Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Retire or re-fire with a higher purpose? Rust out or wear out? No, let's look up and reach out!

“I've only had two rules: Do all you can and do it the best you can. It's the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something. I've got no idea when I am going to retire. Whenever they pick me up and take me to the funeral home, I guess.” ~ Colonel Sanders
Like all that. Many men think that they must retire when they enter their twilight years, and I could see perhaps half-retire if they want more be free to create-time. 
But really.. people enter their twilight time when they are breathing their last breath. And people rust-out faster than wear out, so why not just keep on going? If you wake up with strength and some ability, go for it. God ain’t done with you yet so thank Him and then ask what He really wants you to do with what He has given you to use. Good deeds, attitudes, and words–let those be yours for His glory as you go tell open lost peeps about Christ. Expect em to turn and trust Jesus. Use what you have to win em. There’s no reason not to.    

FYI:  Guys, do you feel like you need a break away with the Word? Man, the Lord can refresh and equip you. Listen, I'm feelin' humbled again, and honored to be invited again as the keynote speaker at the FGBMFA Men's Advance. It's a wonderful group and I would love to see you join us there, men. When will it happen? It'll be from November 6th through the 8th 2015. Where at? It will be at the beautiful and picturesque: Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, Texas. 

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Good, Good!.. R e a l G o o d ..Is Spreading The Good News Using New Tools And Social Media!

Man, been so IGNERT in areas. Wish I wasn't.

Everyone is ignorant, but only on different subjects.” ~ Will Rogers
Yes, I’ve been unintentionally ignorant in so many areas, like of the sex trafficking literally plaguing our Land. But my singer song-writer friend Charlie Peacock tells me that this is a huge problem globally these days. He fights it, wanting to be a part of the Solution (anyone can be a part of the Solution with the real Gospel). I also hear that Rad-Islamic Terrorists with ISIS is also making little girls, even American teens, their sex slaves in this arena. Remember Kayla Mueller and her devastated hurting parentsSo sad! I hate that and it might not be happening far away.. before long. Deceived, exploiting, and deceiving others. They use em and lose em, or kill em.   
You know, I can see that 76 times the Bible speaks of harlots and harlotry, and for very good reasons ..just to protect people. Yes, the Bible strongly speaks out against this deadliest of occupations. It’s so dangerous a lifestyle for prostitutes and for any getting involved with em. Don’t do it. 
Many of them learn to steal from their John or Jane to support their drug addictions, and 95% of them are threatened with a gun. Over half of all prostitutes are physically assaulted. 
In Miami it’s a 235 million dollars per year industry, and in Atlanta the rates of those involved is higher. America!.. wake up. We've sowed the wind for decades now, even leading Lands in exporting the porn.. and now we're just reaping the whirlwind in those areas.. i.e., pleasure, sex, adultery, fornication, with a horrific byproduct--millions of abortions and baby body parts sold to the highest bidder via Planned Parenthood etc. It's time for America to repent and believe! 
Did ya know that 10% of American men buy sex. You know how Hollywood spends millions trying to glamorize all this, tweaking their approach each decade.. but It’s so SO heart breaking. 
The average age of a girl to get involved with this is 13 years old and many start by age 12. So many girls, yes girls especially.. they run away from home and the delegated authority figures they know, the daddy that was distant who didn’t show proper love… and then creepy slimy greedy pimps quickly exploit that. They want you addicted fast. 
Please don’t rebel against flawed parents or other delegated authorities.. and become a runaway! Be a run back to your Heavenly Father God first.. even today.  
I personally remember witnessing to three prostitutes who approached me “for a sale” while I was walking to my car that was parked downtown in Dallas a while back. 
I responded with, “No, but I know of a Person who has helped other people in your same profession. There is hope and comfort for you in relationship with Him. It might sound kinda religious but His name is Jesus Christ and He can help you bail on this lifestyle with all the danger cuz He loves you so much.” (Many have called them ladies of pleasure, but they are really people of pain, hopelessness and misery).
I tried not to talk down to them or come off as uber-churchy. They seemed not open and walked away as their pimp called, but if they would have just humbled themselves to turn to Him.. they could be totally manumitted. Even today it can happen. 
Puffed up religious people always assume the worst of people that they meet, but Jesus Christ believes the best of us–He knows what we each can become in relationship with a perfect parent, our heavenly Father. God meets us where we are and lifts us out and upwards. Forgiveness is God’s specialty.  
Be strong in the Lord and show compassion minus compromise. Everyone of us is an ex-something so there is no room for self-righteousness. 
Jesus taught saying, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you (prideful religious leaders). For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.” Matthew 21:31 
Shame off you! Please opt to get into the Kingdom of God before all others that you know.. so that you can then help them to do the same. facebook.com/shareJesus

