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Christianity in a Word

Have you ever thought about what you would call Christianity if you only had one word to do it?

Check out this cool video that does just that and then some.

This site is promoting the Bible and the need for an online bible study. Think this may be worth checking out

Think they nail it on the word…this is Christianity in a word. Let me know what you think.

Good Friday vs. Earth Day

Earth Day Going Green

Earth Day Going Green

Good Friday 2011

Good Friday-Jesus at His best

Good Friday or Earth Day?


Have you ever had an important choice in your life you struggled with? One that woke you up at night and made you lose sleep? This should not be one of those choices.

I know I’m a day late to this party but I had to write something about yesterday. Earth Day has been around for a  while, this is a man made holiday/event. I will not condemn the idea but I don’t like anyone shoving anything down my throat and this seems like one of those things.

When people (anyone really) tell me I’m suppose to do something, my human nature immediately says, “No”.  That is just the way I was made. I have no problem with being a good steward of the Earth, we are commanded to do that, I also know we will answer to God for everything we have done in this life (See Judgment Seat for believers… Great White Throne Judgment for non-believers) but come on…Earth Day is treated as news and Good Friday we can’t talk about?

To be honest Earth Day usually doesn’t even hit my radar but when it came on Good Friday this year I took notice.  I saw people talking about Earth day and nothing about Jesus’ Day. Good Friday was Jesus’ best day on Earth, it was the day he looked death right in the face, took Death’s best shot and eventually (See Easter) conquered death and the grave.

We can remember all Jesus did for us or…we can plant a tree, go green or something else politically correct. That was your choice this year, worship the Creator or the creation…plenty simple when you look at it like that isn’t it?

If you worshiped the creation more than the Creator this Good Friday, don’t worry, God is a forgiving God (In fact, one of the last things Jesus said on the cross was, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34) so ask for forgiveness and move on. Easter is right around the corner.

As a side note, if you are looking for a Great Easter service online I love Gateway Church in Texas, they are great people and do a great job representing the Good News…Enjoy.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Easter Brings Me Back

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new

I love Easter it is my favorite holiday because it is when Jesus won the complete and total victory. I don’t know what it is about me but I love to win. How many of you like to win? I would guess the number is pretty high.

Winning involves risk doesn’t it? Don’t you have to enter the contest or event to have a chance to win. On of the biggest problems in the church today (I know you are saying “Here he goes again”) is most people do not enter in. What do I mean exactly?

You must first decide you are going to join the team and enter into this game of life before you will ever have a chance to win. Jesus enter in over 2000 years ago, He poured Himself into His life and look at the result. Total victory! He conquered, sin, the grave, death, Satan, sickness, disease…you name it He defeated it.

How did He do it? Well the first step was agreeing to become involved. He had to make a decision to first come to Earth, that just got the ball rolling. Every day He had a choice to make, and every day He made the right choice. What an example He left us.

When I look at the life and death of Jesus I see a Man that was focused on a goal. He came to destroy the works of the enemy. Satan had all of mankind bound in sin. In one act, Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary He totally destroyed the grip Satan had on God’s people.

Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, He is making intersession for you and me right it this very moment. I believe He is wanting us to finish the race He has made each and every one of us to run. God made you for a purpose, find out what that purpose is and get in the race (or back in the race if you are like me)

I enjoy writing to this blog but it some times gets a little difficult to find the time and energy. Hopefully it will help to encourage you as you read this, that’s my goal. May God bless you today and every day.

As a side note- I am opening a new Christian Clothing store online, starting to stock it and get everything in order. I am selling Christian T Shirts and Christian hats, basically Christian Apparel. Those of you how know me, know God gave me a vision to take back the clothing industry for His glory. A race I have stumbled and fallen in many times, I was down not out. Go by and check it out (hopefully we will have a Grand Opening Easter…Did I mention I Love Easter?)

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Put on Christ Daily?

