Saturday, September 1, 2007

Serving & Sharing – Got Jesus?


Facts are sometimes hard to take but these facts are far to penetrating to ignore I must share them here with all those who will listen and all those who will hear. One recent fact I heard in a sermon from a respected teacher named James A. McDonald of Walk in the Word was that 90% of Christians fail to share their faith with another through their whole lifetime. Man is this true, why do we fail to share the wonderful message of Jesus Christ to a dying world? Is it perhaps because those 90% of professing Christians are not really Christians at all? Consider what Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) who was England's best-known preacher said about it and I quote in paraphrase:” If you consider yourself a Christian but do not have a burning desire to see another saved you are no Christian at all” this from a man who preached to 10,000 at a time before the invention of the microphone and the super church. Spurgeon’s humble beginnings were from a small Baptist church of 232 to a super church of almost 6,000 every sermon he gave and there are literally hundreds if not thousands focused on Jesus Christ he said “I take my text and make a beeline to the cross”. The incredible thing about Spurgeon is that he wrote a cache of information about Jesus and most if not all is still available from Pilgrim Publications the motto of his church was “We Preach Christ and Him Crucified”.

According to Darian Kovacs who while still in high School sparked a movement named canadafire to see Christian students be leaders and people of influence in their schools says 96% of Christians in communities have prayed at the Pole in a popular activity that started in Texas called “See You At The Pole” SYATP and is spreading throughout the whole world where local Christians are called to demonstrate their faith and pick a pole and pray for students, leaders and the school system. Of the 96% that participate only a dismal 4% continue to pray at the Pole or almost any activity after an event. In other words we lack commitment and follow through because we can’t do it on our own, we need the Holy Spirit. Christian people everywhere the fake it until you make it method doesn’t work long-term because God sees what we as human can’t see, YOUR BIG BLACK HEART.

Let me ask you this “professing attending church every Sunday Christian” if the world ended in the next 60 seconds would you go to heaven with the rest of the saints that have given and dedicated their lives to God as an acceptable sacrifice and proclaimed Jesus Christ in faith to unbelievers everywhere, or would Jesus say I never knew you? Want to be sure that he doesn’t say I never knew you? Then I challenge you to step up in faith and get involved, don’t believe what I’m saying is true, well before you discount what I’m saying as hyperbole ask your pastor what percentage of people in your church are actually serving you will probably hear 10% but more than likely that number is lower. Step up in faith and ask God what his purpose is for you better yet dedicate the rest of your life to serving God TODAY! Remember David after he had committed adultery and murder he turned from his sin by penning this little ditty Psalm 51. Go ahead click on it read it and make it your own turn from your wicked ways before its to late remember 60 seconds is not a long time at all which reminds me of a story I heard about Satan planning to take us all with him it went something like this;

Satan is in hell, planning how he will get all of mankind to participate in his rebellion against God and burn with him in eternity. He ponders what lie he will use to make that happen and since he is the Father of lies and has had a lot of time to think about it he knows that the lie must contain some truth. Now as he ponders that thought along comes a devil of his congregation if you will and says “Lord of Hades and all that is evil I have a sure fire method to get a 3rd of the earths population to burn with us” Satan considers the devils proposal and finally says “alright what do you propose?” the devil then answers. “Well first of all, I will disguise myself as a mortal and go up to the earth. I will then tell them that there is no heaven and there is no hell. According to my data we will get a 3rd of the population down here with us”. Satan thinks on this for awhile and as he is thinking a 2nd devil comes along who is much smarter and wickeder than the 1st devil. And he says “I have that first devils plan beat by millions and millions of souls” So Satan says “and what would you do that is so much better?” The 2nd devil replies “Well I also will disguise myself as a mortal and go to the earth and tell everyone there is a God and heaven and that there is a Satan and hell, according to my data we will get two thirds of the earths population to participate in our rebellion and burn with us”. Satan likes these odds much better but ponders further wondering if there is yet another way to get them all.

