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Caught In Adultery
09 Jun

Caught In Adultery


Jesus came to “bind up the brokenhearted“, Isaiah 61:1, and it seems Jesus keeps showing me more and more places that need binding. Thursday, I was enjoying my commute and memories were flooding in with every sign and tree I noticed. Suddenly I saw and Old Mobil Gas Sign, (the one with the Red Flying horse) and the memory of the night my first wife broke my heart coming home from an adulterous affair and telling me what had happened, flooded my mind, my heart was shattered. Clearly Jesus was telling me there is a shard you left behind years ago, actually it was 1977, 41 years ago. Looking deeply into Isaiah 61:1 the word translated brokenhearted is the Hebrew word “shabar” defined broken into pieces, shards like glass, doesn’t your heart feel that way at times, part of you has been broken off and is still back in 1977.

Jesus had already prepped me in my prayer time with my word for the day being, “healing”. I was on my way to my men’s group, yesterday so I told the Holy Spirit we would take this up in the morning.

The next morning during my daily prayer when I asked for my word of the day, I expected something to do with the work I was going to begin with Jesus on healing my heart from that incident in 1977. I always close my eyes when I ask for my word from Jesus and when I closed them I got a a stunning vision of a black book, I knew it to mean the Bible. John Eldredge in a Ransom Heart podcast once noted that when you hear from the Lord be sure and ask the second or third question, don’t be shy, ask. So trying to understand why or where in the Bible he wanted me to head, clearly the spirit was leading me to the story in John 8 of the woman caught in adultery. So instead of just heading into a session with Jesus going over the incident. I first bathed my mind in that story.

Years ago I heard Max Lucado speak on “The God Who Stoops” an amazing look at Jesus posture throughout that incident, that gripped me as Jesus was at the Temple, they brought this lady to church, what humiliation. When the men brought her in, Jesus stoops, he didn’t stand to confront the women only later when he confronted the accusers did he stand. One thing I took particular note was the Greek Word katēgoros: definedan accuser a name given to the devil by the rabbis.” I pondered,”where are those devils accusing you?” but I had no idea all that God had for me that morning.

So after I filled my mind with the story I went to Ransom Heart’s web site where you can get a sort of self help session with Jesus. It’s found in the Restoration of The Heart Series Video #7. I would recommend everyone watch the entire series and yes you’ll have to join, but they have a free membership for thirty day and a long term membership is worth it in my view. The Restoration of The Heart Series Video #7 is the one I have used many times, closed my eyes and let John Eldridge guide me through the traumatic shard breaking places in my life. Jesus has showed up every time I brought these stories of broken shards over the last couple years in huge ways for me.

So off I went back to that night in 1977 and it took me no time to see what Jesus was after, I had made an agreement that it was my fault, the betrayal was my fault? Yes, I had left my first wife at a party we were both at because it was too wild for me and I had begged her to come home and she said you go ahead I’ll be home in a little bit, angry I took the bait. There was the primary agreement that needed breaking, so I did that. “Lord I break the agreement with the lie that this was all my fault.” Naturally there were also a whole lot of forgiveness issues as well, Brenda (my 1st wife), the guy she slept with and me, (remember I blamed myself). I can’t begin to share the freedom these kind of experiences bring, but this was a small part of what Jesus had for me that morning.

Remember the vision of the Bible I had seen in my prayer, well during my normal routine in the last 30 minutes of my quiet time is to work on the commentary I have been writing for years on Jeremiah. I do a verse a day on the days I work on it or at least two or three a week, (these are written in the YouVersion Bible App and if you friend me you can read them if you are interested). So today I was on Jeremiah 46:19

Jeremiah 46:19 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

19 O daughter dwelling in Egypt,
get your bags ready for exile!
For Noph will become a ruin
laid waste, uninhabited.

“Pack your bags!” This scripture was originally written for the disobedient Israelites who had carried Jeremiah himself to Egypt. Idolaters, folks who had forsaken their real lover and His command to stay in the promise land and were now fixing to take the walk of shame to Babylon, if they lived to try.

