The Holy Spirit…out of nowhere!

Posted by richieg on June 11, 2016
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th  Stopped at the grocery store  to purchase some cold cuts and loaded the cart up with 25 pounds of bologna and continued shopping.   A woman walked over to my cart and asked: ‘May I ask if that bologna is for you?”  No it is not was the reply, the bologna is for a ministry that a few Christians friends are part of, the ministry is the  “Sandwich Ministry” and  sandwiches are provided for the homeless and people in need.

She said: “What a wonderful thing to do.”  A conversation developed and she said that her name was Charlotte and that she was a retired school teacher from New England and that she is a Catholic.  She was asked if she believed that she was going to heaven and she responded by saying: “I hope so, I pray to the saints and to the blessed Virgin Mary and not long ago I visited Lourdes in France and as I walked up to the statue of the “Lady of Lourdes” I felt myself feeling so good.”  It was mentioned to Charlotte that the Bible teaches that we are not to honor man but God and although a person may admire people, including the Lady of Lourdes and people called saints that they are just people and our praise and worship should be to God alone.

Charlotte was asked if she ever told a lie, did she ever steal anything, had she ever been disobedient to her parents or did she ever take God’s name in vain.  She responded by saying: “I don’t ever remember being disobedient to my parents but I am guilty of the others”.  Charlotte was then asked if God were to judge her by His law did she believe that she would be innocent or guilty.  She said that she believed she would be found guilty.  It was then said to her that the Bible teaches that we all have sinned and did she know that there is nothing anyone can do to wash their sins away and Jesus himself said that no one can come to the Father except through Him and that unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Charlotte then asked: “How can I be born again?”  It was said to her the the Scriptures teach that we must repent of our sins before God and believe that God’s Son Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and that Jesus was buried and that God raised Jesus from the dead.  Charlotte moved her shopping cart over to be out of people’s way and as she put her hand over her heart tears began to roll down her face and she said: “Can I pray now?

Other shoppers now gathered their shopping carts around Charlotte’s and Scripture was quoted to her from Romans 10:9-10:  “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  We bowed our heads in that grocery store and Charlotte prayed out loud the salvation prayer:   “O God I am a sinner, I ask that you forgive my sins, and God I want to share with You that I believe your Son Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and I believe You raised Jesus from the dead.  I now place my trust in Jesus and receive Him as my Savior and Lord. Amen.”

Charlotte was broken and as tears filled her eyes she said that she was so thankful.  We talked for a moment and praised God that he had our paths cross this day so that she could hear the truth of God’s Word.  We said good bye and it was promised that our body of Christ would be praying for her and she was reminded to pray to God that he would fill her each day with His Holy Spirit.

For all who read this encounter, would you please pray for Charlotte, and if you are not sure about where you will spend eternity, you can pray right now and receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord.  Remember God has brought you across this story because he loves you and God’s desire is for you to believe in His Son Jesus so that you too can be with God in his heaven.

God knows our every need….

Posted by richieg on June 07, 2016
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e50b1b1aed37c18ad8cf6ce9058d8c0b  While at the airport a traveler stops for coffee, and after paying, a gospel tract is offered to the man serving behind the counter.  The man reaches out and says: “Yes, I would like that tract; you know today is the anniversary of my mom’s passing and I have been thinking about how much I miss her all day today and if I will see her in heaven, and now you come by to offer me this message.”

He slips the gospel tract into his pocket and then says: “When I get home I will read this, I believe this message is from God, just for me.  Thank you very much, you have lifted me up today.”

You Just Never Know When Or Where God Will Use You!

Posted by richieg on April 09, 2016
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Lindsey, a nurse in a dermatology office, had a discussion with a patient in regards to health and the patient mentioned the fact that the Bible says that it is appointed for man to die once but after this the judgment.

Lindsey was asked about her destiny after this life and if she believed in God and she said:  “Yes, I believe in God.”  She was then asked what she would say to God if she stood before him, on her judgment day, and was asked by God; why she should be admitted into heaven.  Lindsey responded by saying: “I’m not sure what I would say but I always try my best.”

Lindsey was asked if the Bible truth about heaven could be shared with her and she agreed to listen. God’s Word from Ephesians 2:8-9 was shared with Lindsey to address a person trying their best to get to heaven by their own good works, then Lindsey listened as the  the gospel of God’s grace was shard with her.

Lindsey began to cry and as she wiped tears from her eyes she said:  “I feel goose bumps all over after hearing this, I have never known this.”  It was said to Lindsey that what she is feeling is the truth of God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit working in her heart.  Lindsey was very thankful for our conversation and she was encouraged to get right with God.

