He is with us!

I am thankful to know that God and only God determines the future of His people. He stays the hand of the enemy and protects and provides for His people. Please remember that when the trials of life seem to be unbearable. Look to the future and consider the end of the story. Whatever it will be, will be glorious-WHY? Because He is with US and He wants nothing but good things for US. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

I Can’t Give What I Don’t Have!

Someone said something profound at a Bible Study once. Paraphrased, “I can’t trust you because I can’t trust myself.” He was just stating a point of fact. He was not speaking about himself our me.

This is one of the reasons why we have such conflict within relationships.  The statement sparked a thought in my mind. My mind flooded with all of the classes we have taken over the past year at seminary, and the scripture that popped into my mind was this one.

Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

So, I am thinking:

  1. OMS – the issues is not being able to love our neighbor.
  2. The issue is we cannot give what we do not have.
  3. We don’t love ourselves, so we can’t give love to others.
  4. We cannot demonstrate compassion to others because it is not within us to do so.

The bottom line is this – a person cannot give you what they do not have inside of themselves to give.

So, don’t be disappointed when you don’t receive it. Not making excuses.

Could we change that mindset ourselves? NO! Only the Holy Spirit can do that. However, He is not going to force us to change when we don’t want to.

Then a lot of other things started to make so more much sense to me.

The persecuted church…

  • When we are persecuted for righteousness sake.. not because we did something stupid and won’t admit to it. But because we did what Jesus wanted us to do … and are being persecuted for it.
  • Or we did what someone else told us to do and we trusted them enough to do what they said. What a huge difference in that construct.

I thought to myself.. this explains why I had the Beatitudes on my mind so much for the last month or so.

Anyway – those are my random thoughts.

I trust that you have a blessed day today, in that you opened your heart to the Lord and allowed Him to free you from the shackles that bind all of us. Don’t allow anyone to take that freedom away from you. His love is never ending and there is fullness of joy in Him and in Him alone. Don’t allow anyone to steal that either.

Can We Avoid the Same pitfalls of Church and State – That the church in the Middle Ages Could Not Avoid?

 Jesus said, “Give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”  Their mouths hung open, speechless (Mark 12:17)

The Middle Ages appears to be history’s warning to Christendom as to who is responsible for the governance of the Church and the governance of the state.[1] The middle ages initially demonstrated a dual or symbiotic system of leadership namely the “ecclesiastical hierarchy”  governed by the Pope and the system of the “imperium” or governance by political leaders. [2]  However, symbiosis requires both parties involved in the relationship to comprehends its role and works together to support each other.[3]  During the Middle Ages that was not the case because both systems of governance vied for control of the Church, social and political systems and attempted to do so through the symbiotic relationship between church and state.[4] What did the symbiotic relationship look like during the Middle Ages and do they present any pitfalls to modern day church-state relationships?

According to Noll, the intertwining of church and state during the Middle Ages proffered a religious culture that identified the need for saving grace and salvation for all human beings due to universal sin.[5] Nevertheless, the caveat for that saving grace required a definition of grace through the sacraments [formally known as Sacramental Theology] of the Catholic Church and the theological arm of the monasteries supported by the Catholic Church.[6] Furthermore, Noll declared that the relationship between the sacraments, the church, and the social structures of the Middle Ages placed the Church in a perceived role of governance in all spheres of life within the kingdom including the economy, education, the arts, and legal system.[7] Church governance did not have the type of lasting spiritual impact that it should have had on the culture.   Instead, the culture and the power associated with positional control changed the spiritual nature of the leadership of the church.

Noll posited that the rise of the authority of members of the “ecclesiastical  hierarchy” led religious leaders to behave in a manner that was unbecoming of church leaders.[8] Hendrik concurred by pointing out that  the period was far from idyllic and the Christianity of the Middle Ages was not at all Christian, society  transformed the Church instead of the Church impacting society.[9]  Today, it is highly likely that the church would not be able to avoid the pitfall of the societal transformation of the church instead of the church transforming the culture. Absolute power corrupted absolutely during the Middle Ages and it would do likewise in the Modern Church.  Throughout the centuries human nature has not changed.

