temptation must be silenced. Several states have adopted laws to stop counseling to change the minds of younsters who are inclined toward their own sex.
The laws of God has been sidestepped by popular trends, PC notions of diversity and the ‘new morality’ which is only amorality (disregard of all morality) passing itself off under a new name.
Changing the laws is a means of changing definitions to fit the new drive for life with no borders or parameters to define good and evil.
When all of this reaches its peak we will be ready for the world’s last dictator. A ruler long prophesied to come in the last days. He will be called the “lawless one” (2Thess 2: 8 NAS) according to the Apostle Paul.
A ruler who lives without laws may seem like the perfect non-sequitur until it is revealed that the antichrist changes the laws to fit his own view of right and wrong. Being the incarnation of the Devil himself means that his view is always the exact opposite of Gods and is always wrong. A perfect type of the antichrist is Barack Obama. He rules, but according to - mis-rule.
Gay marriage, abortion are both antichrist in nature. Then there are those things anti-American such as coddling our enemies, blocking the recovery of our own natural resources, jumping headfirst into the great global warming hoax, allowing government agencies (IRS) to push his political agenda and the wasting of the lives of soldiers and public servants, without anyone answering to the law. (Benghazi)
This kind of law is not what was long ago established by the Living God, the Constitution of the United States and laws provisioned by a duly elected congressional body of lawmakers.
Other example of laws that are lawless and new definitions that serves to rip apart the foundations of all that is right, moral and decent - abound.
Want a new definition for marriage – watch out, people may think it’s time to marry themselves, their coffee cups or worse. Sound silly? Check out this headline story.
Yes, Its Really Happening. This Woman Just Married A Dog
Not repenting, but ‘affirming and celebrating’ immorality and lawlessness has many examples to draw from. Here is one that typifies them all.
'Gay' weddings during Grammy Awards
Reprobate minds not only practice high level immorality, but the state of mind that exists without any reference to God also produces some high level stupidity. Here is a prime example.
WATCH Global Warming Proponents Sign Petition To Lower The Temp Of The Sun
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman statesman, philosopher and orator said something that many of us are fully aware of, but in this nation we have had no cause to take it too seriously until today. The product of lawless rulers is always the same – tyranny. Cicero said “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But, it cannot survive treason from within.”
When rulers attack the laws and foundations of a nation they are enacting a subversion that never draws Gods approval. To wit:
“To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.” (Lamentations 3: 36)
Oddly, there is a well-defined theological premise set forth in the bible that also has gotten lost in this day of approaching darkness.
The bible says that when a nation chooses to ignore its sinfulness, God will not only allow them to go reprobate, but will empower them with rulers who will enable them to succeed in their drive to destruction.
Many of today’s best theologians, preachers and ordinary citizens alike see men like Barack Obama, Harry Reid and women like Nancy Pelosi as the fulfillment of this theological treatise.
The first sign that reprobation is making its approach is that what heretofore made us blush gives way to celebration and shamelessness for just about every prurient behavior we can conger. Then we see yet more headlines to confirm that we are well underway in our new poorly chosen direction
In Western Journalism’s ‘Floyd Reports’ is a headline with the subtext “As much as the humanist crowd argues the contrary, America relies on its citizens’ faith in God to maintain our unparalleled level of freedom and opportunity.” It is a scathing and very sad report, but who among us can deny it?
The title of the report is: Shocking New Poll Explains America’s Degenerate Culture
Is there a way to turn this thing around?
To say otherwise would be to deny that God can and will bring a nation back into favor if they will turn and serve him again. Since Obama took office we may have seen this verse quoted time and again as a call to a nation that is surely going reprobate. Like all that God says in his word it’s for the heeding not just the reading.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Ch 7: 14)
 
Michael Bresciani

Military Brethren: Stand To for 24 March, 2014


Veterans Push Back with Prayer

0700 at BJ’s Restaurant

Hamilton, Montana

 

1. Opening - Round the Table Individual Prayers

2. Morning Psalm: 25

3. Breakfast Reading: John 13:1-20

4. Breakfast is served

5. Breakfast Discussion Topic:

          What did you learn at church yesterday?        

          52 Weeks to Preparedness by Tess Pennington

                    Week 12 of 52: Financial Preparedness

          Holy Saturday March for Jesus Christ April 19, 2014

                   Planning Update

6. Closing - Round the Table Individual Prayers

 

Upcoming Events:

          25 Mar 2014 – 1900 – March Planning Meeting, Victor, Farmer’s State Bank

          31 Mar 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer

          7 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer

          8 Apr 2014 – 0700 – March Planning Meeting, Location TBA

          14 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Push Back with Prayer

          15 Apr 2014 – 0700 – Final Planning Meeting, Location TBA

          19 Apr 2014 – 0645 – Holy Saturday March for Jesus Christ

 

Tasks:

          March Planning

          Church Outreach

          Prayer to do God’s will