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?

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 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

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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


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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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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?

As Christians or believers of the Way of Jesus Christ who defeated death and rose on the third day and now sits at the right hand of our Father in heaven our High Priest. We need the Holy Spirit in order to do God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit we can do all things we could not otherwise do. For instance we can speak another language without having any formal learning of it (speak in tongues Acts 2:4). For more on Holy Spirit gifts 1 Corinthians or try the Christ Centered Mall they have lessons on all the spiritual gifts;

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a real blessing and a full need for the body of Christ to be effective. But in order to receive this blessing there are a number of things you must do.

Receive the Holy Spirit

  1. You must be born again and have the indwelling spirit of Christ and belong to Him. If you are not a Christian see The Way of the Master and take the “Are you a “GOOD” person test”

  1. You must ask, the Bible says if we ask for the Holy Spirit, that prayer will be answered.

  1. You must surrender your will to that of God’s will a sacrifice of yourself to God.

  1. You must be willing to obey the Spirit for he will help you understand the mysteries of God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  1. You must believe by faith that if you ask for the Holy Spirit you will receive what you ask for.

  1. You must exercise what God has given you for your ministry of the witness of Jesus Christ.

Any Questions…?


May...

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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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Friday, June 15, 2007

Wisdom is a Woman!

Wisdom is a she, according to my Bible’s I have many and they all refer to wisdom as a she. For an exhaustive list Religious Studies has them listed from publication date, revision, etc.

If wisdom is a she then she becomes more than just a cold abstraction she becomes personified someone with whom we can communicate with, someone who communicates with us. According to this passage from the Bible; she eloquently communicates her eternal presence from the beginning.

Proverbs 8: 22-30

"The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,


She was beside God and he delighted in her daily should we not delight in her as well and not reject her for who she is in the Godhead for is there not a warning against rejecting her call.

Proverbs 1:20-33 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;

21 at the head of the noisy streets [a] she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

22 "How long will you simple ones [b] love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?

23 If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.

24 But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,

25 since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke,

26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you-

27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28 "Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me.

29 Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD,

30 since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,

31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm."

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 1:21 Hebrew; Septuagint / on the tops of the walls
  2. Proverbs 1:22 The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs generally denotes one without moral direction and inclined to evil.

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

Did you know the Bible was not always written as we know it today; chapter – verse but that is was originally meant to be understood in a thematic view. For example there are four ways to pray; Vocal, Meditation, Contemplation, Union with God... kind of like walking, riding a bike, driving a car, traveling by airplane.

To understand this better follow this link --> NIV Thematic Reference Bible, The

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Power of Prayer!



  • Do you pray everyday?

  • Do you know how to pray?

  • Would you like to learn to pray?





Well if you can put one or two syllables together you can pray! If you are shy you can pray! If you are very quiet person you can pray! If you are young or old you can pray! If you are a loud mouth Schnook you can pray! If you are angry or aggressive you can pray! If you are lazy and slow moving you can pray! If you only got one tooth you can pray! If you can't see the forest through the tree's you can pray! If you can ride a bike you can pray! If you can't speel or reed or rite to gooood you can pray!

If you think you don’t have time to pray what will you do when you run out of time and realize that it was the very thing you should have done?

If you think praying is for women what type of man sends his woman into battle for him?

If you think praying is for your parents or the weak minded wake up to the power of God and ask him to reveal himself to you in Jesus' name.

If you think you might start tomorrow then you should know that procrastination is the assassination of motivation and there is no time like the present!

If you think prayer is the work and ministry the prize you would be absolutely right!

Pray with me now it will literally only take one minute and it is the way Jesus taught us to pray when we pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory.

for ever and ever.

Amen


Wow that was easy, prayer is simple it is having a conversation with God just like you would anyone else. The only difference is that God has the ability to change any circumstance no matter how tough we think it is. I will relate something that happened to me before I became a believer, were God answered my prayer because I asked in Jesus' name.

Shortly before the day I became a believer I had partnered up with another fellow to build a board game we had investors lined up which then backed out we had no food left except for a box of Kraft dinner. He was a Christian and I was not, I used to tease him mercilessly at times. Out of hunger I decided to pray to his God “Jesus Christ” and asked for some bread and milk to go with the Kraft dinner I said; “Jesus please give us some bread and milk to go with the Kraft dinner, Amen” I did this with sarcasm towards his belief. We walked a ways down the street and found a bag with, you guessed it bread and milk, I tried to say it was coincidence at the time but my heart knew it was a miracle, an answered prayer, even God knows that you can’t have Kraft dinner without bread and milk to compliment it. Needless to say that Kraft dinner was the best I ever had and still enjoy eating it to this day. I never became a Christian that day but I did shortly after while riding on a bus with my brother who had become a Christian and was on fire for the Lord.

