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Thursday, September 1, 2016

My book "The Power of Perfect", the perfect work of a perfect God in man, is now available on WestbowPress.com, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.


Did you know that to be one with God and enter into God's realm of heaven, you have to be perfect. God requires you to be perfect in everything you say, do or think from the day you are born till the day you die. In addition to that you must also think holy and have righteous actions that is on equal footing with God all of your life time. That really blows all those religions trying to do a bunch of good stuff to make up for all the bad stuff they have done in their lifetime. But this is why the Bible says "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". No one is capable of attaining that level of perfection. If you are going to qualify to meet God's standard then God is going to have to do something to raise you up to his level of holiness and righteousness. He is going to have to account for your failures and sins with some kind of cleansing action and give you the ability to be righteous and holy.


The book "Power of Perfect" describes all  the things God did to make that happen. He did a perfect work in you so you can be perfect in His sight and make one with Him, a child of God. What is that perfect work? How does it change you and what can you now do because of it. Within you is the Power of the Perfect work of God. Once you realize what it is and what you can do, the question becomes, what will you do with it? His plan is for you to serve Him and do great and mighty things to change the world. It could be that the great and mighty thing might seem insignificant to you but not to Him. Everything itsy bitsy action we do for Him in faith is great and mighty to Him.


So why am I saying all this? His people, Christian people are not doing the things He asked them to do. They are not doing the big things, little things or even the itsy bitsy things that really matter to Him. Today's world is in a great big mess. It got that way not because the bad and powerful people of this world pushed their way in and ran over the Christians and imposed a sinful and immoral world upon us. No, it got that way because Christians, who had the power of the perfect work of God contained within them, did not do what God, through Jesus, asked them to do: Go in His authority, make disciples and teach them the things that He taught His disciples to do. That one sentence sums it all up. If we had done that, the world would not be in a big mess. That one sentence would eliminate all the immorality, the perversion, crime and evil that is going on in our world.


Instead of standing in His perfect power and changing the world, Christians have basically laid back and just tried to enjoy the ride. Waiting for that day when they would leave this horrible place and sit in the heavenly fields with Jesus, listening to Him telling them how wonderful they are. Not.


Is there still time to save the world? Yes. How? Repent, humble yourself and pray, and do what He asked you to do: Go in His authority, make disciples and teach them the things that He taught His disciples.


What did He teach His disciples? Read Mark chapters 9 and 10. That's a good place to start. I'll save that for next time.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Free tuition - Really?


I was watching some the “young” people for Bernie Sanders speak about how great socialism is and all the great and wonderful things it will do for America. Duh? These people really don’t get it. I learned years ago that the human brain does not fully develop until about age twenty-five. It appears to me that these kids are definitely still in the under-developed category. My son told me that when he was eight years old he listened to his first presidential debates. Again when he was twelve he listened to the debates and he said that at that age the ideas of the democrats sounded really good. Now that he is grown he sees the fallacy of those ideas. People who buy into socialist ideas are either totally ignorant or their brain development is stuck somewhere around the twelve year old stage. They cannot comprehend the dangers and evils that socialism brings.

One of the ideas that Bernie is selling is “free tuition”. If you ask one of them who is going to pay for it they will usually answer “the rich”. Somewhere (any guesses?) they have been taught that rich people are bad and not deserving of what they have. To be fair the government should take away all the “rich” people gains and give to someone more deserving (like them).  To be really fair let’s look at how the rich person gets rich.

First, a person does not get rich sitting around watching TV all day or thinking about is who is going to be the next American Idol. People do not get rich by going to class till they are twenty-plus, getting a job and do the same routine over and over for forty years, never taking a risk, having a creative idea or stepping out of the norm to be different from the rest of the world. No people get rich by creating a product or service that people want (i.e. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Jeff Bezos [Amazon]) and in doing so to provide those goods and services they had to hire people, create jobs, expand and create more jobs. People get rich by creating jobs and opportunities for everybody. How many people are making money on the internet? A lot of people now make their money from the internet. None of that could have happened if there were no personnel computer, Windows or Apple operating system. If there were no internet switches (like Cisco) and fiber optic cable to tie us all together. All these came to being because someone didn’t just go to school and get a job and work the rest of his life. No, someone had an idea and took a risk. Many started out taking a big risk by signing onto a big loan to get started. Then they endured the stress of repaying the loan, paying bills, employing people and making payroll. Starting out they worked long hours and basically invested their whole lives into making their business a success. This is how most rich people get rich, hard work, long hours, risk taking and high stress.

