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God is the Truth Maker and we are the truth takers

I love the fact that I have no progiving_receivingblem in believing God and His word.  I mean, what else is there that works so great to make and cause me to have a great life and to live a great life? When everything else around me is either failing or crumbling, I know for a fact that the Great Truth Maker is giving me insight to how I should believe, how I should act, what I should say and what I should expect.  That makes me a truth taker.

I take what He says at face value regardless of the ‘opinion’ mill out there or the nay-sayers who don’t want to believe the Truth Maker!

That’s the awesomeness of knowing God and knowing He has my best interest at heart.  Because of that, whatever He says about me–I’m going to receive as truth and not as His opinion of me.  What He says is so much better for me than anything I know of in life.

I’ve been around those who want to give me their opinion but that and 3.99 will get me my favorite coffee drink at Starbucks; caramel macchiato latte.  I’ve learned to listen to what God has to say and have fared so much better in life because of it.

I want to be a winner and not a loser.  I want to be a victor and not a victim.  I want to be successful and not a failure.  I can be all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So, it’s my choice, and I chose to be a truth taker.  I listen to the Truth Maker.  He’s making a lot of Truth and will always make a lot.

That’s what I think about it.

Timothy – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

He Doesn’t Care For Plastic Surgery

first_surgery_1Modern medicine is simply amazing. They can almost do anything with surgery and creativity. You can be remade, refurbished, re-fixed, remolded or re-anything for that matter. There have been those who have had catastrophic accidents and the surgeons were able to correct it to almost its original state.

Men and women who have been injured on a battlefield have required extensive skin and bone surgery and our wonderful doctors have been able to bring some semblance of hope and joy to these people because of their skills.

Dr. Jonathan Dutton came into my life years ago when I was required to have a tumor examined behind my left eye. Dr. Dutton, an ocular-plastic surgeon at Duke University shared with me, pre-surgery, that he would leave a line on my eyebrow that would give the appearance of an expression line. This was to keep from having a major scar. He was true to his word. More years later, Dr. Dutton shared with me his involvement in introducing and utilizing Botox to the market of the common public for cosmetic purposes.

I have had difficulties and situations in my life that have left scars, rips and tears in my emotional and spiritual appearance that needed some major work so that others would perceive me as having it all together and in total and complete health in both areas. However, as usual in plastic surgery, I knew many people could see through that and knew that I had an artificial makeover. The makeover was more embarrassing than the actual disfigurement. It made me look proud and vain.

However, God showed me that agape went deeper than my scars, rips and tears. In fact, He didn’t like the fact that I was trying to take care of something that I had no education or skill in. He didn’t like that I was trying to do self-surgery and internal spiritual repair. His agape to me revealed what my lover knew about me all along. See, in spite of my emotional and spiritual disfigurement, He agaped me for who I was. He agaped me for me. He knew I had been afflicted, storm battered and un-pitied. He told me He didn’t care for plastic surgery. For He showed me scars of agape on His body. I smiled when He said, “Look, see these deep scars on my forehead?” He told me of the crown of thorns. “And look,” He said, “see these scars on my back?” I turned my face in horror. But when He took my hand and grasped them with both of His, I wept as I felt two very deep scars; one on top of my hand from His hand and one underneath my hand from His hand.

He told me that His agape for me would take care of me above and beneath. His scars were proof of that agape.

I’m so glad that that He doesn’t like plastic surgery. However, I realized that my scars don’t matter anymore. His scars are all that matter now. For when I looked again at mine, they were gone, and I looked at Him again and saw them on Him where mine once were on me.

That’s what I think about it.

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If Only Adam and Eve Hadn’t Messed Up!

garden-of-eden-iconWhy did they have to go and wreck it for the rest of us? They had everything going for them. Can you imagine not having a government run program where there were no taxes? Eve, what were you thinking? Oh, if you could have been a wee bit stronger. Then there was the benefit of not having to go to Wal-Mart. That is heaven. Just think, living in the country where all your food was provided for you. That’s awesome.

