20 Sep

What are your chains?

What are your chains? And how could Paul say in Philippians 1:13, “My chains are in Christ”?

I’ve been absolutely fascinated with this little phrase from Paul in Philippians 1, verse 13 where he says my chains, my bonds…are in Christ. Here he goes to Rome to preach the Gospel and ends up going as a prisoner chained, in house arrest, to a Roman guard.

Things may not have seemed to turn out like he had hoped, but he says this has happened to the furtherance of the Gospel. Whatever your chains are, whatever rough stuff you’re going through, remember, God has you in that mess to spread His message! Can you say with Paul, “My chains are in Christ?” If you’re in Christ, you can say that. Trust Him today and let Him break every chain in your life.

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14 Sep

The Absence Of Worry

The presence of God equals the absence of worry. You can’t have it both ways. So often we connect Philippians 4: 6-7, but we don’t connect Philippians 4: 5-6, which says “The Lord is at hand” and then in verse 6, “be anxious for nothing.” God’s presence, imminence, His existence in my life goes dead against all my worries and all my troubles.

The real question is, “How big is your God?” Because the Lord is at hand, we should worry about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication make your requests be made known unto Him and His peace will guard your hearts. Remember how big your God is and your worries will become really small.

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11 Sep

Five Lessons Hurricane Harvey Teaches Us

From Dr. Erwin Lutzer, author of Rescuing the Gospel, and heard daily on the Truth Network comes this valuable reflection on the things that believers should value most when considering the impact of disasters like Hurricane Harvey.  We encourage you to invest a few minutes on this article, and listen to Running To Win daily on Truth Network.

Five Lessons Hurricane Harvey Teaches Us

Five Lessons Hurricane Harvey Teaches Us

Did God have anything to do with the monstrous storm that wreaked havoc in Texas for several days? Some will argue that God was simply an interested observer; after all, the laws of nature rule in this fallen world.

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01 Sep

Torque vs Horse Power/The 10 Commandments Will Get You Cranked

 Jesus taught people in parables to give them word pictures so they could understand what He was teaching them. You can find many parables in the working of automobiles. For instance, pistons slide straight down the cylinder walls behind the force of expanding gasses and all that energy is used to twist or turn the crankshaft so that it spins with great force! That force is called torque. When people repent, they also need to turn and the forces at work in both cases are something to marvel about. The depth of WISDOM the Bible gives provides profound help on how to harness that torque into the horse power to move the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 11:12 ESV “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”
I love to see patterns in life and in those patterns find application to known truth from the scripture in order to help me know how to actually have this power to turn. You may think I am pulling all this out of left field, but I believe if you follow along for a few moments you will see ways to apply the Ten Commandments to your everyday life in new and exciting ways. Lately I have been considering the two tablets of the Ten Commandments and the five commandments on each tablet. I started to see the relationship between the first five anointings of the Holy Spirit from Isaiah 11:1-2 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” If you look at the picture above you can see that I laid down one commandment from each tablet and tied them together with the word, “Wisdom” which would then relate Wisdom as the first of the five anointings of the Holy Spirit with the First and the Fifth Commandments. Exodus 20: 3 and 13: 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.” and “Do not Murder.”
Clearly, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 would then suggest that with Wisdom you can apply the First Commandment easily … but what about the Fifth Commandment? I believe that the only way you would murder is if you in fact had another god before Him, and you have also certainly lost your fear of the Lord. Cain, (the first murderer) had placed himself above God. Today people murder in the name of Allah, money, or Castro and the list goes on. They lust for other gods in so many ways, but in each case completely absent of Wisdom, wouldn’t you agree?
Jesus pointed out in Matthew 5:27 that to even insult my brother is to murder! Impossible!!! But with God, all things are possible. I need Wisdom and the fear of the Lord to navigate this challenge.

Moving on to the Second Commandment, “No Graven Image,”and the Sixth Commandment, “No Adultery”, along with the second anointing from Isaiah 11:1-2, which is Understanding. Once again we get a clue from Solomon in Proverbs 9:10b: “Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” The Bible has clearly connected the Second and Sixth Commandments many times as we see Israel prostitute themselves with Asherah Poles and idols of all sorts, God felt they had been unfaithful to Him. This is also a type of Jesus and the Church as His bride in the New Testament. Paul said in Ephesians 5:31-32 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
This great mystery provides UNDERSTANDING of the Holy one. If I even begin to understand the Holy One I am not going to worship a stick, and hopefully, as that goes deeper, not worship money or my work or even my ministry. This would then fuel my understanding of the picture my wife and I are to illustrate through Christian Marriage. Impossible … but God! The more knowledge of the Holy One, the more my intimacy needs are met in both places.

