January 02, 2013 journal, a collection of very important subjects and including salvation. The bazaar things in the Zionist Talmud deboggles the mind to think how ungodly it is. The Catholic Bible is said to have 15 uninspired books but the Talmud is totally man written. Let me say that it appears that the Talmud sacred Jewish "bible" is based on the carnal man and his beastly desires. It would occur that the Talmud deals with menstrual material bordering on the consumption of blood as the queues and the term blood libel. It is too disgusting to think about but considering rabbis that perform circumcision on kids. when it comes to "God's favorite people", they don't need a doctor, they just need a rabbi. The disgusting Bush W. milking a horse disclosed by the First Lady in the White Horse. We go from here in vain and imaginary deep & dark involvement straight to hell forever. This perverted creep is no Christian and his demons will consume him, in time, in torture. The secrets he holds of his millions murdered drives people to insane mental destruction. To tell the truth against the powers that be is like David fighting Goliath. This is not at all America. America has vanished into a dark mystery and is now ruled by the Antichrist. Read- www.come-and-hear.com/dilling/chapt01.html#Was_Christ_Just_to_Pharisees It just occurred to me that John Hagee must have been referring to the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea when God parted the waters when he buried the Egyptian armies. John Hagitee is so bizarre and he did not describe it very well. John Hagee has willfully and grossly compromised the Christian faith by saying the modern Israelis have a covenant with God and do not need to accept Christ as their savior. That is definitely false doctrine. I could not get any information on the Hagee broadcast without buying it from him which is unusual. Charles Stanley lets you play his video sermons for free and give you a choice to buy them. Hagee worships Israelis more than God and he is strange. I suggest you look at the Talmud their socalled Bible to see what present day Judaism is all about. It is Babylonian. If you ask most preachers where is the Star of David in the Bible they look at you strange having no idea and have never thought about it before. I may do a painting of this scene of the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea. By Dr. Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36 What is the determining factor in salvation? Exactly what does a person have to do to be saved? The Bible doesn't leave us in the dark. The answer is found in the Word of God. In Acts 16:30,31 the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." The jailer was asking, "What one thing is absolutely necessary for my salvation?" and the Bible answer was, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." In John 3:36 Jesus divides the world into two groups: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." Here you have those who are believing on the Son and those who believe not on the Son. Those who are believing have everlasting life, according to the promise of God; and those who believe not shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on them. In John 3:18, again Jesus divides the world into two groups: "He that believeth on him is not condemned [is not under sentence]: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Here again Jesus says there are two groups: those who believe and those who believe not. Those who believe have the sentence lifted. They are not condemned. And those who believe not are under the sentence of sin, which is the second death, because they are not believing on "the name of the only begotten Son of God." Galatians 3:26 says, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." This passage plainly says that everybody who is a child of God is a child of God by faith. Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Neither time nor space permits me to share with you all the verses that say believing, or faith, is the determining factor in salvation. There are at least 153 verses in the Bible that make believing the determining factor in salvation. Mark 16:16 says, "He that believeth not shall be damned." So if the Bible is true, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the determining factor in salvation. I've heard or read a number of sermons on "saving faith"; but the Bible never puts the word "saving" before faith. Faith is not the Saviour. Jesus is the Saviour. Faith is an attitude of the soul through which Jesus saves. The Bible never tells us to believe and be saved. It is always careful to say, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved," or, "Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life," or, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life." It's the Object of faith that makes faith important. Faith in the wrong thing could result in a person's damnation. Now since faith is the determining factor in salvation, it is important to know what faith is. So far as I know, there's only one definition of faith in the Bible. It's found in Hebrews 11:1. But while there's only one definition, there are many illustrations of faith in the Bible. I think the best illustration of faith is found in Hebrews 12:2, where we find the expression, "Looking unto Jesus." I. Faith Is Not Looking At Jesus But Looking Unto Jesus-Almost everyone will admit that Jesus Christ existed, that He was a real person. Every time we date a check, we admit the existence of Christ. Faith is not looking at Jesus as a historical personage. James 2:19 says, "The devils also believe, and tremble." Even the demons admit the existence of Christ. In Acts 19:15 the evil spirit in the man said, "...Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?" No, faith is not looking at Jesus; it's looking unto Jesus, which is another way of saying depending on Jesus. Suppose someone cosigned for you to borrow money, and if you didn't pay, the authorities would put you in jail. And suppose the money came due and you had nothing with which to pay. You called your cosigner and said, "Bob, I've got problems. You know that note you signed for me-well, the money is due, and I can't pay it." Your friend replied, "Don't worry about it. Just look to me!" He means by that, "Just depend on me. I'll pay it." Jesus Christ says that we owe a sin debt. Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death." To pay what we owe, we would have to die and go into Hell and stay there forever. But He says, "Don't worry about it. You just look to Me." Isaiah 53:6 says, "The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Two thousand years ago God took every sin you have ever committed and every one you will ever commit, and God Almighty laid those sins on Jesus Christ. While Jesus Christ was bearing your sins in His own body, God punished Him in your place to pay the debt that you owe as a sinner. Jesus uttered 7 things while He hung on the cross. Just before dying He said, "It is finished." Nothing can be added to it, and nothing can be taken from it. It is complete! His death on the cross made full payment for your sins. And now He says to you, "Look to Me! Believe that I did die on the cross for you. Believe that I did pay your sin debt and look to Me. Look to Me, and all is well." Faith is not looking at Jesus; it's looking unto Jesus, depending on Jesus, relying on Jesus, putting the matter of your salvation in His hands and trusting Him to get you to Heaven. II. Faith Is Looking Away From Everything Else and Looking Only to Jesus Martin Luther translated Hebrews 12:2: "Aufsehen zu Jesus," which means "looking up to Jesus"; in other words, looking away from everything else and looking only to Jesus. It means that you look away from your works. How long do you think you'd have to work to earn Heaven? Read the description of Heaven in Revelation 21 and 22. Why, the Bible says the street in Heaven is made of pure gold. The gold is so pure it's like transparent glass. You can see through it. Earth has no way of refining gold that pure. If you worked ten million lifetimes, you couldn't begin to earn Heaven. And the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8,9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." And consider this: If a man worked to stay out of Hell, the very motive would render the work ineffective. He would be working from a motive of fear. According to I Corinthians 13, all work must be motivated by love. Paul said in verse 3, "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [or love], it profiteth me nothing." So if a person worked to stay out of Hell, the motive would render the work ineffective. A boy once asked an old preacher, "Sir, what can I do to be saved?" The preacher replied, "Son, you're too late." "What!" exclaimed the boy, "too late to be saved?" "No," said the preacher, "too late to do anything. You see, son, Jesus did it all two thousand years ago." Now wait a minute! I believe in good works, but not as an instrument of salvation. You don't work to be saved; you work because you are saved. I would not work my soul to save, For that my Lord hath done, But I would work like any slave For love of God's dear Son! "Looking up to Jesus" means I look away from my righteousness and only to Jesus. I'm for living right. You ought to live as clean, as moral and as pure as you possibly can. But Titus 3:5 says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Isaiah 64:6 says, "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." Now just a minute, friend. The Bible doesn't say the worst you do is like filthy rags, but the best you do. There is no way that anyone could ever be righteous enough to go to Heaven. You would have to be perfect, and there are no perfect people. Sam Jones, the Methodist evangelist, once asked a congregation, "Does anyone here know a perfect person?" A lady raised her hand. "Yes." "Do you know a perfect person?" "Well," answered the lady, "I've never met her, but my husband talks about her all the time. She was his first wife." The truth is, no one is perfect. Jesus said, "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17). Faith is looking away from our righteousness and looking only to Jesus. You don't get better to get saved. You get saved to get better, and you can't get better until you do get saved. A stanza from my favorite hymn says: My hope is built on nothing less-Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame But wholly lean on Jesus' name. "Looking up to Jesus" means looking away from our church membership and looking only to Jesus. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour should join a church. But you don't join the church to become a Christian. Being in the church won't make a Christian out of you any more than getting into the garage will make an automobile out of you. I'm a church member, and everybody who's saved ought to join a Bible-believing church. Acts 2:41 says, "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." On the other hand, if you're depending on the fact that you belong to the church to get you to Heaven, you'll go to Hell through the church. In Matthew 7:22,23 Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." According to the Bible, many will miss Heaven even though they were church members and worked hard, even preaching or prophesying in Jesus' name. But they will miss Heaven because they did not totally, fully, completely trust Jesus Christ. They trusted their works. "Looking up to Jesus" means you look away from your baptism and look only to Jesus. I'm for baptism. Every person who accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour ought to be baptized, but baptism is not an instrument of salvation. It's an outward expression of an inward experience. It's like putting the wedding band on the finger after you are married. It doesn't marry you, but it shows everybody that you are married. Being baptized doesn't save you. It's an outward symbol telling others that you believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. The man who's depending on his baptism to get him to Heaven will go to Hell through the baptistry. Now why do I say that? Because John 3:36 says, "He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." Wait a minute, friend, Jesus Christ says if you're not depending on, believing, trusting, relying on the Son, you "shall not see life; but the wrath of God" abides on you. The man who's trusting his church membership or his baptism or his reformation or anything else other than Jesus Christ, will not go to Heaven. John 3:18 says, "He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." There is no promise to those who partly believe on Christ and partly on something else. Someone asked me, "But doesn't the Bible say in Mark 16:16, 'He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved...'?" "Yes," I replied, "but the next expression says, '...he that believeth not shall be damned.'" You see, believing is the determining factor, not being baptized. That's like saying, "He that getteth on the jet plane and sitteth down, shall fly to Jacksonville, Florida; but he that getteth not on the plane, shall not fly to Jacksonville." It's the getting on that gets you there, not the sitting down. But any fool knows if you get on, you ought to sit down. If you don't sit down, you'll wish you had sat down before you reach your final destination. If you've trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour, you ought to be baptized. But you should not be baptized thinking that baptism saves you. If you do, you're not trusting Jesus Christ; you're trusting baptism. Faith is looking away from everything else and looking only to Jesus Christ. III. Faith Is Not Experiencing a Feeling But Relying on a Fact I've dealt with people who doubted their salvation because they did not think they had the proper feelings at the time of conversion. There is not a verse in the Bible that tells a man exactly how he has to feel in order to be saved. As a matter of fact, the Bible never says you have to feel any way to be saved. Acts 16:31 says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." I remember when I was first married. We drove back to my wife's home, and there were some friends in the yard. When we got out of the automobile, someone asked me, "How does it feel to be married?" I said, "I feel exactly like I did a few minutes ago." But you know something? I was just as married as the fellow who had some great feeling. Not everyone reacts the same to the same experience. I remember one night I was driving home from a revival meeting when a car overturned in front of us. Several people were badly injured. Some who saw it cried, others ran to help, while some buried their faces in their hands. One lady fainted. Now they all saw the same thing and had the same experience but reacted differently. I've seen people cry when they trusted Christ as Saviour. I've been with others who smiled, while others laughed and some even shouted; but they all had the same experience. They all trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour. No, faith is not having some particular feeling. Faith is depending on a fact. Now here's the fact: Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ died for you. He bore your sins in His own body. God punished Him in your place to pay the debt that you owe. That's a fact. Whether you ever do anything about it or not, it's still a fact. What you must do is believe that fact and not only believe in your head that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay your sin debt, but depend on, rely on, trust Him and what He did for your salvation. If I were not a Christian and wanted to be, I would simply pray this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus (Yesu), I know that I am a sinner. I do believe that You died for me. And here and now I do trust You as my Saviour. From this minute on, I'm depending on You to get me to Heaven. Help me to live for You and to be a good Christian. After praying the prayer, I would accept what God says in the Bible-that I do have everlasting life because I'm trusting Jesus Christ for my salvation: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life" (John 3:36). I mean I'd accept what God says, whether or not I ever had any feelings. Once you make that decision and trust Christ, perhaps there'll be some feeling. But whether or not the feeling comes, the Word of God is still true. God cannot lie! When you trust Him, you will have everlasting life. The determining factor in salvation is believing, trusting, depending on, relying on the Lord Jesus Christ. F. G. Pentecost said, "Two and two is four-that's mathematics. Hydrogen and oxygen form water-that's chemistry. 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved'-that's revelation." You ask, "How do I know?"-"Well," he said, "the burden of proof lies with you. Put two and two together and see if you don't have four. Put hydrogen and oxygen together and see if you don't have water. And believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and see if you won't be saved." Dr. Curtis Hutson is 100% Correct on Repentance-MP3 Audio Sermons by Pastor Curtis Hutson-More Life Changing Sermons: Do you know for sure that if you died today, you would go to Heaven? You can know!" This morning I heard the 700 Club with a very inspiring program at least the first half I saw of Christmas singers and the story of a lady that was crippled for 17 years unable to Walk was suddenly recently healed. Come to see me sometime-sincerely Jubilee-start your own debt relief program, I would contribute to that. Contact your bank about buying their delinquent debt and forgiving it. I believe people would respond. http://truth-out.org/news/item/13531-how-occupy-won-over-religion How occupy won over Wall Street- "A year ago around this time, Occupy Wall Street was celebrating Advent-the season when Christians anticipate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. In front of Trinity Church, right at the top of Wall Street along Broadway, Occupiers set up a little model tent with the statuettes of a nativity scene inside: Mary, Joseph, and the Christ child in a manger, surrounded by animals. In the back, an angel held a tiny cardboard sign with a verse from Luke's Gospel: "There was no room for them in the inn." The reason for these activists' interest in the liturgical calendar, of course, was the movement's ongoing effort to convince Trinity to start acting less like a real estate corporation and more like a church, and to let the movement use a vacant property that Trinity owns. A year later, even as a