Monday, October 20, 2014

Lightly Salted Church

Was Gandhi right????
I have always loved this quote. For a long time I would not say that I was a Christian, because I did not want to associate myself with the legalism, hypocrisies, the conservative political movement, the moral majority (eye roll), greed, holier than thou attitudes and the bigotry that plagues most churches. BUT I matured and I realized pretty fast that I AM A CHRISTIAN and all light does NOT shine and salt that is tasteless adds nothing to savor. Therefore the world remains skeptical regarding the Light of the world and the Salt of the earth.

Jesus said....“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" ----Matthew 5:13-16

***The Church keeps crying that Jesus is the Light of the world... when Jesus has declared THAT WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
"FOR GOD'S SAKE.... BE LIGHT!"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Be My Rescue -Billy Graham's The Reason For My Hope

God has provided the way for every soul who desires to be rescued, turning from sin to be redeemed. Jesus said, “[I have] come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). What are we rescued from? The sin that so easily plagues us. Sin leads to death and ultimately eternal separation from God . . .

. . . Only the Lord Jesus can redeem the soul that is steeped in guilt and shame. This baggage weighs us down until we accept Jesus’ gift—the gift that liberates souls from sin’s power.

We cannot forgive sin because sin is against God. Only He can forgive and set us free. Good deeds will not bring comfort to the soul because the bad and hurtful things we do to others are ultimately done against the One who created our souls.

Your soul belongs to God. He is the only One who can redeem your soul.
It is God who made your soul.
It is the Lord Jesus who died to redeem your soul.
And it is the Holy Spirit who can fill your soul with God’s love and guide you through life.

This is the way to have victory over sin.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Prayer for This Day

Heavenly Father,

How great You are and how wonderful the life plan that You've plotted out for those who love and trust Your direction. Today we are filled with gladness as we rejoice in this day created by You!

Lord teach us to tap into the great reservoir of Your Love that resides in us through Your Holy Spirit, that we'd mete out that same Love and that Love ONLY to all others. It is through You that we learn to Love what seems unlovable to us in our own humanity and to forgive what our reasoning defines as unforgivable. Oh Lord surely Your Thoughts and Way exceed anything that we can fathom... yet Your Grace and mercy is intercession for our ignorance. Father show us Your Ways that we can walk more closely with You and therefore become merciful and loving to all mankind.

When we fall into our human judgements of others, remind us of our own wretchedness and the places that we found ourselves before our encounter with the Cross and the places that we've fallen to even in the midst of our own salvation. Give us the hearts and minds to examine ourselves, that we'd mind to the great business of working out our own salvation while "LOVINGLY" forgiving others their shortcomings. In this we will be a great witness and light to a dark world; truly we will reflect Your light from within.

Forgive us for our falling short of Your Glory and grant us today a fresh anointing and a renewed spirit. Teach us to BE LOVE!
With thanksgiving we receive these things by faith. Be glorified and magnified in our lives in the name of Jesus.... AMEN!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DEATH AND THE BEARING OF FRUIT

In John 12:24 the Lord Jesus said, "Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." Life is in the grain. However, there is a shell outside of the grain, a very powerful shell. As long as this shell does not break open, the grain cannot grow. "Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies." What is this death? It is the action of the temperature and moisture of the earth upon the grain which results in the breaking of the shell. When the shell breaks, the grain grows. Therefore, it is not a matter of whether or not the grain has life, but whether the outer shell is broken. The very next verse says, "He who loves his soul-life loses it; and he who hates his soul-life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life" (v. 25). According to the Lord the outer shell is our own life, and the inner life is the eternal life that He dispenses. In order for the inner life to be released, the outer life must suffer loss. If that which is outward is not broken, that which is inward cannot be released.

Among all the people in the world, some have the Lord’s life within them. Among those who have the Lord’s life, we find two different kinds of conditions. With the first, the life is bound, surrounded, and locked up. With the second, the Lord has opened up a way and the life can be released. The problem with us today is not how we can have life, but how we can allow this life to flow out of us. When we say that the Lord has to break us, this is not a figure of speech or a doctrine. Our very being has to be broken by the Lord. The Lord’s life is well able to spread over the whole earth. However, it is locked up within us! The Lord is well able to bless the church, yet His life is imprisoned, contained, and blocked in us! If the outer man is not broken, we can never become a blessing to the church, nor can we expect the world to receive God’s grace through us! ~Watchman Nee

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Psalm 63:1

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today's Church???

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It's like people are waiting for the preacher/teacher to say. "You believed Christ, you prayed and went to service... come on down you've won a brand NEW CAR!!"

For all that Jesus could do for us... the CROSS is more than enough... we always want more! In all Truth I say to anyone who believes... if you have been left wanting, rethink it, go to the Lord with it and you will find out that the CROSS is all that anyone needed. When we first believed, the Word says we were given THE FULLNESS of Christ. There is nothing left to NEED. All that is left to do is to rest in HIM and use the fullness that we have been given.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

When You Need to Cover Nakedness by Pastor Bryan Lowe

This was to important to just paste a link and I hope every Christian Believer will take a moment and really read it.  (You will find the link to "Broken Believers" at the end of this article) 

“And don’t build an altar that requires steps; you might expose yourself when you climb up”. Exodus 20:26

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8


While I lived in the SOS Ministry house in the Mission District of San Francisco a dear brother taught me this principle. Living in Christian community is a really wonderful thing. But it also could be a challenge at times. What Michael shared, allowed my understanding to grow to meet the need of the moment.

The principle is this:
We are called to cover up our brother’s nakedness.

Throughout the scripture “being naked, or nakedness” is always a shame. It comes welded to the concept of being vulnerable or exposed to the sight of everyone else. It also carries the idea of sin; it is sin that everyone can see; it is very obvious.

For those of us who often sin, we evolve the idea of keeping a lid on it, and being secretive with it. There will be people who will never know. Often sex sin, drug and alcohol sin, both are kept hidden from view of family and friends, and the Church.

-Noah and His Nakedness-
“Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard. When he drank wine made from his grapes, he became drunk and lay naked in his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, looked at his naked father and told his brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth got a coat and, carrying it on both their shoulders, they walked backwards into the tent and covered their father. They turned their faces away so that they did not see their father’s nakedness.” Genesis 9:20-24

It’s hard to process this patriarch’s gross sin. But in all fairness Noah had lost everything in the flood, so perhaps we should be gentle with him. On the other hand, people who cover up the nakedness of others seem to be gentle and humble. They would never, ever dream of making a scandal. They are trustworthy and understand to a great degree the things that make a man or woman of God.

Leviticus 18 is the “magnum opus” of nakedness. We are pretty much told over and over in this chapter, not to ever uncover another. Actually is pretty emphatic and somewhat redundant. But I think the Lord wanted it repeated this way.

Our vulnerabilities are there for all to see. But there are also men and women who go out of their way to protect and shield. They are safe people, in the classic sense of the word. They cover-up, but never in negative or criminal way, but in love and blessing. (If it is a serious crime, the police should be involved.)

Mature believers will step forward and protect the open areas of others. 

Quite often we are exposed, open to attack on our weaknesses. Mature believers will step forward and protect the open areas of others. They will refuse to judge or point out sins. But they will stand in the gap, shielding and protecting.

God’s final word on nakedness is in Revelation 3:18, and this is a good place to conclude this post,

“So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.”

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