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God Develops Leaders Both Individually and Corporately In The Likelihood of His Son

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WWJD………….What would Jesus Do?

As I have grown and matured in my walk with the Lord, Jesus Christ, I have often been alluded to as a ‘church leader’.  I suppose this ‘title’ was given to me because of my love to volunteer my services in a number of church activities/needs such as assistance with financial difficulties, ideas in entertainment/program productions, ability to conduct and teach bible study groups of all ages and genders, lending my professional expertise on church building committees, and consoling and providing hospitality care for the needy of our flock and community.

But whatever talents/services in the church I was providing it was because of my love for God and for his people…not at all for my own glory, fame or fortune.  Never the less, I went to God in prayer and asked him to ‘tone down’ my character persona which some church leaders and administrators were conceiving as ‘larger than life’.  Or maybe even a bit ‘showy’.

As I prayed while on my knees about this wrongfully applied title, one of my grandmother’s ole hymns kept resounding in my spirit.   “Humble me…humble me my Lord.  Humble me…humble me and let me do Thy will.”

It was during one of these times of meditation that Jesus conversed with me and said:  “My child, as long as you continue to allow Me to be your example, you have nothing to worry about or nothing to be anxious about. Don’t you know that there’s no greater enemy of happiness than to worry. Worrying in and of itself causes a person to expect the worst.”  Then He brought to my remembrance “The Law of E. F. Hutton”.

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Don’t Worry…See No Evil…Be Happy In The Service Of The Lord!

E. F. Hutton was a Wall Street Company that wanted to position itself as having the last word in the financial community. It was the largest brokerage firm in the USA during 1970s and 1980s. They concocted a clever advertisement showing two businessmen discussing financial matters over a meal in a crowded restaurant.  During their discussion, one of the men mentions a tip his broker had given him concerning financial matters, and finally the other man chimes in and declares; “Well, my broker is E. F. Hutton, and E. F. Hutton says…”  At that moment in the scene, every restaurant patron stops dining, leans in the direction of the two men and with uplifted heads freeze in an eavesdropping position.  Of course, what the company is hoping  that the viewer takes away from this advertisement is that when E. F. Hutton speaks, people listen.

Well, evidently not enough people listened because for some time now, E. F. Hutton has been out of business.  They bit the dust after being convicted of using fraudulent security practices.  All those who once listened to them have scattered to other brokerage firms.  They had the last word alright.  It was “Goodbye”.  Only God is Good and he alone has the last word!

The use of my Example is far better.  Unlike E. F. Hutton, Jesus Christ, though dead in the flesh is made alive in the Spirit and thus capable to speak to those persons who lived in the past, in the present, in the future and to those yet to be born.  This Holy and Righteous Man was also blessed to have the capability to speak to inanimate objects and they listened, too.  Who wouldn’t adhere to someone with so much power and authority.  Yes, when Jesus Christ speaks, people listen.  And He has given me this assurance that I am covered by His stripes.

Numerous circumstances abound (otherwise known as teachable moments) in the Scriptures concerning our Lord’s oratorical engagements.  In many of those incidents you find the persons querying Jesus while on their knees.  The Syro-Phoenician woman of Mark 7:26 was in that posture when she approached Jesus.   In spite of His disciples she asked Him for a word that would cleanse her daughter’s body of the horrific demons that possessed her.  In that same chapter Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, another one who came on bended knee, begged Jesus to come to his home and speak a word over his daughter who lay at the point of death.  Scripture also tells us that Jesus spoke to fig trees, raging storms, tidal waves, fish in the sea, birds in the air, issues of blood, mountains and lunch boxes!

John Maxwell, a noted best selling author of leadership books, a pastor and public speaker says that once you learn the Law of E. F. Hutton you will never have any trouble figuring out who the real honest leaders are.  He goes on to say don’t listen to the claims of the person professing to be the leader.  Instead, just watch the reactions of the people around him who he/she is leading.  In Jesus’ case, crowds flocked to follow Him.  The Sanhedrin wanted to know by what authority did this “E. F. Hutton” speak.  To their chagrin they begin to realize that they had lost their leadership status to a tall stern figure dressed in a similar long white belted tunic with a tasseled prayer shawl draped over his head.  A person with ‘out of this world‘ authority!

