Thursday, October 30, 2014

Go pray, go serve, and go tell. Tell em about Christ.. what He said and what He did.

With 91 percent of humans on earth living within the range of a cell tower, the majority of people open to hearing the clear Gospel Message (a.k.a. seekers who are actually sought by our caring Shepherd), are visiting Evangelistic Christian websites via their mobile devices spiritually hungry for more than they're currently experiencing. And with technology moving so rapidly and so dramatically across the globe, we know that the Lord Himself is behind all this making such truth-communication possible. Think about it. If the Lord tarries, it's obvious to us all that such seed-planting and harvesting will increase all the more for His glory. So, SO exciting that we can be a part of it huh. 

"The unrest in the Middle East is driving countless Muslims online to ask about Jesus, the Bible, and how they can become a Christian."  Walt Wilson

It's a great day to live in connection with and in full obedience to Christ Jesus the ultimate Fisher! "Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." 1 Chron. 16:11. Believers, we are in God's hands for a purpose. Are you His child yet? If not, if wondering.. then become His child right now. Right here and now.

"Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass." — Job 14:5

How comforting to think about all this. He just ain't finished with us because He still loves sinners as much as He ever has.. people like you and me. Need some community?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Well, if you're going to rise; you might as well shine ..instead of merely rise and not shine as so many others without hope do.

You've been blessed with a living hope, Christian. You are going to live forever, but will all your friends right there with you?

Arise, shine, for your light has come. Let your light shine for all to see. 

"Get out of bed, Jerusalem!
    Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.
    God's bright glory has risen for you.
The whole earth is wrapped in darkness,
    all people sunk in deep darkness,
But God rises on you,
    his sunrise glory breaks over you." (Isaiah 60:1 msg)

Living the life, or selfless deeds with a good attitude ..that really help a lost person out.. which are more necessary for your Christian witness in this dark world? Which wing of a plane is more important? Will it fly missing either one? Is it the bulb or is it the electric cord that runs to and actually holds up the bulb that is more important for lighting your home?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Would you pray somethin' simple like this, believer...

Dear God,

What's going on in the world is bad, but you are good.
People are not assured inside, though New York and our government keep trying to assure them.
I want my friends safe, long-term rescued from all wildernesses, death, and also want em accurately informed while here. 

Please touch Dr. Craig Spenser who was simply overseas helping sick people.
Our country and other countries seem off the rails, but your plan is not.
Help me be a part of your purpose so others can find hope and be blessed in your Son.
Thank you for hearing these half-feeble words of mine.

In Jesus name. Amen.

Now post-prayin' the world around us might not have changed ..yet.. but I am changed. I have His peace, assurance, and expect much better things to come. Remember, "sayin' your prayers" and government aren't our source, but God who sits on His unshakable throne is, and He remains sovereign. We live in a world impacted by sin. He love you and Doctor Spencer more than gobs. Won't change or ditch you. 

Yesterday we were basically told...
Don't sweat it. Nothing to see here. No reason to be alarmed. We are aware that he took the A Train, that he took the L Train, an Uber car, that he went bowling feeling fatigued. We are carefully monitoring the situation. An investigation is underway. There's been a full coordinated effort here, we are as ready as people can be for this circumstance. The President called last night and we talked to his Czar. All the procedures were exactly according to the book. I want to assure you that it's OK and under control. And some say all this is reason to shut down incoming flights, but this is proof we should not shut down any flights. ~ NYC

#Ebola #WhiteHouse #CzarWithZeroMedicalBackground #NoLiberiaFlightsStopped #PeopleNotAssured #Why? #AmnestyInAfewWeeks #BordersMoreOpen #ToRemakeAmericaUmustFirstUnmakeAmerica. I hope Governor Cuomo is right.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our politics fail, but the Cross will not!

Christ on His Cross did far more than politics has ever done.  The Cross if you will, can do more positive today and in the future than all politicians put together can do.  Systems, companies, Gov and people you really trust can fail you.  You know that's true.  It's painful at times, but Christ won't fail you.  He can literally save you for all eternity.

Ultimately it's Your deal, God, 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.

"Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise." —Smith

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.

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.