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Apr 07 2012


Hunting in Germany

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Deep in the woods on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. My feet were sinking into a layer of undergrowth and old leaves with each step. How peaceful the sound of birds chirping. I love these walks. But I am not just walking here for recreation. I am on a special “hunting” mission. I pass by douglas fir trees, mossy oaks and countless spruce trees. Then I come closer to a deer hunting stand or hunting blind as people call it. Mostly they are not locked. I climb up the ladder and enter the blind. There is mostly a place to sit down. Some blinds are insulated with carpet since it gets quite cold here. I sit down and go to the Lord in prayer. But I am not here to hunt for deer. I am here to hunt for the Lord winning souls to Christ. That is why I go to these places and leave a gospel tract or Bible portion there. Because these deer hunting stands are not only good for hunting. They offer a lot more. They are a separated place  where one can spend time alone with God away from other distractions. I am surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. These places are also a prayer closet where we can shut the door and pray to the Father in secret. You know we need personal secret devotions, family devotions and congregational devotion in our church. These three are the bare minimum. Depending on where we work we often run short of corporate devotions. We should never ever sin by compartmentalizing our life. Christ is all whether at home, at church, at work or wherever. I leave those tracts and Bible portions with the hope that the hunter who will spend lots of time in the deer hunting stand will take the time to let God speak to him as he discovers the gospel literature. May he read those gospel messages while looking for game to hunt for. I have left many tracts and scripture portions in forests in the Eifel region of Germany and in Belgium.

Here are some photos I want to share with you from this tract ministry to the hunting community:

Hunting Blind

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The next person coming to this place will be confronted with the gospel message of Christ.

Wherever I go I plan on leaving behind a trail of gospel tracts to let people know of the plan of salvation. God’s word will not return to him void. People get so stuffed with wrong messages that cause their lives to become worse and incite them to make unwise decisions. So at this time it is all the more crucial that we ask the Lord to open us a door of utterance to speak the word of truth and to be able to give every man an answer of our hope. Colossians 4:2-6 speaks of “salted grace”.

 

 

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Mar 18 2012


Church Signs Answer Life’s Most Basic Questions

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The above video is the result of traveling across Tennessee over the years – of course in American-made automobiles only. That matters to me. It tells the story of salvation and answers some of life’s most basic questions about our need for God. I have always enjoyed the messages on the signs of so many Christian congregations. They have blessed my heart and given important nuggets of wisdom or reminded me of basic truths.

As a Christian who loves photography it is common that you see me stop and take a picture of those signs so I can share the gospel message with others. Looking beyond the borders of our small towns and communities we notice that we are engulfed in world of spiritual darkness. You will not see the scripture signs in Europe and the nations that were to be “rebuilt” after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are still the most dark places without the gospel. In fact these nations are among the biggest persecutors of Christians. That is why I send this video out with the hope that it will plant the seed of the gospel in many hearts the world over as they come to know the love of God by faith.

Some of the photos of church signs have been posted in cnn ireports and Google Panoramio photos:

http://ireport.cnn.com/people/ingobreuer

http://www.panoramio.com/user/3483986

Southern gospel music has always touched my heart. This music is where I’m home. That is why you hear the Crabb Family sing  “Give Him The Battle”. You know, Satan is the biggest loser. He lost his first estate when he was Lucifer, the anointed cherub, and rebelled against God pride. Don’t let Satan blind you and make you lose your eternal reward and your right to make with peace through Jesus Christ. Satan makes losers out of people through sin. See what Adam & Eve lost when they were evicted from paradise and lost that sweet fellowship with the Lord? See what Cain lost after murdering Abel? See what Judas lost when he betrayed Christ? See what David lost when he committed adultery and murder? Sin offers a short pleasure but that will be followed by regret, sorrow and missed opportunity for happiness. Let Jesus give you victory. He is the Most High. Satan is the most low. That is why he advances low living. But we as believers in Christ need friends in high places, most of all our friend Jesus Christ. Let’s make sure the church and the home is a a high place that is filled with the presence of the Most High.

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Oct 25 2010


The New High School Principal

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MEMO: To the students and faculty of our high school.

