Wars and rumors of Wars


Over 2000 years ago, Jesus’ disciples asked how we will know that it is the end of time on this earth. Jesus began to explain to the disciples what to look for. In Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus said, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” How many people do you know about that has said they were the Christ? How many wars and rumors of wars do you know about? How many earthquakes do you know about? Then Jesus says that this is just the beginning of sorrows. The pictures of the refugees are in all the news. The bombings in Israel are in the news. The wars that rage on every continent are in the news. It’s like they are filming the bible as it unfolds. Yet all the leaders are saying that man can solve the problems of man. It requires money, supplies, and armies to solve the problem. Personally I believe what Romans 1:22 says, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” There is only one way and His name is Jesus. God has been trying to get man’s attention and solve his problems. Now it is up to man to choose the right way. God help us all.
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Lost and Found


When God created man, He made him in His image. God gave us a free will to choose whatever we wanted. God was hoping that man would choose Him. But man had other ideas. God had to deal with this loss. Because of this loss, God had to made provisions in His laws so that man could come back to Him. Otherwise man would be a total loss. It is not that God has not had a people who have followed Him. All throughout the ages there have been people who have been faithful to God. God tried starting over with Noah. But man decided to go back to his fallen state. Serving God isn’t the hardest thing that I have ever done. It takes a conscious decision and commitment to follow God. It is a daily decision. It is easier to go back to the fallen state. But it doesn’t stay that way. Sin is fun for a season, then it becomes slavery. Guess who is the taskmaster for sin? God opened the way for man to be able to come back. The cost of that commitment to man is very high. God gave Jesus a choice to do His will or not. Jesus decided to pay the price for us. No greater love has any man than one lay down his life for another. God gave His son for our sins so we could make it back to heaven. I talked about people talking more these days and not really communicating. What I am saying is to communicating God’s love for man. Anyone can know the love of God if they are willing to approach God. He is not going to kill us because of our sins. You see the sin in our life is already killing us. God wants to release us from that death sentence. Thank God.
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The Good Samaritan


This is a story that Jesus told. There was a certain man who was traveling from Jericho to Jerusalem. Thieves attacked him. They stole all his goods, clothes and money. They left him for dead. There were people traveling the road. A certain priest saw the man and passed on by. Then a Levite saw the man and passed on the other side of the road. The man who was beaten was a Jew. Then there came a Samaritan and he had pity on the man. He bound his wounds as best he could. He picked up the man and brought him to an inn. This stranger paid for the beaten man to stay until he was better. He told the inn keeper if I own you anything more he will pay it on my way back. Jesus was explaining what God had been trying to teach man for 1000’s of years. We are not only to be involved with God, but also with our fellow man. We are social being. God made us that way so we could be with other people. Just think you didn’t want to be around people. What would happen to you? What would happen to you when that person who helped you wouldn’t have? Ever since Adam and Eve, God has had 2 rules to live by. The first is the love God with you whole heart, soul and mind. The second is like the first. You are to love your neighbor as yourself. In those 2 laws are all of the bible.
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The not so Good Samaritan


Jesus and His disciples were leaving Jerusalem. They were headed back to Capernaum. Jesus decided to go through Samaria. This was a break with all traditions. Righteous Jews didn’t go through Samaria. Even though this was part of Israel, they had a nation of people who had married into heathen families. Jesus stopped at Jacob’s well. The disciples had gone into the town to get lunch. Jesus was sitting there when a woman from the town came to get water. He asked for water. They began to talk and the woman was surprised that a Jew would talk to her. She asked if he had something to get water with. Then Jesus began to explain to the woman, if she would ask of Him, He would give her everlasting water. The woman asked how. Jesus began to explain about eternal life. He told her to go and get her husband. She said I have none. Jesus said you have spoken the truth. For you have had 5 husbands and the one you are living with isn’t your husband. The woman went into the town and told the men what had happened at the well. The town came out to see. Jesus spoke to the people and they believed. It doesn’t take a 2 hour oration to understand what God is saying. The truth is simple. God made it so we could understand. The kingdom is not far from you. It really is within earshot. All you have to do is open your mouth and ask God to forgive you. And He will. The not so Good Samaritan heard the truth and was willing to receive what Jesus had to say. It is that simple for anyone.
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Buyer Beware


