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The Dangerous C

The Dangerous C

October 28, 2020

 

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“August 31, 1988, Delta Air Lines Flight 1141, a regularly scheduled domestic flight, taxied for take-off at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.”

 

14 Killed, 28 seriously injured. 

 

How did this happen? Everything was ok. They went through the pre safety checklist… Until the experts did a little investigating… here is a quote from the book making habits, breaking habits my Jeremy Dean. 

 

 

“Subsequently, human interaction experts carried out interviews with pilots working at seven major US carriers.2 They found that, because of the endless repetition, pilots quickly got into the habit of running through the checklists, and, once practiced, did so automatically, often without really checking. Pilots reported that sometimes they only saw what they expected to see, rather than what was really there. ”

 

Excerpt From: Jeremy Dean. “Making Habits, Breaking Habits.” Apple Books. 

 

In fact when checking with the black box audio they realized that as the captain and co-captain talked there was no way that in the 1/10th of a second response of stating the flaps were correct could have happened. he didn’t have enough time to even check them.

 

Complacency can kill more than risk.

 

Prov. 1:32

For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them.

 

Heb. 5:11-12

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,

 

The danger in your life is not from the risky things you are doing… ok, maybe there are a couple of 20 somethings out there and you are doing stupid stuff… but the rest of us - our danger is from doing the same thing again and again and again and losing ground.

 

So what to do?

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb. 10:24-25

 

How do you break complacency? 3 immediate ways.

  - 1 Push your boundaries… Spiritually.

 

  - 2 Ask other to be brutally honest about your life, habits, relationships, health

 

  - 3 Try new things in all areas of you life. Business, church, family, hobbies, diet, health…  

 

 

 

What is the G?

What is the G?

October 27, 2020

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  - 4 PREACH NO OTHER NEWS

 

Prosperity Gospel

Poverty Gospel

Christless Gospel… its a self help gospel. 

Works Gospel… Catholic church 

God is Love Gospel 

 

(Below are 9 other false gospels as described by Trevin Wax, written for the Gospel Coalition.)

Therapeutic Gospel: Sin robs us of our sense of fullness. Christ’s death proves our worth as humans and gives us power to reach our potential. The church helps us find happiness.

Formalist Gospel: Sin is failing to keep church rules and regulations. Christ’s death gives me an agenda, so I can begin to follow the predescribed forms of Christianity.

Moralist Gospel: Our big problem is sins (plural) and not sin (nature). The purpose for Christ’s death is to give us a second chance and make us better people. Redemption comes through the exercise of willpower with God’s help.

Judgmentless Gospel: God’s forgiveness does not need to come through the sacrifice of His Son. Judgment is more about God’s goodness, not the need for human rebellion to be punished. Evangelism is not urgent.

Social-Club Gospel: Salvation is all about finding fellowship and friendship at church. The gospel is reduced to Christian relationships that help us enjoy life.

Activist Gospel: The kingdom is advanced through our efforts to build a just society. The gospel’s power is demonstrated through cultural transformation, and the church is united around political causes and social projects.

Churchless Gospel: The focus of salvation is primarily on the individual, in a way that makes the community of faith peripheral to God’s purposes. The church is viewed as an option to personal spirituality, or even an obstacle to Christlikeness.

Mystic Gospel: Salvation comes through an emotional experience with God. The church is there to help me feel close to God by helping me along in my pursuit of mystical union.

Quietist Gospel: Salvation is about spiritual things, not secular matters. Christianity is only about individual life change and is not concerned with society and politics.

 

 

 

  - 6 WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is news, good news: the best and most important news that any human being ever hears.

 

This Gospel declares the only way to know God in peace, love, and joy is through the reconciling death of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.

 

This Gospel is the central message of the Holy Scriptures, and is the true key to understanding them.

 

This Gospel identifies Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, as the Son of God and God the Son, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, whose incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension fulfilled the Father’s saving will. His death for sins and his resurrection from the dead were promised beforehand by the prophets and attested by eyewitnesses. In God’s own time and in God’s own way, Jesus Christ shall return as glorious Lord and Judge of all (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 25:31-32). He is now giving the Holy Spirit from the Father to all those who are truly his. The three Persons of the Trinity thus combine in the work of saving sinners.

