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Robby Dilmore

About Robby Dilmore

Robby Dilmore his radio name itself is an oxymoron (Christian Car Guy). Robby started working in car dealerships back in 1971, (over forty years ago), washing cars. He went from car washer to service, parts, sales and eventually worked up to Dealer Principle of a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Store in 1998, where he was when God called him to start The Christian Car Guy Radio Show in January 2006. One of Robby’s greatest joys is sharing devotions with the residents of Somerset Assisted Living in Mockville, NC behind his former dealership and Charing the CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Committee) there. He also has rejoiced in teaching the Special Needs Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem for many years. Robby has seen first hand the good the bad and the ugly of automobile service, parts, sales and finance business, and now The Lord has provided him with a chance to help folks around the world. The Christian Car Guy Radio Show is syndicated nationally on 27 radio stations with live streaming on the internet and podcasting available on ITunes and over 30 other outlets. His 30 second helpful tips feature, Stayin on The Highway is now also syndicated. Robby also hosts Kingdom Pursuits, another one hour live show on Saturdays that signed on in 2008 across the Truth Network. Robby has been interviewed for the Christian Car Guy perspective across hundreds of other radio outlets including the Fox Radio Network, Financial Life Line, The G. Gordon Liddy, and Lars Larson radio shows even a National TV appearance on Fox and Friends.The Christian Car Guy Web site provides Godly counsel with hundreds of articles on everything from gas saving tips to how to be a four stroke Christian. Robby’s articles have been quoted in blogs from the Los Angles Examiner to The Autoblog.NL Germany’s most popular Automotive Blog. Robby has been married over 25 years to his wife Tammy and has four Children, Leslie Brad, Robby III, Tess and Mariah, they are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem Robby Loves to Speak locally in North Carolina as well as across The Country to have Robby at your event email him @ rdilmore@wtru.com or call Robby @ 336-909-2779 Mailing Address: Truth Broadcasting Attention: Robby Dilmore 4405 Providence Lane Suite D Winston Salem, NC 27106
Giving Thanks For The Thorn in The Paint
17 Nov

Giving Thanks For The Thorn in The Paint

Does Your Car have a thorn in the paint? Old Red Sure does, the longer you own a car the more familiar you become with it’s thorn. In Old Red my 1985 Dakota for years I have struggled with it overheating and blowing head gaskets. Have I ever thanked God for that? This week I recycled this story at devotions at Somerset Assisted Living in Mocksville, NC, and no doubt it hit me where it hurts, like a thorn.

The Blessing of Thorns

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes as she pushed against a November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had been easy, like a spring breeze. Then in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole her ease.

During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son. She grieved over her loss. As if that weren’t enough, her husband’s company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose annual holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not come.

What’s worse, Sandra’s friend infuriated her by suggesting her grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer. “She has no idea what I’m feeling,” thought Sandra with a shudder.

“Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?” she wondered aloud. For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag that saved her life but took that of her child?

“Good afternoon, can I help you?”

The shop clerk’s approach startled her.

“I….I need an arrangement, “stammered Sandra. “For Thanksgiving?

Do you want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like to challenge the day with a customer favorite I call the Thanksgiving Special?” asked the shop clerk.

“I’m convinced that flowers tell stories,” she continued

“Are you looking for something that conveys ‘gratitude’ this Thanksgiving?

“Not exactly!” Sandra blurted out.  “In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. ” Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the shop clerk said, “I have the perfect arrangement for you.”

Then the door’s small bell rang, and the shop clerk said, “Hi Barbara…let me get your order.”  She politely excused herself and walked toward a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and long-stemmed thorny roses.

Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped…there were no flowers.

“Want this in a box?” asked the clerk.

Sandra watched for the customer’s response. Was this a joke? Who would want rose stems with no flowers!?!  She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed. “Yes, please,” Barbara replied with an appreciative smile.

“You’d think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn’t be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again,” she said as she gently tapped her chest.

“Uhh,” stammered Sandra, “that lady just left with, uhh… she just left with no flowers!”

“Right…I cut off the flowers. That’s the Special… I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.

“Oh, come on, you can’t tell me someone is willing to pay for that?” exclaimed Sandra.

“Barbara came into the shop three years ago feeling very much like you feel today,” explained the clerk. “She thought she had very little to be thankful for. She had lost her father to cancer, the family business was failing, her son was into drugs, and she was facing major surgery.”

“That same year I had lost my husband, “continued the clerk,” and for the first time in my life, I had to spend the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too great a debt to allow any travel.

“So what did you do?” asked Sandra. “I learned to be thankful for thorns,” answered the clerk quietly.

“I’ve always thanked God for good things in life and never thought to ask Him why those good things happened to me, but when bad stuff hit, did I ever ask!; It took time for me to learn that dark times are important.

I always enjoyed the ‘flowers’ of life, but it took thorns to show me the beauty of God’s comfort. You know, the Bible says that God comforts us when we’re afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to comfort others.