I can’t help but think of the lavishness of not having to have garments. No fashion statement to make. No name brands to pay high prices for just to advertise their logo on the piece of clothing. Not having to pay exorbitant prices for the “Jordan” basketball shoes. There would not be any competition from others as to whether or not my clothes were better than theirs. Not having to go to get kids clothes for school in August. Oh, Adam, if only…

Now, here’s the best part. We would be not only basking in the agape love of God, but we would be immersed in it between one another. That’s living! Serving and being served. Can you imagine a life style where others bothered you so much that they actually wanted to serve you? I mean think about it, people coming up to you all the time and asking if they can get you anything or do anything for you. You finding yourself picking the food for the neighbor next door and actually love doing it? Or how about not only picking it, but cooking it and preparing it for their dinner for no reason at all, except for the fact that you love them, and you can’t help it.

The sad fact of the matter is that this is the love walk that God has called us believers to. It’s the agape love walk. It is a love lifestyle that encompasses hugging and being hugged. Serving and being served. Loving and being loved for no reason at all.

When Jesus Christ died for us, he redeemed us back to the Father. The Bible says that the love of the Father now has been put back in our DNA so that we can once again love one another like he originally intended.

It’s not an “I like you” kind of love; it is so much more than that. It is an “I really love you, and I don’t know why, and I want to hug you as well, and I know that might seem a little awkward as well to you” kind of love. However, even now, we’ve learned to suppress that kind of love because we think it’s not natural. It isn’t natural if you live according to the standards of Satan’s kingdom. People want to, need to and got to be loved. Who’s going to do it if we don’t?

Believers find somebody and give them a good hug today. They might need it, especially today.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

Be Encouraged; God Is In Control

a330_cockpit1That’s good news!

If we listen to what every financial prognosticator says, we’d think there is no hope. If we listen to President Obama every time he spoke, we’d think no one has the answer.  If we believed everything some of those intellects in the world of science and climatology are saying, then we would think the world was going to burn up from global warming.

However the good news is that God is in control.

People, especially Christians, sometimes live their lives like there is no hope available.  Their thought processes during their times of trouble range from unsettled to panic.  Their hearts are saying, “Stay calm, stay calm, don’t panic, don’t panic–on second thought, PANIC!”

Then they start scrambling to see what they can do to solve the problem.  This problem weighs heavily on their mind.  This is compounded by the fact that other problems arise while they are working on the present problem.  Then the problems begin to accumulate.

Sickness creeps in while they are working on other problems and this compounds the problem solving process.  They miss more work because they were working on problems, got sick and now can’t work.  (This is the lifestyle of many Christians you and I personally know.  I’m doing all I can to show them and teach them that God loves them and He is in control!)

Did you see yourself as you were reading?  Did you see how things get out of control for you?

The main problem lies in the fact that you leave out the very ingredient to problem solving; God.  Yes God.  God is in control of all the things in our lives.  We can’t do one thing about keeping the planet warm or cool.  We can’t do one thing about the world’s problems.  We can’t do one thing to keep others from being mean to us.  But there is one thing that we can do and that’s rest in the Almighty.  Relax in His care.

News flash!  That’s exactly what He wants you and me to do; rest.  He wants us to bring our burdens, our anxieties and our problems to Him.  Don’t keep trying to fix them yourself.  Your God is so much bigger than your problem.  Remember that.

He loves you so very much. He cares for you. Don’t ever forget that.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

Headlines: Sen. Grassley Swallows A Camel While Straining A Gnat!

Televangelists FinancesDon’t you find it quite remarkable with me, that in November of 2007, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee at that time, called for the investigation of six prominent Christian ministries? His reason was to uncover the possible financial misconduct that had occurred; curiously while there were MAJOR (VERY MAJOR) corruption and misappropriations going on in secular boardrooms across America that he ignored?

These are the kinds of things that make you want to say, “Mmmmmmmmmm?”

Jesus said these people strain for a gnat while swallowing a Camel. The idea behind this quote was when the people would use cloths to strain the liquid for their drink; they would try to keep any insects or bugs from going into it. Jesus said while they were concentrating on small things, they were ignoring the bigger things.

It almost makes one wonder if there is any truth to the Oliver Stone-type conspiracies that say the government is really targeting Christians in an effort to keep them silent. Could it be that this present administration is going to manifest that theory in building the wall of separation higher between Church and State so that believers have no rights at all?

