Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fuzzy Thinking

Posted by richieg on September 28, 2013
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thCAGXVXIQ  How many believers get into conversations about demons, tongues, the unpardonable sin, the after life, various religions, traditions, Theism, what was Paul’s thorn in the flesh, debating Legalism, are Christians obligated to tithe, does God ever change His mind, did Jesus really have brothers and sisters, is the Church historical or is it an institution, The Council of Trent, The Great Schism, The Gap Theory, Philosophy, Syllabus of Errors issued by Pope Pius IX, and the Coronation of Charlemagne  (Charlie the Great) and of course the Roman Empire and of course again the Holy Roman Empire.  All  play important roles in history, but really, it’s just stuff if we have an inkling about eternity.

And we have to make sure to get our terms straight, like:  Apostasy, Atheism, Proselyte, Gnostic, Agnostic, Dogmatic, Divination, Reformed, and Eschatology.   Just in case someone might ask what they mean, we wouldn’t want to look like a fool.  I mean, heaven forbid our image gets tarnished.

Around and around we go just trying to get “things” straight.  Along the way do we develop “fuzzy thinking” about what really matters?  Why not put a smart bomb down Satan’s chimney by making sure we get the most important thing of all straight and that is “Jesus Christ.”  Christianity is not about religion at all or any other stuff, it is about the person of Jesus Christ, namely, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the cross, sin and forgiveness, death and life.

Once our focus is lined up with the main theme of Scripture, namely, eternal life, then we must live out what we claim to believe, namely, the body of Christ developing a strategy to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the lost so they can hear with their own ears and see with their own eyes what God’s Word says about the gift of eternal life.

We work in unity, we never let each other down.  Nothing “fuzzy” about that.

The Two Witnesses: And You & Me!

Posted by richieg on September 21, 2013
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th  The two most colorful characters in Bible history burst onto the scene during the first half of the Tribulation.  God will demonstrate His love, mighty power and existence through these two prophets, they will possess supernatural abilities and dispense astonishing miracles.  They proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom (the King and the Kingdom is coming) so that there will be one last chance for people to be saved. Out of their powerful preaching, almost immediately, they will have a response by the 144,000 Jewish men that are spoken of in Revelation Chapter Seven.  Their ministry will be to Israel as well as the entire world.

At that time, the age of Grace has ended and the Church is gone.  A person will no longer have the opportunity to join a local congregation.  But rather these 144,000 will be telling the world that the King is coming.  God had prepared the Nation of Israel for the role of being the missionary to all nations but they dropped the ball and God turned to the Gentiles through the Apostle Paul without using the Nation of Israel.  God now lets these 144,000 Jews at least get a taste of what the Nation of Israel missed.  This 144,000 will see a multitude come to a knowledge of salvation through their ministry (Revelation 7:9.)

But how about You and Me?  Did you ever ponder the fact that believers today are colorful characters in Bible history?  When we became Christians we burst onto the scene as person’s filled with God’s Holy Spirit, people who are empowered with supernatural abillities to be witnesses of the gospel of God’s grace.   Believers’ today can be mirror images of those two  witnesses in our culture today.  Out of our life change and our involvement in local and foreign ministries we can make a difference and people at home and around the world can come to the knowledge of the gospel of God’s grace.

Christians today are no different than the two witnesses because we are chosen by God to be a witness for Him in our time and culture today.  When we became Christians we were transformed into powerful, colorful, Spirit filled ambassadors for Christ with enormous opportunity of being soul winners in God’s great harvest in our time!  Let us not drop the ball and repeat that part of history.

       God will raise two prophets from the dead  –  God has already raised believers from the dead.

Great Joy in Samaria

Posted by richieg on September 17, 2013
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thCA8S0GLT  When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.  When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.  Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.  –  Acts 8:14-16  (In other words these new believers in Samaria who were saved and water baptized had not yet  been baptized in the Holy Spirit.)  Peter and John addressed this situation:  “Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”  Then, and only then, were these new Christians fully equipped to be all God called them to be.  –  The God I Never Knew, by Robert Morris

Have you asked Jesus to baptize you into the Holy Spirit daily?  If not, in whose power are you attempting to live the Christian life? 

                                                             Believers’ Filling of the Holy Spirit
Lord Jesus, I realize my own weakness and inability to walk daily in the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit.  Lord, you placed me into the body of Christ when I put my trust in You as my Savior. 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 able to walk in love right now in the place and time in which you have put me.  My need is for Holy Spirit supernatural empowerment to do all that God has called me to do.  Amen.
A real friendship with the Holy Spirit can change your life.

Three baptisms:  Salvation, when the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ; water baptism, when we are baptized in water after we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior; and Spirit baptism, when Jesus baptizes us with power from on high, the Holy Spirit.

The God I Never Knew, by Robert Morris        

Just do something!

Posted by richieg on September 11, 2013
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thCAJSB6AG  Jesus’ appearances after his resurrection:  To Mary Magdalene, to women returning from the tomb, to Peter later in the day, to Emmaus disciples, to the apostles without Thomas present, to the seven by the Lake of Tiberias, to the multitude of over 500 believers on a Galilean mountain, to James, to the eleven, to a group of disciples at the ascension, to Paul, to Stephen, to Paul in the temple and to John on Patmos.

We have all this information about Jesus’ resurrection and stories about heaven and the afterlife fill God’s Word, and just what are we, as believers, to do with this information?  There has been some discussion of this on the street corner.  It seems that people get overwhelmed as to what they think their mission should be in serving God and telling the good news of His Son Jesus.  The talk centered on the fact that Satan likes to convince people that it’s the churches job to preach and our job to give some money to the church and help out at the church once in a while.  This is the way Satan keeps us off the streets and out of peoples lives. 

The key point of this street corner conversation was the fact that it’s not what we do for God, but what He does through us that brings Him glory.  We agreed to focus on just one thing, and that would be to “serve others.”  We decided that we would simply pray to God and share with him that we would like to be of service to people.  We are going to leave it in God’s hands as we believe that God will speak to each of us in His Word, in our thoughts and in our dreams.  We decided to meet back on this street corner in two weeks and share what God has been saying to each one of us about how we can serve others.  The most important thing is that we “just want to do something.”

The Power Transfer

Posted by richieg on September 09, 2013
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thCA3FLDBD  Holy Spirit Filled

The believer’s ultimate source of truth and comfort.

The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth.  –  John 16:13

Discover how wonderful it is to have a friend and helper.  

Believers’ Daily Filling of the Holy Spirit:   “Lord Jesus, I realize my own weakness and inabillity to walk daily in the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit.  Lord, you placed me into the body of Christ when I put my trust in You as my Savior.   I am 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 able to walk in love right now in the place and time in which you have put me.  My need is for Holy Spirit supernatural empowerment to do all that God has called me to do.  Amen.

A real friendship with the Holy Spirit can change your life.                 Isaiah 42:1-9

Pastor Robert Morris
Senior Pastor, Gateway Church                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

                                                                                      

Confident in the Father

Posted by richieg on September 04, 2013
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thCA007UYL  If you’ll celebrate a marriage anniversary alone this year, God speaks to you.

If your child made it to heaven before making it to kindergarten, He speaks to you.

If your dreams were buried as they lowered the casket, God speaks to you.

He speaks to all of us who have stood or will stand in the soft dirt near an open grave.  And to us he gives this confident word:  “I want you to know what happens to a Christian when he dies so that when it happens, you will not be full of sorrow, as those are who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and then came back to life again, we can also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him all the Christians who have died.”  –  1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment