Sunday, August 31, 2014

Had some good reasons to thank, to exalt, and to all-out praise the Lord yesterday. Today I have some new reasons and a big one starts with the letter “M.”

It's MERCY which clearly says I ain't gunna land what I deserve to get ..ain't going to now, then..ain't going to even a little bit. Nope! And then guess what!.. bonus grace'll show up in addition to that. It's cuz of the Cross of Christ. How.. too cool for school... is that! 

"New mercies every morning, grace for every day, new hope for every trial, and courage all the way." —McVeigh

You know that the most miserable prison in the world is the prison one makes for themself. How do they? They do it by refusing to receive and then show free mercy. But.. "When a Christian receives and shows mercy, he experiences liberation." — Warren Wiersbe"

Don't ya love liberation? Don't ya just love it when ..fresh joy shows up the next morning (Ps. 30:5). So glad. Makes me wanna tell someone about this relationship of love!

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. —Lamentations 3:22-23

Zip, null, nada... 

"Nothing humbles and breaks the heart of a sinner like mercy with love. Souls that converse much with sin and wrath, may be much terrified; but souls that converse much with grace and mercy, will be much humbled." — T. Brooks

"Fight the good fight of faith, and God will give you spiritual mercies." — George Whitefield

Sometimes the struggles and trials of our walk can appear worse at night, larger and uglier than life, but when the sun rises ..taada!.. new refreshment, new mercy, new hope and new plans. We can continue on with joy in Jesus. So together with Him, what will you plan out today? Don't forget to pray and go to a healthy church.  

Lord, I have no idea what will come my way this day, or what’ll come in future, but I feel so grateful for your blessings and for your mercy. Please give me a spirit of grace, of praise, and of thanksgiving for whatever lies ahead. Cuz You’re the head, and I’m your servant.

Go check out the last five songs in Israel’s hymnbook. They are commonly referred to as the Hallelujah Psalms, because each of them (Psalms 146–150) will begin and end with the refrain “Praise the Lord” (Hebrew Hallelujah).

God loves it when His people know Him well and praise Him. We were actually designed and created to praise, worship and serve Him. And Psalm 150 answers three important questions: 

1.) Who should praise God? (vv.1,6).  All humans, for all have been bought at a price.
2.) Why should God be praised? (v.2).  To start with, He died on the cross for each of us and then came out of the tomb alive!
3.) How is He to be praised? (vv.3-5).  In both spirit and in truth for He is a Spirit, 100% with our whole heart.

The psalmist of old calls on “everything that has breath” to all-out-worship this God of the Bible (v.6)—including the creatures on this planet, and the angels off many of which are off this planet up in the heavens (v.1).

What should praise God for? We should praise Him for His mercy and what He has specifically done (“His mighty acts” v.2). Yes, count your blessings one by one. 

We should praise Him for who He is (“His excellent greatness” v.2). We each, with our whole heart, praise the Lord with our voice, with our life, with the accompaniment of all kinds of instruments if we know or can learn how to play, and with our best worshipful dancing (vv.3-6). Yup, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (v.6) for He every day, indeed, is worthy to be praised. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

It ain't just come hear. The Gospel is both "Come" and "Go." Go tell it on the mountain, and go respectfully tell it to people everywhere!

First, come and hear the truth that you so need to hear most. And then (because God doesn't really need any unregenerate religious dead person to tell, you the believer actually need to..) go and tell It in a winsome kinda way. Yes, tell em about the Cross and Christ and what He's done for you. Tell em about the Resurrection cuz that's the part that makes the whole tomb story really Good News. Jesus Christ is alive.   

"The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let the one who hears say, 'Come!'" Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."  

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..." "Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast." 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

One out of every twenty-five verses in the New Testament refers either to the rapture of the church or to Christ’s coming again to reign over this world.

Woke up this morning feelin' excited as.. That Day draws near. There's no place like home and we have an exciting wedding right around the corner there. How 'bout youyou excited 'bout it, or filled with dread? It's really not the time to be outside of a vital relationship with Jesus Christ.. like "Hey, life'll go on as it has. I'm my own man, I can do it myself—just don't like or need to obey any leader..anywhere. I have a accomplished a whole lot and I deserve to be respected." 