So, Grassley looks for the Copeland’s, the Longs, the Meyers, the Hinn’s and others while ignoring the Madoffs, the CEO’s of AIG and the Wall Street money laundering magicians. He, while looking to be upstanding and right, truly only gave us more proof that you can’t always believe what you see and hear out of the “best” of Washington.

So many believers jumped on the right wing of his political air machine as he flew through the conservative Christian wheat fields, hoping to mow down some of what he considered tares among the wheat. While in the back room of Grassley’s political church of the most righteous, the moneychangers of Wall Street firms were selling off American’s assets to the devil. Hey, fellow brothers and sisters of Christ, we forgive you. Just be more discerning next time.

As usual, Jesus is right. We have to watch out for those who will strain a gnat and swallow a camel. He called them hypocrites.

Somebody call 911! Grassley is choking on some camel meat.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW-www.exaltationchurch.com

This Economy; The Litmus Test of Trusting God

church-graph1I said a year ago that people would have to make a choice of whether or not to pay their mortgage or pay their tithe and offering. It’s happening.

Now, if you have never learned to fully trust God, take Him at His word, trust His promises and have known what it is like to hear from Him, then you will have no clue what I’m talking about and more than likely you will want to argue with me.

However, there is no debate it. It is inarguable. It is indefensible.

Trusting God and His word is not affected by the economy in any way, shape or form.

It has already been reported that churches income are being hurt by the economy.

People are getting laid off, losing their jobs and having a difficult time trying to find another one. Now, you’ll have two types of Christians here; those who knew how to trust God before the economy waned and those who only started learning about trusting God after they lost their jobs.

There will be those who know what is right without being told because they have ALWAYS done right and they know the blessings of God. Congratulations. There are those who hesitate to do right and, more than likely, will not because of uncharted territory of trusting God even though they are Christians. Then there are those who will continue onnot doing right because they have never relied on God before and they certainly will not start doing it now.

Money is a divider between man and God. Man has to have his money. Man thinks he doesn’t need God.

People who have been in the church for years will curtail their giving to the church and will justify it someway and somehow. They have to. They do it to keep their conscience soothed and to be able to sleep at night. These are the ones who will put on a good show at church making you think they have great faith in God when in actually, they are the most frightened at this economy, have a difficult time in hearing from God and have all but quit giving to God in obedience of His Word.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

My God, What Is This World Coming To?

gunmanOn Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, a deranged and violent person causally waltz into the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois and unloaded 4 rounds toward the pastor as he stood in the pulpit, with one of the rounds finding their target in the chest of the pastor. The pastor died as a result of this senseless act.

A while back in January, a Richmond, VA pastor was attacked in his study on an early Saturday morning by two men who came in and demanded money. He was stabbed several times and beaten.

While these are two examples of senseless acts of violence, random at best, it still causes one to ponder and consider what in God’s name is going on in America.

Then there are the gun control advocates who want to take away the guns from the law abiding citizens–which really means that it would only cause more people to be in harms way without having a means in which to protect themselves.

Had there been someone in the congregation who was a law abiding citizen with a concealment license and having his weapon on him or her, that pastor might still be living.

In the case of the Richmond Pastor, had he had a gun nearby, he could have used it for the purpose of thwarting off his attackers or fully disengaging their acts of crime by stopping them in their tracks temporarily or permanently.

You say, “We don’t need guns.” No, but what are we going to do if we DO need one?

I have people say to me, “Pastor, God’s going to take care of us.” I know that.

I also know that God gave us a great brain, super good logic and reasoning. I also realized that if David had not had that sling the day that sword-toting giant threatened him, he would have been up that creek where he got those five stones, with out a paddle.

I’m glad that the Bible tells us Nehemiah stationed guards around the city with swords in the people’s hands as they rebuilt the city God had called him to rebuild and restore.

Look, with the economy in jeopardy, crime will become rampant. People will become more depressed because the money god they depend on isn’t working out for them. When a person needs money and they don’t have it and their hopes of getting it look slim to none, they will do whatever is necessary to get it. Mark it down.

As believers, let’s be smart and don’t stick our heads in the sand as it relates to protecting ourselves. And let’s not be so religious that we inwardly fear that which we think might come upon us.


That’s what I think about it.

DTW- http://www.exaltationchurch.com