Saturday, August 03, 2002

"The BIBLE is the rock on which our Republic rests."
Andrew Jackson

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I have been pondering the recent abductions of all these American Kids. Why has this been hapening more. Could it be because of the Liberalistic Church's that have destoyed moral discipline and encouraged pernicious forms of sexual vice, drugs, and pornography. They have said the Bible is not really the word of God and not the ROCK on which our Republic was built. The Lord has been showing me that it is time to for me to clean up my own life, so that I can influence others for Him.

Matthew 5:16

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men”

Friday, August 02, 2002

"Moral courage is the most valuable and
usually the most absent characteristic in men."
George S. Patton

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We do not think it strange for a soldier to give up his life for his country, or for an Olympic athlete to exert himself incredibly in order to win a medal. The world esteems a business man like Bill Gates who gives it his all, to be successful. Is not Jesus Christ worthy of our all, more than any of these other causes.

Thursday, August 01, 2002

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."

Steve Prefontaine

The Spiritual Battle We Face
We are in a Spiritual Battle far worse than any physical battle ever fought on the face of the earth and we need to prepare for it. There are many spiritual things we can learn from the best physical fighting force on the planet, the Navy Seals. When the seals face trouble they head for the water, when Christians face trouble we should head for the word of God. Seals work in small teams; Christians should never work alone and have a buddy/disciple. The Navy Seal only takes orders from the Commander in Chief (the President). Christians should take their orders from Jesus Christ and His Word. The Navy Seal is a humble warrior, sometimes the only person who knows the incredible things they do is the President. For some Christian's, the only person who will know what we do for God's Kingdom is Jesus Christ our Lord. This spiritual battle we face is listed in Ephesians 6:10-19.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,”

Since I did not know any HTML code before starting this Blog last Friday, I am researching some other pages and getting tips. So posting may be light.

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Ephesians 3:14-19
When I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

The Power of Prayer

Mark 11:17

And He taught saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but you have made it a den of thieves.

I just got back from our Church and the Men's prayer meeting. God loves to hear from His children so much, that He answers our humble prayers in a mighty way. Our Church here in Tennessee, has not had a head pastor for about 7 months. We have a 69 year old retired pastor who is always at prayer meeting and now leads our Sunday Service. This past Sunday he spoke about the Samaritan women who had 5 husbands and was living with a man that was not her husband(John 4). She came to see Jesus as the true Messiah. It was a simple presentation of the Gospel, not with fancy words of wisdom. After he finished presenting the gospel, about 20 people gave their life to the Lord. Please pray that these new Christians would grow like the seed planted in the good soil and that God would continue to bless Pastor Shelton and our Church. May God bless you, your family and your local Church.

Monday, July 29, 2002

God’s Power through Multiplication and Making Disciples

From early in the scriptures we see that God is concerned about multiplication. In Genesis 1 verse 28 it states “And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth….. “ This is a very important concept and is repeated a number of times in the New Testament as the key to reaching the world for Christ. The Devil has let addition happen in the Churches because he knows all to well if the saints grasp the concept of multiplication they will be radically changed and reach the world for Christ. When Jesus gave the parable of the sower he stated the seed planted in the good soil would increase by 100 times, 60 times and 30 times, not that it would add 100, or 60 or 30. “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” Matthew 13:23

In Matthew 28 verses 18 through 20 Jesus states “..All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." There is much to be learned from these three verses that are essentially repeated in some form in Mark 16 verse 15, Luke 24 verses 47 through 49 and Acts 1 verse 8 and 9.

Let us look at these verses in Matthew 28 verses 18 through 20 more closely. Jesus said: “..All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth, “ I heard one preacher say that All is All and that’s All that All means. Think of that, All authority/power has been given Jesus on Heaven and earth. All the armies of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, all the angels, all of His power that created the Universe are at His command to carry out these verses. “Go therefore and make disciples of All the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe All that I commanded you”. All that I commanded you includes each person being a Witness, because right before He states All that I commanded you, he states go and make disciples of all nations.

