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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What Cynthia Nixon From Sex In The City Taught Me!

My oldest daughter Lexy was a theater major in New York City.

Lexy was a stage manager with aspirations to work on Broadway.

On the ladder up to this prestigious bunch, Lexy got her hands wet with what are labeled “ Off Off Broadway” and “Off Broadway” plays.

Several years back I traveled to the Big Apple, to visit Lexy and watch Shakespeare’s, “Twelfth Night”, which she worked with.

These people did a great job with the production, though I am not a Shakespeare fan.

Most of the seats were filled; I was in the back row. We were about twenty minutes into the play when a family walked in. I caught a glimpse of them from the corner of my eye.  The lady was gawking and staring into the pitch darkness for free seats. The only ones were next to me.

I did the neighborly thing. I stretched out my hand towards them, beckoning and pointing them to the ones next to me. This red-head caught sight of my waving hand, thanked me,  and proceeded to sit with her small children, her son squarely on her lap.

I found it weird when several people turned around, ogling and muttering something at her about meeting at a party.

During the rest of the play this lady lovingly and patiently explained to the son on her lap what was going and even sang along to the music.

I was struck by her gentle spirit.

The lights went up for intermission. My daughter ran up to me, eyes bulging like fried eggs.

“Do you know who this person sitting next to you is?” she laughed.

“No”, I casually said..

“It’s Cynthia Nixon from Sex in the City”.

I am not a TV watcher.

I replied back to Lexy, “Who’s is Cynthia Nixon and what is Sex in the City?”

At the end of the play Cynthia Nixon gave me her colored program. Everyone else had gotten one in black and white.

She went on to stay, talk to the crew and sign autographs.

For me, she and her family were just people whom God had called me to love and be friendly to. The Bible tells us to reach out to strangers and be hospitable to them.

This is one day that I was glad that I am not a TV watcher.

Cynthia Nixon and her family were simply folks in need of seats.

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What Could Be The Greatest Irony To This Shutdown

I think that one of the greatest ironies of this shutdown. The unstaffed, open air memorial to Martin Luther King is barricaded. King is probably the greatest modern martyr to human freedom. He lived and died for freedom and now finds himself un -free and barricaded. If MLK was alive, what would he say? Shame on politicians who barricade the unstaffed MLK and War Vet Memorials in the name of political games while they socialize in their still opened gyms. America needs to repent and come back to God, big time. America needs to cry and weep.

The Congressional Gyms link



MLK finds himself barricaded.


The Congressional Gym



Written by Pastor Greg  Manalli

The anatomy of the church in light of the coming revival looks at the stages Christians go through on the way to maturity in Christ and the places of testing and trials that lead some to become discouraged, or worse, fall back into old ways or merely go through the motions of their faith. Since our Father is in the testings, then all these things will work for our good if we love God and are called according to His purposes; namely that we should be conformed to Christ.

Briefly we move through the initial stage of hearing the gospel, becoming convicted, repenting and being converted by re-birth as we learn of Jesus’ great gift of salvation. This is followed by seasons of learning the truths and ways of Christian faith, finding our gifts and expressing them, advancing the Kingdom by our witness and reaching the lost.

Also during these early times in the Lord, we come to enjoy the fellowship of the saints. We work together to accomplish different goals and rejoice together when they are achieved.

Then, a more advanced or serious period enters our lives. Being like Christ is becoming a vision that once was merely a statement in scripture. In pursuit of this vision, we encounter trials showing our real condition. We also have failures of unanswered prayers. There are purposes beyond our immediate understanding. In addition, we experience disappointments in relationships. New temptations to old sins arise, giving life to what we thought we had overcome.

Discouragement seizes this opportune time. Disillusionment with the “whole thing” grows stronger. We see our brothers and sisters going through similar things. We enter into formality in worship; our attendance and giving is low. Religion has taken over and the relationship with our Lord, while still there, isn’t as passionate as it once was. Some of us leave the church. This is a spiritual “Death Valley”.

Simultaneously, leaders realize their ministries and churches are not what they once were. Enormous efforts at organizing and planning commence, all with the goal of restoring the church to her previous state and to bring in a harvest of lost. The ratio of efforts to results would make a Wall Street banker jump off a building. At this time leaders expend more energy and resources for minimal returns. This is quite the opposite of how God’s works! And perhaps leaders must go through this for them also to repent.

This critical stage is the setting for revival. Revival is birthed in us by God. He instills in some a longing to pray and ask for our Lord to send Holy Spirit to us. We need Him so. Currents of life begin to serge into our souls. We return slowly to our first love, to repentance of our now recognized sins and a re-commitment to Jesus. It is like being born again, yet again.

