What Are Young People Teaching Me?


Our church, has been blessed to go to Florida International University (FIU) on numerous occasions with a homemade meal and hang out with some of the great kids who attend.

I remember my university days, and that eating an occasional homemade meal was worth than gold.

The folks at the Wesley House Campus Ministry make our visits possible.

Part of what Wesley does, is to give students opportunity to know each other and discuss matters about God informally over a good meal.

I’ve met kids from Nepal, India, China, the Caribbean and South America.

I was a bit tentative when I went to FIU.

Since 2004 I have been heavily involved with the church. Doing mission trips to, and later moving to East Africa, our emphasis was on the church.

Now back in the USA as a pastor, my focus has continued to be with the church.

I had lost contact with the unchurched world.

The unchurched world of the 90’s is different to the unchurched world of the 2000’s.

The American 90’s were a time of prosperity. There was little need for God.

America was resistant to the gospel.

People were busy making money and segregated along political and social fronts.

With the launch of social media the world has become a huge amalgamated melting pot of people who have a great wish to reconnect by socializing.

It’s quite a phenomena which cannot be neglected.

The ghettoized lines between, liberals and conservatives, gays and straights, and atheists, Christians, and Muslims are being erased.

The self-sufficiency of the last decade is being exchanged by the realization that the guarantee of jobs after college, or a booming capitalist economy are gone.

The integrity of the USA political system is at its lowest ebb.

Leaders with godly convictions, are an endangered species.

Activist judges abound, who issue verdicts along political lines and not righteous integrity.

The churches’ prosperity teachers, which sadly turned off many, are now the rare birds.

The unchurched are no longer going to church to hear another religious message or an appeal for money.

The America of today, is much more assimilated along social lines.

Our nation is unknowingly coming back to God’s design for people.

I don’t see the hunger for God that I see in Africa.

I do see a fresh hunger for authenticity, relationships, a need to be heard and accepted.

I see a world that is hungry for fathers and mothers.

The new generations are shunning divisions and labels.

They are also shunning church for the sake of going to another meeting.

People are looking for authenticity, reality and genuine relationships.

The media tells me that Christianity is dying in the USA, but they are wrong.

Never did I meet disparagement or scorn when talking about God at FIU.

Nor did I see walls come up with my remarks about God.

Most young people do not wish to be politically correct.

They are looking to intelligent discussions and relationships as they carve out their destinies.

For us who profess Christ, we must step out of our Christian ghettos and into a world that is seeking authenticity, belonging, and genuine relationships.

As a Christian, I do not compromise my beliefs, and I express them boldly, but in love.

I don’t think that those around me want me to relinquish, politicize or sweeten them.

People are attracted to those who are willing to pay the high price to stand by their convictions.

I went to these luncheons with a 90’s mindset to be pleasantly surprised.

The independence and arrogance of the last decade have been replaced by the authenticity for honest relationships of this one.

I say to the church in closing, “reach out, step out, do the uncomfortable, be interactive, be real, and love those outside the church.’

People are people who want to know Christians as people before they know them as Christians.

I believe that you will be pleasantly surprised like me.

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Guess where I am? At an FIU luncheon with some great kids!

Two Important Prayer Requests From My Missions Trip


Would you join me in praying for these urgent situations?

Many thanks,

Jose

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A family has touched me is Pastor Mario’s. Mario and his wife are lovely people of God. They are extremely poor. Two of his daughters eight years ago, became sick and are now in wheel chairs. His third daughter, Diana, who took care of her invalid sisters fell into a fire and severely burned her body.
My prayer request is for the healing of these three beautiful girls. Diana is in desperate need of surgery if God does not miraculously heal her. Mario is struggling to make payments on a truck which he purchased so that he can transport his daughters in their wheel chairs. He needs two beds that I believe the money came in for. This is Mario’s wife.

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Pastor Mario and me.

