Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church



September 5, 2015

Isaiah 53:1-5 NKJV


“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
Prices are not something people readily pay anymore. There is a price for everything. Generally speaking, the lower the price...the more you can lower the expectation connected to that item. Many people get married thinking that love will carry them. Essentially that is a true statement. Realistically, love is taxed to the maximum and stretched past its confines of comfort to truly make the accurate statement that it is love working. It not only takes love, but the willingness to allow love to take you to perimeters your flesh won’t even consider.

The kind of love that God had for us was that He sent a son with a like kind of love. It was a love that loved past insult and injury. We are talking about a love that puts itself last. This love is willing to experience rejection, ridicule, disdain, every kind of heartbreak and continue loving. This is a love that continues on when the one you thought could never be turned away looks the other way while every imaginable agony overtakes you. This is the love that Jesus has for us. 

Man has the less than unique ability to say one thing while totally intending to do another. His word for the most part is as worthless as a handful of sand. Once we meet Jesus, we gain a change of personality that will net for us the ability to don the persona and heart of the one who loves us past our faults. He is our sole hope...our one redeemer...our connection to true love. He is the one who’s life speaks into our hearts and teaches us the meaning of “Unconditional”.

Unconditional Love


I John 4:9-10 NKJV

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

A little further down in verse 19 of 1John, scripture confirms to us that the only reason we can love Him is that he first loved us. The ability to love is like the ability to walk or the ability to see. It becomes a part of who we are. It is ingrained into our lives to the point where we become dependent upon that ability. Imagine, if you will, being able to see for fifty years and all of a sudden losing that sense. Your very ability to navigate the simplest of tasks would literally become next to impossible. How about living for sixty years able to get out of bed, take care of everything to get ready...walk to the yourself to work...and then walk into that workplace, take on a busy day then bring yourself home again? Then consider losing that ability in one split second in an accident or illness. It would do worse than paralyze your would paralyze your heart and mind. 

Our God given ability to love is much like our motor skills. It requires usage...stretching...exercising...focusing...honing our hearts until we learn to love past the normal set points of humanity. The God love we aspire to is a love that moves past our approval or disapproval. It does not have a book of rules and regs for proper application. It loves unconditionally. Our journey as parents is one such preparation that God places in our lives to grow us in our capacity to love past our physical feelings. When Jesus went to the cross, he was in a state of total abandonment. No one was there to pay his one was there to suffer for him. No one took any blame. All of that went upon his back, and he did it all for love.


The Control Factor


Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV

““Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
This life is an obstacle course that is all about control. It is about what controls you. What can turn your head; what can make you or break you. It is about what moves us and what stops us. Are we following the Holy Spirit? Or are we pandering the flesh?  Is the Word of truth in control of our lives? Or is the lust of the flesh running things?

In Matthew 6, Jesus presents a discourse where he uses the word “worry” five times in the span of 10 verses. Worry is something that plagues us all. You may say that you do not worry, but many people tell themselves that only so that do not worry about the fact that they worry. Worry is the manifestation of the pressures and the plagues of this life that control us. Jesus is plain to tell us in these verses how well God takes care of the animals of his creation. He elaborates upon how vegetation is even cared for handsomely in his perfect government. When we trust the imperfect government...we worry. When the perfect government is running things in our lives, we are able to see things from a higher plane and we allow God the control he needs to rule and reign in our lives with his perfect peace that passes all understanding.

You can admire beauty but will you love past the scars?


Mark 2:13-17 NKJV

“Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.””

Many people have difficulty in their walk with God simply because they cannot handle the adversity that it creates in their life. Until you apprehend the mentality that without God you have nothing, this will be a recurring theme. Jesus spoke emphatically about leaving the 99 and going after the one. Many times the reason you have to go after the one is because the one is the outcast...the misfit.

So long as the church continues to pacify this elitist persona, not much will change in the realms of seeing the Glory of God.  Remember that signs and wonders are not for the assembly of the religious, but to first the unbeliever. You will find an incredible amount of unbelievers and apostates in the ranks of the winebibbers, tax collectors, prostitutes, and just plain sinners. The ugly spirit of the Pharisee will never permit their fineries to be soiled by the common clay of humanity. But the heart of God is to reach into the places where hope is a distant flame. Jesus read the life of the woman at the well like a penny novel which changed her life forever. The Roman guard saw his daughter healed. Under the thatched roof of a poor lame man, healing came to his house. The unclean woman risked her very life to just touch the hem of the garment of the one who could heal her. The man at the beautiful gate was forever delivered of his ugly problem.

We must love past the scars that the beauty of Jesus can shine through the least of these...if we do not, we labor in vain.



   Because THIS life is THAT way





1Jo 2:14-17 NKJV


“14  I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one. 15  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. 17  And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”



The Journey of faith is a war. It is a war of what you see and what you know. It is a war of flesh versus spirit. It is a war of good over evil. I have found that every day of my life presents a new opportunity to face an aspect of myself that I continually challenge to follow God rather than follow my instincts or my intellect.  The choice to follow God is indeed just is a choice. Many in the world today place God in the same box they also place their problems when in fact, God is the answer to their problems.


Your faith can never be lumped in with the inconveniences of life, but instead, must be among the first responders when facing the hurdles of our day to day existence. There is a peace in knowing that there is someone bigger than you in every situation you face. There is a comfort in having a God who is a holy God whose heart is ever toward you and never against you.


You see when I was a kid, there were places called gas stations and they sold fuel for your car, soft drinks for your thirst, a clean restroom for your convenience and maps. These gas stations had  And these free gas station maps could get you from New York to L.A. They could navigate you through the streets of a big city or help you find the world’s biggest ball of string in Cawker City, Kansas. Jesus is our free map. But so many will not stop to receive his navigation. They just drive on fueled by pride and famished by the heat of this life. We need God’s direction...we need Jesus...Because THIS THAT way.




Hold on to the cross till the cross has hold of you

I Corinthians 1:18-21 NKJV

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”
If you ever owned a “rabbit’s foot”, then you are a victim of superstition. It’s funny how some things in this life are considered innocent superstition and other things are considered compulsive behavior. We live in a time when the single icon of hope is becoming unfashionable. The cross of Christ is our hope and our salvation.  You can no more call the cross a religious relic than you can call a lifeboat nautical decoration.

I don’t know about you...but I consider the cross my lifeboat. I will hold on until it has hold of me. Until I feel the arms of God wrap around me in a calming embrace, I will hold on to the knowledge that Jesus died and rose again, for me.


Don't stop believing no matter what your head tells you.


Romans 8:5-8 NKJV

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
 Most of the things that have gotten me into trouble in this life have come straight out of my head. You see the head contains the intellect. The head retains the knowledge. Lies do not start in your heart...they emanate from your head.  A lie is the mechanism that goes into action trying to cover something the heart knows was wrong. Fortunately, God wired these two entities together and if you listen closely, their interplay can be quite entertaining.

The carnal mind is the first thing that says “give up the ship”. The carnal mind is the culprit when hopelessness sets in. The carnal mind is the thing that tells you to quit. It goes to work convincing your heart that all is lost.  In Mark 5 (35) amidst the news that a ruler from the synagogue was there to seek Jesus for his daughter who had died....Jesus remarked “Only Believe.” He went on to the ruler’s house and raised the young girl from the very grip of death. That wasn’t done with the head, but with the power of faith.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for

Reality is the shrapnel of its own aftermath.


Hebrews 11:1-3 NKJV


“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”


We have so much faith in the tangible...the concrete. I recently had an epiphany. (I hate that word) I realized that you can only announce something “new” one time. After that people get really irritated with you. Imagine someone who comes to you and says, Let’s go have lunch! I know a great little place...we can take my new car! The second time you invade their airspace about your “new” car, they will wince. The third or fourth time...they may throw something at you...either physically or verbally. Something is only new ONCE. That holds true for everything in all of creation except for God’s is NEW every morning.