“Sandra sucked in her breath as she thought about the very thing her friend had tried to tell her.”
I guess the truth is I don’t want comfort.

I’ve lost a baby and I’m angry with God.”

Just then someone else walked in the shop.

“Hey, Phil!” shouted the clerk to the balding, rotund man.

“My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement … twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!” laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue-wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.

“Those are for your wife?” asked Sandra doubtingly. “Do you mind me asking why she wants something that looks like that?

“No…I’m glad you asked,” Phil replied. “Four years ago my wife and I nearly divorced. After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord’s grace and guidance, we slogged through problem after problem.

He rescued our marriage.  Jenny here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she learned from “thorny” times, and that was good enough for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one for a specific “problem” and give thanks to Him for what that problem taught us.”

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, “I highly recommend the Special!”

“I don’t know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life.” Sandra said to the clerk. “It’s all too… fresh.”

“Well,” the clerk replied carefully, “my experience has shown me that thorns make roses more precious. We treasure God’s providential care more during trouble than at any other time.

Remember, it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love. Don’t resent the thorns.”

Tears rolled down Sandra’s cheeks. For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on resentment. “I’ll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please,” she managed to choke out.

“I hoped you would,” said the clerk gently. “I’ll have them ready in a minute.”

“Thank you. What do I owe you?” asked Sandra.

“Nothing.” said the clerk.

“Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The first year’s arrangement is always on me. “The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra.

“I’ll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you’d like to read it first.”

It read: “Dear God, I have never thanked you for my thorns. I have thanked you a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to you along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of your rainbow look much more brilliant.”

Getting back to my cars thorns, they do put me right where God wants me, on my knees asking for help. This Thanksgiving maybe you have an uncle who is a thorn, or even a child or parent, they just put you on your knees. I’ve heard it said, “God rigged the world so we couldn’t do it without him, here is one of my favorite Thorn in my flesh stories.. I lived it.

Following Brian surgery I developed a staff infection under a plate they had placed in my scull..
A brain abbess had formed and I was fading fast in pain.. a thorn for sure.

The waves of pain were far worse than anything I have experienced before or since as my brain swelled under my scull about to explode my only hope was emergency brain surgery … they were rushing me in… then something happened in the Operating Room I’ll never know what but it delayed them..
They pushed me over into a waiting room.. for what seemed like an eternity..

That’s when he sent her… Romona Seacrest, She was a nurse in the Nero-surgery area who just happened to be in my Sunday School Class…She came in gently took my hand …she said nothing but I knew God had sent a comforting Angel with the thorn to get me through it. I thank God for that thorn now as the pain was for a moment, the grace of the messenger God sent has over-abounded in my life since. That’s the thing, Jesus knew on the cross, the pain He endured for those moments He felt was worth it to spend eternity with YOU!!!

I Thank God for the Thorns.

Making It Work : The Last Shall Be First
12 Nov

Making It Work : The Last Shall Be First

What does that really mean, “The Last Shall Be First”? All Week God has had me on the lesson plan of “Work” with Jesus Parable of the Day Laborers or as some say The Workers in the Vineyard. It’s just not fair is it? Here is the Parable Matthew 20:1-16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.  Now when he had agreed with the workers for a denarius per day, he sent them into his vineyard.  And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing in the marketplace, idle. And to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and I’ll give you whatever is right.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour and did the same. And about the eleventh hour, he went out and found others standing around. And he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle the whole day?’

“‘Because no one hired us,’ they said to him.

“He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard, too.’

 “Now when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’ And those who had come about the eleventh hour each received a denarius. And when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; yet they too received a denarius.

“But when they received it, they began to grumble against the master of the house, saying, ‘These last guys did one hour, and you’ve made them equal to us, who bore the burden and scorching heat of the day!’

“But answering, he said to one of them, ‘Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius? Take what is yours and go. But I want to give this last guy the same as you. Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’

“So the last will be first, and the first last.”

Provoking isn’t it. Worth meditation, by all means, as so much of our lives are devoted to our work. Here is the way many look at work in our culture listen to this work montage.

With that point of view, essentially, “I’m taken what they’re given cause I’m workin for a livin”. That parable brings anger and disbelief, that, Jesus, God, would say such a thing, and then to finish with “the first will be last and the last will be first”! What the heck?

Then I started thinking how bad it feels to be unemployed verses how good it feels to do a job well and find myself achieving or doing more than I thought I could. Finding out that I really can do things, I am not lazy or ineffective, especially work with my own hands. It actually answers a core question for men according to John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart, the question: “Do I Have What It Takes”?

I would also ad that the workers who came early in the morning had the joy of working with a good boss and other diligent workers rather than sitting wondering if they would get work that day. Those who came later and later had worse days in my view with the worst being those who didn’t find work until the last hour. Those who go to work with this adventure and battle point of view, listen to this montage.