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A family has touched me is Pastor Mario’s. Mario and his wife are lovely people of God. They are extremely poor. Two of his daughters eight years ago, became sick and are now in wheel chairs. His third daughter, Diana, who took care of her invalid sisters fell into a fire and severely burned her body.
My prayer request is for the healing of these three beautiful girls. Diana is in desperate need of surgery if God does not miraculously heal her. Mario is struggling to make payments on a truck which he purchased so that he can transport his daughters in their wheel chairs. He needs two beds that I believe the money came in for. Two of the girls.

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At Mario’s home. He is so grateful for our visit.

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The family

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This is Diana on the right

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Maria Passwaters next to a shower that was built for Mario. Before that, they would hose down the girls when bathing.

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One of Mario’s bedrooms

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Kitchen

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Little Dennis was born with hydrocephalus eleven years ago. His mom is an amazing woman of faith. She has stood, and still stands in anticipation, of God restoring her son to him. Would you join us in our prayer network for Dennis’s healing?

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Little Dennis was born with hydrocephalus eleven years ago. His mom is an amazing woman of faith. She has stood, and still stands in anticipation, of God restoring her son to him. Would you join us in our prayer network for Dennis’s healing?

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Little Dennis was born with hydrocephalus eleven years ago. His mom is an amazing woman of faith. She has stood, and still stands in anticipation, of God restoring her son to him. Would you join us in our prayer network for Dennis’s healing?

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If your heart is financially moved for Mario please go to my web site at   www.emergingusa.com

and hit on the donate button.

Make a note that this is for Pastor Mario and I will Western Union the money to Pastor Carlos Baez in Nicaragua who will get it to him.

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Why Is A Christian Like Popeye The Sailor Man?


 Eph 6: 10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

In the Greek:  “Be empowered in the Lord and in the domination or dominion exerted by His inner residing strength.”

  • This dominion or domination is what gives the Lord Jesus the ability to subdue all things back to Himself.
  •  The revelation of Christ within us, reveals the Christ who dominates and subdues all, thus setting us free.

This is what it means by “the power of his might.”

Do you remember the episodes of Popeye and Olive Oil?

This scripture is a perfect representation of what happened to Popeye.

Popeye was a fairly weak guy.

When he ate the can of spinach he became inwardly strong; his external arm muscles popped out, he then rang Bluto’s neck, and took the lovely Olive Oil back as his prized possession.

Or to paraphrase it in another way, the tremendous inner residing strength that is multiplied within Popeye at the eating of the can of spinach is translated into a manifestation of outward strength which caused him to dominate and conquer all, even Bluto.

So what is Paul commanding us to us? For us to be empowered with this powerful combo of God’s inward strength that turns into outward dominion.

  • The spinach is the revelation of Jesus in us.
  • We are strong if we eat of the spinach, Jesus Christ, but nothing if we don’t.
  • Every Christian is a Popeye. So eat Jesus, your spinach.

Joh 6:54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.

Joh 6:56  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

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How Do I Define Faith?


A Heart to Love Ministries selflessly tends to more than 100 children with severe dysfunctions in different parts of Nicaragua.

It provides emergency care packages consisting of food, hygienic products and even small cash donations to their families.

My heart was touched by our visit to one of these kids, Dennis, born with hydrocephalus.

Dennis is generally unaware of what goes on around him.

I was deeply affected by Dennis’s mother.

She is woman not only of tremendous faith, but immense gratitude and humility before God.

I would think that she would be bitter after asking God for elven years for her son’s healing.

Yet her level of humility and gratefulness way exceeds mine.

Her faith mingled with tears as we cried together for her son was beautiful.

She has as much faith now as when her son was born to believe for his healing.

Most dysfunctional children who we met only had a mother, for the father fled when finding out about their child’s condition.

I was floored by the deep love that these women have for their severely dysfunctional children.

It’s a slap on the face of the abortion rights movement.

For these women, their children are not an inconvenience; rather they are their prized possession.

The love of God for humanity is visibly clear in these women.

If you would like to know more about the work of a Heart to Love in Nicaragua in conjunction with Flute Maker Ministries, please click on the first picture. Thank you.

