The Most Powerful Words By Jesus!

Your Faith Alone Is Not Proof That You Are Going To Heaven!

Bless you today! It’s Friday! Yahoo!

I know there will be disagreement with me on this. It’s okay. But, it’s my blog…hahaha.

Jesus made many very powerful statements in the Bible. We could list them on and on.

Come unto me…” “It is finished.The Sermon on the Mount. “Your faith has made you well.” “I do not condemn you either…” “This is my blood…” Just tons of short verses and statements that have been preached on and taught about thousand of times. And will continue to be taught and preached about. Because they are so powerful. And, I do not detract from them. It’s really hard to say any one particular statement is most powerful or important. But there is one that I have seen very little teaching on. If any. I’m sure it has, I just do not recall hearing it. He says it more than once. In fact the story is in all 4 Gospels and this particular statement takes place in the first 3.

Click on each to read the story of the Feeding of the 5 Thousand –
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

It’s not important to note the differences of the versions of the story. My point is about the statement Jesus made at the beginning of the miracle. John puts some insight into what Jesus was planning and the statement is implied, but the actual statement is made by Jesus in the other 3 Gospels…”You give them something to eat.”

Being a Christian MUST be an active Faith. We are taught both that faith is not based on works/actions, but it is still dead without works/actions. So, this might be confusing, but it really shouldn’t be.

You cannot be saved by doing good works. It’s really cool that you are doing good things for people, but that cannot get you into Heaven.

Still, your faith alone is not proof that you are going to Heaven. That’s why I say that our faith is a faith of action. Your actions/works are proof of what man cannot see. Our real relationship with Jesus will spur us onto do for others. And, if you read James as I have placed the link above, you faith is dead if it does not cause you to desire to do for others. Folks, that’s kinda scary. There are not supposed to be any lazy Christians. Think on that…

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Mark 4:36

“And other little boats were with him…”

Graciousness in Jesus be to you today! A little something different today. Hope you enjoy it!

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“Josh, what are we doing?”

“I told you, we’re following that guy in the other boat. I think he can heal mom,” Joshua said, pulling the nets and rigging into the boat.

“We don’t have time, we need to be fishing.” The other man, Joshua’s brother Samuel, said, refusing to help.

Joshua stopped and stood up straight. “Really? Over there is the possible answer to mom’s problems and all you want to think about is work? Profit?”

“Profit? When was the last time we had a profit? You’re out of your mind, that guy is just a scam artist. He’s just duping people into thinking he’s something special so he can get rich off of them.”

Joshua went back to his work. “What’s the harm. We lose a couple of hours and maybe mom gets better.” He continued setting the small boat up to sail.

3 hours later:

The tiny boat was thrown upwards in theboat-storm worst storm either brother could ever remember. The waves pushed them up so far that they actually cleared the water several times. The rain fell like rocks onto their backs. The sail had been pulled and put away or the storm would have already destroyed them. They attempted to row, but it was of no affect. Even if it had been, the shore was no where in site and the storm had caused these well seasoned sailors to lose their bearings altogether.

On cue, every two to three minutes, Samuel yelled at his brother, “What’s the harm, we lose a couple of hours…Too bad that will be your last idea and my last concession.”

In the distance, they could barely see the tiny boat with the man they followed in it. “Sammy, look!” Joshua pointed towards the other boat. In the distance he could just make out someone standing straight up in the bow.

Samuel strained to see what his brother was pointing to. He wiped the rain out of his eyes. “Is that the guy?” he asked.

“Yeah, I think it is.”

“What’s he doing? He’s gonna get tossed…”

As Samuel tried to voice what he thought about the foolishness of a man standing in the bow like that during such a fierce storm, the waters in all directions suddenly stilled. The clouds rolled back, the rain, obviously, stopped along with any evidence of the storm. He now saw clearly the man standing in the bow was pointing to the waters. He then turned around and sat down, talking to those in the boat with him.