Monday, September 28, 2015

"Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." Philippians 4:4

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Q: Three reasons address the question... why Jesus came to earth?

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."  ~ Jesus, John 10:10

"The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.1 John 3:8

"..for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10. Yeah, it was for you and for me. Are you lost spiritually.. and wanna see that fixed

Been born again and have friends that need to come to know Jesus?  Are you asking how you can be used of God?

Be winsome.. if ya wanna win some. Duh! And that doesn't mean you have to spiritually compromise.

What are some other reasons? 
Jesus came cuz we needed grace and truth. All of us do. Life seems to get really tough for everyone.. at one time or another.. and God can help us through.
The apostle John tells us, “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1: 17).
Jesus Christ came to do what we could not do for ourselves. I’m not a flawless Savior are you? He came to earth to repair our sin-damaged lives. Jesus came to earth so that we could later go to heaven with Him.
In a world out of control and full of fear, Jesus came to be the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). We desperately need His peace.
Christ came cuz you and I need an Example with a capital “E”. He lived the perfect life of love and then died the death we should have died, but He didn’t remain that way–dead. Nope. I've got so So SO much to learn from my living Lord.. and He says.. Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  knowGod.org

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ain’t just a date or some weekend fling.

That was my thought. Wanted to, and still want to be careful with the whole thing. Man, I’ve messed up stuff before. Needed and still need some help with it. 
First saw her at a Dallas Porn Protest that my roommate forced me to go to when I was headed to the gym that Saturday. He was actually hittin’ on a new girl there and I could only get in a few words on the side (it wasn’t really the purpose of the protest though). 
Yes, it started after that right near my college graduation date in ‘82. Had taken her out some times to some pro basketball game, the zoo etc, but was now ready to pop the question on Valentines Day evening.  
Didn’t have much money. Wasn’t sure how she’d respond. Found her ring in the World Trade Center at a wholesale price. My uber-simple proposal was delivered next to some flowering azalea bushes and a lake covered in city lights there in Colorado Park at night after a dinner date at the Anatole Hotel. Took a knee on the ground (seen it happen somewhere..) “Liney Renea will you marry me?” Her answered with a simple, yes, and then she leaped into my arms. We’d prayed together and only been dating for seven weeks. So we didn’t really want to call our parents some 900 and 1,500 miles away.. for like a month. Wanted them to know that we were in love but responsible. 
Hey, God totally invented marriage; it was all His idea. There is romance in the heart of the universe..in His heart. And guess what.. we just need to get back to the “original template,” that God said was good. God sees and hears all. I did then and.. always want Liney to love the Lord more than she loves me (sure, He is perfect and loves her more than I or any could..) and me also love Him more than her. That way He pours more love in. He gives us gobs of love for each other, more than we’d normally have apart from Him. Why not?.. with her or away at work.. I never want to sin and let either Him or her down. He will go with you where you go as well cuz He cares. 
If ya ever plan to.. I say.. don’t learn about marriage from Hollywood or the culture, for people are either not getting married or completely reinterpreting what marriage is according to whatever their flesh and friends feel it should be.
A healthy marriage is a result of two people involving themselves in doing what the Bible says, most importantly leaning on the God who invented marriage. That’s to be the spouse God has called each of us to be married to. Marriage is not merely finding the right hot person as much as it is being the right person red hot for the Lord and His will.
It’s about sayin’ bye bye to mom and dad and what also might look pretty good. The Bible says marriage is leaving – all other relationships – and cleaving, to hold on to one another. Here’s some good quotes on it…