Then along comes a kid who has probably never worked a real job or even had a job, and he wants to take from the hard working rich person to pay for his schooling. He wants the Bern(ie) to take from somebody else and just give it to him for free. But then here is the real problem the young knucklehead doesn’t see. The rich guy got rich by hard work figuring on a fair return for his risk, time and investment. If Bernie get his way, 90% of the rich guy’s income (through taxation) will go to someone else instead of his own family. After a while the rich guy will decide it is not worth the effort and quit doing the things that once made him rich. Now there is no more money to tax. What’s more other potential future entrepreneurs will see the lack of reward and won’t even try because the risk will not be worth it. Now, no longer are there any rich folks but now there is no one to replace them. As the old adage goes; sooner or later socialist run out of other people money. Then there is no more free stuff.

Speaking of free stuff, another problem with Bernie’s plan is he is going to raise taxes on the poor. Well not directly. He says he is going to tax the rich but if they are small to medium size business people then they will pass those taxes on to their customers. The price of everything will go up. Taxes are always passed down to the lowest level. If I have a small business and my taxes increase that’s an expense that doesn’t add any value to my goods and services. I have two choices, raise my prices (which may mean fewer customers) or lay people off and try to do the same job with less people. That is what’s happening when governments raise the minimum wage. The minimum wage is really a tax on employment. If I’m operating on a 5% or 6% profit margin then to maintain that margin when there is a minimum wage hike; I can lay people off, increase prices or find a machine that will do the same job for less or just go out of business. None of this is going to make Bernie’s utopia work.

You could write all day on the failures of socialism. Name one country that socialism made prosperous. You can’t, there isn’t one? People use Sweden as an example but what has Sweden produced? People there are happy to live out a simple complacent life paying more than 50% of their income to the government. But name any new product innovation that comes from Sweden, very few if any. They are content to live in a 19th and 20th century world.

In the end socialism bring nothing but death, suffering and bondage. First we start with politically correct speech and government think speak. The punishment is public humiliation. Then we go to group speak and intense sensitivity training is required. Then group speak will be demanded and legalized and the punishment will be reeducation camps. A Vietnamese friend of mine said his father spent five years in a reeducation camp. Really it was just a prison camp where you are punished for “wrong” thinking. If you think we could never get that bad think again. There are too many of us who will not buy into their socialist scheme. After they take our guns away they will have the same problem that Stalin and Mao did, and they will eventually come to the same solution. Over 100 million people died under Stalin and Mao.

If you know one of these “Feel the Bern” kids, take them aside and let them know the truth. If we can’t convince them then America could be lost forever.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Back to the blog-o-sphere

I have been working on a book for the past several years so there has been very few post from me during that time. Now I am done. My book is finished and I will probably spend a lot of time venting my feelings, frustrations and beliefs on this space. 

By the way, my book title is "The Power of Perfect", the perfect work of a perfect God in imperfect man. It is not released yet but it will be available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon in the near future.

A Really Big Gigantic Hoax

The Big Hoax

I was reading EPA Pays $1.2M to Prepare Poor Neighborhoods for Climate Change. The EPA is using Climate Change as an excuse to create and empower Environmental Justice Panels. The purpose of Environmental Justice, social justice or any of the Marxist justice concepts is to take away from one person and give to another. This could be monetary or it could your rights or anything they (not the people) decide is unfair in their viewpoint. It could be to punish you for what you are doing on your own land or just punishing you because you have land. Or it could be taking from you because someone else is at a climate dis-advantage because they can't afford to live in your neighborhood.