resilient few continue their 24-hour vigil on the sidewalk outside Trinity, churches and Occupiers are having a very different kind of Advent season together. Finding room in churches is no longer a problem for the movement. The day after Hurricane Sandy struck New York in late October, Occupiers hustled to organize a massive popular relief effort, and Occupy Sandy came into being. By circumstance and necessity, it has mostly taken place in churches; they are the large public spaces available in affected areas, and they were the people willing to open their doors. Two churches on high ground in Brooklyn became organizing hubs, and others in the Rockaways, Coney Island, Staten Island, and Red Hook became depots for getting supplies and support to devastated neighborhoods. To make this possible, Occupiers have had to win the locals' trust-by helping clean up the damaged churches and by showing their determination to help those whom the state-sponsored relief effort was leaving behind. When the time for worship services came around, they'd cleared the supplies off the pews. "Occupy Sandy has been miraculous for us, really," said Bob Dennis, parish manager at St. Margaret Mary, a Catholic church in Staten Island. "They are doing exactly what Christ preached." Before this, the police and firemen living in his neighborhood hadn't had much good to say about Occupy Wall Street, but that has changed completely. Religious leaders are organizing tours to show off the Occupy Sandy relief efforts of which they've been a part, and they're speaking out against the failures of city, state, and federal government. Congregations are getting to know Occupiers one on one by working together in a relief effort that every day-as the profiteering developers draw nearer-is growing into an act of resistance. And that's only one part of it. Months before Sandy, organizers with the Occupy Wall Street group Strike Debt made a concerted effort to reach out to religious allies for help on a new project they were calling the Rolling Jubilee; by buying up defaulted loans for pennies on the dollar, and then abolishing them, organizers hoped to spread the spirit of jubilee-an ancient biblical practice of debt forgiveness. The religious groups jumped at the chance to help. Occupy Faith organized an event in New York to celebrate the Rolling Jubilee's launch. Occupy Catholics (of which I am a part) took the opportunity to reclaim the Catholic concepts of jubilee and usury for the present economic crisis and released a statement in support of the Rolling Jubilee that has been signed by Catholics across the country. The Rolling Jubilee idea has been hugely successful, raising more money more quickly than anyone anticipated-around $10 million in debt is poised to be abolished. But now Strike Debt, too, has turned its attention to working with those affected by the hurricane. On Dec. 2, the group published "Shouldering the Costs," a report on the proliferation of debt in the aftermath of Sandy. The document was released with an event at-where else?-a church in Staten Island. This newfound access to religious real estate is not merely a convenience for this movement; it has implications that a lot of people probably aren't even thinking about yet. Occupy Wall Street has learned from the Egyptian Revolution before, and now, even if by accident, it is doing so again. While Tahrir Square was still full of tents and tanks, and Hosni Mubarak was still in power, the editors of Adbusters magazine were already imagining a "Million Man March on Wall Street," the idea that led to what would become their July 13, 2011, call to #occupywallstreet. More than a year after the occupation at Zuccotti Park began, though, and nearly two years after crowds first filled Tahrir, neither revolt very much resembles its origins. The Egyptian Revolution, first provoked by tech-savvy young activists, has now been hijacked as a coup for the Muslim Brotherhood, a conservative religious party; its only viable challenger is none other than Mubarak's ancient regime, minus only Mubarak himself. Occupy, meanwhile, has lost its encampments and, despite whatever evidence there is to the contrary, most of its enemies in power deem it no longer a threat. Among many U.S. activists even today, the dream of creating a Tahrir-sized rupture in this country persists-of finally drawing enough people into the streets and causing enough trouble to make Wall Street cower. But what if something on the scale of Tahrir really were to happen in the United States? What would be the outcome? I was thinking of this question recently while on an unrelated reporting mission at a massive evangelical Christian megachurch near the Rocky Mountains. Several thousand (mostly white, upper-middle-class) people were there that day, of all ages. They had come back after Sunday morning services for an afternoon series of talks on philosophy-far more people than attend your average Occupy action. Every time I step foot in one of these places, it strikes me how they put radicals in the United States to shame. These churches organize real, life-giving mutual aid as the basis of an independent political discourse and power base. Church membership is far larger, for instance, than that of unions in this country. If there were a sudden, Tahrir-like popular uprising right now, with riots in all the cities and so forth, I can't help but think that it would be organizations like the church I went to that would come out taking power in the end, even more so than they already do-just as the Islamists have in Egypt. If the idea of occupying symbolic public space was the Egyptians' first lesson for Occupy Wall Street, this is the second: Win religion over before it beats you out. Through religion, again and again, people in the United States have organized for power. Religion is also the means by which many imagine and work for a world more just than this one. Just about every successful popular movement in U.S. history has had to recognize this, from the American Revolution to labor, and from civil rights to today's campaigners for marriage equality-and now Occupy. When I stop by the Occupy Sandy hub near my house-the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew-and