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Brooklyn, New York In My Tractor/Trailer Rig

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Imagine driving a 72 foot tractor/trailer rig through the heart of Brooklyn, New York. It is NOT for the faint of heart, because there is so much that can go wrong! You could easily destroy your truck by not noticing a low clearance sign. Some lanes are so narrow, that your 8’6″ wide trailer virtually touches the lane markings on both sides of the truck. Making turns in such a cramped city is challenging to say the least.

I had three things going for me from the beginning. #1 I prayed that the Almighty would help me. #2 I did my homework researching the matter. #3 I called the consignee/receiver for directions and advice.

I had picked up the load in Berea, Kentucky and was coming in toward New York City on I-78 through New Jersy. The receiver told me they would be there between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m, which was really good news to me, because the traffic would be much better at that early time in the morning. He advised me to take I-287 toward Staten Island.

What a beautiful time in the morning when the sun is coming up. In spite of all that man has built in NYC, there is still much natural beauty in the rivers, bays and Atlantic ocean. The Outer Bridge Crossing onto Staten Island cost me $105.00 to cross with my 18 wheeler. I reluctantly paid the attendant, ascended and the descended the tall bridge onto the island.

On that side of the bridge the road becomes Hwy-440 and I know that I am really all in now. I am off the mainland and at the mercy of New York City as it were. So far, the going is easy, and I travel for some 8-9 miles to I-278. I merge onto I-278 East with no problems, traveling for approximately 6 more miles to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

I ascend and descend once again across the tall bridge that separates the Lower Bay from the Upper Bay where the Statue of Liberty stands proudly in the harbor off to my left and far off in the distance. The bays are really gorgeous here in the morning light.

There is no turning back now and the going gets tougher. I am in Brooklyn, New York with my big truck! I had better not make any bad turns, because it could be disastrous. I carefully watch the signs, so as to stay on the correct road in the large interchange just onto Long Island. The interstate is elevated and I focus intensely on the signs looking for the 3rd Avenue exit. I spot the sign and make the exit easy enough.

I am now on a three-lane one-direction road that is separated from the three lanes going in the opposite direction. What separates the two are the supports for I-278 that is running above me. The interstate cross-girders jut out over 3rd Avenue on both sides, but there is enough clearance for my 13’6″ high trailer. I continue my journey past 61st street, 60th, 59th, 58th, down to: ah there it is up ahead, 45th street.

It gets really hairy now. Even this early in the morning, there are cars rushing around me from time to time, and I watch my mirrors carefully. The receiver told me that I could make a u-turn here no problem. Hmmmm. That sounds like something a New Yorker would say about these roads. I will have to turn across a lane or two just to make the tight square u-turn. I slow down waiting for that moment in time, when I can hog the whole road for my turn. The opportunity comes and I am going to make the turn from the center lane. I swing my tractor wide for the turn, placing my tractor squarely across the third lane, and stop to wait for the light to change from red to green. My trailer is still sitting in the center lane and no one can move forward in these two lanes, because my tractor and trailer have them both blocked.

The light finally changes to green and I continue to swing my tractor as wide as I can without hitting anything; and sure enough, my trailer just misses the steel girder that supports I-278. I am perpendicular to I-278, but down underneath, preparing to finish my u-turn onto 3rd Avenue headed in the opposite direction. Thankfully my trailer just misses the steel girder above my trailer and to the left. Phew! I am now in the first lane on the other side of I-278.

I scrutinize addresses carefully. Sure enough, just as the receiver told me, the forklift shop is just ahead a block and a half. As I pull up, a man glances up from the doorway where he is sitting and then looks back down at what he is doing. I pull up and pull my air brakes on right there in the first lane, because there is no where else to park. I get my paperwork and approach the man that glanced up at me. He is the right man, and he has been waiting for me. Nice. He tells me to pull up just a little more and I do. I pull the air brakes back on, step down out of my truck, move to the back and open the big doors.