It is very easy for us to get into a priest laity mentality. Let the pastor and a few Sunday school teachers do all the sharing of the gospel and the work of the Lord. We do ourselves a great disservice when we see someone who likes to share the gospel and tell them they should become a missionary or preacher. We all need to be sharing the gospel; we all need to be missionaries, we all need to be disciples. We need to ask those who have a gift of sharing to teach us how to better share our testimony. This could be why we lack power in our Christian lives and in the modern church. We often want our needs met, more than the will of God to be carried out, accomplishing neither. “ and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." He is with us even to the end of the age. This should encourage us, even when we do not "feel" His prescence, He is there to help us with all His power.

Why multiplication is better than addition. Right now according to statistics only 20% of those who do the sinners prayer, remain in a Christian walk (going to church, reading their bibles and praying on a regular basis) 80% of those who make the sinners prayer fall away. I believe the main reason they fall away is they are not taught to make disciples or to multiply. Lets look at some math facts.

Please do not take me wrong, My intention is not to belittle the great evangelists that God has sent us but for all of us to do our part in the Great Commission.

In one column we have what I call the Addition Leader in the other we have the multiplication Evangelist otherwise known as the 1rst century Christian. We will look at a 33-year period.

The Addition Leader

The addition leader preaches the gospel but does not teach others to make disciples. Let’s say he is a gifted evangelist and preaches to one million people a year, 30% become Christian so that would be 300,000. At the current rate of only 20% of those staying in the Christian faith that is 60,000 true Christians a year. If you times that by 33 years, the addition evangelist sees 1,980,000 people truly becoming a Christian and 33 million that hear the gospel message.

The Multiplication Evangelist or the first Century Christian/Disciple

The multiplication evangelist obeys Matthew 28:18-20. If only one person set out to disciple 1 person a year with this message and teach that one person to reach one person that means 2 people are reached in the first year. (I pick the number of disciples as 1 a year because I believe the physical world often paints a picture of the spiritual world. On average women can give birth to only 1 child a year. You may see 5,000 saved in one day like Peter, but you can probably only disciple one person a year effectively. Also we were born to reproduce physically and spiritually. God was very harsh to men who were unable to reproduce. They were not allowed into the Temple area. ) 4 people the second year, 8 the third year, 16 people the 4th year, you get the picture. You double your amount every year which is over 1 billion the 30th year, 2 billion the 31 year, 4 billino the 32 year and 8 billion by the 33rd year.

We only have 6 billion people on earth right now and we can see through multiplication we should be able to reach the world in less than 33 years. If you start with a church of 512 you can cut 9 years off the time. Or if all the Christians in the world today grasped the concept of making disciples, just think how soon the world could be reached. The addition leader or kingly priest eventually took over for the multiplication evangelist in about 200 to 300 AD. The start of this process seemed to happen as the Jewish servant roots of Christianity were neglected and replaced by what I call Gentile leadership principles. It was accelerated in the past century by giving a health, wealth, prosperity gospel(which is really another Gospel) instead of using the law of God to be a schoolmaster to bring people to Christ. The early Jewish church was very familiar with the law and its purpose to lead people to Christ. Christ Himself, never backed away from the law to show people their sin. John Wesley encouraged that the law be preached 90% of the time and grace be preached 10% of the time.

Lets look at this concept of Gentile leadership principles. Gods word states that God loved Jacob but hated Esau.(Malichi 1:2 and 3 and Romans 9:13) Esau exchanged his birthright for a single meal. Jacob become Israel, Esau’s descendants became Gentiles and the enemy of God and Israel. Every chapter in scripture has an important meaning. One of the more interesting chapters in scripture is Genesis 36. It talks about the descendant of Esau. For the first time in scripture we see titles given to men. Esau’s children started out as Chiefs then by the end of Genesis chapter 36, they were a bunch of little kings. I believe this is a characteristic of man that started with the enemy of God. Satan wanted to ascend higher than God’s throne. God should be the King, but men always want an earthly king or little kings to meet their needs and protect them. Even the Israelites eventually wanted a man king and God gave them what they wanted in Saul, a handsome hunk. God then gave them what they needed in King David, a heart of gold but a little on the small side. God often gives us what we want to show us what we need. This also goes to the heart issue, man often looks at the out-word appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

