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The Book of Revelation is a “foretelling” of events soon to come on the whole earth, but before that series of events was foretold to the Apostle John, Jesus had several messages He communicated to the churches and the church overall.
This is what these next few podcasts will be focused on because they are still the messages Jesus wants to communicate to His church. His body. His beloved.
Do you think most people even know and realize they are doing this?
Muslims all over the world are doing it, but so are many so-called believers in God.
This is NOT the time that you want to be in the “many” category…
Do you really understand what it means to be a Christian? Maybe not…
American Christians are offended quickly, often and so easily. Is it because our “trials” are few and limited compared to the constant threat on the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ, in most of the rest of the world?
Jesus said, Unless a man be “born again,” he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The Muslim religion is not going to “light,” EVER. They are NOT born again and do NOT hold Jesus as Messiah. And for this reason, many people following this “religion” have a deceitful spirit moving them.
After undergoing numerous surgeries in Israel, Pastor Umar Mulinde is improving and is very optimistic. He recently shared with VOM that his skin grafts are normalizing and becoming softer.
He is also thankful that after some struggles, his children have greatly improved in their studies. He hopes to return to them soon in Uganda.
Pastor Mulinde was attacked in 2011 just after completing a week-long revival at his church. He was on his way to a Christmas Eve party with his congregation and new believers when a man called out to him.
As Pastor Mulinde turned, a man poured acid onto his face while others poured more on his back. The attackers ran away shouting, “Allahu Akbar [God is greater].”
The acid burned about 30 percent of his face and blinded him in one eye. Pastor Mulinde requests prayer for another surgery scheduled for Feb. 3 to re-open his ear and revisit scars around his lips and nostrils.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why would any human being hate a “faith” and love walk like those who love Jesus Christ?” It’s really simple to see, but never easy to accept…
Jesus said, “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.”
Hebrews 10:36 says: For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and [carry away] [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
Patience is a difficult task for most people and it’s not much different for a growing believer in Jesus Christ. We have a hard time disassociating the “fast food” mindset we know, from our Christian walk and obedience to God.
With think “fast” is good, but God thinks “patience” is good. Jesus taught the crowd one day this parable…
Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the traveled path and was trodden underfoot, and the birds of the air ate it up.
6 And some [seed] fell on the rock, and as soon as it sprouted, it withered away because it had no moisture.
7 And other [seed] fell in the midst of the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it [off].
8 And some seed fell into good soil, and grew up and yielded a crop a hundred times [as great]. As He said these things, He called out, He who has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him consider and understand by hearing!
9 And when His disciples asked Him the meaning of this parable,
10 He said to them, To you it has been given to [come progressively to] know (to recognize and understand more strongly and clearly) the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that, [though] looking, they may not see; and hearing, they may not comprehend. (And if we are His disciples today, we must receive the same instruction from Our Lord.)
11 Now the meaning of the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.
12 Those along the traveled road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe (acknowledge Me as their Savior and devote themselves to Me) and be saved [here and hereafter].
13 And those upon the rock [are the people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and welcome it with joy; but these have no root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof).
14 And as for what fell among the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen (come to maturity and perfection).
15 But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience. (The requirement here is that when they hear the Word, they do it! And because they do, they steadily bring forth fruit!)
16 No one after he has lighted a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a [dining table] couch; but he puts it on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.
17 For there is nothing hidden that shall not be disclosed, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come out into the open.
18 Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away. (Knowledge here is the “revelation” of God’s Word from the Holy Spirit living in you and your sincere desire to understand and FOLLOW what He reveals. The good soil is a worthy heart.
The person that is only “thinking, guessing and supposing he is doing the formula, will have that understanding taken away from him. Because he does NOT have spiritual knowledge, only a form of godliness, like Paul wrote to Timothy.
When you’re choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares or riches and pleasures of life, your fruit can’t come to maturity.
But you say, I’m very sincere about wanting to grow and know the Lord’s will for my life…
Sincere is NOT the same as “submitted” to His Lordship through “OBEDIENCE.” Then you’ll produce fruit as you abide in Him. You will steadily produce more fruit.
If you were able to be honest with yourself, you know there are probably areas in your life that you may still be holding onto. If Jesus doesn’t have your WHOLE heart, He’s not being allowed to be Lord of your heart. Jesus said, If you love Me, you will obey Me.”
John 14:21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.
[Luke 8:5-18 Courtesy of Amplified Version BibleGateway.com]
Can we do it? In a world full of fast rat race mentality? Jesus said you must, in order to be able to “bear fruit” that will bless you and Him.
So many Christians fall way short of the life Jesus intended for them.
In this podcast, you’ll discover what He meant when He said, I came that you might have life and that kind of life… MORE abundant!”
Job, the man that lost it all and got it all. This is one of the most misunderstood books in the entire Bible.
Hopefully for you, not anymore after you hear this…
I guess it’s not considered by most Pastors or teachers to be the most “monumental” topic, but I thought it was worthy of talking about.
First impressions are what people go by, but God makes His determination by a completely different way.
I covered this topic in a past podcast, but it looks like once is NOT enough. There are still too many beleievers who are stymied about who they are.
Are they a sinner saved by grace or are you who God says you are? Can you be a sinner and a saint?
Can a dog be a cat too?
It’s ALL God’s Word speaking through men who recorded everything God wants us all to know. The Holy Spirit has been involved with mankind throughout history.
God has two favored groups. Yes, the Bible says, God is no respecter of persons, but it does not say He is not partial to His people.
The Jewish people and the Church both have a different “covenant” with God. Both have the favor of God and both share “promises” God has made to them.
In this podcast, I hope if you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, that you learn the lesson from the Israelite’s mistakes.
In this podcast, I go over once again the key to being a strong victorious, successful and joyful believer in Jesus Christ.
It’s probably nothing you haven’t heard a million times before… so, listen to it once more and see if it takes this time.
I find that “disappointment, despair, distress and discouragement” are widespread in the world and in the church today…
How do we overcome and make it “go away?”
Where did it go? Another year closer to the return of Jesus Christ to take His Church.
Another year closer for someones salvation, deliverance and eternal destiny with Jesus!
And a new year filled with much uncertainty for a world without hope…
But what about you as a believer? Are you deceived again too? Not like the world, but like one that hears only…
But why are so many believers struggling with life, relationships and the trials that face them?
The answer is all in their mind…
- Are you a Christian?
- Do you bathe everyday?
- How long have you gone without a bath?
- Do you STINK?
Yeah, I know these are pretty personal questions… Listen to the podcast and you’ll see why I ask you these…
The Way Of Victory-The Way Of Power. It’s what Jesus brought to the world. To the Jew first and then to the Gentiles.
It’s much more than our new birth… it’s where we abide in our new relationship. It’s not automatic. It’s very necessary for all Christians though.
Sometimes the simplest things are right under our noses, but until the Holy Spirit opens them to us, we just continue to “roll like usual.”
I’ve discovered the purpose of Christians… (no, not individually for “work, calling” etc…), but what Jesus called us as believers to be.
Sounds simple right? You might be surprised.
Too many Christians have lived way below the spiritual “poverty line” and will be very disappointed when they realize what they should have had in Christ Jesus, while they sojourned through this life as a human being.
This world is NOT our home. We belong to Jesus Christ. We were bought with a price. We are not our own. But these are not the best part of it all… THIS IS!