Would you take 30 seconds to pray for Lindsey.
John 20:21

Light & Hope

Posted by richieg on December 13, 2015
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 DSCN0144 The world is not used to seeing God’s people act unexpectedly.  So when Christians stand on the beach alongside the Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the American flag and the Israel flag flying together, some stop by and are a little confused and others come by and know the importance of standing for our faith, standing for our country and remembering our friends in Israel.

God opened the door and we shared with more than 80 people about what God’s Word says as to how we are to live.  All who stopped by accepted our body of Christ “Pray For America” gospel tract that included a message about the only one Light of the World, the one Hope of Mankind and the message included the gospel of God’s grace and focused on the shed blood of Jesus Christ as sufficient to save a sinner.

All who stopped by offered words of encouragement, some took pictures of the cross and they continued on.  But others, who desired to go deeper in conversation, such as George and his son George, Jr. stopped and inquired of the ministry.  George said: “I was watching as the Cross was raised and then the two flags and I said to my son that we must go over there and see what this is about.”  The need for “Prayer for America” was shared with these two men and then George held his son’s arm and said: “Son, look at that Cross and those flags, this is America, a free country, do you understand that I took you out of Cuba so we would be free, we are free son, do you see now?”  Georges son did not speak very good English and his dad read the gospel tract to him and they thanked God for America.  As the men were departing George said: “Thank you for standing for God, for America and for Israel, this was a very meaningful experience for me and my son so see”.

The gospel of God’s grace.

Posted by richieg on December 09, 2015
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                        The gospel of God’s grace
God’s grace means the gift of “unmerited favor” in Jesus Christ
it means God is offering you something you could never
provide for yourself, forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

 For by grace are ye saved, through faith;
 and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God —
 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  –  Ephesians 2:8-9

The blood of Jesus atones for sin, His resurrection seals our pardon.
Salvation is an act of God offered freely to all people through faith
in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  A person is saved
and receives a new birth by believing in the gospel truth that God’s Son
Jesus Christ, became flesh, went to the cross, shed His blood,
and died for our sins and that God raised Jesus from the dead.

True believers fully understand what Christ has done for them.

Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us,
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  –  John 4:10

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Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life;
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  John 14:6

Will you decide to believe in Jesus and accept him as your Savior?
If the Spirit of God has awakened your heart to the gospel of God’s grace,
to see your sin for what it is, then you have been enabled by him to repent
of your sin and call out for His mercy and believe in Jesus as your Savior.
If you have never placed your hope in God through faith in His Son, Jesus
Christ, you need to make that decision.  That is where life begins!

                                      Faith in Jesus Christ
“O God, I am a sinner:  I’m sorry for my sin.  I want to turn from
my sin.  I believe Jesus Christ is your Son; I believe He died on the
cross  for my sin and You raised him to life.  So right now, as best
as I know how, I choose to accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior,
trusting only in His shed blood as sufficient to save my soul and
to take me to heaven.  Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul.
Amen.”

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation then the most
important thing for you to do is to get to know Him.  The real issue is
knowing Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the One who said, “I am come that they
may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

Inheritance – Not Salvation – May Be Lost

Posted by richieg on November 12, 2015
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You will ask:  What happens to those who don’t pursue holiness but have trusted in Christ’s blood? I reply: they forfeit their inheritance and will have no reward at the judgment seat of Christ.

The word  inheritance can be used interchangeably with reward, prize, crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Colossians 3:24; 2 Timothey 4:8).  Some New Testament scholars build a case for “justification by works by faith (my paraphrase to describe their teaching) partly because of 2 Corinthians 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

Some believe that works play a vital role in salvation.  As a consequence they have departed from the gospel.  What these scholars have not apparently seen is that all those who are justified by faith are called to enter into their inheritance; some do, some don’t.  Those who do, have a reward.  The basis for this reward is building a superstructure of gold, silver, and precious gems on the foundation-Christ- as put in 1 Corinthians 3:12.  Those who build a superstructure of wood, hay or straw will “suffer loss (of reward) but yet will be saved, even though only as one escaping through the flames (v. 15; saved “as by fire,” KJV).

There is not a single passage in the New Testament that warns one of losing their salvation; they all refer to losing one’s inheritance or reward.

To summarize:  works necessarily come in where our inheritance is concerned but not whether we go to heaven.  Heaven is a free gift by sheer grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

A final irony:  those who best understand the gospel are the ones who want to live a holy life.

