Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Two One Acts. It’s About Actions, The Right Ones At The Right Time!

As the Apostle Paul mused awhile over his ministry we see in Acts 20:24-26, he uses six graphic pictures to paint a picture for us.

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1.      He saw himself as a responsible accountant – v.24.
2.      He saw himself as a runner who wanted to finish the course.
3.      He saw himself as a steward who owns little, but possesses everything.
4.      He sees himself as a worshiper who could witness – v. 24.
5.      He saw himself as a herald – v. 25 He was preaching the Message of the king.
6.      He saw himself as a protective watchman – v. 26. In Acts 18:6 is a reference to the “watchman on the wall” in Ezekiel 3:17-21; 33:1-9 (Please stay awake and alert, ready for the right actions).
But here in Acts 21 we now see how...
* Paul Traveled on Purpose -- he had a soul-winning purpose 1-14.
* Paul Traveled as a Peacemaker and did his part 15-25.
* Paul Traveled Righteously, with holy-fire sometimes with mixed emotions both glad or sad cuz he really loved the people -- this landed him in Prison 26-40.
-- Paul progressed in his travels forward with an Eternal Purpose. Life here isn't always a cake-walk, ya know like with non-stop wonderful emotions and 100% helpful circumstances. When we follow Jesus there is opposition, trials and suffering at times. It’s cuz the How we feel can be a trial on any given day. Our experience here just goes like that sometimes. Paul knew what lay ahead of him, but he kept on loving the Lord (Luke 9:51). You remember how years earlier the Lord instructed Paul to get out of that city Jerusalem (22:18-21). And this begs the question.. was Paul wrong in going back there now? We all know know Paul was a man of prayer, and don't have many of the facts of his life of intercession so I trust he was obeying the Spirit's directives here.

“The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” ~ Henry Martyn

“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? We know how to live better than we are living.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill

The Bible says, “Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul's belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, ‘Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'" (vv. 10-12).

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

-- Paul the Peacemakin’-traveler loved God most and then people. Sure, he just loved to win and disciple souls for Jesus too. How? He lived and preached the word. You don’t have to do that in a pushy-preachy sorta way ya know. Read and watch how he tactfully moved from "the will of the Lord be done" (v. 14) to "do what we tell you" (v. 23). Paul was a bit motivated inside (some commentators say he was anxious) to bring spiritual-unity to the Jews and Gentiles in the church so he quickly agreed to the plan. He LIVED filled with HOPE for their UNITY! Do you think that Paul was following earthly wisdom or God's kind of wisdom (James 3:13-18) -- again, I think he was walking according to the later. Who am I "to judge another Man's servant" (Romans 14:3-)? Remember, not every decision we make turns out to bring peace.

“Jesus gives us hope because He keeps us company, has a vision and knows the way we should go.” ~ Max Lucado

-- Paul's obedience got him imprisoned, but the missionary-traveler still had JOY! Nothing could rob him of it. He was seeing his plan work-out pretty well it seemed.. until the last day when trouble started up (v. 27). Paul walked by faith and nothing could rob him of JOY, but now he had to deal with totally absurd charges. Mobs could give a flip about real facts -- they live on "could have been" and "suppose" instead. Now it seemed like all Paul's efforts were in vain after he carefully played it safe so as not to cause any urban trouble-makin'-unrest there at all (24:10-13). Talk about trials! He would literally spend the next five years in a cold-dank Roman prison.

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It's so easy to hyper-focus on the circumstances of life and let em choke out your fruitfulness. 

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too easy to get discouraged, down, distressed, dismally-defeated or distracted.  

Why do that; why neglect the word or prayer and look to yourself? Walk in victory and choose to all-out praise the Lord! 

“Do not look to your hope, but to Christ, the source of your hope.” C.H. Spurgeon

We obey, we play, we fray, we pray, we stay, we prepare.. and go and say! 

"We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God." ~ John Stott
Clearly explain the whole nine yards of the Gospel. Until they understand. Use their language, but clean. You don't have to use churchy terms. If you do, just define em. Like Paul, you too can purpose to glorify the Lord, but sometimes our plans, goals and good intentions still seem to just bring on problems. Sup with that? Well, listen up, God can communicate. He is still sovereign trouble or no trouble -- yup, still in control. In your heart, let Him rule without rival. God used His servant Paul in the middle of his personal trials and God also used the trials in Paul's life.. to accomplish His own eternal purposes. Guess what, Paul with his writing ability was brought to Rome (23:11) and now we too are blessed. Turn and trust -- the Lord will use and bless others through you as well, Buckaroo!  

