Teach the Truth

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Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy. ~ 1Timothy 6:3-5

Paul is instructing Timothy to teach hard and strong…. know the TRUE gospel and teach it and it alone. He realizes that there are many and will be many that teach a false doctrine. Anything taught other than the truth is dangerous and can lead people to death. They lack understanding and are ALWAYS ready to argue that they are right, using words and scripture that makes it appear truth…. they are arrogant and stubborn. Have you ever met anyone like this when it comes to “doctrine”? The entire world is wrong and you are an idiot if you don’t believe them. We have all seen it.

Paul says that the truth leads to a Godly life not a life of anger, jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions! There is only one way to know what is the true gospel and what is not. KNOW and LOVE God, know the voice of the Lord, know the Holy Spirit and KNOW YOUR WORD…. not by what someone teaches you but from the WORD.

He says that “a show of godliness is only a way to get rich” Some people get very rich in the name of the Lord…. think about it.

Now go out and have an EPIC day

Man is this the TRUTH —

03-09 Hidden Sin

24 Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. 25 In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light. ~ 1Timothy 5:24-25

The truth is there is NOTHING hidden from God… HE sees and HE knows all. So, if this is true how can a man or a woman who are believers have hidden sin? It is pretty easy to hide things from people (even though things ALWAYS come out and are revealed eventually) but hiding from God or thinking you hide it from God…. this makes very little sense. Yes it is done all the time and has been done since the beginning of time.

Watching the news unfold these last few weeks has been heartbreaking, Bill Cosby, Jarred the subway guy, and Dugger exposed from the Ashley Madison website and this site is just starting to unfold. It says that there were over 39 MILLION members on this site. ON this site alone 39 million people with hidden sin. I assure you there are top government officials, millions of Christian men and women, pastor’s and church leaders that will be exposed. It is MADNESS.

And the Word of God says that NOTHING is hidden from God!!! EVERYTHING will be revealed in time, even if it’s at the judgment seat. So what if you got away with it and fooled your family, friends and church you still have to stand before the one who knows.

Here is the problem….. there is a FLAW in your relationship with GOD — the devil wants to “trap” you and me and he does it very well…. from childhood. LIFE IS NO GAME …. it’s real and the end of LIFE is real. Our lives on this earth is only a moment in comparison to eternity. Learn to “rest in Him” daily, hourly ,, minute by minute. A place where it’s impossible to have any secrets. The holy Spirit will always call you out.

My motto daily is this: “I cannot be trusted with my life… I need you today”

IF you are caught up in secret sins… there is a way out… it’s not easy, it’s hard and it’s painful… but the reward is a life of freedom here on this earth and a life in eternity with the one who created you!!!

Now go out and have an EPIC life!!

Love covers a Multitude of Sins — What?

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The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.~ 1Timothy 4:7-8

What does it mean for “love to cover a multitude of sins”? Does it mean one of the following?

  1. Love prevents you from seeing or noticing sins at all?
  2. Love allows you to see sins, but you overlook/ignore them?
  3. Love allows you to see sins, but you forgive them?
  4. Something else?

Love certainly does not mean ignoring sins or not noticing them at all. It is unloving for us to notice a fellow Christian living in sin and not help them. And when they sin against us, we are not to act like nothing happened in all cases, but we are to confront them Biblically when appropriate.

R.C. Sproul Jr. wrote an excellent article on the subject here. In summary, he said:

When we are wronged our calling is to practice a careful moral calculus. Is this offense one I should let go of? Is it among the multitude that love covers? Or is this offense grievous enough that love means confronting in grace my brother? Sadly what we usually do is think we are practicing the former while actually holding grudges and putting miracle-grow on roots of bitterness. Peace in the church calls us to under-accuse, over-repent and over-forgive. Let us not be afraid to call sin sin, but let us not be slow to forgive it and to look past it.

There are cases where we are to overlook. If they were inconsiderate and bothered us, in many cases it is better to simply overlook and move on. But if the sin is greater, then we should confront them using the model presented in Matthew 18:15-19. In all cases, we should have an attitude of forgiveness towards them, willing to forgive the wrong when they ask for forgiveness.

So you want to be a pastor/elder?

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This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder,[a] he desires an honorable position.” So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.[b] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker[c] or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?

An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.[d] Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. ~ 1Timothy 3:1-7

I cannot tell you the importance of this scripture. It is not in here just to sound good but to help the body of Christ be all it should be. I can tell you story after story of men and woman who have had hidden issues in their lives, hoping to conquer it after entering into full time ministry and they end up falling into the devil’s trap. And as for me I was the worst of them all.

Is it possible to live without any of these issues in our lives? YES and a million times I say YES again. I used to sit on a board that over saw all the pastor’s in our district, and reviewed and interviewed EVERY single new pastor coming into ministry. I can tell you that every single pastor that has fallen is due to one of these issues in their life that they kept hidden, it even goes as far to say “manage your family” and that the people of your community must speak well of you. WHY?

Being a pastor/elder is a great honor and a great responsibility as you are charged with the responsibility of hundreds of people…. when a pastor falls if affects all those in your care, their families, neighbors, friends, and scores of more we do not even know about. The devil knows this and his job/goal is to KILL and DESTROY you and everyone connected to you.