As Satan ponders the matter a 3rd devil much smarter than the other two and much wickeder yet by far, full of arrogance and deceit and all works of the flesh (Galatians 5) comes along and makes this proposal “I have those two other bozos plan beat by a Hades mile and can guarantee you the whole shooting match, the big enchilada, every single soul 100% the only thing I ask is to be chief torturer of the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s. So what do you say chiefaroonie tickle yer fancy huh wanna here the plan huh wanna hear the plan?” Satan says “go ahead slimy underling give me all the details of your plan to get hated mankind to burn with us. Especially since they don’t know that Jesus already defeated us at Calvary by dying on the cross He took all of mankind’s sin upon himself”. So the devil responded with this “I too would disguise myself as a mortal and I would tell the world that there is a Satan and there is a hell and that there is a God and there is a heaven and that the only way to heaven is through God’s son Jesus Christ, the only difference is that I would give them as much time to think about it as they like. Bada bing, bada boom we get the whole population of the third rock from the sun burning with us for an eternity”. “Genius” says Satan “make it so and while your at it lets teach them to blaspheme God by programming it into their movies and their everyday talk just to make sure we add insult to injury!”

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According to Don Pickle of Avant Ministries a well known church planting missionary group with locations in the U.S.A. and Canada the problem lies at the core of Christianity and the fact that we do not reach out in our neighbourhoods like we used to, we fail at the first level of mission work so we fail at the long-term. The facts are that almost every church despite the fact that it is more costly to send short-term missionaries are not supporting long-term missions of five or more years and are not recruiting from within or even adding new Christians daily as they did in the Acts church of the Bible. Perhaps in the near future as has happened in Europe were it could be considered Christianity was brought to this continent we will need missionaries to visit us from Africa and beyond to re-establish Christ here as well. Or we could as professing Christians stand up and put the King of Kings back to His prominent position as God. Allow our schools to pray and to repeat the Lords prayer as we used to and allow for mission work in the school because we are true believers of Jesus Christ in this country, this continent and we must stand for something or fall for anything. What better way to stand, then on the Rock of Jesus Christ?

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Christian and The Church


Back on
May 21, 2007 I started this blog to talk about the Christian Church and my faith and to find an answer to “What is the Christian Church?”. A way if you will to exercise my faith during a time of rejection and possible apostasy and bitterness. It has been therapeutic and helpful to ask the question what is the church and to find answers such as;

I. We are the true temples, each believer, NOT the brick and mortar buildings but each person that calls on Jesus’ name as Lord and Saviour are the true holy ground.

1Corinthians 6:19

II. As believer’s and recipients of Gods favour we are chosen to outreach daily and be true to Gods saving grace by allowing all Gods children the ability to learn and grow in the word and to do it in truth as opposed to tradition.

Matthew 20:16

III. We are not God therefore we have NO right to judge another person under any circumstances, in fact even Jesus did not judge anyone but reserved it for end times. However that does not disallow us from having an opinion. Jesus said it best those without sin cast the first stone.

John 7:53-8:11

IV. We are conduits for Gods love and we are to follow Jesus and have Christian values but in this broken world the word values gets mixed up in manmade rules and interpretations. Allow me to help you clarify ten Christian values and there biblical roots.

1 Peter 2:17

Ten Biblical Moral Values

1) Worship only the Lord God – Mark 12:28-30

2) Respect all people – Mark 12:31

3) Be Humble and Serve – Matthew 20:20-28

4) Do Not Lie – The 8th Commandment Exodus 20:16

5) Live a Moral Life - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Jesus gave a list of verbs that are considered immoral uses of the body: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, arrogance and foolishness. The apostle Paul gave a similar list - Galatians 5:19-21. Church folk often think of morality in terms of sexual sins, but according to Jesus, sins such as slander, greed, deceit, and arrogance are equally immoral.

Biblical resources: Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:27-28, 15:18-19, Mark 7:20-22, 10:11-12, Romans 13:11-14, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 5:1-7, Colossians 3:5-10, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-9,

6) Give Generously of both your time and Money – 1 John 3:16-18

7) Don’t be a Hypocrite Practice what you Preach – Matthew 7:5

8) Do not Judge or be Self-Righteous – Romans 3:10-18

9) Don’t hold Grudges but Forgive – Matthew 6:12

10) Exercise your faith and help other Christians in their ministry’s of spreading and honoring Gods word – Matthew 5:41-42

V. We cannot pick and choose what parts of the Bible we should follow and what parts we should ignore.


James 2:10


VI. We should pray for others daily.


Job 1:5, 42:8


VII. We are to Evangelize the World in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit


Matthew 28:18-20


My prayer is a revival that is second to no other and that God will pour His spirit out on all flesh and unite those of us who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour despite any minor theological differences.

