I Choose To Live In Peace

Dear Friends,
We have finally kicked off the fall season of ministry…. Yes, I know that technically its still summer, but I run my fall season as Sept. thru Nov…..

As we head out for a busy time on the road I want to leave you with some powerful thoughts on Peace….

First of all, as believers we need to realize that God is not mad at us.. In Romans 5:1 it says this ““Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
We have Peace with God and need to learn to walk in the Peace of God….

When you need peace, God promises to provide a peace that passes understanding. The best thing you can do when you are filled with anxiety and worry is to find a quiet place to pray, read Scripture, and listen to encouraging worship music. God wants you to have a life lived to the fullest and that includes being at peace!

Also, Its time to distance yourself from those who do not value the anointing of God on your life…. You still love them, Pray for them, help them when and if God gives the open door and you can, but walk consistently with those who build you up in your faith and calling…. Live as much a drama free life as you can in the presence of Jesus… Jesus is so beautiful… He Loves and values you……….

Here are just a few helpful verses on Peace:

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 5:9 – Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Romans 12:18 – If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Matthew 10:34-36 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (Read More…)

1 Peter 3:11 – Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Hebrews 12:14 – Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Psalms 4:8 – I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 12:20 – Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.

Isaiah 12:2 – Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.

1 Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Make the quality decision today: I Choose To Live in Peace…. You don’t have to be mad and offended to choose to walk with those who appreciate what God is doing in your life and distance yourself from those who create drama and do not really believe in the vision God gave you… Just obey the Word… Pay them little attention except to pray for them. LIVE IN PEACE… Only you can make that choice for your life…

Because this life is all about JESUS you are free to live to please only JESUS and let others do, say, and think what they so desire.. God will send you people who care and who build you up..
No circumstance can steal Gods Peace in you either.. That can be very hard at times but God will give us His precious Grace that leads to His Peace…..

As for Me, I choose to Live in Peace… I choose to allow the circumstances of my life to be used by God for HIS Glory.. I choose to spend my time with the Lord and with those who value what He is doing in my life and ministry… I choose to decrease while Jesus increases in me.. I choose to Glorify God by living a joyful and peaceful, happy life…..
Philippians 4:7 refers to “the peace of God which transcends all understanding.” Most of Paul’s letters began with the words “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace is a state of tranquility or quietness of spirit that transcends circumstances. The term peace is described in Scripture as a gift from God and congruent with His character (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Galatians 6:16; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 13:20).

If God is peace, then to know God is to bask in His peace. The closer we draw to Him, the more of His peace we can enjoy (James 4:8). God gives us clear instructions about how to draw near to Him. Psalm 24:3–4 says, “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” But Scripture is also clear that we cannot make ourselves clean enough or pure enough to earn the presence of the Lord (Romans 3:10, 23). So how do we draw near enough to experience His peace? Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). We come into the presence of the Lord through His Son (John 14:6). When we allow Jesus’ death and resurrection to purchase our forgiveness from God, we are counted as righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our sins are forgiven because Jesus already paid the price for them. Only then can we have peace with God (Romans 4:5; 5:1; 1 John 4:10).

When we develop a lifestyle of making the Lord our refuge, we begin to live in the peace of God (Psalm 46:1; 62:8). Psalm 91:1 holds the secret to living in the peace of God: “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” That secret place in our hearts is where we go to meet with God. When we choose to live there and hide away under His shadow, staying in constant communion with Him, we can remain peaceful, even when circumstances may not be. When we learn to cry out to Him in times of trouble, we find that His peace really does pass all human understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Angie and I love you… see you soon……. ( some attribution to Got Questions)

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6 Signs That Your Friends May Be Green With Envy

