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Good morning! How are we faithing? In order for us to be saved we must realize we are lost. How so you ask? Without Jesus there is no path to God. You cannot do enough, think enough, be enough of a good person to walk through the gates of heaven. Jesus said that if you think about that girl with a little lust, you have committed adultery. That leaves all the men I know outside that gate we're discussing. Be realistic, you may be a better person than that one you are thinking of but how does their life have anything to do with yours? There's no bell curve grade here. You are responsible for you and your repentance not anyone else. With all the junk going on in this world I know it can be hard to wrap your head around this whole salvation thing so lets talk. Jesus came to take all the sin away and to pay the price necessary for sin so we wouldn't have to. By him doing that we have a way to repent and have sins forgotten. His blood was sufficient to cover all sins. All we have to do is believe, repent and let me tell you, your life will change. So you say you ain't that bad? You've never killed anyone? Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen? A white lie, a pen from work, a cat call, a cussing fit, any one offense one time and guilt is on you so why would anyone take a chance on that one time sealing your fate? I don't know why it is this way, if I knew that I'd be God and oh man, I sure ain't God. So don't let vanity, self righteousness, pride or any other thing cause you to miss opportunity to save your soul. Today is the day of salvation. You may not have another chance. Ask Amtrak riders...Mat 18:11-14 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.Eph 2:2-7 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving us so much you sent your son. Lord forgive our sins. We repent this day and ask you come in our lives boldly and lovingly as a Father ought because we recognize who we are and lay all that at your feet. Teach us wisdom and grant courage to act on what we learn for you are God and we ain't. Lord bless those grieving today. Bless our children of all ages and remove the scales from their eyes so they see you and your truth. In Jesus name, amen...I smell flowers..cool
Good morning! How are we faithing? Man, what a weird week in the news. Now I read of tornadoes with tigers and lions on the loose in Oklahoma while another train derailment in one of the Dakotas resulting in a huge fire. Do weird things not surprise you anymore? I can remember watching things in my youth and being amazed but now I see things and am simply not surprised. Why do you suppose that is? Seen it before? Tornadoes, yes, lions and tigers, yes but never together. Are events ratcheting up or are we just more aware? I know the earthquakes are increasing, volcano eruptions are increasing. Heck man, Australia had two cyclones hit their land simultaneously which has never before happened. I don't know about you but these things simply require one to take notice. Not a gloom and doom guy at all but I do question things and compare to the Word things that go on. I look into historical data. I read constantly simply to learn and hopefully not repeat past errors of mine and others. Prophecy warns of particular things and paints with a wide brush other things to take place and I am seeing some prophetic things and some things that may just be day to day happenings. Which is which is why we get in the Word for deciphering. Don't dismiss things like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah did, they are extinct now. Be more like the Ninivites who repented when they saw things and were told things to come. History repeats and the proof is the Jewish nation. Over and over they were downtrodden, sought God, found God, were rescued, enjoyed freedom and plenty only to revert back to forgetting God when they got comfortable then turn to indulgences that cause them to fall again. We are doing the same in this country and I suspect the result will follow suit. The time is now. You are not promised any time. Are you saved? Don't put it off anymore because you may meet with an unfortunate lion or tiger accident on your way to work...2Pe 3:9-14 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Good morning! How are we faithing? Confusing world ain't it. Opposing views, different opinions and one sect diss another. What does all this mean? Are any righteous? Are any perfectly right? Are any perfectly wrong? Truth gets distorted and our enemy uses just enough truth to distract. When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted, satan used partial truths just like he did on eve. We have it tossed all around us and as honest messianic Christians we had better be teaching the young ones what is true or we will lose a generation to lies. Our countries history is important because we will repeat the same mistakes if we forget the past and think we are smarter than they were so it will work this time. We must study the Word of God and just let the Sunday morning service be enough input of that Word. People, we are in the time crunch that comes with the winding down of the last days where events and prophecies speed up. Things are coming faster and faster and if we are not diligent in raising our kids, witnessing and making disciples for Messiah Jesus the lost will be overtaken and it will be to late. Be careful of what your kids are being taught and indoctrinated with. Be sure you don't become fodder for the enemy too.1Pe 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Pro_28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.Eze 22:25-28 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.remember