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 13, 2007

The Art Of Divine Intervention


Imagine for a minute that we needed to make cosmic decisions with our finite minds, decisions that not only affected ourselves and our family's, but every single family throughout history. Now imagine having to choose someone to continue the work your Son Jesus Christ started on earth. Be honest would you have chosen Paul?

If you don't have time to read the whole post below and follow the links bookmark it, and come back later I guarantee a change in your finite thinking to one that glorifies God in His Infinite wisdom.


Based on Bill Britton's classic; modified and expanded by Dean VanDruff.

MYSTERY BABYLON DENOMINATION
FOREIGN MISSIONS BOARD

To: Rev. Saul Paul
First Christian Church
Antioch, Syria

Dear Mr. Paul:

I have your application for missionary appointment before me, and will be as frank as possible concerning your qualifications as a foreign missionary. We have to be very careful in choosing our missionaries, and our Missions Board has reviewed your case thoroughly. We have decided that it would be unwise to send you to the foreign field for the following reasons:

  1. It has come to our attention that you are doing secular work on the side. We do not feel that making tents and full time ministry go together very well. [1Th 2:9] It seems that you do not have enough experience in trusting the Lord for your income. You should make up your mind whether you want to preach or continue your profession.
  2. Your previous actions have been very rash and unseemly for a minister. We learned that in a public meeting you opposed Dr. Simon Peter, an esteemed minister with a high reputation. [Ga 2:11-14] We also hear that you argued so violently with some of our ministers that a special council meeting had to be called at Jerusalem to prevent a serious split in the churches. [Ac 15:1-30] We frown on such radicalism. For your own good, I am enclosing a copy of Daius' Carnegus book on "How to Win Jews and Influence Greeks." [Ga 1:10, 1Th 2:4-6]
  3. You have conflicted with mature Jewish brethren in nearly every city you have visited who simply want to encourage the converted Pagans to be properly circumcised. Mr. Paul, you must know that these men are our most learned sages with a deep sense of the roots and history of our faith. As well, and more importantly, these men control the synagogues you could be ministering in if you would simply tone down your dialog into a more friendly and respectful exchange. [Gal 5:2-12]
  4. In checking back, we discovered your Christian education consisted of a three year course in Arabia. [Ga 1:15-20] We find that the Arabian school has not been approved by our accreditation board.
  5. Further, you admit to being an unskilled public speaker. [2Co 10:10, 11:6] Paul, surely you must know that people expect fine elocution from men of God, and that as a denomination we stand for the highest levels of excellence in the pulpit. Yet instead of going to much-needed oratory classes you spend your time making tents instead. From your correspondence, you also appear to be spending a considerable amount of time writing letters to insignificant little "churches" that meet in homes. [Ac 28:3-6] Honestly now; do you really think that such misguided activities are what will lead to your success in the world of religion? We strongly suggest that you put down your tools and set aside your pen, and instead practice hand gestures, facial expressions, and voice modulation in front of a mirror for several hours a day until you come up to par.
  6. It has come to the attention also that you often emphasize "the power of God" and "the gifts of the Spirit." [1Co 2:3-5, 12:1-7] Also that you speak in tongues a great deal. [1Co 14:18] Surely you realize that such as this only drives off the better class of people, and attracts only the riff-raff. It would be better to tone down those more sensational forms of worship. You sound as though you are "off the deep end." [1Co 3:18]
  7. It has been proven to our satisfaction that you had hands laid on you at Antioch with prophecy going forth, [Ac 13:1-3] with none of the Apostles or Headquarters brethren present to conduct this ordination service in the prescribed manner.
  8. We see here that you have a jail record in several places. [2Co 11:23-27] If this is true, it puts you in a bad light, for our denomination has always stood for a high standard of civic responsibility. I fear it would damage our reputation to have someone representing us that had served time in jails and prisons. Frankly, Mr. Paul, we seriously doubt you could have been innocent and the judge wrong in so many cases. It just doesn't look right.
  9. It seems that you are a troublemaker, Mr. Paul. Several business men of Ephesus have written us that you were the cause of severe loss of business to them and even stirred mob violence. You must learn to cultivate the friendship and influence of men such as these. [Ac 16:16-22]
  10. We also have some details of a shameful "over the wall in a basket" episode at Damascus, [2Co 11:30-33] plus a stoning at Lystra, and several other violent actions taken against your ministry. [2Ti 3:11] Haven't you ever suspected that conciliatory behavior and gentler words might gain you more friends?
  11. We have learned through channels that following some trouble with a preacher on the island of Cyprus, you began to allow yourself to be known by the Gentile pronunciation of your name rather than the proper Hebrew. [Ac 13:4-11] Yet another conflict, and then a name change. This does not seem to us to be conduct becoming to the ministry.
  12. You admitted in your application that in the past you neglected such needy fields as Bithynia, just because "the Spirit didn't lead that way," and that you undertook a hazardous journey on the strength of a dream you had at Troas. [Ac 16:6-10] Mr. Paul, surely you don't expect us to go along with such flimsy and fantastic excuses for your seemingly purposeless wanderings.
  13. Many times you did not stay long enough, in our opinion, to get a church established. You left your converts many times without even a pastor to guide them, and without setting the church in order in some good hierarchical denomination. [Ts 1:5]
  14. We hear also from Troas that you preach too long, one sermon lasting almost twenty-four hours, even to the extent that a young man fell asleep and was seriously injured. [Ac 20:7-12] We understand that you claim to have restored his life and raised him from the dead by falling on him and embracing him. What nonsense! We need practical men in the ministry, Mr. Paul, not high strung emotional radicals. Our advice is for you to shorten your sermons considerably. We find that about twenty minutes is the longest a minister can hold the attention of his audience these days. Our motto is "Stand up, speak up, and shut up."
  15. It is reported from your home church that you could not get along with your fellow ministers; that John Mark--a commendable young man and nephew of one of our leading ministers--had to leave your party in the middle of a journey; and that you had a sharp quarrel with gentle, good natured Barnabas. [Ac 15:36-40] Now these men are well thought of in Jerusalem and we wonder why you are always having trouble with your fellow workers?
  16. We have notarized affidavits from four very popular and influential preachers: Diotrephes, Demas, Hymenaeus, and Alexander; to the effect that it is impossible for them to cooperate with either you or your program. [1Ti 1:20]
  17. From what we hear, you seem to think that you have some direct sanction from on-high, boasting about your revelations and that God has chosen you to reveal some "Mystery". [Ep 3:3-4] Can't you realize that any truth that is to be revealed would come through Headquarters to the recognized, established brethren, and that after it had been checked by our Procedure and Doctrine Committee that we would distribute it on to the ministry?
  18. Finally, we hear that you claim to be an Apostle. We know nothing of this being passed upon by the proper authoritative channels and wonder how you could back that claim up, when the last Apostle was voted into office right here in Jerusalem. [Ac 1:26] Now that our denomination is firmly established, why do you imagine there would be any need for God to continue the Apostolic gifting?

