The Word of Reconciliation

Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us.

Romans 5:8 GW

As believers, our ministry is to become the word of reconciliation.

Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God.

The Holy Scriptures are the written word of God.

There are many things written in the Bible, but the core message is this: Christ restores us to friendly relations with God.

That’s the Good News, ladies and gentlemen.

Let’s face it, we have all sinned at one time or another.

Some of us were professionals at it.

Yet, Christ forgives us of our sins.

He sacrificed Himself for your redemption before you were born.

What’s the secret?

How does it work?

You have to accept it as a free gift.

You didn’t earn it.

You don’t deserve it.

He just gives His Love away.

That’s how much God loves you.

That’s the message of the Cross.

That’s the cross we need to bear everywhere we go.

As you go, tell everyone the Good News of Jesus Christ.

That’s evangelism, folks.

It’s not your job to convince them with intellectual arguments.

In fact, those who serve God should be gentle and not quarrel over words.

We simply need to speak the truth in love.

Lead with love.

If your motives are wrong, your fruit will be rotten.

We are called to live holy lives.

To be holy means to be separate and set apart for God.

Yet, we live in this sinful world.

How do we keep from becoming corrupted and stained with worldliness?

Keep the eternal perspective.

Evangelism is like going on a deep sea fishing expedition.

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

You can wash up when you get home.

We call that baptism.

Now, get ready to go fishing.

You have bait, the Love of God.

Everyone wants unconditional, redemptive love.

Go out there and love on people.

Do it in practical ways, like meeting the needs of the poor and homeless.

Pray for people’s needs.

Heal the sick.

Do it in behavioral ways, like genuinely listening and engaging people in mutual dialogue.

Cast out their demons.

Always season your words with salt.

We are to be salt and light in this Earth.

Some won’t take the bait.

That’s okay, that’s their choice.

At least you’re planting seeds and watering with the Word.

Perhaps you’re plowing through dry and dusty ground.

Sometimes it takes a while to get through years of tough exteriors that protect the broken and fragile child inside.

Your efforts are not wasted even when you see no results.

The word of the Lord cannot return void.

He always hits His target.

The heart.

His timing is not necessarily what we would choose.

Be patient.

Be faithful.

Be diligent.

Dare I say it, be religious in sharing what you have, physically and spiritually, with those around you.

Jesus never married while He walked the Earth the first time.

Why is that?

Because His Bride is the Church.

He’s not going to marry an adulterous whore.

He’s coming back for a pure and spotless bride.

The Church needs to clean up her act.

She needs to purify her heart.

She needs to clothe herself in white, the works of righteousness.

It’s time for action.

God’s Spirit is being poured out on all flesh.

To the spiritual, it is life, revelation, refreshment and power.

To the unawakened and rebellious, it is death and judgment.

We are the intermediaries.

We have the living God living inside of us.

We bear the image and likeness of Christ in this fallen world.

If you put the message out there, and someone bites, you have the opportunity to save their very soul.

Be ready.

Be prayed up.

Be grounded in Scripture.

Go in the power of His Love and Grace and mercifully deliver this world into His hands.

If you know Jesus, you already have eternal life.

This is all bonus time.

Make the most of it.

I pray that the Lord God would bless you with opportunities and empower you with love and wisdom to get the message out there.

Be bold.

Be gentle.

Be loving.

Be true.

Our God is counting on you to finish strong.

Be sealed by His Holy Spirit and forever be redeemed of all sin and failure.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Awakening

“Stay awake, and pray that you won’t be tempted. You want to do what’s right, but you’re weak.”

Mark 14:38 GW

Jesus told them, “When you pray, say this:

Father,

Let your name be kept holy.

Let your kingdom come.

Give us our bread day by day.

Forgive us as we forgive everyone else.

Don’t allow us to be tempted.”

Luke 11:2‭-‬4 GW

There isn’t any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans.

God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist.

But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape.

1 Corinthians 10:13 GW

We refer to people who have not been born again of the Spirit of God as spiritually dead.

They think and act like humans do.

They have not been awakened to Truth.

They have not been enlightened.

But even believers are prone to falling asleep.

Jesus even rebuked Peter once saying that he was thinking like a human.

The thoughts of the Spirit are not carnal thoughts.

They don’t seek to glorify the flesh and its desire to give in to temptation.

Temptation is nothing new.

Since the first humans walked the Earth, the enemy of our soul has been seeking to corrupt us by luring us to give in to temptation.

How do we endure?

How do we resist?

How do we overcome?

Prayer.

