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MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016
A Servant of Jesus Christ
Yesterday my mother called to visit and dad told her to ask me to read Isaiah 49:1 He said that because he believes that God called me to preach in my mothers womb. I thanked him and asked him to read Verse 3 and said, “that’s my desire”.
Verse 3 declares, “Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified”.
The greatest honor given to a human is to be called a servant of Jesus Christ. The world honors achievement by conferring titles on its successful sons and daughters. We crown men as kings and elect presidents and shower them with honor in their success. The name of the conquerors in every war is permanently engraved for the world to see. The world builds buildings, busts, statues, bridges, airports, and ships and names them after its heroes.
As a Christian, you never have a greater honor, title, or position than to be called a servant of Jesus Christ. At the end of your life when your earthly tabernacle is laid to rest beneath the grassy sod, if your epitaph will read, “a servant of Jesus Christ”, you can receive no greater honor.
But let’s face it! There aren’t too many candidates for the position of “servant”. Because you see, most of the reward for being a servant of God is reaped on the eternity side of the river. And most of us want our rewards today! You understand the implications for being a true servant of Jesus. Absolute obedience is required. In the Divine scheme of things, the servant knows no law but his Master’s Word. He possesses no rights whatever of his own.
When you become the servant of God, you move to a position where you are the absolute possession of your Maker. It’s a position where self-life is buried in the service of God. Your own profit, desires, goals, wishes, and plans will not enter into this scheme of life. Your life is lived as the Lord said to Isaiah in verse 3…to glorify the Lord. Throughout my life I have done without material goods and the nicer things to be had.
Most of my days have been stressful because of dealing with the devil, doing without, and trying to manage on meager fare. Traveling the nation in reach of souls requires a lot of hours in a vehicle every week. A vehicle that has 200,000 miles on the odometer and I am praying a tire doesn’t blow-out because they are slick.
Dragging suitcases in and out of motels with mice and roaches as room mates. Sleeping in rooms where the devil possessed had a party the night before. Driving through lightening, hail, floods, snow, ice, fog, blizzards, and extreme heat.
Worst of all leaving behind the people I love the most in life, my family. Missing out on birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, reunions, graduations, Thanksgivings and Christmas dinners, Mothers Day and Fathers Day. All of that and so much more is a part of the life of an evangelist.
On the tough days, difficult nights, and lonely times, I reach back to Isaiah 49:1-3. I did not choose this life God chose it for me. He called me from my mothers womb and I am a servant of Jesus Christ. My one true desire is for Him to be glorified in and with my life.
Regardless of the hardship and sacrifice required of me, I want to be a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. Be glorified in my O Lord.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016
America Needs Revival Like The Days Of Old!
America needs revival like the old days when people had hungry hearts and thirsty souls for Jesus. They prayed all night for revival and the moving of the Holy Ghost. God showed up too. He will today when His people will humble themselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways.
My soul longs for genuine revival. Not something man made or manipulated but real Holy Ghost revival. I am doing all I can to follow His formula and help bring it to our churches and cities. Lord, give us revival in 2016.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016
Easter is Upon Us!
Easter is upon us and it is my favorite time of the year. Jesus is the reason why we celebrate Easter. Let me describe Him to you.
The Bible says: He’s the King of the Jews, He’s the King of Israel, He’s the King of Righteousness, He’s the King of the Ages, He’s the King of Heaven, He’s the King of Glory, He’s the King of Kings, And He is the Lord of Lords.
David says: “The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork.”No means of measure can define His limitless love, No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply. No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings.
He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast, He’s immortally graceful, He’s imperially powerful, He’s impartially merciful.
He’s God’s Son, He’s the sinners’ Saviour, He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He stands alone in Himself, He’s august, He’s unique, He’s unparalleled, He’s unprecedented, He’s supreme, He’s pre-eminent, He’s the loftiest idea in literature, He’s the highest personality in philosophy, He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism,
He’s the fundamental doctrine in true theology; He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion.
He’s the miracle of the ages, He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him, He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously, He supplies strength for the weak, He’s available for the tempted and the tried, He sympathizes and He saves, He guards and He guides, He heals the sick, He cleansed the lepers, He forgives sinners, He discharges debtors, He delivers the captives, He defends the feeble, He blesses the young, He serves the unfortunate, He regards the aged,
He rewards the diligent, and He beautifies the meek. My King is the key of knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom, He’s the doorway of deliverance, He’s the pathway of peace, He’s the roadway of righteousness, He’s the highway of holiness, He’s the gateway of glory, He’s the master of the mighty, He’s the captain of the conquerors, He’s the head of the heroes, He’s the leader of the legislators, He’s the overseer of the overcomer's, He’s the governor of governors, He’s the Prince of princes, He’s the King of Kings, and He’s the Lord of Lords.