God has been showing me for a while now why certain people ignore certain posts and things that portray the accomplishments God is giving us in ministry…. Well, here are six indications of that nasty character trait that we call jealousy: (Will Post Verses at the end)
Lack of encouragement
We’ve all had those moments where you’re extremely excited to announce something new, only for you to tell your friend and their response is “Oh okay.” Not even a “That sounds great” or “Good job” from your so-called best friend. Lack of encouragement or lack of support is a sign that your friend is jealous of you. Sometimes a friend’s lack of support is so obvious that it would even make a sarcastic “Good for you” comment seem good.
Copying you or trying to upstage you
There is nothing more annoying then buying a brand new pair of designer jeans, only to discover your friend has bought the exact same pair the next day. Sometimes they’ll even take it to the next level by getting something more expensive than yours. Are they just an admirer of your style or is the green-eyed monster rearing its ugly head? Sounds like the latter…
Tears you down and sometimes pessimistic
There is nothing worse than a friend who constantly tears you down or criticizes you about everything. You come up with a new idea, and they give you every excuse in the book about why you shouldn’t be doing that. Sometimes they will even attack your character by maybe calling you a bad parent or telling you that you’re selfish. Or they say you are filled with pride for wanting to do something for God… They try to make you look bad by saying you should not need a pat on the back.. And….. when they don’t get their pat on the back, they cry… These are just a few examples, but you get the point…
Craves attention from your peers
Ever experience a friend adding a lot of your friends on Facebook to their own list? This comes after only saying hi to your friend once if they’ve even said anything at all… sounds like someone is jealous of your popularity and wants your friends for themselves.
Disappearing or shying away
Have you ever experienced trying to make plans with a friend and suddenly they’re always too busy or don’t even call you back altogether. All of a sudden they never want to hang out anymore. Sometimes when people are jealous, they would rather stay away then face the fact that they feel bad about themselves in your presence. They are not there on the big events…
Doesn’t give you credit or creates excuses for your success
This type of jealousy usually occurs when you tell your friend about something and for everything thing you say, they always have a “Me too.” Sometimes they’ll even say something like “That’s so easy to get.” By diminishing what you’ve done, or drawing attention to an equal experience of their own, they will succeed in making sure they feel better about themselves. Once again, jealousy at it’s finest moment. We have even had some to say that they have been with us every step of the way as if they were the ones who created our success and they were really only around and involved in part of what we do…
(Attribution)Thanks to Esi Mensah for contribution

“For I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”
Acts 8:17 (NLT)
“Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.”
Romans 13:13 (ESV)
“For while there is jealousy and strife among you,
are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
1 Corinthians 3:3 (ESV)
“…idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes,
dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you,
that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:20-21 (NASB)

“Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.”
Job 5:2 (NLT)
“For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare
when he takes revenge.”
Proverbs 6:34 (ESV)
“Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”
Proverbs 27:4 (ESV)
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.”
Song of Solomon 8:6 (NLT)
“For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’.”
Mark 7:21-23 (NIV)
“These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph,
and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him.”
Acts 7:9 (NLT)
There will be MANY more posts coming as we expose this evil demon in the church and in ministries..

Galatians 5:26 – Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

1 Peter 2:1 – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

Proverbs 24:1 – Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Here is the real reason why they start and stop things and NO spiritual fruit in anything……
James 3:16 – For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.

1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

As I Said, there will be much more coming later… The Lord has told us to expose this and to stand against it firmly as we pursue unity in the Last Days Church of Jesus Christ……

The Psychological Way or The Way Of The Cross ?

Which will you choose. You cannot have both. They are tremendously opposed to each other. You will have to choose which worldview you will hold to.

In this blog, I am not going to attempt to give you the history of modern day psychology. I am simply going to highlight some of the contrasts between these two divergent paths; The psychological way vs The Way Of The Cross. Modern day psychotherapy has its roots in atheism, evolution, and humanism. Sadly, most denominations in modern Christianity have opted for the psychological way and have cast aside the way of the Cross.

The Bible holds ALL the answers of human behavior 2Peter 1:3
Psychology also claims to hold all the answers of human behavior.
The Bible tells us that man is an eternal soul St John 3:16
Psychology has as its foundation, evolution.
The Bible says that man is a sinner Romans 3:23
Psychology says that man is a victim.

The Bible says that the problem of man is an evil heart (Jer. 17:9) and that man is inherently evil.
Psychology says that the problem is man’s environment and man is inherently good.
The Message of the Cross treats the very depths; the very core of man’s problem, the heart. (Ez. 36:26-27, Eph 3:17, etc….)
Psychology treats only mans symptoms.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the answer (St. Matt. 11: 28-30)
Psychology says that therapy and “professional help” is the answer. Most psychology “professionals” will denigrate Faith and say that the minister of the Gospel is not qualified to help humanity.

The Bible tells us to deny self and crucify the flesh ( Matt. 16:24, Gal. 5:24).
Psychology says we should love “self” and pamper “flesh”.
The Bible directs us to the Cross, which assures us the help of the Holy Spirit.
Psychology directs us to the flesh.
The Bible directs us to Faith in God (Mark 11:22).
Psychology directs us to self effort.
Self cannot improve upon self. Remember that.

The Word of God, The Bible, Leads us into repentance (Acts 26:20) and restoration (Gal 6:1).
Psychology offers only remorse and referral.
The Bible IS TRUTH….
Psychology is mere, mortal, flawed mans opinions.
The Bible says that God’s truth is unchangeable (Psalm 119:89).
Psychology says that truth is determined by the majority and by culture.

There are many, many more contrasts that I could list for you but the bottom line is this; One simply cannot believe in the Bible and the message of the Cross; at least not as one ought, and also believe in psychology. It can’t be done.
If you as a believer put your trust in anything other than Christ and Him Crucified, no matter how well intentioned, you are committing spiritual adultery. Rom 7.