As I began to write the Holy Spirit took over, really, I shocked myself as I understood what I had written, here is what I wrote…

“Pack your bags…as I study the Hebrew that is what it says… Hilarious in one sense, God’s clear instructions easily understood…. Tragic on all sorts of levels, the consequences, the lost opportunity of intimacy and love and shalom….

The trauma of moving when all has been lost…any like me who have been evicted, overwhelmed with loss, packing up driven by time working beyond exhaustion…

Caught in adultery paraded in front of the Pharisees naked to be condemned… Jesus is there, He stands up and says, “where are your accusers, has no one condemned you?” I say, “no one Lord.” Jesus says, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Yes I have been there but so was Jesus and he was in Memphis / Noph..that day too… My guess is that some saw Him and we’re also saved and understood… “There is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus.”

Now look up at the picture above, see the moving van and the Dealership, Westside Chrysler Dodge Jeep… Here too I had been betrayed by people I loved and here too I had made the agreement it was all my fault. This one I could see clearly my idolatry which is also adultery, a house and a business I had poured my life into expecting to get life back. God’s mercy sometimes looks a lot like exile. Yes there was the drive of shame when I lost the dealership, as I left it behind with many, many seeing my nakedness, and the day we loaded everything we had in a U-haul as the neighbors in “Clemmons West” looked, on pretty shameful.

A little over 10 years later, I would not trade the life in God I have had since for 20 dealerships and 50 houses. So I’m guessing the Jews that saw Jesus in the exile, and the lady brought to church in adultery having experienced grace from the Master, understood deeply, John 8:10 “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?” and Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Single Mom’s Who Need Our Prayers This Mother’s Day
12 May

Single Mom’s Who Need Our Prayers This Mother’s Day

Please Pray for These Mom’s Struggling Financially this Mother’s Day

Single Mom in North Carolina:

I think I may need brakes/rotors and oil change. I have to take my son to and from school each day. He attends a Charter School. He and became displaced about 2 years ago in Ga. My husband (his father) abandoned us. We lost our home, car, furniture, everything. Even had to give away our dog. I lost my job and we had to move here in Greensboro with a friend. Initially and for a few months after arriving, things as alway were fine. I eventually found a job and had to work late evenings. My little boy has made the honor roll in Ga. and here and just recently received the “Whole Brain Award “ at school while trying to adjust to our new life. He is an amazing kid. I just need my car fixed please if u can help. Thank u and God Bless.?

Single Mom In Texas: I

got a ’99 Nissan Maxima from a family friend. I got the tune up and the oil change and got that taken care of. But I think the alternator is messed up. The battery keeps dying and it kind of stalls when turning.
A little back history on me is I am 22 with 2 little boys. Ages 2 years and 5 months. I stopped working due to how tough the pregnancy was and I always in and out of the hospital. My first child’s dad has completely avoided helping me, dodging child support. The father of my second procrastinates on finding a job so I am taking care of the other by myself as well. I will get a job and it’ll last about a week due to transportation. I’m getting evicted, basically waiting until the last day I’m able to be there before I move. Just trying to work and get as much money saved up. I just started working for about a week now and my mom’s work schedule has changed so she will not be able to take me to work anymore. So if I could please get help on this car so I don’t be completely doing bad I would really appreciate it. I think it’s the alternator but I’m really not sure . But I really need this car to be able to continue to work. I was supposed to get a car with my taxes but my taxes never came. Stayed on review for as long as it has and they tell me nothing is wrong so I don’t get why they are holding my taxes

Single Mom in New York:

Hello. Due to illness, I had to take early retirement, and was consequently denied a full pension by my employer. I am not getting by, and its pretty much hand to mouth, with pills I need to stay alive, and doctor’s visits when I contract something I can’t defeat alone like pneumonia, or when I had cataract surgery. My car is overdue for an inspection and I believe it needs a couple of tires, possibly more, in order to pass inspection, and I can’t afford tires. Can you please help? I’m so afraid of getting pulled over and ticketed and I can’t afford that either.