Secondly, Noll spoke to the church’s perceptions of the role of political leaders during the Middle Ages. Noll painted a picture of the struggle between the Church and the body politic as a tug of war. Noll contended that the church attempted to regulate the “imperium” and placed it in a role of subservience to the Pope but expected the leaders to support the church with unfeigned loyalty.[10]  Therefore, the transference of this ideology identified the next pitfall of one-sided governance.  Attempting to bring the construct of the absolute power of the Church into the modern age would not engender the modern Church culture to political leaders.  The state i.e. the USA perceives itself as having complete governance over social, political, and legal decisions (See the Constitution).[11] Thirdly, the pitfall of schisms that arose during the Middle Ages cannot be avoided today because they currently exist within the church.[12]

In concluding, modern Christianity cannot ascertain that the blending of Church and state is a good idea. The intermingling of God’s Governance and the political system would damage the Church culture in the same manner that it damaged the Church culture of the Middle Ages.  The current political climate has demonstrated that Christians cannot allow themselves to be transformed by the “state”.  It has diluted the veracity of  the testimony of the Church and will eventually muzzle the Church. The tenability of a church-state governance is not possible for the United States of America – the Constitution forbids Congress from formulating any religious body that becomes a state religion (See Foot Note Reference 11). Leave the government to the system that humanity chose and leave the Church in God’s hands. (Jesus said, “Give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.” Their mouths hung open, speechless.)


[1] God’s word clearly delineates the representative head of the Church. “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.” (Ephesians 1:22 English Standard Version ESV).

[2] Encyclopedia Britannica Online, s.v. “Middle Ages,” 2016, Christendom, accessed September 14, 2016, https://www.britannica.com/event/Middle-Ages#ref908220.

[3] Webster’s Dictionary definition of symbiosis defines it as: “the living together in more or less intimate association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms (as in parasitism, mutualism, or commensalism) “Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, 2016, s.v. “symbiosis,” accessed September 14, 2016, http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com/unabridged/symbiosis.

[4] Adriaan Bredero Hendrik., Christendom and Christianity in the Middle Ages: The Relations between Religion, Church, and Society (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 1994), 12.

[5] Noll, Turning Points,152-153.

[6] Ibid., 154; Tony Lane, A Concise History of Christian Thought (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006), 88.

[7] Ibid., 155.

[8] Ibid., 159.

[9] Adriaan Bredero Hendrik., Christendom and Christianity in the Middle Ages: The Relations between Religion, Church, and Society (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 1994), xi–xii.

[10] Ibid., 157.

[11] “The Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Revolution in Government,” National Constitution Center, accessed September 14, 2016, http://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/white-pages/the-constitutional-convention-of-1787-a-revolution-in-government;  By, “Amendment I Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition,” National Constitution Center, First Amendment, accessed September 14, 2016, http://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendments/amendment-i.

[12] Lane, A Concise History, III. The Medieval West.

Bredero, Adriaan Hendrik. Christendom and Christianity in the Middle Ages: The Relations between Religion, Church, and Society. Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 1994.
By. “Amendment I Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition.” National Constitution Center. Accessed September 14, 2016. http://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendments/amendment-i.
“The Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Revolution in Government.” National Constitution Center. Accessed September 14, 2016. http://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/white-pages/the-constitutional-convention-of-1787-a-revolution-in-government.
Lane, Tony. A Concise History of Christian Thought. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006.
“Middle Ages.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 2016. Accessed September 14, 2016.https://www.britannica.com/event/Middle-Ages#ref908220.
Noll, Mark A. Turning Points, Decisive Moments in the History Christianity. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. 2016. Accessed September 14, 2016.http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com/unabridged/symbiosis.