All this is based on there being "Global Warming" or so called "Climate Change". There has been no recorded "Global Warming" for the last 18 years. So the Global Warming alarmist say there is a lull or “pause” in Global Warming. So explain this. If the number of computer models predicting Global Warming could not accurately predict the 18 year “pause” (kind of a major event in itself) which was a “near time” event, how can they claim their models are accurate concerning a “far time” event. If zero is the number of models that were correct about the “pause”. Then their models have a zero history of being correct. Does it not stand to reason that there is a zero chance of being correct about ‘Global Warming”? Does this not make it clear to everyone that this is a really big gigantic hoax? Can’t you see that only the people who want a bigger and bigger government and more and more government power to rule over your lives are the ones perpetuating this hoax? Seem obivious to me.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Restored Authority

Using the Authority Delegated to Us

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-two (NIV)

Luke 10: 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ 10But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’ 12I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
13“Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths.b
16“He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
22“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

The Great Commission


Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them ina the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


I’ve been reading a book that explains the difference between power and authority. Power is ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. For God to have all power means he has all the ability or capability to do whatever he wants. Authority is the right to use power. God has all authority but he can also delegate his authority to whomever he wants.


Here is a little illustration for you: A man, John, owns an electrical construction company. He is the boss. He controls all the money. He therefore has all the power within the company.
He hires a young man Gary to be an electrician. He sends him out on different jobs. Every day Gary has to call in to order materials. John buys the materials and Gary comes by to pick them up.
After a period of time John decides that Gary is trustworthy and gives him a company spending card so he can buy the materials he needs without making the extra trip to the shop to pick them up.
After another period of time passes and John decides to make Gary a superintendent. Now he can buy materials, hire and fire and make budget decisions. His authority has increased.
Next John makes Gary a project manager. Now he controls the money for several projects, decides on scheduling, and oversees a larger number of people. His authority and responsibilities have increased even more.


Finally John wants to retire so he makes Gary president of the company. Now Gary is in control of all the power that John has. John has given Gary the authority to be him. The power still belongs to John but Gary is in charge of it. When Gary goes out on a project site all the employees treat him just as if he were John.


John has the power. Gary has the authority to use that power. As far as the employees and clients are concerned when they see Gary, they are seeing John. Got that?


Back to my narrative: God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) has all power and shares the authority to use that power as he chooses. In the beginning he gave Adam authority to rule over every living creature on the earth. Satan, who had been cast down to earth, had no power or authority. His plan was to trick Adam into submitting to him so he could take over the authority God gave Adam. The plan worked. Adam followed Satan’s wishes and became a servant to Satan. Satan now had the authority and thus became the “god of this world” as Jesus so described him. Jesus recognized that Satan had the authority and ruled over this world for evil.


God’s plan for redemption was to buy us back [that is what redeem means, to buy back] from the power of Satan and that included getting the authority away from him and restoring it to us.
In Luke 10 above Jesus gave the seventy authority “to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy”. Notice that these men were not the twelve disciples although it may have included them. These were mostly ordinary followers of Jesus, common men who were given the awesome responsibility of using the power of God to draw the people’s attention and then preach the message of the coming Kingdom of God. In verse 3 Jesus says “Go, I am sending you….” And a parallel command in Matthew 28:18 ““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go…” The implication here is that the authority to use all of the power of God has been given to each of us. All Christians have the authority to represent God and in his name they are to go and change the world for Christ. Are we doing that? Are we living and functioning in the authority we were given? Are we using all the power available to us to change the world? When people see us are they seeing Jesus?


The obvious answer for most of us is no, especially in America where many Christian have been trained to be powerless, weak, materialistic Christians. How did we get that way?
The first problem is the lack of knowledge and understanding. The principles are just not taught anywhere and therefore nothing is passed on to new pastors and teachers in our schools and churches.

Second: it is hard to believe that God has given us that much authority to use His power. It just can’t be so. That is unbelief in the Word of God, unbelief in the words of Jesus, plain and simple.

Third: there is a lack of faith. Lack of faith is different from unbelief. I can believe something but I may lack the faith to carry it out. I can believe God wants me to write this message but my lack of faith could prevent from sitting down and writing it out. I can believe God wants my healing but my lack of faith stops me from praying for it. My lack of faith often finds me begging God for something instead of declaring it in power and authority.