In the name of Jesus, AMEN.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

More... Prayer at The Pole!

Here is a video to promote the Prayer at the Pole the link please support this worthwhile cause by getting involved at your church if you need more information check these sites.

The official SYATP site...

The Petition for Winnipeg Schools...



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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Pray at The Pole

Looking for a way to show your faith to exercise it if you will. I recently signed a petition that supports prayer in our schools. This is an event that is taking place world wide on Wednesday, September 26,2007.

The link --> Pray at the Pole

Put your signature to this petition and show your faith by supporting prayer IN OUR SCHOOLS, which is our petition to god to heal our land and our people (the temples of Gods Holy Spirit).

2 CHRONICLES 6:20

that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Walking with God Part IV, Saul’s Struggle


Saul’s struggle was and is not everyone’s struggle nor should it have to be even if his or our struggles directly affect others along the way. Saul was first anointed King and transformed and empowered by the spirit of God 1 Samuel 10:6 the text says he was “turned into another man” and that God gave him another heart so that all those things would come to pass 10:9. The very changing of Saul was a paradigm shift in thinking for at the time the thoughts of whom and how one became a prophet was by linage. Saul’s transformation was accomplished by the power of God’s spirit not by lineage as was formerly believed. In 10:12 it says the act of Saul prophesizing became a proverb in itself with “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

PROVERB, mashal (mah-shahl);

Strong’s #4912

This noun comes from the verb mashal, “to compare to be similar like a proverb” If you look only at the book of Proverbs, it might appear that a proverb is a short saying containing a nugget of truth. However OT evidence represents the word in broader uses than just a pithy saying. Ex: Balaam’s long discourse is termed a mashal (Num. 23:7-24:4). As is the proverb that Saul had become part of when it was asked “Is Saul also among the prophets?” so a proverb is then a way to get you thinking whether through the book of Proverbs and pithy sayings or the extended discourse of Balaam or the philosophical question of “Is Saul also among the prophets?”.

Samuel then calls the people together in proclaiming Saul king over them but does not spare them the fact that they are indeed rejecting God once again in their desire to be like the other nations around them. Genesis 49:10 considered by most to be a messianic allusion to Jesus Christ the son of God, the true King of Israel see also; (Ezek. 21:27 Until he comes) Perhaps we get ahead of ourselves as did the desire of the people to be like the other nations in having a king instead of waiting for the prophesized king in Jesus Christ the son of God who was yet to come?

So then after Saul was found hidden among the equipment and he was brought forward from his hiding spot it was noticed again by all that there was no one like him among all the people and they all shouted “Long live the king!”. Even though the people rejected God in the act of demanding a king God gave them Saul from among themselves who was from the tribe of Benjamin when the promised king was to come from the tribe of Judah which David, Solomon and Jesus came from I guess that was overlooked by the people or perhaps we should consider it pure ignorance even though they had Samuel telling them it was wrong who was God’s voice and guidance for the people of Israel. The Genesis prophecy 49:10 or the messianic allusion was clear that the king would come from the tribe of Judah.

When something is clearly biblical such as do not judge which is mentioned as a statement many times throughout the Bible. How then do we whom are considered to be Christians; in the body of Christ allow ourselves the act of judging others when we are merely to be vessels of Gods uncommon love? Are you a vessel for God’s Love? Before you became a Christian were you a sinner? Are you a sinner still? What does the scripture say about that? Answer these questions and examine yourself before you would judge another and perhaps after a thorough self examination you may not judge others and consider yourself to be the purveyor of righteousness and an ambassador of God’s word here on earth when you are to be merely to be a vessel for his Love.

Remember Saul became king by simply looking for some donkeys that went missing he was minding his own business and got appointed king of Israel along the way. What is God appointing you to do for him? Are you willing to listen and wait for the appointment or will you rush ahead of God and find your own way?

I heard a prophetic word this week in that God is calling us all to a higher standard with His love as the common denominator… (psst spread the word)

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Paul’s Thorn…


Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” 2 Corinthians 12:7 was allowed by God just as Satan was granted dominion over Job’s wealth and then his health. As we learned from the Job story that God believes in us the same way we believe in Him and nothing in all creation can come between our faith in the Almighty, if only we believe. So what was the reason for Paul’s thorn in his flesh if not to help him to avoid being “exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations” as the text says. As we read further we see that he pleads 12:8 that it might depart. No use splitting hairs or forming dogmatic conclusions on what the exact particulars of this passage may be 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. Of this much we are sure a “thorn in the flesh” had come upon Paul by the way of a messenger of Satan and that the Providence of God allowed this to happen.

