The Selfie Killer-1st Principle in Maturity

A.S. Since teaching this topic at the conclusion of a conference on March 6th (link below) inspired by Holy Spirit to ask and bring the message for that day; It did not take long for my words to be placed at my feet; A true test for the veracity of my truth with the Father, as it should be.  I welcome the fact that God answered my prayer for ears to hear and eyes to see as He pointed out to me that my time had come to truly repent from dead works.  As John Sanford (Founder of Elijah House) said in one of his books:  (I paraphrase)

When your dry well is filled with the Holy Spirit, some of the debris of your past will rise to the top and try to distort the light inside you.

I understand this to mean it is my job to skim the top so the Holy Spirit will flow out of us without obstacle. I am happy to report that my discernment and acknowledgment of what Holy Spirit wanted to reveal in me prepares me for an every growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Selfie Killer Teaching presented on March 6

Have you ever felt the pain, inflicted by the Lord, at the very center of your being, deep down in the most sensitive area of your life? The devil never inflicts pain there, and neither can sin nor human emotions. Nothing can cut through to that part of our being but the Word of God.  My Utmost for My Highest March 1st-Daily Meditation Continue reading

A Short Story About Double Jeopardy

“Never ask the advice of another about anything God makes you decide before Him. If you ask advice, you will nearly always side with Satan:  Jan 30 Utmost For My Highest

I had an interesting situation happen recently within our Home Owners Association as the Co-Chair of the Architectural Control Committee (ACC). It consumed my thoughts and I was afraid to make a wrong decision.  In addition, I felt I was being pressured to enforce a rule which I disagreed with.  As I look back and reflect on the story, it is clear that God showed me how to apply a simple Torah Law against this issue using the key component in all of this; Love. It further exposed how I sway to other opinions instead of holding to my resolve in the wake of the truth.

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A Just or Unjust God?

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week – which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.”

Most of us have heard this famous quote from the movie, Cool Hand Luke.  The person, the warden is talking about, is Luke, a rebellious prisoner who will not follow the rules no matter what punishment has been delivered.  He is dead set on doing it his way.  I thought it would play nicely to what  a friend shared with me the other day when he was asked this question;  How can a just God condemn a man to hell?

Well, is God condemning the man or is the man condemning himself?  Many people, while trying to trip us (Christians) up, will paint a picture of a punishing God, depicting God sitting on a throne giving the preverbal thumbs up or down.  Man is just a helpless soul, whose intentions are always good, doing the best that he can, under the circumstances God put in motion.  How can a god do this to man, when he put him in this mess to begin with. The only conclusion you can make is that God might be an unjust God.  They don’t say God doesn’t exist but they throw it out as a reason not to worship God.  The ultimate fist in God’s face.  You see the picture;  the question is asked upon a supposition.  The story is started somewhere in the middle and not the beginning.  From this depiction, God should not be revered because he will treat you the same way as the helpless schmuck out there under God’s thumb. Continue reading

Does God Correct the Ones He Loves?

In preparing spiritually for this piece, I thought the title, “Nunya Business”, had things pretty well sewn up.  As is usually the case with me, I get the title first, which prompts article content.  Once the title is in place, then God and I begin constructing the article. But, nooooo, not this time! That would make things a little too simple and predictable.

As I was visiting my mother-in-law, still inwardly contemplating how I should proceed in writing, I heard the proverbial “small voice inside” twice interrupt my thoughts saying, “Ask her for a verse.” So, in obedience, I asked my mother-in-law for a verse of Scripture.  She immediately responded with Isaiah 43:1-4.  Of all the verses she could have chosen! This was the catalyst that started my diligent course of study for this writing. In so doing, I referenced several Bible translations and quickly discovered that various study notes kept referring to this particular passage in Isaiah as a “transitional verse” connected to Isaiah chapter 42.  Without a doubt, my next big adventure had begun!  Continue reading

Whose Word are you Standing On?

1 Kings 13 and others

As I was trying to piece together what God wanted me to write about this week, I was  led to a thought about who is saying what,  what people are saying about who was saying what and how they felt about what was being said, in regards to everything spiritual.  Everyone is talking about someone and reading something someone has written and passing it on. Then a new conversation is struck saying have you read this.  Even I am wanting you to read what I am saying  but, I am trying to convince you to listen to God above all else..

