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February 7, 2018, 8:36 AM

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Feb 7, 2018

Matthew 5:25-26 (KJV)
25  Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26  Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

This is more than just good advice. If we are to be blessed as peacemakers we must develop the attitude of receiving and giving forgiveness. Love trumps all. The key to real forgiveness is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (KJV) 1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Service without love “profits me nothing”. Forgiveness is like receiving a gift; if it is not opened and taken to oneself, it is never fully realized. The same must also apply to giving, not just offering, forgiveness. You can’t fix other people’s attitudes, only yours. You give, then it’s up to others to fully receive.

To some people’s dismay, not everybody in church likes everybody else in church! This should not be, but hiding your head in the sand won’t fix it. As we grow in love we begin to learn to love as Jesus loved and still loves. There is a song that I like called “Little Country Church” (Love Song). One of the lines goes “…Long hair, short hair, some coats and ties people finally coming around. Looking past the hair straight in to eyes, people finally coming around.” As we grow we begin to understand that God loves people! So “agree with thine adversary quickly.” So that peace will usher in a new attitude toward revival. Embrace the love, embrace the moment! We are blessed.

 

 




February 5, 2018, 10:26 AM

Morning Coffee


Feb 5, 2018

Matthew 5:23-24 (KJV)
23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Wouldn’t it be cool if serving God was easy? I mean like going to church and having the pastor say sweet and rosy things without stepping on my toes, to sing praises without conviction, to give my gifts in the offering plate and go home feeling good about myself. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, by the Beach Boys, could even be my theme song. But No! God expects better from His children.

There remember! I have a good excuse about this one, at my age it’s hard for me to remember. But there is always something there to remind me. I believe that the time in our worship service where we receive our tithes and offerings is as much a part of worship as singing and praying and preaching. Our worship should always be with clean hands, a pure heart and without a vain spirit. (Ps 24:4) I have been in churches where they give an alter call at the beginning of the service to give time for the congregation to prepare to worship. It was awesome! Our prayer should be, “search me o’ God and see if there be any wicked way in me”. With the brilliant light of His Holy Spirit, He searches us and reveals even the darkest sin, the broken relationships and our cold spiritual life. He opens the door to forgiveness and expects the same from you. Leave your gift, first be reconciled to your brother, then come and give your gift. This is where this new life gets tough. God expects us to forgive and go get things right with our brother even if He has ought against thee. No excuses, no circumstancing, no self righteousness. Just be restored to your brother. If it were easy, anybody could do it! Through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit I, you, we can do this.

The release of the burden of a broken relationship is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling in the Christian life. This is a true sign of personal revival and could spark a church wide revival as the church rejoices as others learn from your experience. Let the Spirit fall! We are blessed




February 2, 2018, 8:48 AM

Morning Coffee


Feb 2, 2018

Matthew 5:21-22 (KJV)
21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

The standard has been set, “thou shall not kill (murder)”. “But I Say”, does not add or take away, it goes to the root cause. Because we have anger in our heart which grows to bitterness which often leads to something we regret. It defeats us spiritually. A soul full of bitterness is an unforgiving one. We approach bitterness like a lawnmower when we need a hoe. Trimming the green stems so they look good, but leaving the root so it can continue to grow. Anger left alone will fester like an unprotected wound. We must face it and ask God to remove that bad attitude from our life.

Anger and bitterness in the church will bring a growing church to a complete stop and a declining church to ruin. The church thrives when members are seeking holiness which only God can give.  Real revival begins when the whole church, even its most “solid”, are broken and led to real repentance at the alter of God.

“Without cause” there are things in which it is good to be angry, righteous indignation. Jesus showed us this when He cleansed the temple. We must be careful that our righteous indignation does not become a religious trophy that will lead to pride. Our reward will be great in heaven not on this earth.

Today I pray that God will bless your socks off! That the peace that passes understanding will dominate your soul; that joy will be all over you so others will see the greatness of God in you. We are blessed.

 




February 1, 2018, 9:09 AM

Morning Coffee


Feb 1, 2018

Matthew 5:20 (KJV)
20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

This is very interesting; is Jesus referring to an impossibility, or a level of difficulty? These were the most spiritual men on the planet! How can we be better than them?  “…yet our Lord Jesus here tells his disciples, that the religion he came to establish, did not only exclude the badness, but excel the goodness, of the scribes and Pharisees. We must do more than they, and better than they, or we shall come short of heaven.” (Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible.). Jesus knows the level of commitment these men have. But this new movement is open to all who believe. The level of difficulty is the flesh side of religion. There must be a time when our good works account for something. Man is always trying to find a way, a different way to God. The impossibility is Gods side. As you are, there is nothing you can do to take away your sin.

“Romans 3:23 (KJV) 23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  Romans 6:22-23 (KJV) 23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:8 (KJV)  8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 10:8-9 (KJV) 9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:13 (KJV) 13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” God takes care of the impossibility, for with God all things are possible. We are blessed!




January 31, 2018, 9:23 AM

Morning Coffee


Jan 31,2018

Matthew 5:19-20 (KJV)
19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whenever you see a therefore in the scripture, find out what the therefore is therefore! I can see this conclusion as referring back to two statements. 1. Let your light shine before men…that they may glorify your Father which is in heaven. 2. Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all are fulfilled.

Living for Jesus is never easy. We are constantly bombarded with stuff from religious leaders who seem to have found the new way, shortcuts to discipleship. Come to this conference or enroll in this Bible study and life will be all wonderful, shortcuts more likely than not wind up as dead ends. Whosoever breaks and teaches to do is least. Whosoever does and teaches to do is great. We must elevate our game! Never does easy and discipleship go together. Our lives are an open book. People watch us and sometimes this is the only Jesus they see. Don’t mislead someone with promises of its all cake from here. Erma Bombeck has a book entitled, “If life is a bowl of cherries, why am I always in the pits!” Wow is that ever true.

While life may be hard at times, and finding the way that is right can seem difficult, we have this blessed assurance, Matthew 28:20 (KJV) 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. We are blessed!


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