Forgetting pay for just a minute, this being the Thanksgiving season think about how much work goes into a Turkey Thanksgiving dinner. Is not a big part of the Joy of the season in the cleaning, and chopping, boiling and peeling and roasting with dear ones; some times sons and daughters or mothers and fathers. I know it is for me and the legendary time I forgot to put the sugar in the pumpkin pie is a point of fellowship and hilarity in my family to this day.

Working has its rewards, many, many in my view and those guys who came first may have gotten paid last but there is so much more to life and life abundantly than the monetary compensation.

Before I move on to a further explanation of the last will be first, think about the great bosses God has placed in your life. My guess is you felt appreciated, favored, (That’s Grace, Jesus is full of that). They told you the truth, (that’s the other thing Jesus is full of). Those bosses would also be generous (Ephesians 4:8, Jesus gave gifts to men). Gift means you don’t earn it. PAY IS NOT BASED ON WHAT YOU DO with a generous boss. You can’t earn a gift. So I often feel God telling me, “STOP STRIVING!!!” Come close let’s do this together, I’ll take you the fun way, the way of adventure and beauty and battle, but with Me you can’t lose.”

Theologically I believe “the last will be first and the first will be last” was originally meant for the disciples to understand that though the Jews got there first they would as a group be the last to come into the Kingdom, mostly because they felt they earned it.

At another level yes many can accept Jesus as their savoir on their death bed and they will get to heaven even though they were last to accept Christ. The sad aspect of that or even in my own story I didn’t receive Christ until I was 36 years old and so I missed the joy of working for the ultimate boss in the ultimate vineyard with other brothers and sisters for 36 YEARS.

The other cool thing about all this is the envy and jealousy aspect. Jesus is digging into my eye, how I see things, through the self filter or the God filter or the Good Filter. Jesus has giving phenomenal gifts to people who hardly seem worthy through my self filter. Yet through the God filter I can see the good boss leading a worker to a higher work ethic by paying him at the level he knows he can work at, God has done that in my life, He has given me gifts way beyond anything I could possibly have earned knowing that He made me in His image and I do have what it takes.

With all that I am so glad that the last will be first as I don’t want anyone to miss out. Accept the Good Boss TODAY!! http://christiancarguy.com/how-to-know-god-personally/

The First Rock And Roll Singer
20 Oct

The First Rock And Roll Singer

If you want living water to come out of The Rock like a geyser try singing. This would be what, Miriam, the first Mary in the Bible would tell you. Her name meant “bitter” as she was born at the height of the bitterness of slavery in Egypt. She was no doubt a for runner, a shadow of many, many Marys to come. The most common name for any daughter to this very day. I wish I had the time to share all the dots in the Bible she connects, but I can share a few of the treasures of this saint.

The Jewish people hold her in an extremely high place along with her two younger brothers Aaron and Moses, the Bible tells of her help in getting Moses to Pharaoh’s daughter in the Nile, and her song when the red sea saved them from their enemies, both significant water miracles. The Midrash teaches so much more, these stories maybe legend but sure explains why the Elders sang to the well in Numbers 21:16-18

 From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Assemble the people, that I may give them water.” Then Israel sang this song:“Spring up, O well! Sing to it!
“The well, which the leaders sank, Which the nobles of the people dug, With the scepter and with their staffs.”

Much has been written on Miriam’s well, a stone that was shaped like a sieve or a bee hive that rolled following the Jews through the desert after Moses struck it at Horeb the first time. Take a close look at 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;  and all ate the same spiritual food; 4and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

Did you see that, yes, the stone that followed them, we are talking rock and roll here for sure. Miriam died at Kadesh in Numbers 20: 1 and immediately, the Jews were out of water, the Midrash and Talmud teach that  Miriam was the singer to the stone and now she was gone.

Again, you may say that’s legend and you may be right, but the thing that jumped out at me was that this stone didn’t just pour out water, it shot out like a geyser or a fountain, now the Jews don’t teach what Jesus said to the women at the well. John 4: 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Mary, a rolling stone, water like baptism and water springing up, just a coincidence?

Here is the sweetest part of the whole story to me though at first look it seems harsh. Numbers 12:1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married”

Then in 9-15

So the anger of the Lord burned against them and He departed.  But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was leprous. Then Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned. Oh, do not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother’s womb!” Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!” But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again.” So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again.

Miriam was clearly a prophetess and clearly walked with and loved Jesus, yet like me she got all judgmental, God did inflict her but she was sent out alone into the wilderness, intimacy, fellowship, restoration, time with her Savior, to me to whom much is given much is required and this was her chance to get back in union with God. Was their singing while she was banished, I’ll bet you there was and there was water gushing, living water… Look at the end of her life and how God has continued to honor her name, Miriam/Mary

Miram, had a little rock, whose shape was like a hive, and every where that Miriam went that Rock would soon arrive… Just sayin.. 🙂

Another cool article about Miriam:

Miriam’s Legacy of Leadership

Road Rage In The Mirror
06 Oct

Road Rage In The Mirror

What, the Christian Car Guy struggles with Road Rage? I’m afraid so, my kids my wife would share that I often find myself raging, not just at other drivers, but a few weeks ago at a seating hostess in a restaurant, lines at stores or amusements parks. Clearly a problem and at its heart a spiritual one, right. As John instructed in 1 John 4:20  If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Night before last I was taking the long drive home alone from caring for my father, there was a 20 mile stretch of road where the speed limited is 45 at times 50 and fairly curvy so there is no place to pass on the whole stretch, the driver ahead of me was apparently struggling with all that and driving about 30-35 sometimes 25. The driver behind me was tailgating me closer than I think I have ever seen, he could not have been centimeters off my rear bumper. The further we went the madder I got, sandwiched in, trapped by, (in my raging spirit) an idiot in front of me and a maniac behind me.

At the light right before the end of that stretch the maniac jumps the curb to the right couldn’t have missed the side of my car by milometers and passes both of us then with a screech of his tires turns right. This freaks out the car ahead who now travels even slower and I was not tailgating this guy trying to give him or her space to think and speed up, to no avail!

Finally the road turns and goes to two lanes and I floored it coming up on their bumper and passed on the left probably going 60. As I came to the light down the road a bit I came to my senses, like the prodigal, “What is going on inside of me? Why am I so furious Lord? That could have been a 15 year old driving with their dad and I just peer pressured them into going faster than they should possibly or scared the be-gee-bees out of some older driver.”

All that could have gone to shame but the Holy Spirit grabbed me and said why don’t we check under the hood tomorrow morning when you are rested. The next morning in my prayer time The Holy Spirit, Jesus and I took all that up again. I heard a Becoming Good Soil Podcast this week that talked about Jesus clearing the temple and the verses right after indicate that once the Riff Raff was cleared out of the temple there was room for those who needed healing. Matthew 21: 13-14 13And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbersden.”14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.”

This week I had also read in ‘Shattered Dreams’ by Larry Crabb that as your heart is now the temple, Jesus wants to clear it of all the idolatry so He can come and heal it. More than a coincidence don’t you think. So I asked Jesus to clear out my heart of my need to be get where I am going timely or safely and look at the “Larger Story, The Kingdom” in all this, where is my heart broken that is giving access to Satan and all this warfare?

I went to the place where I meet with Jesus in my heart and asked Him and He told me clearly. So clearly that I wrote it down. “It’s irrational, but you think that the drivers or hostesses are slowing you down on purpose, they are trying to hurt you and make you mad.” That is exactly it! I could not have expressed it but that is what I was feeling, “They are doing this on purpose to make me mad!”.

So I asked Jesus where that was coming from, and he reminded me of that young place, and how my little brother used to slow me down on purpose to make me mad, and one time I got so furious I started beating him and my older sister broke it up screaming, “you are a maniac, your insane!”

There it was, the agreement I had bought that lie many years ago and several similar incidents came to mind with the message, “they are doing this on purpose to make you mad and I’m a maniac, I have a horrible temper.” That was the little boy, little Robby that is still there, when that happens to me I feel like I’m nine years old all over again”.

The Holy Spirit guided me right to that broken place and Jesus came in to heal, yes I needed to forgive, my brother, my sister, myself and break those agreements, but oh the comfort, the still waters, I felt Jesus restore my soul.

Now the question is out there, will it help the next time? I don’t know, I am prepared to continue to break the agreements and hopefully see my fellow drivers as my brothers whom I can love and pray for and be courteous anyway I can, my guess is Jesus has me where I need Him desperately; to live life abundantly, for without Him I can do NOTHING!

Inside A Blessing
25 Sep

Inside A Blessing

Once again God has taken me deep, perhaps punching way out of my weight class by the lesson plan He had for me this week, I’ll do my best to show what God has shown me about the camel kneeling and the roots of a giant sequoia being inside a blessing.

The word blessing in Hebrew is “Barak” defined on Blue Letter Bible like this:  bârak, baw-rak’; a primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason):—× abundantly, × altogether, × at all, blaspheme, bless, congratulate, curse, × greatly, × indeed, kneel (down), praise, salute, × still, thank.

Check out the camels kneeling in Genesis 24:11 ” And he made H1288 his camels to kneel down H1288 without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.” Ten camels, have you ever tried to get one cat to sit or come or a dog to heel when he sees a girl dog he’s interested in.

Jesus was amazed, yes Jesus marveled at the centurions faith and understanding of authority. “When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

Have you ever considered why they stoned Steven, what was it that made them so mad. The gospel required that they couldn’t save themselves, nor can we, we have to accept God’s authority. WE have to kneel.

