Christianity

girl IndiaRescue girls from the sex trade, prostitution, in India

This is Asia’s largest sex industry center estimated that over 1.2 million children are believed to be enslaved in prostitution in India.

One truly can not comprehend the depth of this issue from the comfort of your home in the US. Nor can you fulfill Jesus’ commands in Matt 25 with your check book. Everyone should Go spend 3 to 4 weeks in this dark place , look upon the faces of these girls, this is real, one of the greatest human tragedies today.

This experience will change you, change how you see the world and it will show you just how great the need for the Gospel is. It will Change your priorities in life, and what you think is really important. This is what Jesus has sent His followers to change, to take on the cause of the fatherless, the oppressed, the downtrodden. Until you visit a third world county, get out of the wall’s of the America Christian life you can not truly have a world vision of what needs to be done, the depth of suffering and needs in the world today.

This is where Jesus would be found if He where on earth today, in fact according to Matt 25, this is where He is right now, waiting for His people to come visit Him, rescue Him. Jesus said He came to set the captives free, and His followers should be doing just that, if they are truly following Him.

So take the time go to India rescue those in the chains of slavery, children being sold for their bodies. Spend a month putting yourself in harms way to save lives, maybe even staying tell the job is done, tell every child is freed.

Part 2 in my series

Visit The Underground Church in China

Why? To see and experience the biblical church model shown us in the book of Act’s. See the real deal, church like you have never have seen, encounter Christianity as close to the time of Christ you will find on earth.

It will change how you understand and define what church is and what happens when the body meets, taste the church you read about in Act’s and see that it can be done today, need to be done today.

And I do not mean the public government sanctioned church meetings, I mean the underground church, your life is at stake if you get caught church. The one people go to prison for being part of, the one you could be killed for pastoring or hosting one. Every Christian should go and spend 3 to 4 weeks in one , really getting a taste for the life, the church. The one that is changing the face of a nation, creating more true followers of Christ than any other place on earth.

This will give you a new compass for your life, for how to have church, everyone I know who has been, came back a different person, could not return to church the way it is done in America.

twoworlds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image really caught my attention, hit me when I saw it.

This came to mind:

I saw how I feel the church has become to the world, building super mega churches, mega complexes complete with Starbuck in the lobby and La-Z-Boy recliners to keep the attendees well entertained and comfortable. While in the shadows of there multi million dollar buildings people are living in poverty, many starving to death. When I think of all the suffering the churches could alleviate with the money they have!

The thing is the poor people I’m taking about, the ones in the shadows are the ones God said His people have the responsibly to take care of. That Jesus said in Matthew chapter 25 if you do not take care of them you will not enter the Kingdom of God people.

This must change!

business-cards-design-inspiration (206)What is the first thing that men ask each other when they meet? What do you do? A.K.A what is your job title? Even when men introduce themselves to other, write a Bio for something that proclaim their career, job title as to identify whom they are. Hi my name is Paul, I’m a architect. My name is John, I’m a investment banker.

But something most people miss when reading the bible that the Apostle Paul tells us in Acts 18:3 he was a tent maker by trade. But yet Paul never introduces himself as a tent maker, never had that on his business card, that is not who he saw himself as, it was just a way to pay the bills as they say. Paul always saw himself in light of his calling of God, never in the work he did to pay the bills. He introduced himself as “Paul a bondservant of Jesus Christ”, “an apostle”, “ambassador for Christ”, “a prisoner of Jesus”, “separated to the gospel of God” separated from what, the world. That is how, why he could introduced himself to others, it was the focus of his life.business-cards Paul How do you introduce yourself, as you job title, accountant, programmer, salesmen, manager, a bank loan specialist?

How do you introduce yourself to others, who you see yourself as dictates that. Determines the focus of what you live for, you purpose in life. So what is it, what is on your business card, who business are you about. Paul’s was Jesus’, the Kingdom of God, the gospel is whom he work for.

