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The Doctor. The Lawyer And the Preacher. (13 Aug 2018)
I have noticed a curios phenomenon. Whe we visit a doctor, we except the doctor to be frank and forthright with hi or her diagnosis. If we have cancer , we expect themn to tell so without beating around the bush. We want to no everything about the disease, and although we want the doctor to speak with feeling and grace, we don't want no sugar coating on it. Our life is at stake and we need all the information we can get as well as the doctor's frank opinion about what we should do. What good would a doctor be is they thought. "I know John has cancer, but I can't tell him because he would not want to hear the bad new, he might get upset."
When we go to a lawyer, we want the same frankness. We want him to accurately articulate the law and our opinion. We don't want him to beat around the bush. Our livelihood and maybe our freedom maybe our freedom at stake
But when we go to our pastor or preacher, our expectations change. At stake is nothing less than your eternal soul and our eternal rewards in heaven.Yet, when the preacher is bluny, when the preacher is frank, people get upset. There seems to be an expectation that the preacher will sugar-coast sin and hold back (And I might add many do) When the preacher has to say is more important that what the doctor has to say and many time more important that what a lawyer has to say, but when he speaks in specifics and calls sin, "sin," folks get upset.
Can you imagine getting mad at the doctor because he tells you that you have cancer? Yes, you may get upset that you have cancer,? Yes, but why get mad at the messenger for telling us about the disease and how to fix it.
Let's give the preacher the same respect we give the doctor and lawyer. Let's go to him expecting him to be frank and specific. Let 's not give him the expression that he has a vague or avoid certain subjects in order to keep us in Church. Listen to him, and take it heart, because your life depends on it
The Rooster who preached the Gospel (28 July 2018)
I promise you that he isn't a chicken like some in the pulpit today! Luke 22:60-62. "And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spoke, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thous shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
The reason most preacher love to eat chicken is because it was rooster that told on Peter! Amen? So preachers have been trying to get even with chickens ever since. They have eaten so much chickens, that is why they like the song and sing, "I"ll fly, Oh Glory!"
Number one this rooster didn't need a interpreter. . If a hen tried to crow, we rung her neck and ate her when I was a child. Remember that. You money hogging, faith healers and prosperity-so called preachers.
A Jesus rooster is a fighting rooster that keeps his spurs sharp. He as preached the same message over and over. Repentance through the blood of Jesus Christ. And, his message is still read and heard by millions. Today a Jesus Rooster, rules his roost.
Now this rooster did what he could do-He crowed. He did not did what he could NOT do. He didn't bark like a dog, sing like a canary, or talk like a parrot! I believe that every time Peter, heard a rooster crow, he though about the hot sermon that convicted his soul to repentance. Every man has his calling. Some are pastors and some are evangelist. Some are called on their own
Now this Rooster job was not considered important to other strutting roosters and they didn't ruffled his feathers, his crowing is NOT highly esteemed by the world, His crowing was common (But didn't stop him). His crow seemed foolish ( 1 cor 1:16-18). He was not ashamed . (Romans 1:16). He has crowed before and all the crowing did not embarrass him. His crowing didn't make him want to quit because just one person heard him (small ministry). Hey! God doesn't have any small preachers, or small churches! he was faithful, he crowed at a given time regardless of who listened. He crowed whether he feel good or not. He crowed rain or shine. He crowed in season or out of season (2 Tim 4:2). He was not popular at all-"WHY??? Because he woke people sleeping up. He never got discourage. Even if they old hens griped, or the other roosters tried to stop him, he didn't look for encouragement, never talked to the other roosters about what to preach. He never said, "Hey give me a message!" He never read "Chicken Soup for The soul."
His crowing was a lonely job, but he did his job well, because he preached what, where , and to whom God wanted him to preach. He crowed at the right time, and Peter heard him. Nobody had to feed him a hand full of corn, he had to scratch for all that he could get. He didn't run from house to house saying, "I can't preach for chicken feed."
Some strange preachers I have met other than the church are 1) Baalam's ass. (Num 22:28. 2) Elijah's Ravens . 1 Kings 17:6 3) The Rich man Dogs-(Luke16:21. 4) Herod's worm. (Acts 12:23). 5) Noah's Dove. (Genesis 8:11
John the Baptist was a strange to this world: Strange message; Stranger Pulpit dress
For New Life in dry bones (Ezekiel 37) July 16 2018
The Holy Ghost is calling the Church to ask God to breathe new life into families, churches an our community.
Ezekiel was a priest. That means he had spend his entire life ministering around things of God and the temple of God, but in 597 B C, he noted, Ezekiel was captured as a prisoner of war and taken to a pagan culture, and 10 years later he got word that the temple had been destroyed. That meant that everything he'd prayed about, everything the he'd ever hoped for, everything that he had worked for was evaporated in the winds of war,
God lead Ezekiel in a vision to the ultimate example of his shattered hopes and the desecration and the devastation of his national dreams--an army of skeleton. This once great army was lying scattered on the desert floor.
The message God gave Ezekiel 2,625 year ago was one of hope and life, He said, and it applies to the believers of today. This message is still the message of hope and life yo your situation because our God is a God of life and a God of resurrection, and anything that looks dead to you may be the next God raises form the dead
God wants bone to be given again in 2018, so He calls believer to speak life, he aid, He said, Some messengers may be struggling in their marriages or with their children in their ministries. Some of you may just be struggling with many problems. We've heard some sobering reports. Yes, we're optimistic, , but it's going to be an uphill battle and we all know it. It may feel like that there are a lot of dry bones around your life, but here is the good news, God specializes in raising the dead, and nothing is impossible with God. Anything God has ever done before He can do again, anything God has veer dome anywhere, He can do again, and any thing God's done with anyone, He can do again, He can do for you.
In Ezekiel, God gave the prophet some strange advice. Preach to the ones who will not and cannot hear. God solution to the biggest problem imaginable, a valley of dry bones, was pretty simple. Declare the Word of the Lord to a culture that will no hear or cannot hear, and just keep declaring the mighty works of our sovereign God who says,"I will give you life."
God always calls His people to spiritual life. It occurs to me this isn't a passage about dry bones at all. This is a passage of Scripture about our amazing ability to raise the dead. And He does so by His Word when it is anointed by the Spirit
The message from God to His people today. "I'll put my Spirit in to defeated, dry, dead circumstances and situations and families and churches, and people and make you live again."
Yes we have a choice to make today. We can live our lives in our own strength and we will have the same spiritual impact as the prayer of a robot, or we can invited the Holy Ghost to breathe life into all of our dead places.
Believers never grow spirituall by accident, so if they want Ezekiel 37 moments in their lives, families, churches and ministries they must be intentional. I'm telling you it is time for prayer and fasting and urging messengers to get out and ask God to "breathe life on our Churches, families, the ministries and our community.
Lies & Excuses (7 July 2018)
Are you sick of excuses as I am? Preachers are told more lies and excuses than any other one single on God's green earth. The most common lie is, "Yeah, I'll see you Sunday, preacher' and one telling the tale has no intention of darkening the doors of God's house, with a bald faced lie is worse and remember, the Bible says all liars will be given a slap on the wrist. That's in the NPCV, other wise known as the New Politically Correct Version, for you hard-headed people he can't handle the real truth of where liars are headed, if they don't mend their ways.
When you happen to run into a liar and you will, he then just digs the hole deeper. He beings to make excuses why he couldn't be at Church. I have heard them all" The car would not start, the alarm clock didn't go off,the wife didn't feel like going, I didn't have anything to wear, we were out of peanut butter, the dog ate my Bible, and the list of pitiful excuses goes on and on and grows longer than Aunt Bessie's tongue at a quiltin" bee.
There is a reason for this. You know why sinners don't like to go to Church? It gets them to close to God. I don't blame them; getting near God gets mighty uncomfortable when you are living like the Devil. You can't see nothing in the dark, but when the light is turned on, everything appears to your eyes, even though it was already there. God's light doe not pick and choose. When it shines down, the good, the bad and the sinful all shows, and that makes sinners squirm like a nightcrawler on a blacktop road at noon.
