The Truth as I See it

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By Jack C. Corcoran

 

Pontius Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?”

Jesus, the Messiah, said in John 14:6… “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Jesus, the Messiah, said in John 8:32… “The truth shall set you free.”

And without a doubt, I believe the Bible is the truth; the Word of God. Therefore, I believe it when it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” And this verse is referring to Jesus, the Christ (Messiah).

I use the word Messiah, which is the meaning of the Greek word, Christ, because many people believe that the name Christ is Jesus’ last name. I recall reading somewhere that there are people who actually believe that Mary and Joseph were Mr. and Mrs. Christ. That is wrong!

As I said, and according to Strong”s  Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, the word, Christ, is a Greek word meaning “the Messiah”. And, according to Strong’s, the word Messiah is Hebrew for king or priest. In Revelations 17:14 Jesus is called King of kings; and the writer of the Book of Hebrews refers to Jesus as our High Priest.

Jesus is our redeemer. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death.” And Romans 5:8 tells us that “God demonstrates His own love for us (recall John 3:16) in this: while we were still sinners, the Messiah died for us.” He  paid our wages; He is our redeemer.

Throughout the Bible – prophecies in the Old Testament and eyewitness accounts in the New Testament – we learn that Jesus lived, died, and was raised from the dead by God the Father and He is seated at the right hand of God the father.

And because I believe all of this as I have just stated – and I will be passing on to you in future writings more of why I believe – I must be obedient to the Word as written in the Book of Ephesians, chapter five and especially verses 3 – 5 and 11.

Most of the Scriptures I will be using from here on are taken from the New International Version of the Holy Bible (NIV). Some may come from another version and, if so, I will make note of it.

So, let’s begin…

Ephesians 5: 3-7…

“3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.”

And verse 11 “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

This is my reason for writing: to expose these evil deeds of darkness because the truth, as I see it, is these evil things are destroying our beloved nation, the United States of America.

For this first message, I would like to hone in on just verse 3 and it is my sincere hope and prayer that you read with an open mind.

I believe that sexual immorality is, at least, partly to blame for what is happening in our country right now as I write.

 

A friend and I were discussing the wide spread use of porn on the internet and it led me to what I am about to share with you. For two whole days after our conversation I actually cried my heart out to God; I couldn’t even eat; I couldn’t sit down and listen to music; I couldn’t do my favorite thing and play games on my PC because no matter what I tried to do, The Spirit of God kept interrupting me with these thoughts: Sexual immorality is running rampant in this country and causing a massive breakdown of morality and God is angry.

I started by going online and actually went in to two of these sites that promote sexual immorality; Craigslist and Adult Friend Finder. As I perused these two sites I became increasingly amazed and frightened.

Amazed at the massiveness of this stuff and frightened because I know God is angry. And He should be. Just two sites and I only browsed parts of them. These two sites are set up to allow their members to pick and choose from an array of categories so I only went through a few of them because I could only stand so much.

They allow you to choose your state, where you live; and they allow you to pinpoint exactly which part of the state you are interested in. So, I chose a fifty mile radius of my zip code.

Then you choose which category of which there were at least twenty different categories such as male for male, female for female, male for couples, female for couples, male for transvestites and so on; I think you get the picture.

I picked the category of “Casual Encounters” and went through the listings of just male for male and female for female and male for couples. Folks, within fifty miles of my zip code, I came up with a total of 6,078 on Craigslist and 10,916 on Adult Friend Finder. That’s over 17,000 people looking for immoral sexual encounters just within a fifty mile radius of my zip code.

Did you know that there are at least 297 cities in the United States that have a population of more than 100,000? No, I didn’t either until I Googled it but, can you imagine if all these cities have the same amount that I just found, from only a fraction of the choices on these two sites, looking for immoral sex?

I’m not even close to being good at math but I wish someone with the math skills could figure this out. I’m willing to bet there are more than 5 million people in this country on just these two sites and how many sites are there?

Now here is what absolutely sickened me. In my research and using Google and Wikipedia, I found these statistics. The United States Department of Justice states that “At any one time there are estimated to be more than one million pornographic images of children on the internet. And the average age is eleven.

They estimate that there are over 100,000 websites. Every second $3,075 is spent on porn; EVERY SECOND! 28,258 viewing porn and every second of the day there are an estimated 372 people on the Adult websites in the USA. EVERY SECOND!

And there is a new porn video created every 39 minutes.

And God’s word says to “Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them.