What if Christians truly become a new creation in Christ, bondservants, slaves to Christ, lived out the great commission as there career, vocation, life purpose. Understood like Paul and so many others that we are all missionaries. That the point of our life is the gospel and the proclaiming of it. Not to make money, live in big house’s, drive expensive cars and have iPhones. We do not go to work for the same reasons as the world does, Our Identity is not in our job title, our purpose here on this earth in not our secular careers, jobs we do to pay the bills. What if we took on our identity in Christ, our calling as who we are, and why we are. Introduce ours selves as Dennis, Missionary, Dennis a bondservents, Dennis slave to Christ. Dennis Salve of the Gospel, takes the air out of pride doesn’t? Does not leave room for loftiness, keeps you real, reminds you who’s incharge of your life, who you are really working for.dennismuse 4 cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on your business card? Who do you identify your self as?

bible-studying-pen-papgerI was asked why I do not like study bibles. (in reference to my post on finding a new bible read here )

1. When I read the bible I want God to speak to me though what I am reading. The comments in study bibles interfere with that.

2. I rely on the Holy Spirit to enlighten the word to me, not someone else’s interpretation of what it says.

3. I interpret the word of God with the word of God just as God taught me to do, that is, I read the entire bible, ever verse related to every verse, the concordance is my main study aid. Study bibles can make one lazy and just rely on the notes instead of reading every Word.

4. Study bible are like Cliff Notes, someone else’s summery filtered threw their interpretation, theology and beliefs. So study bible leave you at the mercy of whom wrote the notes, do you really want to trust your spiritual life, put your understanding of God and His word in the hand of someone else? I do not.

5. Study bibles make people lazy as to never engage in real bible study, read every word, study the history and languages of the bible. Not want to take the time to actual study, learn, know and discover for themselves what the word of God says.

The only study notes you find in my Bible are my notes that I have written in, what God said to me about that verse, or word study notes. Study bibles can have there place as a study aid for quick reference. But for me never as a primary source for study or to use as my daily bible I read and study.

mac-vs-pcPC vs. Mac, we all love the ad’s demonstrate the two systems against each other in the form of two different people. I was thinking how that applies to Christians and salvation. I see a collation between the two computers operating systems and our nature, we have a operating system so to speak, that like a computer determines our course of actions, and who we interact with the world around us.

The big difference between the Mac and a PC is the operating system. The Mac is more stable, and not as susceptible to viruses, Trojans and worms out there that the evil cyberspace has lurking about waiting to infect and destroy your computer. To where the PC is total vulnerable to them. And because 90% of the computer market is a PC, it is far more compatible as to working/communicating with everyone else out there. That is when you live in the old nature, operating system, you fit in, work better with the rest of the world, your all on the same system, way of operating.

We are born a PC, have a sinful, worldly operations system therefore was are susceptible to the viruses, Trojans and worms, that is Sins. Becouse they are all written by and for the old operating system, the do not fit, work with the New Operating system, God’s system.

We are told in Eph 4:22-24 to “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Rom 6:6 Could be rewritten to say: “knowing this, that our old man (operating system) is crucified (deleted) with Him (new operating system) in order that the body of sin (viruses) might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve (be infected with) sin (viruses, Trojans and worms).

So in essence when we get saved, filled with the Spirit and walk in the Spirit we get reformatted with a new operating system. And the new operating system is immune to the viruses (sins) out there just like a Mac, and we are no longer compatible with the ways (non Mac programs) of the world. We switch from being a PC to being a Mac, more stable, not susceptible to viruses and not compatible any longer with the ways of the world.

So the question is are you a PC or Mac, who’s operating system are you operating under, the devils (old nature) or God’s, the Holy Spirit, New nature, making you immune to the viruses, Trojans and worms out there. That is sins such as adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, covetousness, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and evil habits such as porn, drunkeness and idolatry.

hole in our gospelThe Hole In Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, the President of World Vision published by Thomas Nelson, is a compelling call to Christ-followers to know and understand the whole gospel, and our obligation to take it to the world. This book is amazing; it is one of best books I have read in a long time. In this book we learn of Richard’s personal story, his rise to not only CEO of World Vision but God’s working in him to know and embrace the whole Gospel. We learn of Richard’s ventures into the world, the world of poverty and need. As he states “Poverty, disease, and squalor had eyes and faces that stared back, I had to see and smell and touch the pain of the poor. We learn “The mission of God is now our mission, and the whole gospel is the good news”. That the Kingdom which Christ spoke of was one in which the poor, sick, grieving, cripples, slaves, widows, orphans, lepers and aliens – the lest of these, were to be lifted up.

