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Heartbeat Christian News - February 2015 issue

And we thought we had

And we thought we had problems! If Noah had lived in the United States in the last ten years, the story may have gone something like this: And the Lord spoke to Noah and said, "In one year, I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all flesh is destroyed. But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on earth. Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark." In fear and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the ark. "Remember," said the Lord, "you must complete the Ark and bring everything aboard in one year." Exactly one year later, fierce storm clouds covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult. The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard weeping. "Noah!" He shouted. "Where is the Ark?" "Lord, please forgive me," cried Noah. "I did my best, but there were big problems." "First, I had to get a permit for construction, and your plans did not meet the building codes. I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans. Then I got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not the Ark needed a sprinkler system and approved floatation devices. Then, my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning ordinances by building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the city planning commission." "Then, I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect the Spotted Owl. I finally convinced the U.S. Forest Service that I really needed the wood to save the owls. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won't let me take the 2 owls. The carpenters formed a union and went on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board before anyone would pick up a saw or hammer. Now, I have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls." "When I started rounding up the other animals, an animal rights group sued me. They objected to me taking only two of each kind aboard. This suit is pending. Meanwhile, the EPA notified me that I could not complete the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn't take very kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the Creator of the Universe. Then, the Army Corps of Engineers demanded a map of the proposed flood plain. I sent them a globe." "Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that I am practicing discrimination by not taking atheists aboard. The IRS has seized my assets, claiming that I'm building the Ark in preparation to flee the country to avoid paying taxes. I just got a notice from the state that I owe them some kind of user tax and failed to register the Ark as a 'recreational water craft.' And finally, the ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of the Ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it's a religious event and therefore unconstitutional. I really don't think I can finish the Ark for another five or six years." Noah waited. The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine, and the seas began to calm. A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up hopefully, "You mean you're not going to destroy the earth, Lord?" "No," He said sadly. "I don't have to. The government already has!" A merry heart doeth good like a medicine ... Do You Fear the Lord?

Dear Readers, It is my great pleasure to share some most excellent news with you about Heartbeat Christian News. In an age when newspapers are struggling to survive and going out of business on a regular occasion, God has richly blessed Heartbeat Christian News and we are GROWING! Heartbeat Christian News officially started back up here in Tennessee in October 2012 after a 5 year hiatus. In 2 years, we have gone from being an 8 page, black and white Christian newspaper which was only scheduled to print 1,000 papers each run to a 16 page, full color Christian newspaper which will be publishing 5,000 copies per quarter. Ever wonder why our slogan is 'Good News for the Soul'? It's because we are passionately committed to publishing THE truth and information that builds your faith in God. We are an independent Christian newspaper whose mission statement is to help ALL Christians regardless of where they go to church or how they profess to believe. You won't find any man made doctrines in this publication because we are strictly a vessel to bring you what God would have you to hear. God uses willing and obedient people to speak and work through and by His grace, we are one of those. Praise God for His wonderful goodness! continued from page 1 preacher who is preaching things that do NOT line up perfectly with the Word of God and who doesn't live a lifestyle in accordance to His Word, then you are responsible for making a change. God is going to hold YOU accountable. You wouldn't sit at a natural dinner table and eat bad food, so why are you doing it spiritually? Jesus taught us in John 8:32 that we shall know THE truth and THE truth shall make us free. Notice there is only ONE truth that will make us free. In another place, Jesus said “I am THE way, THE truth and THE life.” (John 14:6). Again, the Word teaches us that whom the Son makes free is free indeed (John 8:36). Free from what? Free from the bondage of sin, free from religious traditions which have no foundation in the Word of God and free from carnal desires which steer us away from God's will for our life. The bible is SPIRITUALLY discerned (understood) and the understanding comes from a preacher sent by God (Read Romans 10). There is Only ONE faith (Jude 1:3) according to the bible. Romans 10 teaches us HOW to get that ONE faith. Let's look at a comprehensive step­bystep process of how that works with scriptural anchors of proof. Step 1 ­ Faith comes by hearing (understanding) and hearing (understanding) by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Step 2 ­ How can they hear (understand) without a preacher (Romans 10:14) and how can he preach unless he be sent (Romans 10:15). Sent by whom? By God of course! Philippians 2:12 “ out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. Acts 2:40 “Save yourselves from this untoward generation”. The Word of God is perfectly balanced when rightly divided and understood. If you truly hunger and thirst after the righteousness of God then He will lead you to a preacher of the truth. And if you don't, He won't. It's that simple. God will let you believe a lie and be damned (2 Thessalonians 2:12 “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”) and God has already taken His hand of mercy off of this country as a whole. So what are you going to do? How will you know if a man is truly sent by God and a preacher of THE truth? 1) He will not be popular. 2) God will confirm the word that he preaches with signs following. 3) He will live what he preaches.