 

This Gospel sets forth Jesus Christ as the living Savior, Master, Life, and Hope of all who put their trust in him. It tells us that the eternal destiny of all people depends on whether they are savingly related to Jesus Christ.

 

This Gospel is the only Gospel: there is no other; and to change its substance is to pervert and indeed destroy it. 

 

This Gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.

 

Satans strategy with the Gospel…

The same old thing… it has become It has became cheapened, diluted, and polluted.

 

 

 

Stenberg 

Christ on the cross

Pepita

Count Von Zinzendorf 

What is the G?

What is the G?

October 26, 2020

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When I was a kid my Mom tried to pass off powdered milk on us kids…

Fake Butter

 

The gospel in todays world can taste funny due to additives. 

 

Galatians 1:No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different (GK= Second class) gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort (pervert by adding) the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Anathema… a curse that gets worse and worse)

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man (GK = change to be agreeable), I would not be a servant of Christ.

 

 

 

"The turning point in our lives is when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is."

 

 

  - 1 WHAT IS THE GOSPEL

Generally speaking, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or the message of salvation, justification, and sanctification, is explained by the apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans, especially in chapters 3 to 8.

DEFINITIONS:

Salvation - Salvation in Christianity, or deliverance or redemption, is the "saving [of] human beings from death and separation from God" by Christ's death and resurrection.

It is the rescue or deliverance from sin, death and the future wrath of God. 

The bible speaks of salvation as “You are saved”, “you are being saved” and you have been saved. Salvation is through the grace of God and dependent on Gods work on the cross and dependent on his continued work in our lives. Salvation is ultimately then understood as the comprehensive sum total of the benefits bestowed on the believers by God. 

Justification - It is a legal act by God (1) the act by which God moves a willing person from the state of sin (injustice) to the state of grace (justice); (2) the change in a person's condition moving from a state of sin to a state of righteousness;

Sanctification - Sanctification is that renewal of our fallen nature by the Holy Ghost, received through faith in Jesus Christ, whose blood of atonement cleanseth from all sin; whereby we are not only delivered from the guilt of sin, but are washed from its pollution, saved from its power, and are enabled, through grace, to love God. Sanctification is the lived out presence of Gods work in the conscience, heart and actions of the believer. 

 

 

  - 2 WHAT IS THE BAD NEWS

 

We serve an awesome, good, holy God who is sinless, perfect and just. 

 

Why is that bad news? 

Because we are not awesome, good, holy, sinless, perfect and just. 

 

The Bad News is that there is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10). We all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

 

  - 3 WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS

His love for us made a way. 

 

John 3:16 

 

If that doesn’t rock your world then you do not realize how Holy God is and how evil you are.  

 

 

P P P P P P Problem solved

P P P P P P Problem solved

October 23, 2020

 

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Elisha has been telling the king not to listen to his advisor…. do not surrender to the Syrian King. 

 

Now we turn to the four lepers.  There they are outside the gate [2 Kings 7:3].  And they are dying, not only of the rotting of the corruption of their flesh, but they are dying of the lack of the garbage, that day-by-day was let down to them over the wall; those miserable wretches, that leprous congregation of four wretched men.

When God says something, God does something.  When God makes a promise, God immediately begins to work to bring it to pass.  It might not be in our lifetime.  It might not be in our generation, but when God says a thing, God faithfully does it.  And when the Lord said by His prophet Elisha, “This time tomorrow there shall be six gallons of fine flour sold for just a few cents,” when God said that, immediately, God began to bring it to pass.

 

And the Lord made that host out there in the twilight, the Lord made that sieging army of Syria out there in the twilight, the Lord made those men out there in the twilight, to hear a noise of on-rushing horses.  And they said to one another, “That king of Israel, Jehoram in there, has hired the kings of the Hittites and the Egyptians to come against us.  And let us flee for our lives!” And they fled 

 

unbelievable problem

Prophet

Promise - food for everyone

People (lepers)

Provision - God sends a host of angels down to the campground.

Unbelievable prize

Unbelievable practice - lets share

Unbelievable predicament - they don’t believe the lepers

Unbelievable Praise - its true and the people go crazy

Unbelievable punishment - the Kings captain/advisor

 

Cheating Cheaters Cheat… until life happens.

Cheating Cheaters Cheat… until life happens.

October 22, 2020

 

 

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2 Tim. 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, workman that need not be ashamed. Rightly dividing the word truth.

