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June 12, 2018, 10:03 AM

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Matthew 8:1 (KJV)
1 When he was come down from the mountain,

 

We always have to come down from the mountain. God gives us mountains so we can be refueled for the work ahead. A mountain can be any place at any time. It isn’t a high place but a meeting place away from all the distractions. A place where we meet Jesus through the Spirit, not to be filled, but rather to surrender more of ourselves to Him and His power. John 15:5 (KJV) 5 “…for without me (Jesus) ye can do nothing “.

There have been many mountains in my life. Every year I have the great opportunity to take students to Falls Creek Baptist assembly. This place tucked away in the hills of Oklahoma is a mountain for me. So many lives have been changed in this place that it seems that the presence of the Spirit still abides like an afterglow. I was able to this year at children’s camp to take a sponsor for his first time. His testimony was that when he entered the tabernacle he could feel the presence of God.

These mountains are places that we can come to be restored over and over again. I call them footholds of faith. Bethel was a place for Jacob. (Gen 28:18-22). Moses had the mountain of God, Horeb. (Ex 3:1). To some it is an alter in some small church, to others it is a place of peace where they have had a personal encounter with God. No matter where that place is we must come down to service. The work is down the mountain.

My prayer is that the alter at your church will become a mountain that you will visit over and over again. That you will be refreshed, restored and refueled for the work. We are blessed.

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May 8, 2018, 10:17 AM

Morning Coffee


May 8, 2018

Matthew 7:15-16 (KJV)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

 

This warning is extremely important to take heed! Not all “Christians” are what they proclaim to be. Their goal is not the encouragement not the empowerment of the Body of Christ but rather their own self interests whatever they will be. They are not good for the church.

There is always a “new” thing that we just need to have or do. This wolf is at the door. I have always been a Baptist, Southern Baptist. At that time it was because that is where I got saved. I knew nothing else. New things were everywhere and I would hang between two conflicting things. One day a lady who cut my hair was telling me about her new experience, that she was moving further from her Baptist roots and challenged me to study the bible with an open mind. She didn’t know but I was moving in the same direction. So I studied! Now I am a Baptist, Southern Baptist because of biblical conviction.

The mission mind of Southern Baptist saw a need in my home town, Imperial California, and began a new work there. That new work became the First Southern Baptist Church, where years later I came to Christ, was taught His word and surrendered my life to Gospel ministry.

You shall know them by their fruits. We should always want to know more about teachers and workers. We are not to judge but we can inspect fruit. The wolf is in this for himself, doesn’t care about you. Check your internet teachers. Some are not all they say.  Our enemy will use distraction as a great weapon against us. We get so busy about being blessed that we forget to be a blessing. Serving our Lord is one of the greatest privileges in the world. Serve Him with gladness. We are blessed.

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May 1, 2018, 9:43 AM

Morning Coffee


May 1, 2018

Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Sometimes the words of Jesus are hard to swallow. Jesus ends the Sermon On The Mount with a series of contrast. These contrast help us to understand more about the true kingdom man or woman.

Jesus speaks of two roads, one straight and narrow and the other wide and broad. I have listened to many people of “influence” speak about all roads leading to heaven. That everybody gets there. I have done many funerals for people who professed a salvation experience but showed zero evidence, no sign of conversion. They used this profession as a form of “fire insurance” to protect them against that day. This leads me to a question, can you invite Jesus into your heart and not surrender your life to His lordship? Throughout the growth of the church in the book of Acts, changed lives is the mark of salvation.

I do believe that there are many believers who came to saving knowledge of Christ, Jesus changed them, and they walked with Him in control. Who have since fallen away and are out of fellowship with the Father. I hope that the promise of the prodigal will help in understanding. He was brought up in the father’s house, drew his life from the father’s provision and worked for the father. When he left the father there was never a time when he was not a son, never a time when he was not loved and never a time when he would not welcomed back.

Gods desire is for us not to sin. 1 John 2:1 (KJV) 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  God has given us everything we need to live a life for Him. 1 John 2:1 (KJV) 1 … And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: He knew us! He provided a way for regaining lost fellowship. JESUS! We are blessed.

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April 24, 2018, 9:25 AM

Morning Coffee


April 24, 2018

Matthew 7:12 (KJV)
12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

The Golden Rule. This goes hand in hand with the greatest commandment, “…thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Mark 12: 30-31).

Now isn’t that easy? How contrary to the current value structure that exist in our world today. We live in a selfish world. We are good at receiving, but not at giving. Our value system has changed from that which is Godly supported by the Word of God, to a value system that is based on the current flow of human desire. Now in the great state of California, my home state, they are attempting to establish by law to make human desire the foundation of values and strip away any dissenting voice. I just wish we would learn something from history, just once, and avoid the erosion of liberty. We want it our way. Just as Samuel heard from the people of Israel, we want a king. We want to be like everybody else, give us a king. Israel went from a theocracy to a monarchy. They didn’t want to be different from everybody else.

If we want to be treated well, treat people well! If you want to be loved, love! If you want to receive, give! I f you want compassion, be compassionate! We need more than an attitude change, we need a complete change in our heart and mind. Jesus is building on the truth that He has already spoken, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mat. 6:33). To reach the point in our spiritual journey where we can love our neighbor as ourselves, we must first crown Jesus as Lord of our whole life. Only then will we have this heart and mind. The first fruit listed as the fruit of the Spirit is love. To love others as He loves us we must yield. We are blessed.

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April 23, 2018, 9:29 AM

Morning Coffee


April 14, 2018

Matthew 7:9-11 (KJV)
9  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

One of my greatest tools for daily devotion is my hymnal. There I find great expressions of truth.

“Be not dismayed what ere betide, beneath His wings of love Abide,

Through days of toil when heart doth fail, when dangers fierce your path assail,

No matter what may be the test, Lean, weary one, upon His breast,

God will take care of you.”

God desires to give good things to His children. In the light of all we have already learned through this study, we know that God is faithful in providing all our needs. As we seek first His kingdom, He continues to give us good things. The comparison is that if our worldly father, which is sinful, gives good things, how much more our heavenly Father gives.

To them that ask Him. Do we think that God is too big to take care of our daily needs.  Ask! God wants to take care of you. Do we really believe? Ask in faith! Believe! We are blessed.                                                                        

         

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