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Happy New Year, 2017

As we say goodbye to 2016 and begin 2017, it is my prayer that it be a year filled with God’s blessings and happiness in greater abundance more than last year. It is my prayer that you grow stronger and closer to God and that you find what He wishes to do with your life this year. May it be a year of prosperity, health, and peace!

Instead of setting unrealistic goals and expectations, I encourage you to seek God first in everything that you do. Let your goals be His goals and His expectations become your expectations! Let Him guide your steps every minute of every day, and He will not fail you! Continue reading Happy New Year, 2017

Power

This is likely my last post for 2016, so I thought I would exit the year with an exciting topic.

In scripture, there are four Greek words that translate into a single English word…power. Now this is with a caveat in that there are many derivatives of these words, each with its own uniqueness in how it applies to one’s understanding of a particular verse. For the purposes of what I want to post here, though, I am limiting it to the four root words which are exousia, dunamis, kratos, and ischus. Continue reading Power

Christ

I’m going to make this post very short because it also serves as the basis for many hours of sermons. However, because there is a disconnect with the actual translation of the word, I felt that something needed to be written here if for no other reason but to springboard into a longer post later.

The word Christ occurs almost 540 times in the New Testament (see Strong’s 5547 [Greek]). If the New Testament uses the word that many times, then there must be a reason for it, right? Often it is used either with Jesus’ name or it may be frequently found alone. So what does this word mean then? Continue reading Christ

Merry Christmas, 2016

As we celebrate this holiday with family and friends, let us not forget the real meaning of Christmas. It is not about the food or presents. It is not about greed and commercialism.

Today, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ without Whom none of us would have hope! He is the real reason for Christmas!

May this day be a joyful and safe one for your family and you this wonderful day!

Merry Christmas, from our ministry family to yours!

God Walked Through The Blood (Part 3)

You can read Part 1 or Part 2 if you have not already.

When I was meditating on the covenant that God made with Abraham, I was visualizing the broken pieces lying on the ground and the pool of blood that God walked through. This was the moment that the Holy Spirit shook me to my core with other imagery. He flashed forward in scripture to the very scene that I just described the day Jesus was executed. His body was broken, and His blood was spilled out. Continue reading God Walked Through The Blood (Part 3)

God Walked Through The Blood (Part 2)

You can read Part 1 if you have not already.

Scripture paints a grotesque scene as it describes in vivid detail what happened to Jesus in the moments prior to and leading up to the Cross. All four gospels tell that Jesus was scourged before His execution. Let me take a few moments to explain this process that I have been studying throughout this year. Continue reading God Walked Through The Blood (Part 2)

God Walked Through The Blood (Part 1)

There are three areas of the Old Testament that I really enjoy reading…the story of Abraham, the story of Moses and the Exodus (I enjoy reading the entire book), and the story of David. With each of those key figures, God established covenants that are pivotal in scripture. In seminary they are referenced as Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic. Prevailing seminary theology teaches that they are separate and distinct with each one standing alone. While I do agree that there are specific elements that are unique to each protagonist, I see these covenants as a continual thread where God makes a promise about the future and seals it in blood, which scripture says was necessary (see Hebrews 9:16-22). The common denominator throughout these is the covenant and is what fascinates me the most. Continue reading God Walked Through The Blood (Part 1)

Laodicean Epistle

I was reading the book of Colossians today. There is apparently a Pauline epistle that we are missing from scripture. According to Colossians 4:16 we read:

16 Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. (NKJV, italics added for emphasis)

I’ve read this before, and each time it sort of surprises me. Paul had written an epistle to the Laodiceans that he wished to be swapped with the Colossians once each church was finished reading the one marked for them.

I wonder what happened to it? Given that the Church at Laodicea is one of the seven churches being admonished by Jesus in Revelation for being lukewarm, perhaps they destroyed it out of spite. Perhaps it was just lost or destroyed through the ages. Or what about the possibility that it is still yet to be discovered?

Now wouldn’t that be exciting?! I wonder what this epistle said and what extra information might be found in it. It’s something curious to think about.

Early Morning Shave

Pretty much all of my life, I have been clean shaven. Combine that with my normally short haircut, and it makes me look younger than my age (not that I’m old in the first place).

I must confess that every now and then, I end up going through some March hare notion that growing out my facial hair in some form or fashion will make me look older…or more refined…or wiser beyond my years. Most people say it just makes me look stupid. Continue reading Early Morning Shave

Heaven’s Witness Relocation Program

I am convinced that Heaven has a witness relocation program.

I think that Adam and Eve had to have their names changed. Think about it.

It’s because of Adam the world got messed up. The reason why guys has to work so hard to make a living. Every guy who gets there is going to want to ask him, “What on Earth were you thinking?”