As this message was building  in me I saw my wife reading the quote below and I asked her to forward it to me. The next morning I read 1 Kings 13 and I was floored at God’s awesome wonder.  So let me tell you what God is saying to me through his Word.  I know some may say this is old school,  because many today in our Christian circles  are clamoring for something fresh. However, fresh should not replace Truth.  When in doubt pull the Bible out, because for me, the Word is becoming more alive each passing day.  There are a lot of us that still haven’t grasped what is in Bible  and are looking for fresh spiritual insight and knowledge  which might lead to something sour or unbiblical..
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In Loving Memory of one of God’s Precious Daughters

My eulogy for Yvonne Masse who passed away 4/5/2012, Holy Thursday three years ago. Please share with me the life of one of God’s precious daughters.

It has often been said that funerals are for the living.  That being said, Funerals clearly are a time of reflection:  on the loved one, on life and on death, and they are a time of introspection for many of us. Many times in the past as I sat in a memorial service, I wondered what people might say about me when my day comes. Will the room be packed or will it only be those who feel obligated to be there? I have been to both types of funerals. What will the banner of my life announce to those I have left behind? Will that one person show up who I had a brief encounter with and pass along some profound moment in time when I was the help they needed, or that I simply walked by them, indifferent.
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Did Jesus Coexist? Part 2

Wow, The more I dig deeper the more I am amazed by how strong Jesus’s words were about this subject.  For those who come to Him, His love is refreshing and satisfying but to those who reject or live as an apostate, the words are fierce.  It has opened my eyes to more subjects to write about.  I must warn you that the reason I write about this is not to create a cause, which could turn into an idol, but to remind everyone that  we  are all  pieces of puzzle.   Some of us are edge pieces and some are in the middle, but we are all connected to form a picture.  I write in fear and trembling of the Lord, because I do not want to mislead or manipulate His Word or misrepresent the revelation I am experiencing.   As we go through this there are two sides, what Jesus said and did and what He requires from us. Our silence in many cases is an action that has dire effects.This is a heart issue once again.

When that moment comes for you to stand in opposition to evil or tell someone the truth of a situation  will your prayer stem from desperation and “hope” God will intervene  or will it stem from your faith and a Fear of the Lord. Will you allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct you in the face of rejection to carry His truth upon your heart?

What will you say to person going through a divorce? Will you pray for them that it will all work out according to God’s will or  will you confess that God wants their marriage to work? That we need to honor our covenants. Sometimes a marriage needs someone to tell the couple to take the “D” word off the table and put God on the table.  If there is infidelity, will you confront the sin  and the effects of the sin to save the person from more damage?  Will  you request that the infidelity needs to stop and pray together for changed behavior? Or will you agree with modern-day rationalization that you don’t know the whole story and it is not your place to say……..anything?

What will you say to your friend or acquaintance who is  dabbling in New Age mumbo jumbo, crystals, spirit guides etc…   in hopes of finding answers to the issues they face.  Will you put them on your private prayer list and not say anything or call it out at that moment and tell them that they engaging in witchcraft and need to turn from it and call for Jesus into their heart.

If your deepest answer is that you are afraid to say something  because it might not be your place, that ship has left port. There might be a deeper core issue, want to know what it might be?  If you are unwilling to step out and ask someone about their issues, more than likely you don’t want anyone asking you of yours.  If this is the case, the faith you believe you possess is a facade.   That is the essence of the coexist message,  we don’t want people calling us on our crap so I won’t call them on theirs. However if you want to walk in with Christ and get closer, that which is in the dark must be brought out into the light and that doesn’t happen if we remain silent and coexist.  Yes, you will more than likely ruffle a feather or two, but who are you impressing  and what is the end game?

The idol here is free will,  and many will fight for it even in their Christian beliefs.

Jesus himself said that the Holy Spirit was sent to abide in us, It was not sent to be placed under wraps like the servant who buried his talent.

Mark 8 :9-11

9 “But be on your guard; for they will deliver you to the courts, and you will be flogged in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them 10 The gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.

Why would Jesus say they would deliver us into courts, certainly not for keeping quiet?