I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach younger people. I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

First, the school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian  or European, or if your ancestors arrived on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity – your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American. This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity-, race- and non-American  nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values – e pluribus Unum, “from many, one.” And this school wil be guided by America’s values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness. Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism – an unhealthy preoccupation with self – while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders of art, music, astronomy, languages, you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in  are those based on ethic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

Secondly, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America’s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here – it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English – but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property – whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you cant speak without using the f-word, you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nig@#@,” even when used by one black student to address another black, or “bi@#@,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way – the way people attained it unil decided otherwise a generation ago – by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth and last, I am reorienting this school toward academics and away fom politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or her inordinately lucky – to be alive and to be an American.

Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

 

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Oct 20 2010


The Ten Commandments

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The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice!
Doing them makes all mankind rejoice!
They are not just a plaque!
They should be obeyed!

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Isn’t God’s law perfect?

Just ten commandments to regulate man’s conscience are better than a multitude of government rules, federal laws, state laws, international treaties, etc. Mankind makes new laws everyday, but is unable to enforce them. Those who claim they are able to enforce man-made laws consistently usually are called tyrants, dictators, etc. Those who say that the Ten Commandments are “anachronistic” or “outdated” are basically saying that stealing, killing, lying, dishonoring the sacred, etc. are alright. Those who say the “Ten Commandments” are too “old-fashioned” or too “absolute” are basically sending invitations to every burglar to come to their house and help himself. Those who scoff and mock the Ten Commandments are basically giving their moral approval to the serial killer, the flood of divorces, predatory behavior, the exploitative cheap labor culture that does not know a sacred day of rest, etc. If God gives you a commandment, what makes you think you don’t have to obey it? 

What part of “Thou shalt not” don’t you understand?   – God

These ten authoritative instructions from God Almighty lead you to a happy and good life, if taken to heart and applied. But when you disrespect God’s commandments, your life ends up in misery and disappointment. Without God, your life is full of darkness. Make a choice now to do what God commands. He has created you and He knows what is best for you. So it must be your will to do God’s will. When God says “Thou shalt”, you respond to Him “Yes, I will!” Make it your choice now to obey Him, and you will “lead a quiet and peacable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1 Timothy 3:2)

The Ten Commandments have also been instrumental in creating the freedom that the western world knows. These commandments that God gave us establish discipline in a society without the threat and violence of tyrannical governments. Obediene to the Ten Commandments promotes self-government instead of totalitarianism. James Madison, the chief architect of the US Constitution, said, “We have staked the future of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Ten Commandments yard sign

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The Ten Commandments that are first mentioned in the Old Testament (Exodus 20 and Deut 5) are also perfectly incorporated into the New Testament. Not only did Jesus on His earthly journey instruct us on several occasions, “If ye love me, keep my commandments,” (John 14:15), but it is written there that the great commandment to love our neighbor can be expressed through the keeping of the Ten Commandments. It says in Romans 13:9, “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  Jesus preaches on the Ten Commandments in the Sermon on the Mount and explains God’s intent behind those commands. Jesus even mentions the comand to remember the sabbath day in the New Testament by saying that He is Lord of the sabbath and that this day of rest is for man. The pattern of creation – six days of work and one day of rest – is our way of life and it is also the way God divides time. The millennial reign of Christ is considered the seventh day of prophecy or the 3rd day from Christ’s first coming (Jn. 2:1). Jesus came the first time after four days (Jn. 11:39). 

Thus, if I really want to love my neighbor the way God intends it, then I have to keep those Ten Commandments in my heart and on my mind. The Ten Commandments are not a dry, legalistic, outdated code of law, but they are an expression of divine love. Love is manifested in obedience. The ten commandments are expressions of loving God and others as Jesus commands it in Mt. 22:37-40.

The Ten Commandments also reveal to us God’s standard of righteousness. In the face of God’s law we recognize that we all fail  and come short of the glory of God. The very ten commandments expose our sin. God’s law is our sentence because we cannot live righteously before God as sinners. We are sinners before God and our own righteouness is not sufficient before the judgment throne of a holy God. The ten commandments show us that we are sinners in need of grace and forgiveness. Thanks be to God that there is grace available for us when we turn in repentance and faith to Jesus Christ, who came to saver sinners. If we are righteous in our own eyes, the we don”t recognize our need for salvation from God. The Ten Commandment need to bring us to the point where we say: Lord, I am a sinner. Pleae forgive me and save me from sin.”  May the Ten Commandments point you to your need of Jesus Christ in your life.

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