Praises for the Mom’s Your Donations helped lately

Rear Brakes for a mom in Raleigh $139.33 some help by Harris Automotive

CV Joint for a mom in Durham $250.00 some help by Meineke

Towing for a mom in Raleigh $75

Brakes for a mom in Utah $250 some help by Burt Brother’s Tire

Jesus Labor Of Love

Jesus -There’s Something About That Name
30 Apr

Jesus -There’s Something About That Name

 

Names like, Corvette, Mustang, GTO, Camaro what does that stir in your soul.. Which car names lights up your mind when you hear it…

“Jaguar XKE” or “Porsche 917”

 

SO this week as I was getting ready for my show at Sweetwater Baptist Church’s Car Show, knowing that I would get a chance to share the Gospel with the crowd at the trophy ceremony..

Thursday morning In prayer I was asking God for direction going through my daily prayer I got to the point where I ask for my word for the day…. God told me “Salvation”

A little let down, I really wasn’t expecting to find much but I went to Blue Letter Bible to search for the first use of the word Salvation in the Bible. I can only wish now that Jesus would had a smart phone to take a snapshot of the look on my face when I saw Hebrew for the word “salvation”. The look on my face I’m sure brought the house down among the great cloud of witnesses… Something I knew, but I didn’t know if you know what I mean.

Here is the first place you find it when Jacob/Israel was blessing Dan in Genesis.

 

Genisis 49:18 I have waited for your salvation, Oh Lord”

The Herbrew word for salvation you have probably seen before. “yĕshuw`ah”

Yes, The Yeshua or Joshua or in the Greek, JESUS

So everywhere you see salvation in the Bible, God is kinda saying, “Jesus” or Yeshua. So below are some scriptures that blow my mind when I read them inserting, “YESHUA”. I hope you will expand this to your own search it’s AMAZING..AMAZING what God has done in His Word, with The WORD!!

Genisis 49:18 ” I have waited for your salvation/YESHUA, Oh Lord”

Exodus 14:13

13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation (YESHUA) of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

Exodus 15:2

2 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation; YESHUA
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

2 Samuel 22:51

51 He is the tower of salvation/Yeshua to His king,
And shows mercy to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forevermore.”

1 Chronicles 16:23

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation/Yeshua from day to day

2 Chronicles 20:17

17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation/Yeshua of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

Job 13:15-18

15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
16 He also shall be my salvation/Yeshua,
For a hypocrite could not come before Him.
17 Listen carefully to my speech,
And to my declaration with your ears.
18 See now, I have prepared my case,
I know that I shall be vindicated.

Psalm 3:2

2 Many are they who say of me,
There is no help/Yeshua for him in God.”

  • Salvation/ Yeshua belongs to the Lord.
    Your blessing is upon Your people

 

Psalm 14:7

7 Oh, that the salvation/ Yeshua of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

Psalm 42:11

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help/Yeshua of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 62:2

2 He only is my rock and my salvation;/Yeshua
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.

Psalm 89:26

26 He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’/Yeshua

Isaiah 12:3

3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation./Yeshua

Isaiah 49:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation/Yeshua to the ends of the earth.’”

Isaiah 51:6

6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
And look on the earth beneath.
For the heavens will vanish away like smoke,
The earth will grow old like a garment,
And those who dwell in it will die in like manner;
But My salvation/ Yeshua will be forever,
And My righteousness will not be abolished.

Isaiah 52:7

7 How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,/Yeshua
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

Zechariah 9:9

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation, Yeshua
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey

Luke 2:25-30

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation/ Yeshua

Can you imagine Mary and Joseph Bring Jesus to the Temple and Simeon and Anna Ask, what’s his name… “Yeshua says Joseph and Simeon says “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your Yeshua

The Original designer’s Name has a huge significance don’t you think…

The Heinous Sin of Pride – an Antidote
25 Apr

The Heinous Sin of Pride – an Antidote


Time after time when I look into why I struggle with relationship after relationship, often at the heart of it is my pride, such a heinous sin. I feel as I pray, God is saying to me, “back again, Robby”.