Samuel looked at Joshua, whose eyes were wide and whose face had turned a little pale. Samuel had felt the blood seep from his own face as well. He was in shock at what he had just witnessed. “Yeah, I think He might be the One to help mom. I think you might be right.”

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Hope you enjoyed that little “fictional” story based upon what could have happened in that passage of scripture. Who knows?

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The “What Ifs” of 30, 60 & 100

Don’t be afraid to ask, “What if…?”

What if the levels that Jesus was talking about in Matthew 13 of the harvest results were applied spiritually? That some became more empowered than others? I accept all comments on this. Please, I love the interaction. Keep in mind, I could be all wrong.

What if He is talking about people that accept Christ as King and Lord and Savior at 30 fold? Then people that accept that and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit as 60? And finally, those that accept all that but are literally seeing the “Full Gospel” practiced in their midst as 100? You know, healings, revival and so on. This is a choice issue, not a matter of some blessed or chosen as special.

Okay, breathe. Maybe I am wrong. This is not something that God has delivered to me to try and force on anyone. And, I know I just blogged on this parable referencing the levels as positions in the church. Well, it could be both. The Word of God is more than powerful enough to be both. But What if?

I will not preach this as doctrine because it’s a bit radical. In fact, we could almost bring the Talents into this same thinking, so it “might” be applied in more than one place.

You see, there are two basic thoughts on Scripture that we as Christians must come to understand or we will be strangled by so much of this Amazing Book that we will spiritually suffer. You know what kills a person when being strangled? It’s not the act of strangling, it’s the loss of that most precious thing called oxygen.That flow of what supports our life is cut off. We can allow parts of Scripture that we don’t understand do just that. Okay, stay with me.

We must learn the Word however we can, but there is “Basic Doctrine” of salvation and on that we must subsist off of. Like the oxygen. The Gospel and the most basic Doctrine of Scripture. The foundation of scripture is God creates man, man turns from his Creator and then God makes a way to save His creation. He did that through greatest sacrifice, His Son. Most of the rest is great and amazing writings of God. In place for us to better understand Him and draw nearer to Him. But, it all points to Christ.

Then there are areas and subject matter1403884731321787 that we are to seek out and understand because not all of it is on the surface. One of my top 5 favorite scriptures, Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search the matter out.” Are you trying to seek out more? Wanna be a king?

So, before I get totally lost here, I believe that God intends so much more for us, but loves us just as much if we decide to stay in the 30s or the 60s.

Sometimes just because I can write doesn’t mean I can get out all that goes through my head. So, here’s the gist: Read, read, and read some more. Don’t be afraid to ask “What if…?” As I have mentioned previously, one of my favorite scriptures is Ephesians 1:17. God didn’t have that there (or the one in Proverbs) by accident. They, with many others, are there to spur us onto more. More knowledge, a deeper relationship with God and inspiration of God’s goodness.

I apologize if I have messed up your theology. I seriously do, it is not my intentions. And, this is a rather new “revelation” to me, so this may have come across a little jumbled.

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In The Right Hands

Be The Instrument That God Uses However He Chooses!

Good Saturday afternoonto you!!!

What would you do with a shovel? I mean, what is the purpose of a shovel? To dig a hole, to move substance. It’s just a tool, right? What if I told you that, no, it’s not just a tool?

If you know me, you know I love music. All kinds. And I play a little myself. Very little. I’m not overly accomplished on it. But I absolutely love guitar music. And I appreciate talent.

A friend posted a video on Facebook. A man named Justin Johnson had taken a shovel and made it into an electric 3 string guitar. Click here for the link to the video. You may not like the southern boy style of his playing, but you have to appreciate the talent. I have actually had some lessons in playing this way. Very tricky and I never really got it. But I love it!

Here’s my point: He is making this amazing sound with a shovel. Remember, the shovel? That thing we use for digging holes…the tool? The tool that is now being used to make amazing music? You with me?

