Monday, September 22, 2014

You will shine among them like stars in the sky. ~ Paul, Philippians 2:15

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. ~ Daniel 12:3 (see Bible context)

There's no need to exaggerate, tweak, or embellish the Message.

Wanna talk about accuracy. It's so important. Playin' fast and loose with the truth ain't for us. 

As we share the Gospel of Christ with unbelievers, the greatest Story ever of His Cross and the empty tomb, let's not make the mistake of only sharing the positive things with people as some believers do. I've told you before how there's a need for all to repent. There is a horrible place called Hell and there is future judgement. We believers will also be giving account of how we spent our lives. I've told you before how God is loving, as well as just and holy.  
Let's tell em the truth without exaggeration or embellishment. Let's consistently say it straight and not make our old life sound more exciting, thrilling, or better than our new life in Jesus Christ. It wasn't. 

Let's not tell of all that we have given up for Christ, because what we actually gave up was just trash, and destruction, and misery, wild sinful bashes that were fun for a short time.. and loneliness at times, and friends on the road to perdition, and inner emptiness, and guilt because we've all blown it at times and are guilty, and fear of death, and hopelessness because Christ is the only real Hope for humanity, and traffic tickets, and for some.. warrants, and hangovers, and dead religion, and paranoia.

Hey, let's instead share the truth in love.. about the blessings and abundant life and answered prayer and great companionship of Jesus. Let's share about what Christ gave up for us—He gave it all, and died in our place. 

How can people appreciate the good news if they never heard the bad news as well?

We've all seen and we've all broken God's laws we all need to repent and put our trust in Jesus.

But Kurt, if I become a Christian will I need to move out and not live with my girlfriend anymore? A. Yes, sex outside of marriage is sin (Do some word searches on "fornication" "uncleanness" and "adultery" in the Bible). You'll need to deny yourself, not live for pleasure, die to doing things your own way, let Jesus be Lord of all. You'll need to be pure and move out ..and stop sleepin' with people.. anywhere. I say, Holy in Him is much happy in Him. 

But Kurt, if I become a Christian will I need to quit doing drugs, quit getting wasted-drunk at parties, quit cheating on my taxes, quit cussing, and stealing money from my dealer? A. Do some more words studies (Pharmakia Gk)

But Kurt, if I become a Christian will be healed of this disease and never get sick again? 
A. Well, God is indeed the Healer and we should look to Him instead of to so called healing evangelists. Might not happen physically before you see Christ's face, but we all should look to Him before we look to doctors, to clinics, to Obamacare etc. God can indeed deliver any from bad habits, from sicknesses, and even restore people, but we are living in a sin-cursed fallen world here.. and as lost people continue to get sick (we see it weekly, and now the Ebola medicines are running out), so do Christians catch sicknesses. Lost people still die of cancer and so do Christians. God in His wisdom decides who He will physically heal. We just don't know why He heals some believers here, and then all others will catch permanent healing (as He brings em home to heaven). Don't blame! He didn't sin. But we know He has a good plan for us all. When we run into something we don't know or understand, we just fall back on what we do know and understand. He loves you!   

You and I need to tell em it straight instead of PMA (positive mental attitude) feel good stuff only. 

With all due respect, John, you need to admit it and quit it. Yup, you'll need to become an honest worker, and quit the drugs n gang banging, quit all the carousing and thievin'.. yes, quit getting blasted and loaded at the same time or at different times. But let me also say that the things that you'll gain in the will be so great that you won't even miss the old things or old life you gave up. In fact having the Lord in your life and all that you'll gain in Christ will be so wonderful that it all will even be worth dying for ..if necessary.

Believer, I say have a good conscience with no deceptive exploitation mixed in.. or greed, or manipulation in there. Have zero dubious or even partly shady practices. Remember, a compromise of integrity will tweak things all wrong and will not be effective. Don't give out false promises, but keep your promises. God does that and His Book is full of good promises for us all to claim. We don't need to use "compete for a toy" kind of contests to win sinners into our churches, or use worldly movies, or use trivialized pursuits to evangelize the irreligious. Nope! We don't use sensual teases or appeals towards their flesh to assist them in getting spiritual. That'd be wrong!  