So God allows Paul and I would stagger a guess at all believers in general the act of suffering as a way of growing spiritually as opposed to worldly. We all live in this world, we all have certain beliefs from this world and God wants to replace lies with truth. The bottom line is that there is pain involved in growing in Godliness just as there is pain in creation, birth, muscles, etc. The whole idea here is it seems to be a rule that there is no growth except by pain. We are advised over and over to embrace our trials and count them as blessings as I’m sure that the blessings follow the trial, if only you believe. Could this be God’s way of teaching us to have a positive attitude for the Kingdom that is the opposite of the prosperity teaching which obviously seemed to exist even in the time of Job and Paul’s ministry? Or perhaps we are to embrace our trials as a way of learning simple logic and being able to accept things as they are and not as we think they should be, trusting God all the while.

Either way if we learn or willfully choose not to turn from our path as we work through our trial, to which this is likely specifically chosen for us due to the condition of our hearts. We will come out the other side as we should be. With further God given knowledge and revelation that strengthens our walk with the Almighty and helps in the remaking of the new creation we have become.

So I ask you again Christian can you feel the presence of God when you walk with Him, talk with Him, worship Him, argue with Him (yes you can argue with God), wrestle with Him, listen to Him, wait for Him, serve Him, receive Him, preach Him, Can you feel the presence of God?

If you cannot feel the presence of God there is only one solution and lest God do it for you I would humble myself today!

1 PETER 5:6

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

If everything was always rosy okey dokey for Paul many more people would have came to Christ but his condition scared away the faint hearted shallow folk that attended church just for the image. You know the type always to busy to commit to anything or to serve when asked or most times begged. We are not here to consider each others feelings when in truth we are phoney baloneys attending church just for the image of it.

So how would you know if you’re one of these types?

Simple really, ask yourself theses questions and the answer will tell you if you are a real Christian or the phoney baloney type that is attending church just for image.

1. How many folks did you bring to Jesus today?

2. How about his week?

3. How about this month?

4. How about this year?

5. How about your whole life?

You want to be a real Christian, tell people about Jesus and discard your excuses in the refuse pile with all the other garbage TODAY!

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Walking with God… Part Deux (2)


Before we get back to Saul lets take a look at the parallel sufferings of Job and Paul and how their suffering in and of itself may have strengthened them in their gift of faith in God the Father.

Job a man who had grown children, was very rich and was considered greatest of all the people of the East. He was a man who feared God and shunned evil.

Job 1:6 Satan, satan (sah-tahn) Strongs #7854: An opponent, the arch enemy of all that is good. Satan is a hater, a destroyer, an accuser, obstructer and adversary of God and all who would fear and obey Gods will.

Now the story of Job and Paul are both stories of real men in a real time, with real names, real feelings and the ability to think just like you and I. So if Satan felt compelled to bother them it was due to his wanting to stop what they were doing for God. That is why scripture continually tells us to count trials as honor in serving our God. Job had a fear of God that his sons may have sinned and cursed God in their hearts so he regularly offered intercessory prayer for them.

Satan came before God and God bragged about the righteousness of Job to Satan, (Job 1:8Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."). The response of Satan was to accuse Job saying “if God took away his hedge of protection from him Job would surely curse Him”. God then gives control (permission) of all Jobs possessions to Satan but he is not to harm Job physically. Now in perspective, the beauty of this passage and story is that not only did Job believe in God but God also believed in Job, isn’t that great, that God can believe in us as we do Him?

Job’s first response after losing all he had was not to question why but to accept it and to continue to praise God with this;

"Naked I came from my mother's womb,
and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised."

Satan is really peeved now and again asks God for permission this time to affect Jobs health and physical wellness. God allows this too. Now just as God himself in Jesus Christ choose Paul when we would not have, we must not try to put anthropomorphic thinking (human attributes unto God) as a rule. Rather we should take comfort in the fact that God calls and equips us and believes in us with the same measure we do Him.