What I learned from my having a ‘little talk‘ with Jesus about my problem was this:  If you believe you have been given the distinct title of E. F. Hutton let’s examine the real picture.  Would others classify you as an honest and sincere person who studies to show him/herself approved and well versed in the topic of discussion?  Do you walk the walk as well as talk the talk?  Do you nurture others and help build their confidence and stimulate their growth?  What about your faith walk and your ability to let go and let God?  Do you share your life’s experiences or do you lead in the abstract?  What about your prayer life?  And do we dare mention fasting?  Jesus did all these things because He knew that by exercising self discipline He could better focus on the resources that are available in our God. So my advice to you is ‘take a knee‘ and then take a stand for Him!

Something else to point out when learning the Law of E. F. Hutton is that it is a generous law.  Mr. Maxwell says that when you are starting in a new leadership position and you’re not recognized as the leader yet, don’t let that bother you.  The real test of leadership is not where you start out.  It is where you end up.  Jesus dealt with that subject over 2000 years ago.  (And just look where He has ended up.  He LIVES to this day and forever more.)

In Mark 9:38-49 it basically says that the disciples found persons outside their inner circle acting in a leadership capacity expounding the very beliefs that Jesus Christ was preaching.  Therefore, and unwisely, the disciples forbade them to speak.  Jesus said forbade them not…for he who is not against us, is on our side.  But whoever causes one of these little ones…to stumble it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he was thrown into the sea.  Pretty good advice, don’t you think?

So in closing, I say to the lay persons in the church, the willing-workers, the philanthropists, the dreamers, the unsung heroes and all the ‘average’ citizens of the Kingdom; as sojourners of the Cross, you are the right and left hands of the ‘Good News’ and it behooves you to become the best ‘leaders’ of your profession of faith that you can be in Christ Jesus.  Begin by establishing a track record.  It wont be long before you will be able to show signs of past successes.  People will believe in you and what you have to say because you deliver.  Unlike the company, E. F. Hutton (now debunked), you will be like the Master Teacher and Eternal Leader of all times,  Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God! Amen and thank You Jesus for trusting us.

Scripture Lessons:  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  Hebrews 13:7

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God “Allows” A Little Humor Every Now And Then

Have you ever smiled in secret and in loving adoration towards God after receiving a divine response to a whimsical prayer request?  Well, I have.  I have even gone as far as whispering to God these words…”Lord, you’re funny.  You really do have a sense of humor.

Some years ago, as a member of a speaker’s bureau class at the public library, our assignment was to compose a five minute recitation on heavenly humor and present it at our next meeting.  For my contribution I chose to write on 2 very common superstitions.  Of course, I partitioned God for his approval and he gave me a PG rating.  So feel free to recite the following story at your next church supper. God really does allow a little clean humor every now and then.

 

    SUPERSTITIONS AND THERE ORIGINS

 
It is amazing how many of our superstitious ways revolve around death, hell and the grave.  Take for example:
 
The Yawn Reflex’
 
Today, we believe that it shows good manners to cover your mouth and to say excuse me after a broad and noisy yawn. Well, originally, good manners had nothing to do with it.  In the ancient days, it was believed that the Devil made a person yawn so that he could gain access into the body and cause that person grave danger.  
 
If that person is observed yawning he would say excuse me because he knew that yawning was contagious and would cause the second person to yawn,too.Thus putting that person in grave danger.
 
So the first yawner would say ‘excuse me’ for putting you in danger. The Hindu people would snap their fingers three times to counter the Devil’s antics.
 
The Medical doctors today tell us that yawning can be due to sleepiness, exhaustion, shallow breathing or observation. Also, one of the first exercises that a new born baby performs is to stretch and yawn after its body breathes in fresh air.
 
Medical scientists believe that there is a yawn center in the brain that is activated by our lungs and under certain conditions cause us to yawn.
 
‘Now Take Sneezing’
 
How many “Gesundheits” does a person get after sneezing? And do you know what it means? Well, it means, “God bless you.”
 
The custom of asking God’s blessing initiated with early man who believed that the spirit resided in the air and since we breathe air into our heads, it stands to reason that the spirit resided in the head.
 
A sneeze would accidentally expel the spirit. So a person would ask God to put it back. The act of bowing towards the sneezer was also counter-magic. For it meant, “May your soul not escape.” 
 
Now imagine being in a room filled with sneezers and yawners. This combination of guests could be fatal.
 
Don’t forget, a yawn gave the Devil access into the body and a sneeze could expel your good spirit. Thus leaving your body defenseless.
 