He is Loyal to Us..So We Must be loyal to each other

The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. — 2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV 

I have always thought that we have very low expectations of God.  We are now living at a time in history where the word “God” is frowned upon.  People veer to the far left when the word “God” is mentioned.  People who were brought up with God as a frame of reference are now sold on the idea that they are the authors of their own destiny and they will live now and to “He**” with everyone.
We live in a time when a  person actually thinks that the world revolves around them and when others do not come into their circle of influence as one of the players who are there to make “them”happy then it is just too bad and they can just stay out of it.
I am most alarmed that titillating one’s senses is more important than staying focused on what God wants for us as we continue on our journey of life.
Yes, He remains in control whether we acknowledge Him or not.
Yes, as humans we will do stupid things that do not represent Him at all.
Yes, He will allow us to live our lives as we see fit, and yes, we will find out one day that He really is God, and He does order our steps.
I wonder what we will say when He says to us, “Why did you walk away from the work that I told you to do?  You prayed for years asking me to order your steps. When I did you left when it became uncomfortable for you, or when the desires of the flesh were more important to you” – thought provoking huh?
This conversation will happen whether we believe it or not.  YHVH is God, and He never changes.  His love for us in unfathomable and He does hear and answer prayers.  We, however, are not listening and or acting on those answers.  He remains loyal to us no matter what we say or do.
We, however, are not listening and or acting on those answers.
But we are not listening and or acting on those answers. 
So, what do we need to do at this time in our lives?
Do not allow society to dictate who and what you are in Jesus.  Let Jesus decide that for you.
Do not allow social media – or the friends you have found through social media set the temperature for your spiritual growth.
So, here are some remembers to keep on focus on what is important:
  1. Remember that people who live on and must have contacts through social media are living behind the screen of a computer or digital device.
  2. Remember that sometimes social media gives us an insight into a person true personality.  However, it does not give us an opportunity to condemn that person.  Remain loyal to them.
  3. Remember that communication is a two-way street and those memes are not an effective means of communicating.   Take the time to talk to people not use pictures to communicate. Using pictures devalues the person and says you don’t want to hear any more – this damages the tendons of relational communication and sometimes severs them.
  4. Remember that if you have something to say, say it to the people who need to hear it not to everyone who is on social media. This type of action creates rifts in your loyalty meter.
  5. Remember that connecting with people through the establishment of relationships transforms lives, not just the other person’s life but our lives too.
  6. Remember that transformation can be positive or negative.  Choose to make your relationships with others a positive transformation fostered of realistic loyalty expectations. This is what He wants for us.
  7. Bear in mind that we cannot threaten people to be loyal to us. People must experience our loyalty to them as well as before they will invest their energies into us. But ensure that your expectations for loyalty are realistic. There is a difference between enabling and loyalty.


  1. He is our most loyal friend.
  2. His love for us never changes, and no matter what we do.
  3. He loves us unconditionally, and we should love each other in the same way too. Then loyalty will be evident, and His best for us becomes a reality that we can and will accept.
  4. He is not human and He does not waiver His loyalty.
  5. He remains loyal to us no matter what we say or do.
  6. His love for us in unfathomable and He does hear and answer prayers
  7. Lastly, remember that YHVH remains loyal to us even when we sin and He does not have a ticker list of our disloyalty to Him.
Just Trust Him – He is a true friend!!

Moral relativism and Sin – I’m better than you if….hmm


Moral relativism appears to be the buzz concept of the year. So, let quickly explore that concept.

Moral relativism may be any of several philosophical positions concerned with the differences in moral judgments across different people and cultures. Descriptive moral relativism holds only that some people do in fact disagree about what is moral; meta-ethical moral relativism holds that in such disagreements, nobody is objectively right or wrong; and normative moral relativism holds that because nobody is right or wrong, we ought to tolerate the behavior of others even when we disagree about the morality of it. What in the world does that mean?  If I say it is ok to commit an act as long as it does not offend a person’s culture, it is ok. Really? If it is wrong from God’s perspective, it is wrong. If the Word of God says it is a sin, then it is a sin.  It is not righteous if a person of stature does it.

What does God say about morality?  He defines wrong as sin.  Our sense of morality is of no importance to Him. He is just, righteous, and holy.  He does not to measure sin.  What He thinks of sin does not change with the century or culture. So, the bottom line is what does God’s word say about my actions?

  • What does God say about sin? He hates it!
    • Psalm 5:5, “The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,”
    • Psalm 11:5, “The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”
    • Lev. 20:23, “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.”
    • Prov. 6:16-19, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”
    • Hosea 9:15, “All their evil is at Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds, I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels.”
  • Who has commits sin?

Galatians 5:19-21  When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;    no one does good,    not even one” (Ro 3:10-12 ESV). 