Glasses on Book

When you have a name like Put on Christ Daily and you post to it a couple of times in the last three months there may be a slight disconnect.  I am reminded when Jesus was talking about a paralytic, asked a crowd in a synagogue, “Which is easier saying your sins are forgiven or take up your bed and walk?”

Which is easier for me, talk about putting on Christ daily or actually encouraging you daily? Well the answer is of course talking about doing anything is always easier than doing it.

Forgive me for my hit and miss posting but if you need an excuse, life has been getting in the way. I will do better.

Today I want to ask you a question and give you my answer.  The question:

Does God micro-manage things in your life?

Let me answer from my personal experience yesterday.  I was about to leave the house to go to church, I grabbed my Bible and reading glasses.  Then I had a thought, “Where is you other pair of glasses?” As I have talked about in previous posts, I simply replied to the thought in my head, “Who cares, I have a pair.” 

The thought came back, “get the other pair of glasses.”  I grabbed the second pair of glasses and left my house not thinking about it again. 

While at church, my Pastor, Denny Duron preached on Romans 10:17; Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  After he finished he challenged us (everyone in church) to read aloud the scriptures in our handout. 

Now I realize this is not life or death but this is what happened next.  The man seated behind me did have a handout, I tried to give him my handout but he said, “don’t worry about it, I don’t have my reading glasses either.  I then remembered, “hey I have an extra pair of glasses”, about that time someone handed him a handout and he was able to participate in the service.

This was a huge faith building experience for me, it also  helped me stay open to listening for God’s voice in my life.  Was it God?  That is for you to decide, I am confident it was God because I have never carried two pair of glasses.  I occasionally have a back up pair in my car or office but I was “impressed” to have two pair with me.  And during the service I found out why.

Let me know if and how God has communicated with you.  Did you listen?  I found it difficult to obey the first time, mainly because it made no sense to me.  But I listened and today I’m glad I did.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Before I teach on personal evangelism for the body of Christ, I must first give you the most important first step in becoming an effective witness for Jesus.

You need to become like Christ.  That’s it, simple enough, right?  Every believer who becomes like Jesus is a powerful tool in the hand of God.  I can hear you saying,”yeah right, I’m not anything like Jesus”.  That is where you and I may disagree.

Know what You are and Who You are in Christ

It is my opinion your spirit, if you are “born again”, is exactly like Jesus.  So 33% of you is exactly like Jesus.  Since you are made up of 3 parts (body, soul and spirit) you need only to get one of the other 2 parts to be more like Jesus and you have a simple majority.

Since the body or “flesh” is enmity with God, you can never change the “flesh”. The flesh is constantly at war with the spirit so by the process of elimination it is your soul that must change.

The soul is defined (by me) as, your mind, will, and emotions.  It is the person you are inside of your body.  By renewing your mind with the word of God you help your soul to think like Jesus.  (This is moving beyond the personal evangelism teaching but some of this needs to be taught.  for those of you new here, I occasionally chase rabbits)

“So what does this have to do with personal evangelism?”, you may be asking. Well, nothing and everything, you are made in God’s image, three parts, all different but the same.  Get to know yourself, what you have, who you are in Christ and witnessing becomes much easier.

Did Jesus have a problem drawing a crowd?  As I read the Gospels Jesus loved and was loved.  He lived with the people, taught in their synagogues, healed the sick and preached the gospel. (Matthew 4:23-25)

I think this simple pattern is the key to growing “the church”, not a church, The Church.  While some focus on numbers only, the simplistic model Jesus used is all we need.  Notice what the Bible says in Matthew 4:24: Then His fame went throughout all Syria…then in Matthew 4:25: Great multitudes followed Him…

Personal Evangelism Starts with Knowing Christ

Personal evangelism starts with knowing Christ and then doing what Jesus did.  Teach, preach and heal, this is the “Jesus” model for the church. (as I see it)  How simple, almost too simple, teach people the Bible, preach the good news and heal the sick.