The things brought about by faith are the things in this life that count. Faith produces substance. The things produced by this world can be destroyed, ended by natural causes. We just crossed the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina yesterday.  I’m kind of sick of hearing about it, honestly. There’s nothing new there. However, we were here on the ground within hours after it came through. I learned a new level of destruction. The whole place looked like a nuclear bomb went off. As we would drive the streets and highways on either side, there were continuous ten foot piles of the debris of people’s lives mixed with fallen pine trees and mangled building materials. You would see children’s toys and loved pieces of furniture and housewares. There would be dad’s comfy recliner and mom’s decorations from the kitchen. You would see the most intimate artifacts of a family shoved to the side of the road waiting for a dump truck to haul it away.

When you trust in the toys of this life, the clock to its end is ticking. When your heart is set on faith, there is a continual source of miracles waiting to happen. Whenever God brings me something is not its own reward. It is simply the reminder that my God has something on the way even newer.  Don’t give up. Never say in God. Don’t count on this life...because THIS THAT way. 



                                August 16, 2015

Matthew 16:15-19


“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.””
Matthew 16:15-19 NKJV

“Who do you say that I am?” It’s the question that should spark a fire in all of us who call upon the name of the Lord. For it is that divine revelation that drives us to follow this Jesus. It compels us to seek His face, to long for His presence, to maintain us until the day when we finally meet him in Glory. It should be the answer to each time we experience doubt, every time we face insurmountable odds, every time we need an answer to a problem in life. We should feel comfortable enough with our identity in Christ to say to ourselves, “Who is this Jesus we serve...and our answer should be...He is the Christ...the SON of the LIVING GOD.

I just love pseudo psychological speak, especially among those of us who identify ourselves as Christians. So now we do not talk about our faith, instead, we “dialog” about “issues” within our “belief system.” And a bigger load of horse manure has never been spotted on land. You see, there is all of this talk about being relevant. There must be relevancy to the church or the church becomes irrelevant and therefore another word sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb and that word is “dysfunctional”. Jesus did not come to die for our sins to bring relevancy to the church, he came to bring hope to the Lost; healing to the sick; life to the dead.

If we are reading the verses here in Matthew 16 correctly, we are seeing Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords say that through divine revelation, God has brought about the appearance of the Son of Man upon the earth that he might establish a spiritual place where those who find him may also be near Him and have access to his power and life that we might flourish upon the earth and that no power in Hell can in any way affect the plans that have been set in motion in heaven. Today, I want to dialog about what is relevant according to the Word of God. Putting to rest the inane distractions social correctness helps us to focus upon what is truly important where God’s divine plan is concerned. So that we can put aside all of the foolishness and concentrate upon doing his work, we must wrap our affections around what is the truly relevant church.


Church is a place of Impartation ...spoken into


Romans 1:8-12

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”
Romans 1:8-12 NKJV
From the earliest biblical times, God has always shown himself as an equipper. God placed man in the garden, created an entire world around him, gave him company...everything he needed to flourish...and even gave him a set of rules by which he could live. God imparted to Moses, Moses imparted to Joshua. The prophets imparted to hearers. Jesus imparted to disciples, Disciples to the early church, Paul imparted to Timothy. The Bible is sixty six books of impartation. It is impartation of Wisdom, History, Instruction, and even prophecy.

If the church ceases to be a place of impartation, it also ceases to be. From full congregational meetings to small one on one encounters, the church is only the church when she is sharing life and hope and the message of salvation that Jesus imparts to us. Here in Romans 1, Paul wanted desperately to get to the people at the church at Rome that he might impart spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifting is a necessity of spiritual life, just as blood is a necessity to for physical life. A church without God’s spirit is called a club. Many people belong to health clubs here in this town. They are a great place to work out...they fulfill a sociological need in our community, but they do not reach into the soul of man and change the things that linger in places we cannot treat with diet and exercise.

The church must be a place of impartation. It must be a storehouse of God’s spirit where we can draw from each other, the life that comes when we pray for one another. It must be the funnel where worship brings encouragement and power into our spirit man that we might be empowered to spread the Gospel as God intended. The relevant church does not simply deliver a packaged product. It breathes. It imparts. It does Just as Jesus did when he breathed upon the disciples and said, “receive ye the Holy Ghost”.