Before the great outpouring that will come, there is this new season of travail and a cry to God our Father to first of all change us and prepare our hearts for the Lord to come again in the power and holiness of the Spirit. This does not happen overnight, but when the Lord does pour out His Spirit, it will be sudden, spontaneous, supernatural and sovereign. No man will take credit, no ministries can claim it, and no efforts on our part will achieve it.

This is what He requires of us before He comes. First, we must prepare our hearts as holy highways for Him, Isa. 40:3 and 35:8, Psa. 84:5. This is done in the desert of our souls. When we are in a dry and unfruitful place we best recognize our need. As some have said, this holy highway is paved with stones of repentance and tears that make fresh springs in the desert.

Second, a spirit of prayer and intercession comes upon us. This, too, is from the Lord. We take up the burden of the Lord for a renewed people of God walking in holiness and giving glory to Him. Our intercession reaches the throne of grace on behalf of the lost and those who sit in darkness. Deep cries for the prodigals stretch heavenward. The burden for them to be restored is relentless. Our overwhelming motive….glory to our Lord. For of Him and through Him are all things, and to Him be the glory forever, Rom. 11:36.

If you want to know if you are in the present will of the Lord, find out what God is doing today and give yourself to it.

Pastor Manalli has a tireless vision to see revival come to America.

Pastor Greg  Manalli

Fellowship of Life Church

150 Sandbank Road, P.O. Box 239

Cheshire, CT 06410

Website: www.folchurch.org


Pastor Manalli sharing with Mary a vision that he had for revival in the north east 30 years ago.

Hey, Where Are The Anti War Protesters When We Need Them?

Hey, where did all the famous antiwar protesters go?  I don’t hear them anymore! Country Joe McDonald, Joan Baez, David Crosby, Jane Fonda, Gracie Slick, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Matt Damon, Ed Asner. Alec Baldwin, Barbara Streisand, Mike Farell, Tim Robbins, Janeane Garofalo and the likes. Did the proverbial war cat, cut out their tongues? Where are they when we need them?


The Tale Of The White Bunnie and Other Scary Events

When you depart from believing God, you fall into a life of unbelief and fear, with a need to control others. The government is a mirror of the people who elect it.











Straining Out The Unconstitutional Gnat To Swallow the Unconstitutional Camel.

 Matt 23: 24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

The brouhaha  with the constitutionality or lack thereof of government initiated prayer or religious symbols on government property made me think.

It’s amusing that those who raise up this stink only have a constitutional problem with the things of God.

What about the unconstitutionality of government officials lying under oath?

And the unconstitutionality of scandals, or penalizing the exempt status of conservative groups, based on doctrinal differences with the government?

What about the unconstitutionality of Benghazi, or Fast and Furious?

Or  the  unconstitutionality of taking private donations to fund Obama care?

Or the unconstitutionality of news organizations being wire tapped?

Where is their voice then?

If  they are so focused on guarding the constitutionality of our Constitution, they should be the vanguard of these bigger issues. I never hear them complain about the corruption, lies, or scandal plaguing our government.

Matt 23:23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Well said it Jesus. These folk deliberate  the conflict with prayer and omit the weightier matters which encroach  our Constitution.

The one thing that can fix the scandals and lies is changed hearts by repentance to God. Yet this is the thing that they attack as unconstitutional.

Matt 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, which the outside of them may be clean also.

These folks want the veneer of  clean separation of church and state to adorn the outside of the government cup and platter, while winking at the  extortion and excesses within them.

They  don’t care about unconstitutionality.

If they did, they would be in pandemonium with all the unconstitutionalities being perpetrated.

But no, the issue is not unconstitutionality.

It goes deeper.

There are unfortunate experiences with a church, pastor, or parent , which has caused wounds so deep that now it must be projected upon the rest of us.

It’s not their civil rights, but ours, which they try to silence.

These folks need to come to the very God whom they try to make unconstitutional.

He is the only one who can set them free.

Matt 23: 24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Amen to Jesus!

These people strain out the gnat of  unconstitutional government led prayer, while swallowing the unconstitutional camel of scandals, deceit and extortion.

This is not only hypocrisy, but ulterior intentions and motives with agenda, many times, political.

If you want to talk to me about the unconstitutionality of public prayer let me see you take charge of the unconstitutionality of these weightier problems.

You say that the Constitution is of great importance  to you?

Let me see it first with the matters of corruption before the matters of the One who can set us free from them.

It seems like you have things backwards, my friend.

I am sorry to say, if you are not willing to tackle the bigger constitutional issues, while attacking prayer and religious symbols, I am not very much interested in talking to you.