Fourth: there is fear. Fear of failure that what we speak won’t happen. That God won’t follow through on His word. This is an internal fear we carry around. Then there is fear of what other people will think. What will my congregation think? What will my denomination think? If I act out of the ordinary people might reject me. My church might reject me. Fear makes frigid Christians.
Did Jesus operate out of fear? No he acted out of faith that the Father would do what He said He would do.
Then there is a fear of responsibility. I taught on the Authority of the Believer years ago but I never fathomed the depth of what it really means. I just recently thought about this, to realize that every word you speak could have everlasting effect. To think that if you got angry at someone and said “damn you” you might watch them disappear into eternity. That every curse word you spoke could actually curse someone or something. Your words have power. That is why Paul talked so much about what we were to think about and the words we spoke.


Going back to my illustration of John and Gary. When Gary was an electrician he probably joined in with the guys doing the normal horseplay, murmuring and complaining about management. When he became a superintendent he had to separate himself a little and act more responsible because of his duties. When he became a manager he then understood many of the management problems and had a different perspective about work. When he became president of the company he had to live differently. He had to have the respect of his men, his community and other businesses. The more authority he had the more responsibly he had to live before others.


To use the authority of others requires responsibility. To operate responsibly in God’s authority your life has to change. It may change in steps but if you truly understand the task that is before you that knowledge itself will begin to change you. The burden and the joy of having the authority and power of the almighty God behind you will change who you are and how you see the world. My prayer is to fully understand it myself so I will operate in full faith and honor of what God has given me. I pray that God will open the eyes of others to see and comprehend and obey. Jesus says “GO” in all of his authority. We are to be Jesus to the world, a complete Jesus, not just part of him.


We are to use the authority God gave us to set the captives free, heal the sick, cast out demons and take authority over the prince and powers of the air that rule over cities, towns, states and countries. A Marxist controlling spirit is trying to overthrow the United States. It is not a man, a single person or group of people. It is a powerful demonic spirit, a principality and all of his demon hordes. Paul said “we wrestle not against flesh and blood”. This is a time and place for Christians to use their spiritual authority and tear down this spirit and destroy his power. We need to take down spirits that rule over families and churches. We need to be vigilant and make sure they do not return ever again. Then begin again to finish the commission Jesus gave us, “make disciples” who understand who they are in Christ and what their authority on earth is.
[End of part I]

Nubby

Restored Authority

Using the Authority Delegated to Us

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-two (NIV)

Luke 10: 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ 10But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’ 12I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
13“Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths.b
16“He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
22“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

The Great Commission


Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them ina the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


I’ve been reading a book that explains the difference between power and authority. Power is ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. For God to have all power means he has all the ability or capability to do whatever he wants. Authority is the right to use power. God has all authority but he can also delegate his authority to whomever he wants.


Here is a little illustration for you: A man, John, owns an electrical construction company. He is the boss. He controls all the money. He therefore has all the power within the company.
He hires a young man Gary to be an electrician. He sends him out on different jobs. Every day Gary has to call in to order materials. John buys the materials and Gary comes by to pick them up.


After a period of time John decides that Gary is trustworthy and gives him a company spending card so he can buy the materials he needs without making the extra trip to the shop to pick them up.


After another period of time passes and John decides to make Gary a superintendent. Now he can buy materials, hire and fire and make budget decisions. His authority has increased.
Next John makes Gary a project manager. Now he controls the money for several projects, decides on scheduling, and oversees a larger number of people. His authority and responsibilities have increased even more.


Finally John wants to retire so he makes Gary president of the company. Now Gary is in control of all the power that John has. John has given Gary the authority to be him. The power still belongs to John but Gary is in charge of it. When Gary goes out on a project site all the employees treat him just as if he were John.


John has the power. Gary has the authority to use that power. As far as the employees and clients are concerned when they see Gary, they are seeing John. Got that?


Back to my narrative: God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) has all power and shares the authority to use that power as he chooses. In the beginning he gave Adam authority to rule over every living creature on the earth. Satan, who had been cast down to earth, had no power or authority. His plan was to trick Adam into submitting to him so he could take over the authority God gave Adam. The plan worked. Adam followed Satan’s wishes and became a servant to Satan. Satan now had the authority and thus became the “god of this world” as Jesus so described him. Jesus recognized that Satan had the authority and ruled over this world for evil.