Now there is way to fix this: If they don't want to come to Church and get a glimpse of God, then just take God to them. Jesus said to go into the highways and hedges and compel them to come. I don't know of anything stronger than the love of God as a compeller, so when you get after a sinner because you love their soul and don't want to see them go to Hell, just hound them, love them, and fast and pray for them and treat them as Jesus would, pretty soon you can knock down all the excuses they can conjure up and wear them down. They might just finally show up to shut you up. Hopefully, you will be able to win them outside of the Church, but if not, I don't know of nay better place folks ought to be than in the house of God. Stay after them. They can't only lie and excusicate for so long
The Jezebel Spirit and How it works ( 21 June 2018)
Without question, the nastiest, evil, most disgusting, cunning, and seductive spirit in Satan's weapons has to be what We called the Jezebel spirit
This evil spirit has been responsible for not only tearing down churches. pastors, and different Christian Ministries, but has been responsible for tearing up marriage, friendships, companies, along with many people to commit cold-bloodied murders and suicides .
For those who have been hit and slimed by this evil spirit, or have encountered it in some way, you will know exactly what I am going to talk about in this message. It is without question, one of the most vile thing I have ever come across with in my life, like Satan, this type of spirit is simply pure evil.
Over the last 45 years or so, I have encountered this spirit myself in at least 5 times, with it being attached to a specific person each time. As a result of meeting this spirit head on 5 times. I have developed a quite of information and knowledge on how this spirit works and operates. I believe that the Holy Ghost allowed me to have access to these 5 people when I did, so I could end up writing this message, and how to spot one if their every come into our midst, where at home, church or even within the family and work. And I am sure you have come across a few Jezebel Spirit yourself.
What is the Jezebel Spirit? The word Jezebel come from the Old Testament from Queen Jezebel , in the day Elijah. She was a ruling Queen and a cold bloodedly killer of many of God's prophets while she was ruling.
The Jezebel Spirit is not just one spirit like Satan for instant
"There" 21 June 2018
Elijah obeyed the Lord and he was fed by the ravens. he declared to Ahab that there would not be any dew or rain for a number of years according to the Word. After that God spoke to Elijah and tole him to ho eastward and hide himself by the brook Cherith . The He said, "and shall be thou shall drink of the brook: and I have command the ravens to fee thee "There." Elijah couldn't go just any place and be fed by the ravens. He must obey the Lord and go to this certain brook and "There" to ravens would feed him. If he had decided some other brook, then he would not be fed by the ravens, because the ravens could not find him, because God had commanded them to go to a certain place.
We cannot choose for ourselves contrary to the Word of God. It is important that we know that we are obeying God and doing his will. When the brook had dried up, God said to Elijah "Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell "There": behold, I have command a widow woman "There" to sustain thee." If he had food and water while the famine was in the land because there was no rain, he still must obey God. He had to dwell in Zarephath and "There" the widow would supply his needs and this was done in a miraculous way
We have to be at the place where God can work through us. We can't go against His will and have His blessing. We will get in trouble as did Jonah if the Lord wants us at one place and we go to another. We will not only get int trouble ourselves, but we will cause trouble to others. Because Jonah disobeyed God a storm came upon the sea and the ship was about to break to pieces. Those innocent people were in trouble because of disobedience of a prophet. Only the Lord knows how much trouble there is in the world today, because of disobedience. The calling of God is without repentance. When Jonah repented, God called him a second time to go to Ninevah and he had to go
God is not man that he should lie, neither the son of man, that he should repent; heath he said, and shall he not do it' or hath he spoken and shall he not make it good?' We can not trifle with God. We must be obedient to God and I am happy that many of my church family are determine to be obedient to God will.
I feel that we all must draw a little close to God and be obedient, He will supply the ram just as he did Abraham. We know that we can count on God. He has never failed us as long as were are "There."
Father's Day Turns 100; How did it began?
Fathers Day will began its 100 birthday 19 June 2018 and it begin when a young woman wanted to honor her dad. The following year.In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane Wash, sat in church listening yo a Mother's Day sermon. She decide sh wanted to designate a day for her dad, William Jackson Smart. Dodd's mother had died in childbirth, and Dodd's father a Civil War veteran, had taken the responsibility of single-handedly raising the new born and his other five children.
The following year, Dodd wanted to celebrate Father's Day on June 5th, her father's birthday, and petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city. Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane's mayor pushed back to date two weeks, and the first Father's Day was celebrate Jun 19, 1910, according to the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau
At the first celebration , a young women handed out red roses to their father's during a church service, and large baskets of roses were passed around, with attendees encouraged to pin roses in honor of their father-red for the living and white in memory of the deceased. Dodd then brought her infant son along on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city, bringing roses and gifts to home bound fathers.
