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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

Tattoos: Not For Me

religious-christian-jesus-neck-tattoos-flash-designs-tattoo-pictures-gallery-tattoo-art2Tattoos have been around for as long as anyone can remember. They are an art to themselves. Some people have dedicated their lives to doing the work of tattoos. Some call it skin art. Others have used their bodies as a canvas for tattoo artists.

In doing research for this topic I found four interesting facts from a Harris Survey.

o Thirty-six percent of those ages 18 to 25, and 40 percent of those ages 26 to 40, have at least one tattoo, according to a fall 2006 survey by the Pew Research Center.

o The National Geographic News stated in April 2000 that 15% of Americans were tattooed (or approximately 40 million people!)

o Esquire Magazine estimated in March 2002 that 1 in 8 Americans was tattooed.

o According to the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, they stated in 2005, that of all the people they treat with laser and light therapy, only 6% are getting a tattoo removed.

o Harris Poll, 2003, estimates that fully 36% of those aged 25-29 have one or more tattoos.

o A 2006 a study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 24% of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed; that’s almost one in four. And the survey showed that about 36% of Americans age 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo!

There are Christians who feel that having a tattoo is taboo. They adhere to the Old Testament principal that marking up your body is wrong. Other Christians have no problem with it and many have religious tattoos placed on their body to honor God.

Some Christians do it for fun. Some out of curiosity.

Me? Well I’ve thought about it several times. Sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of doing something I had never done before. As my personal belief whether it is right or wrong? I think this one is totally up to the individual and his relationship to God. I don’t find anything wrong with doing it as long as it is in good taste.

Now would I get one? Most likely not. For reasons you might be surprised. I dislike anything with pain. I definitely don’t like the idea of a needle blasting my skin so many times. But then again, I’m won’t rule it out either.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.wordpress.com

Field Generals of Faith

weweresoldiersA field general is one that takes charge of his men, not just in speech, but also in action. They see him doing–not just saying. He’s a player, not a cheerleader.

A pastor is very much like a field general. He must not be one who barks out orders and waits to see what happens. Contrarily, he must lead in confidence knowing that what he says and does has been asked of him by his commander; the Lord Jesus Christ. He must be fully convinced of, not only what he says, but also what he does.

He must be one who understands the ministry and it’s successes. He also must understand how to prevent failure. He must be one whose metal psyche has been tried, tested and “passed muster.” He has to have the full support of those in his care, guided by his confident demeanor, wisdom and prayerful attitude.

The pastor must not only teach about faith and works, he must show his faith by his works. He does not just cheer people on to victory as some excited cheerleader, but leads in victory by his uncompromising and undeniable faith in Christ.

A pastor must have a track record of fresh faith victories. Victories in the past are great, but they become repetitive and stale; fodder for worn out, dated war stories. People need spiritual leaders who are strong in their vision, purpose and calling. Pastors fall (many times) into the trap of encouraging people to be what they themselves are not. It is at this point where his followers will cease to become courageous. Instead, fear and doubt will become familiar companions once again.

A field general will be passionate about the vision. He will be the one who goes after the fallen (in the midst of the hail of fire from the enemy) when he needs to. He will be the one who shows what love is–rather than telling about it.

No one imitates a cheerleader except another cheerleader. However, a “pay-er” in the stands of a football game will identify with the “play-er” on the field. See, because we love the field general, the captain and the coach.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

Why Can’t You Do Just That?

 

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A friend of mine posed an interesting question to me the other day and I want to see what you think about it.

You can do anything you want to, go anywhere you want to, be anything you want to, but the problem is, you just don’t.  Why can’t you do just that?

Because you just don’t think you possibly can.  It’s either you thinking that you don’t believe you can.  It could be your spouse saying that you can’t.  Maybe it’s the way you were brought up, being taught not to aspire to such lofty thinking.

To all that I say to you: drop all that thinking in the next garbage can you walk or drive by.

You have everything within you that will help you soar beyond your wildest dreams.  When you walk in freedom of not only your country, but in your spirit, soul and body there is no limit to what you can do.

Do you think Jesus meant it when He said “I came to give you life”?  Do you think He was emphatic when he used the word abundant in front of the word life; abundant life?

Listen to me.  The word abundant means providing a more than plentiful supply of something; that’s the kind of life Jesus wanted us to live and enjoy.

Don’t walk anymore in bondage of life.

I’m looking for a “freed up” people.  Most people THINK that they are freed up.  Not.

You need to help me continue to make a change in people’s lives and bring freedom to them.  It’s the democracy of religion.  Together we will hold the great tea party of religion and rebel against those and anything that wants to have tyranny over us and keep us in bondage.

Together we will enforce the great emancipation of proclamation, the cross of Jesus Christ.