Because of Eve, women had pain in childbirth and monthly cramps. Women are gonna want some ‘splainin. So are the guys since they had to suffer in their own rights each month. Don’t believe me? Ask any PMS poster child, and he’ll tell you.

So I think when we get to Heaven we’re going to find a lot of people looking for Adam and Eve.

Only to find out their names have been changed to Bob and Francis. They are the only ones who are going to have a protection detail.

I can see it now. Everywhere they go, they will be surrounded by angels with sunglasses who are talking into their wings.

Otherwise, Bob and Francis…AKA Adam and Eve…are going to have a lot of people constantly asking them questions for all of eternity!

 

One Man’s Treasure

One day a very wealthy man died and went home to be with the Lord. Immediately, he began bargaining with God about taking something to Heaven with Him. The Lord told him that he’d have to leave everything behind.

Adamantly, the man stood his ground and kept hounding God about taking something with him. They went round and round, back and forth until finally the Father, weary of the fight, agreed. God said, “If it will get you to stop arguing, you can bring one bag with you.”

The man, now happy he’d won, got to the pearly gates, where he was met by Saint Peter. Peter also began to argue with the man telling him that he couldn’t take anything into Heaven.

Again, the man stood his ground and told Peter that he had special permission to bring his one bag into Heaven with him. The two argued for a while until the man told Peter to call God and ask Him. So Peter called the Throne Room to double check, and after a short time returned to continue the conversation with the new arrival.

“Well,” he said scratching his head, “I’ve never seen this before but the Father said it was OK, and if it’s OK with Him, then it’s OK with me.” So he let the man into Heaven carrying his bag.

The man proudly carried it under his arm. After all, he was the only one to pull off such a feat. News of his arrival and his possession quickly carried through all of Heaven. People stopped to stare at him as he walked past them.

Finally, the apostle Paul came up and started talking with him.

“Sir, I hope you don’t mind, but it is no secret what you’ve managed to accomplish. Never before has the Father ever let anyone come into Heaven with anything, much less a bag full of something. Would you mind, please, if I took a look at what was in your bag?”

The man, who was grinning ear to ear, was eager to show off his wares. “Why no, not at all. I don’t mind a bit,” he said. So he quickly opened up the bag and presented it to Paul.

When Paul looked into the bag, it was filled with solid gold bricks.

Paul, who had a puzzled look on his face, checked the bag two more times before speaking again.

“Uh, Sir? Why did you bring pavement?”

Time Wasters

I once heard a preacher recall something his father, who was also a preacher, said to someone. The elder pastor remarked, “If someone accused me of killing my own grandmother, I wouldn’t take the time to deny it.” The junior pastor then elaborated that the devil is skilled at putting little “fires” in our pathways in order to get our focus off the raging “forest fire” that is in front of us. He continued that if we ignore the smaller fires and keep looking at the big one, the little ones will eventually burn themselves out without our having to do anything. His dad’s comment illustrated his resolve not to let trivial things that didn’t matter get in the way of ministry. Continue reading Time Wasters

Too Much Information

Last week, I finally did it. I broke the Facebook tether. I found no further use for it personally. Over this past year of elections, Supreme Court rulings, and social hot button issues, it had become nothing but an electronic cesspool that constantly filled my mind with garbage. Continue reading Too Much Information

An Excellent Spirit

Today, I began reading the first part of the book of Daniel, partly because I have been listening to different sermons the past week, and he keeps popping up throughout them. I figured that if God kept putting him as a common theme so many times in rapid succession, then maybe there was something specific that I needed to hear again. I went into this with the intent of reading very slowly to allow God to minister to me. The more I thought about what I had read, the more my heart was broken for God and the more I wanted to be like this great prophet. I only made it through the first six chapters before I had to stop to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the Word that I had read. My thoughts on what I read are what follows. Continue reading An Excellent Spirit

Toxic Relationships

With all that has been going on for the past month, I am finally at a point where I can start writing again…I think…I hope. Actually I tried to start this blog a couple of nights ago on the app only to find it frustrating. I am sure that is an excellent way to write short notes or to make minor edits to existing blogs. While I can text moderately fast, it is nowhere near my typing speed. A gorilla texting with his toes seems faster than I am sometimes, so I just held off until I could get to a real PC, which is fine because it gave me time to really think about what I wanted to write.

Moving on… Continue reading Toxic Relationships

Redeemed

I am listening to the song Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave as I type this, and I am reminded of exactly what God has done for us through the saving blood of Jesus Christ.

All of humanity is flawed. It is a sobering reality to realize that no matter how good we try to be, that we are incapable of being good in and of ourselves. From the moment we enter into the world to the time that we exit it, we are steeped in sinful behavior, thoughts, and actions. Because of Adam’s sin, we are all cursed with his punishment. Continue reading Redeemed