Monthly Archives: July 2013

One More Revival

Posted by richieg on July 30, 2013
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“Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door.  She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen.”   –  Ezekiel 16:49-60

Billy Graham recalls a time when his wife Ruth, commenting on the downward spiral of morality in our nation, exclaimed, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

America:  The country who’s people expect “entitlement.”

“Entertain us. It’s all about us.”   

I believe that our nation has two choices before us:  One is judgment.  The other is revival.  Judgment is coming, that is clear.  But my prayer is there will be at least one more revival before this happens, so we can cry out to God in prayer and reach as many as we possibly can with the Gospel.     (Greg Lourie)

Pure Wisdom

Posted by richieg on July 25, 2013
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“We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.”

Thomas Alva Edison

The Sheep and the Goats

Posted by richieg on July 22, 2013
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thCA0WB321  “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”  The teaching of The Olivet Discourse is about the events of the Church Age leading up to the Tribulation Period and teaches that goats mingle with the sheep and Jesus is saying that in the church there are sheep and goats.  Many in the church do not know the difference between the two.

This parable tells us that the sheep and goats will be divided based upon what they did or did not do.  The key understanding is how believers act toward other members of the body of Christ because it reflects our attitude toward Jesus himself.

Who are the “least of these”?  The least of these are fellow believers and especially Evangelists and Missionaries who spread the Christian message.  “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  (Matthew 25:40)

Are we saved by doing good works such as how we respond to Jesus’ followers who are charged with spreading the gospel and do so in the face of hunger, thirst, illness and imprisonment?  No, we are not saved because we do works; rather our good works are the result of our transformation through Christ.  Jesus Christ reminds us that there are eternal consequences for our actions.

Is the body of Christ willing to let go of our resources to help those on the front lines?  Are we accumulating instead of investing in eternal things?  The body of Christ is called to help our family of believers knowing that our time on earth is just a moment.  Knowing the judgment is coming should change the way we live and should change the way we use resources God has given us.

Source: Dr. Mark Strauss,
The Parables of Jesus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Beneath The Heavens

Posted by richieg on July 20, 2013
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th  Beneath the heavens the world is firmly established, God set the earth on its foundations, it cannot be moved.  The highest heavens belong to the Lord and they declare the glory of God.  Believers are heavenly minded people who’s footsteps are directed according to God’s Word, who do not try to be master’s of their own fate.

God has given earth to man, and what will man do on this earth, that he has inherited from God?  Does man know that the entrance of God’s Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  As we live on this earth we know that there are those who never change their ways and have no fear of God.

What have believers been doing to set our minds on things above?  Dare we remain neutral.  What should we be doing differently?  Does this call to serve have a voice for those of us who are believers and who are entrusted with the good news of the gospel of God’s grace?  Men and women are dying without Christ.  Jesus said: “Open your eyes and look at the fields they are ripe for harvest.”

When Push Comes To Shove.

Posted by richieg on July 18, 2013
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The Grace of God is the unearned, undeserved and unmerited favor of God.  When God answers you in your most undeserving moment, that is grace.  That is His amazing, unmerited favor!  At your lowest point, in your darkest hour, His light shines through for you and you become a recipient of His unmerited favor, and a recipient of favor can’t help but want to extend God’s love to your family and to others.

There are clearly two types of righteousness in the Bible.  1.  A righteousness attitude that comes from you trying to earn right standing in the world.  2.  A righteousness that comes from your faith in Jesus Christ.  Only one of these has a solid, unshakable foundation.  One built on you, while the other is built upon the rock of all ages–Jesus Christ.  His righteousness is your right to God’s unmerited favor!

What do you want your family to depend on when push comes to shove? – your own self-righteousness or the perfect, rock-solid righteousness of Jesus?  It is your choice to put your faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, that He died to pay your sin debt, was buried, and that God raised Jesus from the dead that gives you right standing with God.  

Don’t let any voice tell you otherwise!

Our Part In The New Covenant Of Grace

Posted by richieg on July 14, 2013
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CB100391 Our part in the new covenant of grace is to simply believe!  What should we believe?  We are to believe in Jesus!  Now this answer may not be as straightforward as it seems.  If you were to ask people on the streets if they believed in Jesus, you would probably get all kinds of answers.  There would be those who believe that Jesus existed as an historical figure, moral philosopher, religious leader or a prophet.  Sadly, the truth is that believing all these things about Jesus will not save them.