While Congress was quick to officially declare the second Sunday as Mother's Day in 1914, after it was first celebrated on May 20, 1908, it took much longer for Father's Day to be legally recognized. But thanks to Dodd celebration, Father's Day gained popularity.
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge said that he supported it,in order to establish closer relationship between fathers and their children and to impress upon father's the full measure of their obligations, according to the Library of Congress.
And the holiday gained more traction in 1938 when a trade organization, The National Council for the promotion of Father's Day, which was formed by men's clothing retailers in New York City decided to take up the cause, according to Consumer Rites; the buying and selling of America's Holidays (Princeton University Press, 1995)
President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring Fathers in 1996, but it wasn't till 1972 that the President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent holiday. Since then, Father's Day has become a time to recognize the many differing father figures in our live.
Eternal Punishment (2 June 2018)
If man or women could foresee the disaster awaiting a soul in hell, they would labor. toil, struggle and strive with everything within him to stay out of hell and they cab stay out of hell if they want to
Despite the beautiful pictures painted by Satan, if one goes to hell he is unwelcome intrude, for hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. Man is not wanted there even by his close associates, and why should he not want to shun or keep out of this raging inferno?
One may stall for time to indulge in the pleasures of sin and try to excuse himself by saying he will have a lot of friends there if he goes there, but this is utter deception. His erstwhile friends of this will be his worst, most violent enemies, and they will hate him with an unparelleled passion. They'll be screaming, yelling, agonizing cries of distress and enemies as he plunges into their midst. Some may pounce on him and gnash on him with teeth..foolish soul, why did you come here?
Then all of sudden the lisping, licking, crackling tongues of fire and flames will engulf him, parching, searing , blistering and torturing him, no relief in sight. The he remembers yonder world from which he had descended, just like the rich man that begging this very day for one drop of water on his parching tongue. You see he has his senses there in hell, and if you go there my friend, you too will your too. You've got no business in hell, so why don't you stay away?
As sue as there is a heaven, there is a hell. And in hell there are no churches, but there is an roaring concert prayer. The unfortunate writhing screaming in distress and agony, but the horrendous appeal of mercy rings out an on and on in futility and rejection, Oh God, the plight of this person! Why didn't he stop long enough to give his soul a breath of true redemption through Jesus Christ-long enough to even say, "I believe you Jesus, my Saviour, have mercy on me, forgive me of my sins.. SAVE ME NOW< LORD, or I perish.
WD-40 For The mind (19 May 2018)
Get: I Love music and especially Southern Gospel. The tool is that music is the tool Christians is one way can connect with the God and find power to live for God's glory, Ephesians 5:18 resonates with principal. Paul challenged us to be filled with the spirit of God, singing songs and hymns and spiritual songs.
Think about it this way; Christians songs are WD-40 for the mind. For those who are not in the know about WD-40, please allow me to introducing you to this miracle fluid. It's a little spray oil that really works! I'm talking that hoist the Titanic engines up form the ocean floor, spray a little WD-40 on the rusted parts, va-room! It would start. Okay maybe an exaggeration, but for those of you that have seen this stuff in action you know it's a possibility
Now I'll say it again. Christian music is WD-40 for the mind. A good soaking under anointed music will have free rust and thinking clearly!
Our brains are really cool. I was watching the Discovery channel show once, and it told all kinds of awesome things our minds can do. It can handle up to ten thousands decisions per second, detect infinitely, small tastes, and smell more ten million different odors. I know because I was in Viet -nam and some of us have not shower in weeks and it could limit our smelling abilities. Our brains are amazing.The problem is, our minds get flooded with the ideas and influences or our Christ-less culture, clogging and smothering our mental gears till they lock-up. Like the rusting skeleton of the once great Titanic, we become mentally lifeless as the currents of our culture rip through the fabric of our minds and slowly decay our ability to think clearly about God. I've been there, and it's a sad and scary place to live
A good remedy for this condition is to soak daily in some prayer and solid Christian songs, Expose your mind to the songs. "How Great Thou are. This songs clarifies that Jesus came to takes us and to wake us up to something more than we always settle for. The song Let's soar heavenward or You are Amazing God! Or I am yours!. Then listen and all of a sudden you fell it. The lyrics soak in, and the rust begins to loosen it's grip-it feels good to be free. Free to feed on the truth, to understand our identity, to embrace faith and worship God authentically
Important Recall Notice (May 3 2018)
The maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all "Subsequential Internal Non-morality", or more commonly know as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some other symptoms: Loss of Directions, Foul vocal expressions.. Amenesia . Origin, lack of peace and joy. Selfish, or violent behavior, Depression or confusion in the mental component, Fearless, Idolatry, and Rebellion.