Look around you.. today Russian troups invade the Ukraine as assaults intensify (and the world passively stands by to watch), we have Al Qaeda hinting of an attack date - a plot against Vegas, New York City and military targets. We have another US rush to judgement, riots, and now the suing of Furgason. You've seen Isis (which is probably Stateside among us with our open boarders). Things among the nations have changed quickly and radically, but God has set a time to wrap things up (hey no worries, I won't foolishly set a date as many people have done, but it's a good time to start studyin' some eschatology). It's time to pray and act in that order. 

It's really not the time for self-justification, for pride, for your own way, for pretense so that others might think you're great, or for any denial of the facts of the Bible which says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). In this day when people just aren't ready cuz they're inverted, perverted, or self-absorbed.. it's high time for us to get ready, to stay ready, and then to help others get ready! Wouldn't you now say there should be a sense of urgency about our thinkin', prayin' and doin'. Sure!

“We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.” ~ Oswald J. Smith

Christ said, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.’” (Matthew 24:36-27)

So do you long to see His face or have you become all distracted with what you want down here? Ain't trying to guilt anyone, I just want to motivate and inspire you. We are living during some very interesting days and I want what's best for you and yours. Did you know that in the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references to Christ's second advent—yup, 1 out of every 25 verses (says Dr John Walvoord the formost authority on this - was a professor from Dallas Theological Seminary). Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. I'm so looking forward to it, but even more to the Rapture where the Church is caught away. We've all got to be ready! would be good.. and help others get ready as well. There are no other prophecies of the Bible that need to take place before the Rapture happens..and then the Second Advent. Bam! For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent, there are 8 which look forward to His second! Christian, do you have any friends, fellow students, family members.. or perhaps coworkers who don't know that God loves them.. who have not yet turned and been born again spiritually?

"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed." ~ Hudson Taylor

If you have a few moments, prayerfully meditate upon these verses...
“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done." (Matthew 16:27)

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man." (Matthew 24:37-39)

"It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed." (Luke 17:28-30)

"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:34-36)

“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." (Matthew 24:40-44)

Jesus said, "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' ‘But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.'" (Matthew 25:1-12)

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Matthew 24:36)

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." (Luke 12:40)

"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." (Matthew 24:30-31)

“It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.” (Luke 12:37-38)

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." (Matthew 25:31-46)

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3)

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour." (Matthew 25:13)

“If anyone is ashamed of me (Jesus) and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thank You Lord for another day to pray and obey, but like every day... kinda need Your help with all that.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. —Psalm 118:1

God came through for us yesterday - we can trust Him again today. You remember how the children of Israel in the wilderness somehow caught memory loss issues ...regarding the mighty grace of God. He hadn't let em down once. They had Egyptian spicy cuisine on their minds (Ex. 16:2-3) and got all grumpy n gripey about their water supply (17:2). 

Man, I think I've done that when the city gave me certain times when I could turn the sprinklers on and off. My bad!.. but there's really no time for spiritual amnesia today. There is indeed time to recall, to thank, and to give praise to the One who gave His all for you - the Person who is the Bread of life and freely gives living water. Feeling so grateful for how He's guided and provided and never even chided. Somethin' oughta be said! Somethin' oughta be thought about and done

Wait on the Lord from day to day, strength He provides in His own way; there's no need for worry, no need to fear, He is our God who is always near. —Fortna 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You might have attended a church for many years, but that doesn't make you right with God any more than if you were a police officer and went to Dunkin' Donuts weekly.

Slip slidin' away, gone steep downhill fast—the USA has. We are weaker. So many inside and outside of our Land can sadly see that there's been a quick breakdown morally and spiritually in our nation. Yes, a breakdown on so many levels. And while our nation slides south if ya will, and desperately needs another authentic biblical revival, a fifth great awakening (yeah, according to some historians the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s was really the last great revival and awakening in America), there are some things that we can do. 

