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I don’t think we have to get all wound up about what we’re supposed to do as we go to and fro in this world. Yep. I know some well-intended person hit you up about doing this for Jesus or doing that for Jesus, even doing and saying this in the name of Jesus. That sounds totally theologically sound until you check the Word. Jesus said love and you’re on the right track. After all, God kicked salvation in based upon His love for the world (John 3:16).

Jesus’ earthly ministry is recorded in all four Gospels. What’s interesting about all of them is that we see Jesus revealed to the world. We get an upclose and personal glimpse of Him in ministry, conducting healing and teaching among the people. He serves as our example. It’s easy. We see Jesus and should do the same as He did. It’s not about what you know. Do you know Him? That’s enough. Act on that if that’s all that you’ve got. He’s the truth. trust him to give you what you need.

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We need to tear down the walls that hinder us from true unity. We have the same God and Holy Spirit, even the same Savior. What’s the problem? We are the main problem. Well, it is not simply us. It’s all the stuff that we have piled on top of what the Lord has said.

What do I mean? Survey the Bible. You won’t find the various degrees of denominations in the Bible that we have come up with these days nor the widespread reasoning for them. Yes, he was called John the Baptist, but most of us Baptists tend to take that totally out of context. He was John the Baptizer because he baptized people with the baptism of repentance. Look out. Beware. Someone will spit hate and spite simply based upon what offends them about that and that is the Word of God.

I have to give it to some of my brothers and sisters who seek out the truth from the Word. They recognize that we may have been raised Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal or otherwise, but they know the truth of the Word. God wants our hearts, not simply our adherence to denominational ties and covenants because we’ve always- as long as we’ve known at least- been this or that, done it this way or that way. Bless those who hold fast to all of that, but also bless those who seek and find the truth in the Word.

I say simply tear down the walls. Rip apart the barriers. Eliminate what’s in the way. Let’s come together and worship the Lord as one body. Share in His Spirit together as one. Let’s be a single Christian community.

Unity Worship Service
October 31st
10 AM
Golden Hill Park (San Diego)
Spreading Unity Throughout the Community


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You can’t have outreach without reaching out. You may have an outreach program in place, but if you do not implement outreach, then it”s just a program. There is no true outreach. You can have an outreach plan, designed and written by a team of experts, but without anyone reaching out, it’s just a plan. You need to reach out to have outreach.

We can reach out in many ways. You have to investigate the various means to reach out to people. One of the shining examples comes out of the New Testament. Paul did a variety of things to reach people. From street preaching in Gentile marketplaces to visiting Jewish synagogues and “reasoning out of the Scriptures.” He wrote letters, sent delegates and visited churches and cities with a mission of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We have to be sure to see what works and fits for us and our ministry, then commit to taking on the calling by doing it and reaching out. Think about how you can reach out to those in your community for Christ. Could you go on a prayer walk, soliciting prayer requests from neighbors? Is there a Pop Warner or Little League that could use volunteers? How about adopting a school from your neighborhood? Take a walk through your community and see what is needed and possible. Pray over it and see where God leads you in reaching out.

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He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 11:15 (NKJV)

No matter what vehicle we choose to use to spread God’s Word to the far reaches of the earth, we must be sure to choose something that will reach a market of people with “ears to hear.” If you choose MySpace over Twitter and Facebook, then let it be because there are those out there with ears to hears the Word. When you blog, you could use Blogger or WordPress. You just need to make sure your blog is reaching and touching some people for the Lord and to His glory. Whether you write Bible studies or spread via spoken word, be sure that you offer something that can be comprehended with conviction and compassion. No matter what you do, you need to do your best to honor God through what you do. Let God make the most of your YouTube or Gmail accounts. Ensure that God gets the glory from every one of your sermons on podcast, each Bible teacher training on webcast, and all of your other venues. Let God get the glory from all that you do.

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First Love

We love Him because He first loved us.
– 1 John 4:19 (NKJV)

It has fascinated me for years. My daughter and I just had one of our theological debates about it in the car ride from school the other day. Even my fellow brothers in the ministry discuss and share their opinions, views and experiences regarding it all of the time. What is it?

Love of course. You can’t truly talk about God without love coming up somehow. In fact, as Christians, we have to come to the realization that if it were not for love, God would not have sacrificed His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Redemption, regeneration, grace, mercy, justification, atonement and many of these other concepts that come up related to salvation itself all point back to God’s love for His unlovable people (Romans 3:23; John 3:17; Luke 6:31; Romans 5:8; Isaiah 53). Love settles the score. Love seals the deal. Love never fails. Love is constantly working on our behalf. Love gives life.

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Common Ground

…The Lord is the maker of them all (Pro. 22:2)

The Bible shares that the rich and poor have at least one thing in common. It may not be where they shop. It probably isn’t what they eat day and night. Surely, it isn’t how they are educated. No, I don’t think it has anything to do with how they raise their children. Simply said, it is the Lord. The Lord is the maker of them all. Ain’t that good enough?

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Uphold my steps in Your paths,

That my footsteps may not slip.

Psalm 17:5

 

I often used to wonder if God really keeps up with us all throughout the day.  I don’t wonder any longer.  After going through some o fthe days that I have had, I realize that god not only keeps an eye on us but He also has to keep His hand upon us.  We need Him to guid and guard us as we go day by day, moment by moment.  If it was just on us, then we surely would slip and fall, drifting astray from where He wants us to be and where He needs us to be.  I thank God for not slipping on the job and letting us slip.LifePath_hoody

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