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That’s Life By Ruth Nowlin
Over the years I have owned several automotive vehicles. I learned to drive in an old Chevrolet flat bed truck in the hayfield.  That old truck

had a stick shift that would grind and squeal every time I attempted to change gears and you could see the ground through what was left of the
floorboard.  There was only one window left and you had to pump the brakes and hope they held.  I hauled quite a few loads of baled hay to the barn, unloaded and returned for more.
My road trips began sitting beside Daddy in his 53’ Plymouth.  He felt that he had to instruct me every mile and sometimes more often.  When I went to get my driver’s license I knew the book backward and forward.  Passed that with flying colors but since I had no real “town” driving experience it took me three times of trying before I finally passed the driving test; then I was off and running.
After that the vehicles came and went sometimes to the junkyard since I survived three sons.  I survived but several of the vehicles did not.  I had four insurance companies to cancel coverage before they left home and became responsible for their own mode of travel.  The reason for cancellation?  Fourteen incidents with three being complete demolitions.  The two girls had only two collisions -one was totaled. My all time favorite car was a 1957 Chevrolet station wagon.  It was red and white and I loved that car.  I would load up my (four at that time) kids and most often four more and take of for a road trip.  There were no seat belts at that time and they tumbled and wrestled all over the back.  That was not near as hectic, however, and when I made the trip back home with just my own kids.  You know the routine:  “She’s looking at me.”  “Well, he touched me!”  “How much farther?” “I really gotta go!”  And on and on.  Of course I retaliated with, “Don’t make me pull this car over!”
Those days passed and I spent over twenty-three years driving back and forth to my work at MSU.  My cars could have made the trip without me, I felt sometimes.  The best one, and my favorite of that period was a (of course) maroon Chevrolet Lumina.  I put over 200,000 miles on that one before I traded.
After my retirement we consolidated our vehicles and bought a big Dodge Ram pickup.  I love it.  I learned to pull our camper trailer and we found there are other places to see than the yard around our home.
But, the all-time favorite vehicle that I have ever owned is my little 4-wheeler.  You see, I never learned to ride a bike and I still dream of riding down a country road on one with the wind in my face and just enjoying life.  I can do this now only with four wheels.  I can reeve that little green machine up and not only feel the wind but also the brush and limbs and I weave back and forth through the woods over downed trees and across the creek. That is my idea of freedom at this time.
Guess you could say that from that old truck to this little 4-wheeler I have come a long way.  Lots of roads all right, but as one said, they all lead back home.
and that’s life.

Identity Theft of a False Prophet
By Pastor Howard Lewis

2 of 3 part series

Elymas who also was known as Bar- Jesus tried to turn the deputy from the faith with false prophecies and sorcery. His aim was to get the man to believe on anything other than the word of God so that he could control the man. A false prophet aim is to turn you from the faith with smooth sayings and promises of lies that never come true. They will tell you that you will be heal or receive wealth and when you don’t receive it , it can cause you to turn from God. He or she will try to block you from hearing the truth as did Bar Jesus tried to block Paul and Barnabas from ministering to Sergius Paulus. If you believe in him it will bring destruction on your life. A false prophet not only brings destruction on others but also on his own life.
2 Peter 2
 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
False Prophets use people to gain riches and status quote.
If you know of a false prophet who is leading others from Christ, it’s not your job to punish him for God surely will give him or her their reward. Be careful of one who is always asking for money in that money is all he cares about. He makes predictions that never come true and don’t care enough about the sheep he has been call to shepard to check up on them in any kind of way. He is never a giver but stands at the receiving end at all times. 
I told you earlier that it’s almost impossible to detect a false prophet and the reason for that is he looks good. He sounds good. Everyone loves him and flock to be by his side. He seems as if he can do no wrong. But if you notice he is doing nothing for the church or God’s people and he is the least bit concern about anything but his paycheck and how he can turn a miracle into a dollar bill. This is true for most tele-evangelist.
Jeremiah 6:13-17
13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Be careful of them that are put on pedestals.
Luke 6: 26
26 Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
By watching and listening to what prophets said and what was said about them was a way of noticing a false prophet.
The best way to spot a false prophet is to know Jesus for yourself. It’s hard to fool someone who knows what you know or just as much as you know about the word of God. Here in Luke 6;26 the verse is saying that if a prophet is always spoken well of then he could be a false prophet just as the false prophet of yesterday was spoken good of.  
Many false prophets don’t even know they are false prophets. Many have been turn over to reprobated state of mind. They have tele-evangelist spirit looking continuously for filthy gain.
2 Timothy 3:13
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.