 

We think we are getting away with it but we are not getting away with anything. The Bible tells us that God knows our hearts and our very thoughts. It also tells us that God is slow to anger but you can see for yourself what He did when He finally had enough.

Read about the city of Sodom and see what God did. Read the story of Noah and see what God did. Read the stories of Israel and see what God did. And now, look at today’s news. For example, just follow the Trump rallies and look at all the violence; the hatred; and the death toll in this country. Look at the number of police killings in the past few years. OMG! You can’t even use a toilet in peace.

And I truly believe that God is allowing these things because He is angry! And it will only get worse if we, the people, don’t get serious and look toward heaven and beg His forgiveness.

The Bible says to repent

The Bible says to confess your sins

The Bible says to confess Jesus as Lord

The Bible says to believe in His Name

The Bible says to believe that God raised Him from the dead

The Bible says to obey the will of God

The Bible says in Ephesian 5:3 “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity,”

Now listen to me; I’m not just talking to those who don’t believe; I am talking to you people who go to church every Sunday. I’ve been in your churches and I have seen it firsthand. I spent two years in seminary and I have seen, with my own eyes, the so-called men of God in all their glory. I have stories to tell but, not now. This, what I am writing today, is a wake-up call to the church.

I have been in churches where the preacher spends an entire forty minutes without ever opening a Bible. And lately, I have been in churches where the majority of the congregation doesn’t even bring a Bible. They depend on what is being cast onto a screen. Have you ever read Acts 17:11?

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

You cannot; you should not put your entire trust on what is being put before you. You must open your Bible and read it for yourself. At least take notes; write down the Scriptures being cast upon the screen and read it for yourselves. I’m not trying to belittle the work of the good pastors and Bible teachers out there; but I am trying to make you use your head as the Bereans did. Make sure what you are being taught is the truth.

I’m willing to bet that a great majority of you go to church on Sunday and forget all about it through the week. How many of your unchurched friends even know what you stand for?  For that matter, how many of you even have unchurched friends? Jesus did! And the church leaders of that day hated Him for it. Jesus said it’s the sinners who need a physician. (Luke 5:31)

The church has given up its job. We no longer share the Word of God. We hide inside our concrete walls. We should be standing up against our enemies; the enemies of God But we don’t and he is stomping us into the ground so that we are irrelevant.

And because of it, we have this massive breakdown of morality.

But now, for the good news. Revival is in the wind. There are rumors of revival…

One headline says “Extraordinary revival in L.A. and Orange County high schools” (Google this headline and read the whole story)

Another headline tells us that “Revival Rocks West Virginia School, Surrounding Towns” (Google revival in W. VA.)

Look, it’s on opposite ends of the country. Can it close in on the rest of us?

It’s up to us to grab hold of it; to bring it to your churches. Each one of you; every single one of you is a potential carrier of these rumored revivals. I’m doing my part by writing this material. What will you do?

What are you willing to do to keep our country from total destruction? It all begins with prayer; honest, earnest, tear-jerking prayer. I know; I spent several days crying out to God – asking His forgiveness, confessing my sin, and begging His help.

And one morning I awoke with all of this on my heart. And as I began my search of those web sites, God began putting these words into my head.

I will continue to pray and continue to follow His lead in my writing. And I will share it with you as quickly as I receive it. Please pray with me and pray for me as I dare to write the truth.

May the Lord God bless you and keep you in His loving care.

I am your faithful servant and friend

Jack C. Corcoran

 

 

 

REVIVAL!

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by Jack C. Corcoran

Back in the year of 1990, I was a student at the seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. On this one particular day, we were seated in the classroom for “History of Christianity”; there were about 30 of us – men and women.

Our study on this day was in the Book of Nehemiah. The professor was going on and on about the statistics, i.e. when it was written; who wrote it; that sort of stuff. He was boring me so I went ahead and started reading.

I was especially intrigued with chapters 8 and 9. As I read the words in these two chapters, the Spirit of God came over me and I began to weep and grow very warm. I was especially captured by certain verses; 8:5,6,15; and 9:2, 3.

You should find time to read them yourselves but in verse 8:5 it starts out with…

“Ezra opened the book…and as he opened it, the people all stood. In verse 8:15, they are told that “they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns…”

And by the time we get to chapter 9:2 – 3, we see what is happening. “They stood in their places and confessed their sins….they stood where they were and read from the book of the Law of the Lord their God.”

And I’m squirming in my seat and thinking, this is revival! This is what a revival is!