The Third Commandment, “Do Not use God’s Name in Vain” and the Sixth Commandment, “Do Not Steal” and the third anointing Isaiah 11:1-2 Counsel. The word “counsel” in Hebrew denotes aligning with original purpose. So if our purpose is to glorify God, then using His name in any way to bring myself glory is in fact stealing and completely off purpose. If we are to love our neighbor, to steal his blessing again is to be completely off purpose.
Yes, swearing is using God’s name in vain, but I sense from this “counsel” perspective that being on purpose to glorify God is the only way I can not use His name in vain. Impossible! But God!! I need the COUNSEL of the Holy Spirit to keep from stealing God’s glory almost minute by minute.

The Fourth Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath, keep it Holy.” Boy, do I struggle with what that really means. The cool thing is that for me the idea of “Might,” the fourth anointing from Isaiah 11:1-2 ,and the Ninth Commandment, “No false witness or testimony,” shed some light on it for me.
As a talk show host, if I want power or might in my shows, nothing brings it like a testimony … a witness of how Jesus came to the rescue for someone on either a guest or a caller. If I want to prevent people from changing the channel or going into Walmart, let a caller share how, “God told me to buckle my helmet strap on tight”, and all ears are on the radio! So, inversely, if I want to destroy my neighbor’s power or might … you got it … false witness, slander, gossip.
So what has this to do with keeping the Sabbath? Consider what happens to your might/power if you don’t stop working for 10 days … or, on the other hand, what does happen to your power/effectiveness if you took Sunday and were fed and worshiped and rested in your faith? Right! As sharp as an ax. Yet, setting apart the whole 24 hours … one whole day as Holy to the Lord?! Impossible! But God!!! And His Might, His Testimony is what brings that power in my life.

The Fifth Commandment, “Honor your Father and Mother” and the Tenth Commandment, “Do Not Covet” then are connected to “Knowledge” the fifth anointing from Isaiah 11:1-2. The really beautiful story of the Prodigal son, Luke 15:11, illustrates this better than I ever could. Both brothers in the story struggled with coveting. The one that TURNED BACK did so because of his KNOWLEDGE of his father’s goodness. To covet is to dishonor your father/Father.
Jesus explained this so well in Matthew 7:11 (we all need to visit this 7/11.) “ If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
So how do I honor my earthly father and mother in all the ways they deserve and God even more so? IMPOSSIBLE!!! But God! By gaining more and more knowledge of the Father through the anointing of the Holy Spirit as we revisit Proverbs 9:10b, “Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
The more you spin this crank … turning back to God in repentance … the more you gain Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, Knowledge! Spinning and spinning produces the last two anointings, Isaiah 11:1-3 , I believe you will see the circular argument here. The last two anointings are “The Fear of the Lord ” and “He will delight in the fear of the Lord,” which takes us back to resting there as God did on that seventh day. I am praying you will join me in pondering these as God ads more light on each turn of the crank we grow closer to and more like Jesus.
01 Sep

What Are You Thinking About Right Now

truthBy: Stu Epperson, Jr.

What are you thinking about right now? Let’s hear from the Apostle Paul about this.

In Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Our mind is constantly thinking. You can only think scientifically one thought at a time. Is your mind being filled with and fueled with The Word of God, or are you thinking about stuff that doesn’t matter? My challenge to you is to think Godly thoughts and watch the fruit of those thoughts come out in your life! What are you thinking about?!!! Think about Him. And let him change and His peace rule your hearts and minds.

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30 Aug

Devotional Humor and Inspiring Stories For August 31, 2017

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Every week I do a devotional at Somerset Assisted Living in Mocksville, and I learned that they love my jokes and devotional stories and even love them better when I print them with some cartoons and funny pictures like above.. So feel free to print these out and start a devotional at a retirement, nursing or assisted living place near you!!!  COMING NOW WEEKLY

Kayaking Yaking

I don’t recall ever having expressed an interest in kayaking. Any activity that requires the participants to wear a helmet and a life jacket is plainly something in which I should not be involved. In fact, I pretty much avoid all sports which cannot be played while holding a hot dog. Nonetheless, for my birthday this year my children purchased me kayak lessons at the local recreation center.