Pride leads to road rage, struggles in the service drive, struggles with car salesman, struggles almost anywhere you look. So a solution to pride would be huge, wouldn’t it?

What a challenge I find in Philippians 2:3 “Let nothing be done out of strife or vain glory: but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.”

For me that is really tough to do, really tough to do I say again. So I decided to look into my struggle with the religious spirit. The Yeast of The Pharisees: The Religious Spirit Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.“”

This all took me to Mark 8:14The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”

So I thought let me study real yeast. A study of yeast reveals some awesome stuff, as I read much on that this week here is the “readers digest version”. Yeast is a fungi that eats sugar and emits ethanol/alcohol. Those tiny bubbles of alcohol make wine and beer, also bread rises as a result of those tiny bubbles. The Jews have long taught that yeast puffs up as pride and so every year at passover they spend a week getting rid of all the “hametz”, leven or yeast from their houses, the original “Spring Cleaning”. Looking at the Pharisee above you see he is puffed up, but, as I studied the effects of alcohol I believe there is more to it, as there is so much about fermentation, (caused by yeast) in the Bible as well..

Alcohol is quickly absorbed into the blood stream through our intestines it then has a free pass to the brain through the blood brain barrier, it releases dopamine in our brains very quickly. Listen to what Psychology Today has to say about dopamine: “Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them.”

Eye on the prize, “dopamine”, think about a drunk, flirting with all the women, thinking he can fight everyone in the bar. The yeast of the Pharisee has to do with the prize the Pharisee his eye on. The prize in the case of the Pharisees is their own Religious Kingdom, not God’s. They like the drunk have their eye on the wrong prize with a puffed up view of their own ability, drunk with power.

Now the yeast of Herod. He too, has his eye on a prize, drunk with civil power and puffed up with his eye on his own Kingdom not God’s.

Man oh man I see this puffed up concerned with my own Kingdom side of myself and need to pray like the Publican, Lord have mercy on me a sinner.

Still thirsting for answers to my pride sin, I proceeded with the story and found some huge misunderstanding I had..

MARK 8:16 “They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

“Twelve,” they replied.

20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

They answered, “Seven.”

21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Clearly as I read that “no, I don’t understand why 5 thousand or 12 baskets left over or 4 thousand and 7 baskets left over, I never considered the significance of all that.”

So if you will allow me I will share the study that followed, once I agreed I didn’t really understand. I now believe if we go back to the scriptures we can unlock this mystery to some extent. The Torah/Old Testament started with 5 books and it fed 12 tribes. Jesus first fed the five thousand and between that and feeding the 4 thousand a few days later we have the story of the Canaanite women in Matthew 15:26 “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Right after that in Matthew 15:29, I mean right after that Jesus fed the 4 thousand. How many gospels are there, 4 just like the beginning of the old testament has 5 books the beginning of the New Testament has 4. Seven is the number of completion, the last of the seven words from the cross, “It is finished”

“What does that have to do with battling pride”, I kept asking?

Have you ever considered that when Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer that when we ask for our daily bread we are asking for Jesus?

Consider that with me: is Jesus the bread of life?

Was Jesus born in Bethlehem/ Hebrew for (Beth = House of) and (Lehem = Bread).

Follow along in John 6:32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

No go back to the beginning of the Lords prayer since we have a little understanding of yeast and dopamine. Eye on the prize, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they name, THY KINGDOM COME.” As we pray that if we really have faith and believe what we are praying we get the authentic dopamine buzz right… Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,”

Consider that the feast of Pentecost they wave ‘leavened” bread in other words Leviticus 23:16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord.

New Leaven, the Holy Spirit take a look at Matthew 13:33 “ He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they name, THY KINGDOM COME. thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Give us this day our DAILY BREAD“… New Yeast.