1. “I have known many happy marriages, but never a compatible one. The whole aim of marriage is to fight through and survive the instant when incompatibility becomes unquestionable.” ―G. K. Chesterton 
2. “Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it.”  ―Timothy Keller 
3. “Only when marriage and family exist for God’s glory―and not to serve as replacement idols―are we able to truly love and be loved. Remember, neither your child nor your husband (or wife) should be who you worship, but instead who you worship with.” ―Mark Driscoll 
4. “Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment.” ―Gary Chapman 
5. “The happiness of married life depends upon making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness.” ―John Selden 
6. “As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.” ―Thomas Adam 
7. “There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage.”  ―Martin Luther 
8. “Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.” ―Zig Ziglar 
9. “Wherever you find marital failure, you will find a breakdown in real communication. Wherever you find marital success, you will find a good communication system.” ―Wayne Mack 
10. “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” ―Ruth Bell Graham 
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart” (Ecc.3:11).
Q: Perhaps you’ve prayed about it and need a plan, or some more ideas? Should two people stay married even though they discover some “irreconcilable differences?” Absolutely. My wife Liney is cute but I am not, she is punctual and I get distracted, she is all about cooking and a perfect house where I’m all about exploration outdoors. She and I have “irreconcilable differences” but no worries in the Son who loves us.    

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Candles can have ascetic value, but they simply don't pray for anyone.

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Do normal healthy mustard plants grow huge ..into trees? Go study what the tree and birds in your Bible represent. "What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches." ~ Luke 13/19

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Man, I have disagreed with Pontifex on so many things (i.e., Communism has never worked), but I do agree with Pope Francis when he says, "We know by faith our Creator will never abandon us" (us--God's children).

Hope he is one, because the promise of God is only to those who are. None are saved by works, or grace plus works as it's been taught. It's by grace alone through faith alone in the Christ of the Bible alone. Have you been born into God's family yet? If so, God never ditches His kids.

It’s so true. Any of us may wander off angry, get far away from Him, or totally leave God for other reasons, but He will never leave His children.  It’s cuz He remains faithful and can’t deny Himself. He can’t go against His own perfect attributes, promises, character or divine nature. 

Sadly, so many Popes don't go by the Bible or teach others to, but Listen.. God does and wants us to apply it as well. Very loyal is our Lord and His love-letter to Christians. Personally, I haven't heard much from this Latin Pope at all, but do wanna hear how God encourages His people in this regard. There are so many, but go check out at least ten nkjv verses; on this topic.. in their own context. I pray they will uplift you today. 

1  Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
2  Deuteronomy 31:8, And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.
3  Joshua 1:5, No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
4  First Kings 8:57, May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us.
5 First Chronicles 28:20, "And David said to his son Solomon, 'Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.'
6  Psalms 37:28, "For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
7  Psalms 94:14 For the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance.
8  Isaiah 41:17 The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,
their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

9  Isaiah 42:16  "I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
10  Hebrews 13:5  "Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' (from kurtwvs.tumblr.com)
Q:  Have you been born (reborn spiritually) into His family? Are you really one of His children yet? Check yourself well in this regard?

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.." 1 Peter 1:3

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My life exists here on two plains. Yup, two. Which one do I address and major on first? My pre-raptured outta here existence; it's on two.