Implementation ...used of the Lord


Mark 10:42-45

“But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.””
Mark 10:42-45 NKJV

When I think of how it all started, the term “thronging crowd” comes to mind. I think of how there was a need on hillside and Jesus showed up. People were hungry and there was no food. Jesus did not go into fundraising mode. He found a kid’s lunch...a happy meal. He turned it into a loaves and fishes miracle. He knew that many only endured the sermon because there was food, but Jesus also knew that he was being used of the Father to bring about a miracle that would ignite faith and hope all over the region. The relevant church is all about implementation. It is about being used of the Lord. It’s not about padded rocking chair stadium seats; it’s about getting out of those seats and seeing your life used for something outside the scope of serving yourself.


James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” I think that is about as relevant as it gets. At some point, the church decided to go from being an extrovert to becoming an introverted church. It became about getting people to come to us. Thus we entered the numbers game. The success or failure of a church became connected to the population of that group. Population then presents the need for facility and that places economic burden upon the church to maintain these facilities which trap the church in that introverted mindset. The church is not the building...the church is the faithful who gather inside that building. That church must be filled with those who are not there to be served...but to serve. Pastors have ceased being fathers and have become facilitators. Remember that the work of the fivefold ministry is to equip others for the work of the ministry. The truly relevant church is a place of implementation...a place where we are used of the Lord.

Implantation ...rooted


Hebrews 10:19-25

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:19-25 NKJV


“Busy”’s a word that has become way overused in present day society. We have become so busy that we have cable and satellite television that offers hundreds of channels of diversion and distraction. And if that isn’t enough, we have palm sized contraptions that can offer us any type of entertainment we desire while we are busy waiting for appointments, or a table at a restaurant, or just “busy” at home. Honestly, no one is busy unless they elect to be. New national figures came out showing that the bulk of U.S. households attend church two or less times a month. Most cite their “busy” lives as the reason. It is interesting that these figures do not mesh with other statistics that show most people in the U.S. still eating 2 or more times a day on average. The popularity of Starbucks is another interesting piece of Data showing that at least 70% of the working national population finds their way to a Starbucks at least twice a month. We spend hours of busy time in drive up lines at fast food restaurants and even more hours in line waiting to check out at big box discount stores. Church gets bumped to last place as the choice to abort from one’s schedule as having no time to go.

The truly relevant church is a place of implantation. Just as a seed must bury itself in fertile soil to see growth, fruit, and seed to must one find...must make the be in the assembly of the faithful. Without it you will die. Just as a seed cannot grow into anything on the scorching surface of an interstate highway...neither can the human soul prosper in the continual assault of the world without Christian fellowship to nurture the gifts and callings within a person. Yet the so called relevant church touts itself as the revolving door environment where you come and go as you please without concern, directly flying in the face of what Paul the Apostle said in Hebrews 10 about forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. He even warned that we were to pay special attention to this deficit as we drew closer to the return of Jesus. This is not so we can all be at our desk in our class when the principal makes the rounds...but so that we do not become crushed and decimated by a world that is making itself plain as being a hater of God.  The truly relevant church is a place of implantation. A place where we root, and grow, and flourish, and replicate.


          God’s Transforming Power

                                       August 9, 2015



“The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."” (Zep 3:17 NKJV)



Of all of the things that God does in our life, his transformation is among the greatest. Everyone has their own experiences, but I personally have seen with my eyes murderers become humbled vessels in the hand of the Lord. I have seen drug addicts and alcoholics reformed. I have seen those who had given up on themselves lifted up and converted into powerhouses for God. t simply, there is no limitation to what God can do within the confines of a surrendered life.

He can take the most broken of things and transform them into something that does not even remotely resemble its former image. Our God is a transforming God. He is the God that made everything from nothing. He is the God who took a stutterer and changed him into a mighty leader. He turned water into wine...death into life...night into day....and he does it in the great and in the small.

