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This Blog is moving.

November 18, 2008

Ok, for all of you who read this (I think there are three of you!), Provoking to righteousness is moving to http://frozenpreacher.wordpress.com/.  I have been appropriating the frozenpreacher moniker, and so this is the logical move.

Please change your bookmarks and RSS feeds.

There will be no further posts here.

http://frozenpreacher.wordpress.com/

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Sin

October 3, 2008

SIN

Sin is deceitful. It promises pleasure, it gives pain. It offers life; it gives death. It opens out as bright as the morning; it closes as dark as night.

It is a beast of prey. Under a velvet paw it conceals a claw that wounds and lacerates those that would stroke it.

In every sin there is the seed of another sin. it is self-propagating. It roots itself in the soul of the sinner until it has used up every bit of good soil in the soul.

It corrupts his nature, perverts his tastes, weakens his will, and scars his conscience.

And with each evil deed, inclinations toward evil become stronger and stronger, until the “sinner cannot cease from sin” and he is “consumed of his own lusts.”

Sin is a very promising employer –
– and a terrible paymaster.

-Charles A. Jefferies

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Skunk Works!

October 3, 2008

No, I am not talking about the high technology Lockheed aircraft production facility. I mean the common, black and white stinking variety. This summer our complex has been infested with skunks. My former neighbour took a video of them parading through his back yard, a huge mother, with seven little babies in tow, tails held high! Our landlords have repeatedly issued calls for all garbage to be in containers, however, many people ignore the warnings. This picture is from our neighbour’s yard, showing the destruction possible by one large skunk. I had a chance to exterminate the skunk, but my wife reminded me that he, like Sampson, might do more damage in dying than in life!

Galatians 5:19-25 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

I wanted to draw some interesting parallels for you from this episode. First, the works of the flesh are that of the skunk.

1. The skunk is pretty from a distance, and intolerable up close. The skunk next door looked fine at a distance, but he stunk up close! Our old nature can look pretty good from a distance, but once placed under the close scrutiny of the Holy Spirit and examined in the light of Scripture it is revealed for what it really is. Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Never forget that the flesh is corrupt!

2. The skunk makes a mess. I am continually astounded by the destruction possible by the flesh unrestrained. That skunk dug holes in the turf and drug garbage all over the yard. Our old nature also like to make dig up dirt and it does not care what garbage it spreads as long as its needs are satisfied. The old nature will go to great lengths to justify the filth it enjoys. “It doesn’t bother me, the Holy Spirit just hasn’t convicted me of that, and I get a blessing out of it…” are just some of the many excuses some use to justify the mess they are in. Listen, if your life is always a mess, kill the skunk!

3. The skunk causes a big stink if you disturb his comfort! I am certain you have met a few people like this! They feel threatened by the plain teaching of the Bible, so they go on the offensive, spreading discord and lies. All they want is to be left alone… and that’s all the skunk wants too. But I cannot tolerate a skunk in my backyard, and the Holy Spirit of God cannot tolerate the presence of sin in our lives.

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Makes sense!

September 15, 2008

My thanks to Pyromaniacs for the picture. They are worth a read. Click the picture for a link.

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I HATE HALLOWEEN!!!!

September 12, 2008

The fall is upon us here in Northern Alberta.  It is my favorite time of year outside, and the worst time inside.  Yellow leaves, crisp air, and the yearly horrors of Halloween.  Already the pagan orgy of filth and gore has foisted itself upon our retinas, forcing my children to walk around in Canadian Tire and Walmart with their eyes covered to spare themselves nightmares. My heart breaks for their little minds, forced to endure horrors that previous generations had only known in wartime or slavery.  Yet our culture revels in the disgusting ritual, calling it harmless fun for the children.

I will not document the bloody history of the godless rite.  Others wiser than I have written much upon the dangers of Halloween.  Yet many Christians still participate in this vile tradition. The old saints of Ireland must bewail our spineless co-operation with the world.  The cries of murdered children and savaged daughters echo through the corridors of time and condemn our co-operation with this ghastly spectacle from Hell. For the “treasure” of a sack of sugar many Christians allow their minds to be polluted and their children’s innocence to be assaulted.  Brethren, it ought not to be so. O, let me encourage you to abandon the sugar and seek spirituality!  Leave the gore and look to God!

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

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Gruesome glories for a baby butcher

July 3, 2008

Psalms 127:3-5  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

The recent appointment of Dr. Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada epitomizes the moral decline of our civilization. Though I have been a proud patriot for some 30 years, I am this day ashamed to call myself a Canadian. The red of our flag pales beside the darker red of millions of innocent lives ripped shamelessly from their mother’s womb as sacrifices to the god of choice.  The committee in charge of this appointment have proven themselves shameless worshipers of the same god.

Dr. Morgentaler’s would have you believe that abortion improves humanity, reduces crime, and alleviates suffering (google his website, I will not provide a link to so vile a man).  He points to his legal triumphs and asks for abortion stories, as though he had paved the way for some great and noble thing.  Instead, the legacy of Dr. Morgentaler is one of blood, cries in the night, and crushing burdens of guilt.  No rational person celebrates so monstrous a legacy.

Three days ago, our nation celebrated its birthday, and I delighted in the sea of red as hundreds celebrated. Today, I am sickened, for every sight of red reminds me of the blood on our nations hands.  It is a pity that the medal given to this butcher of babies is snow white.  It ought to be blood red.  May God have mercy on our land.

Jeremiah 2:34  Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.

Isaiah 59:7-9  Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.  The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.  Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

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How to grow your Church!

July 1, 2008

This was timely!