God’s plan for redemption was to buy us back [that is what redeem means, to buy back] from the power of Satan and that included getting the authority away from him and restoring it to us.
In Luke 10 above Jesus gave the seventy authority “to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy”. Notice that these men were not the twelve disciples although it may have included them. These were mostly ordinary followers of Jesus, common men who were given the awesome responsibility of using the power of God to draw the people’s attention and then preach the message of the coming Kingdom of God. In verse 3 Jesus says “Go, I am sending you….” And a parallel command in Matthew 28:18 ““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go…” The implication here is that the authority to use all of the power of God has been given to each of us. All Christians have the authority to represent God and in his name they are to go and change the world for Christ. Are we doing that? Are we living and functioning in the authority we were given? Are we using all the power available to us to change the world? When people see us are they seeing Jesus?


The obvious answer for most of us is no, especially in America where many Christian have been trained to be powerless, weak, materialistic Christians. How did we get that way?
The first problem is the lack of knowledge and understanding. The principles are just not taught anywhere and therefore nothing is passed on to new pastors and teachers in our schools and churches.

Second: it is hard to believe that God has given us that much authority to use His power. It just can’t be so. That is unbelief in the Word of God, unbelief in the words of Jesus, plain and simple.

Third: there is a lack of faith. Lack of faith is different from unbelief. I can believe something but I may lack the faith to carry it out. I can believe God wants me to write this message but my lack of faith could prevent from sitting down and writing it out. I can believe God wants my healing but my lack of faith stops me from praying for it. My lack of faith often finds me begging God for something instead of declaring it in power and authority.


Fourth: there is fear. Fear of failure that what we speak won’t happen. That God won’t follow through on His word. This is an internal fear we carry around. Then there is fear of what other people will think. What will my congregation think? What will my denomination think? If I act out of the ordinary people might reject me. My church might reject me. Fear makes frigid Christians.
Did Jesus operate out of fear? No he acted out of faith that the Father would do what He said He would do.
Then there is a fear of responsibility. I taught on the Authority of the Believer years ago but I never fathomed the depth of what it really means. I just recently thought about this, to realize that every word you speak could have everlasting effect. To think that if you got angry at someone and said “damn you” you might watch them disappear into eternity. That every curse word you spoke could actually curse someone or something. Your words have power. That is why Paul talked so much about what we were to think about and the words we spoke.


Going back to my illustration of John and Gary. When Gary was an electrician he probably joined in with the guys doing the normal horseplay, murmuring and complaining about management. When he became a superintendent he had to separate himself a little and act more responsible because of his duties. When he became a manager he then understood many of the management problems and had a different perspective about work. When he became president of the company he had to live differently. He had to have the respect of his men, his community and other businesses. The more authority he had the more responsibly he had to live before others.
To use the authority of others requires responsibility. To operate responsibly in God’s authority your life has to change. It may change in steps but if you truly understand the task that is before you that knowledge itself will begin to change you. The burden and the joy of having the authority and power of the almighty God behind you will change who you are and how you see the world. My prayer is to fully understand it myself so I will operate in full faith and honor of what God has given me. I pray that God will open the eyes of others to see and comprehend and obey. Jesus says “GO” in all of his authority. We are to be Jesus to the world, a complete Jesus, not just part of him.
We are to use the authority God gave us to set the captives free, heal the sick, cast out demons and take authority over the prince and powers of the air that rule over cities, towns, states and countries. A Marxist controlling spirit is trying to overthrow the United States. It is not a man, a single person or group of people. It is a powerful demonic spirit, a principality and all of his demon hordes. Paul said “we wrestle not against flesh and blood”. This is a time and place for Christians to use their spiritual authority and tear down this spirit and destroy his power. We need to take down spirits that rule over families and churches. We need to be vigilant and make sure they do not return ever again. Then begin again to finish the commission Jesus gave us, “make disciples” who understand who they are in Christ and what their authority on earth is.
[End of part I]

Nubby

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catching up

It has been exactly a year since my last blog. It has been a busy world and I work in a busy place but many things remain the same. When I read my blog from last year, nothing has changed. As we watch the world seemingly fall apart many Christians think the world is so bad because the end is near but I think the world is so bad because Christian pastors and churches have failed to do what Christ called them to do. In fact Jesus made it perfectly clear but yet they still do not see the whole picture. America’s church has become a lukewarm church. Not really hot but not really cold either. It we were Goldilocks’ soup we would be just right. But Jesus didn’t tell us to be just right to the world, He told us to change the world. Change the world for Christ, to fulfill His plans and purposes. The American church today is probably a 30% to 50% church. Doing 30 to 50 percent of what God’s design was for the church. Let me illustrate below.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came, and spoke unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me, in heaven, and in earth. 19 Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the holy Ghost, 20 Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, until the end of the world, Amen”.

