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Thursday, July 30, 2009

2nd corinthians and hypocrisy and persecution

2nd Corinthians has so much to say about those who are truly called into ministry, that i refuse to pick out a verse or series of verses. Read the whole thing, it can be done in one sitting and read it as seeing what Paul has to say about the qualifications and preparations to be a minister of God.

last nights Bible study on hypocrisy in giving Matt. 6:1-4 (the emphasis is completely on YOU beware of Your own hypocrisy, not try to figure out if anyone else is)
My random thought was if hypocrisy is the contagious disease, what is the CURE that God allows fo flow in from the outside....
My wife "got it"... Persecution --- there are no "mega-churches" in China, or any other country where persecution is a daily occurence, house-churches gather and true love and brokeness prevail. So here is a question; are there really, i mean REALLY any "mega-churches" anywhere?...
my answer is, no, only what "looks like" a mega-church in the absence of persecution.

So AMEN Come Lord Jesus, purify Your church!!
8 minute video from David Wilkerson on "travail"

Thursday, July 16, 2009

perfect trust/ perfect rest

Jesus said there are times when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but you should trust Him. At times God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the thought that the mind of God is behind all things strong and growing. Not even the smallest detail of life happens unless God’s will is behind it. Therefore, you can rest in perfect confidence in Him

Oswad Chambers (nothing to add)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

our lack

It seems to me that most of our problems/worries/interpersonal difficulties are simply a lack of understanding/appropriating/appreciating/knowing the amazing sacrificial love or our God.

We love, because He first loved us ...(and by the way we were quite unlovable at the time)

Once again John, led by the Holy Spirit, had more truth in one sentence than a whole year
of Philosophy 101

Monday, July 13, 2009

disarm the enemy

Pastor Larry showed a video "Lead Me to the Cross - Passion of the Christ"
yesterday in church and while watching it God dropped this truth in my
head

It's sacrificial love that disarms the enemy.

Amen, So Lord love thru us, give us Your love, love - sacrificially - thru us.

Friday, July 10, 2009

ouch

God's word to me yesterday
very clear
very true

"You are not to respond to him in a hostile way"

Spoken directly to my heart, about the way that i
respond to the challenges/statements of one of our sons.

Thank you, God for Your faithful love and guidance.

Now You, O Lord, must do the work thru me.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

questions from kids

Kids ask questions that sometimes make you think. Like after being bitten by a mosquito, "Daddy why did God make mosquito's?"
While still thinking about it, I opened my mouth and said, well before sin, they would have been harmless, but that didn't get much response, so i let it sit for awhile, and this week while in church, this thought came to me...The purpose of mosquito's is to show us the evil of sin and to make us long for heaven all the more.

Also in teaching the 2-4 year olds about being thankful, i could not get any of them to thank God for ants...it is a sign of immaturity in Christ when we can't be thankful in all things, not for the "all things" themselves but for the sovereign God behind them...

I want to get a hebrew word for " Who makes it all work out" so that i can make a compound name for God like "Jehovah-Jireh" "Jehovah-Shalom" so it will be "Jehovah-Who makes it all work out"

Also some deep thoughts on the judgment of God and "beginning to see" that alot of what goes on in the world that is horrible and beyond our ability to comprehend is the judgment of God and we need to be in prayer and confession, like Daniel did for Israel in Daniel chapter 9