I ask that for the next moments of your time, that you remove the blinders of this natural realm in which we live and peer into the eyes of the God who can change your situation. I ask that you allow Him to come in and examine and rummage through what we consider to be a junkyard filled with our failures and the assembled wreckage of our lifetime. I ask that you open your heart to God’s greatest role in your life....that of His transforming power.






When your mind changes your results change...

Philippians 4:8 NKJV

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Romans 12:2 speaks to us of the renewing of our minds. There is nothing on this earth that poses such a deadly threat to our future as the human mindset. It can become fixed upon a place that can literally anchor us in sickness, in poverty, in negativity about who we are and how God sees us. The things we allow our minds to dwell upon are the things that we will become if we do not gain control of these rogue thoughts.

Ever heard of the old adage “getting up on the wrong side of the bed”? It is more than a wrong adage, it has a spiritual basis and it can literally affect an entire season of your life. It involves how we perceive our lives from the very early point in the day. Someone will say something and you immediately retort, “I’m having a bad day”. Now who in the world determined that? Did the department of bad days drop by and give you a citation for one bad day? Or was it a mindset that you locked in before seeking God to see what he had to say about it?

Our minds have dwelling points. We can begin to dwell on all of the negative things that our world has presented to our minds or we can go through our list of God’s “whatevers”...true, noble, just, pure, and so on. Have you noticed that the first one God’s word begins with there is “true”? That is not an accident. Satan’s plan to derail our minds early in the game is to begin by getting us to believe a lie. When we allow God’s transforming power to change our minds, the results just naturally follow His pattern of goodness.

When your heart changes your life changes...

Proverbs 23:6-7 NKJV

“Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.”
The heart of the believer is his operations epicenter. Your heart can jumpstart every other area of your life. This is why God touches the heart of an unbeliever to lead him to Christ rather than going after his mind. As we mentioned earlier, an unchanged mind can be a disaster on just the daily tasks we are faced with. Imagine if that thing controlled our eternal disposition. Here in proverbs we are directed toward the dangers of allowing our heart’s desires to be pointed toward earthly things. It uses the example of a miser, but this is honestly the world’s system. Watching the recent GOP debates on YouTube, it occurred to me that I was looking at 12 men who were all vying for the same job. While the words that came from their lips were noble and concerned and sincere, I wondered how many of them would be left were the moderator to tell them that the job was without salary, they would have to live in a 1200 square foot three bedroom two bath home...that there would be no jet, only airfare in coach. No security, no retirement, no glamor, no glory...only four years of hard closely examined work for which they were held 100 per cent accountable? I could see them dropping their stones and walking away one by one life the men ready to stone the woman at the well.

Lt. Colonel James Doolittle, One of the heroes of the World War II Pacific Theater, said “there’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer”. When your heart is right, your motives are right...when your motives are right your life changes. You become at peace with yourself. Greed drives this world. There is no peace in greed. There never will nor can there ever be. As you think in your are you. Your life is made up of the elements of the environment in which you immerse yourself. When God is given dominion over your heart, he changes motive; he redirects your passions. Greed may sit you down at his table and say “Eat and enjoy!” but his heart is not with you. He is only interested in what he can obtain from his baiting you to his table. A changed life requires a changed heart...and good news....God is in the heart changing business.



When your spirit changes your destiny changes...

Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV

“that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

The heart and the mind are connected to one more element; that being the spirit. God is deeply concerned with the condition and the origin of the spirit in which we live out our time here. Because of our free wills, God must be invited into our hearts...we must ask him to change the way we think, but His Holy Spirit is what changes our eternal destiny. Once we make the Holy Spirit ours, once we embrace him into our hearts and minds...once this transformation is complete by putting off the old man and renew our spirit’s by putting on the new man contained within the Holy Spirit, do we see a dimensional change in our future.

Attachment to this world seems to have become almost an obsession. Everything we do seems to be consumed with just making it day to day or becoming secure according to the world’s definition. Insurance companies tout words like security and safety. Banks talk about future and planning...but while good financial planning in this life is the responsible thing to do, how many of us consider the eternal ramifications of the footprint left on this earth by each of our lives. God’s destiny is eternal. It outlives our mortality. It gives us true purpose. It is the hope of not just the next generation, but every generation until Jesus returns and the fruits are harvested in eternity. When God changes our spirit...When His Holy Spirit takes control....there is nothing we cannot do.