However, today the threat of legal action silences a generation and we don’t even give the Holy Spirit a chance. We are afraid of what we will lose. We hold the laws of man in higher regard than God. That is evident by our fear of legal action to shut us down. We believe these laws are more powerful than God.  What that shows is our lack of faith and since we do not walk in Fear of the Lord, we don’t acknowledge His majesty.  We hold more precious the things of this world instead of weighing out  that which is spiritual.  Laws consistently try to change our influence legally by shutting us down. We try and follow those rules so as not to get in trouble and we play the shell game with Satan.  And while we play into Satan’s scheme’s we are not focused on God’s desire for his people.  That is what I mean by a cause, we play in the legal world while this is a spiritual one.  We are still called to destroy the altars of false gods and remind a people what will happen if we don’t.

Jesus came to set the record the straight, not keep silent. He is love AND He is just. You are hated as a Christian and nothing you can do will change that. Each time we try to soften the message to attract more people to Christ that message is diluted.  Each time we hold our tongue so not to offend the message is diluted. When we try to appease everyone and build Christian Community Clubs disguised as churches; the message is diluted.  When you prefer to be  surrounded by life coaches poising as pastors; the message is diluted.  When you are attracted to what you want to hear; the message is diluted.  When you prefer to be entertained on Sunday for an hour there is no message!!!

Who is talking about repentance? Who is talking about purifying our personal altars so we can be a fragrance that Jesus recognizes as the bride of Christ?  Who is talking about a groom who  gave His life to protect His bride and will keep her safe throughout eternity. Who is taking about how God allowed His judgment to fall on His Son so we wouldn’t have to be condemned?  Yes, Jesus can talk about what will happen, if you do not turn towards Him, because he took on your sin. At that moment the keys were snatched away from the devil and you had a choice.

Oh, but we hear, “You Christians think you are better than us, with all your Holiness!!!”  Then we cower and say oh I am sorry.  I shouldn’t  be so bold it might hurt someone feelings and they may never find Christ.  Maybe it should be attraction over  promotion.   We then try to modify our message to soften it a bit and hope the naysayers will approve of the message we preach, all the while the message we should be preaching turns to a sugar daddy god.  Some of us might remember a time when the threat of getting spanked when our father came home was enough to keep us in line.  Same principle different application.  Today we are told God is like a grandfather who will spoil us and as long as we keep trying and all will work out for the best.  That is not what Jesus said.

It should be truth, attraction and promotion.

But the person you are talking to might feel the Spirit of God on you and the Holy Spirit is convicting them with fear and trembling, just don’t acknowledge the accusation that their soul is yelling out which confirms their lie, acknowledge the fruit of your spirit to their spirit. You are the testament of Christ standing before them.

Or, the truth be known, if you are not Holy unto the Lord, you might not want people talking into our life, even the person you are talking to about something you see about them.  Their argument might be a conviction you need to hear and confess.

John who spent 3 years with Jesus and was even termed the Friend of Jesus, could actually call himself  Jesus’s friend said this. In Revelation 1,  It was hardly a “what’s up buddy”  encounter.

Revelation 1:17-18

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

With a Fear of the Lord you are safe and God’s hand will be upon you.

Jesus rocked the boat, capsized it and stood on the water. He holds out his hand for those who would grasp it. While one hand is holding you the other hand wields a sword for those that reject Him. There is Bible verse after Bible verse explaining this not just in the Old but the New Testament as well.  In Jesus’ words,

Luke 12:49

49 “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! 51 Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;

Mathew 18:6

but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

The purpose of judgment is to instill in his people, a Fear of the Lord. and an understanding that God is in charge.  In today’s world the Fear of Lord seems nonexistent.  Churches entertain which is Satan’s substitute for joy.  We are not taught about God’s Kingly side in many of our Churches, so when we see and hear in every direction that all points of view are equally valid and everyone should play in their own sandbox, we disagree and nod our heads in the pews, but remain silent once we leave or only discuss this amongst our close friends.  While  coexistence is preached as an honorable modus-operandi  the underlying motives are leading people everywhere else but to Heaven, even the children sitting next to us in church.  Satan does not play fair, every argument seems reasonable and at every turn we relent and allow the doubt to take root.

Search your heart on this, I have and I confess I held these views before and did not walk in a true faith.

The coexist bumper sticker always chafs my hide when I see it, because the person in the car, doesn’t have a clue of where they are headed with a belief system rooted in this mindset.  I went to one of the websites to get an explanation of each term and what was interesting is that Christianity is last  with a question mark next to it, when it is the actual answer.  Even for this schtik it should be a period at the end. Why is that, because doubt is the seed being sown and if there is doubt there is no Hope. The point that is consistently driven is that other beliefs seem to have more validity and earthly power over the Truth Christianity presents.