No church could hold the multitude that would follow this kind of evangelism. Preach (spirit), teach (soul) and heal (body)…we are spirit, soul and body and Jesus touched/ministered to the complete person (all three parts) and the multitude followed.

The church is made up of individual believers, personal evangelism begins when believers spend time with Jesus and then go out “among” the people.  Many today go to church, hear a message on evangelism, feel guilty and then attempt to witness to people.  This is bound to fail, your motivation is okay (help people) but there is no power.

Again look to Jesus, He spent time in prayer with God, so much time in fact He was able to declare God and I are One. (John 17:22-24) When you spend time with Jesus every day, you begin to think like He thinks. (Ever heard of having the mind of Christ)

Here is a real life example: My wife and I spend so much time together we start to finish each others sentences or we know what the other person is thinking.  This is normal with any relationship where time, trust and communication are present.

The difference, between my relationship with my wife and my relationship with Jesus; I can sometimes influence my wife’s thinking. The same is not true when I spend time with Jesus, as I read the word it clearly states God does not change.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  If anyone changes, when you and Jesus spend time together, it will be you.

Want to be more like Jesus? You must believe part of you (your spirit) is already exactly like Him. Part of you (your body) will never be like Him. (Until you get a new body)  The part that can change (your soul) takes time and effort with Jesus to become more like Him.  This is where the battle rages (In your mind, will and emotions) so before you learn to go out into the battle. You must first learn to go into the presence of God.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

Did God send you to save the world?  Me either.   So what are you and I suppose to do?

Jesus “commissioned” us to preach the “good news” to every creature.  Some have taken this to mean, talk to everyone, everywhere, anytime.  People have been “witnessed to” whether they want to listen or not.

Christians seem pushy and self righteous trying to “help” people find Jesus.  What did Jesus mean?  Far be it from me to speak for God or tell you the proper translation of our title verse but I must weigh in.

Jesus commissioned us to share the Gospel but instead of trying to figure out what He means with His words, why not look at what He did?

Jesus walked day by day, healing the sick, cleansing the lepers and making blind eyes see. (Oh yeah, He raised the dead too!)  If we as believers would imitate Christ the world would beg to learn more.

Have you ever been invited to a network marketing meeting?  The person inviting you has been trained to tell you just enough to get your curiosity up.  Don’t mention the name of the company…get them to the meeting.  Don’t try to explain it…get them to the meeting.

Sounds a little like trying to get people to church.  Some believers don’t know enough about Jesus to tell others about Him, so they invite them to church.  They are “afraid” they might mess it up so instead of saying the “wrong” thing…they say nothing.  What is the answer?

In my humble opinion, the church needs to work on its personal relationship with Jesus before they brow beat others about their lifestyle, choices or sin.

Jesus lead by example. The church must also lead.  But here are the facts, the divorce rate, bankruptcy and sickness in the church is very similar to that outside of the church.  Why would anyone “looking in” choose to join the church?

The only reason, as you know, is Jesus.  He is the real and only true God.  Through faith in His name, blind eyes are opened, deaf ears hear again and the dead become alive.  Easy right?  Should be, but in all honesty, most of us are still on the sidelines wondering how to get in the game.

Here is what we believe is our first step, believe the word of God. Notice I did not say believe what I think or any one else thinks…no, I said, get to know the word of God.

Here is the part that will mess with your head, Jesus is the word of God.  The closer you get to Jesus, the closer you get to the Truth (which is also Jesus)

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

God, teach me to number my days

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12

Hour Glass

Hour Glass

Have you ever had so much to do you wind up doing nothing?  That describes where I have been the last week with my posts here.