"God is the master of the scenes; we must not choose what part we shall act; it concerns us only to be careful that we do it well, always saying, 'if this pleases God, let it be as it is.'" ~ Jeremy Taylor

Come to, or come back to Christ now. The devil says tomorrow, but God says today is the day of salvation. Believe and receive. Then go tell -- yes, into all your world and tell what God has done in your life. Facebook.com/shareJesus

Monday, June 18, 2018

Guess what, our loving God thinks of you and blessing when He's fishin'. He still woos, redeems and cleans. Free of charge. He makes 'beauty out of ashes' (our lives). Personally, my "now" and future here are a testimony of the Father's great love! I let Him catch me.

If you've been lost in the stream, you know outside of God's flow so to speak, you can turn. Have you been burned in life, or perhaps feel kinda burned out, or like you like you've been tossed away. No worries, God can heal, comfort, forgive, and restore. Sure, He can save any -- won't turn you away. He can turn what's been trashed into what's truly beautiful... if you'll simply give Him a chance to.KurtwVs IG
Dare ya to hook up with Him and do like Jesus (God) did. Take in, pray about, live and speak his words. You know how He was a perfect rep for the Father in all this. Think about how the Fisherman catches His fish and then He cleans em. It’s for a purpose. Why should you or I try to clean em up before they come to Him -- before He catches them. That’d be an exercise in futility -- so religious and in vain. But He has better things for you. You can witness of His love wisely! Exciting stuff. 
He uses clean bait and He is patiently waiting for you. He loves you and longs to bless and use you as well. 

So SO many people are afraid, guilty, lonely, hurting, empty, and still outside of his Kingdom and good plan. 

You were made for significance and a purpose, not for religion. 

Why wait any longer -- why make Him wait on you? He already has been with a good attitude. That's how He is. Think, pray.. who is promised tomorrow? None of us. So call on the name of Jesus while you still can -- takes humility and faith. Why go after the gold, the glory, the world's glitz, or the girls.. like so many in the world like to do? 
Need a second chance in life, need some cleaning? We all need free forgiveness. Ask. Get caught by God today -- come to Christ just like you are. You know how the devil always says, tomorrow!..but God says today is the day of salvation. Yup, now is good. You know He has a plan to make your life count! 

"As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow Me, Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.'” Matthew 4:19

The Bible says "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." True, I did regularly. Used to drink like a goldfish. But God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from Him forever. The Bible says "The wages of sin is death." But the Good News of real love for you is from about 2,000 years ago on a lonely Cross at Calvary and we each can respond.



Check it out. It is SO important to daily have integrity. God does not want us to walk in some sinful way, like in a way that is deceptive. Mr Lu-Cifer (the devil) is a liar and a loser, always will be. Ask yourself, where have I grown in integrity lately? Factoid: There is no spiritual growth at all apart from the word of God. Zero. No matter what is going on in this crazy world around you, God can help you live it (live the life in victory), walk it, tell it -- yeah, God's love and the Gospel are for givin' away. There are still only two kinds of people -- lost sinners or saved sinners. Share your own story -- so many still need God's forgiveness. Remember, your testimony is not about what you gave up for Christ, but what He gave up for you! If you are not yet sure if you are right with God, don't wait to make sure. Too many put if off 'til another day..and are too late. Come to, come back to Jesus today. Yeah, here.. and now is good.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”—John 16:33

Exiting times. No reason to fret, worry or be alarmed. I can't think of a better time to be alive, fully awake and "all in" for the Lord.. can you?

Gobs happening before our eyes -- so much opportunity before us and it's good to be aware, Christian! Watch therefore and with fervency pray believing, because we don’t know the hour when the Son of man, Jesus, will come. He warned his followers of the persecutions and the beginning of sorrows to come here, and said.. he who endures unto the end will be saved. Endue in Him by faith. The Gospel will be preached and probably more than once in love.. hopefully.. in every nation and then the end will come.

Watch therefore, because we don’t know the hour when the Son of man, Jesus, will come. He warned his followers of the persecutions and the beginning of sorrows to come here, and said.. he who endures unto the end will be saved. Endue in Him by faith. The Gospel will be preached and probably more than once in love..hopefully.. in every nation and then the end will come. 

It is happening–so let’s with a sense of urgency make good use of the time before the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming happen. Pray earnestly. The Bible teaches us that Heaven and Earth will pass away, but God’s word will never pass away. Hang tight with the living word of God. 

One very concerned European who held up this dam image (below) said, “This happens while Christians and atheists sleep.” True, but I know that our one God of the Bible is still in control. No need for us to fear, worry, or be lazy. Why live negligent, passive, impractical or prayerless like fools live?

Many so called Christians in Western Lands along with the atheists are sadly spiritually asleep and won’t wake up until they turn and trust in Christ. All need to repent and come to the Christ of the Bible… just like the Muslims do. God loves all people even when he hates the brutal acts they do to Christians and others. We Christian believers really need to continue to witness by life and word.. and win these valuable people to Jesus here (even as we put lawbreakers in jail). 