As you see, Mr. Paul, we feel definitely after close scrutiny of your case, that you are undoubtedly the most unqualified applicant we have ever seen, and my advice for you is to find a church where you can work in harmony, and use your past education as perhaps a Sunday School teacher.

I hope I have prevented you from making a terrible mistake in your life.

Most sincerely yours,

J. Flavios Fluphehead, SECY


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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Christian Martyrs


The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is an organization that helps Christian martyrs around the world. If you think that Christian persecution is a thing of the past all you would have to do is go for a visit to Uganda in East Africa to see for yourself firsthand how Christians are persecuted and the existence of evil.

Currently there are 27,616,000 people in Uganda a 2005 census of those 85.1% are considered Christian includes all denominations. The biggest problem in Uganda comes from the longest standing war in history between The Uganda People’s Defense Force and the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA steals children at very young ages and forces them to fight through an indoctrination and brainwashing and fear.

There was a documentary made by four (4) young men in search of a story instead they found that evil is real and lives in Uganda East Africa. The Invisible Children is a documentary that shows some unbelievable facts of what has become known worldwide as the invisible children.

Click on the link to find out more about VOM and how you can help make a difference in the fight against persecution.




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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Antirrhinum of the Church Mission Statement

You know I can’t help but look at the whole church mission statement thing and wonder how it all started. When did we as believers allow others to tell us what we believe and why we believe what it is that is written on our behalf. I think the whole thing started as a way to keep us insulated from finding the outrageous love that God offers each believer through faith in Jesus Christ. It is almost as if scripture is not enough for the religious zealot in all his artifice. Or maybe it is a way to draw others into a tradition of honoring doctrine before truth.

Either way it is deceptive by nature, our nature, the nature of believing a lie instead of truth. After all isn’t that how it all started in the Genesis narrative when man choose to believe a lie instead of God.

  • And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: - Genesis 3:4

So if churches have the ability to imitate each other in the mission statement and thereby create a platform to extol their so-called virtues by way of solitary doctrine. Why do we lack the ability to heed the Spirit of God and be perfectly united in mind and thought with and for each other in the glorifying of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ?

Is it perhaps that all are wrong, because;

  • No eye has seen
  • No ear has heard
  • No mind has conceived

What God has prepared for those that love Him…?