the Ricky Wheeler family... Heavenly Father, Forgive us when we doubt and get wrapped u in the things of this life. Help us see truth and grant us wisdom to speak with your words on our lips and not our own vanity. Teach us to be unwavering in you peace and not be swayed by the wind of change when it defies your Word. Lord we lift those hurting today and ask blessing to comfort their hearts and minds. Grant us courage to be your people and not the worlds. In Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? The fear mankind has comes from many directions and what we fear many times ought not be feared at all. Death for example should not be feared because as believers in the Christ, Jesus, we know the outcome of leaving this body. For me it's the way of my demise that can be unsettling. I've driven off the road slipping on snow pack seeing the end at the bottom of the cliff only to pop back on the road and be fine. Thank you God! That my friends can cause some fear. I've worked wrecks on our highways and thought,"Gee whiz man, did they see all this coming?" Be sure you address your fear(s) and lay them out to God because we are not to live in fear and he will reassure you. You are scared of loosing your house? Legitimate but really, loosing a thing? What are you striving for? How do you look at physical gain? Is that the point of living? Refocus people. Stuff is cool but it's time to put all this stuff into perspective. Who runs who? Where am I going? Do I look to God for everything or to stuff? Is your sense of well being in your big house, fancy car and prestigious job? What if you fall and become unable to work? Ah, there's a fear. How will you handle that? Do you realize there are Christians half way around the world being beaten, raped, drug through the streets for their faith and I'm worried about the paint on the porch? We need to focus and get out there sharing this grace we have while we can...Rom 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Good morning! How are we faithing? I watch people interacting at church. I listen to conversations. I watch the children romp and play. I see how the adults interact with the kids. I also do this out in public. I find it so interesting behavior patterns are similar in most ways but I see definite differences in children loved by adults and kids that have respect for adults. It all starts at home and that is where this country has it's biggest struggle. The family, whether the church family or the blood family, have to have a sense of worth. In a relationship it is always important to show love. I know for guys we tend to do things for the ones we love and gals tend to be the ones who nurture. That of course varies from relationship to relationship. Our heavenly father wants a relationship like this with us. He made us for companionship, read your Bible. He wants and cares about the things we care about. We could get real deep in this subject but I want to get you to realize this relationship we enjoy with God requires listening to know and not just to retort. It requires caring enough to do things for the other not even thinking about repayment or what we can get out of it. Just like those people I watch in church who truly love the kids, they show it by listening, teaching and helping them become better humans, our heavenly Father will do the same for us. It starts here;Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
1Pe 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.remember Baily Ford...remember Bobby Smith...remember Mark...Heavenly Father, Thank you for salvation and thank you for this relationship with you. Help us to hear you and see you in all we do. We ask for wisdom sprinkled with some compassion so we do not cause pain but draw others to you. Help us understand reverence and friendship and the order they are. Bless these mentioned for we ask and pray in Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? Being careful what we say, how we say it and where we speak is a matter of wisdom and anointing from God. To many times I hear platitudes used when not appropriate but that guy feels he has to say something. We as men tend to try to be right on everything and what is dangerous is some of us think we are when we are not. Guys naturally want to lead and to fix and it just hurts us when we are wrong. That is a bad way to be guys and very dangerous. You have to always be right to feel good about yourself and when you admit you missed one then you beat yourself up. How egotistical. Get over yourself and seek the Lord. Watch yer mouth boys. Don't let it lead you but you lead it with wisdom from God's Word.Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Eph 4:26-30 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.remember Mark....remember CK...remember the Flowers family...Heavenly Father, Thank you for wisdom we find in your Word. Help us be pleaded with our accomplishments but humble knowing without you we would be nothing. Lord we lift your name higher than ourselves to remind us to be salt and light in this world. Teach us to walk with our eyes wide open to see you in everything. In Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? Amazingly, people still ignore God.Some still think their life begins and ends with themselves. They think they are in control when in fact they are being controlled. Just because one is doing as they wish doesn't define their control but rather they are being controlled by dark forces of the air. It's hard to explain to some because the enemy has convinced them they are masters of their own destiny when in fact they fall for the same ploy satan has used since the garden. Vanity and selfishness leads people like a horses bit. The things that keep one away from full pardon are the same things that convinces one they are free when they do whatever they wish when they are damning themselves. Man, hurts my heart to see this over and over so I have to try to show the light of God. I wont point at infractions but to Jesus. I have to show Jesus for if I do not I am guilty of sinning against YOU as well as God.Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:Isa 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.Isa 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.Isa 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Good morning! How are we faithing? New year resolutions aren't worth a thing if they are forgotten by February. Why do we do them? Why do we set ourselves up for failure? Why would we step into an agreement knowing we can't produce what we are promising? Because everyone likes a new start. Everyone likes the idea of starting over and an arbitrary date like January 1 is as good and any. Here's some advice from the old fat guy. Don't do it unless you are committed. Don't set yourself up for failure. Don't put yourself in a position that the enemy can beat you down for that failure. Here is what I suggest; write down what you would like to achieve. Record the things you need to do for you and others and be realistic and honest. If you need help with a bad habit, get help, professional if necessary. Don't be embarrassed or at least let embarrassment hinder progress. You are not the only one facing what you are facing. Christians, don't hide your junk. We don't go to church or profess Christ because we are perfect but rather we recognize just how screwed up we are. Live what you believe and let God sort the fallout. Move your focus off people and onto God. What someone else says or thinks about you has no bearing on your life or death. God is what matters. You can't change their minds anyways and lets be frank, their opinion simply has no effect on your life unless you let it. As believers in Jesus we need to serve because we love him and salvation is by him and nothing else. You are gonna slip up. You are gonna fail occasionally so what are you gonna do? Deny it? Hide it or face it head on? I have to remind myself that some people are gonna think ill of me, heck man, they killed Jesus so why would it surprise me if I choose to follow his lead thus I will face ill will too...Jas 1:19-25 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
remember Zach...remember Don Grider...remember Cindy...remember WallyHeavenly Father, Thank you for your love and grace. Help us be wise and courageous as we try to improve. Help us recognize change may take time and lessons need to be learned along the way. We lift those up that are hurting physically, emotionally and spiritually. Help us work through these things this year. Help us be better examples of your grace, in Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? It is amazing what we let rule our lives. Whether material things or emotional things or even intellectual things, we let things in that we ought to be wary of. Entertaining thought that are outside the realm of God such as ghosts and goblins, UFO's and abductions, fables of other gods. These things may be something other than what they are portrayed. Could ghosts be satanic apparitions? Could UFOs be the same? Could other gods be be simply a retelling of Biblical stories or perhaps again, demonic forces? We were slaves to sin before salvation and I think along with being slaves to sin we may have brought on a whole bunch of beliefs and thoughts into this righteous pardoned state we now enjoy. We need to compare things to the Bible. I think we can find all the same things went on before but were described through eyes of the time. Question things. Ask what could be the purpose of things compared to the Word. Remind yourself you no longer are slaves to past ideas but rather slave to the truth which leads to righteousness.Rom 6:17-19 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Good morning! How are we faithing? Dealing with people who are different than one'self can be taxing if we don't realize that difference is better than lock step conformity. Sure a dozen roses are beautiful but a big batch of wild flowers is so much more colorful. For my car buddies the analogy would be if we all drove gray Fusions instead of multicolored Mustangs. The Mustang herd is much more entertaining. We as followers of Christ must approach people not with an attitude of getting in line with ourselves but presenting Jesus and God will use their qualities his way. To many times churches try to mold everyone into one image other than Jesus. It's a dangerous place to be to think you are what is right and everyone who doesn't look like you is off beat. Look, I like red cars and you like blue ones. I like Fender, you like Gibson. I like oldies, you like hip hop. So what? Is one holier than the other? Is one better? Of course all mine are the best, right? Don't get all balled up in things that take away from the grace of Christ and add more rules that Jesus never taught, just saying....1Co 12:1-12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.remember the Henry family...Heavenly Father, Help us conform to you. Help us realize our gifts and act accordingly. Lead us on the path you have for us. Grant us wisdom and discernment to recognize where you are working in others so we may encourage them and not cause undue pain and hardship on them them. Bless our leaders, bless the Henry family, lead us to our knees humbly , honorably and in your grace. Come quick Lord, in Jesus name, amen
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