I climb into the back of the trailer and begin to take off securement straps and hammer away the wooden blocks that are nailed into the floor to keep the forklifts from moving. While I am doing this, I notice someone moving a car hauler that has a sliding bed. He makes the automatic sliding bed go back and settle just onto and inside of my trailer, and fairly tightly between the doorposts. Wow! Perfect. Another man gets on the rear forklift, starts it up and drives it onto the car hauler. The other man is now on another forklift on the ground. He pulls forward under the new forklift and lifts it off the car hauler, backs up and lowers it to the ground. Well done! What a plan! Obviously they have done this before.

The first man is now on the second forklift inside my trailer and he struggles with this one for a minute before it goes on, but he succeeds once again in driving it out onto the car hauler. The second man on the ground repeats the process, and just like that, the two men finish unloading the two forklifts. They sign my paperwork and tell me to go up another block and a half, do another u-turn onto 3rd Avenue in the direction I was going orignally. Very good; I am ready to go after only about 20 minutes.

I climb back into the cab of my tractor and push off the air brakes. This is going really well; I think to myself. I pull up to the traffic light once again and make half the u-turn, once again missing the steel girder that supports I-278 and wait for the light to change. Several New Yorkers glance up. Who knows what they are thinking? The light changes and  once again I finish the u-turn; and sure enough, my trailer just misses the steel girder support for I-278. Good deal.

I head back down 3rd Avenue looking for the right entrance onto I-278, but there are three choices. I decide against the first road and am correct, but the signs do not seem to be placed well and I choose the wrong street. DANG! This is just what I did not want to do. I-278 is no longer elevated and I am riding above it instead of on it, where I wanted to be. This street is really small for trucks; in fact, I don’t think trucks go here. I do not panic, but I am deeply concerned. I am just missing the parked cars on my right, and the driver in the lane to the left is afraid to pull up by my truck, because the lanes are so small and cars close to each other.

We come to an intersection where the light is red. Thank you heavenly Father! I quickly pull up Google maps on my smartphone, carefully scrutinizing it for a way onto I-278. It looks like I can do it a couple of streets up and I pray for help. Making my way carefully down the tight 2-lane one-way street, I arrive at the intersection that I had found on the map. There was no way to continue going straight in a truck this big; but thankfully, it is the right place I was looking for. I swing wide to make my turn, while keeping an eye on anything high or low that I could hit. Woah! I am able to turn left and then right and merge onto I-278.

I worship Almighty YaHVeh right there in my truck for His goodness in helping me to not strand myself impossibly.

Evenso, I am not out of the woods yet. Traffic is getting more heavy. We move slowly down I-278. Have mercy on me! The overpass ahead has a sign saying 12’9″. My trailer is 13’6″. There is no way I am going to plow right under that. I throw a quick prayer up to heaven, while I brake and come to a stop right in the middle of I-278. I roll the window down and look up at my trailer. I can’t tell, so I release the air brake, ease up a little, pull the air brake back on and roll down passenger window and look up at the trailer. I still can’t tell. Amazingly, cars are patiently pulling around my truck and going on. I don’t hear horns honking. Once again I release the air brakes and pull up a little bit more, once again pulling on the air brake. Again, I get up and look out the passenger window. A big sigh of relief, because there seems to be just enough clearance under the overpass for my tractor/trailer rig. I release the air brakes again and pass right under the overpass without any problems. Whewy! That was nerve-racking, but a little bit exciting all at the same time. What kind of city puts a low clearance sign on an overpass with no explanation? Have mercy on me.

I am cruising along once again, and I notice the overpass ahead is arch shaped and has a sign of 12’9″ inches pointing at the right side corner of the overpass. Unfortunately, I am in the far right lane. I glance quickly into my mirror and thankfully no one is there in the lane to the left of me. I quickly swing the truck to the left into the middle lane, avoiding destroying the upper right corner of my trailer. Thank-you heavenly Father once again for rescuing me.

One more overpass is ahead with a low point on the right side, but I am able to stay away from that one easily. There is a nice view of the bay over to my left, with skyscrapers over there on Manhatten Island. I-485 junction comes up right away and I am relieved to be leaving Brooklyn. I deliver my last two forklifts to Ronkonkoma, New York some 60 miles out on Long Island without further incident. Traveling back to the west, I pay $46.00 to cross the Throggs Neck Bridge, merge onto I-95, travel maybe 6 miles, cross the north side of Manhatten Island, cross the George Washington Bridge and I am home free. Yay! I believe that is enough excitement for one day, er, month.

