WINTER ADVENTURE VIDEO…

Great Housekeeping…

Great Housekeeping…

It is always refreshing when I get to experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit on God’s people. I would like to share a sweet text that I received from a brother in the Lord this morning that had been prompted to take a stand for righteousness, purity, and integrity in a convenience store….

“I went in to the 7-11 for coffee this am and was greeted by a POP display of the 2014 SI (Sports Illustrated) swimsuit mags. I was so mad. I went back, bought them all and asked the manager to throw them out for me. She seemed moved and said she’d tell her boss. I got to share some of my convictions about porn with her. I think God blessed it.”

So thankful for men with integrity and a hunger for righteousness! I’m sure the Lord blessed it! Lord, Jesus, please make me a man of integrity and conviction like this brother in Christ!

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

The Temple is a trailer…

The Temple is a trailer...

Ensamples Audio Blog…click on pic to access audio

If the school presentation touched your heart, this can change your life!

 If the school presentation touched your heart, this can change your life!

TONIGHT!! If the school presentation touched your heart, this can change your life! Free event this Wednesday, March 26th at 7:00PM at CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE FINGER LAKES. Meet and Greet will follow the presentation!

Ensamples Audio Blog…

Ensamples Audio Blog...

Ensamples Audio Blog…click on the pic to access audio

Sit back and coast…

Sit back and coast...

Often, when I make an effort to visit someone to bless them, I am the one who receives the sum of the blessing. Yesterday, I visited Doris, the wife of our recently departed friend Jerry. Jerry had departed from his earthly tent several weeks ago and had gone to be with our Lord. Although our friendship comprised of just a few short years, I have grown to fall in love with this committed father and a husband to his wife, Doris, for sixty-five years. Jerry had finished his race bringing glory to Jesus! Again, I’m thinking on one of the many wonderful promises of God that Jerry had applied to his life. A Biblical precept introduced by Paul, “Just forget about it!” That we don’t get tripped up by our past, our old ways, or the lost years…

Phl 3:13 -14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I am frequently humbled by my ridiculous heart and my ability to mess up most things, but I do come to the frequent realization that the Lord does use me for His glory! Even in the midst of my flaws, God uses my life. God uses my moments of obedience and also my mistakes to impact others, as an agent to conform people into the image of Jesus Christ. With all that said, another application to our Philippians text is to forget about all the good things you have done…

Compared to works of Jesus, It isn’t that good!…

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

If I start to congratulate myself, on what things I have done for the Lord, or what works He has accomplished through or in me, I begin to walk down a dangerous road. I start with an attitude like, “I already gave.” Or “I have already served.” An attitude emerges, that I’m good for a while. I can sit back and coast. I’ve done my time. Then I’m reminded of the Bema seat judgment, where all our good works will be tried. The things that are wood, hay, and stubble will burn. The goods works and the service that I do for the Lord with the wrong motive will just burn. I need to just forget about my perceived spiritual achievements, these thoughts can paralyze me into unfruitful activity.

Forget about it…

Forget about it...

I just changed my tablet wallpaper to a picture of a friend that has recently departed from his earthly tent and gone to be with our Lord. Although our friendship had begun with my simple availability a few years back, I have grown to fall in love with this saint who truly fits the definition of a spiritual man, a committed father, and a husband to his wife, Doris, for sixty-five years. Jerry had finished his race bringing glory to Jesus! Today, I’m thinking on one of the many wonderful promises of God that Jerry had applied to his life. A Biblical precept introduced by Paul, “Just forget about it!” That we don’t get tripped up by our past, our old ways, or the lost years…

Phl 3:13 -14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

One way to apply this verse is to forget about the wrongs done to you, or the wrongs that you have suffered. Some things might have happened to us that seems unfair and not deserved. I encourage you my friends, to be thankful, that God didn’t send down on us the things that we do deserve and would be fair. Like judgment. Our Lord is a merciful God…

Lam 3:22 [It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Instead on dwelling on the wrongs you suffered, please forget about it. Take captive of your thoughts and think on the grace and mercy you’ve been a recipient of. Think about the grace you are receiving right now. Because of my selfishness, my me-centric attitude, my wicked heart, my sin, I deserve a lot worse. Thankful for the ensample of our friend Jerry and the display of his great “kick” in the race of life!

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