We can earnestly pray for a revival with accompanying spiritual awakening. God delights to use on-fire believers to win people. Dare ya to say it.. upwards to God. "Please pour out Your Spirit. Do it again Lord. Do it again and let me be smack-dab-in-the-middle a part of it." And what's also rad-important is that you personally get right and walk tight with Jesus. Remember, not one of His promises has failed anyone of any era yet. Here's a good one for us Westerners...   

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

"It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you." ― Timothy Keller
The God who made you wants a relationship with you today! To know you'll for sure go to Heaven:
1.) Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior  

2.) Recognize that Jesus is your Savior and died on the Cross for your sin

3.) Repent of your sin (admit it and quit it, turn from, change)

4.) Receive Christ into your life by simple faith

Did you pray and take that 4th step? Way cool! Now I encourage you build simple friendship with God. Sure, pray (talk to Him), read your Bible (hear from Him and learn), fellowship with growing believers, and go tell your friends about what Christ has done in your life. This stuff is so edifying! And.. go beyond being a believer and become Christ's disciple. Yes, allow Jesus to lead you step by step forwards and be your Lord daily. Sure, every disciple is a born again believer ..spiritually.. but not every believer is necessarily a true disciple ..even if they often attend church and claim to be.

"Either you will have harmony with God and friction with people, or you will have harmony with people and friction with God." ~ Greg Laurie

Too many people spend a lifetime striving as they try to fix and maintain all their relationships on the horizontal plane, but when a person simply pauses to biblically get right on the vertical plane with their most important Relationship ..then everything else on the horizontal plane just falls into place. 

You can enjoy peace, joy, and order..yes harmony with God..instead of chaos, emptiness and frusteration apart from Him. Why miss out on peace with God and the peace of God? Why strive in the strength of your flesh (with people and circumstances beyond your control..) when you can abide in and walk in His Spirit? Listen, anything short of biblical discipleship, is settling for much less than what God really desires for each of us. He has more He wants to give you and your friends. Being an obedient disciple who embraces the Lord and Christian Essentials..this involves loving the Lord more than anyone or anything else.  This is the very foundation of being a disciple. If you want to live your Christian life to its fullest ..want to have life in the Spirit more abundantly..  then love the Jesus of the Bible more than anyone or anything else. Trials will come and go, but He won't. He's here to stay. He is with you. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

God loves us. Some men hate, and they really hate. Personally, I'm wishin' those haters in Isis ..Wasis.. but even more that they'd stop to repent like persecutor Saul turned Paul did. God has never hated sinners as a man hates..cuz He loves and saves me.

I was just chattin' with Joe (not his real name) a person who claims to be a believer (and I think he is..) that actually told me: God hates all sinners because they're an abomination.

His words to me: "God is not politically correct. Read: Romans 8:25 and forward. 'And he gave them over to depraved minds. Women with women, men lusting for men.]  God considers the sin of homosexuality an abomination. Yes, God hates the sinner.'"

I responded with: False. If God were flying a B-52 plane over a whole nation of individuals who each sadly opted to become a homosexual and then lived like that, then God (who hates all sins) might indeed feel like bombing that nation ..abomination (personal definition)..but God would weep if they chose to go there. He does love them more than words can describe and would love each of those so called gay individuals all the way to hell. He already expressed and demonstrated this love. Why? Cuz God is just but merciful. and HE really loves all of us sinners (+++ at Calvary tell us so). 

Q: What else has great clout and clearly tell us so? Answer: "Jesus loves me—this I know, for the Bible tells me so."  Yup. 

But Joe then responded with: "I offer Sodom and Gomorrah as a good example. Bombs away! Just a thought. God never equivocates! He is straightforward with His thoughts on sin and the consequences. Kurt, you are right...He loves his children all the way to pulling the lever to release the bombs."