Proverbs 21:31, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but SAFETY is of the Lord.”

Almighty God has my back. HalleleuYaH!

 

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This Week World Liberals Worship Earth God?

 

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This week, liberals all over the world shamelessly and publicly worshipped at the feet of their earth god? Leaders and celebrities around the globe castigated President Trump with empty accusations of not caring about the well being of earth and its inhabitants, when he removed the USA from the Paris Climate Accord. Some even say, that what President Trump did was immoral.

Many of these same preachers-of-mother-earth-morality support all sorts of wicked human behavior. They will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to save a few baby whales, while supporting the killing of millions of innocent human infants. They will waste trillions of dollars trying to make earth’s temperature go down by a half of a degree, but will deny the existence of the Creator and sustainer of the planet. They work vehemently to save a forest, but are willing to sacrifice Jews and Christians on the alter of their earth god. They will fight like tigers to allow Islam, Allah, communism, and socialism an entrance to the USA, while forbidding the mention of the name of YaHshua Jesus. They indulge the unnatural perverse practic of homosexuality, but will not indulge the display of the Ten Commandments in court rooms. They preach morality, but have no idea what morality even is: making it up as they go, and modifying it  all along the way to suit their sinful desires. I have noticed, that their made-up morality generally is the exact opposite of what the Almighty says in the Holy Bible; therefore, they are purposefully and stubbornly at war with Him. They love the creation more than they love the Creator. They refuse to honor Him and they turn His truth into a lie.

Genesis 8:21-22, “. . . . And YaHVeH said in His heart: I will not again curse the ground anymore for man’s sake, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth, neither will I again smite anymore every living thing as I have done.  While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

These are the words of Almighty God concerning the future of the earth after Noah’s Flood. Question: Is Almighty God sovereign? Does Almighty God know what He is talking about?

Liberals all over the world are hyper-ventilating, that the earth is in danger of becoming extinct via “global warming”. Some have even said, that this is the number one security threat for the United States. Ahahahahaha. Read Genesis 8:21-22 again. Almighty God plainly tells us, that planting and harvesting crops will continue for as long as the earth remains. Almighty God shows clearly, that it is HE that decides the earth’s fate. He destroyed the world once with a flood, but He will not do that again. In the future, He will destroy the world with fire.

Second Peter 3:10, “But the day of  Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which, the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Puny mankind has too high of an opinion of himself and is not capable of destroying the world by himself. What is going on in the world is according to YaHVeH’s divine plan. Mankind is making individual decisions concerning the eternal state of their souls. Much wickedness and unfairness is being played out all over the earth, because the Almighty wants men to choose. He will set all things straight at the appointed time. Wars, famines, murders, sorceries, thefts, fornications, oppressions, genocides, rapes, blasphemies, cursing, humans despising Almighty YaHVeH, pride, rebellion, arrogance, etc. are having their day even as I write, but Almighty God is perfecting a people unto Himself, who are willing to trust and follow Him.

The earth will continue just like He said it would, until the Almighty declares, that there will be no more time. At the appointed time, Christ will return to earth for His bride. Did you get that? The earth will continue until after the return of Christ, regardless of how brutally mankind treats the earth. The Almighty built a resilience into the earth, that is sufficient to recover itself from all that mankind does to it.

In the courts of eternal judgment, how very foolish the liberal agenda will appear. How embarrassing that mankind would worship what is created, more than they worship the One Who made all things.

I will speak authoritatively now. The world absolutely will not be destroyed by global warming at the hands of mankind. History will prove the “global warming” fear-mongers embarrassingly wrong. The world absolutely will not destroy itself by-way-of a nuclear holocaust, before the coming of Christ: of this you can be sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Careless Church

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Many pastors are in it for the money and are collecting massive lucrative salaries from the Church. Numerous pastors seem to be clueless as to the proper role of a shepherd. The spreading of the gospel often takes a back seat to buildings and salaries. A large percentage of churches prioritize the collection of tithes over more important matters of the Kingdom of God. The Church has gone soft on sin to the extent, that sometimes you can scarcely tell the difference between the Church and the world. To a large extent, the Church has become a worldly organization, with a righteous facade to hide its shame. Too often there is an absence of the anointing and power from on high.

