VIDEO In The Presence of Angels

Apr 16, 2013

Roy Fields – In the Presence of Angels, Album: Rain Down, Year: 2010 Kingsway

This is a realm of Your glory
This is a realm of Your grace
I can feel Your mighty power
It is moving in this place

We’re in the presence of angels
With God’s glory on their wings
Like the voice of many waters
I can hear the angels sing

Holy, holy, holy, holy
Worthy, worthy, worthy, worthy
Glory, glory, glory, glory

This is a realm of Your glory
This is a realm of Your grace
All my heart’s desire is to see Your face

Roy Fields, Run with Fire Ministries,

10 Guidelines To Successfully Parent Teens Through Hollywood’s Fifth Flood


In the 1500s, reformer Martin Luther gave us this warning: “I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.”

Let’s face it, those days are long gone. Morals are not only airbrushed out of schools but also society as a whole. Today, it’s not just the absence of the positive but it’s the presence of the negative.

Young people carefully monitored in homeschooling and Christian schools aren’t exempt. All our youth face ungodly peer pressure and cultural inducements unprecedented in history. Even those in more “protective” Christian environments still face the onslaught of Hollywood hedonism flooding pop culture via television, movies, music, and the Internet.

Survey the Scene

In theaters, “streamed” into homes and even on mainstream or cable TV is entertainment having a terribly corrosive effect on our sons and daughters. Targeting the lucrative youth market, we see offerings like “Sausage Party,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “War Dogs,” “Bad Moms” and  “Dating Naked” to name just a few.

Basically this is raunchy, vulgar, profane, gross-out filth that pushes the limits and shamelessly promotes drugs, drunkenness, rebellion, nudity, promiscuity and blasphemy. The more risqué the sexual content, the better it sells. We’re experiencing what Senator Moynihan (D., NY) called “defining deviancy down” back in 1993.

Ultra-violent “Suicide Squad” is the megahit of the summer for young people featuring a handful of psychopathic villains combating other criminal super villains running amok. The Associated Press (8/5/16) review described it this way: “Watching ‘Suicide Squad’ (which will nevertheless make hundreds of millions) is to see the superhero movie reaching rock bottom, sunk by moral rot and hollow bombast. Down, down and away!”

Checking with Christian movie guides, many are rightly shocked at the avalanche of profanity also spewing from the pit of hell into the hearts and minds of impressionable youth.  The movie reviews tell us of these films: One hundred and thirty F-words (in one film!); God’s Name abused twenty-five times; twenty-five crude references to male and female anatomy; plus other crude terms formerly anathema in our society.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom frolics nude with singer Katy Perry; Brittney Spears invites her hook-up to have some casual sex in “Do You Want to Come Over?” and, irreverent comic Amy Schumer releases her tell-all book describing her loss of virginity, celebrating marijuana and boasting of her escapades with almost thirty sexual partners.

Recently USA TODAY featured an article, “TRANS THEMES ENTER TEEN FICTION” (8/8/16). Mentioning the barrage of books now dealing with transgender teenagers, it is obvious the LGBTQ advocates want to seduce and influence our children to their latest frontier.

Try to escape to a public park and in New York they’ve got totally nude females in aShakespeare play! This is outrageous!

And in youth-oriented Rolling Stone magazine this month they feature former Congressman Barney Frank advocating legalizing all drugs – marijuana, heroin and meth! Ignore the fellow arrested this week in our state of Tennessee who got high on “meth” and tried to kidnap a 4-year-old child with a knife.

10 Guidelines to Guide Our Sons and Daughters

God gives us clear directives in His Word regarding our solemn mandate to be “watchmen” and “gatekeepers” for our offspring. With dad’s leading the way, Scripture tells us to “bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph.6:4).

We must be wise overseers, not worried over-protectors! We must work hard helping our children learn to discern what is righteous and pleasing to the Lord. Sin doesn’t deliver as advertised and they must be taught to recognize the “big lie” of today’s pop culture.

1. Convictions – cultivate biblical convictions upon which the family
values are based.

2. Commandants – teach scriptures to our children so that they may
come to know God and His ways.

3. Communication – provide opportunities to bond together and share

4. Consequences – help young people understand the “sowing and
reaping” dynamic.

5. Consistency – purpose not to send mixed messages or change

6. Correction – lovingly address infractions of God’s standards with
appropriate punishment.

7. Courage – Stand firm on biblical standards and don’t acquiesce.

8. Consideration – assess age levels of children and readiness
concerning activities.

9. Capitalize – seize “teachable moments” to point out deception and
reinforce values.

10. Commitment – embrace the commission to train children to
choose right over wrong in situations and not just to do right out of
form and expectation.

Time for a Radical Response

Barring a spiritual awakening in this nation, Hollywood’s filth flood will only worsen. The urgency of the hour and the gravity of the situation demand a radical response!

We are stronger together. Stay close with like-minded Christian parents in today’s challenging times and pray like never before.

Remember our mandate, “Yet I want you to be wise to that which is good, and innocent to that which is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Rom. 16:19-20).

