Wry Bread

Posted by Missouri Rev on Nov 17th, 2006

The Lord has blessed our small community with Jan Wyller, a resident poet and native Missourian, no less. The two make a great combination. I am pleased to announce that her first set of poems — Wry Bread – Uncommon Thoughts on Common Themes — has been published. As her pastor and editor, it is a real joy to see her faith and God given talents bear fruit. Here is one of my favorites:

No vagrant graces
caught by each alone,
These, and more,
from His Providence come down:

Invincible gratitude,
locked-in peace,
Sewn fast forever
in the hearts
Of those He owns.

James 1:17, 3:17-18

If you would like to purchase a copy for $10 you can write Jan at PO Box 196, Rayville, Missouri 64084.

You, even yourself, shall let go of your heritage which I gave you.

Posted by Missouri Rev on Nov 15th, 2006

In the last few days World Net Daily published a couple of articles bewailing the fact that America’s distinct Christian heritage is being removed from the pages of history and openly perverted concerning national monuments dedicated to it. Tour guides at the Supreme Court building have spun a new explanation to the sculptured marble panels above its grand bench that depict two central figures, the Majesty of the Law and the Power of Government and between them a tableau of the Ten Commandments, only now they have become the “first ten amendments to the Bill of Rights.” Tour guides at the Jamestown Museum and Settlement give only secular purposes for the founding of the Jamestown colony, hiding and maligning the far greater Christian cause behind their noble work.

This shouldn’t surprise nor alarm us since it has been happening in plain sight for many decades. The reasons behind the demolition of our heritage and the increasing attacks against our Christian faith were not given in any of these articles, however, which is something I think is very important, as I am far more interested in the remedy than in the problem. As the bearers of the Gospel — the salt of the earth and light of the world, the pillar and ground of the truth — the Church is to have answers, not just hopeless news reports, especially when it is discovered that her sins are the problem. Do not misunderstand me; I am not against reporting news as this is certainly vital, but how much bad news do we need to know in detail before we see the handwriting on the wall and genuinely turn to God for the answer? God forbid that it be said of America, as it was of Israel prior to its destruction in 70 AD, Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

If America was indeed founded by God fearing Christians by the omnipotent hand and merciful grace of the Supreme Sovereign, the Lord Jesus Christ, which I believe is clearly the case, how is it the Lord’s transcending authority and power over Heaven and earth could not preserve it a distinctly Christian nation? To learn the answer is to learn the remedy. Though unregenerates in authority are openly tearing down the Christian heritage of America, they are not the problem, but merely the symptom, sent of the Lord, no less. When the Lord’s people turn their back on Him by casting His law behind their backs as the final, transcendent standard for their lives and instead turn to the unregenerate inhabitants around them in seeking their peace and prosperity — as they have in heartily embracing the wicked economic system of today which is irrefutably a gross violation of God’s law, among many reasons — then He gives them over to their new lovers, who soon make them their slaves. In our case the original banners of our glorious heritage are being torn down and history rewritten to extol the virtues of the great Moloch state that conquered the progeny of America’s Christian founders and handily converted them over to the great two headed god that rules our nation, mammon and democracy.

This, of course, is nothing new as it happened to Israel when she courted pagan lovers. In enacting the vengeance of the covenant (Lev. 26:25) He made with them, the Lord put her into captivity under them and took away their heritage with Him. The same has happened to us.

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; With the point of a diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of your altars, while their children remember their altars and their wooden images by the green trees on the high hills. O My mountain in the field, I will give as plunder your wealth, all your treasures, And your high places of sin within all your borders. And you, even yourself, shall let go of your heritage which I gave you; and I will cause you to serve your enemies in the land which you do not know; for you have kindled a fire in My anger which shall burn forever.” Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17:1-8).

We Christians have only ourselves to blame for the demise of our once Christian republic. Our glorious and precious heritage was given to us by the Lord under certain requirements: if you love me, keep my commandments. It was not something that was an automatic given where God’s face will perpetually shine upon us, especially today when a president “professes faith” while leading the cause of “freedom” in forcing democracy and mammon upon a foreign nation by the end of the world’s greatest gun barrel.

No, it’s not enough to make public outcries in rending the cheap garments of talk. It’s time we rend our hearts in repenting and reforming our ways according to the commandments of God. “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. — The Rural Missourian