And so begins August 2015

Monday Morning, August 3, 2015

This Past Sunday, our congregation at House of Joy had the honor and privilege to hear from our co-pastor and my amazing wife of 34 years, Leslie Bailey Roques. She preached a powerful word on communion and its indispensable relevance to our time here on earth and living for God with an understanding of the empowerment given us through that holiest of sacraments. I, with her kind permission, intend to post the notes to this blog so that all who are in our extended internet family might be blessed with the same awesome word that was shared here in our sanctuary at House of Joy.

In other news, this past weekend, Leslie and I had the difficult task of assisting some dear friends and members of our church in saying goodbye to their stillborn son. I prayed earnestly all week for something to say that would be of comfort, strength and solace to the family who gathered in our church Saturday night. One thing that I experience nearly every waking hour of my life (and even unknowingly as I sleep) is Jesus never fails. Though this life is fleeting and fickle, God never sleeps, nor doth he slumber. He has given us mercy and grace to live in this fragile life and make our way to the finish line and eternity with Him. I wanted to pass along to you the thoughts that he gave me for that special time.


God bless and love you!


Pastor Larry



     Say hello to say goodbye

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 NKJV

No life without reason...we are all here as part of a master plan designed by the master. It is not ours to question the design of the Master, only to trust love lay our lives before Him...and know that the grand landscape of creation is His to have for His good pleasure. We are to trust, knowing that His life is the life that endures every trial, every pain, every challenge...and His amazing plan will be unfolded to us in due season.

No life without purpose...we learn from the life experience of everyone, no matter how long or short our earthly time. There is reason behind everything in God’s creation. It did not seem in the best of sense to us to send an only son for a world unaware of our need for Him. In the grand design, we would be in a desperate situation without the price that Jesus paid. From the greatest to the small...we all have an integral part in God’s plan.

No life without cost... Our lives are an investment. God plants a spark that ignites into a fire that affects everyone we encounter. Nothing ventured...nothing gained is more than simply a colloquial is our stake in the responsibility given us as children of God. It is one way His creation worships Him. Costless Christianity is becoming en vogue in these times. People who endure costs are sometimes seen as failing or faltering. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If we trust the picture of God’s Kingdom that he paints through each of us, we better understand that the costs in this life are simply rites of passage to what great things lay ahead. There is no great gain without great loss. Our scriptures prove this on every page. It is sometimes hard to accept costs, but they are a part of this life.

No life without Jesus ...we cope with this mortal life. We say hello only to say goodbye in the flesh realm. But God...But God paid the ultimate price that this life might only be the temporary portal, the greenroom that leads us to true lasting the life that has overcome the sting of death....the life that is only found in Jesus.

We all say hello in this life only to say goodbye. The only difference is time intervals. Some have ninety years, some 90 minutes...some only seconds. For all who are in Jesus, that goodbye leads to an eternal welcome into a heaven that knows no sorrow. There is but one hello to those who enter into God's courts who are in Christ Jesus....


            Get a grip...

                     July 26, 2015


Proverbs 3:5-10

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.”
 Steadfastness is the proof of faith. James one tells us about being driven and tossed by the wind. It further calls double mindedness as making one “unstable in all his ways”. One of the things we are seeing in this present time is the manifestation of “trust issues”. We deceive and are deceived so much that we now struggle with the task of trusting. I for one was born on the tail end of an era that now no longer exists. It was the time when we were as good as our word. We did business with a handshake. A person was as good as their word.

As Godlessness encompassed the earth like a snare, so did the subject of trust. Being able to trust or the lack of it is rapidly returning civilization to the Stone Age. Our business relationships mean nothing....our personal relationships mean nothing...our governments’ words mean nothing...our commitment to God became lip service and we renamed it prayer. God saw this time in His infinite ability and put into place a way of escape.