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Dennis

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A Heart to Love’s emergency packages to families of severely dysfunctional kids.

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Resurrecting Above the Space Time Continuum


The space-time model where 3 dimensional objects are subject to the effects of the fourth dimension, passing time, keeps humanity a slave to the things of God.

Time describes change, aging, and decay, but there is none of that in heaven.

Through the reconciling work of Jesus Christ, reconciling all things to their pristine conditions before the fall of Adam, time is non-existent, because there is no change, aging or decaying affecting the objects in heavenly places.

Objects are forever more in their pristine condition.

They always exist in the now. Time has no effect on them.

The now moment is for timeless objects. Time is for change, decay and death.

The Garden of Eden was a timeless place. Adam and Eve would live forever. Nothing in the garden was subject to change, decay, or death, hence time meant nothing.

The coming ages of God’s kingdom, which come upon the church now and continually, through the work of Christ, contain these three-dimensional objects, all in the pristine condition before the fall of Adam, and not subject to the 4th dimension of time.

The renewed mind in Christ receives from these pristine and incorruptible heavenly objects in the now moment and must be freed from the continuum of passing time and the three-dimensional corrupted earthy objects which are affected by it.

This is the key to miracles and this is how God thinks.

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Bosawas, in Nicaragua, is also called “El Pulmon de Centro America”, or the Lung of Central America. It has been declared a national habitat and is untouched by human beings. The notion of the lung is that its habitat and air are pristinely clean. It’s about as close to the Garden of Eden on corrupted planet earth.

The Great Chapter of Faith In Hebrews


Heb 11:1  Now faith (subject) is the substance of things hoped for (substantive), the evidence(subjective) of things not(absolutely not) seen(substantive).

  • Substance from two Greek words defined as a “standing under something” The substructure or hidden foundation, the substance and essence, of what is asked for is immediately changed from that of what was, into the one which was asked for.
  • The proving to the eyes of our heart, what our physical eyes cannot see.

 Hebrews 11:3  Through faith (location/ instrumentality of faith) we understand (only through faith can we continually grasp and understand)  that the worlds (accusative)  were framed (equipped) by the rhema word/(instrumentality, location) of God, so that things which are seen (substantive)  were not made of things which do appear (substantive).

  • Greek: The worlds were framed by the rhema word of God, or the voice of the Spirit, so that the things that we presently see with our eyes were made out of things that cannot be seen by the eye.
  • In other words, God always creates what is physically evident to us, out of things which are physically invisible.
  • The word “framed” is the same word used for the mending of the fishing nets by the apostle Peter.
  • It is also defined as the full equipping towards the successful carrying out of a mission.
  • The “framing” of the United States armed forces in the Persian Gulf Crisis told us that they were furnished with the quality and quantity of armaments, food, gear, and clothing that were needed to furnish them a total victory.

 Hebrews 11:5  By faith (location/ instrumentality of faith)  Enoch was translated  that he should not see death (Direct object); and was not found, because God (Subject)  had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

  • Being located in the world of faith, Enoch was physically moved so that he would not see, or intuitively know death in any of its aspects.
  • He was absolutely not found in any of the realms that represented death.

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith (Genitive-what belongs to faith)  it is impossible to please him: for he (Substantive) that cometh to God (direct object)must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

  • Without faith there is a vacuum of dunamis power, or ability, to please God.
  • For those who investigate, research, and seek out God, and his things, He becomes a proportional reward giver.

 Hebrews 11:7  By faith (location/ instrumentality of faith) Noah, being warned of God of things not seen(substantive) as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark (Direct object)  to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir (Subjective)  of the righteousness which is by faith.

  • Being divinely instructed and admonished concerning the things that he could not see with human the human eyes.
  • “The things yet not seen” what was what well known to Noah, or what had a three dimensional substance to him.   The physical world acquired no reality or became simply two-dimensional.

8  By faith (location/ instrumentality of faith) Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place(Retained object) which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

  • He obeyed-   Greek: “a military submission to hearing”
  • Not knowing- Having nothing in the physical realm which was set and standing before him so that he could grasp and follow.  He had no acquaintance with what God had called him to do.