His office is manifold, His promise is sure, His life is matchless, His goodness is limitless, His mercy is everlasting, His love never changes, His Word is enough, His grace is sufficient, His reign is righteous, His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
I wish I could describe Him to you but He’s indescribable, He’s incomprehensible, He’s invincible, He’s irresistible. I’m trying to tell you that, The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him let alone a man explain Him. You can’t get Him out of your mind, You can’t get Him off of your hands, You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him, Herod couldn’t kill Him, Death couldn’t handle Him, and the grave couldn’t hold Him. He always has been and He always will be, I’m talking about He had no predecessor and He will have no successor. There was nobody before Him and there’ll be nobody after Him. You can’t impeach Him and He’s not going to resign.
That’s my King! My King was born in a barn, raised by a carpenter, healed everyone who came to Him, ran off all the devils in Israel, defeated Satan, took the keys of death, hell, and the grave, and every knee shall bow and tongue shall confess that He is Lord.
Not Buddha, not Allah, not Muhammad, not the Dali Lama, not the Pope, not a religion, but Jesus Christ is my King. Glory to God, Praise His holy Name. I feel a shout coming on.
This Easter let’s celebrate the holy One, the One and Only, the Only Door into heaven, the only Saviour of the World, the One with the nails scars in His hands and feet. The Man who wore the scarlet purple robe.
That’s my King!
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016
Are you depressed? Is it hard to get up and dress yourself? Do you dread facing your daily tasks? Do you want to hide from the world and never go out?
Is it difficult to interact with your own children? Is your marriage a struggle to continue even though you love your spouse?
Do you find it depressing to go shopping for Christmas gifts? Are you already tired of all of the celebrations and singing accompanied with this season?
Are your thoughts upon someone you loved dearly whom you have lost this year? Have you been fighting for your life against a life threatening disease? Has the news of your own child becoming a drug user or alcoholic devastated you?
Are you struggling to put on your plastic face and continue dealing with it all? Has the news of all the trouble in the world made you avoid watching tv or listening to your radio?
Are you frustrated to read the stories of good things happening for your friends on Facebook? They are buying new cars, new homes, furniture, jewelry, taking exotic vacations and you are fighting to put food on your table.
On a personal note, we have finished our revival schedule for the year of 2015 and are at home now. I must confess that it's depressing to come back home. Why? In September thieves broke into our home and robbed us of our belongings.
The things they stole took us a lifetime to accumulate. The sentimental value some of these items carried cannot be calculated. The overwhelming sense of violation we have felt cannot be expressed.
In what was one of the crossroads experiences of my life when I really needed a friend to help me only a few stepped up. Lifelong friends whom I felt I could always depend on never even called.
The loss of so much in just a few minutes was difficult to take. However, even more devastating was the pain of facing this heart breaking experience without my "props".
I was living with the delusion that your friends will always be there for you. In reality, even most of your own family won't be there for you in the crucibles of life.
A few may feel concern and act interested in your dilemmas but don't depend on it. I found that the only one you can place your utter confidence in is Jesus Christ.
If you do not look to Him in these desperate times life will fill you with anger, bitterness, frustration, and hurt.
So on and on the truth can be told that many people are struggling with depression. It silently fills your mind and emotions until you feel paralyzed to continue on the fight to live.
There are more suicides recorded in December than any other month of the year. I think the enemy of us all wants to place a cloud over this most glorious time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ into this world.
I know you are tired but don't give in. The fight has been overwhelming but don't give up. Sickness can be debilitating but please don't surrender your faith.
Two of my family members let go of their faith and gave up the fight during a battle with sickness and committed suicide. Don't do that. Taking your life is not the answer.
Find someone to talk to. Call your friends until you get the right one and tell them about your struggles. Don't hide the truth from them. Be open and honest about your pain and yes, even your depression.
Get involved in a group at your local church. Connect with those who have walked the same roads you are walking now. Allow them to speak into your life. Read God's word and let it fill your heart with hope for today and tomorrow.
Finally, talk to the Lord about it. He already knows how you feel but He invites us to come to Him and fellowship. Pour your heart out to Him and don't leave any detail out.
Refuse to allow depression to overwhelm you. Fight it with every ounce of faith you have. Never give up on life and never give up on Jesus. Suicide is never the answer. Choose life.
