Saturday, March 9, 2019

Galatians 6 (The Laws of Sowing & Reaping)

Here's a quick clip of Galatians 6 being finished up at the Salvation Army of Chattanooga, dealing with the laws of sowing and reaping. Also included is footage of God's healing touch on a man with pain in his legs and feet. All glory to Jesus. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Deuteronomy 18:18 (I will raise up a prophet like you)

Deuteronomy 18:15 records where Moses prophesied of Jesus' coming, and Acts 3:22 repeats the same thing thru the message of Stephen as he preached to the Jewish religious leaders shortly before his martyrdom. In this post, I want to take a closer look at the parallels between the life of Moses and Jesus by which the prophecies foretold, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.".

Before I go any further, I want to propose one way we can apply this Word to our lives so that it's not just information we can hear and consider nice; but that it would be a challenge to us to make a part of our lives not only for ourselves but to those we can share it with. And that is this: Just as Moses was used as a type of Christ; so we too can be a living allegory by the things Holy Spirit imparts to us. As followers of Christ, we've all been given seed that has grown or will grow into fruition. What I would ask from people who read this would be to ask God what are some gifts or wisdom He's given you that you can now relate and share with the people in your spheres of influence. All the while keeping in mind the Word of God which reminds us that Christ is our Head, but throughout our lives, He has given us leaders whom we submit to their authority. (As outlined in Hebrews 13:17) So it's for that cause I now write for their joy, our benefit, and for the glory of God this piece...

1. Beginnings

Moses - During the time of Moses' birth, there was an edict from Egypt's Pharaoh to destroy all Hebrew baby boys. (Exodus 1:15-22)

Jesus - Around the time of Jesus' birth, king Herod commanded that all the Jewish boys be slaughtered who were 2 years old and under. (Matthew 2:16)

2. Early Ministry

Moses - Moses' early ministry was doubted by the people of Israel.
(Exodus 4:1)

Jesus - Even Jesus' own brothers didn't believe in Him. (John 7:5)

3. Mid-Ministry

Moses - Moses' ministry was endorsed by God over power over water. (Exodus 14)

Jesus - Jesus' ministry was endorsed by God over His commanding of the sea's storm to be still. (Mark 4:35-41)

4. The Giving of Two Covenants

Moses - God established the old testament covenant on a mountain called Sinai. (Exodus 19)

Jesus - Jesus instituted another constitution on another mountain which we call The Great Commission. (Matthew 28:16-20)

5. The Delegation of Leadership

Moses - God transmitted His leadership thru Moses to captains of people. (Exodus 18:25)

Jesus - God led Jesus to choose 12 apostles who would lead His early church. (Luke 6:12-16)

6. The Atonement For Sin


 Moses - God told Moses to get a snake and put it on a pole so that anyone who looks at it will live. (Numbers 21:8)

Jesus - God made Christ, who knew no sin to become sin for all mankind by hanging him on a cross for the forgiveness of the world's trespasses. (John 3:14-15)


7. The Burial & Resurrection


Moses - God commanded the children of Israel to go thru the parted waters of the Red Sea in order to cut all ties with Egypt once and for all. (Exodus 14)

Jesus - Thru Jesus, God commands all followers of the Lord to go under the baptismal waters of His burial and raise to newness of Life by His Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 10)

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Friday, November 23, 2018

STREETS - Donald

11-7-2018 (Downtown; Chattanooga Community Kitchen)
I wish I could have done more, but at the end of the day it's according to what a man has rather than what he doesn't. (2 Corinthians 8:12) But I believe and declare that one day Chattanooga will have a local Dream Center and a ministry team including a 3rd shift that will tend to men and women like Donald. Please keep him in your love and prayers. God bless!

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STREETS - A Ride with Christopher

A little background to this video: It was taken approximately 5PM today. Most people in the video have been ministered to before either by myself or with people with me. One of them includes a woman in a wheelchair that I had previously prayed for the night before while visiting during a night-watch. At that time, she was suffering from pain and arthritis in her left arm. You can watch the video to hear the report of how that was doing this day. Also, a few cliff notes to the car ride (cause I know it was real choppy):

-Was given a few dollars to buy whatever he liked
-Was handed gospel tracts upon his request to witness to people
-Was informed of another ministry in town that specifically meets the needs of the homeless and needy
-Was dropped off in order to buy a cup of coffee

Eventually, I want to get a dash cam for the car because for whatever reason, there's too much interference with what I have now.
Praise reports: -Salvation Army opening their doors for freeze nights
-God's testimony of healing

Prayer requests: -Christopher's medicine and housing needs
-Linda's continued relief from arm pain
-More gospel tracts

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STREETS - Shirley

Downtown Chattanooga; Market Street Bus Stop – 2AM (11-12-2018)

Meet Shirley. With a few medical conditions, she knows she doesn't have long to live if she has to stay on the streets much longer. Pray that whether she lives or dies, she would receive Christ alone by faith.

