14 Nov

How Much Do You Really Love Your Family

Are you a member of the body of Christ? Then, how much do you really love your family?

Let’s listen to the Apostle Paul as he gives 6 different warm words of affection towards his family in Philippi. He called them Brethren, Beloved, he calls them his Joy and his Crown, he calls them his Longed For and then again he calls them his Brethren. But the key is the first word of the verse, Therefore. Why? Because in 3:20 Paul says “we are citizens of heaven.” You see, heavenly citizens treat each other differently. Why? We act different, we think different, we look different. Why? Because we’re citizens of heaven and we’re longing for Christ to come back. Therefore, we treat each other different.

Listen to this Tru Commentary HERE.

04 Nov

Traveling Tabernacles

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God has always been up for a road trip, even the original tabernacle came in a convenient travel size. I heard a <a href=”https://www.ransomedheart.com/old-podcast” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>podcast from Ransom Heart</a> this week on being hard pressed on every side from 2 Corinthians 4. As it was for Paul think of our world today, these crazy phones!!! How many times a day am I chained to this crazy thing, email, texts, social media, phone calls, pictures, news. They tried to do a study of how many screens a day our teenagers are looking at and they could even decide how to count when a kid is looking at TV and his phone and video game all at the same time does that count as one or three.

I would challenge anyone to look around in an airport or even a restaurant, a mall, everyone is looking at their phone all the time, they explained in that same podcast that we have 250% more information coming at us minute by minute that our fathers did, and they had 250% more and their fathers had 250% more and just what do you think all that story and drama and pain is doing pressing on your soul. Yes, “<em><span id=”en-NKJV-28868″ class=”text 2Cor-4-8″>We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; </span><span id=”en-NKJV-28869″ class=”text 2Cor-4-9″> persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— </span></em><span id=”en-NKJV-28869″ class=”text 2Cor-4-9″>Paul’s shield of Faith was up and locked with his brothers. So how do we get there, one practical way they said in the podcast and has been so effective for me is to turn your travel into a tabernacle. As ,much as people try, you can’t drive and look at your phone, so what a great place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with God. </span><span id=”en-NKJV-28869″ class=”text 2Cor-4-9”> </span>

You do that don’t you, I realize I am singing to the choir when my radio show is on a Christian Teaching Network and our listeners are trying to meet with God here in their car. So what I would really love is to get some practical tips from you on today’s show, PLEASE call 866-348-7884 and share how you turn you travel into a tabernacle. Prayer, songs, listening to the Bible on CD, Christian Teachers and Talk shows, worshiping to a song on your playlist over and over and over. How do you connect, come to tears, weep like the weeping prophet… I would guess more worship goes on in cars than any of us could possibly imagine, corporate worship, mom’s singing with their kids, father’s sharing Bible stories. Please, please call in today and share how you have done it, how you have seen it. Traveling Tabernacles today on the Christian Car Guy show 866-348-7884.

Now about that second line, “<em><span id=”en-NKJV-28868″ class=”text 2Cor-4-8″>we are perplexed, but not in despair;</span></em>” In the <a href=”https://books.google.com/books?id=y5JVAAAAYAAJ&amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;dq=The+Christian+in+Complete+Armour&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiE6eeS7tzWAhVG4yYKHdomDN0Q6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&amp;q=The%20Christian%20in%20Complete%20Armour&amp;f=false” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall</a> (Free by the way on Google Books) William points out that one of the biggest goals of our adversary, Satan is to get his victims to the point of despair. Despair is a giant slap in God’s face, in anyway buying into the concept that God is not coming to the rescue. His last statements in the book he calls his, “<em>Instar omnium” </em>and goes on to quote Jesus in John Chapter 6:29 <em>”<span id=”en-NKJV-26287″ class=”text John-6-29″>Jesus answered and said to them, <span class=”woj”>“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” </span></span></em><span id=”en-NKJV-26287″ class=”text John-6-29″></span>A fascinating answer, even more fascinating when you look deeply into the question.