I have written this for you. Although some of you will read this epistle and never get it. Some will read it and not comprehend the real issue. I have shared personal thoughts that tend to open us up for all kinds of opinions, diagnoses, and accusations.
Whatever the cost I did it to throw out a lifeline to you. I'm reaching out to you in order to hopefully rescue someone from feeling hopeless and helpless. There is a way out of your dilemma.
Never give up, never give in, never let go, never surrender your faith.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016
Testimony of Old John Conlee
I hope this testimony helps someone today.
This week in AG history -- December 19, 1936
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 7:57 PM CST
Old Joe Conlee (1853-1929) was a dirty, ragged drunk. He spent every penny on liquor and begged on the street corners in Los Angeles for money to feed his addiction.
Then, in 1897, a man from Conlee's past recognized the emaciated beggar with the matted beard and invited him to his home. That encounter changed Conlee's life.
Joseph Conlee didn't start out on the streets. He was born into an evangelical Methodist family and was brought up in church and Sunday School on the prairies of Iowa.
His parents encouraged him to enter the ministry, and he earned a bachelors degree from the University of Iowa and a masters degree from a Methodist seminary.
He married a lovely Christian woman, Hattie, and accepted a small parish in Iowa. Conlee was a brilliant thinker and orator and soon moved up in the ministerial ranks.
Despite the outward appearance of spiritual maturity and success, Conlee's heart was far from where it should be.
In seminary, his professors taught him that much within the Bible is mere superstition, encouraging him to read more modern philosophers to help form his beliefs.
He drifted away from the faith of his youth, even while pastoring a succession of growing Methodist churches in the Midwest and in California.
He rejected the "emotionalism" of his Methodist upbringing, instead opting to view things from a more "balanced" approach that would allow him to "see both sides of the question."
Finally, when Conlee was pastor of the Methodist Church in Pomona, California, he told his wife that he could no longer stand his own hypocrisy.
He had already denied that the virgin birth of Christ and the miracles in the Bible could have occurred. One Sunday, in the pulpit, he resigned his pastorate, telling his congregation that he no longer believed the Bible.
The gifted writer transitioned easily to secular employment. He became the editor of the Santa Ana Herald and proceeded to establish his own newspapers, the East Los Angeles Exponent and the Covina Argus Independent.
He sold these papers for a small fortune and became an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Examiner. He lost both positions due to his growing dependence upon alcohol.
The celebrated pastor, publisher and journalist descended into inebriation, shuffling around in smelly rags.
He became president of the Free Thinkers Association of California, an organization that promoted atheism.
He gave lectures in which he would hold up his hand and challenge God to strike him dead. When nothing happened, he declared, "You see, friends, there is no God."
But Conlee's wife was a woman of prayer. She raised their five children without his love or support, and she prayed daily that her fallen husband would return to God.
Then, in 1897 on a street corner in Los Angeles, Conlee encountered the man from his past who recognized him and invited him to his home.
That man, a Christian doctor who had previously been a member of Conlee's church, convinced Conlee that he needed a change in environment.
Conlee agreed, and he ventured to Alaska, hoping to strike it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush. In Alaska, Conlee discovered that life in the cabin "on the forty mile" - which described his location - was very lonely.
He shared the small cabin with two other men - a Catholic and a spiritualist medium from San Francisco. Out of boredom, they began reading the small Bible that one of Conlee's daughters had given to him.
The medium became fascinated by the stories in the Bible, saying, "I had no idea there were things like that in the Bible." As they read the Bible more, their cursing and drunkenness became less frequent.
Finally, after several months of Bible reading, the three men confessed to each other that they desperately wanted God to help them.
They got on their knees and prayed loudly for hours, until they felt something happen on the inside of them. They then jumped up and started shouting, "Glory!"
Conlee returned to California in 1898, in answer to his wife's prayers. He identified with the Pentecostal movement and ultimately became Dean of the Bible college operated by the Bible Standard Church (now New Hope Christian College in Eugene, Oregon).
Conlee's testimony was widely distributed in the form of a tract, The Lonely Cabin on the Forty Mile, which was published by Gospel Publishing House.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Know the Truth About Love
February 14, 2017
Our culture is full of false interpretations of love. Day by day, true love is being buried under an avalanche of selfishness and confusion.
If we continue to steadily feed upon a diet of confusion and distortion, we will lose sight of true love completely.
As we view love through the world's lens, soon we will also begin to believe that those who really love us, including God, will do what we want them to do.
Many people view love as a warm affection or desire. There are times when love can produce warm affection and desire, but these can also be selfish feelings. When the feelings fade, those who view love this way move on to the next warm embrace.
