the dancing God

July 31, 2014

hand sign














Here are the first three problems that today’s church must address. First, there’s a truth problem. All claims of truth are seen not as that which corresponds to reality but primarily as constraints aimed to siphon

power off toward the claimer.


Second, there’s the guilt problem. Though guilt was mainly seen as a neurosis in the modern era (with the reign of Freud), it was still considered a problem. Almost all the older gospel presentations assume an easily accessed sense of guilt and moral shortcoming in the listener. But today that is increasingly absent.





Third, there is now a meaning problem. Today there’s enormous skepticism that texts and words can accurately convey meaning. If we say, “Here is a biblical text and this is what it says,” the response will be,

“Who are you to say this is the right interpretation? Textual meanings are unstable.”



In our modern cultural context in which people believe all meanings are unstable and all texts are indeterminate. Today’s society questions everything, especially any one claiming to be an authority. The simple fact that we as believers know the bible is the word of God is now refuted by most of the people you will talk to. Therefore ‘our talk’ needs to be different. We cannot be challenged by the fact that we are not as easily accepted as say 30 years ago.




I do a lot of street preaching, down and dirty, sometimes I cuss, tell stories, and get gritty. I always pick an area that used to be the cream of the city, now it’s just worn out. Bars on the windows, weird stores, hotels where rooms are by the hour. What’s interesting is the crowd that starts to gather, I play the guitar (badly) and tell them we are meeting this Sunday in the same area, maybe in the hot sheet motel. We get the wildest mix of people, old folks that are worried about the neighborhood, hookers, and all sorts. No bible, just stories of what God does in people lives. Answer questions. (Never serve food or coffee in the meeting or you’ll become a food kitchen).




Our language has to change, it’s not fellowship or communion it’s ‘the great dance’; it’s the love and joy of a great being that wants to share this joy with others. (the hookers will always make a comment on ‘sharing the love’ just be ready for it, including offers of free sex, it’s a test, don’t fail it, make fun of yourself when things get weird).




The point is we lead them to want to know about a God that cares, that loves, and that reaches into the pain of everyday. They have to be introduced into the concept of the Gospel. It’s like weaving a rug, eventually the tapestry is all God and his word, they are just surprised at what’s really in the bible.




It has to be a life-changing message about the severity and mercy of God. Two sides of a coin. My favorite message is the dirty penny story, I’ve told it before but will give the short version tomorrow.



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there have been many times in the past when the church was in serious decline, and revival revitalized the faith and society. But in those times society was still nominally Christian. There hadn’t been a wholesale erosion of the very concepts of God and truth and of the basic reliability and wisdom of the Bible. Things are different now.




Who would have thought that Western society, America would become a mission field? The secular modernist does not have a Christian understanding of God, truth, or sin, or of peculiar Christian ethical practices. Evangelism and Christian instruction is now a very long and comprehensive process. you simply cannot hand out a tract and say; “come to Jesus”.





if we are honest, we should admit that many churches are growing large without any evangelism at all. If a church can present unusually good preaching and family ministries and programming, it can easily attract the remaining traditional people and siphon off Christians from all the other churches in a thirty-mile radius. Add in a good dose of the new feel good, you deserve happiness, a warm puppy, and coffee and you have a crowd.




But real believers? People who will take the bible and all that it says and try to put it to work in all of life’s messy situations. It’s easier to take a pill.



There is no statistical data that proves the Christian church in America is actually gaining new converts. We are basically two nations, the urban person, who is driven by what they can experience with no moral boundaries. And the religious rural America, that still has apple pie and goes to church. One is shrinking, one is growing.




I meet 6 new people everyday, they are white, over 75 and usually very religious, they are scared stiff at what they view as the demise of America. Sit in any rural, locally owned restaurant and listen to the angry America. The way we used to reach people for Christ is no longer effective.






 The whole church model and everything it does is going to have to change.


Stay tuned.


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no apologies

July 29, 2014

christ on cross












The Son of God, Jesus Christ, came into the world, lived a perfect life, died to bear the penalty for our sins, absorbed the wrath of God that hung over us, and rose from the dead triumphant over death and Satan and all evil, so that all who receive Jesus as the Savior, Lord,

and Treasure of their lives would be forgiven for Christ’s sake, counted righteous in Christ, and fitted to know and enjoy God forever.




That as the old hymn says; “is the old, old story”. Yes, it bears repeating.




It amazes me that the skeptic, the modern atheist, the ignorant, the intellectual, has no place for the biblical truth of the wrath of God. And therefore it has no place for a wrath-bearing Savior who endures God’s curse that we might go free.



In our present fallen, rebellious condition, nothing, nothing is more crucial for humanity than escaping the omnipotent wrath of God. That is not the ultimate goal of the cross. It is just infinitely necessary—and valuable beyond words.



“Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Pet. 3:18).



That is the whole complete goal of the gospel, the message from God, come home, be at rest, stop struggling. It’s hospice for the wounded, weary, wandering pilgrim.



For some today you need to come back, for others, it’s your first trip. Stop doubting, arguing, be at peace. God loves you. Maybe you were hurt by the church, by some over zealous, moron of a Christian; but that wasn’t God.

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table salt

July 28, 2014

not ashamed












Backward Christian Soldiers (sung to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers)

Backward Christian soldiers, fleeing from the fight
With the cross of Jesus nearly out of sight.
Christ, our rightful master, stands against the foe
But forward into battle, we are loathe to go.

Like a mighty tortoise moves the Church of God
Brothers we are treading where we’ve always trod.
We are much divided, many bodies we
Having many doctrines, not much charity.

Crowns and thorns may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the Church of Jesus hidden does remain.
Gates of hell should never ‘gainst the Church prevail
We have Christ’s own promise, but think that it will fail.

Sit here then ye people, join our useless throng
Blend with ours your voices in a feeble song.
Blessings, ease and comfort, ask from Christ the King
With our modern thinking, we don’t do a thing.






What is your evangelist fervor like? Do you have a zeal, a hope, a burning passion for those that are not heaven bound? Or do you feel like it’s none of your business.





Leonard Ravenhill recounts a story of a convict’s last words as he headed for the gallows;…if England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would walk over it, if need be, on hands and knees and think it worthwhile living, just to save one soul from an eternal hell like that!


In this age of tolerance and multiculturalism it’s neither popular nor trendy to suggest to others that they may be bound for hell. Probably the number one misquoted bible verse, “judge not….” A lie from hell that we are to sit dumbly by and let everyone around us pass into eternal damnation without a word spoken by us. God could have chosen another way to carry out his plan, but he didn’t. Instead he asked us to be messengers of good news.


It’s not just about heaven and hell, it’s about the fact that we are His creation and he loves us and desires fellowship with us. Yes we must tell people about hell but we must also tell them about love and acceptance.


As the old gospel song states; “stand up, stand up for Jesus, you soldiers of cross…”


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Pray for Maria who is 13 years old and has to tell her parents she’s pregnant. (the father is 12), pray for Joseph and his struggle with sexual addiction, and for Evian, and her cutting herself and other mutilations she is doing to her body. I’m especially burdened for Evian, as I’ve seen this more often in counseling than I like, and it’s a long road to forgiving oneself and realizing Jesus bore it all on the cross.





July 27, 2014

sugar coating















The deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envyings, drunkenness, carousings, and things like these.

—Galatians 5:19–21



The flesh, the rebel within, is the major and most influential enemy facing the Christian today. Sure there are things that can fuel the fire, pornography,  booze, drugs, no boundaries on our life, bad relationships, the list could go on forever. But the real danger isn’t ‘stranger danger’ but the enemy within.




Sure we have a million excuses, the Pentecostal gets resaved, the Catholic confesses, the Baptist repents, everybody else just says, ‘screw it’.




The silence of the bible in some areas speaks volumes. For example, demons (or evil spirits) are mentioned only ten times, and most of these instances simply relate to certain factual truths about demons. On the other hand, these same books of the New Testament contain more than fifty references to the flesh as the primary enemy of the Christian (and flesh is only one term used to describe this sin nature). Obviously, the New Testament perspective emphasizes that the major source of our problem stems from our own sin nature.





The question today is, “are you ready to face yourself?”




In a society where it is always someone else’s fault, as Christians we must own up to our own short comings.




The next time you let the flesh win, and you give into your personal bad habits (sin). Try praying this scripture, Psalms 51. It’s a good test to see if your heart is still tender to God.




Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.
Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.
Against You—You alone—I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight.
So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge.
Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

Surely You desire integrity in the inner self….





If you have any twinge of conscience, any pricking of your soul, there will be a quelling of the rebellious self. (Maybe for only a short time) but still there is dawning of hope, for a moment, an hour, a day, we see the power of the Word and a true prayer of repentance restore our hope.




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casting down

July 26, 2014










God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, this one God—is the only being who has no beginning, and therefore everything else and everyone else is dependent on him for existence and for value and is, therefore, less valuable than God.




Wow, there’s a slap of reality, you have less value than God, as he is chief and central to everything. Creation couldn’t exist without him, you wouldn’t be here, so ergo, He’s first on the most important list.




Take a moment and realize how that should change everything you do, it should change the way you worship, or pray or read your bible.




It is true that we have been made his children, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17). But we will never treasure that truth the way we should until we tremble at this one.



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Meat Cleaver

July 25, 2014

christ on cross











Romans 8:35 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ?
Can affliction or anguish or persecution
or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?