<span id=”en-NKJV-26285″ class=”text John-6-27″><sup class=”versenum”>2<em>7 </em></sup><em><span class=”woj”>Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”</span></em></span>

<em><span id=”en-NKJV-26286″ class=”text John-6-28″><sup class=”versenum”>28 </sup>Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”</span></em>

<em><span id=”en-NKJV-26287″ class=”text John-6-29″><sup class=”versenum”>29 </sup>Jesus answered and said to them, <span class=”woj”>“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”</span></span></em>

Our work, very clearly is to believe, NOT DESPAIR. That word “<em>Instar omnium</em>” in latin and a legal term similar to the legal form of the English word “pendent” that which the whole case hangs or as William himself said it. “All you do is undone and you yourselves til this is done.” True words, if I believe Jesus has everything under control, then I can be” <em><span id=”en-NKJV-28868″ class=”text 2Cor-4-8″>hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; </span><span id=”en-NKJV-28869″ class=”text 2Cor-4-9″> persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” </span></em><span id=”en-NKJV-28869″ class=”text 2Cor-4-9″>This song by Mercy Me does an amazing job of saying it. When I feel hard pressed I play it in my car over and over.</span><iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/B6fA35Ved-Y” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>

01 Nov

Truth Telling

James 5:12

“But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.”

“Place your hand on the Bible and repeat after me” is a common phrase in a court of law as well as at the swearing in ceremonies of many public officials, but it is not at the heart of today’s verse – telling the truth is. Jesus Himself said that He was the “way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) and that the very reason He had come to earth was to “testify to the truth” (John 18:37). Truth is at the center of God’s character, and should be at the center of ours, as well.

Read more HERE.

28 Oct

‘Snake Oil’ Car Pricing – “You Can’t Handle The Truth”

As I approach the topic of ‘Snake Oil’ car pricing, I do so with a great deal of fear and trembling understanding that when we judge others as John and Paula Sanford taught it’s like sowing a little golf ball throwing it out there at someone, in God’s economy, you will harvest thousands back at you.  So rather than judge the motives behind the manipulative pricing strategies I believe it’s best just get to the truth.

Truth is snake oil has it’s benefits, especially the snake oil that the Chinese Rail Road workers brought over to the west when they were working on the railroad, (all the live long day), sorry had to ad that. Turns out as is outlined in the 2018 Old Farmers Almanac that the Chinese workers used snake oil from Chinese water snakes that were rich in omega 3 acids because of their fish diets that did in fact relieve the tired inflamed muscles of the workers.

Truth also is that dealers have to make a profit and to carry a hundred cars at 30,000 a piece is 3 million dollars inventory and you see a lot more than a hundred cars out there. The dealer could put that 3 million in the stock market or annuities and get a big return couldn’t he, instead he is investing his life in a business that employs lots of people and helps the whole community. So they have to see a return on those millions sitting out there. The average dealer has more than a $100,000 payroll he has to meet each month, those two expenses alone keep them up many, many nights, I can assure you I have been there. The Factory pressuring you to take more cars, employees want more money, media salespeople coming in every hour as well as every cub scout mother and race car driver wanting a sponsor. So how are you going to make all that work with new car pricing at a dollar over invoice, like the guy down the street is selling his cars?

One way is to sell high mark up after market products, paint sealant, undercoating, fabric protectors, anti theft etching, the list goes on and on… Funny, but not funny we used to call them snake oil. Documentary fees the average in Florida right now is over $600 here in North Carolina it’s over $400. Let’s face it, Notaries don’t charge that much, but the dealer has to make it somewhere. Many, many businesses do similar with all sorts of fees, or high markup drinks at a restaurant or french fries. So what is there for the consumer to do or even better the Christian to discern on both sides of this issue. I believe in so many cases we don’t trust that the other person can handle the truth.

In the parable of the talents  you remember the guy that hid the money, he was the one who got sent to the darkness and gnashing of teeth. Why, what’s up with that he didn’t cost his boss any money? What’s up with that was he didn’t trust the heart of his boss and worse he didn’t trust God would help him get a return on the talents. So in light of all this, to me the self searching question I need to ask is  to see where is it that I am lying because I don’t believe the person I am dealing with can handle the truth.

