C & E People

Posted by richieg on April 22, 2014
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th  The Holy Spirit opened the door to an untapped harvesting location.  These locations are churches, where “C & E People” attend church twice a year on Christmas and Easter.   Imagine that, actually witnessing at a church service!  You would think that at church there would be no need for sharing the good news of Jesus with someone or slipping a gospel tract to someone.

The Holy Spirit provided an amazing prompting, and here’s how it happened:  While attending an Easter Sunrise Service, that was held outdoors.   I got out of my car and walked to the rear of my car and grabbed a chair out of the back of the car.  And then it happened, the Holy Spirit prompted me to take along two gospel tracts;  hesitating for a second and not figuring out why the need for gospel tracts because all the people were going to be in a church service.  But knowing that this wasn’t my idea,  I reached back into my car and put two gospel tracks into my shirt pocket.

Walking to a grassy area to set my chair, I was reminded that the tracts would be for the people who would sit next to me.  No one sat close to me until after the service started but then a couple and a middle aged gentleman appeared and sat close to me on either side.  As the service came to a close there was still doubt about how to offer the gospel tracts, because it just seemed too awkward.

I stood up and then leaned over and folded my chair and as I put the strap on my shoulder there was unintentional direct eye contact with the gentleman who was on my right, he smiled and almost automatically I reached into my shirt pocket and took out one of the gospel tracts and asked him if he would accept the tract, he was smiling and said: “Yes, I would” and he reached out and took the tract and then turning from him to leave and I turned right into the woman who had been on my left and she looked right at me and again just reaching into my pocket  that second tract was pulled out and offered to her and she said: “Sure.”  She reached out for the tract and then thanked me.  The encounters were over in what seemed like a flash and I was on my way, Never looking back, I knew everything was in the hands of the Holy Spirit.

Knowing God… and Being Known by God.

Posted by richieg on April 17, 2014
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 th  Who Needs Theology?   Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.

On the other hand, is the road to the knowledge about God…

Knowing God involves:   1.  Listening to God’s Word and receiving it as the Holy Spirit interprets it, in application to oneself.   2.  Noting God’s nature and character, as his Word and works reveal it.  3.  Accepting his invitations and doing what he commands.   4.  Recognizing and rejoicing in the love that he has shown in thus approaching you and drawing you into this divine fellowship.

Knowing and Being Known:  What were we made for?  To know God.  What aim should we set ourselves in life?  To know God.  What is the “eternal life” that Jesus gives?  Knowledge of God.   “This is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, who you have sent.  –  John 17:3

J.I. Packer,
Knowing God

Association & Obedience = Doing Something.

Posted by richieg on April 02, 2014
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th  If the believer really wants to understand God’s purpose for their lives it seems to be understood quite easily that prayer and Bible study are essential in this pursuit.  But knowledge alone will just be reckless, unless the believer is associated with men and woman who carry an anointing in their lives for the miraculous.  Such an anointing can be transferred to others through the laying on of hands and petitioning God, in the Name of Jesus, to be filled with power from above.

King David was known for killing Goliath in His youth.  Yet there are at least four other giants killed in Scripture–all killed by men who followed David, the giant killer.  If you want to kill giants, hang around a giant killer.  It rubs off.  If you hang around an evangelist, you will think evangelistically.  The same happens when we associate with those who regularly experience signs and wonders in their lives

Now about obedience, the real issue.  No matter how much preparation is done to increase knowledge or increase the anointing for miracles in life, it never comes to fruition without obedience.  The believer must have a plan to look for people in order to pray for them; this plan comes from above.  And continue to look for people to minister to, there out there!  The more people we come in contact with, the more God’s good news can make an impact.  Until the believer acts on what they know, their knowledge in nothing more than theory.

Fruitful Conversations.

Posted by richieg on March 16, 2014
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The Tree Service Man Comes Forth From The Grave.

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Today I called the tree service man to give me an estimate to trim my trees.  After agreeing with him to do the work he said:  “Mr Rich I want to tell you something.  Last year you tell me about Jesus and at home that day I pray to Jesus and since that day my life changed, I go to church now and I stopped all of my drinking and I want to thank you, I have Jesus in my life now.”

Life is given by God’s calling and when the call comes, it finds the sinner dead, it gives him life and he obeys the call of life and lives.  Praise God!

Any Questions?

Posted by richieg on February 26, 2014
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images   Any questions about Who is in charge?

Reaching The Lost.

Posted by richieg on February 18, 2014
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DSCN4304  We are called to share the Good News in the pulpit and in our daily lives.  If we are not prepared to accept our part in the great comission of Matthew 28 ‘To go and make disciples of all nations.’  Then how are people going to hear?  For if they don’t hear it from us, then they will hear the twisted story from someone else.

Be ye perfect.