I’m reading a book by Vincent Michael, “the Christian primer” there’s a card in there from the radio broadcast, ‘Haven Today’ with Charles Morris, I endorse the show and the book, on this little postcard in the book it suggests you start on page 89, to get a sense of where the author is coming from.




The struggle that Vincent shares I can only partially relate to, mostly because of the above bible verse.




Is there anyone here who can banish the believer from the love of Christ? A search is made for every adverse circumstance that has been effective in causing separations in other areas of human life. But none can be found. Not the threshing flail of tribulation with its steady pounding of distress and affliction, nor the monster of anguish, bringing extreme pain to mind and body, nor the brutality of persecution, inflicting suffering and death on those who dare to differ. Nor can the gaunt specter of famine—gnawing, racking, and wasting down to the skeleton. Nor can nakedness, with all it means in the way of privation, exposure, and defenselessness. Nor can peril—the threat of imminent and awful danger. Nor can the sword—cold, hard, and death-dealing.





No matter how much I screw up, I have this one comfort, the Love of God will never forsake me. So I do worry about being close to God and not being carnal all the time. But unloved? Never going to happen.




Our bible winner is Christine Neuhaus, she is currently living in Tuscany and has only been following our site for 4 months. Congrats!




For those of you that have been praying for Frank, age 83, keep praying, life is getting harder for him to deal with. Pray that his neighbors would help fill the gap and pray that he would feel our prayers and the comfort of God.



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Continue for pray for Don, encouragement and daily strength.

having a meltdown???

July 24, 2014






The Bible doesn’t promise us that life with Jesus is easier. The difference is that when life gets hard, we have somewhere to turn for strength, courage, hope, and peace.




Here are seven passages to keep handy when facing crises:

  1. James 1:2–4

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

The Bible tells us to remain joyful not because we know what happens next, but because we know the end. We will be stronger when we reach the other side. Each trial is an opportunity to step closer to perfection—complete and utter dependence on and trust in God.

Bonus verse: Romans 8:28.

  1. Matthew 11:28–30

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

When asked what the greatest commandment of the law is, Jesus said: one, love God, and two, love others. He continued, “On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:36–40). When we focus on what really matters to God, it simplifies our lives. Jesus cut through hundreds of Jewish laws to reveal that they could all be reduced to these two simple commands. When life feels complicated and heavy, Jesus says, “Come to me” so he can lighten the load.

  1. Philippians 4:6–7

“. . . do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The peace of God doesn’t make sense. The NIV translation says it “transcends all understanding.” It’s beyond, higher than, out of reach of all understanding. We can be calm in the midst of complete chaos when we have that peace—and it protects us. Jesus guards our hearts against anxiety and stress by filling us with a peace that the world can’t understand (because it doesn’t come from this world).

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Sin wants to hide. It wants to bury itself in our hearts and make us feel alone in our temptation. Your life is unique—the temptation you face is not. The world is full of brothers and sisters in Christ who share in your struggles with sin. Fight it together, and most importantly, invite God into the struggle. The way out may not always be easy, but God promises it will always be there.

  1. Hebrews 2:18

“For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Jesus never sinned. When we hear that, sometimes it’s easy to feel like we have to hide our sin from him—like he doesn’t know what it’s like to be a sinful, broken human being. Make no mistake—Jesus suffered when he was tempted. He knows how you feel when you’re torn between your desire to do what’s right and the sinful desires in your heart (Romans 7:15). Because he can identify with your pain, he can help you.

  1. Psalm 23:1–6

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

“You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the lord

Sheep trust their shepherd. Experience and the surrounding flock tell the sheep that wherever the shepherd leads, they will be provided for. Even as the valley gets dark, rocky, and difficult, the sheep trust the shepherd to lead them out of it. For me, this passage is a reminder that even when I have no idea what’s going on or where my life is going, God is in charge, and I can trust him.

  1. Matthew 6:25–34

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Verse 27 really puts things in perspective: “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” In other words, what do you gain by being anxious? Food and clothing are valid concerns. God knows you need them. But he doesn’t want you to be anxious about them. Anxiety is an internal state of being, and it doesn’t change our external circumstances. See Philippians 4:6–7, and let God replace that anxiety with peace, trusting that God knows your needs.



God bless everyone that answered the quiz, problem is everyone that answered (117 people) they all asked to give the prize to someone really deserving. so we are going to donate the book to the women’s shelter.



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Let’s see how Christian thought can be applied to life’s ultimate questions: (1) Who am I? (2) Why am I here? (3) What is wrong with the world? and (4) How can what is wrong be made right?

Who Am I?