1.       Jesus’s first line in the Great Commission is all about His power and authority and then he says “Go therefore”. His meaning is to go in his power and authority and change the world. We are to use his authority to defeat all of the enemy, overcome sickness and disease, wrestle against wickedness in high places and cast down imaginations (negative spiritual influences) against Jesus and the church. When was the last time you heard a message about walking and living in the authority of Jesus Christ? How often are you encouraged to stand against the wiles of the devil using the power and authority that dwells within you? Peter told the cripple in Acts chapter 4, “silver and gold have I none, but such as I have (authority in Christ name) give I unto you. In the name of Jesus (using the authority) stand up and walk.” And the cripple man stood and walked. Today’s typical American church does not obey Christ and walk in His authority.

2.       The next thing is to go to all nations and teach them, make disciples. The American church has, in the past, gone to all the world and taught them. It has taught them denominational theology, some which is correct some that is not. It has taught them American culture which is now the wrong thing to do. But they have not taught them what Jesus told them to teach. Jesus said to teach them the things I have taught you. Teach them to heal the sick, cast out devils, preach the word in power and authority of God. The method Jesus used was to make disciples, who made disciples, who then made more disciples and so on until most of the modern world was converted to Christianity in a few hundred years. In America the church is diminishing. Our numbers are shrinking. Why, because men have decided to do things differently. They have come up with their own programs to “improve” on what Jesus did. Guess what it is not working.

Many Christians think the world is so bad because Jesus is returning. No, the church has failed and become lukewarm. Jesus said the solution for being lukewarm is to return to your first love.  The root of the first church, our first love was two thousand years ago. If we are to be the Church Jesus wanted us to be and not be lukewarm we need to return to the things that worked then. Making disciples and teaching them everything that Jesus taught. Passing on the full knowledge of what it means to be a Christian. True disciples learning who they are in Christ, set free in the full power and authority of the Christ within them will change the world once again.
 
Nubby

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Real Church

I am not a historian of the specific facts, but I believe the early church was not comprised of a number of large buildings like what we have now. The early church was mostly comprised of many small house churches. It is possible that some houses were large but small church units were the norm.


When I first came to Christ, I was involved in a small group bible study we called Disciple Families. As a part of a large intercity church, the small home Disciple Families grew from an initial fifty participants to about six hundred in one year. The home groups became an active part of the younger church member’s lifestyle.

I often bring up the idea of home study groups (cell groups, life groups, disciple families, etc.) because I believe it has many advantages to building a church body that lasts and helps fulfill what Christ intended for the church. When I speak of enduring, I only have to look at what the underground churches have accomplished in China and during the former Soviet Russia repressive socialist rule. It was and still is the true body of Christ in those countries. Through the small house churches people are coming to Christ and the church is growing despite the persecution and harassment from the government. I remember reading about a Chinese woman who had started over 500 house churches in China. She was pursued by the government and would flee one city to start a church in another city, always running but always serving the body of Christ.

This brings me to the point of my message. The 2012 political conventions are over and it is clear that one party has become the anti-god party. The President, and the government as a whole, has been on a crusade to eliminate religious freedom as our constitution defines it. The number one threat though, to our religious liberty is the national debt. If our economy were to collapse, the constitution would be eliminated. There would be no money for a military to protect us. The progressives would try to assemble a socialist style government and we would all hope we could avoid total anarchy. With no defenses to speak of, who knows what China or Russia and ever Iran would attempt to do. In all of this, the persecution of the church and Christians would become acceptable on any level. Most likely, all the evil that sweeps across the land will be blamed on the Church, Christians and Jews.

The scenario I describe above is not that farfetched. If it were to happen, it would be wise to prepare Christians everywhere in church survival. Just as in China and Russia, the house church will be the single most important factor in maintaining the body of Christ. The house church can fulfill the ministry of Christ where most of American churches fail today. I will list some of the advantages.

