Daily Devotional for Sunday September 21, 2014
The Jonah Project
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I am a teacher and bullying is a HUGE issue in schools and all over this nation. What is the fundamental sin behind bullying that drives children to do such evil to each other? Even the very younger ones are involved to the extreme that we have to have training and huge awareness plans in effect to be on top of this expanding problem.
ANSWER: Sadly, this is not anything new, it has simply escalated and is now getting the proper attention. Since Cain and Able, people sinned against others in horrible ways. As more children have grown up in broken and blended homes, not going to church, being desensitized to violence, and not viewing life as precious, the acts of violence against others has dramatically increased and will continue. It is a sad reality of this fallen world without any moral or ethical restraints.
"All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD."
OUR NATION'S ONLY HOPE! Several years ago, I created an infomercial that to begin to bring together in one unified body, all those who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior despite their church or denominational affiliation. You can watch it here: http://secure.goldforsouls.com/video1.cfm As I share often, when you take your last breath, there will only be two lines in Heaven, one for the lost and the other for the saved. If we are to turn this nation back to God and Biblcial Truth, the only hope is to bring together all those who claim Christ as Lord into one unified body and bring His Truth, hope, and salvation to this lost and dying land!
Back in 2008, God gave me the plan to make this happen. It is the Jonah Project. A few years later, God gave me one way to help finance this effort. It is Gold for Souls. 2,900 years ago, God called a man named Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and warn the people of that great city of God's coming judgment if they didn't repent, turn from their sin and back to God. We know that Jonah ran from that call and God had to get his attention by sending a great fish after him. After that experience, Jonah decided it was better to obey God and went to Nineveh, delivered the message God called him to deliver to the people, and Nineveh repented, turned back to God, and was spared His judgment. As wicked as this nation is, I have hope that we can repent and turn back to God just like the people of Nineveh did!!!
Here is the reality of where we are at today. We have forsaken God for the false gods and idols of the world (read God's warning about this in Deut. 8:19,20). A man who is an enemy of God is our President, allowed to rise to that powerful office as part of God's judgment on this wicked nation. The economy is not going to get better anytime soon, it is continuing to get worse. The heart of our society, marriage and the family, has been decimated. We are in all out rebellion to God and evil operates virtually unopposed throughout this nation and world. Our nation and this world is overdue the wrath and judgment of God for our gross wickedness. Now is the hour for the message of Jonah to be delivered to this nation before it is too late. Our time is up and we are currently operating on God's grace and mercy at this point
The goal of the Jonah Project is to bring the Gospel to every soul on the face of the earth and give each person the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. In addition, we have called this nation to repentance and to turn back to God and the Truth of His Word or face His wrath and judgment. We are making that call of repentance to the other nations of the world as well, warning them of God's impending judgment if they refuse.
The key to the Jonah Project is a major daily presence on secular television. On May 6th of 2013, by God's grace we were able to re-launch the Liveprayer TV program that is seen in over 40 markets "live" every Monday-Friday from Midnight to 2am EDT ( http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm ). Now that we are back on the air, as we are into our 17th month, the goal is by the end of the year to be sundicated in all of the major markets across this nation.
There is NOT ONE PERSON with a daily presence on secular TV who is reaching the non-Christian masses, dealing with the issues of the day and in people's lives from a Biblical worldview and sharing the fact Jesus is the only hope for this life and for all eternity. This national TV will not only be used to call this nation to repentance and to turn back to God, but will be the only true voice in the market place for God's Truth. Like Liveprayer on the Internet, it will soon become a place for the remnant to gather and be mobilized to take action in these last days.
*Last November, I shared with you in a Daily Devotional "the promise of 2014!" Here is a link to that Daily Devotional: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5387 As we prepare to begin the final 100 days of 2014 on Monday, that promise is now before us!!!
To fund this great effort, God has given me the vision to allow people who can't donate cash, to sacrifice their old gold, diamonds, and jewelry. One afternoon God began to speak to me. I went to the Bible and was reading that when Moses built the Tabernacle, David the Temple, the people brought what they could donate. In many cases it was gold and other precious gems. Often, the people took their tithe to the temple in the form of gold. Gold is the most mentioned precious metal in the Bible. I realize that many people who want to simply don't have the cash to donate to God's work here at Liveprayer. However, most everyone has some old gold, broken jewelry, other valuables that they can give.
Over the last few years, several companies like Cash4Gold have taken in hundreds of millions of dollars by getting people to send them their old gold and jewelry. In return, they were given a check for what amounts to about 10 cents on the dollar of the worth of what people send in. In these desperate financial times, they have had no problem finding people willing to send them their old, broken, unused gold, even though they knew they are only getting a fraction of what it is worth. Business at pawn shops around the nation is booming. Again, people are parting with their valuables, even though they are getting a fraction of their worth.
Gold for Souls works much like these worldly operations, except instead of getting a check back for a fraction of the value of the items you send in, we send you a donation receipt for the full value of your items! For example, if you send one of these many sites $100 worth of materials, you will get back a check for around $10. By donating your valuables to Gold for Souls, we will send you a donation receipt that you can write off your taxes for the full $100.
The big question is why donate your valuables when you can get at least some cash for them. SOULS!!! The little amount you get back from one of these other companies will be gone in a short period of time, and in the scheme of things, is not going to dramatically change your economic situation. However, what you donate to Gold for Souls will not only get you a tax deductible donation receipt for what you send in, but it will pay you eternal dividends since the funds will be used to fund the Jonah Project to lead eternal souls to faith in Jesus Christ!!!
I can't think of a better use of that old gold and jewelry than to help bring the hope of Christ to the hurting, and re-route souls on a conveyor belt to hell to heaven!!! Also, as our secular media presence grows, so will our influence and ability to take a bold a visible stand for Christ and Biblcial Truth in the secular media. What an incredible return for your sacrifce!!!!
It is our division that has kept us from having the influence and impact on the spritual course of this nation. Sadly, all Christian leaders today are only worrying about promoting and enriching their minsitry and building their kingdom and not God's! Sadly, there is NOBODY who has a plan to create a presence in the secular media, bring together ALL Christians regardless of denomination, with the sole purpose of saving souls and leading this nation back to God and Biblcial Truth, NOT ONE!
Everyone reading these words has something in your jewelry box that you can donate. Just as important, you have family, friends, people you work with, go to church with, who have something in their jewelry box they can donate. I am asking you to do four things for me today. 1) Go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/jonah/ . Watch the vision video to fully understand the vision of the Jonah Project and get signed up. 2) Go to: http://secure.goldforsouls.com/ . The website is very user friendly and it will take you through the simple steps of how you can donate your old gold, jewelry, and precious items to Liveprayer. 3) I need you to forward this email to every person you know. Please encourage them to donate some of their old gold and jewelry and than forward this message to all of the people they know. 4) PRAY! With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
I love you and care about you so much. Now more than ever I need your prayers and support. The spiritual direction of this nation can be changed if the people of God will come together as one for that specific purpose. Ministries raise tens of millions that goes to pay Christian networks for airtime in order for them to fly around in private planes and live like the rulers of small nations. Churches raise millions for buildings to preach to hundreds who are already Christians. We have abandoned the culture and left the eternal souls of men to the wolves of the world!!! In the process, our nation is in spiritual freefall and on the verge of God's judgment and wrath!!!
Our only hope is not going to be found in a political ideology, but by turning back to the God of the Bible and HIS Truth. May Almighty God find each one of us faithful for doing our part to make that happen! He has given us the plan in the Jonah Project. He has given us the way to fund it through the gold and jewelry Christians have accumulated over the years that lays in a box. It is time for action, will you help me???
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,