Yes, share the Gospel with them there, here, or anywhere we find them. Sure, I am against all the dumb U.S. and Euro open-border policies and will say it, but Bible prophecy will with 100% accurately be fulfilled (as so many already have been) and we have the mission-field landing on our doorsteps. Let love and truth go forth..wisely. In the Lord, let’s get and be ready. Q. If Islamism is allowed in.. and is even welcomed in by all the greedy politicians here.. or into more Western Lands.. is God no longer Sovereign in those Lands? He is! Let’s do our part and trust Him. Think about what our top priority calling is – biblical worship. Live the life. Holy, pure, sincere, selfless. And by His Spirit, go evangelize people, disciple em, vote smart, be salt and light in this and dangerous dark world. 

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

What wrong-doin’s are more hurtful? Let’s avoid all, but which ones are more destructive?

Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?

The answer to this question is “yes” and “no.” Yes, sin is sin -- all sins are essentially the same as far as hurting God and separating us from Him. Some sins are more destructive to self, to individuals, or to more people. The Bible seems to indicate that some sins are worse than others, for there are both sins of the flesh and sins of the spirit. Say what?
“One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. …works have a place–but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it.” ~ Ravi Zacharias
“It’s Satan’s delight to tell me that once he’s got me, he will keep me. But at that moment I can go back to God. And I know that if I confess my sins, God is faithful and just to forgive me.” ~ Alan Redpath
“The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.” ~ Dwight L. Moody

When we stray from His presence via some lame choice, an attitude, inner iniquity or some sin of the flesh, Christ longs for you to run back to Him -- He can wash you clean! Be quick to return. It could get far worse quickly. He hurts with us (sin hurts Him), and weeps.. that you are missing out on His love, blessings, protection and provision. Sinner, snap out of it. Wake up! He throws His arms open, runs toward you, gathers you up, and welcomes you home. The only place in the Bible we see a pic of God running.. is when He is running towards a repentant sinner headed home.


The Bible says, “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
So many sins in our world today that really need to be addressed a.s.a.p. -- of commission and of omission (that we don't realize we did). But Kurt, what are sins of the flesh and sins of the spirit? 
Sins of the flesh are sins that we people could usually see -- they have some sort of outward manifestation of evil transgression. For instance, remember when King David committed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba? Well, he then tried to cover it up by murdering her husband. It was by sending him off to die where he would surely die and these were obviously sins of the flesh David did.
Sins of the spirit are the more subtle (yet often times more dangerous) -- they're sins of the heart. We commit these sins when we go against what we know to be true. Again, returning to the example of King David, when the prophet Nathan was sent to test David by confronting him with a scenario that resembled the essence of David’s sin.. David displayed an uber-harsh judgmental attitude. Remember? Instead of sensing the similarities in Nathan’s story with great remorse, he pretended to be more righteous than that perpetrator in Nathan’s story. Yes, He was the man -- the sinner! David’s greatest sin was not the act of adultery and murder, but in the covering up of his cruel deeds and then acting as though nothing wrong had happened. The consequences of those bad choices didn't go away while he walked on this planet. Often times God doesn't take the consequences away so that we can learn to really hate sin.  
So where do we see iniquity in the Book? 
Psalm 38:18 - For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
Nehemiah 9:2 - The descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
Psalm 25:11 - For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
Psalm 32:5 - I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.

Psalm 125:3 - For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
Isaiah 59:2 - But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
Psalm 119:133 - Establish my footsteps in Your word, and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 66:18 - If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (If I regard wickedness in my heart)

"Nevertheless, God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: 'The Lord knows those who are His,' and, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from iniquity.'” 2 Timothy 2:19

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” Psalm 103:2-4

God wants all to come just as they are. The Bible says...

“For they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” ~ Jeremiah 31:34

God pardons every iniquity and outward sin sort of like a mother, who kisses the offense away off into everlasting forgiveness. 

“And when he (Jesus) saw their faith, he said, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you.’” Luke 5:20

“And you know, when you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.” ~ R. Warren

We must recognize the futility of simply turning over a new leaf or making a few new resolutions..in place of repenting of sin. We must realize the problem goes deeper than our moral sins. We must get to the heart of the matter and have Jesus Christ take residence in our lives and change us from the inside out. This world seeks to change you from the outside in.. to what they call cool. Not God, who'll totally accept you as you are, forgive you, empower you, and help you to grow.

"When Jesus Christ truly comes into our lives, He takes up residence. And He doesn’t just do a basic housecleaning; He does a thorough one. There is real change." ~ Greg Laurie
Forgiveness – you know it’s 100% free! That's cuz Jesus, now alive, loves you and died on the cross for you. What a great gift to us. Turn and trust. Ask in faith. Being made clean inside is so important. Now is good, much better than later on. Too many put it off and forget. Come and go..tell. Facebook.com/shareJesus