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Monthly Archives: October 2011



  From a distance we can’t see the trees of the forest; we see a forest.  When we enter the forest we see trees. Nothing has changed except our position. So it is with our understanding. It vacillates, the facts do not.

     Given that there is a way to get from “A” to “Z,” and if we had a map we could see that there always is, but how do we avoid the pitfalls, enjoy the journey, and arrive happy?  Happiness is the common desire of us all.

     We find that we have issues and circumstances. Those also are common to all of us in this life in the forest.  We need a GPS so we can understand or position and establish our objective. For that, we must rely on Another’s perspective.

     When we ignore God, or disagree with Him, our choices are blind or rebellious. Were we eager to learn, history would tell us the true story that man (that’s us), tempted to follow desire in disobedience to God, found that desire unrestrained and unguided gets us into a lot of trouble. 

     Ours is not the first venture through the woods.  We need “Strength for our day and bright hope for tomorrow” as the song writer wrote.  We need moment––by––moment guidance. God promises this. 

    God’s help is always directed toward life success.  His strength cannot be made to lead us into temptation, but will deliverer us from evil.  It is what He does.   He is our GPS.

     We stand at “A,” a beginning every morning.  Every moment can be a new beginning.  Whenever we awake to the Spirit, we can say with the Apostle Paul, “Now, unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Ephesians chapter 3).  

     No matter where we are in our lifetime journey, we have the option of turning in trust to the One who does clearly see the trees, the forest, the end goal––the way for us.  We should not insult His generosity.  He really does love us.   

     Will we take this word and go forward as “More than conquerors through him that loved us?” (Romans 8:37). 

     Will we believe He who came to give us life and life abundantly? If we refuse such great salvation, our days will proceed anyway.   We can be as a rotten apple; contaminating the whole peck.  Or, we can be as a light shining the way more brightly each day. (Proverbs 4:18)

     Let us face this day, looking beyond our limited gaze to His leading. We can visualize ourselves in the tag match of life. Reach out and touch the Lord.  His hand is extended. His arms have been outstretched for some time.

     “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation” (Psalm 68:1, 3, 19, 28, 34, and 35).






   I do not believe it is possible to be like Jesus, and to not have a burning passion for the lost.

     Without question, our salvation is the very purpose of Creation and defines the activity of the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit pressing to re-create us into His likeness.

     Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18).  It is not just getting ready to be a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, the true church IS glorious. It is the body of Christ.

     Jesus said, “I–If I be lifted up will draw all men unto myself ” (John 12:32).   If this is not ongoing, within that “church,” its members have become complacent; lukewarm to which condition Jesus said,  “I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelations 3:16).

      His plea is, come back if you have left me.  “Return to your first love.” (Rev. 2:4).

     He stood in the gap between our sin and the Father.  We now, stand in the gap so that others may be brought in.

     Am I born from above? Yes! I can tell you the very moment, and the day, and hour of my birth. Am I, then, a son of the Father?  Yes!  All Hell seeks to make us see ourselves as alone, independent; but we are utterly connected.  This is the only reason we can bear fruit for the kingdom.  Disconnected from Him we cannot. 

     To the question God asks, “Whom shall I send?” (Isaiah 6:8).   We must respond, “Here am I, send me.” This is thoroughly Christ like. It is an essential of drawing near to God. It is just like God.

      We are in the fleeting “Days of the Gentiles:” the “Last days” of opportunity as were the Jews before us. “Harden not your hearts as in the provocation,” was the message then, and is now (Hebrews 3:15).

     The purpose of His life is joined by His church against whom the gates of Hell will not prevail. As with Him, so with his brethren, “The lame shall walk, the blind will see, and the poor will have the Gospel preached to them.”(Matthew 11:5)   

     Demons hate such boldness. Blinded ministers will hate it too; ‘ The whole world will follow after them.’  That is why it is virtually true to say, “As He is, so are we in the world” (1 John 4:17).   His passion for mankind has not changed, and must find expression in the church.

     We are missionary evangelists to America.  We are looking for ways to increase our outreach.  If the Lord has put it on your hearts, please help us.