R. T. Kendall,
It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Your Salvation

Posted by richieg on March 02, 2015
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                                          Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?
If you’re not sure of where you stand before God, you can make a decision right here and now that will change everything.  Bear this in mind:  The Bible teaches that the hope of eternal life rests solely and exclusively upon your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!  “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”  –  John 3:36

Faith in Jesus Christ:  “O God, I am a sinner.  I’m sorry for my sin.  I want to turn from my sin.  I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son; I believe He died on the cross for my sin and You raised Him to life.  So right now to choose to accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior, trusting only in His shed blood as sufficient to save my soul and to take me to heaven.  Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul. Amen.”

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation then the most important thing for you to do is to get to know Him.  How do you get to know Jesus?  Answer: the same way you get to know anybody, by spending time with them.  The real issue then, is knowing Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the One who said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  –  John 10:10

Empowering Of The Holy Spirit

Posted by richieg on September 14, 2014
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 The blood of the lamb, the laver, and the anointing oil clearly represent the three baptisms:  

1.  Salvation, when the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ.

2.  Water baptism, when we are baptized in water after we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

3.  Spirit baptism, when Jesus baptizes us with power from on high, the Holy Spirit!t.

Ask Jesus for Holy Spirit power from above.  Taking this step is as simple as asking and receiving.  You can do that now, right where you are.  Ask Jesus, our wonderful Lord and Savior, to baptize you in the Holy Spirit right now.

Pastor Robert Morris,
The God I Never Knew

Choices & Kicking Tires

Posted by richieg on May 22, 2014
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th  The nature of the Twenty First Century is “more choices.”  It’s the nature of the information age.  Our wants and choices keep expanding.  Leaders today say if you have a vision, strategies and projects in place then you have established the keys to making change.  All that is then needed is to define a project, now delegate and then you will accomplish tasks.  The goal is that change will always be for the better.

Back in the days when Ford Motor Company produced the first car to be mass produced, the Model T.  The strategy of Ford was to keep on making the same car (all painted black) and after thousand’s of people bought this car it would then cause an epidemic in that people would want one just to keep up with their friends.  But then a new carmaker came along to challenge Ford.  Many thought it was absurd for this new company to even think of challenging Ford.  But what was even more absurd; this company would manufacture a new model car each year and in different colors!

th  The genius behind this concept was Alfred Sloan who figured out that human beings desire “choice.” People want to separate themselves from the next guy.   We see in this example of choice how choice became part of our American Heritage.  So we have come to understand that Americans want control of their choices and our choices are an expression of our freedom.

But when we read God’s word we see how important it is for our choices to line up with His word.  For Scripture says: “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”  (Romans 8:5)

th  Some people come to church “to check it out.”  They want to know things like how many programs are there? How many pastors are there? How many buildings?  Is there a gym? Is there a men’s group and a ladies group?  What is there for kids?  How about covered parking?  Do we have to join the church?  How about a softball team?  Are the chairs comfortable?  These people would like to “Kick a Few Tires” before making any decisions.  Its not just about making the right choices, it is  most important to understand the importance of our motives when making choices.

God is watching each one of us as we speed to towards our appointed destiny, and we meander along pondering our choices and kicking a few tires along the way as if we have hundreds of years to figure things out.  Scripture clearly says:  “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”  (Proverbs 15:3)

Heaven forbid!

Posted by richieg on May 04, 2014
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th  This is a question I just can’t get around:  If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?

This may be a silly illustration, but if I told you I had an encounter with God where He entered my body and gave me a supernatural ability to play basketball, wouldn’t you expect to see an amazing improvement in my jump shot, my defense, and my speed on the court?  After all, this is God we’re talking about.  And if you saw no change in my athleticism, wouldn’t you question the validity of my “encounter”?

Church goers all across the nation say the Holy Spirit has entered them.  They claim that they are born again and  God has given them a supernatural ability to follow Christ, put their sin to death, and serve the church. Yet when those outside the church see no difference in our lives, they begin to question our integrity, our sanity, or even worse, our God.  And can you blame them?  As the caterpillar finds its new ability to fly, we should be thrilled over our Spirit-empowered ability to live differently and faithfully.  Isn’t this what the scriptures speak of?  Isn’t this what we’ve all been longing for?

“Heaven forbid we gain a reputation for being weird or immoderate.  Fear of rejection has paralyzed me more than once.  God has answered my prayers for greater boldness, but I would be dishonest if I did not admit there are still times when I worry about how others view me.  Most of us assume that what we believe is right but have never really studied for ourselves.  We were simply told. ‘This is the way it is,’ and didn’t question.  The problem is much of what we believe is often based on comfort or our culture’s tradition than on the Bible.”    –    Forgotten God, Francis Chan