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Firefall

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A family member sent me this news article which reports: “The natural phenomenon that makes it appear that lava is flowing over a cliff at Yosemite National Park is back, but only for a few days. Yosemite’s famous Horsetail Falls looks more like a lava flow this week thanks to a rare natural phenomenon known as the ‘Firefall’. When the sunset hits the waterfall on El Capitan at just the right moment, it creates a stunning orange glow. But it can only be seen over a couple of weeks in mid-to-late February and even then, the conditions have to be just right. Despite having to brave the harsh winter conditions, it draws hundreds of visitors each night.”

After I read this article, I could not help but think about a man at my church who gave his testimony this past week about being totally blind. He will never be able to see this or any other spectacular phenomenon with his physical eyes. But, as he explained, he learned to say “Yes” with his spiritual eyes to the Lord, no matter what it is. Because of the willingness of his spirit, he is the most amazing person I have ever met or heard of in my life. He is a living testimony of what the Lord can do with someone who has put the spiritual things in life first. He has law and computer science degrees from Harvard, Berkley, and Fordham Universities. He is a  patent lawyer for Google who commutes every day, unassisted, through the busiest train stations in the world. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and has ridden a tandem bicycle across the United States in under 30 days. He has competed in numerous Triathlon and Ironman competitions. He volunteers as a sound technician at our church. He is married to a wonderful wife who also learned to say “Yes” in her spirit to the Lord, no matter what it is. Together they are raising three precious little children. The list goes on and on.

We with eyesight take for granted that when we get on a crowded train we have the ability to look for an empty seat. Did it ever occur to you that a blind person does not have that ability? But when you say “Yes” to God, He gives you spiritual eyesight to help focus on what really matters:

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. (Matthew 13:10‭-‬13 KJV)

This is where each and every one of us has the opportunity to put all of this into perspective. Do you put the eternal spiritual things first, like this blind man and his wife I told you about? Or do you only chase after the temporal physical things and totally ignore what really matters for eternity?

Lets go back over 2000 years ago to an upper room where there were 120 disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ gathered together in spiritual obedience. They learned to say “Yes” in their spirit to the Lord, no matter what the cost was. They tarried there until the real ‘Firefall’ ocurred. This ‘Firefall’ turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6) both physically and spiritually:

Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages (tongues), as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:3‭-‬4 NLT)

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In many parts of America, an animal’s life is considered more precious than a newborn baby, who was created in the image of God. I beg of you, do not harden your heart today. Do not follow the way the rest of the world has gone by worshipping the creation, rather than the Creator:

They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. (Romans 1:25 NLT)

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Significance of the Insignificant Sparrow

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Every one of us, whether or not we are Christians, have days where life beats us up. Yesterday, I had one of those days. As the sun was setting, I walked back to my pasture, where I have a bench next to the fence. I sat down, closed my eyes, and prayed, “Lord, I need a hug from You.” Almost immediately I felt an overwhelming presence of His Love. I opened my eyes and looked through the woods at the back of my pasture and watched a most gorgeous sunset. Even though where my family lives just came out of extremely frigid temperatures and wind, we were blessed with 64°F for the day, which felt like a heat wave. As I was basking in the moment, the sparrows caught my attention. Despite the fact it was getting dark, I could see them hopping from branch to branch in the hedgerow next to me, enjoying the last glimmer of light for the day. As they were going through this ritual, before they bed down for the night, they were singing and dancing their little hearts out. I recognized them by their most beautiful song as White Throated Sparrows because of the melodious whistle like voice they have. As darkness fully took over, their singing and appearance finally subsided. At that moment, the sound of thousands of geese flying high overhead took over, to let me know that even in the darkness, life continues on. As I slowly walked across the field to my house, the Bible verses with Jesus’ words about how our Father in Heaven takes care of the sparrows filled my mind:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29‭-‬31 ESV)

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26 ESV)

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:6‭-‬7 ESV)

When I got back to the house, I looked up on YouTube if anyone had captured the beauty of the evening song of the White Throated Sparrow. To my continued enjoyment, I found this:

Notice how the little sparrow seems to be proclaiming in its song, “He takes care of me!”

