Dubois to Lander, Wyoming   Leave a comment

This is from the blog easthackney:

First off, I want to apologize for my recent opining with regards to Montana and Wyoming. I had lots of time during today’s ride to try and understand what happened to me. Looking back over the last two months I realize that California, Oregon, and Idaho were ideal: perfect weather, beautiful scenery, outstanding riding conditions. And then everything changed. The weather turned cold, rainy, or snowy. Hills became much steeper and longer. Scenery became isolated and dreary. I guess I had not anticipated this and was unprepared. Each day became full of worries. How steep? How high? Will it snow? Will there be services? Will there be bears? And this worry seriously colored my outlook. This ride has been incredible – both the good and the bad. I’ll try to temper my complaining over the bad. That said, today’s ride was the first sunny day in probably three weeks, and it was spectacular. I’ve got photos to prove it.

The ride begins in Dubois and will take 76 miles to reach Landers, so it will be a long day. It feels good to do away with the heavy layers, ski gloves and balaclava. And it’s so nice to be out of the snow.

The first thing I notice are the red rock formations, and how incredibly expansive this land is. I feel so miniscule.

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These pix can’t possibly capture the grandeur of the landscape:

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Look how wide open it is:

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In every direction I look, I can see for at least a hundred miles – and no condos:

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At some points I feel a little uneasy, realizing how insignificant I am on my puny bike in this immense expanse. It’s a little like The Twilight Zone.

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I feel like the only living creature on the planet. There aren’t even any cars!

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Well I think you get the idea. I did run into the first transam riders I’ve seen riding east to west – two guys younger than my daughter Jade. We chatted about what our different experiences have been so far. I felt it incumbent to warn them about bears, service closures, and the frigid snow. They told me Colorado is fantastic. When we said goodbye, they referred to  me as “sir”. I like that – Sir Hackney. Rather Royal.

I ran into a hitchiker just outside Dubois, Tim Shea [Shey]. He’s probably in his early fifties and had a 75 pound backpack. It just seemed unusual to see a hitchiker out here – there aren’t even any cars! And towns, if you can call them that, are 40 miles apart. Well, Tim and I ended up leapfrogging each other all the way to Landry. He’d get a ride for 10-20 miles, then be standing roadside while I catch up and pass him. Nice guy though. A Christian, and been hitchiking for 18 years. Go figure.

There’s a lot of Indian reservations out here, Crowheart for one. I heard there was a big battle between two tribes a long time ago. I saw some young men on horseback herding cattle like in the movies. I wanted to take a photo but felt that might be inappropriate. Sorry. Just a few more photos before Landry.

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About 5 miles out of Landry, large black threatening clouds are forming on my right. Then comes the thunder. I’m pretty much gassed but I push hard to get into town before it lets loose. I make it just in time, check in to a rustic Wyoming motel, and enjoy a NY steak dinner.

On The Way To Rawlins, Wy 5/23

Posted May 26, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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The Classic Church Building: A Non-Biblical Wineskin (Part 1)   6 comments

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This is from the blog Real Christianity:

The Community of the Lord was built for speed. It began in the upper room of a house. The early Church had no time to even consider the things we in the present deem wholly indispensible. They were out to save the world. The Community was expanding by leaps and bounds. Growth was rapid from the very beginning and never slowed for three centuries. It began on its very first day in Jerusalem with a harvest of three thousand souls.

Imagine that. Many churches of today work for long decades to accumulate a few hundred loyal members. Many are presently trying to keep what they have and are failing miserably.

It was twenty years ago when I began receiving from the Lord the notes and revelations that would eventually become my first book. But I knew by the 1970’s, within a very short time of studying the New Testament by Holy Spirit inspiration that modern Christianity did not match up at all with the prototype. And I wondered why.

I quickly got the big idea. I eventually spent thirty years in institutional churches, including my youth, gaining much experience of all that is good about church buildings and that which is not so good. There is no question that the latter outweighs the former.

First of all, church buildings are simply not Biblical. The Lord never built a building nor did He ever instruct His men to do so. He was never on board with the rich, connected Sadducees who controlled the Jerusalem Temple. Though He often preached in synagogues when welcome, He spent the majority of His ministry time out in the open, in the woods, along the Sea, and on the beaten paths. He was always moving. Always. The Lord Jesus was mobile. The tabernacle in the wilderness was mobile. It was a tent. It was set up, used, taken down, loaded up, transported to a new site, and set up again.