Now look a little further down in the definition of blessing/barak and remember the multiplication of the first blessings in Genesis, right.. “God blessed them and said “be fruitful and multiply”. The giant sequoia tree grows 350 feet high and has lived longer on the earth than any other life form known 3500 years. One of the reasons is their root system. I would have thought it went deep, but it doesn’t only five or six feet, but oh its spread out and intertwined with its brother sequoia’s. They have a community that supports such LIFE and LIFE :abundantly” through fire and wind, yes they are blessed.

As I said there is more here than I can comprehend but wanted to wet you appetites or roots to keep thirsting for more, not just from the scriptures but from you fellow sequoia’s who are kneeling under God’s amazing authority.

Listening Prayer
01 Sep

Listening Prayer

Week before last the Masculine Journey Radio Team had an Advanced Boot Camp at the NC Boys Academy at Tree Top Adventures on Lake Hickory. The Challenge we faced was should we attempt listening prayer with young boys 14-18 some of which were not yet believers in Christ. Yes, they knew of Him but weren’t really sure if a personal relationship with God was even real or available to them.

As the Christian Car Guy and having trained hundreds of car salesman over the years one critical basic principle I taught, and still teach is: “PRESENTATION WITHOUT DEMONSTRATION IS MERE CONVERSATION”. In other words you can tell someone all day long how fun it is to ride in a Jeep Wrangler with the top down and the doors off, But if you will take the time and remove the top and the doors and take them for a ride the experience is way beyond anything you could ever tell them. Or you can tell someone about a BOSE sound system all day long how many watts, amps you name it, but have them sit and listen to the BOSE high fidelity mp3 cranked up with waterfalls and oceans, symphonies and Hard Rock again more powerful than anything you could ever say. “PRESENTATION WITHOUT DEMONSTRATION IS MERE CONVERSATION”. Get the principle; now how can you apply this in your relating to others.

Listening Prayer as it turns out is an amazing way to do this with Christ.  I’m praying the story of what happened with this listening prayer event will convey enough about the power of listening prayer that you will try it.

So after a few teaching sessions at our Advanced Boot Camp we set up the Listening Prayer Session with simple instructions.

***** THE NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE BOYS*****

Break into smaller groups our was 8 people 4 boys from the academy 1 Boys Academy staff member we will call “Leo”, me and two other guys who were veterans of Ransom Heart and Masculine Journey Radio Boot Camps. Simply open with a short, “God give us the name of who you want to speak over tonight.” Then everyone listen for a name. NO PREACHING, NO WORDS, LISTEN. Then once you have people speaking out they hear the name ________. Again that’s all listening and the simple words I hear, Ralf. Once you have a name a simple prayer should be said, “God please give us the words you want to speak over, ______ Ralf or whoever.

Now as you might imagine you do this in a group with 4 boys 14-18 years old they begin to giggle, then choke on laughs and laugh uncontrollably. Though they are trying to control it they are still laughing a lot and this went on on off for the whole hour we listened. Ad to that, Leo starts to growl ERRRRRRR. and again he says ERRRRRRRR.  Though the boys are now almost at hilarity I ask, Leo, “what does that mean ERRRRRR?”

Leo says,” I am hearing ERRRRRR you know their are three boys in the group with ERRRR in their first name, Conner, Tucker  and Parker. ”

More laughing but we all just keep trying to listen and honestly at this point I’m asking, “Jesus what do you want me to do and Jesus clearly says let them laugh. Next, Parker says he is hearing, “Conner” and shortly after Tucker says he is hearing “Mark” yet we have no Mark in the group.

I ask, “does anyone have a middle name Mark?” and sure enough Conner says that’s his middle name. So I say, “sounds like you want to speak over Conner, Lord give us your words.” and we begin to listen for that still with much giggling though its become less frequent.

I then clearly hear, “Honor”, from God.

So I ask, “Conner is there something God would want to honor you for did you do something that you were honored for?”

Connor says, “Mr. Robby you don’t understand, I am a bad kid, no one would ever honor me. ”

“Well, Conner, God is clearly got a different view I am hearing, honor.” I told him

Then Parker says, “Yes, I am hearing Strength, Courage” and all goes quiet for a minute.

Conner says, “I am am hearing, light” and the giggling starts again.

This frustrates the ex-marine in the group and although not in the guidelines of listening prayer he calls them out, “Do you boys even want to hear from God?, do you even know who He is?”

Conner says sincerely, “Mr. we were hijacked to this camp, I never went to church had no understanding of all this, maybe there is a God maybe not, I’m not sure.”

Tuckers says something along those same lines, Parker says, “I believe in God, went to church all my life, but God hasn’t answered my prayers. ”

I said, “come on guys, lets try to listen.” Getting back to the exercise, More time passes a few more words are spoken over Conner all exhorting him. with the Giggling I look at my watch and see the hour has passed and tell everyone it’s movie night and we can go ahead and transition to that, thinking to myself, I guess it kinda was over their heads, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea, BOY WAS I WRONG.

