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My dreams have nothing on my reality

May 13, 2014

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

― Dr. Seuss

 

This goes for God and my wife.

My dreams have nothing on my reality. I can’t imagine a better life with God and my wife, but It just keeps getting better. We have problems and hardships just like everyone else, in most areas of life, but they don’t move us. Jesus is our Lord and King and His love has changed our perspective, mind and heart.

When you reach this place we call “in love” with a woman (or man for you ladies), then you must must must use wisdom and receive deep and time consuming counsel from godly men and women, receiving more thoughts about what love and marriage are and are not. You must hear what others can testify to both good and bad in their marriage. A marriage without godly counsel is like playing a serious game of Russian roulette with the second most important foundation and pillar of your life and existence.

For the emotion of love is tossed back and forth by the waves of life, circumstance and situation, but if properly prepared in wisdom, truth and the word of God (in context), then you will find how deep and powerful love can be that is steered by the Will and come to understand the power of God that cannot be touched by divorce or sin.

Mankind

February 17, 2014
People do not need self esteem or behavior modification,
they need salvation and the Holy Spirit’s Power

Sex Trafficking

December 18, 2013

As the human race we must shut down human trafficking, prostitution and the men/women who support and participate in it. Start exposing the Darkness and Death with Light and Life. This is without a doubt the modern day slavery and the modern day slave traders. Are we the modern day cowards afraid of standing up for the captives or just too busy and selfish to care? I pray that we would have courage, love mercy and not just stand, but show Justice. 

 

As Christians we are responsible for so much more than just shutting down human trafficking, but to bring God’s Healing, Mercy, Grace and Love to the men and women who have destroyed their lives through this great evil.

 

 

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The Vision

December 12, 2013

The Vision

So this guy comes up to me and says “what’s the vision? What’s the big idea?” I open my mouth and words come out like this… The vision?

The vision is JESUS – obsessively, dangerously, undeniably Jesus.

The vision is an army of young people.

You see bones? I see an army. And they are FREE from materialism.

They laugh at 9-5 little prisons. They could eat caviar on Monday and crusts on Tuesday. They wouldn’t even notice. They know the meaning of the Matrix, the way the west was won. They are mobile like the wind, they belong to the nations. They need no passport.. People write their addresses in pencil and wonder at their strange existence. They are free yet they are slaves of the hurting and dirty and dying. What is the vision ? The vision is holiness that hurts the eyes. It makes children laugh and adults angry. It gave up the game of minimum integrity long ago to reach for the stars. It scorns the good and strains for the best. It is dangerously pure.

Light flickers from every secret motive, every private conversation. It loves people away from their suicide leaps, their Satan games. This is an army that will lay down its life for the cause. A million times a day its soldiers

choose to lose that they might one day win the great ‘Well done’ of faithful sons and daughters.

Such heroes are as radical on Monday morning as Sunday night. They don’t need fame from names. Instead they grin quietly upwards and hear the crowds chanting again and again: “COME ON!”

And this is the sound of the underground The whisper of history in the making Foundations shaking Revolutionaries dreaming once again Mystery is scheming in whispers Conspiracy is breathing… This is the sound of the underground

And the army is discipl(in)ed.

Young people who beat their bodies into submission.

Every soldier would take a bullet for his comrade at arms. The tattoo on their back boasts “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

Sacrifice fuels the fire of victory in their upward eyes. Winners. Martyrs. Who can stop them ? Can hormones hold them back? Can failure succeed? Can fear scare them or death kill them ?

And the generation prays

like a dying man with groans beyond talking, with warrior cries, sulphuric tears and with great barrow loads of laughter! Waiting. Watching: 24 – 7 – 365.

Whatever it takes they will give: Breaking the rules. Shaking mediocrity from its cosy little hide. Laying down their rights and their precious little wrongs, laughing at labels, fasting essentials. The advertisers cannot mould them. Hollywood cannot hold them. Peer-pressure is powerless to shake their resolve at late night parties before the cockerel cries.

They are incredibly cool, dangerously attractive

inside.

On the outside? They hardly care. They wear clothes like costumes to communicate and celebrate but never to hide. Would they surrender their image or their popularity? They would lay down their very lives – swap seats with the man on death row – guilty as hell. A throne for an electric chair.

With blood and sweat and many tears, with sleepless nights and fruitless days,

they pray as if it all depends on God and live as if it all depends on them.

Their DNA chooses JESUS. (He breathes out, they breathe in.) Their subconscious sings. They had a blood transfusion with Jesus. Their words make demons scream in shopping centres. Don’t you hear them coming? Herald the weirdo’s! Summon the losers and the freaks. Here come the frightened and forgotten with fire in their eyes. They walk tall and trees applaud, skyscrapers bow, mountains are dwarfed by these children of another dimension. Their prayers summon the hounds of heaven and invoke the ancient dream of Eden.

And this vision will be. It will come to pass; it will come easily; it will come soon. How do I know? Because this is the longing of creation itself, the groaning of the Spirit, the very dream of God. My tomorrow is his today. My distant hope is his 3D. And my feeble, whispered, faithless prayer invokes a thunderous, resounding, bone-shaking great ‘Amen!’ from countless angels, from hero’s of the faith, from Christ himself. And he is the original dreamer, the ultimate winner.

Guaranteed.