The spirit of the Devil would be exposed out into the room trying to gain entrance into someone else; Gesundheits being shouted aloud from across the room; some guests bobbing up and down towards the sneezer; and the yawners approaching others and saying I’m sorry, I’m sorry for infecting you.
 
[What a hilarious scene from an Austin Powers movie!]
 
(At the close of your presentation, you could leave the stage with a big yawn, cover your mouth and say excuse me. Next, give out a loud sneeze. After the audience responds with ‘Gesundheits’ say…Oh, well.) 
 
 
Always remember Isaiah 8:19-20…When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

Scripture Lesson:  Isaiah 44:24-25  Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb: “I, the LORD, am the Maker of all things; stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone; causing the omens of boasters to fail; making fools out of diviners; causing wise men to draw back and turning their knowledge into foolishness.

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God Became ‘Flesh’ In Order To Explain (Exegete) Love

Numerous literary writers, theologians and psychologists tell us that there are five ‘languages’ by which to express love.  Namely, they are through words of affirmation; acts of service; physical touch; quality time; and receiving gifts.  But through prayerfully conversing with God over the many years of my life, he has shown and proven to me that a most significant and sacrificial act on his part combined all five ‘love languages’ in just one pre-ordained divine event.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

In one of his more playful moments (like school yard recess) the Lord said to me, “My child, let’s take a break from in depth bible study.  Recite for Me the many ways you know how to express love.” As those instructions penetrated my mind, I smiled.  Lord, you are truly like a father helping his child with their homework, I thought.  How sweet of you to ask.

Immediately, I grabbed my pen and note pad and began to compose the following lyrical poem entitled “A Play On Words”.

  A Play On Words…”I Love You”

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Blog I love you African mom and child.jpg                  A STATEMENT………………..I LOVE YOU.

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Blog Divine "I love you my child".jpg           OR MAYBE DIVINE………..I Love You, My Child.

Blog Amorous "I truly love you" Racial mix.jpg  HOW ABOUT AMOROUS…I chose you and I Love You

Blog Declaration "I do love you".jpg         A DECLARATION……………….I Told You, I Do Love You

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Blog Joking "I love you, Kid! or a Lie.jpg  PERHAPS, JUST KIDDING. You Love Me, And I Love You

Blog A Lie "I've loved you all my life, baby".jpg   WHEN IN PAIN…Hang In There.  I Love You, Kid!

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OR A BIG, BIG SURPRISE…..Did I Hear That Right, Did She Say, “I Love You!”

 

REFRAME:  No matter how you say those words                                                                                             They will always evoke a response                                                                                                 I love you?   I love you.  I luv yah!                                                                                                  Sounds good, regardless of the cost.

The ‘key’ words in John 3:16 are “the world”.  And the word ‘world’ in this case, includes all of humanity…even those two human beings who were ‘created’ and lived in Eden as well as everyone else ‘born’ after them.  God sincerely loves us all;  genuinely and forever.  The problem comes in when the world refuses to accept either God’s gift of Love or his Son, Jesus Christ.  The world would rather choose my whimsical way of expressing emotions depicted in the above poem.

We all agree that God is love and his reincarnation in his messianic Servant Jesus Christ (flesh) is the fulfillment of the Scripture in Psalm 2:7; “I will surely tell of the decree of Yahweh:  He said to Me, ‘Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.”  This revelation came to David aeons before Christ was born.

When we think about just Who Jesus is, we can honestly say He fulfilled all five love languages during His physical life time here on earth.  He used words of affirmation to all those given to Him by the Father.  He miraculously demonstrated acts of service to mankind through the creation.  He physically touched people, dead or alive, and is the sustainer and preserver of the material universe.  He spent quality time in prayer with His Father, His disciples, friends and a host of others. And without a doubt, His final act of allowing Himself to become the atoning death on the cross was the ultimate gift He gave for fallen humanity (including Adam and Eve) and He ushered in the Holy Spirit for our protection and sealer.

Recess is over, Kid.  It’s time to get back to work!

Scripture Lesson:  John 13: 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Amen.

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God Provides Instructions On How To Build A Healthy Spiritual Life Support System

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“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;”  Psalm 127:1a

Can We Talk?  Yes, I’m addressing you, my dear readers, because this blog is very special to me. Why? Because I am very serious about cultivating and expanding my time to converse with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

His presence is so sweet and His voice so soothing and His advice so penetrating that I just can’t get enough.  Once, when in prayerful discussion with Him, I distinctly heard the Holy Spirit say: “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”  (Matthew 18:20).  Needless to say, I took that divine message to heart and have throughout my walk with the Lord attempted to surround myself with like-minded believers in the Holy Scriptures.

