Monday, April 28, 2008

Making the Gospel Real

The spiritual condition of those in our lives is so very important. As you watch this video with Kirk Cameron telling gang-members the good new of Jesus, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to those who need to hear the same message.

Monday, April 21, 2008

If God Showed Up

I truly believe that the greatest need in American families is the life-changing presence of God Himself. Our greatest need is not lower gas prices (it would be nice), it is not secure borders, it is not more religion/church, and an improved educational system will not fix the state of families in our country.

Cultures have never been changed except through an authentic move of God. However, what if God showed up? What if we saw the signs and wonders that early believers saw in the first century... Would our culture be impressed? Are miracles enough?

While a really manifestation of God is certainly followed by miracles (healings, prophecy, baptisms in the Spirit, etc...). However, I would like to propose that it is not the miracles that make the difference. It is the All-Powerful Presence of God. Scripture says that "The hills melt like wax in the presence of the Lord" (Psalm 97:5).

So... Why don't churches, believers and America at large see the Powerful Presence of the Lord like other countries? This hasn't always been the case. In the early 1900's people were coming from all over the globe to experience what was happening as a Spiritual Awakening was sweeping across America. What has change, if anything? If you would like to see and be a part of a new move of God in America, WHAT WILL IT TAKE? What if God really showed up...?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sheltered or Protected?

Am I getting old (34) and out of touch or is there so much stuff that has been aimed at chilren these days that quite frankly is destructive to their moral compass, never mind their spiritual development? The other day during the 6:00pm news a commercial came on for Cialas. They weren't discreet with their presentation either. It sparks a question from my 7 year old, "Dad, what's sexual performance?" Wow, didn't see that one coming.

Beyond the television, a few years ago we had to set limits with my oldest son when all his friends were into Yugioh. Why would we allow our children to be involved in a game that teaches them to call forth spirits through playing cards? By the way, spirit a safe words for demon. I'm sorry, this isn't just innocent fun.

In the recent movie that came out, "The Golden Compass", people in the movie are each assigned what they call daemons that accompany them. When you visit their web-site, a child can have their own daemon (demon) assigned to them. How creepy is that?

This may sound like the ridiculous rantings of a conservative pastor, but should we really be okay with exposing our children to witchcraft in the name of entertainment. The Bible doesn't just discourage this, in the Old Testament any individual found to be involved in these activities were dealt with swiftly and severly. It simply was not to be tolerated (Deuteronomy 18:9-13).

Let me encourage you parent out there, don't be afraid to protect your chldren from any type of influences that are not beneficial to their emotional, physical or spiritual development. It's okay to say no. Even if their friends are all into it, teach your children why it is not okay. You set the standard, you protect them. Beside, sheltering them is not all that bad. The opposite is to willingly and knowingly expose them to harmful influences. Not a good alternative.

Beside, someday it will not just be movies and games. There will be a time when you teenager will want to go on spring break with all their friends to the beach where you know there is binge drinking and sexual promescuity that is not just encouraged, but expected. Don't be their friend. Please, be their parent.

No matter what the age of our kids, parents must set loving boundaries. After all, if we don't who will?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Church of Oprah Exposed

Wow, I've known for some time that Oprah had walked away from truth, but listen for yourself about her belief. She is creating a God according to her own idea (idolatry).

God is most certainly a "jealous" God. We are His creation and sin seperates us from our Holy God.

Eckhard doesn't even know what to believe about what happens to you after you die.

We should both believe in God, as well as experience His Presence. She said that God is a "feeling experience." What is that?

There are 2 million people engaged in this heresy. It is time for believers to pray and love people into the truth.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

92 Year Old Woman

This 92 year old woman was able to ward off a would be thief in her car with the Gospel of Christ. Now that's one powerful message. The thief even gave her a kiss on the cheek and said thank you as he left.