This subject is one of my passions, world hunger and ending it, so this was preaching to the Choir for me, but helped fuel my passion for the need and for the church to get, know, embrace the whole gospel and do something with it. This book should be a must read for every Christian, in the pew of every church. A required reading for every pastor. Stearns tells a powerful and compelling story of how God transformed him from one who like most Christians believes the American dream is the gospel, Christianity lived out. To one who was changed by the whole gospel, humbled and broken, giving it all up for Christ and to take the gospel to the world.

holy bibleSet out on a quest this past weekend to get a new bible, mine is worn out, starting to fall apart, I usually have to replace mine about every 4 or 5 years. And I must say it has been a journey of frustration and disappointment looking for a new one for two reasons, the choice of verity of style and the quality of the bibles.

First, I will start with the quality, one only has to read the reviews on Amazon to see what I mean. Shabby quality, poor binding, poor paper and printing quality. I found this in every bible I looked at, for all most every publishers. I think one review summed it up well, bible are now being printed in China by the lowest bidder on each printing. Publishers take note, this is the bible, the word of God, not some cheap paperback romance here. Great care should be given to print the highest quality bible as possible.

Second, verity, selection and I am not speaking in terms of versions/translations here. I will only use two translations, the NKJV and the NAS Updated, for the last 20 years I have used NJKV bibles. I prefer word for word translations of the word of God so I use only those two. I am speaking of layout and features.

It seems that today Study bibles are dominating the market now, there are so many versions of them out there, it’s like if you want a bible now days you have to get a study bible. I do not like or want a study bible, why:

When I read the word of God I seek God to speak to me though it. So I stay away from study bibles becouse I do not want all the clutter and noise of someone’s personal opinion and theology in the way while I am reading the word. I’m actual one who studies the word of God and does not rely on someone to do it for me and give me the cliff notes on it, and trust they are right.

All I’m asking for is a nice verity of the bible, just the bible, the word of God, not a book full of someone opinions of what the word says

  • Great cross references
  • A nice concordance with more than 3 or 4 references per word
  • Full size bible with pages large enough to add a few lines of notes here and there, say like 7 x 10in
  • Font big enough you do not need the eyes of an eagle or magnifying glass to read, like a 9 font
  • Some nice maps, maybe helps like a list of the Harmony of the Gospel, the Parables, Major Payers, Prophecies of the Messiah fulfilled in Jesus, daily reading plan, est.
  • And 5 or 10 blank pages in the back for our own references & notes.

Just a high quality bible that contains the word of God (with out someone’s comments) with cross references, that is bigger than a box of cracker jacks is that to much to ask, I mean really.

What does it look like to live out the gospel, the would gospel. This is what it looks like in this story shared by Richared Stearns in his new book The Hole in our Gospel.

Richared met a pastor of a house church of 83 people while in Cambodia and he asked him his story, how did he come to Christ, and his story is summed up was.

His encounter with Christ began with Christians with World Vision who came to serve the poor, nursing the sick, educating the children and helping increase the food fro the hungry. So compelling was this service that it provoked questions in the mind of the curious man: Why are you here? Why are you helping us? The answer to these questions was the gospel, the good news. And they took me to a pastor who told me all about Jesus. He opened his bible and told me all about Jesus, explained salvation in Christ. And I committed my life to Jesus that day.

When asked, now what about the 83 people who worship with at your house church, how did they come to follow Jesus.

“I was so excited to learn about Jesus, that I had to share this good new with everyone I knew.

Wow there it is, the gospel in action, the great commission fulfilled.

A group of Christians taking the whole gospel va the great commission into the world. They saw Jesus was hungry so they gave Him food; that He was thirsty so they gave Him drink; that He was a stranger so they took Him in; that He was naked so they clothed Him; that He was sick so they visited Him.

Then giving an answer as to why they where doing it, Jesus. And as a result one person comes to faith in Christ, then he immediately goes and shares the gospel with other in the shadow of what the others where doing for them, they also come to faith and then he starts making disciples and a church is born and he is their pastor. That’s the gospel in action.

So let it be said of each Christians life, like Jesus said as you have seen, read, go and do like wise.