Now, for you uninitiated, a kayak is a thin sliver of boat into which the victim is hermetically sealed by way of a rubber “skirt.” Picture being adhered to a water ski by a suction cup and being handed a paddle that looks like a helicopter rotor–that’s kayaking. A kayak is about as stable as a guest on the Jerry Springer Show–it feels as if it will dive for the bottom at the slightest excuse. Kayaks were invented by Eskimos to be used in their death-wish rituals, and now can be found every weekend on the local rivers, flitting about like giant psychotic water bugs.

Fortunately, or so I thought at the time, my lessons were scheduled to take place in a swimming pool, where I felt it unlikely that I would encounter any white water. My instructor, a bearded fellow named Tom, lined up six of us in our wobbly boats in about five feet of water, and proceeded to tell us that our first lesson would be in how to tip over. How to tip over! That’s like telling a pilot that his first lesson in flying will be in how to crash. I held up my hand. “Uh, Tom? I think my kayak already knows how to tip over.”

Tom was amused. No, he explained, I had misunderstood. When out in the rapids, the strong currents sometimes flipped the kayaks over. But instead of sinking, the kayak’s rubber seal would keep the vessel buoyant, so all we needed to do was learn how to flip back up.

“Uh, Tom?” My hand was back in the air. “Why would we want to go out in the rapids when we have this nice pool?”

“Let’s get started,” Tom suggested. He walked us through the whole maneuver, and then, probably concerned that I might feel I wasn’t getting my money’s worth from these lessons, he said we would start with me. He reached out and flipped my kayak over.

I was plunged into the wet. Gamely I followed Tom’s instructions, rotating my paddle and thrusting my hips. I did not rise into the air. Instead, the shallow end of the pool entered my nose and began washing my brain in chlorinated water.

Tom heaved me back up, and I came out sputtering. “Whoa, Mr. Cameron! You just missed me with your paddle, there,” Tom warned.

“That’s because my eyes are so full of water I can’t aim properly,” I choked.

“Do you know what you are doing wrong?” Tom asked.

“Drowning?” I suggested.

“You’re supposed to hip thrust AFTER you rotate the paddle,” Tom chided. “Let’s try it again.”

Back into the drink. Unexpectedly, I found myself thinking of my Grandfather, probably because I could hear his voice telling me to “move into the light.” I tried to remember the advice he used to give me. “Son,” he’d say proudly, “you’re a dim-witted lad who will never amount to anything.”

Right, Grandpa! So why am I upside down under a kayak, hydrating my lungs, when I could be at home on my couch living up to my lack of potential? I gathered what little strength I had and kicked hard against the bottom of the kayak, popping out like a champagne cork. I swam over to the pool ladder and climbed out.

“Mr. Cameron, where are you going?” Tom demanded.

I turned to face him and the rest of the class. I was still wearing the rubber skirt from the kayak, which stuck out from my hips like a Tupperware tutu. It may not have been my most manly moment. “Tom,” I said, “if God had meant for me to kayak, he wouldn’t have invented the outboard motor.” I went home and watched a bass fishing show on television.

Now, THAT’S boating.

 

He Ain’t Lion

A man told the ringmaster that he was interested in joining the circus as a lion tamer. The ringmaster asked if he had any experience and the man said, “Why, yes. My father was one of the most famous lion tamers in the world, and he taught me everything he knew.”

“Really?” said the ringmaster. “Did he teach you how to make a lion jump through a flaming hoop?”

“Yes he did,” the man replied.

“And did he teach you how to have six lions form a pyramid?”

“Yes he did,” the man replied.

“And have you ever stuck your head in a lion’s mouth?”

“Just once,” the man replied.

The ringmaster asked, “Why only once?”

And the man said, “I was looking for my father.”

 

A COWBOY’S GUIDE TO LIFE

Don’t squat with your spurs on.

Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

If it don’t seem like it’s worth the effort, it probably ain’t.

It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Don’t worry about bitin’ off more’n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger’n you think.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Generally, you ain’t learnin’ nothing when your mouth’s a-jawin’.

Tellin’ a man to git lost and makin’ him do it are two entirely different propositions.

When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.

When you’re throwin’ your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s sure crucial to know what it was.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

 

Military Intelligence at The Next Level

A career military man, who had retired as a master sergeant, was telling the new recruits how he handled officers during his years of service.