So let’s establish what it means to believe in Jesus.  To believe in Jesus is to believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation and that once you receive Him, you receive the gift of eternal life.  Furthermore, to believe in Jesus is to believe beyond the shadow of a doubt the penalty of your sins–past, present and future–were all paid for on the cross and that today all your sins and lawless deeds He remembers NO MORE!

The new covenant’s emphasis is to believe that you are forgiven of every sin and that God has erased them from His memory.  If you don’t believe this, it will be impossible for you to depend on and expect God to protect, provide for and prosper you.  If you don’t believe this, it will rob you of the ability to receive His goodness, blessings, unmerited favor and success in your life.  So believe.  Only believe!  Believe that Jesus became flesh, went to the cross, shed His Blood, and died for your sins and that He rose from the dead.

Joseph Prince, 100 Days of Favor.

Servanthood

Posted by richieg on July 12, 2013
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Servant’s don’t compete…or grandstand…or polish their image…or grab the limelight.  They know their job, they admit their limitations, they do what they do quietly and consistently. Servant’s cannot concern themselves with who gets the credit.  (Charles R. Swindoll)

So do not destroy your own strength by taking the glory of it to yourself.  (Charles Spurgeon)

Christianity 101

Posted by richieg on July 08, 2013
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DSCN4006   Any questions?

The Spotlight

Posted by richieg on July 06, 2013
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http-inlinethumb38.webshots.com-41125-2681508500102347975S600x600Q85 God’s unmerited favor towards me puts me in the spotlight and makes clear the fact that I could never provide forgiveness of sins and eternal life for myself.

I am in violation of the law and in a desperate situation.  The spotlight is on the consequences of the disease of sin in my life and turns me to hunger for a cure.

What is left is to put the spotlight on the gospel of God’s grace, God’offering me His gift of forgiveness and eternal life by the finished work of His Son Jesus.

The spotloght is now on my need for a Savior.  By believing in the gift of God’s Son Jesus Christ that He became flesh, went to the cross, shed His blood, and died for my sins and that He rose from the dead saves me from the eternal wrath of God.

Daily Power From Above

Posted by richieg on July 05, 2013
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k8329106 Isn’t it true that we wonder how it is that Jesus knew every feeling that people go through in life.  The ups and downs, the good and bad, the highs and lows, and all the heartaches and emotions that life brings to our earthly walk.  Well, I just say I believe everything Jesus said in the Bible by faith and leave it at that  –  but wait a minute  –  when Jesus was born he was born just like the rest of humanity and he grew up just like the rest of us.  He had a mom and dad and when he grew up he worked as a carpenter.

So, this is why God’s Word clearly tells us that Jesus understood what joy and suffering really were, because he experienced real life just like all people.   Jesus was always God and the only perfect man but he didn’t receive the power from above until he was baptized by John the Baptist.  When Jesus was baptized it was then that he received the power of the Holy Spirit.   God’s Word also teaches mankind that we too can receive His power from above, the power of His Holy Spirit, when we believe in the gospel of God’s grace.

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He tells His disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit.  God’s Word tells of the amazing work in those who believe in the gospel of God’s grace, they are indwelled with the Holy Spirit.  Once we are indwelled with God’s Spirit we can pray to God daily to be filled with His Spirit and receive power from above to walk daily and receive Spirit-enabled ability to put our sin to death and the ability to handle all of life’s curves through Him.  For some reason, many feel they don’t need the daily filling of the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Jesus told his disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait to receive power from above   Without Holy Spirit power, when life’s curves come, then life can be very difficult indeed.

Lord Jesus, I realize my own weakness and inability to walk daily in the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit.  Lord, by believing in you,  I know that I am saved and that you have placed me into the body of Christ and I know  I have a unique place in your family.  I now pray that You fill me with your Spirit.  It is my desire that your Spirit descend on me so that I may experience power from on high.  I want to be empowered to walk in love right now in the place and time in which you have placed me.  Amen.