The Feisty Jesus!


Stories from our ministry trip to NY in June 2014

We engaged a woman close to eighty in conversation
She was opinionated and feisty.
We were at odds even in our political views which she pulled out of a hesitant me.
She asked whom I had voted for in 2012
It was evident that she had desired the other one to win and shunned the candidates whom I had considered the lesser of political evils.
I said, “I think that the only hope is our coming back to God.”
At that she balked and laughed. “Oh religion!”, “You are not trying to push that on people?” “Let everyone live their lives!”
I told her that I was not. “Proselytizing, converting and debating does not work, “I replied.
So we sparred in a very cordial way.
Jesus’s spunkiness and feistiness were greater than hers.
I told her that I had been on drugs and drinking years back, which she had difficulty in believing.
She asked, ‘well how did you leave that behind?”
I told her that God had changed my desires.
“Oh don’t give God the credit, you did it yourself! “She snapped.
I looked at her and nicely replied, “I do give God the credit!”
She did not have much to say at this point.
All in all it was a delightful conversation, spiced with hearty jabs and anti-jabs.
Departing and shaking hands, the octarian looked at us saying “You are both very nice people.”
Though we were on opposing sides and though she did does not attribute the importance to Jesus which I do, what was present was the lovely Person of Jesus.
For many who are at odds with Christianity, the presence of Jesus is very attractive.
have met few who are not drawn to Him, though they may not realize it.
This Jesus had been the witty, spunky and feisty Jesus.
Jesus, the God and friend to all men and women.
He is the Jesus for all seasons.

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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, she became involved with what is labeled “Off Off Broadway” and “Off Broadway” plays.

Four years ago I visited Lexy in NYC and attended Shakespeare’s, “Twelfth Night”, which she worked with.

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

Most of the seats were filled.

I was in the back row.

We were 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 into the pitch darkness for empty seats.

The only ones were next to me.

I did the neighborly thing.

I stretched out my hand towards them, beckoning to the seats next to me.

This red-head caught sight of my waving hand, thanked me, and proceeded to sit with her small children, placing her son squarely on her lap.

I found it creepy when several people turned around, goggling and muttering something to her about meeting at a party.

During the remainder of the play this woman lovingly and patiently with a gentle voice described to the child on her lap what was going on, even singing along to the Shakespearian songs.

I was struck by her tender spirit.

The lights went up for intermission.

My daughter ran to me, eyes protruding like fried eggs.

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

“No”, I calmly said.

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

I don’t watch TV.  You can ask my wife.

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

When the play finished Cynthia Nixon gave me her multi colored program.

Everyone else had black and white ones.

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

For me, Cynthia and her family were people whom God had called me to love and serve.

The Bible tells us to reach out to strangers and be hospitable to them.

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

We over estimate TV stars too much.

As far as I saw, Cynthia Nixon is an everyday person, an awesome mom and a genuinely decent human being.

She and her family were folks simply in needs of seats, and the Holy Spirit was attentive to provide them.

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The Faith Equation


To function in God’s faith equation to heal, three factors are required.

These factors must be equal to one another, operate simultaneously, and be identical in proportions.

 # 1 Faith in the supernatural power of God which has the ability to heal.

 # 2 Faith in the supernatural love of God for me. This love transcends any love which I can muster.

# 3  Faith in the supernatural willingness of God to heal. God always desires to heal.

My experience is that if I am not healed there is an area of sin, rejection, woundedness or generational sins that God wants to expose and deal with.

After these things are taken care of, my inability to see a healing comes from doubting God’s supernatural power, love, or willingness to.

 # 4 I believe that when these three elements operate in equal parts immediacy of results occur.

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How To Get The Victory?


Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all(katergazomai), to stand,

 We are encourage to take the whole armor of God and having done all to stand, to stand therefore.

“Having done all” is the word “katergazomai.’

This word means to work everything out, leave no stone unturned and obtain the victory in everything.

It depicts us as warriors in a terrible struggle against the world, Satan, and sin.  The big ball of dull is kicked up as were engage in these gladiator struggles.  When the dust finally settles we remain standing victoriously, as Satan, sin and the world lay scattered at our feet.  The command is to carry out all things to a complete victory.

The reason why the church is so weak is because few understand and obey katergazomai.

The Faith of Abraham


Romans 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead (corpses), and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

This verse tells us that the nature of our God is to call forth the things, which are still not physically in existence as having the same reality and essence of things, which are in existence.

This is one of the facets of faith!

Abraham’s faith in God was so great, that out of corpse like circumstances, and out of things, which in reality dis not exist, God made Abraham into a father of many nations and millions of people.

This is called the faith of Abraham.

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How To Access?


Eph 3:8 To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9 and to make all men see what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ;

12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.

Access is an interesting word

Everybody wants access to something.

God loves access.

Google dictionary describes it as the right to approach something, and to have the opportunity to use and benefit from it.

God has afforded access to His invisible and unsearchable riches to those who love Him.

These have bold access by the confidence which resolute faith brings.

God’s riches are unsearchable because they are not accessed through physical senses.

Man lost access to them in the Garden of Eden.

God hid them when Adam disobeyed Him, and gave us re access when Christ came.

Adam and Eve were created as eternal beings with free access into all riches.

The word hedonism comes from Eden. Hedonism is the doctrine that pleasure and happiness is the highest good.

The absence of sin is the purest form of pleasure.   The root of sin is pain and the fear which pain carries.

God will not give sinful people access into these riches lest they corrupt their flawless nature through sin, and eat from the tree of life to become eternal sinners.

God’s kingdom is only accessed by the revelation of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things made, both His eternal power and Divinity, so that they are without excuse.

Col 1:16 because by Him all things were created, those in the heavens and those on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.

God’s invisible kingdom is full of things or objects.

All realms, either visible or invisible are made up of objects which take up space and to make up these realms

Just because something cannot be seen does not make it not real.

Heb 10:1   For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the image itself of the things (pragmas), can never with the same sacrifices, which they offer continually every year, make those approaching perfect.

Heb 11;1   For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the image itself of the things (pragma), can never with the same sacrifices, which they offer continually every year, make those approaching perfect.

The invisible and eternal riches are called pragmas.

So why do we want access into the pragmas of God?

  1. The objects or things which make up God’s invisible places in His kingdom are called pragmas.
  2. Earthly objects are under the curse of sin, and have become temporal.
  3. Pragmas seamlessly function, are intact, pristine, uncontaminated, unbreakable, and eternally enduring
  4. They are accessed by faith and the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
  5. They dwell in the light of the glory of God versus the light of the sun
  6. They are the flawless and pristine originals, the prototypical and archetypical models, of every universal thing created by God in its perfect and untarnished form.
  7. They are not subject to a malfunction or to a breakage.
  8. They are not limited to height, width, and length, and are limitless.
  9. Pragmas operate in the same way that God Himself operates.
  10. They can increase and diminish by faith.
  11. Because every universal pragma lies created inside of Christ, through His reconciliation, everything becomes conformed back to the images of those pragmas.
  12. This is one of the great works of Christ. No other religious leader has accomplished this.

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