My words to Joe: "God..straightforward - yes! Not PC - correct. Never equivocates - true. He doesn't lie. Really hates all sins - yes. But God never destroyed those towns due to Him hating the perverts there. He did cuz he hates sinful perversion that ill-effects several others.. and our loving God acted to protect other people. Love always protects. Sure, it was indeed a judgment on the sinners there who rebelled against Him and His proper order (because they actually were not his children)."    

Me—Hey, I've never had their prob, I don't fully understand it, and won't disrespect or look down on them for their wrong choices. But me—one  ginormously-big mess without Jesus. I'm a saved-sinner who is now better off, not better than.. anyone. And I feel so grateful that God loves sinners before they even turn and become His children ..via true repentance (involving fruit meet for repentance—a change) and simple faith. Not just words. He loved enough to act (to send Jesus for us all). And this is the same God as in the Old Testament...that so wanted Israel to be a witness to all the nations so that they wouldn't ever come under His judgement. 

arms nailed down . blood stained the ground . you can be found . what a lovely sound

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:16-17 

Remember well ..that hell was not made for people, it was originally made for the devil ..a real person.. and all fallen angels. This is true and very basic stuff. That's where they and all unrepentant sinners will go...the ones who rejected God's only provision for our sinsJesus Christ. 

If you are a sinner, then know that God loves you right now! No one does or has more. 

"For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans5:7-8

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.." Ephesians 2:4-5

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:9-11

Want to avoid future judgement for sin? You can today

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7  

Check out how well my friend Dan addresses this topic of sinners being loved by God. 

FYI: The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were wicked towns. They were guilty of several different sins and it's very interesting to do a study on em all.. from the context of what these people actually did that hurt the Lord. Go for it. If you like, you can start by looking at Genesis 18:16-19:29, and Leviticus 18. They all were loved by God, but they chose to blow it before God in many areas, but foremost among them all was the serious sin of homosexuality. In that part of Leviticus, God gives clear directives not just for ritual purity, but commands to be observed by every Jew, and even every visitor. Living gay (in Homosexuality) according to God was wrong for the Jews, wrong for the gentiles who visited the Jews ("aliens") and it was even an abomination that defiled the land when practiced by pagans who inhabited Canaan long before the Jews came on in. It's a defiling sin - homosexuality is, regardless of which human practices it. That is from God. It has no place before God among any people, in any age, then or even now. If you are a Calvinist or are into hyper Calvinism and don't feel like evagelizing, please see my comments below.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Spend time sharin' the Message with those who are open to the truth, and simply pray for those who aren't.. yet. Choose to love all people.

You can do this. Yep, and it can be fun. Minister by God's power instead of in your own. Trust Jesus to guide you each step along the way. Just stay open to the Lord, to His truth, to His grace and then spend some time with those who are. 

Any of us.. who refuse to remain humble or open to what God has to say from His word.. simply lose out on such glorious beauty. But I say, Walk with meekness, with His church, and go fish with confidence. Yes, in the mountains, in the valleys, and in every stream of our society. Preach the word for decisions. Do if primarily for Him.  

“Whoever is of God hears the words of God.” John 8:47

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

“But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’” Luke 11:28

“...take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:5-6 

One meaningful warmhearted conversation across the table with a wise person about the gracious person and work of Jesus Christ better than twenty years of conversations with ten closed-hearted, self-viewing-as genius type of fools.

Been watching my kind, witnessin' dad basically bein' "set straight" (told off) after gently and respectfully discussing the Gospel with a religious church deacon who falsely says one must doing many good works along with being "born again every single day".. earn their salvation.

Away from that deacon, I just reminded my dad, Kim, what Jesus told His disciples about the people (offended religious Pharisees) they met like this, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit" (Matthew 15:13-14). #‎keepitbiblicallyaccurate #spendtimewiththoseopentotruth

Friday, August 8, 2014

How can ya really know...

..if you don't care, don't pause to pray, and don't even try to share Christ with your friends? 

God really cares about you, your family, and all your friends. He's SO not wantin' any to eat it in the wrong place. You know that, sure you do. 