 

Study - read, learn, ask questions, do and fail and do again

 

Thyself - every area of your life. 

 

Workman - it’s hard work. Do you want to know why most people do not achieve greatness in some area of their life? They lack the work effort. 

 

Rightly dividing - using all of scripture for all of your life.

 

Truth… do not divide the truth wrong - or you simply are living out error. You can use the word of God improperly and make your life worse because you did not use the truth properly. Look you can have great medicine, but if you use it wrong it can kill you. 

 

So here are 3 things to chew on regarding this verse.

  -1 Everyone is going to die. Including you… and worse yet, you don’t know when you or anyone close to you will die.  

 

So what is the point? The more you apply this verse the not only the better your life will be, but also those you live with and love.

DON”T DELAY

 

  -2 Life doesn’t just happen. Its not a movie where cool things just happen and you end up with the best marriage, job, kids and hobbies.

You have to go out and study and work at it - and when you fail… Keep working at it.

Always have a plan and trust God to work in it and through it. 

 

  - 3 Faith, Risk, Guts, chutzpa Whatever you want to call it… it is the secret sauce to life. Are you willing to take steps of faith in every area of your life. See here is the secret to this verse… its not the knowing, its not the doing… its the doing and not knowing that makes life grow and beautiful. 

Sure we can make a decision to know about investments. Yes we can make some investments (this would be doing) but what do we do when God says sell all your stock and get out of the stockmarket… when everything is blowing up. This is faith… and it is what I did just before the big crash of 2008. My investor who is one of the top in the world called me and said “did God tell you to do this?”… I said Yeah I kind of felt it in my gut… he yelled at me and said well how about next time you tell me about it.

Fire in the Belly

Fire in the Belly

October 21, 2020

 

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12- It only took $40 bucks to destroy Blockbuster…  Blockbuster video was shut down because of $40. The guy who started NETFLIX started it because blockbuster charged him $40 in late fees. He was so mad it lit a fire under him and the rest is history.

194 Billion

 

The fire in your belly!

 

"Is not My Word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?" (Jeremiah 23:29, KJV).

 

John the Baptist preached and prophesied that Jesus would fill the believers with "the Holy Ghost and fire"! (Matthew 3:11). 

 

People with fire…

  -1  They are internally motivated. They don’t need others or a spouse or a father… it comes from feasting on the word of God. And sometimes a bit of their own attitude lit by the Holy Spirit. 

 

  - 2 They don’t waste time wondering… what if, or what about them.

 

  - 3 They are willing to not only make mistakes but humble enough to ask for insight advice and wisdom from anyone!

 

  - 4 They are themselves. They do not waste time trying to please anyone else. not in what they do, believe, dress, or try to accomplish… they are singularly focused on what they feel God has called them to do in every area of their life. 

 

  - 5 They always go beyond their limits. They don’t let fear get in the way. 

 

  - 6 They are life long learners.

 

  -7 They persevere and then persevere some more

 

  -8  They take care of themselves first. 

 

 

 

 

  • Is there "Holy Ghost fire in your belly"?
  • Are you excited about your Jesus?
  • Better still, Are your listeners excited about your Jesus?
  • Can you keep to your theme what God is doing in your life?
  • Who, do you think, you can talk to about this (in an objective way)?
  • What message is your body language sending out?
  • How much do you really love the people you are sharing with?
  • In your thinking, Are the people there for "you," or are you there for the people?

 

The Big Five Fold

The Big Five Fold

October 20, 2020

 

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5 FOLD MINISTRY

Apostles  – one who is sent, they build and build up, They correct error and doctrine and build the universal church. They have little time for games or churches that are not centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. apostles have lived a life of suffering for righteousness sake to establish the kingdom. An apostle is sent with a message and specific assignment and mandate given by God directly for a specific people, specific cause and purpose directly concerning the Kingdom of God.

 

           

Prophets –  interpreter of oracles that are hidden. They move in the inspirational gifts of 1 Cor. 12 of words of wisdom, prophecy, words of knowledge. It is not by perception, but by inspiration.

This office requires a consistent manifestation of at least two of the revelation gifts on an ongoing basis.

Most prophets also experience prophetic dreams and filled with symbolism and visions. Prophets speak more than individual prophetic words but prophetic words or messages that shift spiritual atmospheres over regions. They generally are draw to apostles. #1 job of prophets is not to prophecy but to train the people to hear God.    