Christian theism answers:

[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—

all things created through Him and for Him.(Col. 1:15–16)




Now some of you might be puzzled as to how this text is an answer to the question “Who am I?” The answer is that you cannot figure out who you are until you first discover who he is. Jesus is the image of the invisible God. He is the exact representation of the Father. He is

the picture of God in human flesh. He is God on this earth. He is God with us, God among us. He is the Almighty, “for by Him all things were

created.” He is the Creator of all things




Christian theism says I am no accident. I am no result of random processes. Christian theism says that whether I am tall and beautiful or small and not so handsome, whether my body functions perfectly or is severely deformed, I am the crowning glory of the creation of God, and as a result I have inherent dignity, worth, and value.



The ultimate purpose of all things is to bring Christ glory and honor, and that he might have the supremacy in all things. So who am I? The crown and glory of the creation of God. Why am I here? To bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.



What is wrong with the world?

What is wrong with the world? You are. “Hostile in mind, doing evil deeds.” (Colossians 1:21) Despite the fact that you are the crowning glory of the creation of God, created to live and bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ, you are instead hostile toward the One by whom and for whom you were created. That is what’s wrong with the world. In short, sin is what’s wrong with the world. What’s wrong is even though we say Jesus is Lord of our lives, we constantly strive against him. We would be way more humble and loving and better friends with everyone if we just admitted how messed up we are. When’s the last time you told someone the truth about what goes on inside your head?




If we were really honest we would admit that we want a God who is omnipotent but not sovereign. If I have a God who is omnipotent but not sovereign, I can wield his power. But if my God is both omnipotent and sovereign, I am at his mercy. And being at the mercy of God and realizing only His great love keeps him from slaying me on the spot, is way to frightening for most people. Especially those that see God as a sugar daddy and His only purpose is to make us wealthy. (I think it’s only Americans that think this way).






What is wrong can be made right by the penal, substitutionary, atoning death of Christ. You have to admit you need a Savior.

There is no other means by which man can be justified. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Pet.3:18 esv).




The problem is most people are simply religious, they hope they do enough good things to go to heaven. It’s amazing that 99% of people believe in heaven, but refuse to admit that they can’t get in on their own merit.




What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow;

No other fount I know,

Nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Robert Lowry)




The answer is surrender, the reason people keep telling you to read the bible, it reveals Christ and him dying for you. You have no worth, no standing, no merit, you suck, yet God loves you. Get over yourself.




The Gospel has been so watered down it is no longer powerful, we are afraid to hurt any one’s feelings, little Johnny can’t get a “C” on his report card anymore because of his precious self-esteem. And that’s the problem, self-centeredness, pride, we deem ourselves to precious. How dare you say I deserve hell.



Pick one heaven or hell, you do get a choice.


you big fat baby

July 22, 2014

sugar coating















The four questions every race, tongue and culture asks are these: (1) Who am I? (2) Why am I here?(3) What is wrong with the world? and (4) How can what is wrong be made right?



First let’s answer these questions as though I was a secular modern humanist.



Who Am I?

The answers provided by secular humanism to the first question are these: You are an accident. You are a mistake. You are a glorified ape. You are the result of random evolutionary processes. That’s it. No

rhyme. No reason. No purpose. You are ultimately nothing. This is the pathetic reality when evolution runs its ideological course. If the idea is carried to its logical conclusion, man has no more value than a field

mouse; and if the field mouse is an endangered species that happens to share the man’s property—guess who has to move?



Why Am I Here?

Secular humanisms answer to the question, “Why am I here?” is that you are here to consume and enjoy. Get all you can.




if I am no more than the result of random evolutionary processes, and I only exist to consume and enjoy—the only things that matter are whether I’m more powerful than you are, might makes right, rule of the jungle.



What Is Wrong with the World?

If you ask proponents of postmodernism what is wrong with the world, the answer is very simple. People are either insufficiently educated or insufficiently governed. That’s what’s wrong with the world. People

either don’t know enough, or they are not being watched enough. So the answer is more government, you are to stupid to take care of yourself, hey our government believes that; that’s why they’ve created a huge welfare state. Chip everybody and keep them dependent on food stamps, welfare, and free medical. (I’m going to stop there before I go nuts).



How Can What Is Wrong Be Made Right?

The solution to our woes is more education and more government. That’s the only answer our culture can propose: teach people more stuff and give them more information.Except in one area, Christian values and thought, freedom in Christ, not going to happen, God as your provider, not going to happen. Is there a conspiracy to keep you stupid, fat and dependent, yes there is. (whoops I going off again).




There are two problems with that kind secular thinking. First, who’s governing the governors? In order for governance to be a real solution, there would have to be a special class of people who could govern the rest of us while having no need of governance themselves. The second problem is the depravity of man. Man will not simply improve as a result of being governed. On the contrary,he will just find loopholes and exploit them.



God bless you, I hope I’m not wearing you out with this stuff,

Isaiah 60:1-2New International Version (NIV)

The Glory of Zion

60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.