Jesus "said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” (Matthew 9:37-38). So how can ya really know what it’s like to effectively present an accurate Gospel if you've never up close and personally experienced God’s love or even know what the Gospel is? None can. Listen..

God’s clear word to you is this: “I have loved you with an everlasting love!” Jeremiah 31:3
Do you know for sure that you're a born again believer? Good, how's it with your buds and all of their buds? No matter how much you know about sharing the Gospel, none of that matters if you could give a flip about em and don't even care about lost people. God wants us to. 

God can use you to be and give a witness to all of them. And they need this! Not sure about all countries, but even with so many preachers here in the USA, I believe that the vast majority of Americans have not really heard an accurate Gospel presentation. Do you really think they have?

Listen, if a person only hears "God loves you" or only hears "God will eventually judge sinners." they have not yet heard the Gospel. They've only heard a small part of it.

Yesterday I was hearin’ about this pastor in Houston who "will indeed be the next Billy Graham."But as this Christian was telling me this stuff it kinda made me think cuz there won’t be another Billy Graham, and the well-meaning Texas pastor he was tellin’ be about south of where I live in Dallas ..sure likes to "speak the blessings," likes to be sovereign in “speaking things that are not into existence” (as if). He likes to always keep it feel-good positive, and likes to sincerely encourage people too (nothin’ wrong with that), and from first-hand knowledge of this pastor, he simply refuses to mention sin, repentance, hell, the wages of sin, or even future judgment for those who reject Christ. That’s jacked up.

Those are Bible terms that we all can define and explain in their own street lingo. I don’t know that Houston pastor's heart (and won’t judge it), but we all need to judge what we hear from people against the word. And perhaps God has used this pastor’s good works (and they are many) far more than any of mine. I sure pray that he’ll start givin’ out an accurate Gospel presentation soon, and even win more far more people to Christ than Graham did during his pulpit ministry. I would be stoked! Billy would rejoice and cheer as well! I pray that you and I will win lost people too, and with grace and truth tactfully disciple em. God wants us all to mature. 

Please don’t take me wrong.. perhaps, like me, you’ve also heard several uber-streng, harsh, so called Christians out there talkin’ ONLY about sin, repentance, the wages of sin, or even a future judgment and hell (like they want people to go there). Hey, I’m flawed and also far from perfect, but that kinda one-sided-thing also misrepresents the Lord.  Q: How can anyone appreciate the Good News if they’ve never heard the bad news?  

Wanna hear a balanced Good News Message? Okay you on.. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 kjv).  There’s the love and an accurate warning. It’s always a good thing when God warns those who need to be warned. I was one.    

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). First there’s the clear warning there, and then there’s the kind offer of free forgiveness in Christ. Balance! The Apostle Paul loved people. He talked about sin and the bad news, but also said, “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once..” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

If you share your personal story.. please make a beeline to the Cross in your non-robotic conversation. Why? Here’s why: cuz Jesus is the only way to the Father. You know we don't have some word-quota to meet per se so why talk to em like an animatronic robot? It's worth nothing if you don't care about sinners. "Winners of souls must first be weepers of souls."

I was respectfully talking with at least 20 Jehovah Witnesses a week ago and they were not open. It’s so sad that they have no hope of getting into heaven. So many people here have heard a false gospel ..from a false “apostle” or false believer and now they have a false faith and tragically a assurance of salvation.

Please don’t twist, tweak, or torque God’s Message. Don’t water it down any, or add to It, or take away from It. Tell em in your own words about the Cross of Christ, about His blood shed, about His death at Calvary, and about His physical resurrection as well. Proclaim the simple Bible Gospel in its simple power ..and let God do His gracious work. Let the Lion out of the cage if you will.

Sure, and first take time to pray.