Tis the season for politicians to lie to us. It is election season. I can remember when people who ran for political office were basically honest. It has gotten so corrupt that the honest people have gotten out. All that is left are career politicians. What is that old joke, oh yeh, how do you know when politicians are lying? Their lips are moving. You know what the sad part of this really is, is that the politicians are just a reflection of the general population. The murder rates have doubled in last 20 years. Violence is on the rise. Christianity is on the decline in the United States. Look at the US Congress and see how hard they have tried to legislate Christianity out of this country. You talk about hate crimes. You have to hate God to try to get Him out of a country. The Roman Empire lasted for about 600 years. Do you know why it fell? It was something very original, immorality. Let us see, how about this country. Do you think that the USA has become immoral? It is only following the rest of the world. Everything has become global, including immorality. Do you know when the murder rate began to climb? It started climbing when the US Supreme Court decided the case of Roe vs. Wade. If you don’t know what that case is, it is the abortion case. When life became cheap, people started killing each other at a faster rate. But what can we do? I am only one people. One people is all it takes in God economy. Someone who is willing to stand up against evil. Do you remember the Edmund Burke saying, the only thing necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing. So who is going to stand up against evil?
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Hiding in Plain Sight


I have always heard if you want to hide something so that no one can find it. You have to hide it in plain sight. A place where everyone can see it and no one can. I have never quite understood the concept completely. Although I have practiced this principle almost all my life. I have been a minister, teacher and preacher. I have never pastored a church. I don’t think I would want to. God has sent me to people to tell them different things. God has had instruction for so many people over my life time. I have never really told anyone what office I hold in the 5-fold ministry, except for my family. I relied on God to tell people what He wanted to say about me. People could see that I knew God and walked close to Him. I personally didn’t want anyone to see me. I want them to see Jesus only. I have done this most of my life. My Life in Christ is very personal and intimate. I didn’t want to share my knowledge of God except that God told me to. So I share what God has taught me over the years. I hope all of this makes sense to you. I know some of you are wondering what I am talking about. I started with nothing. Not knowing about God or what He has to offer me. I learned a little and became a servant of God. I was very happy being a servant. Then I learned I was a son of God. I was adopted into the family of God. Then I was happy at being a son. Then God called me into His work. I began to learn what was required of me. God gave me a choice. I had to decided what I was going do. Then I did and God opened up a whole new world. I have seen so much of the kingdom. I know that what I have seen is just a small portion of heaven. In this blog I am covering many aspects of kingdom life. And you still don’t know who I am. I tell you a truth unless God tells me to reveal who I am, I won’t. God has for anyone a treasure bigger than all the world. And this treasure is for you. To find this treasure, open the eyes your heart and find God.
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Making Mistakes


When I first started walking with God, I had no responsibility in the kingdom except for myself. It was relatively easy to live up to expectations. God loved me and was protecting me from harm. I learned what God wanted me to do in this life and developed my skills in the kingdom. I began to read the bible like I had never done before. I had a bible at home, one in my car and one on my desk at work. I read everywhere I went. I was catching up for lost time. My mind is quick and I learn fast. I don’t remember everything, but just about. I could quote scriptures at any given time. The word of God became part of my life. As I learned I became more confident in my abilities that God gave me. I wanted to do what God was showing me. But the one thing that I didn’t want to do was make serious mistakes that would harm people. God had to walk me through this mine field. You can’t accomplish anything unless you get out there and do something. Do something is always a risky business. God said He would lead me in the paths of righteousness for His namesake. Not everybody is going to like what you do. Some will even get belligerent about it. God showed me to keep on walking no matter what. I have spoken to people about serious matters. Things that they needed to do in their lives. Very few times has it blown up in my face? But it has happened. I asked God to forgive me and correct the situation. And He has. To where I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and not afraid of sharing it. I have seen God do miracles in people’s lives. I have had people to return to me and say how much I help them through difficult times. God says learn of Me, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light. I don’t fear mistakes anymore. I have learned where to go for help in the time of need.
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Be Ready to Give an Answer