Example: (happens all the time by the way), Sitting down to the dinner table my wife asks me, did you wash your hands? My reply is often like the seven dwarfs in ‘Snow White’ when asked the same question: “Recently?”  The truth that I don’t think my wife can handle is, no and I really don’t think its necessary. Now this as you might imagine could quickly lead to an unpleasant meal experience, so lying seems simpler and faster way to solve the problem, but is it?

Jesus is the Truth, anything less diminishes His glory, that’s hard stuff, impossible I believe. Can’t do it without him every minute of every day I have to abide…

So yes there is plenty of Snake Oil out there and with Jesus help we can trust He can help us to see the Truth but also to walk in it in our own life, to me that’s a life I’m looking forward to.

23 Oct

Humility – James 4:10

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Humility should be one of the primary marks of an authentic Christian, and it is repeated throughout both the Old and the New Testaments. The Psalmist says, “One who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure” (Ps. 101:5), while James reminds us that, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (4:6). I think John the Baptist put it most succinctly when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (Jn. 3:30).

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21 Oct

The Divine Cover-Up

From the skins God covered Adam and Eve with, Tar/Pitch on Noah’s and Moses’ Arcs, the Arc of the Covenant, and now a Christian’s heart; God has got you covered in more than amazing ways. The depth of witch I can’t fathom, but I do love spending time attempting it.

The picture above is my  attempt to share somethings that make me worship the Master Story Tellers, God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. God’s Justice and Mercy combine in these covers to expose such value here’s just a taste. Adam and Eve’s attempt to cover and hide in the fig leaves, God gave them skins, a blood sacrifice so He could continue to look on them with His grace and Mercy.

Noah’s Arc was to be covered with tar/pitch inside and out, so the water of the flood, (God’s Wrath) couldn’t harm the precious cargo inside. Similarly Moses mother put him in a tiny arc and covered it with slime that he would be drawn out of the water, (Moses) a picture again of God’s mercy and justice meeting.

Moses would be given the instructions in Exodus 25 on how to make the cover for the Arc of the Covenant or the Mercy seat as we know it. Not only would these gold Cherubim’s wings cover the law, but each year the high priest would sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice to make it holy so God could look on his beloved. This picture is so amazing so remarkable because what is in the arc and what it really is a picture of.

God showed me something I don’t think I will ever fully grasp or get to the depth of it, but it simply blew me away. The exact location of the lost Ark of the covenant. I was reading Waking the Dead by John Eldredge in his chapter on the heart and he said, “don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you 1 Cor 3:16. Okay – each of us is now then the temple of God. So where, then is the Holy of Hollies? Your heart.”

Then, then the law and the manna and the rod that budded are inside my heart.

Wow and double wow God said that he would write His law on our hearts Jeremiah 31:33 and we hide his word in our hearts, Psalms 119:11 which is spiritual food.

And the rod that budded oh the rod that budded, that might be the best past. Matthew Henry taught that the rod is a picture of Christ. Aaron’s rod was of the almond tree the first to blossom and bear fruit in the spring. Jesus is the first fruits and then, (I so love this), Matthew Henry also said it was the same rod that Moses Used to strike the rock where the streams of living water came from John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Now, with Jesus blood over all that in your heart, look what the Father sees when he looks at you. Yes a price more valuable than anything in the universe, the blood of His son. Yes the story has been and is always being told, God’s cover it’s divine and it’s covering you, like the pitch and the tar and the skins and the Mercy Seat all keeping you safe from the Wrath… IF… You believe it.

14 Oct

Fattening Swine or Homeward Bound

This week as I was preparing to speak at Peace Church in Durham tomorrow October 15th, (which also happens to be my 29th Wedding Anniversary to Tammy YAY!). I found my self immersed in the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15. Just camping there marinating on it I discovered something amazing; there is more than just hunger involved in the prodigal’s repentance there is much to do with purpose and calling, but my most favorite part of the story is the joy of repentance.