I’m not sure how much time had passed; probably not more than a few minutes. But I was suddenly brought back to the present when I heard the professor shouting; “Mr. Corcoran, are you ok?”

As I began explaining what I was reading, I began to weep again and suddenly, some guy from behind stood up and began to confess sin. You could hear a pin drop and then sobbing, and then another stood up and confessed and then another. And then, suddenly, the dismissal bell sounded and the professor broke in and dismissed us. The spell, or whatever you wish to call it, had been broken and everyone quietly filed out and went on their way.

I believe to this day that if I had been more alert to the Spirit’s leading, we would have seen revival right there in the seminary. But like everyone else, I went casually on my way and it was soon forgotten. But not totally forgotten because I have been reminded of it several times since.

Last night for instance, as I was praying, I was reminded again. Twenty-six years have passed since that day in the classroom and I am being reminded again. I don’t think this is accidental or coincidental; I’m sure you all might agree that we are sorely in need of revival, not only in the USA but around the globe.

So, here is what the Lord laid on my heart last night as I was drifting off to sleep. I am urging each and every one who reads this to join me in prayer for revival. I don’t mean just one time; I mean it this way;

Each night before you crawl into bed, I would urge yo to do as I am doing (actually, I started last night). If you recall, God made a promise to His people in 2 Chronicles 7:14. He said:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will 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.”

Many people have been posting this quote from Scripture for several years but, it doesn’t end there. The promise is enforced in 12:7 when the word of the Lord comes to Shemaiah. The Lord says… “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance.”

We humble ourselves whenever we fall to our knees before the Lord. So, this must be the posture we take as we pray for deliverance and revival. And remember; “The Lord is slow to anger; abounding in love and forgiveness.” these very words are repeated over and over throughout Scripture. Read some of them as you find time.

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We can have revival, and we must or we will nor survive. The enemy is at the door and only God can stop him. You can see, if you’re nor blind, that our politicians aren’t doing their job. In fact, they are going against God. I’m a retired police officer and it sickens me to see what’s going on in our country with all these officers being murdered.

The only thing that can stop it is revival and the only way to bring revival is us.

The way to revival starts with ME! Say that to yourself each night as you fall to your knees; start tonight and every night from now on until the Lord answers. I do not believe that it would be improper to ask the Lord to keep His promise from 2 Chronicles. this is the way I intend to close out each and every day from now on until the Lord answers.

Will you please join me?

 

 

Do you Know?

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Do You Know

by J. C. Corcoran

I just watched a movie on TV from 1962; Barabbas starring Anthony Quinn and it really started me to thinking and wondering about what Barabbas might have felt when he discovered that he was set free so that they could crucify Jesus Christ. The Gospel stories are all quiet about what might have occurred in this man’s life after he was freed, and the movie is fiction but all you need do is imagine it; and you can ask yourself the same question I did. Wow, what did he feel when he realized Jesus died for him?

Anthony Quinn was always one of my favorite actors back in those days but I never saw this particular movie until today, and I can’t get over the expression on his face when he realizes that he was free because of this man’s death. Yes, Barabbas was free because of the death of Jesus Christ.

And do you know that you can be free also, if you are not already. Yes, you can be free of sin; you can be free of the guilt of sin; you can be free from the penalty of sin (which is death), if you just accept the truth of the Gospel.

In the tenth chapter of Romans, verse 9, it says… “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”    And again it says… “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5: 6&8).

I can still remember how I felt when I was faced with the truth of the Gospel. I was thirty-three years old and had never read a single page of the Bible. A rookie, I was training, got into our patrol car with a Bible and told me it was his law book as he set it on the seat between us. You might have thought it was a hot poker the way I flinched. And I told him to keep it to his self, I didn’t want to hear it.

I won’t go into a lot of detail but, suffice it to say, I was not living a clean life. As Paul says in the bible, I was probably the chief of sinners.  But it didn’t take long (just a few days) and I made a slip. I asked the rookie, Jim’s his name, why he was always smiling. His answer was simple and straightforward. He said, “I’m happy because I know that I’m going to heaven when I die.”

I laughed and asked him how anybody could be so sure where they would go when they die. His answer came straight from John 3:16.. because “God so loves the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

I scoffed and said, well I’m sure he don’t love me and I’m positive I don’t love anybody, so what are you saying? You saying I won’t go to heaven?

“No sir, I’m not saying any of that; the Bible is.”

