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True Freedom

ParrotWill Rogers once said, “So live that you would not be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”

That makes good sense to me, but it should, because the original teaching came long before Will Rogers was born. The Apostle Peter taught us that we should “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”
I guess the main difference that stands out in God’s Word is that we don’t need a parrot to reveal our secrets, but anytime we are accused, the world should see us behave honorably… And that brings glory and honor to God, not us. Motives matter.

So… Why are you trying so hard to appear good before others? The Bible teaches that there is no one Good, but God (Matthew 10:18), and why do you try to be righteous in your own power when God says that our very best is the same as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). The only thing we really need to do is fall totally in love with the ONE who gave His life for us… To join Him in the crucifixion of our own will, just as He did when He went to the cross. I love the way Paul put it in his letter to the Galatians, He said, “But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” (Galatians 2:17-21)

So, if it is FREEDOM that you want, then free yourself of the rules and regulations that bind you to your own achievements, and accomplishments, and trust Jesus to be your Righteousness and goodness. It’s not about whether you have ever said a prayer, it’s about whether you have ever truly, completely given your life to Him. Once you do, you can enjoy the peace, love, joy, and hope that He gives to those who follow Him. (Galatians 5:22) Will you surrender your all to Him today?


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Worship Who?

Worship StylesSome people choose to spend their time debating “styles” of worship, or discussing the “tools” we use in corporate worship (e.g. projectors vs hymn books, instruments vs acapella voices, liturgy vs spontaneous, etc.) But God isn’t interested in ANY of this. He only desires the honest, sincere “praises of His people” when we come together in HIS name. If we come together for any other reason (e.g. to sing our favorite songs, or hear a message that makes me feel good about ourselves, etc.), we are only worshiping our own selfish desires.

I love the way David said it in the Psalms…it starts out with him “waiting patiently” for God’s help…and then it is ALL about what GOD did! As David proclaims all that God has done, he worships HIM…and as a result, “many…will put their trust in the Lord.” What a GREAT way to share the TRUTH about our AWESOME GOD!


1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.    (40:1-3)

When we worship God sincerely…completely…in spirit and in truth…then HE is exalted and He draws all mankind unto Himself! This is true worship!

Will YOU join me in worshiping HIM??

Enjoying the Journey!
– Tim
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The Downward Spiral

Downward-SpiralMy friend Paul wrote this short description regarding the downward spiral of society. Please take a few minutes and read it, and see if you agree or disagree with his observations.

“God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!

Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!”

So…now for the real kicker. Some of you may have read this description before, because you see, even though this description seems to be about our present-day society, right here in 2014 America, it is actually written about the first century Romans. () Wow! What an intelligent, insightful people we are. We’ve only taken 2000 years to go full circle!!

The psychiatrists and sociologists have tried to explain away the mess that our society has become, but in actuality, it all comes down to one thing. In the words of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “Men have forgotten God.”

So, now the real question…What are YOU going to do about it? You know there’s a huge problem…a gaping wound that is leading our society to certain death, so how do we impact this dreadful condition? The answer is simple really, and talked about through the scriptures. God said, “Be holy because I am holy”. Personal revival, confession, and repentance is needed desperately within God’s Church in order for this city, this state, this nation, this society, to be healed. We, the Church, have allowed the sins of this society to creep into our homes, our schools, our work places, and yes, even our churches. God has called us to be different than the lost world around us, but we often exert much energy trying to be just like the world. We have become apathetic to intrusion of immorality, violence, hatred, anger, bitterness, and gossip within our church families. We have become totally unaware of the needs of the community around us…our neighbors…the homeless…the widows and orphans. We live for one reason….to get more so that we might be safe, secure, and comfortable. But, I haven’t been able to find scriptural support for these attitudes and behaviors. In fact, I find just the opposite.

God has awakened the apathetic, insensitive, uncaring spirit that existed in me, and has called me to a new level of commitment, action, and love. Will you pray for me as I embark on this journey of faith and love? Will you join me as I seek to fulfill what Paul said in , ” It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.”

Enjoying the Journey!

– Tim

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Finishing Well…

After serving in the US Air Force for 24 years, I retired and accepted the call of God to serve full-time in local churches in the areas of Worship and Discipleship.  I have been a Christian for over 40 years, but it has only been in the past 5-6 years that God has truly gotten my attention, and now I find myself falling deeply in love with Him.  It seems, the more I know Him and know of Him, the more I love Him.  The more I learn of His Word, the more I realize I don’t know much at all.  He has me on a Journey…a journey of God-discovery which has led to self-discovery.

My goal is to “finish well”.  I love what Paul said in Philippians chapter 3, ” I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.  No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

I am HIS Gospel Project!

I am HIS Gospel Project!

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God’s “Calling”…Mandatory or Optional?

One of the things we’ve been talking about in our Men’s Mentoring Group is how we sometimes miss God’s call on our lives. We think that sometimes it is because we don’t ask for His guidance…and really mean it. Other times, we downplay the call because we don’t consider ourselves capable of fulfilling all that the call requires…which is absolutely true outside of the supernatural, indwelling power of Almighty God. Also, we believe that sometimes we just don’t view the “call” as an actual “calling”, but rather an option…mainly because in America, we’ve been taught that WE must have a plan and stay with it, when what God really wants is just good ol’ fashioned obedience. We need to be flexible in our lives, ready to respond to HIS CALL at any moment. There are so many examples in the Bible of God calling someone and expecting them to respond immediately…not when they feel comfortable with it, or when they have prepared. I believe it was Jesus who said, “Let the dead bury the dead…”, but that seems to go against the way we’ve been brought up, so we sacrifice the calling…the commission given to us by the Creator of ALL! David Livingstone was one of the greatest missionaries in the history of the world, giving up a successful practice as a Doctor to go into deepest Africa to tell others about the Christ. He said, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” Has God called you to do something? How are you responding? Do you trust Him? Read Matthew 5:13-16 and 

The Cost of Following Jesus (Luke 9:57-62)
57 As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”
59 He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”
60 But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”
61 Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”
62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”


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