“It didn’t matter a hoot if he was a full bird colonel, major general, an admiral, or what! I always told those guys exactly where to get off.”

“Wow, you must have been something,” the admiring young soldiers remarked. “What was your job in the service?”

“Elevator operator in the Pentagon.”

 

Q: What happened when the owl lost his voice?

A: He didn’t give a hoot.

 

WHY GO TO CHURCH?

A church goer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.’ I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can’t remember a single one of them. So I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.” This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

 

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But Ido know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

 

When you are DOWN to nothing.. .God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical and spiritual nourishment!

 

The Whisper Test

Mary Ann Bird was born with multiple birth defects. She suffered not only from her physical impairments but also with the emotional trauma of “being different” from others. …..

I grew up knowing I was different, and I hated it. I was born with a cleft palate, and when I started school, my classmates made it clear to me how I looked to others: a little girl with a misshapen lip, crooked nose, lopsided teeth, and garbled speech.

When schoolmates asked, “What happened to your lip?” I’d tell them I’d fallen and cut it on a piece of glass. Somehow it seemed more acceptable to have suffered an accident than to have been born different. I was convinced that no one outside my family could love me.

There was, however, a teacher in the second grade whom we all adored — Mrs. Leonard by name. She was short, round, happy —
a sparkling lady.

Annually we had a hearing test. Mrs. Leonard gave the test to everyone in the class, and finally it was my turn. I knew from past years that as we stood against the door and covered one ear, the teacher sitting at her desk would whisper something, and we would have to repeat it back — things like “The sky is blue” or “Do you have new shoes?” I waited there for those words that God must have put into her mouth, those seven words that changed my life. Mrs. Leonard said, in her whisper, “I wish you were MY little girl.”

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29 Aug

Urgent Prayer Need Applicant #670

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Single Mom in North Carolina, daughter is having seizures in School the first two days. Please pray for her daughter.

To complicate the struggle her older car’s state inspection ran out as did her registration in June, so she is driving in fear of being stopped. She can’t get it inspected because the check engine light is on. She is currently out of work and really struggling. We need a good place to send her in Durham and then the donations to get her going… Much to pray about,  thank you so much for praying with us… Blessings, Robby

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26 Aug

How Long Do I Suffer

How Long Do I Suffer_

“Love Suffers Long” 1Corinthians 13:4a the more I ponder this the better I like it, not to say it doesn’t hurt but it does bring life and it brings a lot of it.

The more I Love ‘OLD RED’ my 1995 Dodge Dakota the longer I am willing to suffer with it’s brokenness, true or false? That mechanic that brought your car back to you saying it was fixed and as you drove out the oil all drained out and seized your engine would infuriate me unless perhaps that mechanic was my daughter. That waiter that just messed up your order and dropped your eggs on the table and the coffee in your lap would cause you to get furious and leave unhappy, unless perhaps, it was your best friends son.

My daughter Mariah gave me  Ann Voskamp’s amazing book “The Broken Way” for Father’s Day. In that book, Ann shares the understanding that the word patient and the word passion have the same root from the Greek word “pati”, which mean “to Suffer“. I immediately grabbed my tablet and looked it up in the dictionary which Websters even shares that the suffering aspect of the definition is “obsolete”, I laughed out loud!! This insight connected so many dots for me and the more I have pondered it the truth of it shines brighter in my heart.

Passion is only found once in the King James version of the Bible, in Acts 1:3a “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion ”  In the Strong’s concordance number G3958 the word is used 42 times in the KJV version of the Bible; 39 times its translated suffer, once passion, once vexed, and once feel.

This concept is so revealing as I reviewed old relationships and friendships, even material possessions and pets; I came to the startling conclusion that at the point at which I decided to quit suffering was the point at which the relationship ended.

Transversely the more I fell in love with family, friends or even a pet or ‘Old Red’ the longer I am not only willing to suffer but honored to do so, as is the case with our most important LOVE, Jesus.

To love is to suffer I feel sure you can relate, even a child who is perfectly behaved causes you to suffer when they are out late, or facing surgery. The Prodigals’ father, David with Absalom, Jesus with Judas the suffering is beyond my grasp. However, the risk to love brings life, the further I walk with Christ the further I share in his sufferings,  the more you love the more you suffer.But REJOICE in that; check this out.

Romans 5:Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

When did you suffering do just this in your life, think about it, I can count so many…try it, then thank Jesus for loving !!