501c3 is not what you think. Be responsible and do your own research.

http://www.creationliberty.com/articles/501c3.php    This sparked my attention while researching the foundation and who came up with this bright idea that has put many pastors in fear and misleading Christians for decades.  You really can’t serve both mammon and God.    Read the article and then join me on researching this out for yourself and your church.  Are you stifling God and not giving your people your all because of money?

And by the way,  if you are a “Church” you don’t even need one of these.   If you are not a “church” then that’s another ballgame.  I’m sure there are plenty of ministries out there that help in these areas of legal matters for churches.

I would start here  Christian Law Association with my research.

The 501c3 is a way around the real reason behind the separation of Church and State.  Which is the STATE cannot tell the CHURCH what, when, why or how come about anything regarding freedom of religion.   The total opposite of what those Carnival barkers…. lol (Thank you O’Malley) people shouting separation of church and state are barking about.  Talk about barking up the wrong tree.

Are you a Liar or a Lover? #TheDailyLoveWalk

But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see? The commandment that God has given us is: “Love God and love each other!” (1 John 4:20-21 CEV)

The scriptures can be pretty straight forward.  This scripture basically says if you say you Love God but you hate someone. You are a liar.  WOW I know that’s a tough thing to hear.  Sometimes we just need someone to wake us up and get our attention.

So what does that mean in your everyday going to work/school life?  Well, look at it this way.  If you love someone you won’t sleep with their spouse, steal their money, damage their property, steal their livestock, take their lunch money, shove them into a locker or give them a swirly.  Even though they might deserve the swirly if you Love like God Loves you won’t do it.  It also means you won’t gossip about people you love.  You won’t compare yourself to people you love and you won’t put someone you love down.   I know TV says just the opposite.  TV says be witty, sarcastic and slaughter people with your words so your friends will think you are cute.  When in all actuality you are showing the beast inside of you not the Love of God.

Couples  you won’t betray your spouse in word or deed.  Meaning you don’t go to your coworkers or church family and tell lies about them so you can play the victim.  If you Love them like God Loves them you will see them as He does and see what He sees in them. And a word to Divorced parents.  Your child did not ask to be born to you and your ex spouse.  It is not their fault that you are no longer together.  However you treat your ex spouse is what your child internalizes about that part of them.

They were created out of a union between two people and half of their being came from that person.   Again even though your ex  may deserve a swirly, if you Love them like God Loves them and you see them as God sees them for your sake and the sake of your child turn away from being ungodly and choose to be a Christ like person.  Jesus died for them just the same as he died for you.   I know…. “you don’t understand what they did to me…”  And I will tell you.  “No you don’t understand how much God Loves you and them.”

So let me make this clear… If you say you Love God but you hate your ex or your current spouse.  You are a liar.

I’m sorry, but if the bridge was out ahead on the road and if I didn’t get your attention you might die.  I have to try to wake you up and get your attention.   Just think of it as if I was screaming  THE BRIDGE IS OUT! THE BRIDGE IS OUT!  You may not like that I screamed at you, but at least you’re not dead because I failed to reach you.

In summary,  #TheDailyLoveWalk  step one.   Love like God Loves.   If you absolutely do not have any Love inside of you for someone that may have hurt you or is still hurting you emotionally, mentally, and spiritually then that’s okay.  Ask God for HIS love for them.  Ask God to take your Love or lack of Love for that person and trade it for His love.   Whether it’s a relationship from the past that went sour or that co-worker that you just can’t stand that always knows which buttons to push to set you off.   It’s actually kind of funny when you love them like God does.  When they try to set you off and can’t…. they kind of wonder off aimlessly like a lost puppy.

Oh my friend, if I could take you by the hand and lead you to a more peaceful life of Love I would.  Love like God Loves and if you don’t know how.. pray and ask Him for His Love.  It will absolutely amaze you when His Love comes through you to the world around you.

Keep a journal of your Daily Love Walk.  Make a note of your success in Loving like God loves and set some goals for dealing with challenging issues and people. How can you Love them like God would?  Ask yourself how does God Love? Pray the prayer in Ephesians 3 over yourself.

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Discovering the God-kind of Love.

I’m asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God. Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity! Amen.

(Ephesians 3:16-21 GW)

If you haven’t seen  War Room yet. I would encourage you to see it.  It is a movie that probably should be in every Church Library and seen at the beginning of every year by Church groups and congregations.   Why?  Because of the focus on prayer.  If you’re a prayer warrior.  You may think you know what the movie is about.  And it’s probably going to shock you when it turns out to be something much more valuable than you thought it would be.

It seems that there are a few targeted areas right now in ministry.  Prayer, Understanding the Love of God, and Healing Revivals.     We need to pray and we need to understand the Love of God so perfect Love can cast out the fear.

No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love. We love because God loved us first. Whoever says, “I love God,” but hates another believer is a liar. People who don’t love other believers, whom they have seen, can’t love God, whom they have not seen. Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers. (1 John 4:18-21 GW)

It is so much easier to receive the benefits of all Jesus paid for on the cross when we have no fear.

This is going to be an exciting Journey into discovering the God kind of Love and what does that look like in everyday life.

Spirit soul and Body. We need all three.

I just finished listening to the panel at Healing School at Charis Bible School in Colorado.  It was a wonderful and hilarious panel.  Laughter is good medicine and they definitely delivered.