I have a vision in my mind of a levy that is leaking all over the world (I am one of the leaks) and the faux concern of church leadership as it keeps trying to stop the leaks. But they only have so many fingers. On the other side of the levy are people like me, like you, that are seeing God as love and wondering why others who say they are like us (Christians) don’t get it. Now what happens when you are on the other side of the levy with your finger in the hole and it breaks? Will you be able to stand and admit that you never knew Gods love and accept it for what it is? I believe you will because Gods love is beyond our comprehension it is so out of what we think it is, it covers a multitude of sins.

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Sunday Worship Service - Satan’s last Gasp…


This morning I felt led to a local Baptist Church to worship there so off I went Bible in hand prepared to hear the message. I had made some cards with the M.A.C. tag on them along with the url to this blog and decided to hand them out to anyone brave enough to say hi. The Pastors message was powerful, encouraging, inter-active and full of God’s wisdom. I felt encouraged by the folks I met and gave out my newly made card as a way of allowing them to get to know the spiritual me better by reading my blog. The hymns were great the service was great everything was excellent and right at the end this fella, who I guess owns the church or something gives me back my card.

I took the card back and said ok, no problem but he wanted to engage me as to the reasons he gave it back so I listened.

  • Reason #1 – I don’t know you but if you get to know me then you can give me your card.
  • Alrighty then, I tried to explain that the card was about a blog and a way for him to get to know me better if he had a mind to. I also asked him out to coffee which he quickly declined. So much for getting to know him better.
  • Reason #2 – I don’t want to know you because I think you’re here to change my church. Then he added I don’t know for sure but that’s what I think.
  • I said; “I’m just here to worship man and hear the message” I did pray before going in that God would reveal his people to me and that the message would penetrate my heart.
  • Reason #3 – I am overly protective of my church and who we let in the doors and then he asked if I understood.
  • I said; “No I don’t but I would like to hear more, I just don’t think this is the place, perhaps over coffee”. Again he declined my offer to have coffee together.

I believe that the Spirit world reflects what going on in the physical world and that he felt convicted by my presence (1Corinthians 3:1). I do believe that change is needed in the church today no matter what your denomination may be (consider where we would be without the reformer Martin Luther) or if you would like to explore this ministry called In His Heart it is very revealing and prophetic. Furthermore as a believer I should be welcome in any church that truly worships Jesus Christ. I would like to point out that I did feel welcome throughout my visit there by every person I met with the exclusion of that fella.

So if we are to live a biblical life, then we shouldn’t pick and choose what biblical points we are to follow but should follow them all. The Pastor pointed out, point blank that "we are the temple" not the church building but us as believers are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Should we not treat each other as such, even when we don’t know someone? A verse that pops to mind is from Jeremiah 7:4

“Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!"

So that fella was trying to tell me that, the church building was the temple of the Lord and that he didn’t like me and he doesn’t want me in his church. Now that doesn’t sound very biblical to me. Now if I was stupid I could have become offended by this and stormed out of there never to return again.(Mark 9:42) But since I’m not stupid and trust in what God is leading me to. I must not be offended but rather choose to pray for my enemy, which is what this fella has more or less, chosen to become to me. This attitude is what is wrong with our middle and upper class churches today they are exclusive instead of inclusive. I went to another church in the poor part of town and not knowing a soul, got up and demonstrated my faith by singing for the whole congregation a song I had written that very day.

Now the thing is, that this guy must have meditated on what he was going to say to me the whole time and probably missed the whole message that was given. The Pastor did talk about someone who was uprooted from their church and had trouble fitting in somewhere else. His advice to him was to fit in or go somewhere else, I guess he thought that I was there to…, not fit in, because maybe my hair is too long, I didn’t have on a suit, or a tie. I just didn’t look like him. Meanwhile, I’m just trying to find somewhere to fit in, thats in my neighborhood, to worship corporately with people like me (100% to Gods word by the Spirit). Somewhere that follows all Gods precepts from the toughest to the easiest knowing that we can’t do it on our own we need God’s help and each other for sharpening.

I know that this might be a lot to ask for from a church body, but it I will not compromise just like the message that the Pastor gave today about marriage and being unequally yoked with unbelievers. I will leave the unbelievers behind me as I go. And just like that Pastor asked for forgiveness of our human nature within their church walls I will choose to forgive that man for his blatant insensitivity to me, a vessel and temple of the Holy Spirit. I am on a mission to find a church in my neighbourhood (middle class) that follows all Gods ways from the smallest to the biggest. So far no luck but I found several in the heart of our poorest area of town and go for refreshment when needed.

We are not here to judge, exclude, divide because without unity in our own camp, the enemy has us right were he wants us, DIVIDED. I appeal to any who read this that you would not be silent or offended by these things, that you would not allow this type of thing to continue in your church. Its always easier for us as people to look at another and see the sawdust when we should be focusing on the plank in our own eye.

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