The only way to live in this life is being CLEAN before God and before MAN — nothing is hidden from him even though we may hide it from the world. Sooner or later it will be exposed!! Rest in Him — Live in Him – WE MUST LIVE IN THIS VERSE DAILY —

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. ~Hebrews 4:12

The body of Crist (the church) need men and women who are real, clean and can lead others in the same place. RESTING IN THE LORD!!

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

President Obama!!!!!!!

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I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For,

There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. ~ 1Timothy 2:1-5

I put “President Obama”  as the title of this because I knew it would grab the attention of so many, just waiting to read about what a horrible President he is. When he was elected 6 years ago for the first time people jumped on the band wagon about him talking about everything that they knew nothing about, just what they read in the media that has it’s own agenda be if it’s the left or the right point of view. I made the choice to pray for him……and not talk smack about him. Do I agree or even LIKE the decisions and choices he makes??? I do not agree and on some issue I disagree 100% – but he is a man and he is our president, our leader and the Bible says for me and you to pray for our leaders!!

I hate to break it to you but the word says nothing about praying for them to change their minds on the issues you don’t like but to pray for their salvation, for them to believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior….There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone!!!

Try it….it changes the way you feel about a person/leader if you pray for them. You DO NOT have to agree with them but you are CALLED OUT to pray for them. I get so sick of “Christians” who post “HATE” about our leaders. HE is not Satan he is a man with a heart, a spirit and a soul. This is not a perfect world and it never will be.

Now take it to another level — what about world leaders? Same thing applies. So, the question is can we pray for ISIS leaders and still kill them to take them out? Would LOVE to hear opinions and WHY? Support your thoughts. (you can post them on my FB page under this post)

Now go out and have an EPIC day today.

He calls out Moments

Dramatic religious photo illustration of Good Friday and Easter Sunday Morning reflecting a prayerful moment of silence with a silhoutted person bowing his head, a warm sunrise rises over a foggy lake, and three crosses on a hill reflected in the water as well.

Last night I had a dream, in this dream I was in a building with hundreds of people, I was on the stage and leading them in some way… I am not sure exactly what was taking place but I directed everyone’s attention to the big screen and I told them to wait for the message. I didn’t know what was coming so we all sat staring at the screen…..it seemed like an eternity in total silence and then it appeared, it came through like a “tweet” and it read like this:

God @God  “He calls out moments”

And the place erupted with yells, shouting, dancing, singing, excitement and praise …. it went on and on for a very long time. It was like a brand new revelation and fresh word from God, and the feeling in the building was like fresh rain falling on a parched dry land. Soon the sounds of excitement turned to weeping, I mean deep weeping….and I woke up.

I could not shake that dream and I tossed and turned rest of the night — you know one of those dreams that you know is from Him. Rest of the night and into the morning I spent trying to figure out exactly what that means to me, to the body of Christ or even if it really was from Him or was it just one of those crazy dreams? About 5:00 am I felt the Holy Spirit say “ask me” and I had to laugh a little … I think I laughed out loud laying in bed as Diane slept. So I prayed and asked……

I know this is for me, but I feel like it’s for ALL OF US. We are always looking for “what do you want me to do?” or “What is your plan for my life?” You know we want God to show us our future, speak it clear as day as to what he wants from us for the next 50 years….I believe he has called us all to GREATNESS and mighty things. But He calls out ONE MOMENT at a TiME for all of us!!

In the Bible he called out many men and women that have done amazing things but it was always one moment at a time and as they followed him there life became His fully. For me, man I am not a young man any longer, I’m always telling God how He has called me, what is your plan? I want to do this and I want to do that……My time is short God what is YOUR plan? I envision myself doing great things and going out of this life with a bang…..when are you going to bust a move God?

I told Him 3 years ago I am willing to do whatever you ask and if you ask me to never preach again I am willing…. I meant what I said……I am willing. God is showing me that He calls out movements in my life and they are very important moments…. grab hold of them and be all that He has called me to be. These moments could look so many different ways…. as small as smiling at someone, it could be preaching a sermon, visiting someone, praying, giving, being a servant…. this is the LIEFSTYEL of a believer but within this life there are moments that are life changing, kingdom building, transforming moments.

I will keep searching out the answer to this dream… but at 7:30 am I feel like I’ve got a pretty good insight on why he gave it to me. I am humbled and thankful. And I do believe that this is for ALL OF US!!

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

I am the Worst of Them All — 1Timothy

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15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.  ~ 1Timothy 1:15-16

I LOVE this!!! Paul says that EVERYONE should say this. Is one sinner worse than another sinner? Is your sin worse than mine or mine worse than yours? NO!!! SIN IS SIN. There is such great power in our testimonies, the difficult part is for us to realize just how dirty we are! There are so many that go into a church or event and the message is “be a better you, be happier, be richer, secure your eternity” you know make this part of your life, your goals, etc…. then raise your hand to receive Jesus and BAM you are now secure for eternity. They walk away with no repentance, no understanding that EVEN the BEST of us is filthy dirty before God.

Can God use this type of Christianity? Of course He can and He can lead someone to repentance… but it’s very difficult if you don’t think you are the worst of all sinners. The Bible says “we are filthy rags before a holy God” —

A Christian life is about humility, repentance, being a servant to your spouse, children, church and community, it’s about being a new creation, a new heart. Take what the writer says here and walk in that. Your humility and life will draw people into the world of Jesus as King of Kings. A very good word today indeed!!!!

Now go out and have an EPIC day today.