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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Put Your Mouth On Your Mountain

You have to put your mouth on your mountain.  Mark 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 

Stop whining & crying & put your mouth on your problem & watch it loosen up.  When you don’t your mountain will get bigger and bigger and then you will probably say to yourself or someone else one of these little  adages that are often used when trouble arise; “When It Rain it pours” or a cliche “Can it get any worse than this?”  You must have faith in your FATHER. GOD has your back.  Mark 11:24. You have to believe that you received even before you get it.  Speak to your mountain(s), whether it is your spiritual journey, family, financial, relationship, health, employment and any other mountain.  Whatever you ask when you pray believe you will receive them & you will have them.  When you say it, it’s coming.  Speak for it to come, but believe like it’s already here.  

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Preachers of L.A. Reality Show: My Sentiments:You Can't Edit The Bible

On the reality show Preachers of L.A. one of the younger preachers admitted that he has fathered a child out of wedlock and is living together with the mother, but not married.  He said to the Elder on the show, "Show Me In the Bible Where Shacking Up or Living Together Is A Sin".  My sentiments to his remark.

A friend of mine shared his description of the show so eloquently in a more realistic view. This is his comment I wrote in red letters.

The "harm" that this show produces is similar to the "Kardashians"!
In the same sense of viewing a group of people living "lavish" lifestyles - and wanting to have what they have;
I have already received emails/texts from ministers from Jamaica and Nigeria hosting "Preachers of L.A." viewing parties!
And in these "meetings" people are gathering around the T.V. watching this fantasy - and thinking, "Oh, to be a preacher in the U.S.A.!.. Look how blessed the minister's are!?" They are under the impression that ALL minister's live like that (which is so far from the truth!) :)
The producers are creating a dream world, where preacher's always eat at Wolfgang Puck's for lunch, then media portrays on shows like TBN, WORD, (etc.etc.) they only show limited "well-to-do" ministries - and not the average or even typical ministers who are trusting God for gas in the church van..

(From all the minister's who agreed to be a part of this TV show, I'd love to see the one's that turned it down..,)

My Thoughts on biblical teachings. 
Modern preachers would do well to revisit regularly the sobering words of Matthew 23, where Jesus unleashes scathing words of disapproval upon the hypocritical teachers of his day.  He acknowledges the Pharisees are dispensing truth (v.3), but He quickly points out that their lives do not match their words of truth. 

To the teachers of the Bible, Jesus raises the ultimate question regarding the extent of one's hypocrisy: are you truly saved?  And though most of their teachings was accurate and could lead their hearers on the right path (v.2), their pattern of behavior, if replicated, would lead others to destruction.  So severe was the breech between their words and their lives that Jesus charged the Pharisees hadn't even appropriated their teachings most basic and urgent tenet.  They were not on their way to the kingdom of heaven, but rather they were excluded from it.  

"You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?  You who preach that a man should not steal, do you not steal?  You say, "Do not commit adultery," do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?  You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law?  For "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." as it is written. (Rom. 2:21-24.

Jesus showed little tolerance for the teacher who failed to do what He was telling others to do. 
The personal life of the preacher is the foundation upon which his every sermon stands.  He certainly cannot expect to be used of God to change lives if his own life is questionable and controversial.  The New Testament's emphasis on the character requirements of those entrusted with teaching responsibilities should be ample proof of this (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1), yet it is far from the only proof.  If you are to preach the life-changing sermons, you must be able to say with 1 Corinthians 11:1, "imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. " That is why Paul tells the young preacher to "watch your life and doctrine closely" (1 Tim. 4:16 NIV).

Is there a thirst for the spotlight among the Preachers of L.A. The Pharisee's prideful quest for recognition and applause is vehemently condemned by Jesus in Matthew 23:5-12.  Much like today's preachers, they worked hard to attain their teaching posts. They spent countless hours in schools and took great pains in their studies.  They paid their dues at the feet of their professors and labored under the tutelage of demanding instructors.  Certainly it's appropriate for people to recognize their achievements. What was the harm in enjoying the plaudits given them or seeking what was rightly theirs?  According to Jesus, everything was wrong with it! 