 

I love this…

This was left on a piece of paper by an anonymous person in a House of Prayer

When you react to error you almost always create another error.

December 1, 2013

 

 There are many ways of error, but I see two dead end roads followers of Christ often wander down and get destroyed by error. One is Error by abuse: when a person proclaiming Christ is living a double life and then it is finally exposed and the other is Error in the misuse of scripture.

 

Error by abuse:

People ask me how I can believe Jesus Christ is God when this christian or that pastor beats his wife or has a sexual relationship outside of marriage, completely miss representing Christ. These errors make men who loved the church never surround themselves with the church again because they felt so foolish for following a hypocrite. The Error of one man and the reaction of another is also an error. 

 

Or they might say look at all the wars christians have started or been part of throughout history, how can one believe in this Christ as God and good? What we must look at is the essential teaching of what Christ says, not at the abuses of Christ’s followers or self proclaimed followers, and then we judge the religion or leader of that religion from the perspective of their essential teachings. The question should be what do we see Jesus Christ doing and saying?  Is taking up the sword in the name of Jesus to promote Christianity consistent with what Jesus affirmed? We could also ask the same of Islam, Hinduism, Atheism, and the list goes on, millions have been killed under the banner of each belief system. Is it in the teachings and character or Christ? This is the correct question we should be asking when we see these kind of errors.

 

So the problem goes back to error, not in Christian scripture but by men and women proclaiming they follow a religion. We cannot judge a belief system by its abuses, but only by the essential teachings and life of it’s founder(s).

 

Error in misuse of scripture:

The Bible has so much to say, so many metaphors and parables, it is an easy target for a deceived or self-promoting man to abuse. I see men and women write about ideas and theologies they feel are brilliant because they found a verse that somewhat affirms their thoughts. Just because you or someone can find a verse or two that you believe defines your doctrine or theology does not mean it is correct. Satan did this to Jesus and still does it now in hearts and minds of men, he takes a verse or two from the Bible and tries to draw away, those who do not know the scriptures and get them to believe lies. 

 

Doctrines such as “there being no hell”, “that we are all equal to Jesus and we are gods”, “that you must only baptized in the name of Jesus, not in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, “That the Gospel is more than Jesus”, “That having money, bank accounts full, nice things, big house, nice car, etc… is a result of a pure life before God.” and the list of lies goes on, as men find verses to stretch and manipulate what they want to hear. This is error, it is called “Twisted Scripture” and it hides itself as an angel of light. We must be careful and humble, making sure we balance scriptures, teaching and understanding them in context.

 

The kicker is that these are only two tactics of error, out of many, that not only confuse people about Jesus, but can crush someones pursuit of truth. It is not only the error that is the problem, but when someone finally realizes they have been following a phony this whole time or that the doctrine they thought was solid, was actually a lie, and then they react. The reaction is usually another error, they swing from one side of the pendulum to the other. Instead of coming to Christ and the simplicity of what God has revealed to us, The Gospel, they react and end up in another error.   

 

 When you react to error you almost always create another error. 

These are only a few examples of the lies out there. We must read the Bible thru and thru and seek God out. Humbly asking questions and learning from men and women who have walked with God, standing strong and solid in their faith through the test of time, and whose lives and marriages bear the fruit of the spirit of God. 

 

We must beware of error and then if we realize we believed an error be careful not to react in a new error.

Do Justice and Love Mercy and Walk Humbly

November 30, 2013

Mercy is when you do not get the Just punishment that you deserve and sometimes need. The absence of Mercy is Justice. Sometimes God calls us to show Mercy and always are we called to Justice. We know when to show Mercy by being humble and in close relationship with God. 

Being made in God’s image does not mean we are gods, but it does mean we, humans, have been given authority to bless or curse. Authority is for the purpose of doing Justice, Justice is to speak on behalf of those whom have no voice in their unjust situations, where they have been wronged. God has a plan and solution for every city, problem and Justice issue. Those who have been given authority must take action, with the power of God’s wisdom, courage and love that is in them, through Prayer. Prayer is not a laundry list, it is a relationship.

It is easier to give than it is to manage money, time, resources, etc… Authority is not writing a check, but getting involved, managing. God is pleased when you give but looking for those who can manage so that they are constantly giving. Throwing money towards stuff, ministries, ideas does not make something excellent. Getting neck deep or even waist deep in it, Managing the details, wisdom, resources, favor, passion and authority given to you, is what makes it excellent. We must give of our life, not just write checks. We must have passion for what God is passionate about.

A passion and vision must be partnered with a time commitment, discipline, action, prayer and follow through if you wish to give that passion and vision any value.

We are sons and daughters of the real, powerful, living God and we have authority to Do Justice and show Mercy.We also are able to walk with God, because Jesus made us right with Him, so let us walk humbly with Him and be His hands, mouth and feet so that the world can see His love and His passion, The Kingdom of God. – Ethan Holub

Psalm 82 

God has taken his place in the divine council;
    in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly
    and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
    maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
    they walk about in darkness;
    all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

I said, “You are gods,
    sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men you shall die,
    and fall like any prince.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth;
    for you shall inherit all the nations!

 

 

Love God

November 30, 2013

You must not love people or a person more than you love God, but your love for God must be demonstrated in your love for people or your love for God is a lie.