The Church is not a building, a collections agency, a club, or an organization. It is the Body and Bride of Christ. The Body of Christ is made up of believers, that have separated themselves from worldliness, and are in the process of building a closer and closer relationship with the Father and the Son.

While we are commanded to assemble ourselves together with other believers, most of the biblical work of a Christian is done outside the walls of the Church building. We are to love our wives and husbands and children in our homes. We are to visit the fatherless and widows. We are to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. We are to take a genuine interest in strangers. We are to clothe the naked. We are to visit the sick and in prison. We are to do justice and love mercy and walk humbly. We are to train our children in the ways of Almighty God. We are to love our fellow man.

Concerning our Church meetings, the Church building is a place to worship the Creator corporately with other believers. It is to encourage and be encouraged to continue to maintain our faith in Christ and to continue the work of the Kingdom of God. It is a place to give testimony to the goodness of the Creator. It is a place to hear preaching and teaching and a word from the Almighty.

Mark 11:17, “And He taught saying unto them: Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but you have made it a den of thieves.”

The word prayer here comes from a Greek word that implies “oratory chapel”. The Church building is a place for speaking words of prayer, worship, encouragement, admonition, Godly rebuke, teaching, preaching, testimony, etc. It is to  be filled with words that bring honor to Almighty God. When you leave Church; you should have a sense of having met with Almighty God and His people. You should have a sense of the eternal, and a determination to move forward in the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of Almighty God. You should sense an increase in zeal to live the life of Christ out in the world during the week.

While the Church is doing a little bit of these things; it needs to get back to being the Church. Churches are not supposed to spend their time trying to entertain people so that they will come back. The Church must be, and do, what the Almighty intended; or else, it is little more than a worldly organization that on the outside appears to be pious, but on the inside leaves much to be desired.

Wake up Church and be what you are supposed to be.

Ephesians 5:27, “That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

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Bowing To Image Of Mother Mary Is Idol Worship

buddha_in_the_sky_194523Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down yourself to them nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6)

It is a sin to bow to an image or idol, even if it is an image of Mary the mother of Yahshua Jesus. It is a sin to bow to an image of Buddha. It is a sin to bow to an image of Christ. Notice, the text says, that He is a jealous God. He is the true and living God. It is only proper to bow to Almighty God; otherwise, we can just tear out the pages of Exodus chapter 20 in the Holy Bible. It does not matter if any preacher or priest or bishop or friend or relative or even the pope himself says it is okay, it is still sin. WHY? Almighty God inspired the answer right there in Exodus chapter 20. Almighty God is jealous and He alone is God. He desires that all worship be directed solely to Him. Just as a loving boyfriend or girlfriend will get jealous if you share your affections with another, so too Almighty God gets jealous if we reverence or worship anything or anyone in place of Him.

If you have been doing this, because no one ever told you different, then please read these passages in the Holy Bible. The Almighty will readily forgive you of this sin, if you will confess it to Him. (I John 1:9) There are many traditions of men, that the Almighty is not pleased with. Just because some preacher or saint did something in the past, does not make it an okay thing to do now. We must conform our actions to the teachings of the Holy Bible. Some traditions of men seem so right, when we have not been preached the truth, but if the Holy Bible forbids any certain practice, then WE MUST NOT ENGAGE IN THAT PRACTICE. He will help you do what is right, if you will seek His help diligently.

Psalms 106:36, “And they served their idols, which were a snare unto them.”

Isaiah 2:8, “Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.” maria-376268__180

Revelation 9:20, “And the rest of the men that were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.

Almighty God will hear you, when you pray to Him sincerely out a heart of truthfulness. He honors those who honor Him. First Samuel 2:30.

Whoever has a ear to hear, let them hear what the Holy Spirit is saying; and also, don’t be surprised if some religious people get upset with you for honoring the Almighty by not bowing to their idols/images.

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