What I long for

There is deep desire and longing I have. Something I want to see fulfilled in the church that God eventually allows me to pastor.

I long to see people coming to Christ and miraculously delivered from addiction, and all the bondage of sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Where we have to empty and fill the baptistery twice a week to keep the water from getting cloudy, and whereeople are receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and set on fire for witnessing to those around them.

This is my longing.

Yes, I am exclusive!

I was reminded of this folk tale from India recently and thought about those who say all religions are equal. 

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approach’d the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -”Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he,
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant 
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

The only person who truly know what an elephant looks like is the person who can actually see the elephant. The point I’m getting at is this: If you say all religions are equal what you are claiming in essence is that you have the ability to see what they don’t. You are claiming to have knowledge that is superior to those who have religion. So your view is really just as exclusive as any religions maybe. Because you claim to have revelation they don’t posses.

I embrace the claim that Christianity is the only way to God and heaven, but tell me what other religion claims to have a Savior who died for his enemies, commands us to love and pursue peace with each other?  

Thanks to Tim Keller! 

Write it down

I’ve decided to post my devotion for today because I believe this is something we should be doing as Christians everyday. I don’t go to see old Oswald or visit any stream in the desert, because I believe only the Bible is the Inspired word of God. I don’t see anything wrong with the daily devotional stuff at all, I just prefer to get fresh bread from the hand of the Holy Spirit. So I use the Bible and journal what speaks to me. So having said that here is my devotion for today the 27th of November 2013.

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Rev. 1:19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”

What is more important to remember a business meeting, or meeting with God? Obviously it’s the latter. This is why you journal. God speaks to you and you write it down just like John. You write it down so you will have it for today, and what will come tomorrow.

That’s what I wrote in my journal today in order to remember the importance of writing down what I’m hearing from God! Because His voice is the most important voice we can hear! So write it down!

God is not a Republican!

I’ve been shocked at myself over the last few years. See I am a very conservative person who has voted republican since 1986. Recently however God has been dealing with me over this. See my tendency is to believe there is salvation for my nation in the republican party. Oh sure if you ask me I would tell you that the only hope for America is Jesus, but then I would expound the virtues found in the republican party as the path we need to take.

Here is what I’m coming to realize God is not a republican, but neither is he a Democrat. So I have abandoned both parties in favor of the Gospel. Real hope and change isn’t found in the face of Obama, Mitch McConnell or any other elected official. It’s found in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in Him only.

I have come to believe that the biggest mistake the church has made in the 20th century was the moral majority movement. I say this because during this period the body of Christ in America quit relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to effect change, and instead relied upon the arm of flesh found in men and women who used us for political power.

As hard as it maybe to hear we need to realize that we forgot the power of God through His proclaimed word, and embraced a political ideology that replaced the call of daring faith for financial security and peace. So we aligned ourselves with men and women who give lip service to our beliefs while accepting bribes, kickbacks, and political favors.

We need to abandon our faith in these men and women and reestablish it in the gospel of Jesus Christ as the source of true security! As long as we are in Christ we are secure regardless of how the world treats us. I’m not saying don’t vote, rather I’m saying seek God first before voting. Keep politics in perspective and remember that we can bring about real change only if God is working with us as we spread the gospel of His son Jesus Christ!

Mark 16:20 They went out and proclaimed everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through the accompanying signs

I am still a conservative both socially and economically, only now I’ve decided that spreading my faith is more important than my political views. Because you know what? Socialists go to heaven if they believe in Jesus as Lord and savior!  Because socialism is an economic philosophy that has nothing to do with saving faith!

Jesus or The Donald?

Luke 19:41

 As He approached and saw the city, He wept over it,

 I wonder some times about the direction of the Church today in America, where numbers equal health, and the budget is more often than not the sign of blessing in our minds. I wonder do we have the heart of Jesus, or Donald Trump? Do we weep over the brokenness and dysfunction around us or are we so busy applying our purpose and vision statements that we barley notice what is happening around us.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because he knew what was in store for her.

42 saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side. 44 They will crush you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

As Christians we know what is in store for those who do not believe the Gospel, but are we broken over their unbelief like Jesus, or are we too busy to notice? Do the voices of Rick Warren, John Maxwell, and others like them have more say in our lives than the Holy Spirit who according to Jesus was sent to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come  John 16:8. (Sounds like Jesus weeping over Jerusalem!)

I’m Pentecostal! I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit so the question I ask myself is this “Do you believe this passage in John?” If I say yes then the next question is How can I allow the Holy Spirit to use me in this purpose? So I go back to my my original question do we have the heart of Jesus or Donald Trump? The lost where the reason Jesus went to the cross, I’m afraid the temptation for us is to embrace the business mind set and seek out those who fit in to our purpose or vision and to hell with the rest literally!

There are exceptions of course men and women of prayer who hear the heartbeat of God for those around them, the people who’s lives are being destroyed by sin at work in them. Then there are the rest who struggle to grow church’s with the latest trend and see it fail time after time.

What if we quit measuring our success on the number of people in the pew’s and started measuring it by the number of salvation’s, or looked at the growth in baptism’s instead of budgets? What would our cities, counties, and states be like then? We need the heart of Jesus and not the Donald.

The Holy Bible: Holman Christian standard version. (2009). (Lk 19:42–44). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.