Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Today my mind goes to all those dear friends and loved ones of mine that have allowed themselves to slip away from presence of God.
Through neglect or deception you have have lost the precious things that you once held dear.
Do You Miss It?
The Church is still here. There are still people that are holding on to the name. There are still people that love the principles of biblical holiness; still people who love to pray; to worship; to serve.
Come on home.
I am praying for you today!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The preacher made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the preacher took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more.. Soon it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The preacher glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the preacher reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church .' We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.
Friday, October 23, 2009
1. equal in power to God
2. able to stop God's purpose
3. able to defeat the church
4. able to control our actions
5. the king of a domain called hell
What is the real truth?
1. Satan is not an equal to God. God has no equal. He is the creator of all things and His power is unmatched. God does not even have to break a sweat to defeat the enemy. Satan is simply a fallen angel that was cast out of heaven by God and his fall was like lightening from heaven.
2. God's purpose will not be stopped. He will ultimately be worshiped. He will ultimately be proclaimed king. Satan will ultimately be defeated.
3. God will have the Church. The Church will not fail or be defeated. It is founded on Jesus Christ the solid rock.
4. The devil cannot "make" us do anything. We have to give him influence. If we submit ourselves unto God then we can resist the devil and he will flee from us.
5. Hell is not Satan's domain. He is not in charge of hell. He fears hell. He dreads hell. He will be a victim of its torture just as any unrepentant sinner.
We have nothing to fear from our enemy, Satan. If we stay in the church and stay submitted to God then we will be victorious.
Remember, if Satan COULD destroy you he WOULD.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Had followed where comfort and pleasures led,
Until one day in a quiet place
I met the Master face to face.
With station and rank and wealth for my goal,
Much thought for my body, but none for my soul,
I had entered to win in life's mad race,
When I met the Master face to face.
I met Him, and knew Him and blushed to see
That His eyes full of sorrow, were fixed on me;
And I faltered and fell at His feet that day,
While my castles melted and vanished away.
Melted and vanished and in their place
Naught else did I see but the Masters face.
And I cried aloud, "Oh, make me meet
To follow the steps of Thy wounded feet."
My thought is now for the souls of men,
I have lost my life to find it again,
E'er since one day in a quite place
I met the Master face to face.
Friday, June 19, 2009
6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
The leaven of the Pharisees - This leaven expands the philosophy that if you dot every i and cross every t on the outside that you are pleasing God.
This is the leaven of hypocrisy.
The leaven of the Sadducees - This leaven expands the philosophy of questioning and doubting traditionally held views. They refused to acknowledge Oral History or Oral Law.
This is the leaven of compromise.
The leaven of Herod - This leaven expanded the philosophy of tolerance. Herod had to walk a fine line between Roman paganism and Hebraic doctrine to remain in favor with the Roman government. This resulted in a hybrid and convoluted religious culture that embraced worldliness.
This is the leaven of appeasement.
God help us to remove all the leaven from our lives and preach it out of our churches.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I ask us a simple question today, while we preach, teach and live as examples of consecration, "What are we withholding?"
Have I given Him all?
My time? My will? My Finance? My Effort?
What am I reserving for myself?
Search me O' Lord and help me surrender all!
1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Satan is so dumb! (I say that in the kindest possible way...smile)
I have noticed that God loves to let Satan think that he has you right where he wants you. When, in reality, he is positioning you for your greatest victory.
Pharaoh thought he had
Purpose One - To show
To show them…
...that He is the God of all the elements.
(Cloud, Fire, and Sea)
...that He is well able to deliver.
...that He is well able to defeat any enemy no matter how large or advanced their armies may be.
Purpose Two - To show us the type and shadow of the New Birth message
...left their old life - Repentance
...passed through the sea - Baptism
...passed through the cloud - Holy Ghost
Therefore, the enemy was just a tool in the hands of God used to fulfill God's purpose in the lives of His people.
Satan thought he had Joseph where he wanted him… (
Satan thought he had Daniel and the Hebrew boys where he wanted them… (Lion’s Den and the Fiery Furnace)
Satan also thought he had Jesus where he wanted him... (On the Cross)
Once again God was just using Satan's lust for power and his hatred for man kind to fulfill His purpose. He allowed Satan to orchestrate circumstances that seemed to be a defeat for God and His people, only to use those circumstances to propel His purpose in to the light for all to see.
So, when you feel that you have reached the end and the enemy has won.
Don't give up!
You are only being positioned for your promise!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
So many reasons... seemingly valid reasons... seemingly noble reasons...
However, I hear the voice of the Lord crying... "What about Me?"
He is wanting us to seek Him for Him... Relationship!
If we will ever seek Him for Him... Then true revival will come! All that we so desire is only found in Him and a relationship with Him!
Let us stop seeking Him so that we can grow a church or even reach our cities.
Let us seek Him for Him. Let us fall in love with Him. Then and only then will we truly have what He wants us to have.
Then and only then will we find His direction...His love...His compassion...His power...
Forgive me Oh Lord for seeking You for my own means... Help me to seek You for You!
Only when my will and desires become one with His will I truly be revived.
Help me to stop being "holy" for me... help me to stop "praying" for me... help me to stop "preaching" for me... help me to stop "reaching souls" for me...
Let my ego die on the cross. Let me become of no reputation for Your glory. Let me live only to establish and maintain a relationship with You.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
For years I thought I could not sing, even though I enjoyed singing, all because my sister used to tell me I "couldn't carry a tune in a bucket." I am 38 and her words still ring in my ears as if she said them today. I am still not a great singer but I can sing enough to get by...
Ugly, Dumb, Absent Minded, Sloppy...on and on... negative words ring their demoralizing tune.
"Your handwriting is so neat," were the words of some nameless substitute spoken to me in 5th grade. Almost 30 years later I can still hear these words of encouragement.
"You are too smart for this level of work," were the words of my 8th grade English teacher after I have failed miserably one six week period. I became her best student and went on to AP English classes in High School. (Even though you may not can tell it now...
You're Smart, Organized, Precise, Loving, Kind, Generous... Powerful Words!
Words are Powerful!
Whoever made up the rhyme "Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" was just kidding themselves.
I've seen bruises and breaks heal much faster that destructive words. In fact, many times wounds from words never heal.
Let us be careful today... Give someone the gift of wonderful words today! Maybe you will give them something to build on for the future.
There is Power in Your Wonderful Words!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Truth, Purity and Righteousness is made the punch line of the enemies jokes.
Collectively and individually we are battling things that we have never battled.
Financial stress interrupts peaceful dreams...
Sin steals our brothers and our sisters...
Drugs ravage the youth of our culture...
Sexual Perversion is winked at and accepted...
Nevertheless, the Light is still shining!
The Church is still victorious!
Jesus is still on the Throne!
Its Dark! Yes...