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We must wear Faith, Love, and Hope of salvation.

There is no need to write you, friends, about the times and occasions when these things will happen. For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief comes at night. When people say, “Everything is quiet and safe,” then suddenly destruction will hit them! It will come as suddenly as the pains that come upon a woman in labor, and people will not escape.

But you, friends, are not in the darkness, and the Day should not take you by surprise like a thief. All of you are people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, we should not be sleeping like the others; we should be awake and sober. It is at night when people sleep; it is at night when they get drunk. But we belong to the day, and we should be sober.

We must wear faith and love as a breastplate, and our hope of salvation as a helmet. God did not choose us to suffer his anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us in order that we might live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes.

And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing. We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves.

We urge you, our friends, to warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but at all times make it your aim to do good to one another and to all people. Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances.

This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus. Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; do not despise inspired messages.


Put all things to the test: keep what is good and avoid every kind of evil.


May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful.

Pray also for us, friends. Greet all the believers with the kiss of peace. I urge you by the authority of the Lord to read this letter to all the believers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

(1 Thessalonians 5:1-28 GNB)

Sometimes no commentary or explanation is needed. The Bible really is a straight forward letter of instructions for today.  #ForeverTrue #ForeverApplicable

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Job & Zophar Round 2

In today’s Old Testament  Bible reading   Job loses it as he answers Bildad and goes for another round with Zophar.   Now remember,  Job had to repent for most of what he rambles off today as the three of them spend their time pontificating mistruths about God.

Stay tuned as the original drama between Job and his “friends” antagonize each other.   I think this is where the phrase “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” came from.

I added The Message version for this Drama to read and hear it with today’s language.

Job Chapters 19-20 Scriptures   (NIV)  (MSG)    Audio (NIV Dramatized)  (MSG)

In the New Testament We pick up at the end of Verse 19 in Acts Chapter 9.  Saul has received his vision and now he is starting to preach about Jesus at the synagogues in Damascus.  Those that heard him were confused because they had heard about the havoc he caused in Jerusalem regarding the people who were believers in Christ.

Acts 9: 19- 43  Scriptures (NIV)     Audio (NIV Dramatized)

Saul receives his vision and starts preaching the truth.   Job however is losing his vision and hacks away at his faith as he continues to argue with his “friends”.   Just like Saul, the things that are blinding Job’s vision will be removed and he will come to know the truth about God later on when Job has his own meeting with God.

Isn’t it nice to know that in spite of all the mistruths about God and poor representation by his people, we too can have our vision restored when we seek after the truth in God’s word?


My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22 KJV)


Don’t Be A Monkey  

Source: Don’t Be A Monkey

Don’t Be a Monkey

Another refreshing article on worship by Jamie Brown.  To view other blog posts please see worthilymagnify.com

The Worship Wars

Once in awhile you see something as neat as this. A real worshiper speaking from his heart.

This little article is something worship leaders throughout time have been trying to get across to the public.

It’s not the music or the songs it’s why we’re worshiping in the first place. Enjoy!

Traditional vs contemporary? Hymns vs projector screens? Are you guilty of worshiping music more than you are of worshiping God?

Source: The Worship Wars

The Problem With Prayer

The problem isn’t that God doesn’t answer prayers, it’s that man has quit praying prayers.

Source: The Problem With Prayer

Preach #TheGospel and they’ll come.

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People are wandering these days.  I always hear people complaining about how nobody has any dedication to Church and it’s just hard to get people to come to Church anymore.

I also hear people being so frustrated with what they read about in the Bible being almost false advertisement of the Church today. They get excited and believe what is in the Bible and then they inevitably go to a Church that no more preaches the gospel than the atheist down the street.

They read the Gospels and then Hebrews 13:8 ” Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  They assume that when they go to Church that it will be like what they read about in the Bible.  Especially now.  We’ve been watching A.D. the Bible continues and they actually show “signs & wonders”.  Yes when the Gospel is preached signs and wonders still do follow in some locations.  I can’t watch everywhere and I don’t know all the places in the US and abroad where signs and wonders are, but I have kept an eye on a couple of places that have my attention.

Charis Bible College (CBC) in Woodland Park, Colorado   Every Thursday at 1:00pm Mountain Time they have Healing School.   Reminds me of the scripture. Matthew 11: 4-5  the answer that Jesus gave the disciples of John the Baptist.

Eagle Mountain Church in Newark, TX  Is also having a Matthew 11:4-5 season.

I’m sure there are many other places out there that are experiencing God. But these two are special to me.

I discovered Charis Bible College during a research project of current ministries walking in the area of Healing. I had tracked down a healing testimony online and they were talking about the teaching from Andrew Wommack ministries. I had never heard of the ministry but anyone operating in Healing with results, you bet I’m going to check them out. Yay! They make everything so easy. Easy to understand, easy to apply and easy to get results.  I like them. They don’t pester you for money and they don’t send you enough paper to start your own recycling center.  They just simply preach the Gospel at AWMI.  So you bet I like blessing them.