Maybe you feel like you’re just a tool in the tool box of the Kingdom. You are good at one thing. Maybe two. We do that. We say, “I’m good at hammering nails. That’s what I do for the Kingdom.” Is it? I have experienced that before. I’m good at this, so that’s what I do.

Wrong. Like the master guitar player with the shovel, we can do anything when we let God take the reigns. He can make us into something new and incredible if we let Him.

Accountants can become worship leaders. Construction workers can preach. Bus drivers can be missionaries. Or, even something greater, we can become instruments that show our co-workers the light of Christ.

And God doesn’t limit it to the “visible” Kingdom. He can take men and women who seem to be in simple places and make them kings of industry. Raise them up into high places where the world sees them and admires who they are and what they’ve accomplished. All the while, being a leader for God. And, just in case you’re not sure, leaders for Christ are not always Pastors and Bishops!

Be the instrument that God uses however he chooses!

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Get Your New Skin On!

Renewed Is More Than Simple Words…

Hey, bless you this awesome morning!

If you ever see me post this “E117” it refers to Ephesians 1:17 which says, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” It is a prayer by Paul that God would bless us with understanding. The symbol above is my way of saying that prayer. You should be asking the same thing, saying the same prayer. Remember, Jesus taught we don’t have because we don’t ask. If you have troubles getting what God is saying, maybe you need to start or increase your prayer for understanding.

Okay, my point is that I have read the following passage for years and I finally got it. A little of that E117 going on. Here:

“21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse.
“22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” Mark 2:21, 22

Jesus was answering the Pharisees on the matter of His disciples not fasting. Now, I know that many people have probably gotten clearly different and clearly Biblical translations of what Jesus was trying to say here. And, I am by no means claiming to have a sudden life altering brainstorm and new revelation here. But, I think it’s very important that we get the meaning behind this.

What is Jesus saying to these guys? He’s talking about known facts concerning cloth and leather. This is kind of like a mini parable. Parables were meant to make you come to conclusions on your own and thereby making the point sink in. And, like parables, there is hidden meaning here. If you put a new piece of cloth on an old piece of clothing, the new cloth will shrink when washed and pull the stitching out. The patch will be useless. If you put a new wine into an old wine skin (leather) as the wine ferments, it will cause the old wine skin to swell. Since the old wine skin is old and lost it’s flexibility, it will break and crack, eventually bursting open.

Now, He is trying to make this point: Unless you are new, you will never understand what He is trying to do because you are stuck in the old way of thinking. Stuck in the traditions and ideas of man being completely inflexible to the ways of God. Because, essentially, what Jesus preached was new to man. It was prophesied in the Old testament, but it was new to the people of that time.

Today, there are plenty of men and women who are modern day Pharisees. I was once and if I am not careful, I can slip back into that very same old skin. We mustn’t rely on the traditions of man. No, don’t read into that, I’m not suggesting we become extra-biblical. Everything must still line up with God’s Word. However, we are a long ways from just catching up with what Jesus was doing.

How many of us say stuff like, “I am called to come out from the world and be different,” and show it by avoiding sinners and sinful places?  And yet Christ ate with sinners. How many of us tend to swallow the cow and strain the gnat? How many of us can really say we are all about relationship and not religion, yet must go through a whole special process to pray?

To really grasp Jesus, we must become new in every thing we are about. So, join me in the struggle to put off the old man and become new top to bottom.

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“Inside Out,” A Movie Review

Rent This One!

Blessings today! Happy Tuesday!

One of the things that I must always be ablemv5botgxmdqwmdk0of5bml5banbnxkftztgwnju5otg2nde-_v1_uy1200_cr9006301200_al_ to do with my blog is to explore the versatility of writing. I love to write about all sorts of subjects. Which can be a blessing, but also a curse. Sometimes it’s best to stick with one subject, sometimes it’s not. Which I am sure you have noticed. Today, I am reviewing a movie.