As I walked out of the room, Conner followed me, “Mr. Robby can I speak with you?”

“Sure”, and we headed back to a dark corner in the kitchen as I could see Conner had something on his heart.

“Mr. Robby do you think I really heard from God, what do you think it means, “Light”.

I told him, Jesus is the light of the World, I believe He has a lot He would like to tell you, can you get back to that place spiritually when you heard light and ask, Jesus do you Love me?” Conner went on to share some intimate details of his story that broke my heart as we were wrapping up, Tucker walk up.

“Mr. Robby do you think I really heard from God?” he asked, Tucker, Conner and I talked more of listening for Jesus and asking Him, do you love me? Tucker shared more of his story and after a few minutes they headed off to watch the movie.

As I headed for a staff meeting, the head counselor with the boys academy approached me, “Robby, I got another boy want to speak with you.” You guessed it, Tucker.

“Mr. Robby do you think I really heard from God?” he asked. Another heart breaking story and another boy who so wanted to know that God was real and wanted to answer his prayer.

Another one of the groups a boy came up to the leader after and said, “I really didn’t know if God was real so I just told him in prayer as we sat down, “If you are real God they will chose my name?” Three Godly men in that group called out they heard that boys name, then the words of affirmation oh my what a gift to that boys heart.

The bow on the gift the Masculine Journey Radio team got the next day as we read the reviews the boys turned in, not some, but most of the boys said they heard from God for the first time. My favorite was Conner’s who said, “Father God, told the other people in the prayer group that I am not a failure.”

PRESENTATION WITHOUT DEMONSTRATION IS MERE CONVERSATION

College Bound Kids: Car Care Life Skills – 5 Contacts and 8 Should Knows
15 Aug

College Bound Kids: Car Care Life Skills – 5 Contacts and 8 Should Knows

College, time to drop them off in a new city, how will they know what to do if their car breaks down, they get in an accident, need a tow, or get a flat tire? Do they know how to check their oil, tire pressure, when to get their car serviced, what if they lose their keys? A little planning could save a lot of heart break and expense.

What a great time for prayer: Father please help us prepare our child for their initiation into the adult world, especially right now with their car. Please guide us to reliable, trustworthy people to help them know You are with them in this process. Lord we need a good mechanic, Body Shop, Wrecker Service, insurance agent that our child will go for counsel and assistance. Jesus, thank you for this chance to connect them with you in a practical way, may this bring You glory, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Here are a 5 – good folks for them to have in their phone to call.

#1 A Good Insurance Agent who they know to call. Ask them, should they get roadside assistance?

#2 A Good Mechanic/ repair facility who works on their make and model of car regularly.

#3 A Wrecker Service in their area.

#4 A Good Body Shop, and or Glass company.. just in case.

#5 Locksmith / Key replacement location

 

Here are 8 – Things we believe everyone should know how to do on their own car. Once they have their manful in their hand take them through these… They will always know where to go with a question.

#1 Find their owners manual

#2 What their warning lights are and what to do with each (in the manual)

#3 know their maintenance schedule, oil changes etc.. (in the manual)

#4 how to check their oil level (in the manual)

#5 how to check their tire pressure (in the manual)

#6 how to check their other fluid levels, Coolant – Brake – Transmission – Power Steering (in the manual)

#7 how to jump start their car or not to depending on their car and skill level (in the manual)

#8 Warnings that their brakes are in need of maintenance (in the manual)

Similarly, can they find their Bible and do they know where to go with their questions?

“Live” Remote This Saturday Kingdom Pursuits
15 Aug

“Live” Remote This Saturday Kingdom Pursuits

Come Join Andy Bowersox “Live” hosting Kingdom Pursuits this Saturday August 18th

https://mtpisgahgso.org/gso-event-august-18-2018/

Come celebrate back to school with us on August 18, 2018 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.  GSO (Greensboro) Event is going to be a fun day with lots of services to help anyone in the area be prepared for the new school year.  Everyone is welcome!  All items and services are free and will be offered on a First Come First Serve basis so arrive early.  So what is this all about?  I’m glad you asked…
We will be giving away 1,000 backbacks filled with some basic school supplies.  The backpacks are geared to two age groups:  K to 5th grade and 6th to 12th grade.  Offered on a first come, first serve basis, these backpacks and basic supplies are meant to send your student back to school in style and perhaps helps a little financially.
Free screening sports physicals will be offered by medical volunteers for those students entering 7th to 12th grade.  A requirement for any student athlete, these screening sports physicals will be good for a year and will mark one more thing off your to-do list.  A parent or guardian is required to be present with the student.  These will be offered during our allotted time of the event.
Free haircuts will be provided for students.  We will have at least 2 barbers and 4 hair stylists from the community providing haircuts to get your student looking good for the upcoming school year.  This will be offered on a first come, first serve basis to all interested.  Just another way of helping your student have a successful school year.
We will also have games, activities, snacks, and water during the event.  Prayer support will be available for anyone that wants to pray for their student, family, community, or self.  Let’s make the upcoming school year the best ever.  Come out and enjoy the day with us!
Say Yes To The Dress – No To Stains
14 Jul

Say Yes To The Dress – No To Stains

A Christian’s hope is that day, the day dressed in white, FOREVER NOW as wonderfully portrayed in the ‘theme song’ for “Say Yes To The Dress”.