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Salvation Army - Nate the Gatekeeper

Wow. I had to stop off here and make a post about one of the craziest experiences I've had in a long time. I'm just returning from the Salvation Army where I went to inquire about speaking during their night shelter days. And boy did I run into a character there at the Army. He greeted me upon entering as the "boss" of the place, and that was just the beginning. Now I've known my share of loonies, and even though this cat was eccentric as all get out, he had had an air of authority and legitimacy about him that heralded my attention from the start. From what lasted near half an hour he took me around the place and never let up. It started in the lobby and then he took me around the halls of the place where there are dozens of portraits of biblical characters hung on the walls. I can't begin to describe what this person began to say about each hero of the faith as he pointed them out to me, and related their lives as we walked along, but I can tell you he knew the Word of God. It's like he kept going back and forth between two extremes: Worshiping the Lord and calling things as he saw 'em. 
One primary focus of his engagement was lamenting over one individual that he kept saying was backslid and such. I don't feel like I need to get into specifics with this. But this portion of our meeting climaxed when after we or should I say he took time to go into a person's office. And after he had closed the door, he took out a guitar and started making one of the most wildest and anointed praises I've ever listened to. At one point, Holy Spirit told me to just listen. It would be easier to describe what he didn't relate in his praise rather that what he did. But I'll get to that in the conclusion of my testimony. 

Anyway, it was a little while later when the occupant whose name was on the door came bursting in. Not much needs to be said here except to say I knew who we were dealing with now. With a few harsh words to my host and a quick greeting and excuse from myself, we left the room and let out to the main auditorium. There, I struck up a conversation with a previous acquaintance from the streets while this other figure started serenading another visitor in the room by himself on guitar. 

Finally, I rounded out my conversation with my friend, and made my way back to this dude's office. I reintroduced myself as politely and understandingly as I could to him, exchanged contacts and left. But before I did, I got another name of someone else in charge that I could speak to about coming back, and then I returned back to the auditorium and asked "the boss" of who this other man was and where I could find him. He then led me back down another hallway to another door and asked me my name and number to which he wrote on his dry erase board attached to his door. 

And then as I was about to leave, (I can't remember who brought it up first, him or myself) but we agreed to drive around together. By this time, I knew exactly who this person was after spending sufficient time hearing him talk and Holy Spirit confirming it to me. But we got in the car and left the Army property. He told me to go down one street to which I obliged. And it was there he began again telling me his history of being in different prestigious houses and whatnot. One peculiar thing however, he insisted that I kept the worship music blaring on the radio during our brief excursion. He rode in the car like he was in his own world. He kept talking to people on the streets out of the window. And one thing I observed was that he caught everyone pleasantly. They always had smiles on their faces when he engaged them. The only time I ever noticed when people would say an off word to him was when (back in the Army) he wouldn't stop worshiping God.

Anyway, at one point he mentioned that the hospitals were full of sick people and since he owned it all, he would take it upon himself to go in and minister to people there. So it was Holy Spirit who told me to make the next turn. There was a CARTA bus in the right lane and God had me make a right in front of it and turn down the street was the Emergency Room was. As we were approaching I knew I was close to the point of having to drop him off. I was about to turn into the ER drive-thru when he spoke up and said to keep up a little further and turn left. That there was going to be a spot open for him on the left. And as I turned there, it was exactly as he said. Once we got parked, he turned the music up on the radio even louder and that's when God got a hold of me. Call it an anointing or whatever but there was such a song released in my heart and lips that was a sound that matched the music playing but was entirely different words than what was being sung from the artist. I'll be honest, it was during this time that my attention wasn't so much on this other person; but on God was had me crying and lifting my heart to Heaven. 

Still aware that this person had stepped out of my car and was doing his thing beside me, the only thing that was running thru my mind (and had been for some time) was the premise behind the song, "Favorite Song of All" And that's what was holding my heart at the present time. 

To conclude, we firmly shook hands. And I can barely still recall the glimmer in this person's eyes as we departed. And as I write out this testimony now, I fully understand the ramifications of 1. What this means to myself or anyone reading...1 Corinthians 2:14 - "But people who aren't spiritual can't receive these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means."
And lastly, one promise in Hebrews that has come to pass today in my walk: " Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. " (Hebrews 13:2)

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Jesus Christ: As Seen Through the Eyes of Angels

The following post is based on a sermon I listened to years ago by Colin Smith. In this piece, I take a look at instances where the lives of angels intersect with Jesus Christ and His people.  I tell it from the point of view of these angelic beings who the Bible says in 1 Timothy 3:16 (concerning Jesus) was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

Included in this post are the original messages from whence these writings were adapted from.

In Heaven

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."

That's your story. But I can assure you that our first experience of conscience existence was looking into the face of Jesus our Creator and beholding the glory of the One who was, is, and is to come. Worshiping Him and tending to His call is all we know.

