Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's a good process that takes cooperation.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Best of all best places?.. in Christ!

It’s a one day and an everyday type a thang, an uplifting lifestyle of faith! Let's be apart of it.

As we continue to live with the last Administration’s economy here etc, what America still needs is hope ..yup, via prayer and the Word! The living Word is Jesus Christ, he is the leader we need most. Let’s keep our eyes on Him. It's time to take a break from lesser things! It's time to humbly seek Him; it's time to earnestly call out.

Thursday, May 4th is almost here -- The National Day of Prayer.  

Grateful that in 1952 President Harry Truman signed a bill into law, making this Day of Prayer for America an annual event. How many nations on this planet have done that, how many give themselves to believing prayer? Look around? So many Lands that won’t even acknowledge the Lord and Creator of Life. Let’s pray every day and live to change that. What the world needs Jesus.   
“Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” 1 Kings 8:28
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He choose for His inheritance.” Ps. 33:12
“He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge…” Is 33:6
It is “God who changes the times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Dan. 2:21
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you." Is. 60:1
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Ps.145:18
"Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying." Rom. 12:12
"Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." Matt.18:19
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim. 2:1-2
"And Jesus said to him, "'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes." Mark 9:23
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6-7
"For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations." Ps. 22:28
"The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will." Prov. 21:1
"Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king." 1 Pet. 2:17
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jer. 17:7-8
"They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord." Ps. 112:7
“Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.” Psalms 4:3
"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty." Zech. 4:6
"So now, our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his supplications, and for your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine..." Dan. 9:17
"The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy." Zeph. 3:17
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." 1 Pet. 2:9

Would you from the heart pray somethin’ like this?

Want a personal relationship with Jesus that pleases you 24/7/365! I do! 
Would you be with your people, pour out your presence here, extending your awesome grace, granting your freedom to others through us.. providing your protection ..and your empowering with your strength.  We pray that our Congress would stop doing the wrong things funding what destroys lives and start doing the right things that please you. Please remove those who refuse to help this nation -- we look to you to bring change in Congress. We ask that you'd bring about an awakening of your presence to America as never seen before. Please send biblical revival, not merely one that’s called that and ain’t.  We ask that your Name be exalted by our leaders and people -- clearly proclaimed, and that all plans to silence the Name of Jesus would be thwarted, ousted and crushed.
We pray that you would unify your people for the glory of your Name, that all who call themselves Christians would rise up, believing your great Truth. Please help our current leader, President Trump to help our nation. Give him wisdom and guidance -- remove all that hinders him today. 
“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.” Is. 58:1

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Yeah, just do it already.

Through wisdom build it.. whatever good that you're building. With clear understanding make it right -- established it. Why waste your years trying to build anything else?

Fragmal. Ich will von Ihm durch Glaube weisheit bekommen. Ich werde Fragen. "So aber jemand unter euch Weisheit mangelt, der bitte Gott, der da gibt einfältig jedermann und rücket's niemand auf, so wird sie ihm gegeben werden." Jakobus 1:5
“A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; for by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 24:5

But what is it that a fool out living in his defeat finds much too far off to reach for.. too lofty to even go for? It’s the godly type of wisdom. But couldn’t any of us simply ask and apply. Couldn’t any Joe or Jill or John or Jen ask? Sure!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It's Easter and God's purpose won't fail. One day.. end? Nope!

He will never end.
His plan won’t. The truth won’t, eternity won’t, He won’t.. His Person 100% alive… won’t!
Christ can’t be stopped! Left that grave behind. Death is destroyed.
So many people here like calling all the shots – won’t give up chasin’ brief pleasures and what they want that’s of far lesser worth. Existing in vain. Sad! I was there before.

“Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” John 3:7 (while you’re at it.. read all of John in the Bible just to be edified and for the context)

Christ is alive! Are you alive?.. don’t mean just existing. You can be fully alive today. In a moment!
No worries, God is not like United Airlines.. overbooking trying to get bucks, or kickin’ people out. Draggin' out the door. He won’t cast any away. Come, humbly turn.. to Jesus in faith.
What happend at the Cross and at that empty tomb?
A lot! Redemption happened. Jesus was murdered. A buy-back took place. A physical death and a physical Resurrection. For you! 
You ain’t really your own at all. No, no.. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

God's Word is the only reliable guideline for living here. May I ask.. do you prayerfully spend time in the Bible?.. that's where the true story of Easter is found. Following your heart, without the leading of the Father's living Word, (Jesus or His Holy Spirit), that will only lead you to His judgement. Who wants that? And never judge Christianity by the imperfect examples that we have seen in history. Some were merely religious and lost and some were not. But judge it by Jesus Christ. Not one sin did He do. 

It should have been me.... between those two thieves. Am blessed more than I deserve really. 