1. The house church is an intimate group, more like a family, where each member can have regular fellowship and accountability. With the closeness of a small group, you are more likely to strive to live according the scripture. In a small group, you will have people who can help you to overcome areas in your life that you could hide in a large body of believers.

2. The small group is a perfect place to learn how to love one another. The closeness will test your love and the accountability to other will cause you to follow through to love as Christ Loved.

3. The small group will have awareness of each other needs and can pray for those needs. It is easier to confess you faults one to another if you know and trust the people you are with in a small group.

4. The small group is a perfect climate to grow and develop without the embarrassment of failing in a large church setting.

5. A small group is more likely to share their material things with one another because they can recognize the needs of others as they arise. If one person has an emergency or crisis, it is easier to react and help people you know and trust. The family like bond you develop moves you to meet each other’s needs when they arise.

6. Small groups will help you to establish trusting relationships even if you have difficulty doing so.

7. The small group leader is pastor to his group and can represent the group and individual needs to the larger body.

8. The small group is flexible and can adapt to changing circumstances where a large body cannot.

 

I believe the American church has failed to be what Jesus intended it to be is because we have left the small group model in the New Testament and gone the way of Mega church and ‘bigger is better’ model. All the functions of the body of Christ happen in small groups. Very few can happen in a large church where you can attend for many years and nobody knows anything about you. By returning to small group home churches, the body of Christ can function evangelistically and more personally than any other plan. That is why the house church in China is growing exponentially while the church in the United States is shrinking as a percentage of the population.

If American’s economy fails and the worst befalls us then the best preparation any pastor can do right now is to develop small group leaders who will become the pastors of tomorrow in their home church groups. If there were to be war, revolution or anarchy, it will be the small group house church that will be left standing as the big churches are burning and collapsing to the ground.


Nubby

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bill and Hillary and Huma and Anthony

Read the post first
http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/bill_and_hillary_and_huma_and_anthony.html

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I have a tree that has many roots. The roots grow just beneath the surface but expose themselves in places where they destroy the walkways and brickwork around the flower gardens. I can destroy just one root. To eliminate all the roots I have to destroy the whole tree. If I cut off one root, there will soon be another to take its places. If I cut off all feeder roots the tree will die.

Within our government, there is now a tree of Marxism. The Hillary/Huma episode (the link above) is just one root of the the Progressive Marxist corruption in high places. We need to destroy enough roots like this so the tree will die or we just kill the tree. We, with God’s help, can destroy roots but only God can ultimately destroy the tree.

The way to destroy the roots (corrupt, Marxist, godless people in places of power) is to become the Church (All of America’s churches) Christ intended for us to be and to win America to Christ as He desired. For years, I have heard the phrase “we are a New Testament Church”. But really, if we compare ourselves to the church Jesus created in the book of Acts, are we really a “new Testament church? I think only a small minority of churches in American even understand what a real New Testament church is. I see churches that sit empty five or six days a week. The New Testament church was meeting daily, worshipping and fellowshipping. They were daily eating together, discipling, growing and changing the world around them. The New Testament church is an active seven-day a week, miracle-working church. That is just the starting point.

To be plain, the American Church as a whole has failed. Failed to be what Christ intended and failed to do what He instructed them to do. To turn American around, we are going to need an “Acts chapter II” revival, a world changing revival. A revival of not just one or two, or ten or twenty people getting saved and filled with the spirit but a revival where there are three to five thousand are getting saved at one time and become fully committed to living the new life in Christ. We must have an Acts 2:42-47 church that changes America and fulfill the plans of Jesus. It is time for people to stop being lukewarm and passive and be what Jesus wants us to be. Jesus did not say, “Sit until I come”. He did not say, “Wait until I come”. He did not say, “Hope for the rapture until I come”. Jesus said in a parable “Occupy until I come”. We are the true “Occupiers”. We are to occupy Wall Street, Main Street and Elm Street. We are to occupy every street in America. We are to go back what Jesus started, the real New Testament Church, a fully power, life changing and world transforming seven days a week church.

We are not restoring America. We are building the Body of Christ as we should in America. We are the body of Christ who lives in America.

The only answer to marxist, socialism, corruptionism is Jesus and Jesus working through his body, the church. That is how we destroy the corruption, its roots and the tree.

Nubby