Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NOW THINGS GET REALLY INTERESTING

REVELATION CHAPTERS 12 AND FOLLOWING REALLY start to get things interesting.  You can hear my comments on Revelation 12:1-17 by listening to the sermon by the same title: "Now things get REALLY Interesting" and this week's text will surely not disappoint the theme as well.

In Revelation 13:1-18 we once again the Big Red Dragon, but this time he is joined by two cohorts in crime, Beast 1 and Beast 2 (Nothing like Thing 1 and Thing 2, thank you Dr. Suess.)

As I was continuing in my study of the passage this morning, not having a commentary in front of me to peruse (I was at my local Scotts Valley Starbucks) I was draw to the mockery and mimicry of Satan. He doesn't seem to have an original thought in his lowly bag of tricks.

Two things grabbed my attention this morning. First, we, like Adam and Eve, have a longing for a relationship with the Divine.  Satan played into that God-created longing, by convincing those two "innocent" souls that the longing for the divine could be best met by "becoming divine" themselves, all they need do is to take that which they were specifically commanded not to take. (Genesis 3:1-19) In that longing which all of us have, we seek to meet that longing often with the very things that destroy our relationship with the One who is the Divine.

The second reality that struck me was that chapter 13 of Revelation establishes a mock kingdom.  Satan once again gives a dark shadow of the real Kingdom which draws may astray. People still long for the divine, and Satan is more than willing to give the people what they want. Here, in Satan mimicry we see a king/ruler/political system (Beast 1) and we see the prophet/priest/religious system (Beast 2), all under the control of the "god" behind the scenes, Satan, that Big Red Dragon. The one hell-bent to deceive and destroy that which the true God, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, originally designed for our good.

When will this mock kingdom be established? Is it here now? Is it still to come? I would answer "yes" and "yes."  Which begs the question, "What are we to do?" My answer would be to make sure you carry the correct mark upon your head (Revelation 3:12; Revelation 14:1) and that you seek diligently for that which truly satisfies the need which we all have. (Isaiah 55:1-5; Revelation 21:6-8; Revelation 22:17) 

Maranatha!
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Friday, September 23, 2011

WHY YOU DON'T NEED PRAYER

NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION. Here's a video clip that reminds us WHY we NEED prayer.  Why our lives should be about breathing prayer, moment by moment. And if we don't think we need to be praying without ceasing (Ephesians 6:18-20), then maybe we're really not living the life we are called to live.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

A PRAYER FOR TODAY


ONCE AGAIN, MY FRIEND, ABIGAIL, HAS PENNED A PRAYER THAT SPOKE TO MY HEART AND OF MY HEART.  MAY HER PRAYER FOR US SO BE YOUR PRAYER AS WELL.


Abba...I praise You and thank You for Your amazing love and grace and mercy towards us. There is none like You.

You are awesome and magnificent...yet approachable like an Abba/Father.

You are mighty...yet gentle like a Shepherd.

You are firm...yet loving like a beneficent Ruler.

You are beyond really comprehending...yet we have the opportunity to know You intimately.

You are so far above us. Your thoughts are not our thoughts. Your ways are not our ways. Yet, You want what is good for us. Help our thoughts to be in line with Yours. Help us to walk in Your ways. Change our hearts to love You completely...with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strengths.

Abba, help us to show our love for You by loving our neighbors as ourselves. We want good things for ourselves. Help us to truly want good things for our neighbors. We want to be loved. Help us to truly love our neighbors. We want to be accepted. Help us to truly accept our neighbors.

Who are our neighbors? Abba, I believe it is anyone with which we come in contact, but most especially physical contact. It is not just the person next door...it is also the person in our community, the person in our congregation, the person we know online, the clerk at the store. May we show all people the kindness...the hesed...that we want shown to us by others and that You have shown to us!

Lead us all, please, Abba. Guide us and show us the ancient paths upon which You would have us walk. Show us Your hand in every area of our lives. Open our eyes to see You, our ears to hear You, our hearts to be changed by You. Dwell within us as You desire us to dwell within You.

Give us a hunger and thirst for You, for Your presence, for Your Word. May we never be satisfied with anything but You.

B'shem Yeshua

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Friday, September 09, 2011

SO HERE GOES...

Ten years ago, September 11, 2001, forever changed how we, as Americans, viewed the world. We knew that life would never be the same. And it hasn’t. The events of that tragic day have changed our lives in so many ways; how we travel, how we look at others different than ourselves, and especially our sense of peace and well-being.

On this 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks I am calling our church family to join Pastor Ron and me in a time of prayer. This time of concerted prayer, though motivated by the anniversary of 9/11, is not about the events of that terrible day, but rather about joining our hearts together to see the Lord for our church and our community. It is my desire that our time of prayer will forever change the way we view our church and the community in which God has placed it.

