Happy Valentines Day to My Soulmate

February 14, 2012

For all the blogging world to see….I just wanted to say “I love you” to my best friend, my soulmate, my lover, and my wifey Jeannie Davis.

She has been the best thing that has ever happened in my life besides my salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. I am ever-so-thankful in God Almighty for bringing her back into my life after a long time of being without her. She helps me to see the world through her courage, her humble witness, and her unfailing love of our Lord.

I hope you have a blessed Valentines Day, my precious love.


Standing Firm!!

January 24, 2012

“(But I know)
You’ve got to stand for something;
Or you’re gonna fall for anything.
You’ve gotta stand right up for somethin’;
Or you’re gonna fall….for anything.” (John Mellencamp, ©1985, Scarecrow)

How many times in our lives do we cave into pressure from outside influences, my friends? How many times do we say we are going to make a stand and then when push comes to shove…we buckle under, cry and whimper, and run away with our tails tucked between our legs?

John Mellencamp sang about this very subject and he really hit home with the words; he knew what we all go through in life when there are big decisions to make and tough stands to take. Sometimes we alienate our so-called “friends”; and when push comes to shove they fall away from our lives and then we are left to actually wonder whether or not they were truly as close as we thought they were. Other times, when we are backed into a corner and there is no where else to turn, we rely on our own devices to see us out of the situation…and we fall right on our faces, bloodied and bruised.

Folks, taking a stand can be tenuous and can make you feel like you’re at the breaking point; yet, there is a way to stand firm without compromising our positions and make a valid point. And that’s to be like a F.R.O.G.

Yes, you heard me right. Be a F.R.O.G. In other words, Fully Rely On God to get you through ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that is a trial or tribulation. Trust in the One who knows what you are going through and who has made a way for you to deal with all the junk that life throws at us. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Also, in John 14:27 it says this: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

When we fully rely on God to take care of those things which are burdening us, we can be totally committed to making (and taking) stands in our lives that are Godly and Christ-centered instead of self-centered, and we’ll feel at peace with our decisions. And, when we “hop” onto the path of Word discovery instead of world discovery, then we can trust 1,000% in what God can do in our lives.

So, brothers and sisters, stand FIRM! Stand FAST! ‘Cause help is on its way! If you feel F.R.O.G.gy, then jump in and make a stand for Jesus! It will change your life for the better.

Be blessed!!

The Cell

January 17, 2012

How many of us have felt like we’ve been trapped in a “prison cell” during our lives? Maybe we’ve been in bondage to drugs, booze, sexual immorality, cussing, abuse…folks, whether we choose to believe it or not, there is a laundry list of things that the world entices us with; and too often times we fall into that age-old trap of sin.

Our own individual “cells” take on many forms; and even after we give our lives to Christ Jesus and become new creations (those who are called Christians), we can still fall back into that same pattern. We try to justify our actions with what the Galatian church was doing in the New Testament: they wanted to keep the old “laws” like circumcision as a way of reverting back to their legalistic ways before Christ came into the world. Paul reminded them very simply that no matter how much they attempted to trust the “old” ways, there was only One Way…and that was through Jesus Christ. The people in Galatia, without realizing it, were walking back into their own “cells” and slamming the door behind them!

My friends, Christ came to give us freedom, not a death sentence behind  cold iron bars! He came to unlock the chains of slavery and deliver us from the bondage of sin; He came with the only key each of us needed for our own dank, cold, musty, and filthy “cells.” The enemy tries to keep us in those places, but Jesus came to give us life more abundantly. (John 10:10).

We all need to remember that we are no longer living in the past, and we need not revert to our past. We are free to walk out of our prison “cells” and experience the fullness of life that is in Christ. We no longer are held to the old standards of our past life in the world, but we are held to a new standard: to love one another!

Are you ready to walk out of your “cell” into the SONshine of a new life today?

Be blessed!!

2012 – The Year of a Great Awakening for God’s People

January 2, 2012

Here we are, my friends: it’s now January of 2012, and we are on the cusp of a new year, full of many challenges and adventures in the Lord Jesus!

This servant has felt that as we neared this special year, that there was going to be a great movement for God that would overwhelm our communities, our area, our nation, and our world. And now that the countdown is over and we are, indeed, into 2012, that feeling hasn’t diminished; in fact, it has grown stronger and stronger.

Folks, as Christians, we need to be ready to stand firm and strong when God calls us into action…and He WILL be asking each of us to step out in faith in these upcoming months. A massive spiritual stirring is prevalent in several of our area churches, and revival is but a breath away. We must be prayed up, fired up, and have our spiritual armor on when our names are called for the front lines of battle as God gets ready to awaken that slumbering giant known as the Church.

Brothers and sisters, 2012 will be a period of time that will go down in history as the Year of Boldness for Christianity. It’s time for ALL of us who love the Lord to get busy for Him!

This is our call to arms…are you packing the Gospel Gun of Truth?

The Poisonous Tongue

January 27, 2011

That was the subject broached at our CSBC Wednesday Evening Bible Study for the adults; we had lots of great discussion and some pointed questions asked about this small muscle in our mouths that does such evil and treacherous things.