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf,    and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away (Isaiah 64:6 ).


  • How should the church respond to the construct of sin?
    • The fact is God is holy and righteous that He hates the sinful acts – He does not want to look at a person or listen to a person who just spews out sin (Psalm 5:5; Lev. 20:23; Prov. 6:16-19; Hos. 9:15 (NASB).
    • Therefore when a person compares their sin with another person’s sin, they are using moral relativism to notify us that they are in fact better than the other person. But God’s word says… For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding (2 Cor. 10:12(.  Comparing one person’s sins against another person’s sin is pointless. Sin is sin period! There isn’t one sin that is better than or worse than another sin. One politician’s lie is no better than the other politician’s lie.  One church member’s lie is no better than another church member’s lie.  One Pastor’s lie is just as bad as the other Pastor’s lie.  One Congressperson’s lie is not better than the other Congressperson’s lie. A lie is a lie even if it is told by a Republican compared with a Democrat. In God’s eyes, it is egregious.

Historically we have arrived at a point in time where we are actually measuring sin and we are making our decisions based on moral relativistic guidelines.  That is a dangerous premise on which to base one’s belief system.  It is this type of philosophical construct that led the church to accept behaviors from others simply because it justified our means or accomplished our desired outcome for our enemy.  The Church must judge as God judges.



Leadership that led to egregious sin

This morning I was reminded of who and when I was created and what I was created along with me. Then I was reminded of what happens to God’s people when they turned away from the one who created them.

The nation of Israel was led into idolatry because Jeroboam did not want to lose his throne. He forgot that God gave him that throne. He started idol worship, with his own priests etc.,  Due to the northern kingdom’s blatant disregard for the God who created them He took his presence from his people because they were led astray. The peoples’ recalcitrance was supported by the leader of the nation.  He led them into idol worship.

Why is this example important to us today?

It is essential for leaders to realize that they set the tone for the people whom they lead. If they revel in sin, then so will the people. If a leader encourages, or subjugates gossipping, slander, name calling, pride arrogance and dissonance among the brethren, Then he/she has essentially become a modern day Jeroboam.  God will remove His presence from any person, group, or entity that willfully disobeys Him and lead others to do so.

The nation of Israel is a perfect example of that. WOW..can you imagine God’s presence leaving you? Him turning His back on you because you choose to live a lifestyle that is so contrary to what He wants for you that He cannot stand to dwell with you anymore?

Jeroboam loved his people…but he also wanted to keep them to himself.  He was afraid that the people would return to Jerusalem, the anointed place of worship, if they knew how he became king and the debauchery he committed to gain the throne. He began with a simple compromise and led them down the garden path to dark and vile sin. He didn’t start off that way, but as time passed the sin was deep.  Initially, He was God’s instrument to carry out his sentence again Solomon and his line. But power is the elixir of sin.  The enemy will always use the lust of power to derail leaders.  

Throughout the history of the church arrogance, pride and false humility mixed with power brought disgrace to the Church of the Living God – just read about the crusades. The time of the Reformation. The infiltration of the Medici family into the church and their stronghold on it.  The murder and destruction brought on by people who realized that being the leader of a large body of believers gave them absolute power.

So what?

Look at our nation today. In what way do we see Jeroboams rising up within the body of Christ, in local government, state government, and national government? I speak to the church because as the church walks so walks the nation. Whom do you choose to follow?


  1. Do you unquestioningly believe everything that you are told by a leader without searching for the truth – through the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
  2. Do you unquestioningly support a leader even when you “smell” that something is fishy?
  3. Do you make excuses for a heads behavior because you believe that they are the only “hope” for the community/nation?
  4. Do you – God Forbid – worship your leaders regardless of their inappropriate behavior? You see when Jeroboam made the golden calf the people had a choice. They could have walked away. They knew the law. They knew that he was leading them to commit an act that was egregious to God.  But for fear of repercussions they went with the flow.  They wanted to leave the leadership of Rehoboam.  They wanted change. They wanted to be rescued. They made excuses for his behavior. They chose the lesser of two evils. WOW!!


Never take your position of leadership for granted. God gave it to you, and He can take it from you if you go astray!

