We Sent (insert name here)

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“…….we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker[a] in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through” ~ 1Thess 3:2-3a

God sends men and women into our lives to strengthen and encourage us in our faith!!! This is so important to realize and understand. Probably the number one person is your pastor, so the question is do you have a pastor? If you do not that means you are not part of a church. I know there are many reasons for this but MOST of them are your issues not the churches. Find a bible preaching, alive, deep worshipping church with a strong pastor that LOVES his/her flock.

Probably the most influential person God sends to you would be a mentor/friend/small group leader that walks through life with you. The good the bad and the ugly. If you believe they are sent by God then it is easy to be taught, encouraged and strengthened by them. God loves you and wants the very best for you. Jesus died for His church so be a part of a local body and GROW, be accountable, use your gifts. I LOVE THIS and as we get deeper into time here on earth the separation is greater and greater…..

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

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Worthy of Our Calling

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10 You yourselves are our witnesses—and so is God—that we were devout and honest and faultless toward all of you believers. 11 And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. 12 We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory. ~ 1Thess. 2:10-12

This letter was written by Paul, Silas and Timothy and here they are reminding them how they came to them, they worked hard, labored so they would not be a burden to any of them. They preached the gospel message to them, taught them, mentored them and help build the church. They say they treated them as a Father would treat his own children.

As a father I only want the very best for my children, I want them to have a good life but the most important thing for me is that they know Jesus, they have eternal life and that they teach their children the same thing. I want them to be men and women of integrity and love, I want them to love others, have strong marriages, I want their children to grow up educated and full of love. I want them to be healthy and have wisdom. Here they say “we pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to walk a life in a way that God would consider it worthy…..”

WHAT A GREAT WORD!!!! Do not be afraid to plead, encourage and urge your spouse, children and friends to walk a life worthy of our calling!!!!!!! We DO NOT have to accept and EXPECT our children to “test the waters” of drugs, sex and drink….. it’s going to be worth it.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today.

Does the Lord’s Message Ring Out From Your Life?

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6 So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.[d]

And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God. 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment. ~ 1Thessalonians 1

Not a whole lot I can say more about this. How does your life compare to the Thessalonian Believers? Do you realize how important your life is? You will reach people not by your words, but by your life!!

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

I pray that you are Strong in Body and Spirit

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 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. Some of the traveling teachers[b] recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth. ~ 3John 1:2-4

This is my prayer for the people in my life…. that you are healthy in body and strong in spirit. I get great JOY in this. But the more important message in this little one chapter book is to take care of those who bring the Gospel Message to others.

He goes on in this chapter talking about workers not taking a penny from unbelievers. I really never caught that before but what an IMPORTANT statement and important way to do ministry. Being an evangelist is not about MONEY… or even being supported. This is where many have gone wrong in ministry. IF the body of Christ was obedient to the teachings we have and took care of those traveling, those preaching and teaching the Word of God and those traveling and teaching was obedient to the teaching ministry would be much different and the world would NOT look at us as always trying to get their money!!!

Such a GREAT word that has impacted my life today.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!

YOU NEED THE CHURCH and the CHURCH NEEDS YOU!!!!

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How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.

I am writing to remind you, dear friends,[c] that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came[d] in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we[e] have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.

10 If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. 11 Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work. ~ 2John 1

This is from 2John — this book is just one chapter but is very powerful and full of truth. He is writing again to encourage those who have come to the faith to remain strong. He is warning that there will ALWAYS be people coming along, coming into our churches who will bring a false teaching. It may sound good and if you do not know the Word of God and you do not have relationship with God you will be deceived very easily and it clearly says that if you walk away you have NO relationship with the Father or the Son.

He says to LOVE one another and again here he is speaking to believers — WE NEED ONE ANOTHER to remain strong, to teach, protect, have my back and I have your back. Take care of one another, walk through life with one another. DO NOT try to be a lone ranger Christian it is way to easy to be led astray!!! And you might make the difference in someone else’s salvation. YOU NEED THE CHURCH and the CHURCH NEEDS YOU!!!!

Now go out and have an EPIC day today.

Do not allow anything……

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 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts ~ 1John 5:21

As he closes out 1John this is the very last verse in this book…. the entire book is about those who are children of God and those who are not…. those who are led astray and those who are not. Those who “think” they are saved and have eternal life and those who are saved and have eternal life. His point is trying to show us how easily we can be led down the wrong road and that road leads to death. And just how do we know, how do we remain strong and in Him? He sums it up right here!!!

21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

So with that said what fills your heart? Really think about this…..

Work? Money? Alcohol? Anger? UnForgiveness? Bitterness? Envy? Sex? Sports? Drugs? Entertainment? Your home? your family? Marriage? Cars? Motorcycle? The list could be endless….

Some of these are not bad things but we must be careful not to allow ANYTHING to take God’s place in your heart. God wants you to enjoy life…. I can tell you that you will enjoy life to the fullest when He is NUMBER ONE in your heart. It’s one thing to want to be His child and another to actually being His child.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today.

Spirit of God or Spirit of the Antichrist?

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Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet[a] acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception. ~  1John 3:1-5

There are a lot of “religions” in the world today. How do you know what is right and what is not? I have heard people say it doesn’t matter, God knows the heart, or as long as you are a good person, or do good things. I have heard people say I am confused and not sure. I have people come to me with some of the strangest and craziest “doctrines” or beliefs I have ever heard. Like they have discovered something NEW and nobody knows about.

What about all the different religions within so called “Christianity”? What about all the do’s and don’ts in different religions? It’s really over whelming when you think about it. You lose friends and family over it. So how do you know? Most are based on Scriptures!!

If a person claiming to be a prophet[a] acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist….

And not only that but ……

If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

It’s not rocket science , it is a deep relationship with the Father, the Holy Spirit lives within us and will ALWAYS reveal truth or deceptions. Remember Hebrews 4:12-13 — 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. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!