No matter how much I feel beat up by the world, I know that my Heavenly Father, who takes care of and knows the number of feathers on every single sparrow that has ever lived on this earth (no matter how insignificant they seem to the world) —–> cares much more about me and you! The following beautiful song captures the truth of this reality:

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged?
And why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heavenly home
When Jesus is my portion?
And my constant friend is He
You know, his eye is on the little sparrow
And I know he cares for you and me
His eye is on the little sparrow
And I know God is watching over you and me

I sing because my soul is a happy
I sing because I’m free
For His eye, it is on the little sparrow
And I know He’s watching over you and me

I will leave you with these two last Scriptures to reassure you that your Heavenly Father knows everything you are going through and cares, no matter how beat up and forsaken you feel by the world. All He wants from you is that you draw near to Him:

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. (Psalms 139:1‭-‬4 NLT)

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8a ESV)

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Christian Tug-of-War

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There is a tug-of-war that goes on between different camps within Christianity. The two opposed camps that I want to look at in this article are those that believe that miracles and healings are for today and there are those that say that miracles and healings were only for the early church. The biggest problem that comes out of this is the fact that most of those that believe miracles and healings are for today have an unhealthy infatuation with it and it is at the forefront of their teachings. Then on the other hand are those that say that miracles and healings were only for the early church, so they fight those that are infatuated with it, and shunning is the result of it.

Now let’s look at the fact that there were two distinct things that were prevalent during the early spread of Christianity to ensure that it took root. Yes, there were miracles/healings, but at the same time there was an awesome ‘fear of God’. Following is an example of each, both from the early chapters of the Book of Acts:

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:1‭-‬10 ESV)

Immediately she (Sapphira) fell down at his (Peter’s) feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband (Ananias). And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. (Acts 5:10‭-‬11 ESV)

“You can’t have the best of both worlds” is a popular saying we hear in the English language. I would like to apply this to what I have observed during my 42 years of diligently seeking answers to the tug-of-war dilemma I have brought to light.

I want to get straight to the point. Make no mistake that miracles and healings are still available today according to Scripture. I am a recipient and I can testify to that fact. But when I look around I see the charismatic circles, with their new age teachings and strange manifestations, make a mockery of it. They want to claim the healings and the miracles of the early church, but they will totally bypass the ‘fear of God’ and what happened to Ananias and Sapphira. I compare this to wanting the best of both worlds.

Even though miracles and healings take place today, we do not see a prevalence of them simply because we do not want to see the ‘fear of God‘ manifested like it was in the early church. You can’t have the best of both worlds. You can’t have the one without the other.

My heart cries out because most of the charismatic world I see, actually promotes an atmosphere that erases the ‘fear of the Lord’. I have listened as they put a microphone in front of charismatic ministers and worship leaders, giving them a platform for deception, and they brag about Jesus physically appearing to them as if it was common place. When I read scripture, I know that Jesus will not be physically stepping foot upon this Earth until the time of His second coming. I also know from Scripture that His best friend while on this Earth, who was the Apostle John, explained how it was when Jesus appeared to him in his spirit:

It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last.” (Revelation 1:10‭, ‬17 NLT)

Notice how John emphasizes the point, that even in the spirit, “he fell at Jesus’ feet as if he were dead!”

Let’s never forget the fact that the greatest miracle is also the only miracle that lasts for eternity, and that is—>when a soul comes to salvation. It is the very heart of the ‘Great Commission’. Study the Hebrides Revival of the early 1950’s. Not one physical miracle or healing was recorded, but many souls and families were transformed for eternity. Read the following comment from the minister who was summoned in the midst of the revival:

“When God stepped down, suddenly, men and women all over the parish were gripped by the fear of God.” (Duncan Campbell recapping the start of the Hebrides Revival)

There is a famine in our land and it is the ‘Fear of God’ (reverence and awe) we are lacking. I have a previous article I wrote which centers on this fear we must have of God:

Annas and Sapphira Revisited

And for those that want to misinterpret John 14:12, please read the following PDF which explains it clearly within context and rightly divides the Word of God as per 2 Tim 2:15:

Greater Works We Will Do?