Why?  Because the love of man's approval quickly degenerates into something far worse, fueling the teacher's hypocrisy on every level.  Like the Pharisees, we can easily develop an insatiable appetite for praise, which can lead us to do things in our ministry just to be noticed and exalted.  If we look at ourselves as pastors, honestly, we may have to admit that some elements of our messages are more about our reputation than our congregation's transformation and for the Preacher's of L.A. my question is:  Have you exchanged the glory of exalting Christ and impacting people for the base goal of exalting yourselves?  Self-promotion, without a doubt, will lead God to remove His hand from our preaching ministry.  He promised to oppose the proud (James 4:6;1, Pet. 5:5; Prov. 3:34) and He will.  He unequivocally vowed to keep His glory from being claimed by His servants (1 Cor. 1:26-31) and He will.  When we face the temptation to touch His glory we must recall Jesus' words to the Pharisees:  "Whoever exalts himself will be abased, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted" (v.12).   Every generation of preachers needs such a reminder.

Paul was careful to point out to his students that preaching the Word should stimulate the listener to act.  His instruction regarding preaching was surrounded with verbs that never let the young preacher lose sight of this goal.  In Matthew 18:15 Jesus explains how to point out a brother's sin and move him to change his behavior. Jesus said to "go and tell him his fault (elencho)," that is "go to show him his sin and summon him to repentance.  James equates exposure to preaching with a stark reflection of ourselves in a mirror (James 1:22-24).  We, as pastors-teachers, need to focus on our call to preach messages that change lives.  Our members need to know that we are going to be faithful to that call.

Jesus pointed to several condemnable traits in the lives of the ancient Pharisaical preachers, traits that modern preachers would be wise to note , and wiser to avoid.


 ( 2  PETER 1:16)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Lord Teach Us Tolerance

Your life as a Christian should make non-believers question their disbelief in God. Lord teach us tolerance when we are around people who are difficult. The Best Way to sum it up is to deal with people in love. Love the unsaved in such a way that they will want to know more about your God.
Just as there are difficult people in the world there are also difficult people in the church as well. You may even live with difficult people or have friends and relatives that are difficult people.  For the most dedicated Christians, it is sometimes difficult to be gentle with some folks.  Focus on Christ Jesus & receive a loving spirit.  As Christians, we are to be lights shining in a dark world.  Christians should behave like Christians even with difficult people; always pray before you speak, refrain from saying harsh words and ask God to place a guard over your mouth so that you will not offend anyone.  TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE HELPS THOSE WHO CAN'T RETURN THE FAVOR.  Aren't you glad that God is helping you make it through today? 

Speak With Respect: Colossians 4:6; Disagreements and misunderstandings will happen in life, but this is not an excuse to disrespect others. Our speech should be kind but firm when necessary.

Sometimes You Need To Walk Away: David realized that was a fight between Saul and God.
David allowed God to fight on his behalf.

Their Argument May Not Be With You: 1 Samuel 8:7; Sometimes a person will take out their frustration and anger on you when you aren’t really the problem.

Examine Yourself:  Matthew 7:3-5

Remember You Are Accountable To God: Romans 14:10-13;You are accountable to God for your own actions. You cannot control what the other person does, but you can control how you respond.

Pray For Them: Matthew 5:44, 45
Paul was having to deal with problems in the church. But he starts the book by saying he is praying for them.

Sometimes You Must Agree To Disagree: Acts 15:37-40 
Realize that ignoring a problem does not make it go away. One of the greatest missionary evangelists of all time, the Apostle Paul, had a disagreement with his mentor Barnabas. 

Summary: Treat People With Love:Your love may bring conviction to the saved or unsaved to help them turn to God for forgiveness.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Don't Quit In The Valley

Some people feel that they are walking daily in the wilderness and the valleys of life.  God has a plan for your life!  Don't quit in the valley; it is sometimes in the valley where God gets our attention; sometimes you must Praise God in the Dark.  It's alright! Jesus had already gone through the darkness of human living.  But then the darkness gave way to the light. Lord Jesus, You are our light in the darkest places of our lives. Because of You, we can see.  Oh how we can see!  Whenever you feel very distant from God, remember that God is never distant from you.  Our flesh wants to fear.  But in Christ Jesus, there is no fear!   Fear says: a storm is coming.  FAITH says: Be Bold.  Your God is with you!