You can get a glimpse of our activity in Heaven by reading the prophet Isaiah where he writes of our company praising Him continuously, proclaiming His holiness. His majesty and glory are far above anything any finite mind could ever begin to comprehend.

On Earth

And then in a period of time that we all knew was coming one day; Jesus Christ stood from His throne and disappeared from our entire view. Before this remarkable event occurred, however, one from our company, named Gabriel, was sent from God to a virgin named Mary. During this time of visitation, the young girl was told that she would give birth to a boy and that He would be the Savior of the world. And so He came. In a moment in the fullness of times (as your Bible says) He took upon Himself a body. The Word became flesh and dwelt among you. And as some of us recall the memory of when Heaven most met Earth, we bring to your reminder the time when as the Son of God lay in a manger in a town called Bethlehem: Multitudes of us gathered on a hillside and appeared to shepherds tending their flocks and said:

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

In a Wilderness

And then as you read your scripture and mark the places where angels and the life of Jesus intersected, you will find that the next place we saw Him was in a desert. The person of Jesus Christ grew and lived into manhood, and the question on some peoples minds was would the Son of God live His life on earth as a man or would He resort to using His powers as Lord to make His life easier. Those answers came when out in the middle of the Judean wilderness, the tempter came to Him. This creature was none other than the one who was the instigator of the rebellion at the beginning. Lucifer was His name. And we all had seen his fall from Heaven when he tried to exalt himself above God and in turn, was exiled to Earth. Now was His chance. By the time the devil came to Him, Christ had fasted forty days and forty nights and as your Bible says was very hungry. So as it went, the first temptation the devil came against Jesus with was questioning His divinity and suggesting that He turn stones into bread. To this, we sat by and listened inquisitively.

The second temptation was suggesting that the Christ throw Himself off a pinnacle of the temple and in turn, would cause us to catch Him up with our wings and land Him safely to the ground. By now, we saw the toll that these temptations were having on Jesus. So we sat and waited.

Finally, the tempter had Jesus walk up to a very high mountain and once He was atop, showed Him all the glory of the world and said, "All these things I will give you if you fall down and worship me."

But in a moment that we knew was His final temptation and our release to minister, He replied, "Get away from me Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only!"

Then as soon as the devil left, we were permitted to come and attend to Christ there.

In a Garden

Then we saw Him in a garden. It was a place where He often resorted to praying and spending time with His disciples. But on this night, the Son of God arrived, and we knew something was different about this occasion. It started when He entered the garden and told His disciples to keep watch and pray. But as He withdrew to a place by Himself, we could tell He was severely affected by what was about to happen to Him in the space of several hours. Your Bible recounts the words He spoke to the Father in John 17 during this time. During one period of intercession before the Father, He uttered those words now recorded and repeated by His followers throughout history: "If it be possible let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless, not as I will but as You will."

It was at this time that great drops of blood began to draw upon His forehead, and He (as well as us) knew this was just a foretaste of the blood He was to shed for humankind a little later on a tree on a hill called Golgotha. Nevertheless, it was at this time that one from our company was called down to Gethsemane to strengthen the One who was to give His life a ransom for all.

On the Cross

They nailed Him to the tree and crucified Him there. But it was at that time that I want to recall to you one of the things that the Christ said while all this was going on:

"Do you not think that I can call upon 12 legions of angels to rescue me from this?"

And as we heard Him say those words, we sat at the edge of Heaven, ready at one instant to save Him, but permission was not given. The call never came. Because as many who already know; no one was able to take His life from Him. He gave Himself freely. Because it was He, who said that no man could take His life. He laid it down willingly. And He had the power to take it up again.

At the Empty Tomb

Moreover, they took down Christ's body and laid it in a grave. Then He was seen by angels. Your Bible describes a violent earthquake and an angel of the Lord coming down from Heaven and rolling back the stone of the tomb and sitting on it. It was at that time that death lost and eternal life won the victory. Jesus Christ has risen, and it's for this reason we now proclaim the message of the resurrection to you. He's alive.

At His Ascension

It was after 40 days that the Christ spent time with His disciples and showing many infallible proofs of His resurrection that it was time for Him to ascend back up to Heaven with the Father. So as He led them as far as Bethany and lifted His hands and blessed them there, He gave them the great commission of spreading and teaching these things I'm sharing with you.

It was at this time as the Christ disappeared from their sight in the clouds, that two from our company (dressed in white) said to those men standing there gazing into the skies, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the heavens. Do you not know that this same Christ will return just as you have seen Him go?"

And it was then that they departed and told the good news of this to everyone they met.

At His Second Coming

That's the story of the past and the present. But there is coming a future where we will play a role yet again. The apostle Paul also recorded a future time where Christ would descend from Heaven with the sound of a trumpet. When Christ was on the earth, He told His followers of those times when we would go throughout the entire earth dividing His believers from the wicked and separating them from one another The time is soon. For no one knows the day or hour of His coming. So be ready! 

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