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Friday
Jul222011

Abandonment?

One of the hardest human tragedies to overcome is the feeling of abandonment. More people I know have issues of abandonment in their past, and it has affected their whole lives. Once the human heart is damaged through any kind of abandonment, it is extremely hard to recover. Several people I know get addicted to relationships, and can't be without a significant other in their lives.  Too often this leads to multiple failed relationships and it can stem from early experiences of abandonment.  As a child, I felt abandoned because my mother and father divorced when I was quite young.  Now, issues like divorce aren't a child's issue, but it can affect them directly. For me, it was the absence of a father in my life growing up that created in me an insecurity that eventually lead me into a life of drugs and addiction.  Most of my life I have lived with the feeling of abandonment, and it has affected the way I have made many of my decisions in life, most of which turned out badly.

The turning point in my life came when I turned my life over to Christ.  For the first time I knew a security of knowing He would never leave me nor would He forsake me. That kind of security and knowledge can directly come against all the feelings of insecurity, and abandonment that a person feels and experiences.  

In our world of uncertainty, it is important our lives find a security upon which we can trust and build our lives upon.  Many of you have lost a spouse through divorce, or death and feel alone.  Many never felt loved from anyone, just a feeling of being used.  Others may even tried to commit suicide because life just doesn't seem fair.  I understand many of these situations because I have lived through them, and the only source that has the strength and the power to sustain an abandonment issue is to discover how God loves you, and will support that love with His presence. Does that sound too good to be true?  I suppose it does, but until you are willing to test the waters so to speak, concerning God's care for you, you will never know how wonderful it feels to know there is one who will never abandon you, or leave you. 

Jesus said the you would find trouble in this world, but He is the source to hang on to during these times of trial.

John 16:33

33I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Having this kind of foundation under your feet is the kind of security you need to overcome any abandonment issues in your life. 

Keeping it honest and truthful....K

Thursday
Jul212011

Does It Have Impact?

Facebook, You Tube, Google, Twitter, texting, and the internet all have great impact in today's world. I can't think of any greater influence than what is happening in the electronic world.  This week my family has been vacationing with our extended family in Northern Minnesota. At one point, I walked into a room where everyone was sitting and they all had their phones out checking Facebook, emails, or text messaging.  Several of the teenagers never, and I mean never put their phones down.  Already the pictures that were taken yesterday are all on Facebook today. Our world no longer lives in isolation, and we are all learning how to use this technology to inform and influence people we have befriended.

I have wondered however with so much at our disposal, are we using these powerful tools to influence for the gospel?  I think we spend a great deal of time entertaining ourselves but do we use this technology for a greater cause?  What I mean by this is, do we spend time thinking about the impact we could have on our friends using this technology for the gospel?  How often during the day does God speak to us, or interact with us in some way?  Isn't this worth a tweet or a Facebook post?  Do we have a personal relationship with God that is interactive, and proactive in how He responses to us?  I produce a radio program for a local ministry on the impact of prayer. The idea of the program is to tell how God answers prayer in our lives.  I can't tell you how many people can't give me just one time God answered a prayer in their lives.  Now, I understand if I were asking the man on the street this question, but these are people who claim to know God in a personal way.  That just doesn't make sense to me, but it might explain why we don't use the technology of the internet for godly purposes. 

We have been given a great opportunity to talk about the impact God has made upon our lives, and to share what He has done for us with others in an effortless manner through the channels of communication from our phones. We no longer have to become an author, pastor, TV evangelist to garner an audience of thousands to impact them for Christ.  I can't tell you how many times a person has tweeted or texted a verse of scripture that has made all the difference in the world in my life at that moment.  

So think about the impact you have with those you have befriended through your electronic connections.

Be an influencer, and make an impact for Christ.

Being truthful and honest...K

Wednesday
Jul202011

Dishonesty in the Church

There are stories that come out from time to time that are just disgusting concerning the church. Here is one of them.