Ask yourself this Christian, how would you have faired in Job’s position, would you have cursed God for losing all your wealth even your health if in the same position? Do you trust the relationship you have with the almighty to be one that is unbreakable by you or Him because of your belief and faith in the strength and love that bonds the relationship? Have you pursued God first, as it is written “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you”? Back to 1Samuel 16:7 God does not see as we do his sight is deeper than surface as we are surface only. We cannot see the heart of any man except for our own hearts that is why scripture compels us to examine ourselves first.

God finally reveals himself as a whirlwind (Job 38:1-42:6) to Job and ends the argument of Job and his friends. God challenges Job to learn from his suffering as compared to the suffering we as humans think that we or others suffer due to something intrinsically wrong, that we must suffer penitently as opposed to educationally for furtherance of our minds, spirits and wisdom. God describes the greatness of the earth, the heavens and his awesome design of all creatures upon the earth. God then allows and challenges Job to directly question Him.

God further challenges Job by asking Job directly if he is the judge of God 40:8. We as humans feel that we must be judges and that is our original sin to judge. We judge God based on the actions of professing Christians, we judge God based on what he does or doesn’t do. We judge people based on their suffering thinking they must have done something wrong or are so full of sin to deserve their calamity or position in life. When if we do as Job did and spent the time of a trial holding fast to our innocence we would be justified and righteous for God believed that we are capable of such character.

However those who did not hold fast the confession of God were reprimanded and their fate put into the hands of the one who gave intercessory prayer from the beginning (Job 42:8-10). Job’s friends were ordered to humble themselves by giving a burnt offering and that Job the true servant of God would pray for them and forgiveness of their folly lest God deal with them according to their folly.

To Be Continued…Next Paul’s Thorn

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Walking with God…

When you walk with God can you feel His presence (Shekhinah)? This form is the English spelling of a feminine word from biblical Hebrew. Shechinah is derived from the Hebrew verb שכן. In biblical Hebrew the word means to literally settle, inhabit or dwell.

Hebrew lesson aside lets look at the Bible for some illustration of the word or the lack of Shekhinah in the lives and deeds of some early biblical characters lets start with Saul.

1 Samuel 8:1 – 15:35, establishes Saul as King of Israel. The text says Saul was very handsome and that there was not a more handsome person amongst all the children of Israel and from his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. He was a married man with one son, Jonathan.

God told Samuel that he had chosen Saul to reign over His people and he was then anointed as King and later proclaimed King over Israel. The text says again that there was no one like him among all the people. So Saul chosen by God to reign over His people because they demanded a King from among themselves God granted their desire. The importance of this time is an ending of the apostasy that took place in the era of judges and the people now established, still didn’t trust God enough but demanded a King, which God provided in Saul. Saul who was physically superior to all the people and to look and see it you would notice it.

This point brings us half way through the story so far and reminds me of a verse yet further ahead at;

1 Samuel 16:7

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Samuel 16:7 Septuagint reads For God does not see as man sees; Targum reads It is not by the appearance of a man; Vulgate reads Nor do I judge according to the looks of a man.

God knows our nature to judge because it is our original sin and part and parcel of what we are. We are judges of God and man alike for our original sin was not disobedience in the eating of the apple but judgement. The symptom of this sin is the way we live from the outside in depending on outside influences to tell us we are right, good, righteous, good looking, the list is unbelievably inexhaustible. If I can only achieve this then I will be accepted by all. Meanwhile God accepts us as we are you don’t need a membership to enjoy God’s covenant blessings but you do need to trust and believe God’s word.

For blessed are those who believe without seeing John 20:29

To Be Continued…

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Loving others as we love ourselves…


God calls us to Love others like we Love ourselves, what I want to know from you guys is how do you Love yourselves? If you know that then you can love others in the same way. Self-Love is important because God told us to Love others like we love ourselves, the way we love ourselves is unconditional or the Greek word is agape love. The central command of scripture is love and the central prohibition is judgment. Consider this scripture as you meditate on what it means to Love your neighbor as you love yourself.