The Lord taught His men to be mobile. He taught them to give up all their possessions, in part so that they would have nothing tying them down when it came time to move on. The apostle Paul was also constantly on the move. There were occasions when he stayed local to teach and establish a work and then he was off yet again. The traveling man was so mobile that the Lord blessed him with a perfect location to end his life on earth—on the side of a road outside Rome.

The Lord had no place to lay His head. He occasionally stayed with others but He mostly slept under the stars. He was on a mission. He had work to do. He could not afford to be slowed down.

It is as obvious as it can be that the early believers followed His example. They were as mobile as He was, and a perfect representation in spiritual terms of the tabernacle of Moses, which was a type of mobile ministry centered on human beings.

Conversely, our ministries are most often centered on church buildings. We are often bound by church buildings. We can’t get them out of our heads. We cannot imagine life without them (“How can I go to church if there’s not a church?”). For the most part, Christians feel absolutely naked without the comfort, security, and anchor of a building.

Yet, the majority of Christians throughout history never had buildings. The majority of real Christians on the planet today do not have buildings. But they have the Lord. They are dedicated. They are productive. And they are fast. They can break camp quickly and move to new locations, so to speak. Some of the travel real Christians do is in the Spirit. It is not always geographic. We live, we learn, we gain revelation and greater knowledge, we mature, and then we have to leave old forms, understandings, and perspectives and create new ones based on such. Core Biblical truths are thus granted greater freedom and opportunity to produce much fruit. Isn’t this our goal?

Static forms always slow. They restrict. We end up trying to force our ministries within such structures. But are we really having an impact on society? How can we when we force others to come to us instead of us going to them?

Here’s the real beauty of the Lord Jesus and his manner of ministry: He needs nothing material on a permanent basis. Because He is God, He can create anything He needs whenever He needs it, so why must He accumulate a bunch of stuff to schlep around? All it does it slow Him down and restrict ministry efforts. The bulk of His work is in the spiritual realm. If He wants or needs stuff He acquires it. But when it is has served its purpose He gives it away or sells it, and usually gives the money to the needy. Then He starts again. He will not be bound by anything. He is as free as free can be. He builds nothing that grows sluggish as long as He is in charge. [Part 1 of 2]

© 2011 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

The Eruption of Mount Pelee, St. Pierre, Martinique, 1902   Leave a comment

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Eruption of Mount Pelee, 1902

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The Bible vs the Sodomites   5 comments

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Lot and his daughters fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah

This is from The Christian Excavator blog:

Often times the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are used in both the Old and New Testaments as illustrations or examples of extreme wickedness.

The word sodomite in the Bible depicts what the world calls today a homosexual.

In the New Testament God calls the sin of  homosexuality uncleanness, unnatural, abusers of themselves with mankind and going after strange flesh.

Genesis 13:13 says; “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.”

Jesus said; “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Luke 17:28-30

Both the Apostle Peter and Jude tell us that Sodom and Gomorrha are an example of what happens to those who live ungodly.

“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly…”  II Peter 2:6

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude vs.7

Today in the good ol’ US of A we are told that homosexuality is normal.

God says that it is abnormal.

We are told that they are born that way.

God says they became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened and professing themselves to be wise, they became fools

In the United States of America we are being told that we must accept their behavior.

God says that their behavior is unacceptable and will bring judgment upon nations and individuals.

Christians are very close to losing our freedom to preach and believe the Word of God. {at least publicly}

When the Supreme Court declares “same-sex” marriage as legal in all fifty states those who speak out against homosexuality will be considered hate mongers and unsophisticated.

Bible believers will be placed in the same league as the Klan or the Aryan Nation.

Churches may be forced {National Guard?} to perform or allow same sex marriages to be conducted in their churches.

We are now seeing states whose populations rejected same-sex marriage topple like dominoes as the Federal courts push the sodomite agenda in spite of the will of the people.

A very vocal and I believe potentially violent minority {official estimates of the homosexual population range from 2 to 4 percent}  has gained control of our nation’s political machinery. The individual States, it seems, no longer have the right to reject this perversion. {state rights were abolished a long time ago}

I personally do not see any hope for reversal outside of a Heaven sent revival.