 Heb 11:12  Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

  •  Therefore also from one were born (many) though that specific one was in a perfect state of a corpse; and these many, in relationship to the stars of heaven, equal to the number of the fullness of their multitude; and just as the sand by the side of the shore of the sea is so much in number that even arithmetic cannot calculate it.

27  By faith he forsook Egypt (Direct object), not fearing the wrath(Direct object) of the king(subjective): for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

  • Moses dominated and endured by seeing in the Spirit what was invisible or void of discernment in the natural or to the human eye.
  • His substance was the rhema word of God, or the voice of the Spirit,
  •   The natural world was not a reality to him.

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  • Training you to be “cutting edge” and entrepreneurial for God’s kingdom!
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Heroes of faith. Homes that were burned with people in it during the presidential violence in Kenya in 2010.

 

Why Is The Church The Most Important Social Institution?


Eph 1:22 God has put all things under His feet, and has appointed Him universal and supreme Head of the Church, which is His Body,

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

God’s purpose for the church is so vast, that on this side of eternity we will hardly scratch its surface.

  • I think of the church and how it has missed some of  the great purposes of Christ.

Yet it is never too late for these “now generations” of believers to catch God’s vision and run with it.

  • The church is the body of Christ.

Christ is the head.

The head is what sees, hears, plans, and pulls the body along.

Regrettably, I still find myself being the head in many ways.

I find myself worrying into the future, carry financial burdens, fretfully scheming, etc.

God convicted me that these are the responsibilities of the head, of which I am not.

As part of the body of Christ, my job is simply to hear and obey. The head does the figuring out. I do not have to see into the future and worry about it.

Eph 1:22 God has put all things under His feet, and has appointed Him universal and supreme Head of the Church, which is His Body,

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Christ has risen far above all things that are named in heaven, on earth and below the earth. He has sat at the right hand of God and on top of that, all things have been placed underneath His feet.

  • By this act, He has claimed the title of The Head.

Christ, in His position as head has been squarely placed over the shoulders of the church which is now His body

What incredible power the church has!

The body fills and carries out all that the head thinks, plans, sees and hears..

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

  • The church has becomes the fullness of Christ. What is fullness?

Let’s look at Coca Cola. What is it?  Is it the bottle, or is it the liquid inside?  Well, it’s the syrupy liquid.

Coca Cola is made up of every ingredient that is perfectly mixed in its required quantities and precise order, to lawfully recognize and labeled it as this reality which we call Coca Cola in contradistinction to anything else in the universe.

  • The fullness of God then, describes the very essence, the reality, and the evidence of who God is.  It describes every attribute and characteristic that is required, to make God, God, in contradistinction to anything else in the universe.

The church is the fullness of God!  The Lord has called upon the church to manifest Him in His very essence and reality.  He has also summoned the church to manifest every attribute and characteristic that makes up the essence and reality of who He is.  This is called the glory of God, or allowing the invisible God to become accurately identifiable.

  • This is why the church is the most powerful institution in the universe! This is what separates the church from every other social institution. And yet, she does not recognize it and hence cannot act like it.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

  • If the church is functioning as it should, Christ would have preeminence in all things in this natural world. This is because the church is the fullness of God.

The nature of fulness is to naturally and continually fill all things in the universe with what Christ has accomplished as The Head, until everything is totally filled.

The only social institution that can do this is the church.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

  • We see the amazing importance of the church as it manifests the counsels and wisdom of God even to all the angelic and demonic hierarchy. This is all part of the fullness of God.

The benefits of Jose and Mary @ your ministry?

  • Training you to be “cutting edge” and entrepreneurial for God’s kingdom!
  •  Exegetical “tailor made for your ministry” Bible seminars!
  • Apostolic, prophetic, pastoral consultation!
  • Signs and Wonders Meetings!

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The first church of my good friend Pastor Edward Simon Nyakundi in Kitengela Kenya.