Psychology puts man as the center of all things. Our Faith, from the Bible, puts Christ as the center and the ONLY answer for man. The two cannot be joined. Preachers of the Gospel who attempt to join the two will help no one. The only true help that is available is found in the word of God which is The Message Of The Cross….

Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing

The message of the Bible is the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

It seems however, that much of the modern church little recognizes this all important truth.
Todays seeker sensitive pulpiteer looks much more like an Amway salesman or motivational guru than any of the prophets of old. On any given Sunday, one can hear a most excellent little talk on ” How to improve thyself” but precious little Gospel truth about the real need of mankind, which simply stated is that our sins have separated us from our God and the only remedy is for each of us to be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor 1:17-18
For Christ sent me not to baptize,but to preach the Gospel; not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the Preaching of the Cross is to them who perish foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

We as preachers are not called to give self help talks. We are called to declare the fact that men are sinners and God loves them and has provided a way for all to be saved, at least all who come God’s way. And that way is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. To preach anything else is to violate the sacred trust of the call.

So, preacher friend of mine, let us join together in calling America and the World back to the Cross of Christ.
Let us plead with men and women, boys and girls, to repent of their sins and run into the open arms of the savior today.

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working on a new series about “How David treated Saul as opposed to How Absalom Moved against David.”

The Absalom spirit always tries to draw the hearts of the people from established (by God) leadership by saying “If I were judging over the people, I would do better”. This is so sadly evident in churches today.

Working on a new message called “How Well Do You Take Correction?”. One of the hardest things for a pastor to deal with is when people do not listen to Godly counsel from the word of God. Many who claim to be teachable show differently when you challenge a direction they are going or a claim they make. This will be a controversial message.

one of the qualifications for the minister in 1 Timothy 3 is to be ‘vigilant’. Vigilant in the Greek is ‘nephalion’ and means “to be calm, dispassionate, and circumspect.” “Wise caution” may be included. This tells us that the call on ones life will prevent them from crying, whining, complaining, and getting upset every time someone opposes them. Look to Christ Crucified…….

Pastors, beware of people who come in and right away can see “better ways” that you could run things.. If God has given you a vision; run it strong. Do not cowtow.

The church needs no more superficial “10 step guides” that skims above the surface of thought and satisfaction and victory….. The deep things of God is the message of the Cross and that will promote real change in your life.

I have no interest in a watered down Gospel or a seeker-driven pragmatism of the modern church growth movement……… Just give me the Word, The Blood, and the power of the Holy Spirit… Give me the message of the Cross….. Just give me JESUS………………………….

when I was first saved (1981) some of the qualities the Holy Spirit gave birth to were: 1-When you say something; mean it.. 2- when you commit to something; follow through and 3- if you give your word; keep it… Folks, all these years later, the Holy Spirit has not changed… . these are qualities from the word…

The main message of the church is not to be ‘ We’re a nice, pretty place; you’ll like us.’ Rather the message should be ‘ This is a Holy place where sin is despised and if you will embrace Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, you will have victory over sin.’

The day will probably start out like any other; business as usual on planet earth. But then, as jagged forks of lightning rip through the eastern sky; a trumpet will sound in the heavens and we will be translated in the twinkling of an eye. Meeting Jesus in the air… Its gonna happen; ready or not……

Only The Blood

Sinners were crying, lost on their way.
Souls were dying, trying to find escape.
The price of redemption was blood sacrifice.
So on Calvary’s altar, Jesus died.

And only the Blood, only the Blood
Can save the sinner’s soul and set him free.
No other power can bring hope to man.
Only the Blood, the Blood of the Lamb.

I deserve judgment for the crime of sin.
God gave His son and judgment began.
A hammer and three nails
Beat out mercies sound.
So I could go free as the blood flowed down

Only the blood, only the blood
Can save the sinner’s soul and set him free
No other power can bring hope to man
Only the Blood, the Blood of the Lamb.

No other power, can bring hope to man
Only the Blood, the Blood of the Lamb.

~~~ Del Way~~~~

Thank God for Salvation through the Blood Of Jesus.
The Only hope for a darkened and lost world..

a keen observation

I try to be a keen observer, though i often do fall quite short. After watching, listening, and learning: here is what i told a crowd the other night in service……. I would rather have a letter than a dollar bill… I would rather have a phone call than a bank account… The hamburger of a real friend than the steak dinner of a casual enemy… the embrace of an aquaintance overwhelmed with emotion than the indifferent “umm mh” of someone with you a long time… etc. etc. Lets Celebrate life instead of dreading the road ahead of us…. Genuine interest can go a long way in pointing the right direction to those along the way.