 

   

Evangelist –  bringer of good tidings. Evangelist is one who is sent to save souls and present the gospel message. We see evangelist where the lost are and they are not listed in the order of the church in 1 Cor 12:28. Marks of an evangelist are salvations and healings and miracles. They have an ability to touch hardened hearts with God’s love for them to receive salvation. They also are found in the midst of environments that breed sin. The word is only used three times in scripture. The best example of an evangelist is Stephen. Philip started his ministry as a deacon in the helps ministry, in Acts 6:1, and moved into calling in Acts 8:26-40. They are generally drawn to pastors. They are trans-local traveling by themselves as a rule.

 

      

     

             

Teachers –  one fitted to teach; master; doctor. Teacher – The office of Teacher is one that stirs others to know the truth. It is more than explaining, it carries an anointing that brings change. Teachers love truth and love to study. They are avid readers and study topics in multiple ways. They are generally scribes and historians. They expand on what apostles release and prophets speak so others can clearly understand. They teach line upon line.  They carry a divine, supernatural ability to impart knowledge above the natural way of doing. True teachers will never teach doctrinal error, but will study in-depth before giving new insight.

 

 

Pastors –  Shepherd ; herds man          

Pastor – The word pastor is only used one time in scripture yet we have made it the primary function today. Pastors are nurturers and must lay their lives down for the flock. They are healers of the broken and are given oversight to make sure the needs of people are being met. Just like a herdsmen there are also under-shepherds or pastors in almost every body of believers. They may not be recognized but are active meeting needs and ministering healing to others. Pastors are drawn to teachers to evangelist and then to teachers. Pastors are most effective one on one and modeling Christ. Not all pastors will be dynamic teachers but will be dynamic in showing love. They were never to be placed as final oversight or vision casters to the people. They are always given to a set group of people.

 

 

 

These gifts are given for three purposes 

  1. To perfect the saints                     Perfecting –  complete furnishing; equipping
  2. For the work of the ministry          Ministry –  service; ministering
  3. To edify the Body of Christ           Edifying –  build up; promote growth

 

 

My question is this… some in the body of Christ are called to these… not everyone.

But here is the catch 22… they are to build up the church, so my real question is “are you under one  of these ministers learning, and being built up?”.

Not just a pastor on Sunday morning… but being mentored on a regular basis in order to grow and serve God in greater and greater ways.

 

Some of you may step into one of these roles full time, but the point is that we all are called to be used in all of these areas. To edify the body of Christ and to win the lost. It may not be a full time position God has called you to, but you do need to be mentored by one of these types of role leaders and carry the torch daily. 

I doubt that.

I doubt that.

October 19, 2020

 

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WHAT IS DOUBT?

QUESTION: differentiate between a question (I am trying to understand who God is), The mind wrestles.

DOUBT: doubt (I don’t understand and I am uncomfortable with it) The heart and mind wrestle.

UNBELIEF: unbelief - a choice, its a matter of the will and not the mind. (you abandon God)

 

1) Many people think doubt is the opposite of faith, but it isn’t. Unbelief is the opposite of faith. Unbelief refers to a willful refusal to believe, while doubt refers to inner uncertainty.

2) Many people think doubt is unforgivable, but it isn’t. God doesn’t condemn us when we question him. Both Job and David repeatedly questioned God, but they were not condemned. God is big enough to handle all our doubts and all our questions.

3) Many people think struggling with God means we lack faith, but that’s not true. Struggling with God is a sure sign that we truly have faith. If we never struggle, our faith will never grow.

 

REMEMBER:Doubt

Satan can sound very reasonable, but he is never reliable. Gary Zarlingo

 

Doubt zaps joy, obedience, effectiveness

A Loss of Blessings:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

THE CURE IS NOT TO CHOOSE TO NEVER DOUBT AGAIN… Doubting everything and believing everything are two equally convenient solutions that guard us from having to think.

 

 

Mark 9: 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

 

MAYBE THE MOST HONEST HUMBLE VULNERABLE AND HUMILIATING CONFESSION IN SCRIPTURE… YES I BELIVE BUT…. I HAVE DOUBTS.

 

 

 

SOMETIMES THE GREATEST ACT OF FAITH IS HONESTY REGARDING OUR LACK OF FAITH!