VATICAN CITY-- Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Philadelphia archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali on Tuesday, sending him into retirement as the archdiocese faces accusations that it covered up a long-running priest sex abuse scandal.

The Cardinal has been under pressure for his handling of the sex-abuse scandal. In his eight-year tenure, a pair of grand jury reports, one in 2005 and one released in February, have rocked the archdiocese by accusing church officials of covering up abuse allegations against priests.

February's scathing report resulted in unprecedented criminal charges against a former secretary of clergy for allegedly transferring pedophile priests without warning new parishes.

The grand jury accused church officials of keeping 37 clergy in active ministry despite credible claims that they had sexually abused young people. The allegations came nine years after U.S. bishops promised at the height of the clergy abuse crisis to oust all predators from ministry.

 Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/19/pope-accepts-philadelphia-archbishops-resignation-61557837/#ixzz1SZFQmbmV

Now how can a church system be so inept about this issue that they overlooked the ramifications of predatory sex offenders being given new venues to practice their sickness? One of the reasons this gets a pass in the Catholic Church is because their system is scripturally flawed.  They hold to traditions equal to the inspiration of scripture, and celibacy for clergy is one of those forced traditions that is not scriptural. Not all will have the gift of celibacy, and the sexual drive, especially among the younger priests is huge.  Now as a former Catholic I understand all the support by the church to elevate the marriage between the priest and his bride the church, but it's not working. We, the church are the Lords bride, no where does it say the church is our bride.  Again, tradition that has no scriptural bearing. How can you have 37 cases in one church district all molesting young people and not think you have a problem?  How can anyone in the Catholic church support the system that is supporting these offenders?  There is no excuse for this crime....none.  God's call upon His leaders is a greater call because of the responsibility they have to represent the message of the gospel.  They are called to be the prophets, teachers, pastors, evangelists, and apostles all geared to do one thing, "elevate the Name and teachings of Jesus Christ."  The scriptures are clear, sexual sin needs to be punished and extracted from any church or religious group.  

The catholic church much like the protestant church has some serious issues with their traditions.  Many of these traditions are based upon the experiences of former leaders who wrote about these traditions as if they were handed down from Moses, or Jesus, or the Apostles.  The stuff these three handed down to us are the scriptures, and they were Jews, connecting together their story to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There was no Rome, no catholic church, no Lutheran church, no catechism, nothing but the Hebraic Roots underlining God's plan of salvation, to the Jew First, and then to the Gentile.  This is one of the main reasons the Hebraic Roots conference was developed, to set the record straight theologically, and allow God to bring us back to the roots of His story.  If you have more interest in how we can begin this process of coming back to God's original plan for the church consider coming to a free conference being held in the Twin Cities this October 13-15, 2011.  Here is a link for you to learn more about the conference and register your attendance.

http://www.hebraicrootsconference.com/

Keeping it honest and truthful....K

Tuesday
Jul192011

Shaking The Foundations of Life.

We are quick to forget that this world and all that it contains belongs to the Lord. Our adversary the Devil would like you to think you have something to say in this ownership process, but we don't. In reality, when God speaks through weather, earthquakes, floods, the kind of things we can’t control, it reminds us in a hurry of how much we really control.  People are uneasy about the conditions in our world, but I believe it is designed that way by God to help people think about the meaning of life. Crisis can be a great megaphone to get our attention, and make the changes necessary in our lives to honor God. The prophet Haggai (Haggai 2:6) says that God was going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry earth. In verse seven, He was going to shake the nations, so their treasures would flow from them to Him. In Hebrews 12:26 it refers to this same shaking, and the question is why?  God uses this language to remind us that this world is not ours, but His, and His desire is for us to return to Him as creator and savior.  His shaking the heavens and earth is a reminder that He is in charge of what He has made, not nature, and not some cosmic accident.  I believe all the crisis we have seen over the last decade, beginning with 911, was a sign that He is escalating the events to usher in His return to earth. The governments of the world are in turmoil, the terrorists have made religion an issue for war, the earth is rumbling, floods are flowing, tornados and hurricanes are devastating, all this is happening to what end? God is shaking what can be shaken, so that what can’t be shaken will remain. Simply put, God is bringing into account the way we live our lives. If we aren’t living for Him, we are living our lives against Him. The shaking is to help us sort through what is important and what is not.  Following any crisis, if the family has made it through, there is a sense of relief, because the important is safe. The same is true with God. He wants us to re-boot our lives so that the important things of life remain, and the unimportant removed.  What is most important even before our families, is what you and I do with God?  Who is He?  What does He want from me?  What must I do to know Him? God wants us to build our lives on the foundation of His Word, which describes who He is, and what He requires of us.  Jesus said it best when he describes that crisis will come to each of us, and depending on what we build our lives upon will determine our survival.   Matthew 7:24, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and acts upon them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mind and doesn’t act on them will be alike a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell the rivers rose the winds blew and pounded that house and it collapsed.”