The Kingdom is God’s Kingdom where each individual reflects a unique aspect of God’s Glory, if I can see that, they have huge value to the Kingdom, If I can get my prize right and get my dopamine working on that reward there is no pride to concern myself with. That guy that just cut me off, or the lady with Time Warner Cable who just took an hour of my time and won’t help me still reflects God and if I can help call that out in her, the Kingdom is coming. I can only do that with my Daily Bread it’s the only chance I have to overcome pride….

Jesus the bread of life is the way to the Father who on Pentecost sent the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit I can see the scriptures, see Jesus sacrifice for me that blood cleanses me from all unrighteousness, yes even pride and allows me to have God as my Father the Kingdom coming as a son who sees other son’s as princes and kings. Lord help get this from my head to my heart.

Eager Feet Make Super Bowl Winners
07 Feb

Eager Feet Make Super Bowl Winners

Above is the Sermon I got to share at Peace Church in Durham last week… Yes, Eager Feet from Joshua 1:6, but also Spinning into Rope/Waiting on the Lord see Below….

“Righty tighty lefty lucy” A fun twist to get you to remember which way to tighten a nut, or as you can see above the spinning wheel twists a yarn, but I found this week that twisten has a lot to do with “waiting on the Lord” and the promised “strong and courageous heart” of Psalms 27:14. I believe this waiting is far from passive tapping your finger on your watch like waiting in the checkout line.

in Hebrew: “Qavah” is the word that was translated “wait” and the word you will find in many Psalms and the wonderful passage in Isaiah 40:31 when you get to rise up like wings of Eagles, the word has a twist to it almost a figurative rope….wait for it, yes if you twist fibers like hemp or sisal you will make a yarn, twist two of those together and you get a cord, twist three of those together with a rope makers top and you get a traditional rope.That rope makers top forming those three into the rope really gives me a sense of the Lord is coming. I have posted some videos so you can watch that in action.

The first time you see the word “qavah” in the Bible is in Genesis 1:9 when God “Gathered together” the waters…you guessed it a Water Spout, there was a twist to it. So the really cool application in my mind is that of waiting on the Lord by being twisted and tightened ever fiber of our being into the Father and The Son and The Holy Spirit, then I am convinced King David’s understanding of the promise in Psalms 27:14 will be gathered together in you heart, being strong and very courageous. After all a rope of those three strands is impossible to break…wait for it…

 

The Greatest Wrestling Hold: The “Overcomer”
24 Jan

The Greatest Wrestling Hold: The “Overcomer”

In Jacob’s all night wrestling match with the ‘man’/’angel’/ “God” way down in the details I believe we can glean the secret wrestling hold he used to overcome. Truly amazing is that as he overcame then God bestowed on him the gifts He promises to us in Revelation 2 and 3… The way I read that we will get at least:

  • A New Name
  • Power over the Nations
  • Name not blotted out but confessed before the Father
  • A Pillar in the Temple of God with the God’s Name, your new name, New Jerusalem
  • Shall sit on the Father’s Throne
  • Inherit All Things

Clearly, Jacob’s new name was made Israel and Israel is all that and then some isn’t it……

Four things God showed me about this super wrestling hold of Jacob’s.

