Being a Christian in America…

I read, as everyone else has, of Christians in the Middle East being crucified, beheaded, raped, sold into sex slavery, shot in execution style all because they denounced Islam/Muslim faith and took a stand for Christ. My stomach turned as these stories, gruesome tales, are told through news reports, eye witness accounts, and propaganda videos. As I sat in church yesterday listening to my Pastor speak on how God is stretching us and sometimes we don’t like it, my mind began to wonder to a time where I was so quick to say, I am not going back to church because of this or that. I begin to think about how Christians in the Middle East have to go in hiding, constantly on the run, always having to look over their shoulders. I begin to feel convicted in my own self and I asked God to forgive me because I have taken Christianity in America for granted. I have taken the liberty to come and go from a house of worship freely without persecution or threat of death for granted.

My challenge to you is simple, it’s the same challenge God laid on my heart, to serve Him 125% until the end. Don’t let simple things keep you out of church. Don’t let a headache, stomach ache, being tired, other things in life keep you from the house of God. Instead be the one who is there when the doors are open. Rather it is prayer meeting, worship practice, Bible study, cleaning day, or whatever it may be; be there! Support your pastor!! Support them in prayer and encouraging words. Support the leadership of your church the same. Don’t be ashamed to stand up for Jesus and remember when you feel like throwing in the towel; think about how easy we have here in America. Remember we are Christians in America, we have the liberty and freedom to worship our Sovereign God without fear of death or persecution.

I leave you with this…”not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but EXHORTING one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)

 

Maranatha.

Atheist Mega-“Church”?

A dear friend of mine posted an article on Facebook earlier this month that I just got around to reading this weekend.  It was about an Atheist mega-church movement that is happening across the globe.  This struck me as interesting because it seemed that why would a group of people who don’t believe in God want to start a “church” for other people who don’t believe in God?

Here is the link to the article for you to read for yourself – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/10/atheist-mega-churches/3489967/

Now there are a lot of things that pop out to me in this article.  One is that they aren’t there to bash other believers but to have a support group for other atheists.  Okay, I can understand that and even respect that but why call it a CHURCH?! The very first paragraph ends like this, “an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.”  I wonder is this what Paul was warning Timothy about in 2 Timothy 3:1-7.  Verse 5 really states this plainly, “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.”

The old statement, “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, acts like a duck; its a duck.”  Well this simply isn’t the case.  This is a group of people who can want to have fellowship with other “non-believers” and instead of calling it a group, club, movement, and the list can go on and on; they decided to call it a “church”.  To me, in my honest opinion, this should be an eye-opener to the CHURCH today!!  Honestly what separates our church services from their “church” services??  They have music, most churches have music.  They have a inspirational sermon, most churches have an inspirational sermon.  They draw close to together through fellowship and helping their fellow “believer”, same as we do.  SO WHAT SEPARATES US??  Well, let me rephrase that, WHAT SHOULD SEPARATE US??  It should be the power of God.

Look back at the book of Acts, what drew the crowd to the people in the upper room??  It was the power of God.  What drew the woman with the issue of blood to Jesus?  It was His healing power.  The stories from the Bible can go on and on.  So lets make it a little more real.  What drew people to the Revival at Brownsville??   What drew people to the outpouring in Topeka, Kansas??  What drew people to the tent revivals of Billy Graham, Oral Roberts and others??  IT WAS THE POWER OF GOD!!!  I truly believe that we can become so worried about offending someone and so worried about hurting someone’s feelings, or running people off that we can really and truly put God in a box.  We can really 100% forget the One who sets us apart.  Read 1 Peter 2:9.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9(NKJV)

God has chosen us to be His people.  To be the light in the darkness, to point those who are lost to the wonderful saving grace in Calvary.  We need to be sure and put Jesus in the center of everything we do in our CHURCH and CHURCH SERVICES.  My prayer is that we experience and allow the presence of God to flow in our services like never before.  That we begin to see the lame leap, the dumb speak, the deaf to hear, the blind to see.  Marriages put back together, broken hearts restored, addicts delivered, chains broken, lives set free!!!  I pray we begin to allow God to move in the churches of America again and that we realize that it is not about us sitting on the church pew, but the ones who are lost in the world!

Be blessed!!!!

Maranatha,
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D. White

Interesting Find….Take a Look

First let me start out by saying I do believe in demonic forces.  I do believe they can dwell in people and take control of them.  (Mark 5:1-16) This video that I have embedded in this post brings up some very interesting points.  What are we listening too but greater than that what are we letting our kids listen too???   It is a long video but worth watching every minute of it.  Be blessed!!!

 

 

Maranatha,
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-dereck

My Election Rant (well sort of….)

While watching the election unfold last night in my nice, warm bed next to my wife my mind began to wonder with what happens if Obama wins.  What happens if Romney wins?  What happens if we are deadlocked?  It hit me so hard even after we found Obama won, my mind would not stop running stupid apocalyptic scenarios in my mind.  It became so overwhelming I had to change to channel to sports and break out the Bible on my phone.  This helped me to chill enough for me to go to sleep and when I woke up there was a peace about the whole situation.

Now I do understand the talk surrounding Obama and what another four years mean.  I understand all the talk about the Forward slogan and how it is mainly tied to communism and socialism.  I also understand all the talk surrounding the martial law signing, the gun control situation, and the trying to do away with the upper class and how all of this is tied to socialism.  I understand that socialism and communism doesn’t come in like a bull in a china store but comes quietly and softly then takes hold.  Now after reading all of this one can say, “Hey fatboy, you are calling Obama a socialist and he is trying to turn America into a socialist nation, and your also fat.”  Well, I am not outright, flat-out saying Obama is a socialist or trying to turn this nation into a socialist nation but I am saying if it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and swims like a duck, it isn’t a cow in a duck costume; it’s a duck.