I will leave you with the advice that the one criminal being crucified next to Jesus said to the other criminal being crucified on the other side of Jesus, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? (Luke 23:40 NLT)

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My Prodigal Son

Prodigal—> A wayward person who returns after a willful absence of spending money or resources recklessly.

I write this article to encourage any Christian parent of a wayward son or daughter. I will keep it as short and simple and to the point as I possibly can.

My oldest son accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He was baptized at the age of 11. Through most of his teen years he loved being involved with the younger children during their children’s church program. Everyone thought that he would pursue a ministry degree and make a career out of working with  children. But on a whim he joined the United States Marine Corps shortly after graduating Christian High School. He was stationed across the country in California and upon leaving the Marine Corps be continued to live out in California. I felt a heaviness in my spirit and he was continuously in my prayers. We knew by talking to him that he was no longer living for the Lord, but we were unaware of the terrible downward spiral that he was in.

As the details began to reach us back east, my prayers began to reflect on the Prodigal Son. I was totally yielding to the Holy Spirit and prayed that even if my son had to be dragged through the mud so that he comes to his senses, Lord do It. I began to receive pressure from both sets of grandparents to get him home as quick as possible. But the Holy Spirit was very clear that it was not time yet. Four things had to occur by the hand of God in order to bring him home. He needed a job waiting for him, a place to live during the workweek, a vehicle to get around with, and a plane ticket home. All of these had to come from sources outside his immediate family.

As the months went by, I was continuously in prayer for him. I never shared with anyone what these four requirements were for God’s timing to bring him home. Then almost out of nowhere, four people came to me within days of each other, meeting all four requirements. A true miracle within itself.

He came home on April 23, 2005. Family and friends were literally cleaning him up and making him look presentable for when I pulled up in our driveway from work. The next four months were rocky with their ups and downs. My prayers did not relent. Even though I could now hug and love him, there was a spiritual battle raging over him. Going into the month of August, he was facing two separate DUI charges. He was at his wit’s end.

Then on Sunday August 14, 2005 he ran to the altar at church and recommitted his life to the Lord in a most dramatic way that was evident to all. He remained at the altar with his hands raised for an hour and a half straight. When he walked away there was no doubt of how the Lord grabbed a hold of his life. Two days later he slumped over at the wheel of a work vehicle with two of his workmates at his side. They tried unsuccessfully to revive him. The coroners poured over his blood tests along with the dissection of his heart and brain for six months and could not come to an adequate conclusion of his cause of death. It will remain a mystery here on this Earth. Only his Father in Heaven knows for sure of why He called him up when He did. It was exactly four months to the day from the time that I saw my Prodigal Son come home until the time that I saw his casket being lowered into the ground. I am completely at peace, assured that he is now home with his Heavenly Father and I know that we will be reunited for eternity as I await the time that I am also called home. My Prodigal Son is truly home, no more to wander and wallow in the mud!

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Here is a picture from February 2000 while on a mission’s trip to Chiclayo, Peru to help build a church and minister to the children. My son is to the left holding one of the children, while I am standing to the right.

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The Impact of Passion

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Passion—> An intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Zeal. Fervor. Devotion.

There are many preachers out there that are excellent orators. Combine this with charisma and you have mega-ministries because of it. The problem is that most of them speak to the mind, and not to the spirit. No wonder why so many of the Christians I know that want to be truly passionate in their faith turn to the writings of great men of the faith from many years past.

There are very few contemporary ministers I have come across in my life that can truly speak to my spirit. And why is that? Simply because of the lack of passion that should be burning inside of them. I will compare it to driving by a place of business during the wee hours of the morning. It’s dark out and you see a bright neon sign in the window flashing “open”, but it is obvious, by all other indications, that it is closed. The sign speaks and the neon gives it charisma, but the service it provides is not available to meet your needs.