 

 

 

Do you doubt? Tell God about it. Ask him to help your unbelief… its maybe the greatest act of faith you will ever have.

 

 

Overcomer’er

Overcomer’er

October 16, 2020

 

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overcomer… my son and beautiful daughter-in-law just had the sale of their house yanked. Here they are ready to move, two U-hauls packed and another house waiting for their down payment and signature and poof… it all walks away. Today I will be loading those 2 u-haul trucks back into their garage… 

So it makes me think of overcomer. 

 

I have 3 people in my life who are the overcomer you read about.

 

One was 13, raped by her brothers friend, pregnant, growing up already with a challenging learning disability. She is black, there was a lot of racism in her town, lots of judging and oh yea, her mom and dad were pastors. She is now an amazing woman of God, has an incredible ministry and has forgiven the man who raped her and even built a relationship with him.

 

Another friend who came from another country… it was one of those countries. He and his brother were run aways with his mother. A few years later their father found them and kidnapped them and took them back to that country. She did not see them for 13 years. He was beaten by his father and soon by his brother. He contracted polio and had numerous health problems. He was raped by a man who was a friend of the family… and even after his mother rescued him and brought him back to the states he became an alcoholic. 

He is now an amazing father, husband, business owner and Loves jesus like a mad man.

 

Finally, a young kid in my youth group years ago. Black, wrong side of Chicago, not much going for him. Dad died at an early age, gangs etc… he now is the CEO of a Billion dollar company.

 

 

They all practiced a life of catch and release

 

Ok more like

Confess, forgive and release but still the same premise.

 

Look guys as soon as you can get over that life is unfair and mean and hateful and evil and everyone gets a bad taste in their mouth… the faster you can realize that we live in a sinful world with a terrible satanic force that is out to ruin out lives. Just confess all the bad that has happened to you and don’t try to cover it up…

So bad things will happen. I caught a few bad things in my life. But the key is forgive.

You can’t forgive… yea thats why we ask God to help us. Its a process, but so worth it. 

EVERYONE of my friends had trouble forgiving at first, but they worked on it and even now thank God for the past because of how much it has taught them… they have had the experience of Gods grace to a mightier degree than most.

They also rely on the release. Once they forgive they release, yes it again is a process. I have had to give up offenses 2, 3 sometimes 649 times. But it is my way of saying ok God, You are bigger than this so you take it…

 

Now here is the amazing thing in my friends lives. They did not start to experience all of Gods goodness for them until they did this process. In fact my one friend said “it was like everything I tried was self sabotaged until I went through this process and once I did… the windows of heaven opened up. There was just no other way to explain it - her words not mine. 

 

 

 

 

RM vs. Hero

RM vs. Hero

October 15, 2020

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Confusion is rampant, sometimes funny… ever see a smoking hot chick from the back and its a dude from the front - awkward.

Ever a pickle and it was a Jalapeño?

Ever choose a hero and find out he was a zero?

 

 

We confuse Role Models with Heros.

 

RM vs. Heros

Hero’s conquer the enemy, RM understand who the enemy is

Hero’s do great things, RM teach great things

Heros heighten our emotions, RM teach us to manage our emotions.

Heros do the amazing, RM equip you for the amazing results

Michael Jordan is an amazing hero… but make no mistake, It was Phil Jackson who was the role model.

 

Heb. 11 It is called the Heros of the faith chapter in the bible. Just about everyone in that list you can name their role model… and the ones you can’t- it was God himself who was their role model.

 

Todays challenge is simple. 

Find a role model… but hold on. Don’t confuse RM with Hero. I like what Franklin D Roosevelt said, “Judge me by the enemies I make”. I think this strangely applies to RM. We often look to hero’s  and everyone likes them but typically they make bad RM. RM are awkward, unruly, driven, bullish and kid of tunnel vision. They don’t really care much what others think with in their field of study. 

 

You know I have studied the greatest Preachers from the past to present in signs and wonders. Most people had a hard time getting along with them. They were amazing Role Models, but not real likable.

 

Also, you need to be a RM for someone. It is your call to influence others towards Christ. So step out, don’t worry about knowing it all, that is the best part of being a RM, it makes you learn more and more every day. 

 

The greatest RM were once students who were asked to lead and that began their race to role modeling. 

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