There have been so many different things I wanted to write about and I ended up writing nothing.  FYI, we have some exciting announcements coming in the next few weeks concerning One Drop of Blood.  (See how thoughts just bounce around in your head)

Time is the one thing each one of us has the exact same amount of each day.  Another gift we all have in common is God’s grace and while we are at it, we all have been given THE measure of faith. (Romans 12:13) As I look at time, God’s grace, and the measure of faith the thing that separates people in this world is how we appropriate these three elements into our lives.

What would make you value these “gifts” each day?  I once thought while meditating on God’s word.  God teach me to number my days, and almost immediately I got the thought, “If you had been given 6 months to live you would learn to number your days” . (The number would be 180)

WOW, where did that thought come from?  This is an observation- Older people seem to be in less of a hurry.  The very people with the least amount of time left on Earth are the very people I do not want to get behind while driving.

Why do most older people seem to be more relaxed about “wasting” time?  How can they just sit there on a park bench and watch the birds?  I may not have it all figured out but some of my best days are when I relax into the day, instead of  trying to conqueror the day.

Part of the reason is God made us human beings, not human doings. Try today to enjoy just being here on Earth.  Look at what God created and let the wonder of it all take your breath away.  That is a little more touchy, feely than I like but I feel like it needs to be said.  (Still don’t think I can sit on a bench and watch birds.)

Going to Florida next week, so I am going to try and post some things from my phone. (That will be a huge deal for me, I tend to be technologically challenged)

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

How to discern the “Spirit of Religion”

making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” Mark 7:13

Spirit of Religion

Spirit of Religion

Have you ever seen an evil spirit?  I can honestly say I have not seen anything with my natural eyes, but I believe the spirit of religion raised its ugly head around me twice last week.

You probably have never thought about what a spirit looks like, again I am not going around looking for angels or demons but in a two conversations this spirit came out of nowhere.  Here is how you can know it is not from God, this spirit gets offended when you step out in faith and start believing the word of God.

Paul’s words are so much better than anything I could write on dealing with this spirit, so here is what he is saying to you, as you begin to walk in the power of God’s word.

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. Philippians 3:12-16

There is a freedom in forgetting those things which are behind; failures, disappointments, loss, pain, suffering etc.  While you forget the bad, you will gain a peace that surpasses all understanding…You simply move on with what God has for you today.

Start each day in the word of God, finish each day in the word and the spirit of religion will not stick to you.  How can you know when you are dealing with the spirit of religion?  This spirit (as is true with most evil spirits) always brings up the past.  “You standing on that promise brother?”  “Well, sister so and so died from that, are you saying you are better than her?”

WHAT? Where did that come from?  I said, “I am going to believe God for healing”.  I am meditating on God’s word, reading when and how Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease.  I also believe the promise of John 14:12 , I can do everything Jesus did.  Which by the way is, heal all manner of sickness and disease. (One of many promises)

The spirit of religion does not want anyone to actually meditate on the word of God, this spirit wants us to stay busy arguing, defending our position, holding on to “How we always have done it”.  The traditions and doctrines of men, is in a word…Religion.  As I study Jesus’ words in Mark 7 this is exactly what He was dealing with too.

I am choosing the word of God over the words of others, I am not called to argue or defend my position, Jesus has called me and you to heal.  God wants a complete healing, both physical and spiritual healing.

Salvation brings a spiritual healing that was accomplished at the Cross.

Before Jesus died, He took a beating, so when you look to those stripes in faith, physical bodies are healed.  I don’t have it all figured out, but using the name of Jesus, I have seen people healed.  Try it, if you are a disciple of Christ, you have been given the power to heal.  Trust me, it is in the Bible, all you have to do is believe.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Power in the Alpha and Omega

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Greek alphabet

Have you ever wondered why Jesus calls Himself the alphabet?  Not how I would describe myself if I were God.  Jesus is the Word, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14)

Words are made up of letters, so it makes sense that if Jesus is the Word, He would also be the alphabet.  Here is something about the alphabet you may have never thought about, you can use letters all you want, in as many words as you like and the letters never lose any of their “power”

Have you ever limited your prayers because you thought it would be a drain on God.  I thought when I was first saved, there was a limit on prayers God would answer before I would run out.  I think my reasoning was God was like my cereal when I was younger, Alphabets, I think they called it.  It was made up of sugary letters that you could play with, then eat.