Well that got my attention and, to make a long story short, I went to church about two weeks after that conversation. What I heard that Sunday morning made me want to go back, so I went back that evening; and again the following Sunday. And then, that Sunday evening, I was on duty and riding alone so I went to church. Oak Ridge wasn’t as big as it is now and it was a quiet evening. so I put my gun in the trunk of the car and went inside.

I  don’t remember a lot of what the preacher said that time except that whatever it was, it caused a heap of guilt to flood over me and when he invited people to come up front after the service I started to leave my seat. But something held me back; I thought… no way am I going up there. I’ve seen people do that these past few times I’ve been here and they always start crying. I’m in uniform and I ain’t going up there and start crying.

Then he said, and I quote because it was his very words, “I feel like someone is holding back and I must tell you that Today is your day of salvation…” and I practically ran up that aisle. He had to be talking about me, right? I was certainly holding back.

And boy, I cried. In fact I bawled like a baby. People started laying hands on me and praying; the preacher was praying and I was spilling my guts; I knelt there and confessed to stuff that I thought I had forgotten. And I could actually feel the guilt falling off me. I was happier than I had ever been in my life. I finally quit crying and stood up and this older lady, Mrs. Salter, took my hands into hers and said, “Welcome home.”

That’s all she said and the flood started again. But now I know what I know. Jesus Christ died for me, and you, and you , and you because God so loves the world that He doesn’t want any of us to face His wrath.

What follows is a song the Lord just gave me while I was sitting on the porch enjoying a cold glass of iced tea. I hope it blesses you; I hope you understand what the song is saying.

Come To the Father  by J. C. Corcoran

I love You my Father

And I know You love me

You sent Your Son, Jesus

To set me free.

And free I am Father,

To worship and praise;

To live without fear, Lord,

For the rest of my days.

So, I’ll tell my brothers,

Please listen to me;

Call on the Father

And He’ll set you free.

Oh come to the Father,

Let Him set you free.

Thanks for visiting. I pray that God will bless you today.

A Testimony

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A Testimony

By J. C. Corcoran

 

Because of my troubles, I blamed God and turned from Him. Unlike Job, who remained faithful, I fell into a life of sin (rebellion).

Until one day, I was driving to work. I was on the highway doing the posted speed limit of 70 mph when I suddenly had the urge to speak to God; something I hadn’t done in quite a while except to scream at Him for all my problems.

I remember looking through the windshield up toward heaven and, out loud, I said; “God, what is wrong with me? What happened to my faith?

And, as though I had turned the radio on, in my mind, a voice loud and clear said; “If you will confess your sin, I am faithful and just and I will forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”

I had not read my bible in at least two years but I knew that was scripture. And then I was reminded of another verse that says; “the Counselor, the Holy Spirit will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

I realized then, while driving along at 70 mph that God was speaking to me. And then I recalled another verse that says; “nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

I came to an immediate realization that God still loved me and all I had to do was confess my sin. As I began to confess all that I had done, I began to feel the guilt being lifted from me and I was reminded of what David said; “He lifted me out of the slimy pit; out of the mud and mire and set my feet on a rock.”

I began to cry at 70 mph. I was crying so hard by the time I came to my exit that I had to pull over. I could not see the road. God had kept His word. Right there, in my car, alongside the highway, He had lifted me from the slime and cleansed me.

Not long after that, this website was born. I had never attempted to build a website, nor did I hire anyone to build it; I simply asked God to help me if this is what He wanted. This website is His; I am merely the instrument He uses. I don’t post anything unless God tells me to. That is why it sometimes goes for weeks with nothing added; then again sometimes, things get posted in quick succession.

Why am I posting this particular one today? Because God told me to do so. I had no intentions of posting anything today. There was nothing on my mind as I went to my corner, as I always do first thing in the morning, and began to read Gods word. I had picked up right where I had left off yesterday in Second Kings and I was reading about Elijah and Elisha when, suddenly, my mind was interrupted with these thoughts.

I can only assume that God wants you to see that He is a God of grace and forgiveness. And if you are having problems i.e. divorce, lost job, or whatever; and you are blaming God, you need to stop and listen.

God is not the one causing the problems. He may allow it in order to test your faith but He is not the cause of it. Look at Job; it’s the accuser, Satan, who is the cause of your trouble and God is allowing him to have his way with you in order to test you. Will you stand the test or will you fail it as I did? Let me tell you; my life grew ugly; so ugly I couldn’t look at myself in a mirror.

But God never left me. “The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Nothing can separate us from the love of God; not even ourselves.

So keep in mind what Paul tells us in Romans 6:21-22 “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”

Can I hear an Amen?