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Friday, August 29 2008
Thanks to Bro. Schell, this news was brought to my attention and I find it fascinating.  We should be aware of historical items that confirm our faith and the Dead Sea Scrolls are another confirmation...
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Thursday, August 28 2008
Cornerstone Chapel is anticipating our tent revival with Evangelist Cortt Chavis.  The tent revival theme is Glory 2 Glory with a tagline of Blessed in HIs House.  Psalms 84:4 states...(God's Word Version)

Blessed are those who live in your house. They are always praising you. Selah

It is a awesome knowing that we are blessed by being in the house of God.  A simple, but profound thought when we understand the blessing we receive being in His house.  It is the anointing that changes us and to feel the presence of God is the most fantastic feeling in the world.

As we prepare and pray for the tent revival, let us remember that we are blessed in His house.

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Wednesday, August 27 2008
This is a youtube video of Pastor and author David Bernard.  It speaks for itself...


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Tuesday, August 26 2008

I came upon this testimony on youtube.  It is simply a very powerful testimony of how God changes someone when they receive the Holy Ghost...

 

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Monday, August 25 2008
Isaiah 13 states...

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Raise a banner on the bare mountaintop. Call loudly to them. Signal them with your hand to enter the nobles' gates.
3 I've commanded my holy ones. I've called my mighty men to carry out my anger. They find joy in my triumphs.

The banner in this scripture was a tool to signal the mighty men of valor to come to war.  These men would leave the security of their occupations and grab their weapons and march to war.  The banner was a sign to the end of peace and no longer would the citizens live as they did, but influenced by a distant battle. 

The banner to signal the church to war waves triumphantly at the top of the mountain.  We have been called to battle the enemy for the souls of the lost of our community.  We must leave our comfort zone and grab our weapon and storm the gates of hell.  Paul wrote to Timothy...

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

This battle is not a lost cause, but a guaranteed victory.  We can reach our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is a promise in the Word of God....

1 John 4:4 Dear children, you belong to God. So you have won the victory over these people, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.


Our desire should be a desire to reach the lost.  We are the ambassadors of Christ to our community and should fight the fight.



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Wednesday, August 20 2008
I saw this while driving this morning.  It is a sign in front of a church.  I will let you draw your own conclusions...





This is based of my sermon from Sunday (preached at Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church in Dale City, VA - Pastor B. Ray)...

In the 4th chapter of Acts, Peter and John are seized by the elders of the temple after the man at the gate called beautiful was healed.  The Bible states that the leaders of the temple warned them not to preach the gospel...

Acts 4:18 (Amplified) [So] they summoned them and imperatively instructed them not to converse in any way or teach at all in or about the name of Jesus.

Peter and John were no different than many throughout the scripture in their passion for the truth.  Their answer to this persecutors reveals something that should be in the DNA of every Christian and that is a willingness to do what needs to be done to further the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Their answer to verse 18 is found in verse 20...

Acts 4:20 (God's Word) We cannot stop talking about what we've seen and heard.

It is this passion that can become contagious in the church.  In fact, it needs to become contagious in the church, but it is not without the sacrifice of time, energy, money and obedience.  Paul stated...

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

What are you willing to do to make it to heaven?  The minimum is never enough...

1 Peter 4:18
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

God is looking for people that are willing to become warriors in the fight to impact this world.  Warriors do not give excuses, but just do what needs to be done in the face of great odds.  They have the passion to accomplish the will of their superiors and in our case...

John 14:15 (Amplified) If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.







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Tuesday, August 19 2008
I have a weakness for fast food and specifically McDonald's.  I know that it is terrible, horrible and going to kill me, but it is good.  Although, I am trying to quit eating fast food, I found this video from www.godtube.com to be very funny because anyone that has ever been through a drive through has experienced a similar event...enjoy.(more serious stuff tomorrow)

 
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Saturday, August 16 2008
A few months ago, I remember hearing that Stephen Curtis Chapman's daughter was killed in a tragic accident.  Obviously, I do not know Mr. Chapman and have never met him.  The pain of losing a child in such a manner is perhaps the most horrible of circumstances that a family must experience and my heart and prayers go out to that family.  As I was on Godtube, I noticed someone posted a recent interview with the Chapman family.  The interview is a testimony of the strength of their faith in the goodness of God and the ability of a family to love one another despite the trials of life...



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Friday, August 15 2008
I found this comedian on Godtube and found him to be very funny...enjoy. 
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Wednesday, August 13 2008
In reading and studying this morning, I came across a scripture that I know that I have read previously, but this morning it caught my attention like never before.  John 5 documents the story of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda.  The man had been sick for 38 years and he waited day after day for the pool to be stirred by the angel so that he might be healed, but the Bible states....