Jesus help us! Help your people to stand up for what is right regardless of what the end result will be. If we begin to compromise who we are just so people will love us and stay under our leadership, we will end up like Jeroboam and the nation of Israel. One simple lie of his led to an entire nation living an abominable life. Such an abominable life that their Good, Good, Father removed His presence away from his people.Dear Jesus open our eyes before we make the same mistake that Israel made. Save us from ourselves Lord Jesus. I do not want to lead to please people… I want to be a leader who leads to pleases God – bless your people today Father as they go forward into this day.  Everyone leads Father. We do not have to be given a lofty title that points towards a position of leadership because we all lead by example! At this time in the history of our nation Father I am at a loss for words as I see what leaders are doing and saying. Massage the hearts of your people Father help us to realize that when this is all over we will still be the church. How effective will our testimony be after the type of witness that we have demonstrated. Allow us to hear your voice in the midst of teh media blitz and pour your Holy Spirt down upon us as we rest in the knowledge that you are God and you are sovereign in the lives of all men. Give us the willing ness to rest in you and believe that we don’t have to do anything because yu are God and nothing happens on this earth without your knowledge. Amen and amen.

Praise Him in The Storm!

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23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:23-27 New International Version (NIV)

Were the disciples experiencing a crisis of faith or did they not know any better?

Sometimes we experience some crisis in our lives for a particular reason.  I have heard folks declare that the devil is “messing” with them. Is it possible that this crisis occurred because it was an opportunity for us to stand on the promises of God our Father?  James tells us that we do not grow not on our merit, but through trials and tribulations. So, we determine if we will grow kicking and screaming, or if we will be joyful as we grow. In the flesh, we can do nothing.  We do not have to plead to God for Him to stand by us when the storms of life are raging. His word declares, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12). So, will you praise Him in the storm?

Father forgive us when our faith wanes, and strengthen us with the resolve to trust in you regardless of how bleak the situation may present itself in Jesus name Amen!



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Ash trees are dying at an alarming rate all over the Midwest, the culprit – the Emerald Ash Boer.  These trees, however, aren’t dying overnight; it generally takes about 3 years for these insects to kill their host.  Nevertheless, unless some drastic intervention occurs, once they show up they not only kill the tree they infect, but they quickly proliferate and infect all the surrounding Ash trees.  The results are visually devastating; it’s an eerie thing to see an entire grove of dead trees.  Soon Ash trees will be a very rare thing in this part of the country. Regrettably, it looks like American Evangelicalism is suffering a similar fate.  However, before continuing it must be clearly stated that the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is not dying.  Jesus is the Lord of the universal invisible church; and as such he is continually building his church, his body, and…

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Striving for a Crown – Go Team Jesus!

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NKJV)

As I got excited about my favorite athletic event last night, all sorts of things ran through my mind.

  1. I looked at the athletes and thought about how they “subjected their bodies” to prepare for the Olympic games.
  2. Then I thought about my body physical and spiritual and asked myself these questions.
    1. What am I doing each day to prepare myself for the race that began when I answered God’s call on my life?
    2. How do I plan, exercise, and feed my spiritual muscles to ensure that maximum muscle strength and achieved God’s desired outcome for my life each day?
    3. Do I ensure that I am mentally and spiritually prepared for the rigors of “The Race of Faith”?

The spiritual track meet started for me – oh wait a minute and you too – when He said, “”Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  You see I can relate to this event because I was a sprinter. I ran track for 7 years. My mind went back to how it felt back then.

As I was crouched in the starting block NOTHING entered my mind. I looked at the finish line. That was my final destination. My goal – to be the first one to cross that finish line.

  • Yes, I was the speed demon of my school.
  • Yes, I was unbeatable.
  • Yes, I enjoyed receiving those medals at the end of the race.

But do you know which event I loved the most? The 4 x 100 meters relay.  Why? I loved team activities because we were able to help each accentuate the best that each person had to offer. I loved to see the precision and the rhythm of my school’s track team as each person on the team shot around the track, and with amazing speed, carried out the defined purpose – to win the race for our school.  Second place was not an option.  We were the defending champions each year.

On the day of the event, the captain – me – motivated the team. I reminded each member what their strengths were.  We did not discuss the weaknesses.  As the race started, this was the scenario.