  1. Let Go Of Your Brother’s Heal:As Jacob/Israel hung on he received his own identity finally letting go of his brother’s heal. The details in the verses following the match seem to make no sense unless you go back to the two blessings Jacob got before he left. The first he stole from his brother note the end of the blessing Genesis 27:29 “May the nations bow down to you, may your mother’s son’s bow down to you” Check all the bowing Israel and his wife and their children and servants did when they met Esau in Genesis 33-3-7. Israel was giving back/letting go the stolen blessing so he  grab hold of his rightful blessing Genesis 28:3-4 The Abrahamic covenant that changed the world… JESUS. Yes Jacob, heal grabbing, hairy arm poser, let go of his brother’s heal and grabbed on with all his life to God and overcame…
  2. Hang on: Simple, but so very hard especially all night. How many times have I tried wrestling with God in prayer all night and like, Peter, James and John then fell asleep… “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
  3. Harness: Matthew 11:12 “Since the time of John the Baptist The Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing and forceful men take hold of it.” As John Bunyan portrayed in the house of the interpreter about this verse in The Pilgrim’s Promise, we are in for the fight of our life if we grab hold of the advancing Kingdom and we are going to have to harness ourselves to that advancing violence. So if we wish to hang on we had better harness ourselves in as it will be a violent ride, thus the word “Chazak” was given to Joshua in Joshua 1:6 “Be Strong” a Hebrew word picturing to lash or tie down.
  4. Hip: Here is the real secret I believe; it was Jacob’s hip, his weakness. Like Paul tells us all over 2 Corinthians, his thorn in the flesh, power is perfected in weakness. Picture yourself wrestling with this man/angel/God, your standing will all your might and he touches your hip…BAM..You have to hang on tighter than ever with no leg or legs to support you.

Think about the results of this match and things come even more clear. Israel is remembered to this day for his weakness, according to Genesis 32:33 the Children of Israel don’t eat of the tendon of the hip to this day. My own story, when I survived cancer is how many remember me for my weakness, the point where I had to hang on with all I had. James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy when you fave various trials” Yes, you will hang on tighter than ever and don’t let go till He blesses you.

We too may need to let go of our brother’s heal in order get the overcomer grip on God with our weakness providing the extra harness of nothing else to hold us up or hang onto, harnessed in to the Forcefully Advancing Kingdom of God.

“Live” This Saturday From The Triad Men’s Summit
18 Jan

“Live” This Saturday From The Triad Men’s Summit

Brought to you by Triad Area Wide Men’s Ministry

Our ministry is devoted to breaking down the walls of race and denomination so that men, who are disciples of Christ, may come together to worship as one body. It is our prayer, that by following Christ and leading by example, we may grow closer to our Lord and Savior, grow closer to each other, and model a seamless fellowship to the world. We want to demonstrate the love of Christ in our fellowship. If we fail to come together as the “Body of Christ,” then how will the world ever be able to do it?

Date and Time

Sat, January 20, 2018

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM EST

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First Christian Church Ministries

1130 North Main Street

Kernersville, NC 27284

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Giving More Than $8.24
09 Jan

Giving More Than $8.24

A Short Story

By Josh Adkison KTIA Intern Iowa

It suddenly struck me that I was starving. I looked at the clock on my Chromebook.11:24 AM.

I am a bit of a later lunch taker on a normal basis, so the fact that I even had a desire to eat that early wasn’t typical. But I was hungry and I had permission to go on break at anytime. I packed up my notes I was working on for the radio show that afternoon, stuck my head in my boss’s door to tell him I would be back in a half hour, and took the creaking, twenty year old elevator down six floors to the main level of Merle Hay Mall in Urbandale, Iowa. I really wanted to eat at Chick-fil-A (which was located across the street), but there was snow and I was wearing my dad’s leather shoes. Plus, I wasn’t in the mood to polish leather that night when I got home.

So, with visions of chicken sandwiches and lemonade dancing before my eyes, I turned and headed to the other side of the mall toward Panda Express. It wasn’t a long walk, but the effort made me hungrier. It also wasn’t encouraging that upon arrival  I saw a pretty long line. I looked up at the menu and tried to decide if the wait was worth orange chicken. (I was also mentally calculating if I could get across the street to Chick-fil-A before I could get my food here.) I decided I was better off waiting here.

As I mulled over the menu, a group of really loud mexican construction workers stepped into line. I quickly decided to make my move before someone else made me suffer longer from starvation, and hopped into the line. They call it “fast food” for a reason, and before I had a chance to say, “My pleasure to serve you” I was standing in the front of the food line before a very exasperated and haggard Panda Express employee.

“For here or to go?” When she spoke, the phrase sounded more automated then personal, like she had just said it for the thousandth time.