So as not to be presumptuous and not to waste your time, this blog post is designed for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  Our time together will be focused on identifying and developing our inner man’s or inner woman’s spiritual life; that is eternal life. For 1st John 5:12 says, “He who has the Son has life: He who has not the Son of God does not have life.”

Now, if you will permit me, I would like to share with you a synopsis of the ongoing conversations I have had with our Maker concerning how His people can continue to build up their spiritual houses; fortify their vital signs; and identify components that can help to make up a healthy and vital spiritual life support system.

“All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man (or woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2nd Tim. 3:16-17

One of the main courses of study for a Christian believer is their Bible. This is the building license you need to begin construction. The first part of the Bible is the Law and the Prophets and the History books. God wants us to diligently study that portion of His Word as well as the New Testament, so as not to make the same mistakes as our forefathers. The summation of the History books is found in 1st Corinthians 10.  What one should glean from these passages are that we need the protection and guidance of God; deliverance from our past sinful lives; acknowledgment of a spiritual Head over our lives (Jesus); to be constantly fed and provided for; and lastly, to associate with family and friends, especially those of the household of faith.

News flash! Did you know that to do anything on a repetitive basis is habit forming? Therefore, the application of what we read, as well as other avenues of experiences, should fortify and/or cause lifestyle changes within us as we learn to rightly divide the Word of Truth. So, without a doubt, the study of both ancient and modern Christianity is a vital component to keep our spiritual life vibrant and healthy.

Now, let’s talk about our minds.  Let’s declare every day that we will show love to somebody, speak and think only positive thoughts and words. Eventually the mind, because it is constantly being fed positive stimuli, will produce vitality in the inner man or woman and the outer man will begin to disappear. (See Phil. 4:8)

Finally, dear readers, in our time together, let’s also reflect.  Let’s look at things from God’s perspective. Just as I did when the Holy Spirit directed my attention to Matthew 18:20. The moment God is in the equation you must look inward at yourself. So, overall, when you study to show yourself approved, you should often stop to ponder over the slightest details which will put you in a state of humility. You will come to hear and see things in a new light. Remember, the opposite of humility is arrogance! And we don’t want that beast to raise its ugly head, now do we? Yes, the discipline of study that renews the mind, soul and body is directly dependent upon humility.  And that’s got to be a good, vital, and healthy spiritual life support system component.

Some additional components that I have learned in my conversations with God on this subject are that it is alright to engage in various avenues of learning. For the Christian believer feasting on ‘meat’ rather than ‘milk’, don’t be afraid to pick up several Bible commentaries, dictionaries, and other translations of God’s Word. Compile a collection of biographies and other thought provoking books like Shakespeare, Plato, modern founders of Christian sects.  Go hiking and explore God’s creation and creatures.  Attend lectures and join book clubs.  Listen to the voices of birds and frogs.  Stop to smell the roses.   Ask God is there a message in the face of your pet dog as he wags its tail and greets you at the door when you’re late coming home.  Practice living for God over and over again.  Concentrate on what you are learning.  Become a practitioner of prayer.  Get an understanding about the matter.  And finally, tell somebody how you have been changed.  Become a Star witness to the Plaintive AND the Defendant.

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Be Like Jabez. Ask God To Enlarge Your Literary Territory.

As the saying goes in real estate…Location, Location, Location!

The mantra for us is…Reflection, Reflection, Reflection!

Reflect…think on these things blogged herein and be blessed.  Amen!

Scripture Lesson:  John 17:17  Jesus prays, “Sanctify them in the truth; your Word is truth.”

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God Allowed Me To Experience Life Eternal

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An Endless Period That Does Not Include Time

This week’s blog is taken from a page in my journal dated Saturday, February 27, 2004.  Yes, its been fourteen years since my Lord and I have had this conversation.  And then as well as now, I truly believe that on that night, God allowed me to experience life eternal.  So, please, take a  stroll with me down memory lane as I relive that awe-inspiring night with Jesus.——————————————————————————————————————————–

A Page From My Journal…

I fell asleep after studying my Sunday school lesson last night.  The Scripture was as follows:  For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  For every tree is known by its own fruit.  For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble brush.” Luke 6:43-44

The Holy Spirit awakened me about 4:30 a.m.  I knew it was Him.  He instructed me to go get my book entitled Chicken Soup For The Christian Soul.  In it I found a short story relevant to my Sunday school lesson.  It was very appropriate for my third graders.