Posted by richieg on January 24, 2014
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th  When troubles come along-illness, money troubles, new kinds of temptation–he is disappointed.  These things, he feels, might have been necessary to rouse him and make him repent in his bad old days; but why now?  Because God is forcing him on, or up, to a higher level: putting him into situations where he will have to be very much braver, or more patient, or more loving, than he ever dreamed of being before.  It seems to us all unnecessary: but that is because we have not yet had the slighest notion of the tremendous thing He means to make of us.

Imagine yourself as a living house.  God comes in to rebuild that house.  At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing.  He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not suprised.  But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense.  What on earth is He up to?  The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of–throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.  You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.  He intends to come and live in it Himself.

The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas.  Nor is it a command to do the impossible.  He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command.  He said that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words.  If we let Him–for we can prevent Him, if we choose–He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzaling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness.  The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for.  Nothing less.  He meant what He said.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

A Gentle Breeze

Posted by richieg on January 16, 2014
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th  Can anyone feel a breeze blowing, ever be it so gentle?  It’s got a uniqueness about it as though it’s not going to get stronger in terms of danger of physical harm or property damage.  It’s ever present as a whisper with a message to be told and we long to grasp it’s origins.  We stand in God’s harvest field and can see a reflection in someone’s eye, that for some reason, reminds us of that gentle breeze; their eyes telling of a yearning of hope, we’re drawn to come close to tell what we know.

We are reminded somewhere inside our being that this yearning is good and soft as a sunset, only to ponder that a sunset will linger long enough to tell of it’s majesty and then suddenly be gone in the twinkling of an eye.  We have no control to bring such majesty back each day and know that the justice of our Creator will decide the next day.

Could this gentle breeze and that look of hope be the calling of our Creator to tell His story this day?  God’s spirit reminds us that we are appointed to be in this place at this time.  But then there is an intruder who battles us to believe this sudden meeting was not planned from above.   We have no control to bring such encounters to return each day and know that the love of our Creator has planned our day.

The Hallway Of Hope

Posted by richieg on January 01, 2014
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th  In his writing, C.S. Lewis makes clear that he hopes no reader will suppose that ‘Mere Christianity’ is put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions –  as if man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else.  It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms.  “If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted.  But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals.  The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in.  For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable.  It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at.  I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.”

“When you get into your room you will find that the long wait had done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise.  But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping.  You must keep on praying for light; and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house.  And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not what pleases you best by its paint and panelling.  In plain language, the question should never be:  ‘Do I like this kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true:  Is holiness here?  Does my conscience move me towards this?  Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular door-keeper?”

“When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall.  If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them.  That is one of the rules common to the whole house.  And when a person accepts the Christian doctrine but lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say this person is a bad Christian than to say they are not a Christian.”

2014:  As we start this new year will we quarrel about right and wrong or debate religions?  Instead may we bring many into the hallway of hope knowing that they have a conscious that is urging them to do right,  its their choice to choose the door they will enter to hear the case for what we believe.  It is not what we think people should be but what God intended them to be when He created them.  

Storms Of This Life

Posted by richieg on December 17, 2013
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thCAWCCDNU  You and I can rest in the fact that all of us who believe in a Creator of creation also believe in the supernatural.  All who trust that the Bible is the Word of God are forced to humble themselves and become as little children, much to the scorn of  a proud and godless world.  But that is the way of salvation.  The door has been made low to exclude those who are wise in their own conceits.  God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.

So, the supernatural book of Job is entirely in keeping with the rest of the supernatural Word of God.  And how did Job handle the terrible news that his family and all he owned was taken away from him?  The man tore his robe, shaved his head, fell to the ground and worshiped God.  Job was a godly man.  He knew that God is the giver of life and that ultimately He’s also the One who takes life away.  That was Job’s fortification. 

But this isn’t how the ungodly think, God isn’t in their thoughts.  Millions don’t attribute the blessings of loved ones, food, light, the seasons, color, beauty, fruits, eyesight, hearing or their own lives to God.  They think the human beings are the mere product of change.  There was a big bang, and there you have it-we are here.  No one is to be thanked for anything.  But Job was different.  He was insightful and thankful, even in his unregenerate state.  Look at the humble words he spoke as his life was being torn apart;  “Naked I came from my mothers womb, and naked shall I return there.  The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;  blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21).

Job had questions for God, but then God began to ask questions of His own.  And in His response to a grieving, broken man, we can catch a glimpse of hope in the midst of our own suffering.  We see that when God speaks, He will transform you and forever change your purpose on suffering and faith.

What wise and wonderful words!  Job held onto the things of this world with a loose hand, and so must we if we want to bolster ourselves against inevitable suffering.  Job’s words need to be close to our hearts, because his experience could happen to any of us in a moment of time.  Every day we hear of lives being torn apart by bombs, tornados, hurricanes and accidents, and the attitude that was Job’s must be the attitude that is our own fortification and consolation.  We are mere custodians of our loved ones.  They belong to God, as He is their Creator.

God provided us with a Savior not to give us a smooth flight without trials but to give us a safe landing.

Ray Comfort, God Speaks