“Today’s the day you’ve been waiting for, like a dream turn the key, feel the lock, open open the door.” FOREVER NOW, wow what an invitation but as Jesus explained in his parable of the wedding feast, Matthew 22: 14, you don’t want to be caught dead without your wedding clothes, “many are called but few are chosen”. What Bride would ever show up without her dress?

So how do we say yes to the dress? The Bible has some amazing stuff here….

Jeremiah 2:32 Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.\

Revelation 3:4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.

Revelation 19:7-8 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

I get so much hope from that Isaiah 61:10 part that says “he has clothed me with the garments of salvation“, the Hebrew for Salvation is Yeshua (Jesus), so I like to insert Jesus there -The garments of Jesus. Cling onto Jesus hold him tight like the Shulamite in Song of Songs 3:4 when I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her who conceived me. Read two verses down and Solomon is coming in his coach to marry her.

Like last weeks story of the boy who clung to the post of the dock waiting on his father to save him, grab hold of Jesus and He will cloth you. Your faith will produce works of righteousness, as people are brought into your life, ask Jesus what you can do to love them well. Hang on and on and start FOREVER NOW.

There is still the challenge of Revelation 3:4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments. Stains, we don’t want to stain our dress for sure. As I look closely at Job’s counsel, Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. That justice he is clothed with in Hebrew speaks of judging or judgement. Everyday we see injustice, I believe when we put on Jesus, He helps us see it. In my case I see the Easy Finance Car folks that swindle with usury, or the False Labor car repair facilities that take advantage of peoples ignorance. Those stand out easily for me and I want to fight for justice. Closer to home my children disrespect their mother or a dear friend belittles his daughter. The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy and God made us warriors to fight for truth, and justice kinda like Superman. As we grab hold of Jesus with all we have we really are Supermen or Superwomen, nothing can separate you.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Grace to the Habitual Sinner A Biblical Precedent
29 Jun

Grace to the Habitual Sinner A Biblical Precedent

The bondage of habitual sin is more than brutal and sadly we often lose hope for ourselves or loved ones, even question salvation. Darrin Koone, a dear friend put this together for us; the 51st Psalm, David’s Lament after Nathan the prophet confronted him on his sin with Bathsheba.

Here is a great question to ponder before you read this: if YOU had known King David back in the day, and  knew what he had done with Bathsheba and Uriah and saw how long it went on; would you have questioned David’s salvation?

Our prayer as we study this together is that we would all see the grace God gave David in this and we would adopt that Biblical precedent in our own treatment of ourselves, our families and our church.

Psalm 51 commentary by Darrin Koone

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Have mercy on me, O God (‘elohiym), 

This is the exact same word used aver 50 times in the first 4 chapters of Genesis so David is definitely calling upon the God who creates things out of nothing which is extremely important.  David believes God will have to use his mercy to create again in his own life because he believes there is nothing there worthy of being transformed.

according to your unfailing love;

David is describing a love that is Merciful and Wholly Adequate for whatever the need is here. Merciful love is different from love because someone has done something for you or behaved in such a way as to draw you to them.

according to your great compassion

David is describing an abundant, overflowing gut wrenching feeling God has toward a sinner who is wanting to be free from their sin.  It is often spoken of as a truly physical feeling in a person’s gut that moves them to do something about a situation. Same idea as Mark 1:41 Jesus being moved with Compassion to heal a leper.    

blot out my transgressions.

“Blot” = literally a picture of God rubbing, scrubbing, wiping away our sin.  Transgression is representative of a boundary we have crossed, gone beyond, but it carries a stronger connotation than just stepping over a line.   It is a revolt against whatever boundaries God has given us.  An expansion of our ground much like invading another country because we are not satisfied with what we have been given.

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

David is using a term here that envisions a lot of work of someone’s part. He is speaking of being trampled underfoot in water to wash clothing against the rocks to get the dirt out.  He also uses a word here to signify that this will need to be done over and over again.

David is speaking of being as pure as can possibly be.  Ceremonially, physically, and spiritually as pure as God himself, spotless and without blemish, innocent and without guilt.  “Morally uncontaminated.”  That’s a tall order but one he knows is possible.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

David is saying he is completely and totally aware of his sin.  This word is even used to “know one carnally / intimately”, inside and out you might say.   He knows exactly how well he has obliterated the boundaries set for him.