Don’t be fooled, the shaking has begun! The big question is, what is your life built upon?  The rock of Jesus Christ, or the sand of man? It will matter when the shaking comes.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

Monday
Jul182011

I Will Pour Out My Spirit

Joel 2:28

28 “And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.

Here is the promise that God made to the prophet Joel, and was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 when the New Covenant, or the Church was initiated. This outpouring of His Spirit is the distinction of the Church age, and He gave us His Spirit for a purpose, and that purpose was not to be emotionally pentecostal inside a church building. This outpouring was meant to be a witness to the world, with signs and wonders that would give people an opportunity to know about the supernatural God who died upon the cross. This is an important distinction for me, because as a young Christian I was lured into what is called "full gospel" gifts and outpourings and it always made me a little uncomfortable.  Now, I am not denying Holy Spirit gifts and manifestations, but I don't think they were given to create a three ring circus inside a church building or auditorium.  Gifts were given to inspire others to ask the questions, and inquire of what they see or experience.  The first time I heard the gift of tongues, I was so curious as to what it was, that I asked and pursued my interest and that lead me into giving my life to Christ. God's spirit poured out on believers will help us build the dreams, and do the visions that lead people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Powerless churches produce powerless believers, but the kind of power the Spirit brings is not the kind that is often thought of when we talk "God Power."   The out pouring has to do with communication as I read it.  Sons and daughters will prophecy, they will preach the Word of the Lord, and instruct in the ways of God. Men will see things in dreams that can communicate God's warning, and visions that will communicate a direction or a missional objective. God's Spirit is about getting people to talk about and explore who He is always with the objective of getting them saved. These gifts are not for the Church to exploit, they are to communicate to the world the message of the gospel. 

The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in 1 Corinthians 12 has to do with giving a gift to a person that is beneficial to the whole group. It's never to accent on the gift, but to accent on what the gift does for the church. The same is true with the gift of prophecy accompanied with tongues, it is to edify the assembled group of believers. Communication from God to us, and then a confirmation of that word by a demonstration of a gift in operation. This has all to do with communication from God to us, and it illustrates His pouring out of His Spirit upon us so that we would use these experiences to witness to those outside of Christ.  

This outpouring of these gifts is for the church to strengthen it's message in a world that wants to change the rules, redefine the perimeters of human sexuality, challenge the moral boundaries , and give preference to religions and ideas that come out from the pit of hell. They want to make a mockery of what we as believers in Christ stand for, and eventually make our claims so ridiculous that no one in their right mind would believe such nonsense. As believers we need to engage this trend, and allow the outpouring of His Spirit to lead us, guide us, speak through us, to act and demonstrate God's love and power, all in order to bring a witness about the God of Creation, and the God of redemption. 

Let us not waste His outpouring, He wants to create in us a fortress for the defense of the gospel, and The Holy Spirit is standing by waiting to pour more into us, are we ready and willing to receive it? 

I am spending a few days in Northern Minnesota, and God is pouring out a heat wave...I guess I better pour myself into the lake....until tomorrow, just keeping it honest and truthful.....K

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