 There is a limitless supply of letters for any words you want to create. (Unlike my Alphabets cereal)  Same goes for God, the lights in Heaven do not dim when cancer is healed in Jesus name.  In fact, it is my belief, God is waiting for someone to start using His name in faith, more, not less.  A miracle for God is no harder than you using a “t” in “the”.

Professional writers are bound by rules, the better the writer the more they use the rules for greater communication. (I am no professional so I am sure you have noticed I constantly break them.) God is also bound by His word, the more we learn His word, the more power we will have here on Earth.

Jesus worked perfectly in the word, mainly because He was the Word, (Kind of hurts my head when I start thinking about this) and He was God.  He gave us a promise in (John 14:12) if we believe in Jesus, the works He did we will do also. 

That is a powerful promise, believe the word and see great works happen in your life.  Forget about the second part of His promise “greater works” for now, wouldn’t it be cool if you did the works Jesus did while He was here on Earth?  If I am reading this right, you can, but only if you believe.  It all goes back to faith in God’s word, aka Jesus, or the Alpha and Omega.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Mardi Gras and Jesus (Part 2)

Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. (Matthew 4:25)
Crowd of people

Crowd of people

Have you ever wondered why Jesus was surrounded by a crowd of people?  It is Fat Tuesday here in Louisiana and I thought I would talk about the crowd.

Jesus gave the crowd great gifts. Teaching, preaching and healing was Jesus’ ministry.  He taught in their synagogues, He preached the gospel and He healed all manner of sickness and disease. (Matthew 4:23-25, Matthew 9:35)

I understand He came to die so that we might all live…I get that, but that is an accomplished work, we can receive all He did at the Cross by faith.  Our clothing company is all about salvation.  This post is about how we can draw the crowd.

If the church would imitate Christ, it is my opinion, people would be breaking down the doors to get what we have.  Jesus gave Himself away to the crowd.  He taught them, loved them and healed them.

Peter knew he had something special when he told a lame man at the gate Beautiful, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6)

Jesus said the world would know us because of the love we give one to another. Notice there is a delivery system, one to another. (John 13:34,35) Peter gave what he had, in the name of Jesus. 

Jesus did not tell His disciples in Matthew 10 to pray for the sick.  He told them to heal the sick…Big difference.  Peter didn’t  pray a prayer when the lame man was healed at the gate Beautiful.

Which is easier? Telling some lost soul you will pray for him or telling him Jesus loved him enough to heal him and by the way, Jesus is busy at the right hand of the Father so…He sent me.  The church, for the most part, is telling this sick and dying world we are praying for you.  If you are a disciple of Jesus, He has commanded you to heal them. (If the word of God is to be believed)

Different than what most of you have heard, I know, it hit me the same way, but it is in the Bible.  Jesus gave another example in the synagogue when He said to the paralyzed man, your sins are forgiven. (Matthew 9:2)

I find it ironic, many say this every service in church, your sins are forgiven. But read the whole story, Jesus read their hearts and said, which is easier to say your sins are forgiven or rise up and walk?  (That is a fair question, read Jesus’ answer.) But so that you know the Son of Man has the power on Earth to forgive sins, Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. (Matthew 9:1-8)

I love that about Jesus, He cuts right to the chase.  Faced the problem head on, but here is the best part, He healed him and forgave the man’s sins…win, win.

Look at the Mardi Gras crowd again , which float has the most followers and enthusiasm?  It is the float with the best gifts.  Jesus gave us the power to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead.  Those kind of gifts will draw a huge crowd and by the way…their sins have already been forgiven. (1 John 2:2)

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

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