Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our politics fail, but the Cross will not!

God, ultimately it's Your deal ..this whole salvation thing.. but we do want to be a part of what You're doing here. Yes Lord, let that daily be my motto for life. What a joy and huge privilege we have! But our friends and family members are on our hearts, so please help us continue to share Your Word with power as we preach the Cross. I can't change people and with Your help won't try. But You can by the Cross. That's where the power is. Thanks for being alive again. Our leaders have let us down, we've let ourselves down.. but You never have. We trust You to use us as part of the Solution, when too many vote-ignorant, exist that way, and opt to be part of the problem. In Christ's Name. Amen.  

"It is not before us, but before the Cross that the world trembles." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Rescued: By Jesus' love;
Rescued: For life above;
Rescued: To serve my King;
Rescued: My praise to bring. ~ Verway

Today, we live in a Land of fear, but the Bible tells us to fear not. 
We have Isis, lack, a lame economy with this great recession, joblessness, Ebola, wide open boarders and uber-zealous Muslims and Mexican gangs entering at will.. with up to 34 MILLION blank green cards and work permits being ordered ahead of our leader's imperial edict of forced illegal immigrant 'amnesty.' How is it there in your nation, family and personal life

"Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob." 114/7ps

"The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion." 28/1pro 

"By this we know love, because [Jesus] laid down His life for us." 3/16one.jn.

I love the Cross cuz I love the Lord. When people were stuck with their prob, drowning in our sin, the Father gave His best. Jesus Christ was sent. He came and gave His life just to come to our aid. You and me and our friends were the ones that He came to rescue. From dead inside to life.. He made us. He came down from heaven above and pulled us to safety. He did this by vicariously taking our place.. by taking the punishment at Calvary for all of our wrongdoings as He died on the Cross (1 Peter 2:24). And three days later He emerged; He was resurrected so we can enjoy life everlasting. The Bible says, "By this we know love, because [Jesus] laid down His life for us" (1 John 3:16). Jesus' sacrificial love for us now motivates us, compels us, sends and inspires us.. to go show genuine love like He did.. "in deed and in truth" (v.18), yes, to others with whom we have relationships.

As we read through the Bible we see glimpses of the Cross in past history.. all through it. History is His story. In this current time I see white crosses on churches all over this city I live in, this city with so many streets and avenues named after Bible places and people.

Will we as the Lord's church, see glimpses of His Cross in the future that'll remind us of the high price that Jesus paid for us with His blood? Yes, I think we will.

The Bible speaks of our future saying, "And one of the elders said to me, 'Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.' And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain.." 5/6-7rom.

"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for salvation to those who believe, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." 1/16rom.

Fear not.. knowing Jesus and spreading His Good News is thrilling! The need is urgent. The time is now. God and His purpose hasn't changed. Billions of people across the globe are still waiting to hear the lifesaving Gospel message. The Church is God's Plan A for getting it to them and He basically doesn't have a Plan B. facebook.com/shareJesus

Monday, October 20, 2014

When you make a commitment, you can build some hope. When you keep it, you actually build trust. Doing the later is more important.

God's gracious loyalty and faithfulness to us needs to be ..simply must be.. the inner motivation for us to be loyal and faithful by that very same grace. 

You won't please God by moving in with anyone who says they'll eventually marry you when they get the money together. That would be dumb as a donkey would do, no, much dumber. Why even date someone, Christian single guy or girl, when you know they are not even saved and there's really no chance that you'd ever want to marry that person?

"If marriage is going to reach its potential, it will require an all-out investment by both husband and wife." ~ Dr. James C. Dobson 

Jude (1:21) says, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God..” Friendship in the Lord is a deep oneness. It's about real love that develops when two people, speaking the truth in love to one another, help each other in a journey together towards the same horizon. Trust that God has good plan for you.

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.." Eph. 5:25

"A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones." Prov. 12:4

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” ~ Timothy Keller

Let there be real love and righteous romance! 

