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Clefted Tires Required
24 Nov

Clefted Tires Required

Off Road Vehicles, Off Road Tires Scream, “adventure” our hearts long for High Mountain adventure we were made for it. A vehicle can get you there in the physical, but it needs traction and ground clearance, Four Wheel Drive a narrow short wheel base to navigate narrow roads and switch back turns, yet balance is critical too, not too top heavy. ALL that is surely needed both in the physical and the spiritual, but staying with the physical for a minute tires need a cleft.

Hydroplaning is a scary thing my son in his first rain storm experienced how quick you can lose traction and slide off the road, I’ll never forget that call. He was OK, but his Jeep was in the ditch. For tires that cleft channels out water.

Knobby is an attempt to get some tire surface on that gravel or rock, mud or snow. so their all kinds of tires for all kinds of adventure and the amazing thing is they are also a report card on your vehicle as I wrote a few years ago http://christiancarguy.com/tire-report-card/ and http://christiancarguy.com/getting-it-straight/. How amazing is it that God’s way of seeing our alignment, balance, our steering, our control arms is in our tires/our feet and how cool us is it God Shares how to get your feet fitted not only with the gospel of peace but for that higher ground, that secret place on the steep path it is going to be exciting and dangerous I assure you.

Traction wasn’t exactly Firestone’s idea nor Michelin, God designed the type of traction surface necessary for all sorts of High Mountain adventures beyond any capabilities of a vehicle tire. I wish wish my tires could apply pressure right to let or front to back even dig in by pointing forward. I would note that King David being the Shepherd that he was observed something about hooves when he said in

Psalm 18:33

He makes my feet like those of deer
and makes me stand on my heights.

His son Solomon knew why as we read in

Song of Songs 2:14 

My dove, in the clefts of the rock,
    in a secret place along the steep path,
    let me see your form,
    let me hear your voice.
For your voice is sweet
    and your form is lovely.”

SO.. how do we get those feet David described or cleft hooves? Those cleft hooves indicated that they were clean animals Leviticus 11, and two things made an animal clean 1. Chew the cud 2. Cleft Hoof? Why what was God telling us what made a clean animal, why was David asking for those feet.

As the 23 Psalm says “He Makes us lie down in green pastures”

Later his son Solomon in Song of Songs Chapter 1 verse 7 takes it a bit further

“Where do you graze your flock and make them lay down at noon.” The Good Shepherd feeds us in the morning then makes us lay down so we will chew our cud. His word takes long to digest. Sheep not only have 4 stomachs they have 82 feet, yes I said feet of intestines in order to suck all the nutrients out of their food which takes 3-5 days. Every week God feeds me and for days I’ll ruminate, that concept or precept for hours, their is so much that my soul just chews and chews. Like the sheep it makes me clean.

The sheep’s hooves cloven for the balance needed to climb and scale the mountain top adventures with God not fully engaged with the ground or the worlds golden calf down below. Leviticus 11. The beloved will need these as in chapter 2

A well fed beautiful sheep, that can climb the steep path navigate the cleft in the rock with its hooves… Well fed, its form is beautiful its soul restored it voice is sweet.

 

“Why should I be as a veiled woman”. Veiled women were prostitues wanderers lost and ashamed.. As Tamar disguised herself to trick Judah into fathering Perez.

 

We all have a veil a mask we use to cover our shame. Face to face is intimacy and quite dangerous in a world where others are trying to compare themselves and judge in order to feed their pride and their justification for sin.

 

The original reason for the mask or fig leaf is we feel naked and exposed as Adam did with his sin. My brilliant disguise is my personality I have designed a way to get you to like me without exposing my real feeling, as John Eldridge

 

I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid. – Genesis 3:10

You don’t need a course in psychology to understand men. Understand that verse, let its implications sink in, and the men around you will suddenly come into focus. We are hiding, every last one of us. Well aware that we, too, are not what we were meant to be, desperately afraid of exposure, terrified of being seen for what we are and are not, we have run off into the bushes. We hide in our office, at the gym, behind the newspaper and mostly behind our personality.

 

“By the flocks of your companions”

 

Who are the companions??? Some say Moses Aaron and Miriam, Some day Idols false Gods… All I know for sure is; one- they are shepherds and two -they are not the good shepherd.

 

Hirelings- John 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

The Good Shepherd is all about taking care of your feet as he modeled at the last supper. He cares for you deeply, Jesus longs to meet with you in that cleft in the rock, but the balance, traction and alignment necessary will be in you feeding well and following Him to lay down at noon and chew your food daily, then when Jesus knows you can handle the steeper path he will lead you to the cleft, I promise.

 

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.