Nothing seems to disturb most people these days including those who claim to be Christians. As Vance Havner said, “The tragedy of today is that the situation is desperate but the saints are not.”

I believe that the sodomites will neither slumber nor sleep until true Christians who oppose immorality are destroyed.

The Apostle Paul started churches in parts of the world where homosexuality was accepted…but he preached against it as he did all immorality.

He gave a list of people who would not be going to Heaven to the Church at Corinth. He also said “and such were some of you”.

The Good News is that God can still save and He still changes lives.

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” I Corinthians 6:9-11

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Enoch: The Seventh from Adam   3 comments

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Genesis 5: 21-24:  “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:  And Enoch walked with God:  and he was not, for God took him.”

Hebrews 11: 5:  “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:  for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

Jude 14 & 15:  “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

How did Enoch walk with God?  How can someone be spiritually intimate with the Lord before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Very little is written about Enoch.  According to the Bible, Enoch lived 365 years; the last 300 years of his life Enoch walked with God.  The number 365 is significant.  There are 365 days in a complete year.  Enoch living 365 years is a foreshadowing of the complete man of God (man of faith or man of obedience).

Recently I have heard of a pastor who preached that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, not because they sinned against God, but because they did not repent of their sin.  Scripture never tells us that Adam repented of his sin or that Adam walked with God after he and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden.  So why was Enoch different?  Enoch was born with Adamic Sin.  How did Enoch walk with God?

Enoch, no doubt, offered the required blood sacrifices unto the Lord for his sins and the sins of his family.  This was before the Law, the Prophets and the New Testament.  Not only did Enoch, by faith, offer an excellent sacrifice unto the Lord, but I believe, that Enoch truly repented of his sin and believed on the finished work of the cross before the fact.

Faith in God transcends time and space.  The Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13: 8):  somehow Enoch knew this truth from oral tradition or from revealed knowledge.  He put his faith in the coming Messiah, died to self-will and was able to walk with God.

Enoch, by faith, was translated and did not experience death.  Before he was translated, his testimony was that he had pleased God.  It is only by faith (obedience) that we are able to please God.

Enoch 1:9:  “And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

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Posted April 28, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Readiness   7 comments

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Moses and the Burning Bush

This is from the blog Three Iron Nails:
“God called unto him … and he said, Here am I.” – Exodus 3:4

“When God speaks, many of us are like men in a fog, we give no answer. Moses’ reply revealed that he was somewhere. Readiness means a right relationship to God and a knowledge of where we are at present. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. The man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who carries off the prize when the summons comes. We wait with the idea of some great opportunity, something sensational, and when it comes we are quick to cry – ‘Here am I.’ Whenever Jesus Christ is in the ascendant, we are there, but we are not ready for an obscure duty.

“Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference. We have no choice in what we want to do, whatever God’s programme may be we are there, ready. When any duty presents itself we hear God’s voice as Our Lord heard His Father’s voice, and we are ready for it with all the alertness of our love for Him. Jesus Christ expects to do with us as His Father did with Him. He can put us where He likes, in pleasant duties or in mean duties, because the union is that of the Father and Himself. ‘That they may be one, even as We are one.’

“Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready when God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the ready soul, it is ablaze with the presence of God.”

–Oswald Chambers

Revival in Ireland?   4 comments

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Dreams from the LORD 2011-2015
9 April 2015

Last night I had two dreams.  In the first dream, it looked like I was in Ireland.  I met these people while I was walking down this country road.  I talked to them about the Gospel.  One of these was a Catholic priest.  The priest then had a profound salvation experience and was filled with joy.  He started running down the road and told everybody he could about Jesus Christ.

In the second dream, I met these two guys.  They were very evil.  It looked like they wanted to do me harm.  I then walked up to the older guy and said, “I rebuke you, Satan, in the name of Jesus Christ!”  I kept saying this until this surprised, confused look came over his face.  He started acting very strange, walked away from me, knelt down and vomited.  He then had this big smile on his face.  He had been delivered of a demon or demons.  The same thing happened to his friend.

The first dream:  I believe it means that there could be a revival in Ireland in the near future.

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Posted April 9, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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