In looking at the history of the church, Satan could not defeat it through killing it, so he brought in another gospel. Satan took Christ as the only way between God and Man and made the Church leader to be the way between God and man. Satan took the priesthood of all believers and made the Church leader the priest. Satan took what Gods word said as all believers being Saints, too only a few who worked their way to heaven as saints. The true church recovered much of the truth of grace during the reformation, however it never quite gave up the leadership style of the kingly priest. We want the pastor to provide our needs, instead of God. We want the pastor to minister to the hurting members of the church instead us getting in the trenches and helping.

I believe it is also a natural inclination of mans heart to be prideful. Instead of relying on Gods Holy Spirit, teachers of the word can start to think their the main attraction. When you look at the wasteland of former preachers you have to wonder what went wrong. The scripture states a man reaps what he sows. You could be the hardest working preacher; however, if you never grasp the concept that your are supposed to teach others to be disciples, you will reap what you sow and fail.

To really be a disciple maker can help keep a check on your heart. God’s word states the heart is deceitful above all things. It is very easy to hide behind ministry when it is really to make ourselves look good. If you are making disciples you are really making someone to replace you. That can be very humbling. If you are just adding people to your church you can start to think that you are indispensable. If you ever think you are indispensable read Exodus 5 where God was ready to kill Moses.

In Acts 1 verses 5 through 9 we see the key to the power and the key of where to start witnessing.
5 for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6 And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight."

The key to us being a witness is by the power of the Holy Spirit. The key of where to start witnessing is where you are. The disciples in the first century were in Jerusalem. They started there and then went to the surrounding community then to the ends of the earth. They understood that "God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him shall be saved”. It states that by Acts 17:6 ".. These men who have upset the world have come here also". It states in Romans 1:8 that the whole world had heard of the faith of the Romans. Collisions 1 verse 6 also states the first century Christians reached the World. How did these first century Christians reach the world without the aid of radio or Television.

1.They were committed to the Word of God (which included church discipline, the teaching that those who live Godly through Christ Jesus will be persecuted, and the lost would suffer forever in Hell, and to store up treasures in Heaven and many other truths.)

2.They were committed to PRAYER.

3.They were committed to reach everyone with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and once that person became a Christian they were committed to teach them all that Jesus taught them.

4.They were not committed to the kingly priest attitude but of being a servant and the priesthood of all believers.

5.They were committed to each other and they were unified, as believers in Christ, not divided up into 181 different denominations. They did not have the time to argue the nuances of pre-destination because they were to busy reaching the world for Christ.

The Word of God

But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the of God. Matthew 4:4

“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” Matthew 13:23

He replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice. “ Luke 11:28

And the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve table. But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6: 2 and 4

“Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word”
Acts 8:4


“And they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to cast out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and seats of those who were selling doves; and He would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple. And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have made it a robbers DEN.” Mark 11:17
NOTE: I would hate to be the church leader at a church that does not have a regular prayer meeting and have to face Jesus with the reason.

“Pray without ceasing” 1 Th 5:17

To this end also we pray for you always that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power. 2 Th 1:11

Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you. 2 Th 3:1

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thank, be made for all men. 1 Timothy 2:1

A great way to obey I Timothy 2:1 is for the younger people to pray through their yearbooks. Older people can pray through the white pages of your area phone book, pray through the church directory, pray through your work phone list. Pray for revival for all your area churches listed in the yellow pages. During the day pray for everyone you see and by name if they have a name tag. They all need prayer. A sample prayer would be” Father God I bring all these people by name up to the throne room by the blood of Jesus. Pour out your holy spirit upon them and convict them of their sin, Your righteousness and the coming judgement. You died for these Lord Jesus, please speak to them to repent of their sins and believe in their heart that your are Lord and came in the flesh to take the penalty of sin. Show me the words to say to them or the actions to take that will help lead to their salvation” Those you know that are Christian, you could pray that God would revive them according to His word, His righteousness, and His lovingkindness.