join the mayhem of volunteers carrying boxes this way and that, and poke my head into the upper room full of laptops and organizers around a long table, and see Occupiers in line for communion at Sunday services, I keep thinking of how Alcoholics Anonymous' 12-step program ends. The 12th step is where you cap off all the self-involved inner work you've been doing, and get over yourself for a bit, and heal yourself by helping someone else. (I do not agree with everything quoted in this journal like marriage equality for example) Anyone who has been around Occupy Wall Street during the year since its eviction from Zuccotti Park knows it has been in need of healing. Whether through flood-soaked churches, or on the debt market, this is how the Occupy movement has always been at its best, and its most exciting, and its most necessary: When it shows people how to build their own power, and to strengthen their own communities, this movement finds itself. US Manufacturing Wages Not Too High By Dave Johnson, Our Future | News Analysis How Occupy Won Over Religion By Nathan Schneider, YES! Magazine | News Analysis A Grief-Stricken Randi Weingarten Engages Hesitant Unions on Gun Control in Wake of Sandy Hook By Mike Elk, In These Times | Report Where Are We Heading - Bedford Falls or Pottersville? By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog | Op-Ed How Much Did a Billionaire Casino Magnate Really Spend on Campaign 2012? By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica | Report Why Does Neoliberalism Persist Even After the Global Crisis? By Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Triple Crisis | News Analysis Buzzflash Headlines-Gun Nuts Push Petition to Deport Piers Morgan Over Gun Comments-The Chicago Tribune-This Year for Christmas, Let's Get Sequestration on Defense Spending - The Hil-For Many Families, a Season of Seperation After Record Deportations - The Washington Post (c) 2012 Truthout "Roseanna H. Means, MD, is the founder of Women of Means, which provides free medical care to homeless women in the Boston area, a clinical associate professor at Harvard Medical School, and an internist on the attending staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She is a 2010 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader. The prolonged recession of the last four years has hit many people hard. My work is taking care of homeless women, which I have done for the past 20 years. I lead a team of volunteer physicians and part-time paid nurses who provide free walk-in care to women and children in Boston's shelters. We fill in the gaps left by larger, more bureaucratically rigid systems that put unrealistic and unattainable expectations on those who are disabled by extreme poverty, mental illness, trauma, and cognitive dysfunction. I designed a program of "gap" care that brings health care to them. We act as the communication and advocacy bridge between the shelter/street world and the hospitals and health centers. Gap care is part of a continuum that I feel has an important role to play in health care access for vulnerable populations. Here is a glimpse of our work. Walking into one of the women's shelters on a recent morning, I see a woman standing glumly in line for coffee, her hands chapped and shaky, her face pale and dry, a blanket heaped around her shoulder, pouring hot liquid into her body before staking out a cot where she can sleep for a few hours, let her guard down, away from the doorway where she was prey to drunk men who jumped her, raped her and stole her stuff. She is hungover. She drank to escape the horror of having been attacked. She has been on and off the wagon so many times we have all lost count. She's also been raped and stabbed more times than any of us can remember. She doesn't go to the police any more. She's just one more homeless woman who has been raped, a "nobody"; just more paperwork. I give her a hug and remind her that I love her no matter what. I know that she has a library of negative and self-loathing messages in her head. Mine is the one that can break through that chatter and give her a shred of self-respect. An elderly woman calls to me. I've know her for years. She has a Section 8 apartment. She has many medical conditions, and last year was treated for breast cancer. She has fought depression since her oldest son was put in jail. She needs me to listen to her woes, check her blood pressure and blood sugar, give her some encouragement. She announced that the housing folks have threatened to evict her. This was news. In all the years I've known her, her housing seemed to be a stable anchor for her. Later, our nurse visited her apartment. Turns out she is a hoarder. Floor to ceiling. Unimaginably disgusting and unhygienic. It's a common problem with formerly homeless folks-years of deprivation and mental incapacities come together in a perfect storm. They start to collect things and can't stop. Donations from the shelters like clothes and toiletries, then trash, newspapers, magazines, plastic bags, food wrappers. It's a form of mental illness and the only way to stop it is to do an "intervention" where professionals go in and take everything out. If you saw this woman, you would be stunned. She is beautifully dressed, well groomed, well spoken. Able to carry on an interesting conversation. But we know that many women who are poor and homeless have this kind of public interaction down to a science. They don't "look" homeless or crazy or unstable. They can chat with you and you think, "What an interesting person." Or, in the case of our health care system, they can interact with the personnel in an emergency room or an outpatient clinic and seem "fine" and "put together". But they aren't. They just know how to get though the conversation in a way that doesn't draw attention to themselves. Afterwards, they can't remember any of the instructions, what medicines they are supposed to take, how they got to the office, or how to get there again, and they lose the card that has the doctor's name on it. Or, in the case of our elderly lady, she'll hold court as one of the respected elders while she is having her breakfast at the shelter, but when she goes home, she walks into a trash pit smelling