Why is it that we let our lips sing and speak forth praise unto the Lord on Sundays during our worship, and then let those same lips blast out cuss words during the week? Why do we say we love God and then ungraciously gift our neighbor (and brothers and sisters in Christ) with words of hatred? Where are our hearts and minds when this happens?

James chapter 3 talks on this very topic; it’s one that we don’t care to admit to anyone, including ourselves, because it causes us to look in the mirror and examine our innermost being. You know, those things like the skeletons we hide in our closets; the thoughts that we try to veil to the outside world; even the feelings that we have for our fellow man as we put on those smiles and say everything’s a-ok.

We can’t tame our tongues in our own power, my friends. Only God can help us with them.

Through humbleness (practicing that age-old technique of kneeology), through the wisdom of God’s Word, and through being the correct Godly role models for our families, our spouses, our churches, our co-workers, etc., can we do battle with the tongue. While it is a lifelong struggle, the Lord can give you the right mindset in Christ Jesus to “bite” your tongue before lashing words come out and hurt someone or cause irreparable damage to the Body of believers. Too many churches have divisions by people gossiping, backbiting, and murmuring…we all need to learn, as Christians, to listen to that still, small voice of God…and then do what HE tells us to do, instead of doing what WE want to do.

The tongue can be a wonderful edification tool for Christians…or it can be a devastating stumbling block.

It’s your choice on how you use it.

Be blessed on this Thursday!!

A New Year of Awesome Changes

January 26, 2011

Hey folks!

Yes, it’s been a while; took a sabbath off from writing and reflecting to gather some thoughts and think of the challenges that lie ahead for 2011 in the ministry.

Where to begin? CSBC is growing like gangbusters; from a near death when we got here in June 2010 (just 6 original people left) to now, pushing over 50 on Sunday mornings, 40 on Sunday evenings, and 40 for Wednesday evening bible study. Praise God as He is working in the lives of His people here!

How did it happen? Lots of prayer; lots of spiritual teaching, lots of prayer, lots of love, lots of prayer….you get it. Without prayer none of this would be possible; without a true and substantial faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we could not have survived. It’s been a blessing to experience this awesome rebuilding of the Body of Christ, and we know that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

How do we know that? Hop over to my Facebook page and read this interesting observation from The Great Awakening 2011.

God’s really working, that’s for sure! And there is SO much more that He has in store for Brookfield and the surrounding area that it’s hard to know where to pick up the ball and start running…all I can say is that revival is about to break out, so everyone better hold on tight and don’t let go! When the dust clears they’ll be TWO distinct sides of the Church – the one who is willing to go where God leads, and the other who is willing to go where man leads (and where they are in their comfort zones). God will not force which side the people choose; but once chosen, those churches who would rather have money, nice buildings, and “religious and traditional” worship where God is limited will not experience the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit…and will be saddened to be left behind when the movement of God takes off.

Perhaps this map sums it up best; notice that Brookfield is experiencing an outreach that is rapidly spiraling outward and that the town is the only one in our area. Very interesting.

Folks, I haven’t started this; GOD has! Through the identical vision of Pastor Marshall Adams of Harvest Time Ministries nine months ago, and myself a few years back, the Lord has told us both that His Church is a slumbering giant that needs to be awakened by the saints. The time has come for our talk (and walk) to progress beyond the four walls of our buildings and out into the surrounding communities to reach the least, the last, and the lost.

The time has come for God’s Church to be transformed into what HE wants…and not what WE want.

Is it scary? Why, yes, it is. Is it humbling, knowing that God has chosen this messenger? Yes, it is, because I know that there will be persecution, but the Lord will help us to overcome anything that stands in the way of reviving His Church. Will it be a challenge? You betcha…but His servants are ready for the challenge!

Awesome change is coming, my friends! Time to get onboard with the Lord!

Book Review: The Word of Promise Next Generation Audio Bible: ICB (Audible Audio Edition)

November 2, 2010

I have had the privilege to obtain a copy of this MP3 dramatization from Booksneeze.com and after a few months of listening, here are my thoughts:

I dove into this audio bible with high hopes because, as a pastor, I was hoping to use this with the youth at church to make the Word a little easier to digest. Yet, after some time musing about it, I truly think this dramatization is of poor quality with very little “dramatization”. It’s a flat read audio book with minimal background effects and a louder-than-needed soundtrack.

The music did not mesh with the dramatization being “acted” out; instead, I found it annoyingly grating with loud music over a gentle scene, and gentle music over barely audible voices.

Many of the actors portraying biblical characters were out of touch; especially Jesus. He sounded more like a hippie from the 60’s than a true charismatic individual who taught about love, compassion, and a better life through the forgiveness of sin.

For the youth of the church I serve, as well as my family and myself, I’ll keep on looking for an audio book version of the New Testament and Old Testament with a high quality reader(such as James Earl Jones) who will be able to captivate an audience with a resonate reading, and not with cheesy effects.