Leviticus 19:18

You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Matthew 19:19

Honor your father and your mother,’[a] and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 19:19 Exodus 20:12, 16; Deuteronomy 5:16, 20
  2. Matthew 19:19 Leviticus 19:18

Mark 12:31

And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[a] There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 12:31 Leviticus 19:18

Luke 10:27

So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 10:27 Deuteronomy 6:5
  2. Luke 10:27 Leviticus 19:18

Romans 13:9

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,”[a] “You shall not covet,”[b] and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[c]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 13:9 NU-Text omits "You shall not bear false witness."
  2. Romans 13:9 Exodus 20:13–15, 17; Deuteronomy 5:17–19, 21
  3. Romans 13:9 Leviticus 19:18

Galatians 5:14

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 5:14 Leviticus 19:18

James 2:8

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you do well;

Footnotes:

  1. James 2:8 Leviticus 19:18

This is how I love myself:

I eat properly, keep myself bathed and clean, My hair is how I choose to wear it. I play music daily and praise God daily. I look to the best interests of my family and those under my care. I am self-employed and enjoy that immensely. I forgive myself and those around me. I teach that the rudimentary principles of Christianity "The central command of scripture is Love and the central prohibition is judgment" to my family, friends, neighbors, associates, strangers and any that will listen. I like movies and music and having fun. I like skiing and mountain biking.

How about you how do you love yourself so that you might know how to love others?

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Relationships


Luke 10:38-42
has a great story about relationship as viewed by Jesus in regards to a certain woman named Martha and her sister Mary in a certain village named Bethany, a suburb of Jerusalem.

Now the story goes as Martha was distracted with much serving her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening intently to his words. Martha was very busy and I can imagine the dialogue that must have been in her head to lead her to say what she said next to Jesus.

“Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

Now she was more than likely mad at her sister for not helping in the first place but what surprises me is that she also sounds mad at Jesus with the “Lord do you not care” remark.

So as she was working herself up the dialogue in her head could have been something like this;

Look at Mary as she sits there doing nothing but sitting at Jesus’ feet I know she can see me and ignores my efforts to grab her attention. And look at this Jesus why does he not say something must I do all the work myself.

So finally she say’s something and surprisingly again instead of addressing her sister Mary and asking for her help, she addresses Jesus.

“Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. (Jesus could probably hear the dialogue in her head) But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”

“The Good part, which will not be taken away from her”. Mary chooses to stop and listen to the word of God and allows it to penetrate her heart and Jesus said it would not be taken away from her.

Do you believe that the word of God is in you and will not leave you?

Do you believe that the word penetrates your heart and changes you from the inside out?

Instead of living from the inside out we live from the outside in. We allow the world to infect us and to change our behavior. Instead of sitting at the feet of the Lord and listening to His words, we are busy with other things. How quickly we forget to seek first the kingdom of God.

May...

The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

How Many?


How many people did you bring to Christ yesterday, today, this week, this month, this year? Did you ever wonder what the fruit is you’re supposed to be bearing as a Christian? The fruit we bear and how we are recognized is the people we bring to Christ the Bible is full of this type of imagery Jeremiah 17:8. In the book of Hosea the prophet says if only Israel would do what’s right, Hosea 10:12, in other words get busy doing what is right, right now!

Jesus said of false prophets by their fruit you will know them Matthew 7:16 and he goes on to show that good comes from good bad from bad. In order to fully understand this we need to look at the whole teachings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount, thematically Matthew 5:1-7:29.

The greatest problem that I can see is that we as Christians are always making excuses why we can’t evangelize instead of looking at how we can. There are many ways to evangelize as I covered in the ABC’s of Evangelism. But which way would work best for you? Why not use the way Jesus did the way a salesperson sells is very similar to how Jesus told others who he was and why they must believe. He related then created an opportunity to convict and then revealed himself.

I use The Way of the Master personally because I see its fruit almost daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. I taught my kids this method by first having a competition on who could remember the Ten Commandments in order. We gave prizes to them for doing the work of memorizing them in order 1-10 We posted up the Ten commandments for Kids in their rooms, the living room and kitchen. We found this through Ray comfort’s ministry Living Waters. We have helped to save kids and whole family's in our neighborhood through this method. It works if you as a family are all on the same page and practice together. It also helps to lead by example to show your kids it works the ripples start slow then reach out beyond our limits. If a child can understand it you can too! Here it is below;















Print these off and use them like a presentation but don't forget to memorize them, practice on every one of your family and friends. Then try other people you know in your neighborhood, workplace, school and extracurricular activities. You can do it pray before you start each time.















To see this way of evangelizing in action check out Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort evangelizing on the streets of America to everyone form Joe average - L.A. gang members



The Way of the Master

May...