Perhaps you’d like be used of God, but aren’t really sure where you stand with Him. Perhaps you want to make sure you’re right with God. Maybe you’d like to stop for a moment right now, and would like to make a commitment to Jesus Christ yourself. If so, just pray something like this prayer (below) ..and mean it. He loves you and won’t reject you.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I’m a sinner and need Your forgiveness.  I can’t earn it.  So as You give me true repentance now, I choose to appropriate it by faith.  Yes, I repent and trust You completely.  I believe that You died for my sins on the cross and I want to turn away from my sins for good.. forever!  Jesus, I now invite You to come into my heart and life.  Please forgive me and fill me with your Spirit.  Make me into the kind of victorious fruit-bearing person that you want me to be.  I want to love, and follow You as my Lord and Savior all my days.  Thanks for making me born again! In Jesus’ name.  Amen!
May I ask.. did you just ask Jesus to come into your life? Where is He (in relation to you) right now? What has He given you?

The Bible says, “For ‘whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:13).

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

The Word says, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:12 ,13).

"Men are God's method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men." ~ E.M. Bounds

“We must start inviting them to Jesus Christ!" ~ Gene Edwards

Remember, sharing the Gospel accurately and effectively starts with biblical worship of Christ and caring for people as He did and does. For more go like..

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is biblical evangelism? It is a good way of being that God approves of..yes, of living by the Book and telling the truth that lost people need to hear about most. An evangelistic way of living is simply sharing with others the Gospel with His well as what God has done in your life to save you.

Go for it. Let's go for it with Jesus as Lord today. Do you have loved ones trying to work their way into right standing with God, who say that each of us must be born again each and everyday. I sadly do, but that's not what Christ told Nick at night to do in John 3. By sincere repentance and simple faith in Christ's finished work on the Cross, you must one time be born again spiritually.

"What can you take to heaven with you? Not your house, not your money, not your car. Only yourself and the souls of lost people you brought with you." ~ Nick Vujicic

Andrew, he "found first his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah " (which translated means Christ). He brought him to Jesus." John 4:41

Monday, August 4, 2014

Starting at sundown tonight and on through tomorrow - it's the 9th of Av.

Okay, now maybe that sounds kind of religious to you. Well, it's a big day for Israel and Jews around the world. It's basically Tishah B'av (the day of their month Av on their Hebrew Calendar that both the 1st and 2nd Temple were destroyed). It's a somber time of mourning instead of any celebration of course. And we mourn with them over their recent losses after being attacked without provoking anyone anywhere. You'd think the world would have learned after WWII, but it's still amazing to see all the anti-semitism rearing it's ugly head again, such ueber-haesslich-hostilty and prejudice against God's chosen people - the Jews. It needs to be addressed, stopped, totally done away with ..and it will be by God one day soon. 

Even if all our US leaders turn their back on Israel and leave em hangin' without support, let's not do that. They are still our loyal friends. Let's continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. 

With all due respect.. me kinda thinks that God (with great sorrow in His heart just to watch).. is allowing the rockets of wicked 
Hamas terrorists to fly over there for a time.. cuz He still loves and wants them (as well as any lost Gentiles including Arabs who pause to muse over eternity and fulfilled prophecy) to repent, to recognize, and to turn and embrace their Biblical Messiah ...that they earlier rejected. His name is Jesus (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach). Do you know Christ in a personal way yet? You can right now

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." Zechariah 12:10 kjv

With all that is going on in the world around us right now (see this video for a biblcial perspective on it all), with eleven countries on the brink of bankruptcy and governments literally falling apart to mention a 'lil.. why would you or anyone put this decision off for even one more day. Don't put Him off. Just think about what historically happened in Israel and all those Bible prophecies fulfilled with 100% accuracy! It was to the day, but with 656 days in between, yes apart from each temple being destroyed on that day. And think about later on with beloved Israel becoming a nation again in one day - that's literally a super-sign! Is there a God who loves them and has a plan? Yes, and He has a good plan for you as well! 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Very few people choose to leap into a real hell of a future. No, they just toy around the edges of it long enough and fall into it.

Good idea for us who believe: Let's get a net if ya will catch em early.

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2Tim. 2:22

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. Col. 3:5-6 

Just do like Joseph did..and run! Go Joe, go! (Funny how he had a real prob hangin' onto coats) #SayNoToSpiritualCompromise #FleeYouthfulLusts