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Along with lack of passion, I see very little humility now days. Jesus said this:

“The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:11‭-‬12 NLT)

Could it be that these ministers who are supposed to be true shepherds are only hired hands?

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.” (John 10:11‭-‬13 NLT)

Could it also be what Paul told Timothy about the ‘end times’ just before he was martyred?

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers. (2 Timothy 3:1-2 NKJV)

We learn that Saul (Paul) was chosen by the Lord because of his passion and zeal. Only problem was that it needed to be redirected:

“For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.” (Galatians 1:13‭-‬14 ESV)

Paul then became so passionate in his ministry for Christ that he said the following, which is mind boggling to my imagination:

“With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it. My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.” (Romans 9:1‭-‬3 NLT)

To sum up Paul’s passion for Christ, it was simply this:

“For to me, to live is Christ.” (Philippians 1:21 NKJV)

As for those that have a properly directed passion, it can’t help but come out of them when they speak and act. The core of this passion is only obtained through time in the Word and being upon one’s knees:

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

If you want to pursue passion for Christ, there is a logical sequence you can follow:

1) SEE Christ more for all He is, as you study about Him in God’s Word . . . which leads to
2) SEEK Christ more for all He is, as you ask for more of Him in prayer . . . which leads to
3) SAVOR Christ more for all he is, as you sing praises of Him and to Him . . . which leads to
4) SPEAK of Christ more for all He is, as you teach fellow believers about Him . . . which leads to
5) SHOW Christ more for all He is, as you imitate Him in word and deed . . . which leads to
6) SERVE Christ more for all He is, as you minister to others in His name . . . which leads to
7) SHARE Christ more for all He is, as you point others to Him as Redeemer and Lord.

I have shared this video excerpt a few times before on this website, but I feel the need to share it again because it is probably one of the best examples of passion I have come across. When you combine the subject of this excerpt which is ‘anguish’ to ‘passion’, you end up with a dynamic concoction:

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The Christian Life Rope

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Ropes are extremely useful. Sometimes they are used for life and sometimes they are used for death. A rescue rope is used for life and a hangman’s noose is used for death.

Even after we become saved and Jesus becomes the Lord of our life, we still have to deal with the desires of the flesh which can lead us to sin:

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11 ESV)

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13 ESV)

Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. (Romans 13:13‭-‬14 NLT)

So what happens when a Christian sins? Even though I have been a born again Christian for 42 years, I would say that the answer to that question is probably the single most important teaching that, not only a brand new Christian needs to understand, but it is also the single most important teaching every Christian needs to carry through life. That answer is literally a ‘life rope’ to living a victorious Christian life.

Let me explain. My 26 year old son grew up in church and graduated from a Christian high school. He accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized. Now for the big BUT—> he was never taught the difference between judicial and relational forgiveness. Because of this, every little sin plunged him deeper into a pit. Out of despair, he ended up turning his back on living for the Lord, not realizing his judicial forgiveness. He thought he had to strive to live a perfect life free from sin, but saw he couldn’t, so he gave up—> thinking he was lost.

Not until he fully understood the difference between judicial and relational forgiveness was he able to be pulled from the pit of despair. It was literally a rescue rope of life that gave him hope. It transformed him back into the Christian that God designed for him to be.

To convey what a dramatic effect it has had on him and his faith, he now has a copy of this PDF printed out and displayed where he can see it everyday:

 Judicial vs Relational Forgiveness

There is another teaching that goes hand-in-hand with that, and it explains the difference between habitual and non-habitual sins:

 Habitual vs Non-Habitual Sin

Without getting into an argument about ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ I must say that there are those who are in the pit and see the rescue rope, but instead of using the rescue rope they ignore it and continue in habitual sin. Even worse, there are those that pull out a knife and jump up as high as they can and sever the rope. Only the LORD can judge.

As far as our responsibility, we are always to carry a rescue rope with us. Whenever we can we are to cast out this life rope to our fellow Christians who need it:

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. (Galatians 6:1 NLT)

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