Cults have used, and still use such perverse weirdness to hook people in and cut them off from family. For longer than I can think, they have urged their devotees to proselytize through flirty sorta fishing. Just read history, some religious systems have even used temple prostitutes to catch em. It's not for us—we're to be nothing like them.  

Preachers, teachers, believers, disciples ..yes, all fishers of people.. are to be word-smiths of sorts (not Bible text smiths), yes, word-artisans if ya will. A Christian witness is to pray about what he or she will say in different situations. They are to use their testimony even, and shape a honest message by the language, tone, timing and methods they employ.

We want to represent the God well. Jesus did this for the Father. He was flawless in this and we would do well to follow Him in witnessing. Christ used Scripture and stories hearers could relate to. He never witnessed to any two people exactly the same way and we shouldn't either. The Holy Spirit knows what each one needs most.

In Colossians 4:4 the Apostle Paul requested prayer from believers so that he could communicate ..for their sake, not his sake.. the Gospel effectively. He said…

"Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don't forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I'm locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I'll be able to make Christ plain as day to them." (MSG)

I personally like to look at his words in several different translations and modern paraphrases to get the gist better. I like the NKJV best "..I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak", but the NASB and NIV versions use the word clear or clearly here. Check out how F. F. Bruce translates it. He says: "that I may publish it openly in the words which I ought to speak."

The Apostle Paul totally got it. He never wanted to muffle, to garble, to fog, or to fumble the Gospel Message. He wanted to explain it real well; to word it crystal clearly for em and show how God wants His principles practically applied in their era. He wants that for our era too.

The word Paul used, "phanerow," has the idea.. "to make visible." It comes from "phainw" which means "to manifest" or "to light up." The job of any fisher of people is to intercede and give It out plainly, simply, and with fitting illustrations or some humor if the Spirit guides. We want to open a window and shed some light on the old Story, just to make it understandable to the people of our day, rather than to obscure it. Don't know 'bout your country, but there's so much biblical illiteracy in the USA now—so many don't have a clue as to who Adam, Eve, Abraham, Noah, Moses or David were.

Of course the Bible is already very relevant for the modern folk, but we can help show em how relevant it truly is.

Never forget. It's imperative to share the Gospel both honestly and clearly. We share the bad news (for all have sinned. And the wages of sin is death..) and the Good News. Our holy God loves and gladly saves people, but He also judges sin. Our sins will either be judged in one of two places: on the Cross at Calvary (a couple thousand years ago if we believe), or if we put off or reject Christ.. at the Great White Throne Judgement in the near future. 

Why give em the neg and the poss? Well, cuz we only need to think about what is at stake and important repentance and faith in Christ are. Only in the Gospel is there the "power of God to salvation" (Rom 1:16). No wonder Paul mentions "anathema" for those who misstate the Message. 

Mr. G. Campbell Morgan said, "Organized Christianity which fails to make a disturbance is dead."

"It is now possible to live a 'Christian life' without doing the things that Jesus commanded us to do.  We have hired people to go into all the world [to live it, to serve, and to tell], to visit those in prison, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to care for widows and orphans.  The average Christian doesn't have to do it." —Cal Thomas

Sure, God still uses people today, but He can use us to reach more people better with a clearer Message than with a foggy or half message. Who needs confusion? None. We all need Jesus! A clear, from-the-heart-dialogue and presentation of the Gospel is not only more powerful, it also gets people off to a well-grounded start in relating to Christ, as well as in layin' a solid biblical foundation for their walk with Him.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Say it while ya can. Uber-expensive cremation urns and tombstones might look alright to some, but they can’t really listen, feel, understand or respond.

You've got friends and loved ones that mean a lot to you. Are there things you really wish you could express to them, but have somehow put off? Ever prayed 'bout the timing and all.. asking God to help make it easier to get it out at the right time and in the right way? Say it while ya can.  Not "Luv ya."  Show it.  Say it clear.  "You are so very loved.  You are radically loved—I  l o v e  you."  And real love'll tell em even more...  