About Eagle Mountain I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart where A.A. Allen and his ministry are concerned. They are trying to repair what a generation of those with misguided intentions tried to destroy.

I’ve been down the actual road and stood in front of the Church yard where he first heard the Gospel and his life was changed forever. All this took place not more than an hour away from me. Later on in his ministry the services were getting so large that he couldn’t meet in churches too easily due to the crowds and decided to meet at a larger non-church location.   Well that cut in to somebody’s commission and the end was soon to come as those people basically started the end of the Healing Revival of the 40’s and 50’s. It’s really true you can’t serve God and money and unfortunately they, like the Pharisees, were more concerned about their bottom line and basically crucified anyone who tried to move in the miraculous. And well we haven’t seen a miraculous move across the nation since.

I was almost in tears when I saw the honor and reverence of Eagle Mountain. They are restoring what God tried to start with A.A. Allen and the many other ministers who dared to believe scriptures and trust God at His word. At Eagle Mountain, Hebrews 13:8 is also believed and in operation. It’s not them. It’s God in them. Jesus hasn’t changed. He’s always been here waiting and they’re accessing the grace of Healing.

It’s kind of like the story of the husband and the wife in the front seat of the car. When the joke became popular there were bench seats in cars. A bench seat is just one long seat across.   Newlyweds would get in on the driver’s side and the wife would just barely slide over enough on the seat for her new Husband to sit-down.   After a few years the wife complained to her husband that she didn’t feel that they were that close anymore.   He replied to her comment by saying, “I haven’t moved I’m right here where I’ve always been.”   The wife notices that she has indeed moved all the way to the other side of car. When she is awakened to her situation she moves back over closer to her husband. Her husband hasn’t all of the sudden changed and started something new. She’s just back in the position of being closer to her husband.

God’s been waiting for someone to carry on. He didn’t quit, his people did.

Churches need to take a look at how restaurants do business. Packed restaurants generally have 3 things in common. Good Food, Good service, at a good price. If a restaurant has bad food, nobody gets shamed or scolded for not being committed and lacking responsibility if they don’t go back. It would be nuts to go back weekly to a restaurant that consistently serves bad food.

The same thing goes for service. If the staff is unfriendly and feels like the people they are serving is a burden it’s no wonder that people don’t come back. Generally the restaurant manager or owner would tell that staff person that the customers pay their salary. So the nicer they are to the customers the more they might come back and even tip them if they do a good job. Just because you went to a certain school etc doesn’t mean you get to snub your nose at those coming into your place of business. Servers do not get tips just because they are servers they get tips when they put forth the effort to be rewarded.

Finally, how much does it cost? People are willing to pay a little more for better quality food, top notch service in a pleasant atmosphere.   Typical family restaurants that have the speakers turned up so loud that no one can order, fellowship or digest their food will probably not go over very well. On the other hand if you are going to a club or a Music restaurant where that is what they do then that’s a different story. Also, if I live next to McDonalds and buy coffee regularly and then I go to eat at a Steak house and have dinner.   I don’t go back to McDonalds and pay for my steak. I pay for my Steak where it was cooked and served to me. When I go back to McDonalds, I pay for my coffee. No McDonalds on the planet would say. “I heard what you paid for that steak at the steakhouse. Why don’t you ever pay me for their steak?”

Where the church is concerned… if the people coming to the service are spending more time getting ready and driving to the church than the Pastor spends preparing the message, there is a problem with the Church not the people coming to it. Just because you are a Pastor doesn’t mean you get to be a lazy chef slopping something together that isn’t nourishing or spiritually tasty. People are hungry and they’re tired of artificial colorings, additives and empty calories. They want real food to sink their spiritual teeth in.

On the other hand Pastors are not short order cooks. They don’t come up with a message when someone walks in the door and orders.  They spend time alone with God praying and asking Him what he wants them to deliver to the specific people who will be hearing the message.

Typically you have 30-45 minutes. What are you going to tell them that will change their life? What will you say than can make their week better? What scriptures will you teach so they can leave with an answer to the many situations that they go through in a week? Sounds like quite an undertaking doesn’t it? That’s why they spend time in prayer and fellowship with God instead of watching TV, playing games on Facebook and other things that take time away from hearing from God.

God made things easy. Pray, listen to what He says, do what He says and then preach the Gospel. If people don’t bring their Bibles or use their Bible apps during church then you’re obviously not getting them in the Gospel.

If Jesus was talking about your church could he tell people Matthew 11:4-5? Would He say that you invite Him to operate in your services because you believe Hebrews 13:8? If you don’t know what these scriptures reference, you might be answering your own questions. Look them up and then start preaching the Gospel.

A a big thank you and shout out to Eagle Mountain Church and AWMI/Charis Bible College. Where Jesus is Lord and Matthew 11:4-5 is the norm.