Was out on my board next to a 4A surfer friend named Randy Ziglar this time of year.. and he shared the Gospel with me while we were out surfin' there in SoCal. Seeds were planted in my hard heart. Met the Lord that year -- in '77. Asked and was forgiven of all my wrongdoin's (sins) by the Lord. Didn't know my Dana Hills High School Football coach, Randy, was also the Saturday evening evangelist at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa too. That was where the Jesus' Movement was really breaking out. He knew his stuff and gave it to me straight. He lived it before me. The Lord used Randy in my life and He can bless and use you as well. Stoked-out after than, far more than before.  
“God often goes to the gutter to find the recipient for His grace. He lifts him out, washes him and transforms him - making him into a child of God fit for His kingdom. That is God’s grace.” ~ Chuck Smith
"Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking God uses only 'special' people the strong, the intelligent, the beautiful. We don't think He has a place for the rest of us. We are so wrong!" ~ Chuck Smith

Go, and go with all you've got, but don't go too far please.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot 
Neither do we go beyond our limits. I say we wisely take risks for Christ ..without going beyond. Paul did that. 
We are not overstepping our bounds, as if we had not come to you. Indeed, we were the first to reach you with the gospel of Christ. Neither do we boast beyond our limits in the labors of others. But we hope that, as your faith increases, our area of influence among you will greatly increase as well, so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you.”  2 Corinthians 10:15

Your thoughts can literally set the course before you -- they can completely reroute your being and family. If you let your thoughts just wander aimlessly, guess what.. your life will also wander aimlessly. Not mere PMA stuff while ignoring reality around you. But pray in Christ, and change your mind. Be pure. Go with what's so -- sure, in the Lord this is how we can also prayerfullly change the world! #Fish4peeps

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

As you know more of what's really so, you can apply it more in a way to really grow ..and really go. Yeah, really go tell others too.

"..Learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. ~ Jesus

Got some moments to read through Nehemiah? How about through chapters 8 through 10 today? In this passage what do we see?
We see the beginning of a revival as God’s people gathered, perked up their ears and really listened to God's Word being read and then explained. Both are important -- the reading and the explaining so we can understand God's main point, His sub-points and what to do with it in our world gone sideways.
In chapter 9, the people turned.. yes, they repented as they said they were sorry to God while confessed their sins. In chapter 10, the people make a corporate commitment of love.. a passionate covenant to wisely put God’s Scriptures into practice in a number of specific areas. Sure, cuz you know how too many so called believers and others too, unwisely apply the truth only to hurt others.. or drive them away from the Lord who they religiously (sadly) misrepresent.
I have found, in my own spiritual life, that the more rules I lay down for myself, the more sins I commit. The habit of regular morning and evening prayer is one which is indispensable to a believer’s life, but the prescribing of the length of prayer, and the constrained remembrance of so many persons and subjects, may gender unto bondage, and strangle prayer rather than assist it. To say I will humble myself at such a time, and rejoice at such another season, is nearly as much an affectation as when the preacher wrote in the margin of his sermon, “Cry here,” “Smile here.” Why, if the man preached from his heart, he would be sure to cry in the right place, and to smile at a suitable moment; and when the spiritual life is sound, it produces prayer at the right time, and humiliation of soul and sacred joy spring forth spontaneously, apart from rules and vows. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon, who wroteAutobiography (Banner of Truth)
The Jews made a covenant following the fervor they felt -- yes, they put their agreement in writing (9:38), spelling out the details of their commitment (10:30-39).
What's the context of Nehemiah 10? (I always say read at least 20 verses before and the 20 verses after those key verses you love for the context): Well, gobs of spiritual fervor is the context, both with joy in the Lord and sincere mourning over personal sins.
And you know personal practical application of God’s Word really needs to begin with the leaders as we see in this context (9:38-10:27) and it begins with personal holiness based on understanding of God's truth (see 10:28-29). Jesus lived it -- He exampled what He taught people. 
"COME TO ME, ALL YOU who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU and LEARN FROM ME; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~ Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30 application emphasis mine.
Wise application needs to begin with local Christian church leaders today. Let it start with us all! 
Did you notice how Nehemiah and (his assistant?) Zedekiah committed themselves first. Next to commit and sign the covenant were 21 priests, the heads of priestly households (10:2-8). Ezra’s name is not here because the head of his household was Seraiah (10:2). Then come the names of 17 heads of Levitical households (10:9-13), followed by 44 heads of leading families (10:14-27). Some of these names are identical to those on the lists in Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7. Others represent either new families that have branched off of those from Zerubbabel’s time, or more recent arrivals from Babylon.
Here's a way to apply the truth. Believers aren't called to cloister themselves away from influencing and winning the lost to Christ, but indeed we are called to separate ourselves unto the Lord.. away from the evil influences of this world so as not to be pulled down into sin. Why head back to Egypt so to speak -- to our old worldly lifestyle that was lame?
"Malluch, Harim, Baanah. Now the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, all those who had knowledge and understanding.." Nehemiah 10:27-28
I say we prayerfully go to and spend time befriending unregenerate people tactfully sharing the Gospel, sure, as long as we are influencing them toward righteousness, but get away from they start to influence us towards their pet sins, or other wrongdoins.  Hey Buckeroo, this separation-idea doesn't need to be all religious or in vain, and it wasn't merely for the Old Testament Jews. The Apostle Paul also taught it to us born again gentiles as well, so that we cold by faith maintain our victory. Living all religious or backslidden like with some vice in defeat; that ain't a good witness for Christ at all! He said...
Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 nkjv
All are called to exit out of this dark corrupt worldly system, and to enter in -- on into the Kingdom of light and life in the Lord.
"For He (God) has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.." Colossians 1:13 nlt
And the point for those in Christian leadership is to wisely set a loving example for others while not compromising the truth of God's Word. We pray for a biblical revival --an authentic nation-changing awakening. And if we want to experience such ongoing spiritual revival, then we need to get practical and personal in applying God’s Word in a truly wise way.
"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." ~ James (1:19-25) Like us at