"Indeed, the 'right time' is now. Today is the day of salvation. We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry." ~ Paul

Don't seek to become famous through social media or through any other means. That won't fill that inner void. Seek God and to do the will of God. Seek to be in the will of God first. Then to be fruitful for His glory, yes, to help others get in His will as well.

Do you sense an empty void inside.. a relentless, a nagging, a deep spiritual hunger, a hounding guilt, a fear of death (I don't..just don't like gettin' dead. Hope the rapture comes first). Do you have an insatiable longing, or a craving after the eternal ..after the supernatural? Do you have an emptiness, a loneliness? You aren't alone. You my friend are loved. 

Hey there Buckaroo, you don't need some Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, or to run after every so-called supernatural healing evangelist with his phenomena. You really don't need Harry Potter, Justin Bieber, a political party, a well-meaning Pope, the horoscope, a fortune cookie, a revelation from (a non- existent LDS angel) Moroni, the Koran, or any horseshoe for luck that ain't there. You don't need witchcraft, any dead religion, or some Ouija board. You and I need Jesus Christ. 

By repentance and faith you can connect. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones can't seem to get any, but you can simply apply Matthew 6:33 in the Bible, be born again and find real satisfaction. Some people today want to seek fame, want to over-post to gain it and make everyone know everything there is to know about them. Yes, many people post cuz they sincerely want to be loved. They have a real love-hunger inside, but God is love and loves them. Some just want to seek and worship someone famous. But we don't need fame, someone famous, or this world's wealth or type of success. We need the most famous One.. the Lord of glory. 

"I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you." 2 Timothy 4:1-5 nlt

"A time is coming.." that time has already come. You know it is now.. people of our day for the most part have their rude palm up in the face of God and His Gospel if you will, and they are no longer listening to wholesome Bible teaching. 

Preaching the Word might be out of season now (I think it is), but that might change soon if we pray for an awakening. It might not (I think it will). Doesn't really matter the season—we still have this Duty, this Great Commission, this Message, this fiery passion!

Pausing for time with Christ is more important than pausing for time with other friends. 

Pausing for power is pausing for prayer ..with the right address attached (to the Father through Jesus the Son). Praying or "saying your prayers" doesn't earn anything or meet your needs, God does that via candid prayer.

Pausing for power is pausing for Him... yes, before the powerful One who cares about us and about us sharing the Gospel with our friends. He still wants to bless you and make you a blessing..more than you want this. It's about submitting to His power (authority) daily for His world-wide purpose.

"We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding." —Billy Graham

Remember, there is One who understands human pain. Many blame Him. He didn't cause it. Our sin caused it. 

But He hears you. He sees it. He can forgive. He was broken too in this broken world filled with broken ones. He can deliver, heal and restore any. He knows all about your lost relatives and buds. 

He can do something about it ..through us. Emmanuel God with us. He says go tell cuz He cares and chooses to use people. Will He save all? No, some won't let Him. You know that. But some will He says take time with Him first, and then with them. Time here is short. Don't hold back.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's an Imperative Gospel For Every Individual

Are you a debtor that's now under Authority? I was once hurt and against those in authority. My bad.

Now it's time to rebel differently.. yes, against the evil, against this twisted world system n dead religious n political systems that pressure us to sin / to do wrong.

Choose to rebel against that inner ole fleshly rebellious nature that says.. Compromise spiritually!.. that says Live for self, feeling good, and just all-out oppose the work of Christ inside and outside.

This world says worship anything but Christ and it will be accepted. Don't do it.

No trepidation or lukewarmness. With resolve and convictions give your praises to Jesus no matter what! Might cost ya...or me. Who cares! Go.

“We Christians are debtors to all men at all times in all places, but we are so smug to the lostness of men. We've been "living in Laodicea", lax, loose, lustful, and lazy. Why is there this criminal indifference to the lostness of men? Our condemnation is that we know how to live better than we are living.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill

"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes.." ~ Paul 1/16rom.nlt

With former terrorist turned non-money-indebted, bond-slave and believer (but not by himself).. Paul can you also say I am...