One of the issues was a discussion on aging.  What do we accept and what do we reject?  In a day of constantly being bombarded by medical ads on TV, the internet, and radio.  You really have to fight to not let all that propaganda find a way into your thinking.   And they know it which is why certain times of the day are targeted to reach an older audience.

The Word of God is pretty specific on what we are supposed to think about in Philippians 4:8.   Moses at 120 climbed to the top of a mountain unassisted and his vision was fine.  And he was under the old covenant.  We have  a much better covenant and science today is finally starting to catch up with what the Bible has said all along.

I know this is a little odd to talk about exercising, but after praying for people in a healing line it pays to be strong and able to stand on your feet after preaching a message.  I have found a great thing out there to help us fight to stay strong in body.   It’s called Classical Stretch and Miranda Esmonde-White is amazing.   “Classical Stretch” is typically on PBS stations in your area.  It is a 23 min workout that really works.   She also believes that our bodies do not have to fall prey to the merciless ‘we have to age poorly’ propaganda.   People in their 80’s have seen remarkable improvements in their strength and flexibility.    It’s a great addition to your daily routine and works with the belief of aging well and strong.

Check it out for yourself and see… ClassicalStretch.com

Here are some more educational videos from Miranda Esmonde- White. Educational Videos  Watch the Introduction and look at the aging backwards mini workouts.  She’ll explain how to do the exercises and suggested repetitions.

Put your faith in action and increase your strength and flexibility with these great exercises.  It’s never too early or too late to start moving.  Do what you can and you’ll be amazed at the results of consistently working out with Classical Stretch.  Similar to being amazed at the results of consistently reading the Word and spending time with God.   It takes all of us spirit, soul, and body to reach the lost.

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Great week of Ministry #SFBC2015 & #SWBC2015

What an amazing week of ministry.   Down in Texas we have the Southwest Believers Convention and up in Colorado we have the Summer Family Bible Conference.

For speaker schedules and more information check out kcm.org for SWBC2015  and awmi.org under the Meetings tab for SFBC 2015.

The Southwest Believers Convention is in the Central time zone and the various speakers sessions are archived on the site right now.   In fact I’m listening to the archive of Creflo Dollar’s evening session for 6/30.

The Summer Family Bible Conference is in Mountain time zone which is an hour later than Central time zone.

There is no distance in the spirit so enjoy the great times of worship, teaching and preaching from various ministers across the nation and be blessed the remainder of the week.

Happy Father’s Day! To all the Dads out there. Love this song…

Sometimes it takes a real Father to be a Daddy.  Thanks to all the men out there not afraid to raise up Godly children.

Wow this song takes me back. My Dad had a belt and he only had to use it once or twice. That was enough for me. How about you? Much easier to follow the words of the Bible than the words of the world and less painful..lol.


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The Gospel Works

Plain and Simple The Gospel Works…

Worthily Magnify

1A worship leader can never go wrong having his congregation proclaim the gospel in song. In our weekly quest to find something that “works”, we quite simply don’t have to look any further than to Jesus, to what he accomplished for us, and to what he has secured for us. Regardless of your church’s setting, demographics, traditions, worship style, successes, failures, attendance numbers, and whatever buzzword is floating around at the moment, singing songs grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ always – always – “works”.

The gospel works on the slow summer Sundays. It works on Easter. And it works when a snowstorm cuts your attendance by 80%.

The gospel works when your church votes to leave a denomination. It works when your church wins a lawsuit. And it works when your churchlosesa lawsuit.

The gospel works when you welcome a new pastor. It works when you lose a…

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The infamous visitor card shuffle. Do you welcome or dance with the visitors?

WomanCoffeeIn determining what God is doing in our area so we can join Him, we decided to see what is going on.   We’ve been visiting various churches and I’ve noticed there is a peculiar dance going on at the entrance.   I’ll call it the visitor card shuffle.  It’s as if certain greeters get a commission for the number of visitor cards they turn in filled out.

Remember when Montgomery Wards used to have those tables with the credit applications.  If you filled one out you received jewelry or some kind of gift.  Now those people were on commission for each application they turned in.  The visitor card shuffle reminds me of this.  People would move to the other side of the entrance to hopefully avoid those pushing the applications.

The same thing happens in our churches.  Why does a person who will probably never come back after doing the visitor card shuffle with insistent card pushers want to leave their name and address? So they can be reminded of the awkward event by another person who isn’t listening?

I do understand the business practice of retention calling.  It just seems odd for a church to do that.  It makes the person being called think that the church person cares about them.  Not that they are just a name on a list that is someone’s assignment. I would think we would want people to be lead by God to attend a church.   Believe me if they are not led by the Spirit to your church and to join your fellowship you really don’t want to mislead them into thinking that your church cares about them.  When they find out You’ll be damaging them and your church.

Now I realize that there are some genuine old fashioned churches who really do care about people and are serious about staying connected.  But, they do this completely different.   They get to know the people rather than do a mini interview at the door.  Sometimes I have felt like I should just have handed the greeter my resume’.   Churches today should not be looking for what the Visitor can do for them but what they can offer a visitor.

If you want visitors to come back, feed them some rich scriptures, be hospitable and nice.  Welcome them to the place that has changed your life and tell them why you go there.

Keep the dancing for worship and instead welcome new people with open arms and a grateful heart.

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Through Him we have access into this grace