By Larry Tomczak who is a cultural commentator of 43 yrs, Liberty Counsel public policy advisor, Intercessors for America board member and best-selling author. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see Click (here) for his “Here’s the Deal” weekly podcast.



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Unrighteous Anger

James 1:19-20

Anger can shut down communication and break relationships apart. If suppressed, this emotion can turn into resentment, which poisons our thinking and behavior. Unchecked, it can boil over into an explosive expression of rage that hurts not only the intended recipient but others as well.

While we can think of many reasons to justify our anger, the only viewpoint that matters is the Lord’s. The book of Proverbs offers insight into how God views angry people. He says they act foolishly (Prov. 14:17), stir up strife (Prov. 15:18), and commit transgressions (Prov. 29:22). He also warns us not to associate with such individuals (Prov. 22:24). In contrast, those who are slow to anger have great understanding (Prov. 14:29) and demonstrate wisdom (Prov. 29:8, Prov. 29:11). Keeping one’s distance from strife also shows honor (Prov. 20:3).

In the New Testament, the apostle James compared the tongue to a small spark that can set a whole forest on fire (James 3:5-6). He knew the damage a furious person could do. He also wrote that our anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires for us, nor does it fit who we are in Christ. Jesus paid our sin debt with His life in order to set us free from sinful behavior patterns and their repercussions.

There were a few instances when Jesus became angry, but they were fully in line with the Father’s purposes. In us, however, anger is usually born out of self-defense, hurt feelings, or thwarted desires. If the Lord has convicted you of unrighteous anger, confess that sin and allow the Spirit to reproduce Christ’s character in you.

Two Faithful Friends

“But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.” (Philippians 2:19-20)

Paul cited Timothy and Epaphroditus as two faithful ministry friends (Philippians 2:19-30). Their activities provide a great inventory to follow as we “work out [our] own salvation” (Philippians 2:12).

-Likeminded: The Greek word is isopsuchos, or “equal in soul.” Effective ministry friendships agree in purpose (Amos 3:3).
-Genuine Care: The Holy Spirit used merimnao, a burden for others’ needs. Philippians 2:2-4 lists the restrictions.
-Seek Christ’s Things: Edify each other (1 Corinthians 14:12), focus on heavenly ideals (Colossians 3:1), and crave the kingdom and God’s righteousness more than our welfare (Matthew 6:33).
-Serve Together: Timothy was to Paul like a “son with the father” serving with him “in the gospel” (Philippians 2:22). To be acceptable, that service must be in “righteousness, and peace, and joy” (Romans 14:17).
-Companion in Labor: Similarly, Epaphroditus is said to work with Paul (Philippians 2:25). As with Timothy, their focus was “to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith” (1 Thessalonians 3:2).
-Fellow Soldier: Military metaphors abound in the Bible, with a common thread of the spiritual warfare defined in Ephesians 6:10-18. We must “endure hardness” when we assist in the ministry (2 Timothy 2:3).

Not every Christian meets the excellence of these faithful friends. “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6). HMM III

What Really Does Matter?

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. —James 4:14

What does matter after all?… What are the axiomatic truths upon which all human life may rest with confidence? Fortunately they are not many. Here are the chief ones:

1. Only God is great….

2. Only God is wise….

3. Apart from God nothing matters. We think that health matters, that freedom matters, or knowledge or art or civilization. And but for one insistent word they would matter indeed. That word is eternity.

Grant that men possess perpetual being, and the preciousness of every earthly treasure is gone instantly. God is to our eternal being what our heart is to our body. The lungs, the liver, the kidneys have value as they relate to the heart. Let the heart stop and the rest of the organs promptly collapse. Apart from God, what is money, fame, education, civilization? Exactly nothing at all, for men leave all these things behind them and one by one go to eternity. Let God hide His face and nothing thereafter is worth the effort.

4. Only what we do in God will remain to us at last….

Slow me down, Lord, and help me focus on the few things that really matter in light of eternity. Amen.

Unworthy Attitudes

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. (Psalm 89:7)

Being a Christian does not exempt any of us from the necessity of self-examination, the necessity of dealing with injuries and unworthy mental attitudes.

I speak particularly of the attitudes and habits of many men and women who gather with us regularly as we come into the house of God to worship and pray.

Actually, as Christian men and women, we do have an appointment to meet with the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Just think of the preparations we would make if we suddenly had in invitation to meet the president of the United States in the White House.

But how many of us are lacking in respect and reverence when we come into the Christian church? Among us there are thoughtless tendencies to tell jokes on the way into church; to sit in the pews and let our minds rove about like sparrows; to daydream about where we have been and where we are going.

There is a great need for us to pray for grace that will improve our mental attitudes when we gather to honor our Savior and God!

He draws us to closer communion with himself

He draws us to closer communion with himself. We have been sitting on the doorstep of God’s house, and he bids us advance into the banqueting hall and sup with him, but we decline the honor. There are secret rooms not yet opened to us; Jesus invites us to enter them, but we hold back. Shame on our cold hearts! We are but poor lovers of our sweet Lord Jesus, not fit to be his servants, much less to be his brides, and yet he hath exalted us to be bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, married to him by a glorious marriage covenant. Herein is love!