But the most amazing this is, is the revelation I received this morning.  We have all read 2 Chronicles 7:14,

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if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Lets look at the very first, “If MY PEOPLE” who is the Lord talking to here?  He is talking to the church of course.  He isn’t talking to the sinners, the atheists, the agnostics, or any other person; He is talking to the church.  It is time for the church to repent.  It is time for us instead of griping about the situation and do like my Pastor has been saying the last month, PRAY FOR THE OFFICE, DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT IT!!!!  It is also time for the church of America to quit worrying about who we are offending, who we are trying to baby, who we are trying to sugar coat the Gospel for; and PREACH THE WORD OF GOD!!!  It is time for the church of America to quit worrying about what Spiritual background you’ve come from and start being more concerned with are their souls ready for Heaven.  Yes the road is going to get bumpy.  Yes we are facing trying time, but we have a hope!!!

Next part of the verse states, “who are called by my name shall humble themselves…”  Pride comes before a great fall is what it states in Proverbs.  The church needs to learn humility.  It isn’t about your grammy who started the church 125 years ago and bought the first pew and organ in the church.  Worship time in church isn’t about you either, IT IS ABOUT JESUS!!!! Humbleness is what we need to long for!!!

“Pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways…”  Again He is talking to the church, not the sinners!!!  We are so worried about prayer being taken out of the schools that prayer is being taken out of the church and home.  We used to spend 10 days praying and preach for 10 minutes now we pray for 10 minutes and preach for 10 hours.  It is time to seek His face not the face of Jetenzen Franklin, Joel Olsteen, TD Jakes, Benny Hinn, Rod Parlsey; but the face of the Lord!!!  It is time to seek His face so earnestly that we can’t stop until we breakthrough, we can’t stop until we begin to see an AWAKENING in the Spirit realm and a release of His Shekinah Glory on our churches!!!  No longer should Ichabod be wrote on the doorposts of the church, but the Spirit should be so strong people can’t help but when they drive into the parking lot, drive by the church, they begin to feel the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.  It is also time we get rid of the sin in the camp.  Who cares who we offend because I rather offend you here than have you be happy and bust Hell wide open.  Sin is Sin, no way around it, no loopholes!  Just because society says it is ok, doesn’t mean that God says its ok.  Read His word, pray and seek His face, and it is time for the game playing in the church to stop.

Now, “then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  Don’t worry about who is in the Oval Office because we know the One holds the whole Earth in Their hands.  Don’t worry about what is to come because weeping may endure for the night but JOY comes in the morning!!!!!!  Man I feel the Holy Spirit as I am typing this!!!  I am about to shout!!!!!!!!!!!!  Obama might be the president but I know One who is greater; His name is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning star, the Risen King, the One who sits at the right hand of the Father ever making intercession for you and me!!!  I SERVE THE ONE WHO CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, AND IF HE CAN SEE THE LITTLE SPARROW AND KNOWS HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT AND KNOWS THE NUMBER OF HAIRS ON MY HEAD; I KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT HE WILL, I SAID, HE WILL TAKE CARE OF ME!!!!!  As the Psalmist said in Psalms 121:1-2, “I will lift my eyes to the hill-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord who made the Heaven and Earth”

I pray you feel the peace that I begin to feel at 6:00 this morning, because I know the One who said He will never leave nor forsake.  Be encouraged!!!

Marantha,

-dereck

Top 10 People I Wouldn’t Like To Be

I am going to start a new thing for my blog.  I am going to start a semi-daily (procrastination stinks) Top 10.  These are going to be extremely random and quite humorous (at least to me…)  So here goes the first one….

The Top 10 People I Wouldn’t Like to Be….

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This poor guy (well he isn’t poor…he is a pro ball player) but you get my drift.  I mean could you imagine growing up with a last name like this.  Try and go with me to his fourth grade class, first day of school and the teacher is calling roll and she gets to the S’s.  “Salta….Saltalam….kid with the extremely long last name, are you here?”  Then you make it to the pros…and your name looks like the St. Louis arch over your number.  Well I think you get my point…the preacher stumbling during your wedding, not long enough lines on applications, well I need to stop.

9.

This is one is kinda self explanatory…

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Another self-explanatory one…

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I would hate to be the guy working the bungee post up top…poor guy.  There is not enough money in the world that someone could pay me to help this man out of his harness..

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Poor Wylie…I would hate to be him.  I mean someone with a sick imagination (but funny one) down at Warner Bros. has him blown up, turned into an accordion,  or just ran over by an ACME truck (the same place he bought the defective stuff in the first place, where is the customer service in that).  If I was Wylie, I would sue ACME, turn into vegetarian, and stop living in the desert (boulders).

5.

I wouldn’t want to be Ms. Reno.  This poor lady serves our country and the only person that SNL can get to portray her to a tee is, Will Ferrel.  I mean come on…

4.
I wouldn’t like to be…Janet Reno’s mirror…sorry I couldn’t resist…

3.
I wouldn’t want to be Ben Stiller, but only in this movie scene.  I mean he is a successful actor in Hollywood and a pretty cool guy.  But this is just gross…

2.
I wouldn’t like to be…Al Gore.  For one, you kill your own Global Warming arguement by owning a huge mansion that puts out more pollution than the whole state of Rhode Island.  Next, you can’t even give a thumbs up with out looking like a dork…child please…

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And finally, I wouldn’t want to be…President George W. Bush.  Let me first start out by saying, I am a huge supporter of his and voted for him in the one election he ran in that I could vote; however from 2008 on out no matter what happens or falls apart…someone in America will find a way to blame him.  Hang in there, W…you got a fan here…and also a Easter Bunny that is on your side…