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service free of charge for correct this SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required. The number to call is P_R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please unload your burden of SIN through REPENTANCE procedure. Next unload ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with Love, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, self control.
Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Believers Instructions, Before Leaving Earth), for further details on the use of these fixes. As an Added upgrade, the Manufacturer had made available to all repaired units a facility direct monitoring and assistance from a resident Maintenance Technician, the Holy Ghost. Repaired units need only make him welcome and He will take up permanent residence on the premises!
WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids and Manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on JESUS.
DANGER: The human being units not responding to the recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so to prevent contamination of the facility. Thank you for your attention.
Please assist where possible notifying others of this important recall!
Does God Care What I Wear To Church ( 24 April 2018.)
Everybody knows that when you go to Church on Sunday you are suppose to wear your "Sunday Best. " Right? I always heard that your dress up in you nice clothes on Sunday morning because God deserves the best. So find the most expensive, formal attire and wear that on Sunday's because it honors God.
Does it? Have yo ever wondered or read what the Bible really says about what clothes to wear to worship?. While the Bible does not give us specific directions on if I am suppose to wear a robe, bow tie, khakis, jeans, hip t-shirts, or flip-flops to the House of God, it does give us direction concerning dress. Here' what I know:
No-Crossing dressing. " A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this (Deut 22:5). Cross-dressers, you have been warned.
Avoid Glitzy Dress: The New Testament teaches women to dress modestly without expensive clothes or Jewelry ( 1 Tim: 9-10). Many possible reasons could be for this command. Paul wanted to make sure focus on God, that jealously didn't enter the Church, that pride didn't make its way into worship, that clothing competition took place, and that people didn't spend money on glitzy attire when other church members needed food to eat.
Modesty: A woman's beauty should be seen by the inner qualities and not the skin parade often seen in Church today (1 Peter 3:2-5) Men and women, why would you dress in such a way that people in the House of God have to fight for purity when you walk by? What would we call something that caused God's people to take their eyes off God
Beware of the hat (or Embrace the Hat) Many people say that people shouldn't wear hats in church because it is disrespectful. The ancient tradition signified that someone removed their hat when in the presence of superior so this applies to worship setting (! Cor 11:47), but it all says that a women should put on head coverings.
God says he is more concerned with the quality of the hearts ( 1Sam 16:7) than he is in the styles that we wear. Lats Sunday did you spend more time checking your clothes out in the mirror or checking to see if there was any hurtful way in your life that broke the heart of God> (Psa 139:22-23)
Avoid dress that divides. In our way of living today, suits and dressers reveals financial stability within a home. Unfortunately, not everyone has the type of money to acquire such clothing. Listen to what James has to say in 2:1-3) My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For is a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing come into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "Sit down at my feet, have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts.
I can't give a complete exhaustive account of what God expects of you and you clothes, but, after a small study on God's Word on the matter, I do know this: In the church culture, we accept more traditions of men in the area of clothing that we do the commandments of God (Mark 7:8). if you look through just some of these verses, you must admit that the "Sunday Best' rules not only found in the Scriptures, but Scripture might actually refute if not rebuke these rules.
Be careful here. I know designer jeans that cost as much as swanky suits.. the problem is a matter of the heart and perception, not what style era it is.. I think to summarize all of these insights is to make sure your clothing is stet by the standard of God and that your clothing doesn't distract the people of God from focusing upon God and not the body. The body of Christ should be the one group where we gather together where we don't have to prove ourselves, our bank accounts, our fashions styles, or toned bodies. Sunday Best is when we die out to self and give God the glory He deserves.Not when we attempt to impress his followers so they no longer focus upon him