I said to myself, it would really be nice if I could find a short story directly related to the book of Luke.  After leafing through the book, I found the perfect story and it referenced Luke 6:33, a section on giving.

After I finished reading the story, I was smiling and thanking God for awakening me and putting the finishing touches on my Sunday school lesson.  I said, ‘Oh, Lord, if I had my druthers, heaven would be one long eternal night instead of a place of eternal day’.  I made that comment because for me and most people I know, God engages us in the most revealing conversations at nighttime or at least in the early dawn while it is still dark outside.

Immediately, my Lord responded. “My beloved,” He said. “Turn to Revelations where I speak of the fact that heaven will have neither sun nor moon.”  “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the Glory of God illuminated it.  The Lamb is its light.”  Rev. 21:23

“Don’t you see, my child, heaven will have neither sun nor moon.  There will be no concept of day or night there.  I AM IT!  When I awake you at night to speak to you, I am treating you as I treat myself.  I never sleep.  So, why should you?   I’ll tell you like I told Jeremiah, ‘Do you want to run with the horses?  Well, I am the horse’.  Wake Up!  Allow me to turn your nights into day.

“If you want to walk with me, know that there are no inhibitions that hinder me.  No walls contain me.  No doors are shut against me.  No gulfs divide me.  No regiment of time constrains me.  But most of all, no weapon formed against me shall prosper.  I say to you, come to the realization of how awesome it is to be more than a conqueror.  Come!  I invite you to join me and experience eternity.”        The End

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Scripture Lesson:  Isaiah 57:15 – For this is what the high and lofty One says–“I live in a high and holy place, but also with him (or her) who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Blog Figure 8 Eternity.jpg The infinity symbol (figure eight) is universally recognized as a symbol for eternity. The two circles the eight forms have no ending and no beginning and continue in its pattern representing forever.

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God Orchestrated Extreme Measures When Jesus Was On The Cross And We Were On His Mind

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Ain’t no mountain high enough…ain’t no valley low enough…ain’t no river wide enough to keep me away from you, saith the Lord!

In 1996, Columbia Pictures released a thought-provoking movie written by Tony Gilroy and directed by Michael Apted entitled “Extreme Measures”.  The leading cast members included Hugh Grant as the hero doctor and Gene Hackman as the villain doctor.  The film grossed approximately $18 million at the box office.  It’s all encompassing moral dilemma was centered around the question posed by the villain doctor to the hero doctor: “If you could cure cancer by killing one person, wouldn’t you have to do that?”

In order to get the full implication of this complex question, you would have to see the movie, which is available to rent on Amazon for $3.  The plot of this film centers around Gene Hackman’s character who labors to improve or extend life at the expense of human sacrifices.  He conducts secret experiments on innocent and indigent human beings (rather than on animals) in his laboratory which, more often than not, is a terminal exercise.  On the other hand, Hugh Grant’s character is on a crusade to prove that the villain’s conduct is akin to murder.

Now, at this point, you may be asking yourself what does this movie have to do with the title of this blog post.  You may also have decided to respond to the above question in the affirmative once you have calculated in your mind the numerous amount of cancerous lives that could be saved at the expense of just one death.  Well, if that was your conclusion, I’ve got news for you.  In today’s society, you would be tried and found guilty of murder.

Scripture reveals that in the beginning God used a more perfect version of “Extreme Measures” to save a sick and sinful and dying world with the execution of his Only Begotten Son and is declared not guilty of murder.  Why, because God alone also has the power to not only take but to give life and to give it more abundantly.  And today and forever more, Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father!

Gene Hackman’s character did not understand this divine principle.  He wanted to accomplish the impossible…to become an earthly god with no power to give life.  All he could do was to cure life.  And he certainly did not have any power to revive the human sacrifices used in his experiments!

God’s whole premise for operating with ‘extreme measures‘ was to set in motion a spiritual and eternal concept.  All bodies are initially sown (grown out of) from Adam, a perishable being. In order to obtain eternal life after our sojourn on this earth, we must be raised imperishable.  The natural body must become spiritual because in the eternal all we will be doing is worshiping a Spiritual God.  “God is Spirit and his worshippers must worship him in spirit and in truth.”  John 4:24

So the extreme measures that God provided for us while his Son was on the Cross is this:  In heaven we will no longer bear the image of the earthly man, Adam, but of the heavenly man, Jesus Christ.   We shall be changed.  That is why it is imperative that while here on earth, we confess Christ as our personal Savior, the Son (image-bearer) of God.  HE LIVES!