In contrast, Biblical love is selfless. True love is more about giving than receiving. True love is about sacrifice. True love casts aside pride and self-conceit.
True love is supernatural. It is impossible to fuel true, sacrificial love on our own for very long. Instead, we must allow Jesus to pour His love into our hearts to love and serve those around us.
In John 13:34-35 Jesus commands us to love one another: "A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
What is the distinguishing mark that sets us apart? It is if we love one another. Jesus is saying that self-sacrificing love will be the supreme trademark of His disciples.
I place extreme importance on Biblical theology and truth. Right theology-so important that I would die for it-is no substitute for love. Church activities are no substitute for love. Church membership is no substitute for love.
A believer is commanded to love like Jesus. The love we share is not ours, it is His. No matter how hard you might try, you cannot manufacture true, self-giving love. You can only share that which God has already poured into your heart.
Today, as the topic of love is top of mind, consider where you stand in your love for Christ and others. You may have tried to practice sacrificial love on your own and failed.
However, you can submit yourself to the Lord today and invite Him to love others through you. Keep asking Him daily and watch as He pours true love for others into your heart.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
Signs Tell Us That The Day Is Near!
It doesn't take a prophet to tell us that spring is coming. Although the days still have a chilly air and the temperatures drop low at night spring is coming.
Soon the flowers will bloom again and the trees will bud out.
The lawn will once again turn from a light tan to a beautiful green and the grass will begin to grow.
I woke up to the sound of one of Gods beautiful creatures, an orange breasted Robin, who was singing away.
All of you country folks know that his song is telling us that "spring is coming."
Just as honest as a Robin is in springtime let me share this bit of news with you my friend.
The signs are all around us of the coming of The Lord. He promised He would return someday and the signs tell us that day is about here.
If today was that day would you be ready? Or would you be left behind?
You can get ready right now by asking The Lord to forgive you of your sins, confessing to Him, believing on Him as your Savior, and your name will be recorded in the Lambs Book of Life.
No, it doesn't take a prophet to tell us that Jesus is about to appear. With the signs everywhere and the excitement building in the hearts of Gods people, it doesn't take a prophet to get me to look up.
Lift up your head child of God, your redemption draws nigh. Come Lord Jesus.
TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017
Command From Their Maker
One of God's little creatures walked up to me a moment ago. I picked it up and placed it in the locust tree just a few feet away. Summer wouldn't be the same without June Bugs and Locust.
Dad shared with me when he was a teenager that he, Aunt Margaret, Granddaddy and Grandma were all chopping cotton in the field by their house.
Suddenly it became cloudy and he looked up to see, not clouds, but rather a large swarm of locust. So large was the swarm that it appeared to look... like clouds passing over.
Reminds me of the terrible plague of locusts the Lord sent upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians for his rebellion to "let God's people go."
How long will He spare us as a people for our rebellious ways? All the locusts need is the command from their Maker and they would take over.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017
No Time For Frivolity or Meaningless Ramblings
This is not a time for frivolity or meaningless ramblings. The storms in Texas and now flooding other places as Harvey moves north east, the fires in Oregon, gas shortages, chaos in our nation, anarchy in our streets, hatred towards fellow Americans, hatred of the Cross and Christianity, and judgement rumbles throughout America.
No sir, it's a time for repentance, introspection, humility, godly sorrow, and praying. Intercessory prayer for our neighbors in Texas who have lost ...family members.
Many have lost everything in the floods. Tornadoes have demolished homes and property as well. Fires are burning out of control in Oregon. At any moment our streets could erupt into all out fighting and war among our own citizens.
Perilous times are here and we blindly walk headlong into the fray. What will it take to wake us up? What will it take to open our eyes to the dangers we are in?
The earth is groaning and travailing yet we walk on in our pride and arrogance without bowing our knees in repentance.
Are you prepared for the coming judgment? Are you reaching out to bring in as many as you can into the Kingdom? Time is running out my friends. What we do we must do quickly.
Oh I know that people will call me an alarmist, a doomsday preacher, and other adjectives. I am trying to wake up as many as I can before it's too late. Noah was probably called a lot of demeaning names before God closed the door of the Ark.
When the floods came and people began to drown multitudes cried for him to open the door for them but it was too late. God had closed it.
Please search your heart and see if you are ready to meet God. If not, call upon Him, repent, and humble yourself and He will receive you. I am not your judge, He is, so run to Him today.
What ever you do, don't wait too late. Eternity is forever. In heaven nobody will say "you shouldn't have preached to me like that." In hell people will scream at the preachers who lied to them and didn't have the courage to speak the truth in love to them. God bless you.
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