My life exists here on two plains–the vertical axis upon which my life revolves, and the horizontal plain, that outer area if you will, my relationships with other people.
These ideas just help me and I sincerely pray that they will also help you to know where to primarily focus your attention while you're here. Gotta tell ya.. I have friends here where I live who spend so much time and effort.. they spend their all it would seems on trying to get their work, home, school circumstances and personal relationships with say their relatives and others into an order. They long for lasting peace and real joy in life. But after a lot.. they might get one right it seems but then three other on this horizontal plain simply go outta whack. And so it goes, on and on. They are constantly working on the horizontal only ..for their benefit. It can be so frustrating for anyone. Hate that.. so I wanna try to freely help em as I've been freely helped.

I find that when I get things right on the vertical plain first, then my relationships on the horizontal plain will basically fall into place ..even if not all those around me love me. Sure, I can love them. The relationships on the horizontal plain will come into order and I can enjoy peace. But some people make it their primary aim to fix all their horizontal relationships only ..they fail to get the horizontal in order as they’d like it.. it’s sad.. ..overlooking the most important Relationship ..that with God.
We all can abide, we can enter that rest, but they strive and strive some more ..it's so in vain. It just fails and they don’t understand why there’s a lack of order, lack or joy, and a lack of God's peace. You’ve read about that widow lady. Remember how she went in and she made Elijah some bread and she found out that there was still flour left in the barrel, still oil. She kept feeding him. And during this whole period of the drought, the flour did not fail, nor the oil, it was always enough to make just one more.
I remember hearing my California pastor, Chuck Smith, say.. It’s really a miracle indeed and there is no taking away from the miraculous aspect of it, how that God supplied miraculously. But it is interesting the prophet said, “Make it for me first, and then for yourself.” There is sort of a spiritual kind of a thing here, as far as giving to God the first-fruits of our lives. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these other things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Now if I twist this priority, and I start seeking first other things, then my life will be so involved in seeking other things that I don’t have time for God. But if I seek first my relationship with God, then all of my other relationships come into balance. They all just work on in. 
You see, my life exists on two plains-the vertical axis upon which my life revolves, and the horizontal plain, this outer area, my relationship with other people. Now if the vertical axis of my life is correct, if my relationship with God is what it should be, then the horizontal plain of my life is in balance. My relationship with those around me is in balance and I am living a well-balanced life if the vertical axis is correct, if my relationship with God is all that it should be.
However, if the vertical axis of my life is not correct, if my relationship with God isn’t all that it should be, then the horizontal plain of my life is also going to be out of kilter. And I find myself on this crazy topsy-turvy kind of an experience, where I’m always trying to balance my life. And I’m spending all my time trying to get my life into balance and things in the proper focus. And I just never can seem to quite make it. Just about the time I get up here to try and balance this side, then I come overboard this way, you know. And I’m constantly working to get my life into balance, never seeming to be able to do it. My relationships are all messed up.
Now if I spend my time in just trying to balance my life, I am only treating the symptoms. It’s like trying to treat a brain tumor with aspirin. You know, just to sort of deaden the pain so you don’t feel it so bad and you don’t feel these headaches quite so severely. But you’re only treating symptoms; you’re not getting to the heart of the problem. Now any doctor who only treats symptoms is a quack. Stay away from him. You want a doctor that’s going to find out what the cause is that’s creating the symptoms. “Why are you getting dizzy?
Why do you have this severe pressure in the head?” You want something more than aspirin. Now people are so often treating only the symptoms, the relationship, and trying to get this relationship to work. “No, I’ve got to work on this and I’ve got to work on that. And oh, this is all messed up now, you know.” And we’re so busy in the horizontal plain trying to get it in balance when in reality the solution is very simple. Get the vertical axis correct. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Elijah said, “Make me first the cake.” It wasn't about Elijah here, it was really about doing what God wanted. I say give your life to God first. The outgrowth of that will also bless others around you. Will you put God first? facebook.com/shareJesus