Together we will bring freedom to those in bondage declaring the declaration of independence; The Bible, the word of God

Together, we will lead them to the greatest freedom fighter of them all, Jesus Christ!

Be free today.  Live free today.  Stay free and don’t go back again to the yoke of bondage.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW-www.exaltationchurch.com

The Right To Say NO!

noI can’t say that?  Why not?  When did you learn to say it?  When did you unlearn not to say it?

Somewhere along the line, somebody told you in no uncertain terms that you cannot say that word any more. So what did you do?  You ripped it right out of your dictionary and now you have no clue what that word means anymore.

You’re going through life asking yourself the question,  “Why did I do that?”  Let me help you here.  It’s because you couldn’t say no.

I know how you feel.  I’ve been there, done that.

Losing that little two letter word wore me out.  I was like Jim Carey in the movie “Yes Man” saying yes to everything.

Someone needed a volunteer, I did it.  Someone need a contribution, I gave it.  Someone needed someone to help them move, I helped them.

It literally caused me to book my schedule to the hilt because of losing the ability to say no.

You want to know what happened.  I found my freedom again to say no.

No, I’m sorry I can’t.  No, I have something scheduled.  No, I plan to enjoy my life now, sorry.  No, I plan to be happy now.

I use to have a sermon I preached to my choir about saying no.  I wanted them to quit doing 10 billion jobs in the church and just concentrate on choir or say no to choir and leave.  They were spreading themselves to thin.  Sounds like you huh?

Your testimony is at stake when you say yes all the time.  Better work on that no word.

Say it with me.  No.  Say it again.  No.  Say it one more time.  No.

Take a deep breath.  Now doesn’t that feel good?  Now go practice it on someone.  You can do it.

You’ll find that life will be more enjoyable and your relationships with others will greatly improve.

Yes, they will.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

Perception is Everything

What is it about Christians?

“I are one”, as someone once said. I can talk intelligently and lovingly about my own kind and that’s what I’m going to do.

When I read the life of Jesus, it’s not quite as accurate as the way my Sunday school teachers taught it when I was growing up.  No, I have found he was more a revolutionary than a Santa Claus type.

He was one who meant business, loved the human race and wanted the religious group to tone it down a bit.

That’s what so interesting about Jesus life is that the group that gave him the hardest time in his life was the religious crowd.

I know a few like that.

You know as a pastor, I try to compel and persuade folks to come to church, learn about Jesus Christ and become a follower of him.

However many times I run into opposition based on their past dealings with Christians or their perception of Christianity by the testimony of the people they know.

If we’re going to win others to Jesus Christ we’ve got to do a better job with the image we present.

I mean why is it that church can be the most boring place to go and yet we still go?  Pastors must do a better job in keeping the workings and life of Christ more vibrant than they do.  Someone said that preaching is just the gospel being strained through the personality of the presenter.  So, if you can’t make your sermons more interesting and compelling, maybe you should find something else to do.  Let’s make it more exciting for people.

Or how about the 350 pounder religious zealot who preaches that smoking is wrong.  I think there is something wrong about that picture.

Now you have the person who is the biggest gossip in the church who condemns anyone who drinks a glass of alcohol.  I think Jesus said something about removing the 2X4 out of your own eye before you try to remove the splinter out of the other persons’ eye.

Let’s do a better job folks.

That’s what I think about it.

Making An Impact; Financially

moneyChristians need to be making an impact in our country in five areas; physically, mentally, socially, spiritually and financially.

One of the biggest complaints I hear out of businesses is that some Christians are lousy businessmen and women and are always late paying their bills.  Maybe this is why we all want to believe in prosperity so much.

Maybe it’s because Christians play the lottery more than they tithe and trust God.

Nevertheless, if we’re going to make an impact on our culture and society, we’ve got to be more determined and resolute to become financial experts and examples.

Who is the wealthiest Christian you know.  You’ve heard of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, but exactly who is the Christian that we can point to that understands money?  Hard to answer isn’t it.  I frankly don’t know the answer to that question.

We as believers ought to be striving to be the best at financial dealings, responsibility and ingenuity.  We can rely and trust the wisdom of God to give us the greatest and best direction anyone could and can get.

We need to be teaching our children and our grandchildren the same thing.

Money is the god of this world.  Money makes things happen and the same is true of ministry.  Money follows ministry as I heard someone say.

The world ought to be going to Christians to get financial advice.  The church ought to be the leader in the financial world.

Here’s something to think about.  If we all had the attitude of watching our financial testimony and doing the best one could possibly do, how do you think the world would be today if believers ran the financial markets?  I think different.

Let’s impact our community and country in the area of finances for the cause of Christ

That’s what I think about it.