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Extreme Measures?  A job for Someone who holds life AND death in His Hands! GOD!

Scripture Lesson:  “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

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God Speaks To The Children, Too!

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Train Up A Child…

There is one very important spiritual truth that every Christian church body should adhere to if they want to impact, in a positive way, the social order, mindset and worldview of their community.  Surprisingly, it has to do with the gender makeup of their flock.

How many generations in your family are baptized believers in Jesus Christ?  Is there an appreciative number of young people in your church congregation?  I ask these questions because it has been said that the church is just one generation short of extinction!  God also reminds us through his Word that this could be true for Scripture says: “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he shall not depart from it.”  Proverbs 26:6

One easy way to insure a lasting foundation in the mindset of our young boys’ and girls’ consciousness to always seek God and his righteousness is to decorate our Sunday school classrooms and corridors with five basic colors.  If this was done, you would be amazed at how many biblical truths would be recalled and applied by the children as they wonder through life’s traumatic experiences.  For as you know, the adult population of the church has the ordained responsibility to share God’s Word to the next generation in a meaningful and comprehensive way.

A few important discoveries and observations have been made by researchers and experts about the psychology and effects that  colors have on moods, feelings and behaviors.  It has also been reported that in addition to influencing physiological reactions, various colors are a powerful communication tool.  Take for example the color systems used for traffic signs, traffic lights, rail road crossings, highway markings, street cross walks, national and international flags, emergency vehicles, etc.

As you can see, the world uses color effectively, so why not Jesus Christ?

The five basic colors that have been correlated to Scripture principles are: black, red, green, gold and white.  When these colors are incorporated in children ministry it will make studying and learning much easier.  It will also enable the teachers to explain biblical concepts and truths more vividly, which can be used by the Holy Spirit to change and direct our children’s lives in a more productive manner.

If the church’s goals are to impact social order, influence our mindset and introduce a positive worldview, than why not take a hint from the Prophet Jeremiah:  “Rise in the night and cry to your God.  Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord; lift up your hands to him; plead for your children as they faint with hunger in the streets.”  Lamentations 2:19 (Living Bible)

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The color Black represents Sin.  “For all have sinned, and come shot of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24

The bible clearly teaches from Genesis to Revelation that there must be a blood-sacrifice atonement for the remission of sin and no vegetable or grain offering would suffice.  Genesis 3:15 announces the coming Savior, (…the Seed of the woman) as the ultimate sacrifice.  Sin, which initiates from the heart of mankind, separates us from God who is Holy. Pray and ask Jesus for a contrite heart and an humble spirit.
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The color Red represents the blood of Jesus Christ.  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:7-8

Romans 5:8 declares…”But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  And in another passage…”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16  And yet another more personal passage…”I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22b  Pray and ask Jesus to ‘find’ you and allow you to be His vessel.
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The color Green represents your growth in the Lord.  “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

After salvation, you need to grow in the Lord. You also need to know that God keeps his promises and he is faithful and just to forgive our sins (1 John 1:9).  While growing, you need to realize God will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5).  Additionally, we need to study to show ourselves approved (2 Tim. 2:15); pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17); and in an unequivocal manner know God’s plans for your life are that you prosper (Jer. 29:11).  Pray and ask Jesus to order your steps in His Word.
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The color Gold represents God’s purity. “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21

 

It is comforting to know that not only is God’s Holy City one of purity by design, but so are the Citizens of that City.  Because of Jesus’ love for you, He is in Heaven at this very moment preparing a place for you whose streets are paved with gold.  And where He is, there you shall be also (John 14:2-3). Pray to Jesus that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

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The color White represents your purity.  Your sins are forgiven.  “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

All of your sins can be forgiven through your faith in Jesus Christ and the shedding of His blood on the cross at Calvary.  The pencils depicted at the bottom of the picture are a reminder of how you can hold on to your faith. Find the black, red, green, gold and white tips, and recite their meanings. “Bind the  words on your fingers; write them on the tablets of your heart (Proverbs 7:3)”.  Pray to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you of your debts as you forgive those who have trespassed against you.

Scripture Lesson:  Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” Luke 18:16

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