If you #PreachTheGospel, they’ll come.

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Pastor Appreciation Month

This month is highlighted as Pastor Appreciation month.  A time of reflection and blessing of the one who has fed you throughout the year.  Typically this is for a church congregation to plan, and sneak around gathering bloopers of the Pastor throughout the year for almost a “roast” so to speak.  And then after the church family has had their fun it’s a time of reflection and blessing.

Here at AccessN2Grace I want to express my appreciation for the various ministries and ministers that brought new light into a dark world and are also restoring the value of Calvary.  So many have forgotten what Jesus has done for us.  Much was accomplished on the cross and completed for all time.    Our healing and forgiveness have been paid for.   Everything that Jesus died for has been done.   When we sin, Jesus doesn’t go back to the cross and he for sure doesn’t want us to beg forgiveness from him.  He’s already done it.

“You’ve already Got it”  has been a life changing message for many this year.   I’ve heard many ministries this year turn around and get on the other side of the cross.   We are no longer waiting for Jesus to finish his work.   Jesus has done all he is going to do so it is time for us to step around on the other side and accept the finished work.   Even Jesus himself declared “It is finished!”

I will admit that it was the minister Creflo Dollar that arrested my attention. I’ll look to see which message it was but he was asking the congregation about praying for others and prayer chains.  He asked a question and I was half listening to him.  The congregation and me answered yes and then he said “NO”.   I shut everything down that  I was doing and backed up the video and listened.  Wow!  what a revelation.

During my research this year, I have stumbled across Andrew Wommack.   I have really enjoyed his teachings.  I’ve listened to old ones and new ones that you can download for free.  At one point in his life many years ago he and his wife could not afford teaching.  Which is so sad.  I wish I could have been there to buy it for them and I wonder if there isn’t someone somewhere kicking themselves for being prompted to buy it for them but they didn’t.    I truly appreciate Andrew Wommack Ministries and the Charis Christian Center in Colorado.  It is very refreshing to hear teaching about what Jesus has done for us and is readily available for us.

I also stumbled across Joan Hunter Ministries during my research.  Her parents were the “Happy Hunters” let me tell you..I know what made them Happy and everyone else who attended their meetings.    Joan is continuing in her parents footsteps and let me tell you people are Happy that attend the meetings.  I had the pleasure of attending one of her meetings live and I was truly amazed at how easy people’s lives were changed.  People were crying and yelling and so happy that they could do things they could not do before entering the building.   If I could imagine Jesus just walking around doing good and healing the sick.    That was what she did.   No push downs, no yelling no screaming  no “working up the anointing” just a simple ask the person what is wrong and then watch Jesus fix it.  Now that was cool to watch.

My slant for Pastor Appreciation is to bless those that feed you.   If your local church Pastor feeds you then by all means bless his socks off.  But, don’t forget the ministries that offer free materials and television broadcasts/podcasts  that you feed on everyday or weekly.

One more thing…don’t wait til October every year to be a blessing to your Pastor and the other ministries that feed you.  And don’t wait for your Pastor to ask for help.  They won’t.  They are trusting God for their personal needs so they won’t ask.

Just found out today that a local pastor didn’t have enough money for shoes for himself and his kids.  What a shocker!!!   You really want to bless your Pastor…take him shopping or take his wife and kids shopping for an outfit or two.      With what I am learning a certain % of offerings go to fees etc.  If you want to bless your Pastor directly without any of  the money going somewhere else.  skip the tax deduction and give him cash or fill up his car the next time you meet him at the gas station. Buy his lunch when you see him out at a restaurant.    Each church/denomination have their own systems some may give the Pastor all the Pastor appreciation offering.  Find out what your church does. This also pertains to traveling ministers not all of the offerings may be given to him or her.  As much as 20% or more  may be deducted  by the host church for their expenses.  Each church/denomination are different.  Find out what your church does and maybe give your traveling minister a good Andrew Jackson handshake if a large portion of the offering goes to cover church expenses.

Finally,  letting your Pastor know that you “hear” him or her and you are getting their messages.  One of the most frustrating things is working all week long on a message for the people and then wondering if anyone is getting it.

(Word to Pastors here:  If your people are falling asleep preach something that will keep them awake.  There is nothing about Jesus or his ministry that is something to snooze about.  Preach something worth listening to.)

To the rest of us, ministers rarely hear “That made an impression on me that is life changing.”    One sentence I will gladly say to  Creflo Dollar ministries, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Joan Hunter Ministries, Bill Winston Ministries, Jim Hockaday Ministries, Charis Christian Center, and Joseph Prince Ministries.    I wish I could say thanks to those who went before us in the 1800’s and 1950’s. To all of you Thanks so much and it’s coming back.   It is refreshing that some of those great teachings are still circulating today.  I don’t know how all these candles were shoved under buckets but the Word is coming back and we are awakening to all that Jesus has done.

It’s not about U or what U do, it’s about what Jesus has done 4 U.

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