The word David uses here for SIN often carries with it the idea of habitual sin.  We often are willing to forgive “a sin”.  But in practice we often do not forgive the SINNER or one who is habitual in their sin.    David is saying that his sin is of a nature that it is there all the time.  He is constantly aware because it is constantly a struggle for him whether this is just because of the consequences or in practice.   He wants to fix that but it is still an issue for him.

The word he uses for always is an all-encompassing type of feeling.  He is saying that he cannot escape it.  Meaning everywhere I turn I am reminded of my sin.  I cannot escape it unless someone outside of it comes in to help me.

We can see here that we do not need to remind the habitual sinner of their sin anymore.  They are consumed by it and tortured by it.  We may need to help guide them to the one who help but the last thing they need is to be reminded of their sin.

It is no wonder most addicts are wishing and hoping for someone to come along and fix there problem.   They feel helpless to do it….   But that hunger is really a vacuum that only God can take care of.   I think David is feeling very much the same here.

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Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.

This is not the best translation of this thought in my opinion. I kind of understand why it was translated this way but the Hebrew gives the idea that “besides anyone else, I have definitely sinned against you and you for sure” David is not saying he did not sin against anyone else.   This is in fact a sin against thousands of people.  A whole nation and people group since he as the government leader as well as one of the spiritual leaders and as such would have way more accountability to God and in God’s economy of things.  I think that is the idea he is covering here.

Ultimately this is David’s confession.   This is where he is saying,  I agree with you God that I have sinned and blown it and whatever you decide about me and my sin from this point is just and right.  Even though I sinned against many people you are my only true judge.  

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Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

This is where the grace meets the sin.  David is saying God will have to use the same power he used to create the heavens and earth or literally David in his mother’s womb to create a pure heart in him.   Not to fix the heart he has but literally to create something NEW.     He is saying there is nothing for God to work with therefore God will have to create something.

The word he uses for renew is different.  It means to repair and make like new again.   But this is different word than create.   David is saying a new heart will need to be created and then his spirit can be repaired. 

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Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

The phrases David uses here are very significant.

  1. Do not cast me away from your presence or face.  Meaning that God has not yet done this.
  2. Do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Again meaning he has not yet done this.

David was obviously living his life as if God had turned away from him and taken His Spirit from him according to Psalms 32 and 2 Samuel 12. However, God had not yet abandoned David to his sin and depravity.

I honestly believe this is precisely why David felt physically, mentally and spiritually depressed as he talks about in Psalm 32.   God’s spirit was with him and God’s face was still looking upon him and shame of living in God’s presence while still trying to hide one’s sin is unbearable.

12 

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Restoring the Joy of one’s salvation and restoring your salvation are two different acts. Both are often needed but in this case David is only saying that even though you have not abandoned me I feel as if you have or at least as if I have abandoned you and therefore I cannot receive the JOY and be sustained by the JOY of being saved.

13 

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

After you have restored the joy of my salvation I will teach other folks who also have trouble with boundaries about your good and safe ones.  I will help them understand those boundaries are a blessing and actually let me run free in your love and safety without fear or regret.

The purpose of my teaching is redemptive.  As opposed to condemnation.   David is talking about the worse type of sinners here but it is critical to understand he is not saying anything in condemnation.  His only intent here is redemption and restoring of relationship between parties who have been separated.   The next verse pretty much confirms David’s mindset.

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Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

David is saying I need you to snatch me out of this place where I find myself guilty of slaughter.  He is using a phrase here that is reassuring to him.  God (‘elohiym) who creates and saves. In other words if you can create me you can save me.

Sing is not quite strong enough for what David is saying here.   He is saying my mouth will not be able to stay shut on this matter.   It will be like a creaking board that has to squeak when it is stepped on.   My tongue will be like that of a little girl screaming out with glee. Specifically about how right you are.

15 

Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

David is envisioning a strong God who is in total control here releasing his mouth after it has been bound up by his own sin.  The term open here signifies especially after one has been silent by force.  David is saying my lips have been in bondage to my sin and shame but you are powerful enough to release them for this task.

Declaring praise here is a very purposeful and specific endeavor.  He is saying I will with purposefully create songs of your greatness.

16 

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

David is saying God is not moved by or satisfied with sacrifices. But David is considering what would be pleasing to God.   Do I do something to please Him or do I be something to please Him? 

17 

My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

David is using the word “shabar” which is the same word Isaiah used when he discusses the mission of the Christ. SHABAR MEANS

  1. break, break in or down, rend violently, wreck, crush, quench

The word for contrite is a bit stronger.   This is a crushed or collapsed heart.   Meaning there is no more arrogance of heart here.  This heart is flat and without outside help will not be doing much.

Will not despise is referring to the fact that God does despise a puffed up heart, arrogance, and sin that results from these attitudes.   And that sacrifice does nothing to take care of these problems….  Only a changed heart does.

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May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 

Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.