Reaching Everyone with the Gospel

“And as you go, preach, saying the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 10:7

“And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.” Acts 10:42

“But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness.” 1 Corinthians 1:23

“How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And who shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

A great way to get the Gospel out is to write your testimony and pass out your testimony. A good web site for making out your testimony is through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ at:

Priesthood of All Believers

From early in scriptures, God meant for all his people to be priests, serving before Him. “And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.” Exodus 19:6

“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. “ 1 Peter 2:5

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a HOLY NATION, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim, the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

They were committed to each other

“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak the word of God with boldness. And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:31, 32, 33 and it is not by accident these verses were placed together.

“Contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.“ Romans 12:13
We are encouraged to pray for Those In Authority
I urge, then, first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. I Timothy 2:1 & 2

Sample Prayers for Leaders and Those in Authority
Father I give you thanks for these leaders and ask that your mercy be upon them. Let your Holy Spirit be poured out upon them and convict them of their sins, Your righteousness and the coming judgment. Bring comfort where they need comfort, bring healing where healing is needed, help them to be strong and courageous when they need to take a righteous but un-poplar stand. I pray that you give them wisdom and let them be a blessing to the nation of Israel and not a curse. I pray that prayer, the Ten Commandments and Jesus Christ would be brought back into public schools and that Abortion would become illegal in America and Israel. If new men and women need to be elected to bring that about, I pray that you make it happen for your Great Name’s sake. Make these men and women more like Jesus Christ show them Your will. I ask that you pour your Holy Spirit on them and save the unsaved ones and give them wisdom. I give thanks for and plead your mercy for :

President George W. Bush
Vice President Dick Cheney
National Security Advisor Dr Condoleezza Rice
Presidents Chief of Staff Andrew Card
Environmental Protection Christie Todd Whitman
Homeland Security Tom Ridge
Management & Budget Mitchell Daniels
National Drug Control Policy John Walters
Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman
Secretary of Interior Gale Norton
Secretary of Commerce Don Evans
Department of Justice John Ashcroft
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield
Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
Secretary of Education Rod Paige
Secretary of State Colin Powell
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham
Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta
Secretary of Urban Dev Mel Martnez
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi
United States Trade Rep Robert Zoellick
Press Secretary Ari Fleischer

TN Senator William Frist
TN Senator Fred Thompson
TN Governor Don Sunquist

US Supreme Court William H Rehnquiust
US Supreme Court John Paul Stevens
US Supreme Court Antonin Scalia
US Supreme Court Anthony M Kennedy
US Supreme Court David Hackett Souter
US Supreme Court Clarence Thomas
US Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
US Supreme Court Stephen G. Breyer
US Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor

Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Israel President Moshe Katzav
Minister of Transportation Dr. Efraim Sneh
Minister of Agriculture Shalom Simhon
Minister of Labor and social welfare Shalomo Benizri
Minister of Defense Binyamin Ben Eliezer
Minister of Internal Security Uzi Landau
Minister of Construction and Housing Natan Sharansky
Depute PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres
Minister of The Interior Eli Yishai
Minister of Finance Silvan Shalom
Minister of Science Culture and Sport Matam Vilnai
Minister of Justice Meir Shitrit
Minister of Religious Affairs Asher Ohana
Cabinet Secretary Gidon Sa'ar
Minister of Education Limor Livnat
Minister of Health Nissim Dahan
Minister of the Environment Tzahi Hanegbi
Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Eliyahu Suissa,
Minister of Communications Reuven Rivlin,
Minister of National Infrastructures Avigdor Lieberman
Minister of Regional Development Tzipi Livni
Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi(killed in Terrorist attack pray for family)
Minister Shmuel Avital,
Minister Danny Naveh,
Minister Salah Tarif
Minister Ra'anan Cohen