7 The sick man answered Jesus, "Sir, I don't have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I'm trying to get there, someone else steps into the pool ahead of me." (God's Word Version)

Although, his body and faith were weak, Jesus healed him...

9 The man immediately became well, picked up his cot, and walked. That happened on a day of worship. (God's Word Version)

The scripture that caught my attention is after the healing when Jesus saw the man in the temple.  Verse 14 states...

14 Afterward, when Jesus found him in the temple, He said to him, See, you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you. (Amplified)

The instructions of Jesus to the man is something that continues speak to us today.  The KJV states...

14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Why is this important to us today?  Simply, we often are witnesses to those that have an experience with God, but quickly forget what God has done for them.  The anointing they felt quickly becomes a distant memory while the risk eternal damnation. 

If you have had an experience with God, you will remember the joy, peace and exhilaration that you felt.  What a day that is when Jesus touches your life, but we are warned in John 5 that we need to be aware of the consequences of not continuing in the presence of the Most High God and following His commandments... 

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.



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Saturday, August 09 2008

This is a very positive message from the lead singer from Casting

Crowns...

 

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Friday, August 08 2008
I read a disturbing statistic.  Although, it does not surprise me since the churches reflect society in many ways.  The statistic is simply that 50% of all marriages in churches end in divorce.  I realize that this may seem like old news, but the church should be a healing place for the ills of society and not mirror it...

I John 4
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

Society will continue to reflect the effects of sin, but one thing that we can be sure of is that God does not parallel man's nature.  His nature is different then ours...

Isaiah 55
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We should be thankful that God does not act or think as man does because His love never ceases.  He does not divorce us from His love and it His love that changes us while helping us to be overcomers.  We should thank God everyday for His love for Paul wrote to the Romans 8...

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Amplified Version says...

37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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Thursday, August 07 2008
What a powerful message....
 
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Wednesday, August 06 2008

The vision and passion to reach the lost is something that every Christian should embrace.  There is a pastor in St. Petersburg, Florida that has taken this passion to higher levels and this video is evident of this vision.  It is my desire that Cornerstone Chapel reach this level of passion to reach the lost and impact our community...

 

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Tuesday, August 05 2008
In reading John the 3rd chapter, I came across a scripture that I obviously read before, but it seem to jump off the page at me this morning. 

John the 3rd chapter documents a meeting between Jesus Christ and Nicodemus.  Nicodemus was a pharisee and a ruler among the Jews, but had an interest in the teachings of Jesus.  During their conversation, Jesus prophecied of the need for baptism and the infilling of the Holy Ghost.  The concept of being born again stunned Nicodemus and he asked in verse 9 (God's Word version)...

9 Nicodemus replied, "How can that be?"

The answer that Jesus gave Nicodemus was not one that I am sure Nicodemus expected.  It was an answer that placed accountability on Nicodemus considering his position among the religious of the day.  Jesus stated in verse 10 (God's Word Version)...

10 Jesus told Nicodemus, "You're a well-known teacher of Israel. Can't you understand this?

This rebuke should speak to us.  Often times, we are spiritually ignorant because we have not accepted the Word of God in its entirety.  We pick and choose parts of the Word of God that comfort us and are not accountable to a spiritual leader that preaches with a passion to insure you make it to heaven.   The scripture states in 2 Timothy 4:3 (Amplified Version)...

3 For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,

We need to understand the need to mature in God and ask God to speak to us of spiritual things.  Hebrews 5 states (KJV)...

13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
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Monday, August 04 2008
I appreciate the patience of those that read this blog.  I have been without a computer for a couple weeks (by choice) and now am back and fully committed to writing this blog.  I write for the benefit of the reader, but also it helps me as I study the Bible.  I very much enjoy my time writing this blog and right now I am at McDonald's typing furiously.

I recently attended the Virginia District Campmeeting at the Augusta Conference Center in Fort Defiance.  It is a beautiful facility located in Shenandoah and it is owned by the Virginia District of the United Pentecostal Church.  It was truly an life changing experience being in the presence of the most high God with a people that were in unity.  The unity of the body is a key ingredient to revival...

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

The term one accord is translated as unanimous.  Of the 120 that had gathered in the Upper Room, there were no dissenting votes.  Interestingly enough, I have searched in other translations and they just refer to to the 120 being together in one place.  They miss the importance of the unity of those that gathered.  Each person wanted to receive everything they could from God.  They did not come into the Upper Room a defeated or rejected people, but came expecting because of the prophecy of Jesus...

Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

The Old Testament refers to the anointing that comes with unity in Psalms 133...

1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

When coming together this week, we must determine to be unified in our worship.  The unity will bring healing of the physical and spiritual.  It will allow the church to move in the same direction and those that may never have been in church before will feel something that can only be felt in the presence of God.  The anointing is our number one outreach and it is necessary for the healthy growth of the church.



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