1. Obligated
2. Eager
3. Ready
4. Unashamed

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth.” ~ John Wesley

Our primary Message is not.. Be morally responsible or politically conservative. It's basically John 3:16 in the Bible. Not fear. It's Jesus Christ and His imperativeness of the Gospel! #iGospel #NotEmbarrised #NotAshamed of #Jesus

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Need some prayer? How ya be today?

Hello Christians; beloved fishers of people, 
What's up and what's new. I hope you are doing well today.
I love to go out on my patio in the mornings in the back and just pray for you and for those I've been witnessing to lately. It's my duty and joy. And it's such a nice place to be away from all technology..away with Christ. And I know that the Lord hears me. Are there things you really need me to pray for? You know He loves you, and He is blessed when we know and serve Him with pure hearts. And sometimes we just need a friend to pray for us.. yeah, we need to pray for each other.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ" (Colossians 3:23-24).
"The smell of death is upon any church or preacher that ignores the elementary fact of soul-winning." Jack Hyles
"God never intended His church to be a refrigerator in which to preserve perishable piety.  He intended it to be an incubator in which to hatch our converts." R G. Lee

Did ya know ..that 40% of the people who come to faith in Christ do so in-between the ages of 4 years and 14 years of age. It's true and that's why we can't forget seed-sowing and reaping among the young people.

Did ya know ..between 80 to 90 percent of people who hear the Gospel for the first time, actually hear it from people who have only personally known the Lord for less that two years. That's why as we grow and mature spiritually, we can't allow ourselves to become silent wallflowers.  

Did ya know ...there has never been a time in the history of the Church when it was more thrilling to share the Gospel of Christ in the power of His Spirit.. than today! There's never been a day more exciting than today for getting the Good News out far and wide ..where the people are. Yes, we just need people to get out of the four walls of their home TV room and outside the walls of the church sanctuary some cyber kinda way or face to face way.. and GO TELL people about JESUS! 

I always want to add value, to edify, and to encourage you in the Lord. I pray that the Lord will continue to use you and me too.. in the areas of discipleship and personal evangelism in these last days. I would also like to ask some personal questions if I may, just to see how you are doing spiritually so that I can pray for you today (feel free to use the comments section below, or to keep it confidential you can simply text me).
"I have come that you might have life, and that you might it more abundantly" —Jesus, (John 10:10).

"When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself.." (Ezekiel 3:18-19).

"I wanted to be somebody, but God allowed me to be a nobody—sharing with everybody about Somebody who can save anybody." Sam Mings

Questions for ya...

1.  If there was one thing I could pray to our Lord about for you today, what would that be?
2.  How is your character and walk? Are you struggling to get past things that hinder you? 
3. Do you sense / feel you belong to our Lord? Have you examined yourself to see if you are in the faith. I'm talking about repentance and trusting the Lord to regenerate your dead human spirit. Are you one of His Spirit-born children?
4.  Are you grateful and happy with the way you are living today?
5.  Do you want your eternal address to be with our Lord or do you want to have an eternal address that is separated from our Lord?
5. Are there people currently in your life that you have tactfully been trying to help, serve, or influence towards knowing the Lord in a personal way, and then towards vital fellowship in connection with His church?

"Do we pray, 'Thy Kingdom come, but we never say, hear am I, Lord, send me?'" —Freddie Gage

"The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a soul-winning diet." Vance Havner

Dear fishers, dear brothers and sisters in God's family, I feel so blessed by all of your feedback and love.. and just wanted to say, thank you so much. 
You build me up. You challenge me to grow and I so appreciate that. Once again..thank you! I want to say, "Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58g). You'll be stoked you did.

kurtvonSCHLEICHER Dallas TX The best way to reach me is by texting: 214.810.6239 ..or just leave a message if I'm with someone.
Seekin' to do my part with joyful confidence, yeah, with Christ and His church.. to simply worship and follow Him better.. in helping to bring closure on His Great Commission and Great Commandment. Why you ask? Good question. Well cuz, “Jesus called out to them [His followers sayin'], ‘Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!’”  Matthew 4:19