Yes, the JOY of repentance. Satan has stolen the joy from the word repentance, I think many folks look at repentance as something on par with having to get a spanking or getting a beat down. When this boy was on the road for home there was joy in his heart, like Dorothy he had discovered there’s no place like home and let’s face it he was headed to a giant steak dinner with all his family and friends. I’m pretty sure the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion were there as well. “In His presence is fullness of JOY!!” Psalms 16:11

Getting back to the feeding the pigs, can you imagine this Jewish boy’s disgust at fattening these swine for the slaughter, yes he was starving, but as I studied this passage I discovered the word translated “pods” or “husks” in Luke 15:16 as what was being fed to the pigs in the Greek is actually very descriptive of what was being fed to these swine, “keration” in English “Carob Pods”. I searched for a picture of pigs eating these and found none so I photo chopped these carob pods into the picture above. Carob pods are sweet and fattening in fact many use them as cocoa substitute. Interesting  trivia the seeds inside are so uniform in weight that they were used to weigh stones hence the word ‘carat’.

Now our prodigal was working for Boss Hog, starving  to death while fattening the swine for slaughter. This reminds me all too much of my job for years in the car business. Feeding those at Pleasure Island all the sweetness and luster of fabulous paint and style and upward mobility, high tech accessories, comfort and leather at prices that left them in bondage of high debt, sometimes growing donkey tails and ears within a month or two of trying to make those payments.

Check out what our prodigal said in that light in Luke 15:

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

Note: he’s not just going home he wants to serve, “Make me like one of your hired servants”. Knowing that his father’s servants are serving the kingdom not fattening the swine for slaughter.

I am not saying that car sales is fattening swine for the slaughter, I am saying that my intent changes when I understand I don’t work for Boss Hog, I work for the Father and I can serve where ever I am to love and build the kingdom. I can help folks see what’s good for their family and what may put them in bondage.

Repentance is changing from worldly grief to God grief. Or as Charley Brown would put it “Good Grief”, it was Charley Browns beatitude… As 2 Corinthians 7:10 says 10 For the grief that God wills brings a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret. But the world’s grief brings death.

Clearly our prodigal had Godly grief that brought repentance that lead to salvation, and I’m guessing he had no regrets…

In your Job how does that apply, how did you go from working for Boss Hog to The Father?… Call us today 866-348-7884 10am ET

10 Oct

Happy 500 Years Birthday Party & Pastors Appreciation Luncheon

Where: The Bridge : Home of the Triad’s Largest Bible Exhibit – 1080 Snow Bridge Lane
Kernersville, NC 27284
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04 Oct

Darkness & Sin Envelopes Sin City

Recently we witnessed the total depravity of man manifest in Las Vegas. Here On the month of the 500th year anniversary of the reformation.

Depraved – debauched sin rocks sin city. In the middle of a big country music concert a deranged Gunman killed over 57 people & wounded over 500. What was his motivation? All the media outlets are wondering What drove him to it? The same thing that plagues all of us in Adams fallen race-sin or total depravity as the reformers called it.

Hence Romans 3:23 & Romans 6:23.
A graphic reminder of our desperate need for the Savior and our need to pray for and support all the ministry happening today in sin city.

Listen to Stu’s Tru Commentary here: http://bit.ly/2xib9kg

02 Oct

What is your Life’s Mission Statement?

Write it down, memorize it, meditate on it, that’s 1:21… Philippians 1:21. Writing from prison, Paul writes the epistle of joy, he sums up his life statement by saying, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” Paul wanted to know Christ (Philippians 3:10). This was his passion. Fill in the blanks in your life… For me to live is _____, to die is _____. If Christ is in that first blank, then dying is gain. Knowing Him is everything! Being with Him, intimacy with Christ, knowing Him and making Him known and if you know Christ and experience Him daily, then dying will be gain. It was for Paul, how about YOUR mission?

Listen to Stu’s Tru Commentary here: http://bit.ly/2ySGj3Z