“Inside Out” is an animated film put out by Disney and Pixar. These guys are a great team in producing some of the best movies ever made. But, I’m sure I don’t need to go into their accomplishments. “Inside Out” hit the theaters last year, 2015, and would have debut at number one like normal, except “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrived the same weekend. Needless to say, the results were not as good as it could have been.

I approached this movie with a bit of prejudice. I guess you could say I saw this as a psychiatry type of picture by the way it was portrayed in the commercials. Not sure how to explain that, you will just have to accept it as such.

I could not possibly have been more wrong. Not only was this story very worthy of the Pixar mystique, but was one of the betters of the bunch. I say that because the premise behind it was completely accurate. It uses a crew of emotions for each person to tell the tale of growing older and having to go through changes.

We meet these emotions, Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear at the beginning as this child is born. These guys’ job is to keep all the girls emotions in check and regulate all the memories. The adventure that ensues as they work hard to do that is rather crazy. And, ultimately, telling the story of how the young lady grows and the processes and difficulties that she lives through.

It’s very funny, clean and family oriented. I watched it and remembered my kids (who had seen it in the theater) and how they go through some of the toughest things. And, like all good parents, I wish desperately that I could prevent a lot of their pain, but also know that they must go through some of it to be able to move forward in life.

All in all, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars for just being a great story and a great movie. If I was the kind of person to give out stars… If you have teens, do yourself a favor, watch it with someone. Rent this one!

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The Folds

The Most Important Thing Is To Make Certain We produce!

Blessings to you today! It’s your call…Have a great day!

foldUp front, on the stage, there’s a group of people. It’s Sunday morning and those folks are rocking the worship and Jesus is loving it! The Holy Spirit is moving and touching everyone who is willing to be touched.

Pretty soon, they are done, the Lord has really been lifted up. The man takes the mic, praises the Lord and begins to preach. An incredible sermon, many lives are touched and lifted up. The congregation is excited and fed. They give an alter call and people get saved.

Now that’s probably not a description of every service, but it’s one that suits my purpose on this. We often think about those individuals. The worship leader, the preacher. Maybe the missionary we see from time to time. We see their works and say, “What’s different between them and I?”

Read this:
Mark 4:8
“But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

The parable of the sower. It says this seed (the Gospel) fell on good soil. Anyone who has grown a vegetable or a fruit tree knows that not all plants produce the same results. It took me a while to get this. The Gospel is the same for all people,  but not all people respond the same. Keep in mind, the scripture is referring to those who accept and retain salvation in their lives.

So, three people get saved. Joe, John and Jack. They all receive it deep inside and all dedicate their lives to Jesus. Joe goes back to work. He becomes morally clean. Does’t tell dirty jokes, doesn’t listen to them. His life changes for the good.

John, like Joe, returns to work. But he is very outward about his new faith. He becomes a beacon at work. In his life all around, he touches people. He leads many people over time to Jesus. He becomes involved in church, his community and so on.

Then there’s Jack. His salvation becomes such a radical change that he must now devote his life fully to telling the world about God. Eventually, he becomes a minister. He preaches the gospel all the time. He goes over seas to be a missionary. He preaches in the open air in the slums and the dangerous places.

Jesus differentiates between the results, not the individual. He’s not saying that some are better than others because they produce more. Not at all. Joe is just important in the Kingdom as Jack. John just as much as Joe and so on. You cannot work your way into salvation anyway.

The Gospel, when sunk deep into us, will work with the person it has come into. You see, you have to remember that Joe, John and Jack all have their own personality and God works in that. He works in us. Some of us will produce 30 fold, some of us will produce 60 fold and some of us will produce 100 fold. The most important thing is to make certain we produce. Remember the fig tree? (Luke 13:6-9)

We won’t all produce 100 fold. And there is no room in the Kingdom of God for comparisons, so don’t even go there. But there is, also, no room for those who will not produce.

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