"Keep yourselves in the love of God"
  Is what He says to do;
  Feeding on His Word each day,
  You'll find His love anew. ~ Hess

Listen, if you need wisdom and guidance.. if you want to renew your love for Christ and others, just review His love for you. Ask and stay in His love letter the Bible.  

Doing a second wrong in an effort to correct a first one, won't at all make the first wrong, the second wrong, or any wrong.. right.

If you claimed to be a Christian and then moved in to live with your boyfriend or girlfriend ...because they said Praise the Lord.. and that they'd soon marry you. And besides.. you were already having sex with the person.. in fact you've now had a couple children together. Would you need to stop and pray about marrying this person who keeps putting marriage off for years.. this person who says by their life, their words and their deeds.. that they are not a Christian? 

You can't go backwards to that same place you were when single with integrity. Can't go back where you were, when sold-out to Christ with no messin' around spiritually. But you can repent and go forwards with Christ.

Christian, if you lived with a non-believer and then later on ..married that unsaved person instead of waiting on the Lord for who He would provide for you as a spouse, would it be good to divorce that person cuz you both started out on the wrong foot, and you must now locate your true soul-mate to be happy? No, don't do it. Two wrongs won't make a right.  

Listen, there's just no right way to do a wrong thing. None. 

You just can't have the peace of God doing what's outside of the will of God. You can't enjoy peace with God being outside of Christ. 

You don't need to waste one minute praying about doing what the Bible says is sin.. no matter how much you feel like it, or think about doing it / him / her.

"Do righteous".. stay that way - righteous in Christ.. instead of doing unrighteous.. or anyone else in sin. 

Let's say you really love grape juice. Would you stop and pray about drinking some if you knew ahead of time that the glass of grape juice actually had arsenic mixed into it? You wouldn't stop and pray about it ..right? Or would you. 

But grape juice is good for you and for your children. It's healthy. What about what's in the children's best interest?

What if your family needed some extra money each month. Would you want to stop and pray about going to rob a bank, or a connivance store so that you could better provide? Why not? What does the Bible say about money, about stealing, about how to get some cash, you know providing for your family?  

You can't maintain integrity if you go with your feelings, if you go with what your lost boyfriend or girlfriend says to do. You can't retain it by heading off into spiritually compromise.

"Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" 1 Cor. 6:18

Would you need to stop and pray about it, a new dating relationship, if that married man or woman who keeps coming by to flirt with you? Seriously? If you are a real Christian, would you need to pray about lunch or dinner alone with them, or about sleeping with em? Would you need to pray about moving in with a non-Christian when you claim to be one? Nope. You would even need to. 

What kind of a witness would you be for the Lord while living with your lover.. no matter how many times you stop and prayed after sex together. 

What would you do if you think you heard an audible or non-audible voice inside that claimed to be from the Lord.. where He said it was totally okay for you to move in together, to live and sleep together.. pre-maritally? You know, like, "Go for it my child. Reach a climax together with My joy. Enjoy beloved. May my peace and love guide you cuz I love you."

Would that voice actually be the voice of the Lord, totally spurring you on into impurity and sin when the Bible tells you to do the opposite by living holy and pure? Would that be the voice of the Holy Spirit perhaps? No! 

What does God in the Bible say about that stuff? What does God in the Bible say about fornication, about adultery, about stealing, about rightly providing or about how to make a marriage work? Do you prayerfully read through the Bible to be well fed, and see what all the verses say about those subjects? Doesn't the Bible say... 

"Don't team up".. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers".. "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?" 2 Cor. 6:14

 Today is the day to wise up, and stop compromising.. to stop going by feelings, impressions, impulses, by what your friends or lover advises etc. 


"Worry retards reaction and makes clear-cut decisions impossible.. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." ~ Amelia Earhart

Remember, timing, tact, tone and attitude are all important. Yeah, act like men, men. 

“Walk straight,
        act right,
             tell the truth.” Psalm 15:2 msg

Pure people have a different perspective. They treat others better showing respect and are happy. Blessed are the pure in heart! Careful eyes and ears. Choose pure friends. Sow to this, not to impurity! "To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled." ~ Titus


John and Ellen, my wonderful Newport Beach grandparents. #California

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