As Paul wrote to remind the Church in Corinth, God will provide a way of escape.

Jesus told us, pray to your Father in Heaven.

Ask and you shall receive.

Ask God for the ability to resist and endure temptation.

He will provide you with His strength by the Holy Spirit when your flesh is feeling weak.

Sin is missing the mark.

It’s falling short of the glory of God.

We are all sinners.

That’s why we need a Savior.

In our own strength, we could never overcome.

The Law of Moses proves that.

Jesus fulfilled the Law and ushered in the New Covenant of Grace.

What does that mean?

It means relationship triumphs over religion.

Following the rules won’t make you Christlike.

Knowing God will.

Jesus sacrificed Himself on behalf of all humans to restore us to right relationship with God.

Our job is to believe it by faith, which in and of itself is a gift from God so that no one can boast.

Evangelism is telling the Good News.

It’s not telling the bad news.

I think we all already know the bad news.

This world is really messed up and going to hell in a handbasket.

A lot of people already know the Good News, but they seem to have forgotten.

Or perhaps they have fallen asleep.

It’s time to wake them up.

Look around you.

Who is manifesting the fruits of the Spirit?

You know, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?

Those are the people who need to be spreading the Gospel.

You can’t export what you don’t have.

You can’t fake it until you make it.

People want to see real, genuine, authentic faith in action.

This is not a performance.

This isn’t about being entertaining.

This is about changing lives.

Saving lives.

May the God of all Grace awaken you to your divine purpose and destiny.

May He empower and embolden you to be a demonstration of His power and love on this planet.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

Christianity: The Road Ahead

He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth. There is one God. There is also one mediator between God and humans—a human, Christ Jesus. He sacrificed himself for all people to free them from their sins. This message is valid for every era.

1 Timothy 2:4‭-‬6 GW

  1. Worship
  2. Evangelism
  3. Discipleship
  4. Father
  5. Son
  6. Holy Spirit
  7. Kingdom of God
  8. Heaven

I’m reading several different books right now in addition to the Bible.

This is a change for me since normally I only read the Bible.

There are so many books out there about Christian living and the Christian faith, and yet I feel the need to lend my voice to the discussion.

We need simplicity.

Since adopting a minimalist lifestyle, I’ve seen the joy and freedom that it brings by liberating us from the chains of materialism, consumerism, pride and selfishness.

The less you have, the more freedom you have.

I prayed that most dangerous prayer:

“Lord God, remove from me everything that gets in the way of my relationship with You. Amen.”

Try it out for yourself and see what happens.

God answered my prayer.

Now, I’m starting over on a firm foundation.

Life is pregnant with meaning and significance.

Everyday is a revelation of God’s hand in the affairs of humans and Creation.

Walk a little slower.

Breathe a little deeper.

Sleep a little longer.

Savor the moments that make up the day.

There’s never been a day like today before and there never will be another one quite like it again.

The same is true for you and me.

We are changing.

We are growing.

We are maturing.

I’m not sure if I have the patience to actually write a book from beginning to end, so I’ll just continue to post on the themes listed above.

I consider them the essentials of the faith.

Some would disagree and focus on man’s sinful nature, the Law, final judgement, etc.

I’m a man of action.

I look at what is my responsibility.

What can and should I be doing?

I consider the first three: worship, evangelism and discipleship the outward, active expressions of my faith.

The next three are the persons of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God is truly a mystery and we must meditate, pray, fellowship and commune with Him to better understand God.

We must abide.

This is where we focus our hearts, our thoughts, and our internal lives.

As we better understand the divine nature and expressions of God as exemplified in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we disappear into Christ and live in unity with God.

Finally, we must understand where we are going.

First, the Kingdom of God is the spiritual dimension that is ruled by God.

As we submit and obey, and yield ourselves to be Christ’s agents on this Earth, we advance the Kingdom.

Finally, we are comforted through all trials and affliction with a blessed assurance that our home is in Heaven.

God rewards people according to their deeds.

Instead of collecting treasures on Earth that are temporary, we collect eternal rewards in Heaven based on all the good deeds that we do.

If you examine the life of Jesus and the early Church, you will see the way to live the Christian life.

I believe that we are in the midst of a massive revival and reformation.

Cultural Christianity is dying a slow and painful death as empty religion is being stripped away.

To be a Christian is to have a relationship with God.

That means you communicate and spend time together.

We should be in constant fellowship with the Spirit.

Read the New Testament.

And practice all the principles that it contains.

And live the blessed life of freedom in Christ.

Amen.