  • As runner number 1 started the race – I screamed out their name for their entire section of the contest and told them that they could do it!!
  • Runner 1 handed the baton over to runner number 2, and the screaming started again!
  • As runner number 2 approached runner number 3 I screamed out “We are almost home – break out!”
  • Then I assumed the position – said another prayer – and extended my right hand to receive the baton. The stadium would erupt – everyone knew that I could bring it home – you see we were ahead all I had to do was stay ahead and decrease our time for this event.  Winning was not enough we were competing against our time. We had to do it in less time in this race! In less that 12 seconds my part of the relay was over and once again Aylesbury Secondary High School won another relay race. TEAMWORK made the DREAMWORK.

I looked at the sea of humanity on the floor of the Olympic stadium last night, and I remembered that….

  1. I am still on a team. Team Jesus!
  2. I still had many team members on my team who needed to be coached on how to take their particular gifts and tailor them to their part in the race – sharing Jesus is the race.
  3. I was still in the relay – my job today is to create people like myself who will hand the baton of the Gospel over to the next person in the race.
  4. I am still excited about receiving the prize – “but [now it would be]. . . . for an imperishable crown.
  5. I am still surrounded by agreat a cloud of witnesses,” all of the saints from Peter to modern day saints who had “. .[laid] aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnared [them,].[People who, like my relay team had]run with endurance the race that is set before [them], looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of [their] faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
  • Are you running in this race with me?
  • Are you preparing your spiritual muscles each day to carry out our mission?
  • Are you a member of Team Jesus?
  • Can you sense the excitement in heaven as you wake up each morning to spend another day on Mission For Team Jesus!
  • Do you know that God our Good Good Father is cheering us on?
  • Do you know that – like many of the Olympic athletes last night – we have “stuff” we are overcoming? He calls us His overcomers. Let’s win the race for Team Jesus!!



This is my baton. A Sharing Jesus Video. Let’s run the race Team Jesus!!

Honestly evaluate your church : Courtesy of Ricky Boyles

The Bible says that we should examine everything, and hold on to the good.

The questions in this list help you take a step back so that you can honestly evaluate your church, its leaders, and your church experience.

Is your pastor fully accountable to a board of elders, presbyters, etc?
Is loyalty to Jesus and to one’s own calling placed before loyalty to pastor and church?
Does your pastor encourage questions and suggestions? Is he approachable?
Does your pastor give equal attention to all kinds of people in his congregation?
Does your pastor readily admit his errors?
Does your pastor avoid boasting or hinting at a “special anointing”?
Is your pastor truly humble?
Are the sermons based on clear Biblical truths, not on “original revelations” or ax-grinding?
Does your church interact with other churches?
Does your church staff avoid secrecy?
Is power shared in your church (rather than preempted by a hierarchy)?
Does your church see itself as just one organ of the Body of Christ, and not the main one?
Is your church truly friendly?
Does your church emphasize ministry to people rather than church programs?
Are especially needy people cared for lovingly in your church?
Are church members encouraged and loved even when they leave?
Are relationships with former members encouraged or allowed?
Do the pastor and congregation avoid attacking and using as object lessons, former members or those who disagree?
Are families encouraged to stay together and spend time together?
Does your family worship Sunday service include children, at least for part of the service?
Are you encouraged in your own calling?
Are pleas for money rare and unemotional?
Are your children happy to attend church?
Are you happy to bring unsaved friends to your church?
Is there a diversity of classes, races, dress styles, ages, and occupations in your church?
Are people encouraged to hear from God for themselves?
Is there a single behavior standard for all people in the church?
Are all types of people considered welcome at your church?
Is the joy of the Lord present in your church?
Are you free from fear in your church?
Do you think more about God and Jesus than you do about your pastor and church?
Does your pastor include himself in any calls for repentance and forgiveness?
Are you clear that the pastors and elders never exaggerate or lie to make themselves look good?
Is your group encouraging of each other and free from gossip and rumoring?
Is there a humility of doctrine that points to the grace of God and His mercy for sinners?
Are you encouraged to serve in ministries or missions outside the local body?
Is there ever any pressure put upon members to give or lend money to leaders for their personal or business use (exclusive of church business or projects)?


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