It is called “Trust in the Lord”, and it places all other trusts in subordination. When we trust in the Lord, we do not have to concern ourselves with the fickle nature of man. We do not have to try sorting out fact and fiction in mortality...we only need to trust in the Lord. As mankind flat spins into however this whole thing will play out, trust will become more and more elusive in the earth. This is the point and principal of “trust in the Lord.” It is not simply a cliché hyper spiritual phrase, or a colloquialism intended to win ourselves favor among fallen man. It is the operating system of the firm believer in Jesus. When we trust in the Lord, we release man from all responsibility to perform; for it is trust in Jesus that is the only thing that really matters.



Singleness of Heart

Jeremiah 32:37-40


“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.”

Man has a definite loyalty problem. I have always gotten a kick out of the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Besides being a day memorialized by a famous gangland massacre, it is largely a free day for the greeting card and guilt-gift industry. Of all of the thousands of the clever “be mine” valentines I gave and received throughout my primary education years, I don’t think that one ever even considered becoming mine in reality. I always thought it odd that we “gave away our hearts” to massive amounts of people at one time. This would make you either A. insincere B. confused or C. manipulative.

God does not “do” Valentine’s Day. Instead, his heart is continually toward us. He loved us first. This is not some meaningless chant to Him. It is his commitment, his dedication toward us. He expects the same in return from us because we are His creation. It is part of a larger scheme. He is our God...we are His people. Kind of cool, don’t ’you think?

Singleness of heart means that we do not give it away to the world. We do not live for everything else out there and we live for him that he puts everything else out there at our feet for us to do his good pleasure. Singleness of heart causes us to truly walk in our dominion. When it’s you against the world, you are at the world’s mercy. When it’s God and you against the world, you are a king’s child...a son...who walks in the garden of his father; everything at your disposal.


Singleness of God

I Timothy 2:1-7

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”
This is a biggie. Man has once again amassed for himself idols. They are not graven images that look like birds and animals...they are even more sinister. They have come in the likeness of power on the earth making them twice evil. Firstly, they exalt themselves against the personage of God. And secondly, they mock the Holy Spirit by suggesting that they possess power. I am talking about worldliness. Worldliness has past destroying the earth; it has now infected the church. It has caused the work of God to become the business of faith. It has made the worship of our God into a competitive business. This has taken the focus and concentration off of glorifying God and onto the performance of man.

We must never replace God in our worship. We must never work in the Lord to our message, but He must always be the message. We must not point to ourselves as the way to Jesus, but point to Jesus as messengers and never anything more. All that we do and all that we say must forever be the hailing of the one true God.

Singleness of mind

I Corinthians 2:12-16

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
 We live in an age of tremendous confusion. There is confusion in our civilizations, confusion in our sexuality, and confusion in our sense of what is right and what is wrong. There is a horrendous confusion regarding our God, His innate reality and the responsibility we have toward Him. It is starkly obvious when a person is not walking in the mind of Christ. Everything is their life is without resolution. All that they amass...all that they learn and ingest...all of the knowledge that they quest after is unsettled, unresolved, disconnected. Without the mind of Christ we are but drifts of sand blown about on a beach of shifting trade winds.

The mind of Christ is not simply some non-descript abstract concept, but the concrete foundation that makes sense of our lives here on earth. Without his loving wisdom running our worlds it’s no wonder people feel they are no longer happy with their gender or their sexuality. It’s no wonder marriages are ticking time bombs for a divorce court. It’s no wonder our cities are like murderous war zones.

1 Corinthians two explains it a plain as broad daylight when it says “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” We must have singleness of mind and it must be the mind of Christ. Walking this life without Christ in control is the absolute definition of insanity. It’s the personification of the old adage being “out of your mind”.

When we think like the Savior, life is on our minds...when we think like the Savior...blessing is on our lips...when we think like the Savior, hope is always on the horizon.


                To Be...

                                 July 19, 2015

Psalms 46:1-11

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Psalms 46:1-11 NKJV

This passage of scripture just stuck out in my eyes as I read it recently. I have kept going back to Psalm 46 and re-reading it looking for something. What I was looking for was some kind of inclusion...some kind of affirmation....some kind of descriptive anywhere in these scriptures that specifically tells me that God needs my help to do anything. And the sobering realization that I arrived at was that it is simply not there.