“For here.” Wait, what? My reply startled me, I seriously meant to say “to go”. But I felt bad about changing it now, because the employee had already started scooping rice into a white styrofoam box. Whatever. I picked out orange chicken, grilled teriyaki beef, and a bunch of rice mixed with some kind of vegetable I couldn’t identify. I paid with cash and grabbed a water on the way to a corner booth facing the cash register.

I was about half way through the rice and “mystery veggies” when I happened to glance up at the Panda Express counter. I immediately was intrigued. Standing in front of the counter talking to the Panda Express employee was a middle-aged women with a

little girl. The first thing that caught my attention was how tired and sad the women looked and how poorly they both were dressed. As I watched, the women held up a crinkled bill. I was pretty far away, but I was able to hear enough of the conversation to figure out that the only money the women had to pay with was a faded one hundred dollar bill. It was her pay-check for the previous week.

The employee shook her head. No they couldn’t process that large of a bill. They weren’t allowed. Do you have a card? The women shook her head and glanced down at the food she had just bought. Then, without a word, she set the bag on the counter. The employee shrugged uncomfortably and looked back at the line accumulating behind the woman and girl.

At this moment, I felt a weight in my heart and I knew that I had to go up to the counter. There have only been a couple of times in my life where I have explicitly felt God’s Presence, but this was one of them. I don’t even recall standing from my chair.

“Wait!” I hurried up to the women and the girl, who were turning to leave. “Can you hang on for a second?” I turned to the Panda Express employee, “What’s seems to be the problem?”

“She cannot pay with that.” The employee said in broken and heavily accented English. She nodded at the bill that was still in the women’s hand. “We cannot take.”

I glanced at the bag on the counter and reached for my wallet. “I’ll take care of it. How much.”

“$8.24”

I pulled out a ten dollar bill and handed it to the employee. The women looked dumbfounded, “No, no. I can’t let you do that.” It was the first thing that she said to me since I had walked up. I looked at the women and girl in turn, “Please, I just want to bless you.” I felt sick to my stomach. No, I can’t say only that. What can I say? That statement wasn’t enough. God told me to do this, He wants her to know it’s from Him. Love. God loves her. The words flashed through my mind.

The women looked at me earnestly, “Do you work at the mall? I can pay you back.” She was trying. “Really, I can.”

“No.” I shook my head. “I feel like God wanted you to know today that He loves you.” I turned to the girl, “and your daughter.” I looked back at the women. Tears were running down her cheeks.

What? She was crying! Over an $8.24 chinese meal in a low income part of Des Moines.

The women shook her head, “You have no idea how much this means to me.” She wiped her eyes. “You have no idea.”

I nodded and smiled at all three of them. The haggard Panda Express employee, the poorly dressed little girl, and the crying mother. “Enjoy the rest of your day.”

As I walked back towards the office on the sixth floor of the Merle Hay Tower, I felt different. After I obeyed God and gave a few dollars to a nameless poor women I didn’t even know, I felt more joy and happiness then I have ever had after receiving anything. My heart was full with the satisfaction at doing God’s will – even in such a small and insignificant way. People give for many different reasons. Some people give because they think that God will repay them with actual earthly wealth. They call it the “Prosperity Gospel”. That day I realized that I too believe in a kind of “Prosperity Gospel”. I felt entirely repaid. Getting money takes work. It takes sacrifice.

So, OK, I’m out a couple bucks. Who cares. God gave something much more. I think I’ve finally learned how God must have felt after gave the greatest gift of all – His Son. That’s important. That’s real love. If God can give so it hurts, I for sure can. I walked back into my office on the sixth floor of the Merle Hay Tower. I sat in the same uncomfortable, wooden chair and looked at the same blank, white wall. Everything was just as I had left it thirty minutes before. But I felt different. I knew why though. I always have. God blesses a cheerful giver. He can use anything and anyone to make an impact. God wants my obedience, but He also wants yours. Listen to Him. Believe me, the feeling is the best you’ll ever have. Give something for Him, no matter how small. As for me, I will be giving more in the future. Giving more than $8.24.

What about you?

 

Internship

January 9th, 2018,

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