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

 

 

 

Your Choice

Jesus and Santa

I am posting an article today from Jennifer Woodley of Australia. Jennifer and I are members of FaithWriters.com and when I read this article of hers, I immediately contacted her and asked for permission to post it for my readers. She graciously agreed. What follows is her article titled:

Your Choice

by Jennifer Woodley

There are two narratives that are told and retold about this time of the year. They seem to me both as absurd as each other. Sooner or later though, they require a response. Which one, given that they are both unbelievable, will we lay claim to as being the truth?

Firstly, there is the story about a young, Israelite teenage girl, Mary, who is betrothed to marry a boy named Joseph. Yet just before the wedding, Mary declares she is pregnant, and Joseph is not the biological father. Instead, an angel has visited Mary, or so she says, announcing that she has been appointed by God to carry his son, Jesus. Jesus, the angel says, will be the savior of all people, from every nation, for all times. Amazingly, after this divine visitation, Mary conceives. This is the first Divine Conception and probably the last.

The following events are no more believable. Mary, a quiet, obedient girl, is shunned by most of her family and friends as a harlot and a liar. Only Joseph, because of an angelic visitation in a dream, accepts Mary’s story, and he flees with his fiancée to escape further embarrassment and harassment. Jesus, the savior-to-be, is born in a rough cattle trough, in a desolate shepherd’s cave, is visited by worshiping shepherds; announced by a sky full of singing angels; hailed a king by traveling Magi bearing precious gifts and worshiped by those who had been waiting hopefully, longingly for the baby’s birth. This is the Christian Christmas story – the celebration of Christ the Messiah, sent by God to show his love for humankind whose misguided ways have them looking for more.

Then there is the story of the jolly, fat man, named Santa. He is donned in a bright, red suit trimmed neatly with white fur, who resides at the North Pole. He apparently watches out from his home in the far north, for all children who are naughty and for those who are nice, and rewards according to their behavior. Santa has a team of hard-working elves who help him all year, making toys, preparing presents to satisfy the lists of those who are good. (Santa must change his mind at the last moment on which boys and girls do get presents, because it seems to me that even the naughty ones get something).

Then on Christmas Eve Santa, who has to be omnipresent, rides away from the North Pole on his beautiful sleigh directed by reindeers (who have an amazing internal GPS). Santa is on a mission to answer the cries of every boy and girl, worldwide, or at least in the commercial west. Though he is fat, he slips down chimneys to fill stockings and pillow cases and has just enough time to swish back a hot toddy or two. Then, racing back up the chimney, Santa is off to the next home. Wow! What a big night for Santa, bet he is glad it only happens once a year. This is the second Christmas story – the celebration of Santa and the promise of what gifts he will bring to people whose eager eyes have an endless appetite for more.

Which of these two narratives is worth proclaiming, worth investing our time and effort into this Christmas? Which story, as unbelievable as it may seem, offers a lasting hope? Is Christmas about the One who offers the gift in the moment, a gift that is longed for, but will be unwrapped and forgotten before it breaks, expires or is lost? Or is Christmas about the One who offers the gift that lasts into eternity and satisfies a deeper internal longing. Is Christmas about the One who makes a gift available to those who are good and nice or the One who offers a gift for the wretched, the outcast, the lonely, the poor or even the perpetrator?

This Christmas we have two absurd stories to choose from. One is about filling ourselves with more and more, the other is about emptying ourselves for others. I know which story I have chosen. How about you?

If you were blessed by this article as I was, you can find more writings of Ms. Woodley by going to her website: http://www.jenniferwoodley.com

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.

Do I Hear an Amen?

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Do I Hear an Amen?

By J C Corcoran

The Lord said to Moses:

“How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?”  (Numbers 14:11)

And Jesus had the same problem; even the religious leaders refused to believe in him; in spite of all the miraculous signs he performed.

And isn’t it the same today; here in this great nation that has been so blessed?

Yes, some believe, but most don’t. And even those who do, there are some among us who do not follow the Way. We have become too complacent; we have become arrogant; we have become too prideful. Somehow, we have come to the erroneous idea that we built this great nation ourselves, through our own merits and we have failed to give God the glory. Just as the Israelites did.

And now we stand on the brink of destruction and wonder why. We still refuse to trust God. You speak of Him; you even say you pray; but do you really believe? Do you really trust God?

One man said to me recently, “There’s no point, why bother? America will never be the same.” What a defeatist attitude. This same man used to send me emails with pornographic pictures and dirty jokes and other emails about praying to God. Sounds confusing doesn’t it? And those porn pictures led to porn sites. I had to ask him to stop or quit emailing me altogether. There must be hundreds of thousands of those sites on the internet. And homosexuality has become an accepted alternative lifestyle while the Christian community, as a whole, remains silent. Doesn’t it tell us in Ephesians 5:11 to expose the fruitless deeds of darkness?

Sexual immorality is rampant, even among so-called believers and again I remind you of what it says in Ephesians 5:3, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality…”

And God is crying out to us. I see it everywhere on Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and even on television: “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 sins and will heal their land.”

“called by my name” Christian; “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)

“turn from their wicked ways…” 1 John 1:9 “confess your sins”

“forgive their sins”.. 1John 1:9.. “and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.”

“I will heal their land.” Our land, the United States of America, can be saved from destruction if God’s people will humble themselves, turn to Him and repent.

I know I did. Several years ago, when I lived alone in Texas, I cruised the porn sites. I was a born-again Christian, have been for over four decades; but I was angry at God because of one of my own failures, and I turned my back on him. Then I moved up here to Indiana to be with my wife (not my wife at that time); we were living together without the benefit of marriage.

And one day we came to the realization that we were living in sin. We asked God’s forgiveness; my wife was baptized, and we got married. And God is blessing us.

We humbled ourselves; turned from our sins, and asked God’s forgiveness. And now here I am serving God with my writing.

Children of God, listen to me. Stop what you are doing.

Are you cheating on your spouse? Stop it and ask God’s forgiveness

Are you stealing from your employer? Stop it and seek God’s forgiveness

Are you cruising porn sites? For God’s sake, stop it and ask his forgiveness

Are you so busy working for the almighty dollar that you don’t have time to spend with Almighty God? Stop it. Humble yourself, confess your sin, seek God and his forgiveness and He will heal our land.

I will bring this to a close with a prayer from Toni Babcock, a member Of FaithWriters.com:

“Lord, help every child of God carry the demeanor of a child of God, fully expecting you to do great things through faith in Jesus Christ according to your Word.”

Do I hear an Amen?