The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Christian Common Sense…

Do you know what it is or how to use it? Common sense is well, common, it is simple and straight forward, it is truthful. Some people say if you don’t have it you can’t get it. I disagree with that; common sense is available to anyone and everyone who wants it. So how does that relate to Christian common sense? I guess you need to know what it isn't, it is not sophisticated, it is not hard to grasp, it is not your net worth, it is not your job, it is not your looks, it is not your education, it is not your feelings. Common sense is practical my little boys who are three and four understand it so it should be a whiz for you.

Christian Common Sense 101

1. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, Matthew 6:33 This means

  • Read your Bible, dictionary, concordance, etc.
  • Pray, meditate daily
  • Growth, seminars, conferences, etc.
  • Read books with scripture
  • Attend a church that teaches from the Bible
  • Fellowship with other believers, prayer groups, bible studies, etc.

2. Follow through on your Promises, Jeremiah 34:16, Matthew 28:19

  • Evangelize
  • Serve
  • Practice at Home, Work, Everywhere you go

3. Obey God, Exodus 20:3, the rules of the land, Romans 13:1

  • Put God first in your life
  • Vote, you decide
  • Work, get involved
  • Take pride in your neighbourhood & community

4. Live the Gospel of Christ, that means;

  • Giving to those in need
  • Practice hospitality
  • Share your Faith
  • Do NOT grow weary of doing good

Imagine if we all did this there would be no atheists because they would pray God would give us the order of their need, we would help they would be converted. There would be no apostasy within the body of Christ because we would NOT be hurting each other. Instead we would be demonstrating outrageous love for each other daily.

And last but not least remember to REPENT DAILY Romans3:23

May...

The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Selling Salvation...


As a young boy of around five (5) years old or so a vacuum cleaner salesman came to our home and sold my Mom a vacuum it was a Filter Queen I think. Anyway he was very entertaining and I remember saying to myself that it was something I wanted to do when I got bigger. The technique he used was very simple and what every good salesman does by instinct. Its called the RCCR principle and it works like this;

  1. He Related to my Mom by commenting how clean and nice her home was and said something nice about us kids.

  1. He Created an opportunity within the relating monologue to talk about her home and its so-called cleanliness thereby Creating an opportunity to talk about his product.

  1. He Convicted her by making his machine pull unbelievable amounts of dirt from her carpets and furniture.

  1. He Revealed how she could own this fabulous piece of machinery for less than pennies per day.

Needless to say she bought the vacuum, but I also bought the fact that I wanted to be a salesman who sold vacuums. Something I did for close to twelve (12) years of my life which spanned several models such as; Electrolux, Kirby, Filter Queen and Water-Matic. I am still a salesman today, the only difference is I create products and opportunity for myself and I use the same principles when I evangelize let me show you how it works. So does Ray comfort from Living Waters

  1. Relate: We can relate to others by the simple fact that we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. If you say that becoming a Christian removes the possibility of sin from your life you are a liar. Consider Romans 3:9-20

  1. Create: So by relating to them as equals not one that is better or thinks he/she is better but an equal. You create an opportunity to talk of Gods grace Ephesians 2:8-9 and the sacrifice of Christ John 3:16

  1. Convict: But before they believe you need to convict them of their sin if they don’t think they need God your chances of evangelizing them are zero. The law is meant to convict in order to use the law you need to know it Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments

I. 'You shall have no other gods before Me.'

II. 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.'

III. 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'

IV. 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.'

V. 'Honor your father and your mother.'

VI. 'You shall not murder.'

VII. 'You shall not commit adultery.'

VIII. 'You shall not steal.'

IX. 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.'

X. 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.'

Almost everyone has told a lie, stolen, not put God first in their lives. Jesus says in Matthew 5 that if any is angry it is the same as murder and that if any look at a woman with lust he has committed adultery.

  1. Reveal: God sent his son Jesus John 3:16 to take away the sin of the world and become sin. All are welcome Matthew 20 and all fall short of the glory of God in other words we are all sinners. David prayed this prayer in contrition to God for forgiveness of his sins let it become yours Psalm 51

Congratulations you have successfully sold the gospel of Christ just like a professional salesperson would sell his/her product to whomever and helped create another believer. If you don't consider yourself a salesperson but want to reach people with the gospel of Christ then you need to depend on the Holy Spirit for courage to do it.

Here are a multitude of ways to evangelize to others called the ABC`s of Evangelism


May...

The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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