When there is no message of God’s judgment and Fear of the Lord coupled with God’s love this is what you get.  “Christianity is who the sticker is directed against but poses no threat to the others.”

Do you make a difference in your sphere of influence or walk away and pray for them silently.  Which is not wrong, but did you leave the message the Holy Spirit imparted on to you.  Did you tell them what will happen if they do not turn to Christ? Or are you afraid to say that  part?

There is a day of reckoning coming some will go to the left and some will go to the right?  On Calvary there were two criminals one on  the right and one on the left, one was saved and one was not.  The one that was not saved didn’t demonstrate a Fear of the Lord. I guess everything was not permissible.  You see how close you can be to God and still miss the boat.

When Jesus spoke to someone it was at the crux of their spiritual dilemma  the rich man, the woman at the well, the adulteress at the stoning or the people at the stoning and the robber on a cross next to Him.  Did He  leave them with a half an answer or a partial statement.  No,  He wrote it on their hearts to a point they took it or rejected it completely.  He did not mind his own business and hope everyone would find their way to Him eventually, shrug his shoulders and say,  “I did my part.”  He brought them to the crossroads.   He took them to edge of  that person’s heart not their intellect.

In Luke 9 and 10. He gave the disciples clear direction and told them to shake the dust off their feet if they were unwelcome and they were to curse the town.  This is not an opinion on what I think Jesus said, it is what He instructed them to do. There was no shrugging of shoulders and saying , “Oh well.”  Jesus welcomes us and  warns us, In Mathew 10:17-18, he even says that it would be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah  than those that reject or not take heed.

So, what does this all mean?  It means we need to take the messagein the midst of all the cultures and opinions and not coexist. We must not  allow the lies or the half truths about Christ to be continued while we do nothing to demonstrate, through our faith,  the power of God.  If we do not call on it, how can we stand firm in it.  If we entertain the doubts spoken by those who are hostile to God and let them permeate our  thoughts,  we will not walk out the Great Commission and waste-demean our spiritual authority that has been given to us.

More and more Christians, acknowledge they are believers but live and demonstrate they  walk in fear of man not God.  Christ stood, and stands for you, when he overcame death, he took death away from all of us, who believe in Him.  If you believe that, then you will not coexist, you will walk out your belief and it will be demonstrated to everyone around you.     We need to stand firm in our belief and speak the truth to those that still want to kill Jesus.

GOD WILL MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE!!! You don’t have to be perfect, God will compensate.  You can never be wrong championing God. Each time you step out in faith it gets easier

If you have a stronger fear of man than a Fear of God, your faith walk is a mosaic of bandages, trying to cover all your scabs.  We are told, by those that want to silence us, that:

Coexistence is what is needed because Christianity is judgmental.    Nothing is right or wrong and all paths lead somewhere and your God can’t be the only way if He is loving like you say he is.  It does not make sense that your God would condemn you to Hell for eternity for such a short time on Earth.

All reasonable arguments, but the truth doesn’t change. But I am afraid it is code for everything  is permissible and valid but Christianity.  There is a Heaven and a Hell and what you do on this Earth in your life, and how you walk that out, determines your fate and God is the judge.  Christ bore your sin and has your had your charges dropped.  All you have to do is say Yes, Lord.

But when people want to diminish the truth about  Christ, many naysayers call on the priestly side of His character to play into the kind nature of (many) Christians to perpetuate false truths or keep the truth under wraps.

We are told to not judge lest ye be judged, but they readily ignore the other million words in the book and completely take those few out of context. It never said not to judge, but the point is that you had better be ready to stand under the fire of judgment if you do.  While we are told by the secular world not to judge over an over, the lie has taken hold and we are being judged as hypocrites those who say “we” shouldn’t judge.  While most Christians look for everyone to play fair and hope to graciously convince  them of God’s true nature,  we have removed the judgment seat from all conversations which would convict them to God’s true nature. The enemy doesn’t play fair and will use any means necessary to take you out of the conversation.

So does Jesus coexist? No, He never built his own sandbox to play in, he jumped into the middle of everybody else’s.

God Loves you and so do I.