Here is the Call:

As the Senior Pastor of the Felton Bible Church, I am calling our church family, far and wide, to join together in a time of united prayer this Sunday, September 11th at 9:11am just prior to the start of our regular morning worship service. 

We will gather in the side-room adjacent to the sanctuary. This concert of prayer will begin promptly at 9:11 end just prior to the beginning of our morning worship (or as the Holy Spirit leads), so please come a little early.

I realize some will say this is too early on a Sunday morning to get there on time. My answer to you reminds me of King David’s response when he was offered “free of charge” a place for an altar of sacrifice, he said, “I will not offer to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24) This time of prayer may cost you something, but such is the nature of sacrifice.

Some of you may no longer live close to Felton Bible Church; still invite you to join us before the throne of God in praying for His divine leading in the days which are before us.  Some of you may even attend other places of worship; to you I would say, pray for your church family.

I do not know what the outcome of this time of united prayer will be, but I do pray, even now, that the LORD would be honored and that we would see His world with new eyes.

May 9/11/2011 be day that forever changes how we, as a local body of Christ-followers, see God’s world and our participation in the proclamation of the Gospel and the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

To God be the glory!
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PRAYER: IT'S WHAT'S FOR LIFE

LOTS OF RELIGIONS OFFER SOME SORT OF ACTIVITY THAT MAY BE REFERRED TO AS PRAYER. But for those who are followers of Christ, our prayer is not be be just an activity we do from time to time as the needs arise, but we are called to live the life of prayer.  The Apostle Paul calls the church to "pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

But even more, our prayer is to be tied to action.  So Shane Claiborne reminds us in this clip.  I will also be putting out soon a special call to prayer, so "stay tuned" as they say!


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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

THERE IS SOMETHING...THAT TIES US TOGETHER

THERE IS SOMETHING...DARE I SAY SOME ONE...WHO TIES US TOGETHER. May this clip encourage you today, and if nothing else, put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Friday, September 02, 2011

A PRAYER FOR YOU, THOSE LOVED BY GOD


I HAVE A FRIEND, who loves to pray for the church throughout the world. Each week she sends out a prayer, and always there is a portion of that prayer which speaks to my specific need.  I would like to share that prayer with you, may the LORD bless you as you read and listen to the Holy Spirit speak.

Abba...we love You. Help us love You more. Help us love You with all our hearts, souls, minds and strengths. Help us love our neighbors as ourselves. Help us love our brothers and sisters in Yeshua. Please show us, Abba, how to love. I know I am so imperfect and my humanness affects others. Teach us!

Abba, I lift up to You all my brothers and sisters in Yeshua. I especially lift up to You those who are under attack for any reason. I know that hasatan and his cohorts have targeted some of them. Please protect them. Place a hedge around them that cannot be penetrated.

Strengthen them, please, Abba. Give them Your wisdom and discernment so that they will know how to handle the attacks against them. Fill them with Your love and Your healing Shalom. Give them Your rest as they continue to stand upon the Rock of Yeshua. Vindicate them, O Lord! Bring out the truth so that all will know that they are Your children and they are innocent.

Please bring Your healing to those who are sick. Strengthen feeble muscles and organs and cause to relax those that are unnaturally tight. Ease the physical pain that many are in. Bring coolness against fevers and warmth against chills. Normalize hormones and all the chemicals our bodies need to work properly. Mend broken bones. Remove cancers. Bring sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. I especially pray for deaf and blind hearts. Open them, Abba, to see and hear You.

Please give Your rest to those who are weary. Many have been fighting the good fight for a very long time and they really need some rest and time away from the battle. Help them to hold strong if it is not their time for a break. Show Yourself to be mighty on their behalf. Open doors and close doors as needed. Make a way for them even when there seems to be no way...for You are the One who can do all things.

Abba, I know that some are struggling with deceptions. Open their minds and hearts to know the truth...for You ARE Truth! Expose false teachers. Help Your children to know Your words so that they can know how to tell if someone is true or false. Set minds and hearts free, please, Abba; so that they can worship You in spirit and in truth.

Abba, I know that some are struggling financially. Please open Your floodgates on their behalf. Please send some of those cattle on a thousand hills their way. Give them any wisdom they might need regarding things they can do to ease their situation.

Restore and strengthen marriages and friendships and parent/child relationships. Bring Your healing, Your wisdom and Your love to bear through each one. May forgiveness abound.

Abba, in all these things, please bring the body of Yeshua together. Teach us how to minister to one another as You teach us in Your word. Help us to lay aside the traditions of men and only walk in that which is in accordance with Your will and Your mitzvot/commands. 


Bless each and every one, Abba. Please hold them so close to Your heart that they can feel You hugging them in the spirit. May they sense Your presence with them and within them ever so strongly.

B'shem Yeshua

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