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Body armour

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eph 6 talks about putting on the armour of God to protect us. There is a helmet, A sheild, foot wear, breastplate  and a sword.

To me their is an obvious void in body armour.....Do you have an idea....where? 

Yes , its your back...their is no protection on your back...and i personally belive their are 2 very good valid reasons why not.

1) Christians are supposed to be on the attack against the whiles of this world and satan. When you are charging ahead you only need frontal protection.....we are NOT to RETREAT.

2) While we are attacking our fellow Christians are SUPPOSED be following closely behind us. That would mean their sheilds held up would be protecting our backs.

Unfortunatly , we live in the real world where , our army is only as strong as our weakest link. If we are not training and equipping and rasing up WARRIORS, we end up with a term coined Friendly fire..In this case our fellow brothers following behind us , drop their sheilds and stab us in the backs with their swords....

What would happen in Monroe county if every church , across all denominations would Train, and equip their members for the spiritual battle ahead. ? WOW what an army we would have....

My prayer is that OAA be raising up some awesome green baret special forces tactial warriors.....

The Few ...the proud...the christians.... 

 

grace

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I went to the movies this weekend with my wife lynn and saw the small time small budget movie GRACE CARD

Now i realize a small church with zero film making experince made this movie in Memphis TN. It was full of hurt, rage , racism...in a minute this mans life changed radically and it began to unravel his life. 17 years he wandered in predjudice and hurt, and anger.

And 1 act of Grace by a black man who was first hand witness to his racism , still gave his kidney to this mans son. That act of Grace was a healing moment. That Grace changed everything.....

Coming in april i will preach on this movie....

april 3   Grace Awakening

April 10 Grace overflowing

April 17 Grace lessons

April 24 Grace in action  { easter Sunday come join us for a free breakfast}

 

HAlloween

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I am sitting in my office in the middle of a quandry. My wife and i have been debating over the last 24 hrs wethier  our church should be involved in the towns local "trick or treat" event this weekend.

So i googled Halloween and this was in part the response. Common Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, committing pranks, telling ghost stories or other frightening tales, and watching horror films.

In leviticus 20:6 it says not to even dabble with the occults , mediums spirits. I(God ) Will turn my face from those who do.

As i look and see what Halloween has become, i must ask..is this pleasing to GOD. I dont care what you call it, or even if you try to put a church spin on it and call it by any other name.

In our recovery program we deal with open doors in our lives that we open to possable satanic involvement.I am shocked at the people who have dabbled in such satanic things as : Ouija boards, Palm reading, tarrot cards, Astrology & Horoscopes, Hypnosis etc.....

How can we be Christians and do such things that dishonor our Saviour whom died to set me free from the bondages & chains that satan wants to wrap me up in...

 

running up the score

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part 2 of movin & Groovin was this past sunday. the main them was GOD called us to run up the score.

We are like a football team, God is the owner, Jesus is the head coach , and The Holy Spirit is the offensive & defensive co-ordinators . with the Bible as our playbook.  The Football is the message of Jesus Christs saving grace. The Quarterback is me, the preacher.

The Holy spirit sends in the play to the Quarterback , who takes the message and sends the ball to a runningback or widereciever( the members of the church) to move the message down the field.

Our team has many memebers, the evangelists who want the ball, and desire to move it down the field, the cheerleaders who keep the team pumped up, the water boy who brings in the water to keep the refreshed and hydrated.

When all the pieces come together and work like a well oiled machine , you end up with a team like the New England Patriots a few years back.... A DYNASTAY..a team that goes 16-0.  God has promised us the super bowl win.....but we must show up and play....

So ....are you on the team?        Do you want the ball?    or are you in the stands mocking the coach, mocking the refferre, mocking the quaterback?

 

MOVIN & GROOVIN

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sUNDAY I STARTED A NEW SERIES CALLED MOVIN & GROOVIN. THE MAIN PARTS OF THE FIRST SERMON WAS THAT WE ALL AT SOME POINT SLIDE OFF THE ROAD , GET INTO A GROOVE AND END UP IN A RUT.

iT COULD BE A GROOVE OF A MARRIAGE, A RUT WITH CHURCH, A RUT OF FINANCES, A GROOVE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS...... BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS ..WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES IN A RUT WHAT DO WE DO?

wE HAVE TO LOOK TO JESUS FOR THAT ANSWER. HE WAS COMFORTABLE AND PEACEFUL IN HEAVEN. ANGELS ALL AROUND HIM AND GOD SINGING AND PRAISING AND HAVING A WONDERFUL FELLOWSHIP TIME.  BUT HE SAW THAT WE HIS CREATION WAS IN A RUT AND SO JESUS HAD TO MOVE FROM COMFORTABLE TO UNCOMFORTABLE TO RESCUE US FROM OUR RUTS.  HE HAD TO MOVE.....HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING

JESUS CAME TO EARTH, WAS RIDICULED AND PICKED ON BY HIS OWN PEOPLE, THE CHURCH ATTACKED HIM,MOCKED HIM AND TRIED TO DISCREDIT WHO HE WAS AND WHAT HE WAS ALL ABOUT. BUT HE STILL MOVED AND DID HIS FATHERS WILL.

WHEN WE GET INTO A RUT,THE ANSWER IS EASY. MOVE CLOSER TO JESUS.  LIFT OUR HANDS UP IN DESPAIR AND SAY HELP ME JESUS, COME TO MY RESCUE......BEGIN TO WALK CLOSER TO HIM...BEGIN TO DO AS HE ASKS.....STOP LIVING A LIE AND FULLY SUBMIT TO CHRISTS CARE AND CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE, IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.

 


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