As I was growing up, I didn’t read much of the bible except the stories of David in the Old Testament. So I really didn’t know what God has said. I knew the stories were exciting and I wanted a God to do for me just like He did for David. David was the youngest of 12 children of Jesse. That meant that he got the short end of the stick for family assignments. His older brothers apparently didn’t like living in the wilderness with the sheep. Sheep aren’t the brightest animal around. And they don’t smell too good. They don’t smell as bad as pigs, but they still stink. Someone had to be with the sheep to get them out of trouble and keep them in a certain area. In David’s day, there were lions, tigers and bears, oh my, that roamed the wilderness looking for food. Now David had to learn to defend the sheep against all predators. And he had to learn to defend himself against the wild animals. David had 3 weapons, a sling, a club and a staff with a crook. A sling to thrown rocks, a club to beat off animals and a staff with a crook to pull sheep out of the biers or a thorn bush. David would practice each day until he could use these weapons proficiently. A lion came and grabbed a sheep. David killed the lion and got back the sheep. A bear came and took a lamb. David killed the bear and recovered the lamb. David loved the wilderness. It was where he had time to know God and trust Him. After several years in the wilderness, the Philistines marched against Israel. All the young men of fighting age were called up. David was still too young. But His father let him take food to his brothers in the army. The Philistines had a champion named Goliath. He was a giant over 9 feet tall. No one in the Israeli army wanted to face Goliath. The King kept asking for a volunteer. But no one would. Finally David answered and said he would go. He told him he had killed a lion and a bear. He said, this uncircumcised Philistine was no match for the living God. The king offered his armor, but David said no. he picked up stones and ran toward Goliath. David took his sling and a stone and struck the philistine in to head and God push the stone into his head. Goliath died and David took his sword and cut off his head. David was ready with an answer because he had spent time with God and practiced.
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Works of the Flesh


I don’t have to really define it because most any one knows what the works of the flesh are. But I am going to talk about it. God made us out of the dust of the earth. He did it to house our spirit, or us. It is a part of our life as long as we live on this earth. I told this story before. God created Adam and Eve. He put them in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned against God not only were they kicked out of paradise, their flesh was cursed. God cursed the earth that it wouldn’t yield it fruits freely to man. Again, our flesh is made out of the dust of the cursed earth. Our flesh wars against us, our spirit. It is an eternal struggle. To be able to control ourselves, you have to control your flesh. This is where the works of the flesh come in. the bible says it better than I can. In Galatians 5:19-22, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (KJV). God is very serious about this. He talks about all the time. Like He says if this is what you are doing, you will not make it into heaven. It doesn’t mean that God will not take you from this state of affairs and bring you on. Because He definitely will help you turn your life around. All you have to do is ask God to forgive you and He will. Thank God for His mercy, otherwise you would be a piece of burn toast. Good for nothing except to be thrown out with the trash. This is no joke and I am not trying to funny or cute. God will do what He says in His word.
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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit-The Gift of Divers Kinds of Tongues and Interpretation


The gift of Divers kinds of Tongues is speaking supernaturally in an unknown language. It is not understood by the speaker and sometimes not by the hearer. When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit, they will receive their own personal language from God. The language is not earthly. It is a heavenly language. Every person’s language is individual. There are no 2 spiritual languages the same. And God understands them all. This gift is linked with prophesy. It is prophesy in an unknown language. Just like prophesy is speaking supernaturally in a known language, to edify, exhort, comfort and convict. Divers kinds of Tongues are given to edify, exhort, comfort and convict to the people listening to it. now this is where the Interpretation of Tongues comes in. no one will know what it means unless there is someone to interpret the prophesy. God always gives the interpretation, but each person must be willing to speak out. Sometimes it’s difficult because it is in the middle of church with a large congregation. The first now I ever gave a prophesy, it was like lightning striking through me. I had to sit down after I spoke. Anything God does is always subject to the prophet. God will not make you do or say anything. It is always up to you if you are going to obey. It got easier each time I did prophesy. It wasn’t that I wasn’t careful when I spoke. I was very conscious of what I was saying and doing. This is why God says that a teacher is worth double honor or double damnation. But if you don’t try, you will never know the love that flows through you when God speaks. Again, there are conditions to receiving this gift. Each person must first accept Jesus into their heart. Then each person must be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. When these 2 conditions are met, then God will give the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Again the power of God isn’t for personal use or abuse. God will not give His power to a sinner.
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