of old and rotting food, and crawling with rats and cockroaches. Each person that I visit as I make my way across the dining room has her own personal story. They don't need an introduction to me, and the conversation we have on one day is a continuation of a conversation that we had the last time they saw me. I gave the hungover woman a hug and reassurance that I am still here for her. She refused my offer to find a bed in a safe house, but appreciated it. I examined the woman who was secretly hoarding. She had bronchitis so I wrote a prescription for an antibiotic and told her I wanted to see her next week. During that week, our nurse will be working with the housing people, so I wanted to give her my special attention and the message that she was important to me. She would spend the next week focusing on seeing me again to check on her bronchitis and put less energy into internalizing a host of negative self images about being "bad" for hoarding. This is a small snapshot of only one part of one day in my life. This is what my team does. "Health care" for the women in the shelter is multiple acts of human kindness and respect that improve the quality of their lives and help motivate them to take charge of their health. Our strengths are best illustrated in the three pillars of Community, Conscience and Cost-Savings. Giving back to the most vulnerable in our community, operating a lean budget for a program that emphasizes social consciousness over high executive salaries, and providing care in a personal and compassionate way that improves health and saves money are the cornerstones of our model. Read more about Women of Means. Read more about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders. Tags: Community outreach/community health workers, Underserved populations, At-Risk/vulnerable people, Massachusetts (MA) NE, Women and girls, Local or community-based, Human Capital, Community Health Leaders, Health & Health Care Policy, Underserved Populations, Voices from the Field Record deportations-By Steve Hendrix, Published: December 24 "Her husband had always put up the Christmas tree, but this year the 36-year-old wife and mother is on her own in Silver Spring. He offered what guidance he could by cellphone from Honduras, but eventually she gave up on the metal stand with the rusty bolts and just plunked the trunk in a five-gallon bucket filled with rocks. "It has not fallen over yet," Rosalda said with a mix of pride and fatigue. "It is very, very difficult at this time of the year. My daughter keeps asking when he will come back. I tell her, 'Next Christmas, we will be together. She paused, then began to cry. "I hope to God it is true." Rosalda, a pizza cook who entered the United States illegally, doesn't want to give her last name for fear of making her family's immigration calamity worse. Her husband of five years, Arturo, was deported in January after being picked up in a sweep of undocumented workers. It's been hard all year, with most of the family's meager income gone and wrenching "Where's Papa?" questions from their two U.S.-born children, 3 and 2. But December is even worse. "We will have Christmas on the phone with him," said Rosalda. "I can get a card for 30 minutes." At a time when political momentum for significant immigration reform seems to be building, the holidays remain an especially difficult stretch for families caught up in the system's fractured, grinding machinery. After record numbers of deportations in recent years, tens of thousands of families find themselves split at Christmas. Immigrant aid groups say they brace for extra demands at this time of year, when the strains - and even the celebrations - of the holidays can amplify the financial and emotional stress of having a mother or father in exile. "It's a difficult time for them," said Marianne O'Riley, director of the Herndon Community Resource Center. "We have one grandmother who is trying to take care of two kids, with both of their parents having been deported. They have so little - a lot of times they have to worry about putting food on the table before they can even think about presents." Last week, the center had an evening gift giveaway, with dozens of immigrant families stopping by after work to collect a few toys to wrap for their children. Most had provided wish lists to Reston Interfaith, the nonprofit group that operates the facility. The group then asked donors to supply the requested Lego sets and soccer balls and video games. "He wants a skateboard, but I don't really know if I want him to have one," said Marta Portillo, who arrived at the storefront center in a Herndon strip mall with her son Jose, 12, and Alicia, 4. "His father used to buy all kinds of presents. Too many presents." But they haven't seen her husband, an auto mechanic, since he left for work one Friday three months ago. He called from a county jail to say he'd been stopped for a traffic infraction, and authorities discovered he had an outstanding warrant for a missed court appointment from a 2007 immigration proceeding. Just over a month later, he was deported to Honduras." Repent! Repent! Repent! By David J. Stewart Matthew 21:32, "For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him." The best way to interpret the Bible is to allow the Scripture to speak for itself. Concerning our text verse, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Jesus to question His authority. Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief. They had heard the preaching of John the Baptist. They had seen the publicans and harlots believe on Jesus. Yet, the Bible says they repented not themselves. Had they repented they would have believed. That is what Jesus said. Jesus didn't say they would have forsaken their sins or surrendered their lives to God if they repented. No, rather, Jesus said they would have BELIEVED on Him had they repented. Biblical repentance is turning to Jesus to be forgiven of one's sins. It's that simple. The Gospel of John mentions the word "believe" or "believed" 85-times, without ever mentioning the word "repent" even once. This is clear evidence that faith and repentance are inseparable; and that by believing on Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, one has also repented. Repentance is acknowledging one's sinnership-admitting that I am as dirty and guilty a sinner as God hath declared me to be in His Word. The Law of God was given "that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God" (Romans 3:19). It is wrong to teach that a person must repent first, and then believe second; that is a false doctrine. The Bible teaches that the man who believes on Jesus has also repented. They happen simultaneously. One who has turned to Jesus for salvation has also turned his back against sin. This is Biblical salvation, evidenced by the plain words of John 20:31, "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." You don't turn from your sins to trust Jesus; you turn to Jesus to be forgiven of your sins. Amen! Jesus died, was buried and is risen (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). This is the Gospel. Jesus' grave is empty. We have a hope (John 16:33). Christ died, that's history; Christ died for me, that's salvation. If you repent toward God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ to be forgiven of your sins, then you ARE saved (Romans10:13). The Gospel is not making a commitment to the Lord, nor is the Gospel amending one's sinful ways and forsaking bad habits. The Gospel is not accepting Jesus into one's heart, nor is it receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Gospel is not praying a prayer, nor is it inviting Jesus into your life to stay. The Gospel is Jesus' DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4. Beware of false prophets who come in sheep's clothing preaching ANOTHER GOSPEL, ANOTHER JESUS and ANOTHER SPIRIT (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). Misrepresented Preachers-Now let me say, many mighty preachers of the past have been horribly misrepresented, because Lordship Salvationists today are desperate in an attempt to prove their false doctrines. Since they cannot use the Word of God to prove their lies, they have no choice but to use secondary authorities. But they're a bunch of lying, good-for-nothing, scoundrels, as I will show you. Here's a quote that is often used to claim that Charles H. Spurgeon taught Lordship Salvation... "There must be a true and actual abandonment of sin and a turning unto righteousness in real act and deed in every day life. Repentance, to be sure, must be entire. How many will say, Sir, I will renounce this sin and the other...but there are certain darling lusts which I must keep and hold? Oh, sirs, in God's name let me tell you, it is not the giving up of one sin, nor 50 sins which is true repentance. It is the solemn renunciation of every sin. (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, "Turn or Burn," Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens, December 7, 1856). Now it sure seems like Spurgeon believed in Lordship Salvation, right? Well, nothing could be further from the truth, as this quote by Spurgeon himself plainly proves... "You must not expect that you will be perfect in 'repentance' before you are saved. No Christian can be perfect. 'Repentance' is a grace. Some people preach it as a condition of salvation. Condition of nonsense! There are no conditions of salvation. God gives the salvation himself..." Charles Spurgeon-SOURCE: http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0044.htm (Charles Spurgeon, from a sermon titled, REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE, preached at the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, on September 23, 1855) There you have it! Charles Spurgeon certainly did NOT teach Lordship Salvation. In the earlier quote, Spurgeon says that a sinner must renunciate every sin, i.e., acknowledge one's self as being a guilty sinner before God. But do you see how a dishonest modern minister can misrepresent a preacher from the past, who is dead and cannot defend himself? You're going to find a lot of quotes by mighty men of God from decades and centuries past, taken out of context on the internet. By themselves, most of the quotes would seem to evidence that a preacher was supportive of Lordship Salvation; but as I just proved to you, a man can quite easily by misrepresented. I am very careful when I expose someone as a false prophet. Ray Comfort clearly teaches that a person absolutely must stop committing sins or they can't be saved. He teaches in The Evidence Bible that the unsaved religious people sent to Hell in Matthew 7:22-23 weren't saved because they hadn't given up all their sins. But he foolishly leaves out verse 21 that tells us why those religious people went to Hell... because they failed to do the will of the Father, which according to John 6:40 is believing on Jesus Christ. Christ-rejecters go to Hell; not people who have faith in Christ, but don't stop living in sin. Ray Comfort's Gospel is all wrong! Search the Scriptures-Jesus said to beware of the leavenings of the Pharisees. What did He mean? Matthew 16:12 tells us, "he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." Jesus was warning His disciples concerning the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Just as a loaf of yeast dough will expand as it rises, overtaking anything in it's path, so will false doctrine grow and overtake one's life if you're not careful. False doctrine will corrupt you. This is why I will not attend certain churches. Now I love Baptist churches, and I am an Independent Baptist myself; but some of them are corrupt. I recently visited a Baptist church where the pastor quoted Pat Robertson and praised Rick Warren. I couldn't get out of there fast enough! I want a pastor who walks with God for six days out of the week, and then teaches me on the 7th what he learned during the week. I don't want some rascal who read a book by Rick Warren, watched a show by Pat Robertson, and then wants to corrupt my mind with heresy on Sunday. No thanks! Jesus said SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES in John 5:39. Most pastors are searching everywhere else! (His name is Jesu in German for Christ pronounced Yesu). (God is Yahweh) Dr. John R. Rice-Dr. Rice was the founder of the Sword of the Lord (1895-1980), and Dr. Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) was his predecessor. Some Bible students claim that Dr. John R. Rice taught Lordship Salvation... To repent literally means to have a change of mind or spirit towards God and toward sin. It means to turn from your sins, earnestly, with all your heart, and trust in Jesus Christ to save you. SOURCE: What Must I DO To Be Saved, by Dr. John R. Rice Considering this quote by itself, one could be misled to believe that Brother Rice was teaching Lordship Salvation; BUT, he certainly is not. Dr. Rice goes on to state... The change in your heart, sinner, is God's part and you may be sure He will attend to that. Your part is to simply believe in Him. Whatever else is necessary in your eternal salvation, the Lord attends to when you trust in Him, or believe in Him. SOURCE: What Must I DO To Be Saved, by Dr. John R. Rice Did you read what Dr. Rice said?, "The change is in your heart..." This is exactly what Bro. Hutson and Pastor Hyles taught. Salvation is of the heart; not of works. Salvation is of God, not man. Our part is simply to believe, but it is God who changes our heart as we grow in grace (1st Peter 2:2). Lordship Salvationists demand instant growth like a Chia Pet (just add water). Dr. Rice further states... One who believes in Christ has repented. SOURCE: What Must I DO To Be Saved, by Dr. John R. Rice-This statement alone by Dr. John R. Rice clearly shows that he didn't believe in Lordship Salvation! Here is a quote from Dr. Curtis Hutson, with a quote which he provides from Dr. John R. Rice... In an article in THE SWORD OF THE LORD, Dr. John R. Rice said: "Sometimes the preacher does not himself fully understand the plan of salvation. He thinks of salvation as a process. First, there is a period of conviction, then a period of repentance, then an act of faith." He [Dr. John R. Rice] went on to explain that when one trusts Christ as Saviour he also repents. Dr. Rice is absolutely right. Faith and repentance are the same; they are not two separate decisions. One cannot trust Christ as Saviour without repenting or changing his mind. The very fact that he trusts Christ for salvation shows that he has changed his mind regarding sin, salvation, and God. If one book of the Bible had to be considered "the salvation book," it would have to be the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John is printed and distributed more than any other book of the Bible. The purpose of this book is given in John 20:31, "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." According to this verse, the whole purpose of the Gospel of John is that men might believe that Jesus is the Christ and believing they might have life through His name. In other words, it is written that men might be saved. Yet "repent" or "repentance" is not used one single time in the Gospel of John. On the other hand, "believe" is used more than ninety times in the twenty-one chapters. SOURCE: Repentance: What Does the Bible Teach? Curtis Hutson and John R. Rice are 100% in AGREEMENT on repentance! Dr. Rice further states... "Repentance is inseparable from faith. The Greek word for repentance in the Bible simply means a change of mind; that is, a wholesome change of attitude toward sin and toward God. One who turns his heart to trust in Christ has, naturally, turned his heart away from the love of sin." SOURCE: Dr. Rice, Here is My Question...; pg. 248, by Dr. John R. Rice, Sword Of The Lord Publishers; ISBN: 0-87398-158-8 Let us ponder the words of Jesus, who said in John 6:37, "...him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Any sinner who sincerely wants to be saved, may be saved, if he'll simply come by way of the precious blood of Jesus. I also want to quote Dr. John R. Rice from his excellent book, "Dr. Rice, Here Is My Question...", page 248: Question 200. Is repentance still necessary to salvation? "Repentance is inseparable from faith. The Greek word for repentance in the Bible simply means a change of mind; that is, a wholesale change of attitude toward sin and toward God. One who turns his heart to trust in Christ has, naturally, turned his heart away from the love of sin ... It is a mistake to make a process out of salvation with repentance and faith as separate steps. They are really different parts of the same step or different ways of sp ieaking of the same attitude of heart. One who repents, that is, has turned from rebellion and unbelief to trust Christ, has believed, of course. One who trusts in Christ has necessarily turned his heart from rebellion and rejection of Christ and so has repented." SOURCE: "Dr. Rice, Here Is My Question..."; by Viola M. Walden I agree with Dr. Rice 100%. Don't miss what he said... "The Greek word for repentance in the Bible simply means a change of mind; that is, a wholesale change of attitude toward sin and toward God." Brother Rice doesn't define "repentance" as turning from the act of committing sin, nor even as a willingness to turn from the act of sin; but rather, as simply a change of attitude towards one's sin and the Savior. This is Biblical repentance. If you know you are a GUILTY sinner, condemned under God's holy Law, deserving of hellfire; and you believe on the Jesus Christ, you will be eternally saved. Romans 3:19 tells us the Law was given all the world might become "GUILTY BEFORE GOD." Conclusion There are many critics these days who attack soul winners who are getting the job done. They accuse us of teaching "easy-believism." Bless God it's easy to be saved... you come as a SINNER and you trust the SAVIOR! It's that simple. The Gospel is not difficult as some try to make it. It is easy to be saved. Again, Jesus rebuked the Chief priests in Matthew 21:32 for their unbelief. They had heard the preaching of John the Baptist. They had seen the publicans and harlots believe on Jesus. Yet, the Bible says they repented not themselves. Had they repented they would have believed. That is what Jesus said. Jesus didn't say they would have forsaken their sins or surrendered their lives to God if they repented. No, rather, Jesus said they would have BELIEVED on Him had they repented. Biblical repentance is turning to Jesus to be forgiven of one's sins. It's that simple." The Bible also says that without holiness, no man shall see the Lord!