Much of what we call faith has a works mentality firmly attached to its framework. That mentality tries to convince us that somehow, some kind of performance will give validity to our place inside of the scope of God’s kingdom. And call God upstaging, but he simply does not require that of us. His intentions for us were never to arrest the emotions of mankind because he can move the mountains and calm the seas. His concept of evangelism never included holy wars or jihad because he is the God who stops the wars.

So where do we fit in to the landscape of God’s kingdom? What is our abiding role in these centennial existences that we have been given upon this earth? How can we best serve the God of all creation in our weaknesses and maximize the strengths that are given us by the Father of Lights? I would propose today that they fall into some very simply categories and I will give a synopsis of what I believe to be the most prevalent found in God’s word.

Be an example not an exception.

Philippians 3:17-21

“Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame— who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”
Philippians 3:17-21 NKJV

In the quest for identity, the insecurity of man tells us to be individualistic, but that isn’t what God calls us to be, is it? Now, thank God, he has given each of us the gift of being fearfully and wondrously made. And we are each individually unique which in and of itself is a miracle. What a boring place this would be if we were all alike. However, when it comes to serving Him, there is one centrifugal role that we all must fill...and that is to be an example.

Now that word example is actually the greek word tupos.


From G5180; a die (as struck), that is, (by implication) a stamp or scar; by analogy a shape, that is, a statue, (figuratively) style or resemblance; specifically a sampler (“type”), that is, a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning): - en- (ex-) ample, fashion, figure, form, manner, pattern, print.

The digital piano that we use here at the church has the weight in the keys and the fit and feel of a baby grand piano. All of that is contained inside a cabinet that is probably one twentieth of the mass of an actual grand piano. The piano you hear through the PA speakers every Sunday is the sound of a Yamaha C-7 concert grand piano. This was done through a process called sampling.... “tupos”.  That processes infuses upon a tiny chip the characteristics of a 40 thousand dollar  concert level instrument into a 2 thousand dollar keyboard....luck for us right?

Here, Paul is telling us that for the purposes of spreading the Gospel, we are to use what has been infused into us...what has been given us as an ensample...or example to share a message of life that all may live.

Be a witness not a nitwit


Acts 1:6-8

“Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.””
Acts 1:6-8 NKJV
Something that we all must come to realize and that is the simple concept that God’s love is enough. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that “His grace is sufficient”. What about “His sufficient” do we not understand? Here in Acts 1, Luke is giving the account of that reunion with Jesus and rather than just receive from His nail scarred hands, they immediately jumped into agenda mode? “Well Lord, when will this and this happen?” I’m sure we all would have done the same thing. His reply was that it was not our place to know those things (again our old friend presumption).

Check out the order of things; Judea...Samaria....outermost parts. God does not do things haphazardly. We see people engaged in situations right under our noses that need the solidity and soundness of counsel that your witness can bring.  We cannot be effective witnesses outside our homes until we have become solid witnesses inside our home. This is not a rehearsed public performance, but a lifestyle that permeates throughout the fabric of who we are. We carry this message to our Judea, our household....then on to Samaria...our community of diversity...then to the outermost parts...the missionary calling outside of our familiar circles.

It is very easy to post hyper spiritual statuses on twitter and facebook and give the world a nice show...but is your own house in order? Again, God tells us not to worry about the inner mechanics of the kingdom. He has all of that under control. Our job is to get the domain of our lives in line with what can make us functional for him.

Be one who leads people...not one who bleeds people.

Jude 1:12-21

“These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Jude 1:12-21 NKJV


If you have not figured it out yet, the flesh is not your friend. If you continually listen to it and allow it to take control, you will lock yourself in a room with a 90 inch high definition television and a case of oreos and never be seen again. I love to study the lives of those who have overcome insurmountable odds to serve God. These are people who have not necessarily been in the headlines of major newspapers and on covers of magazines, but they are people who did not say yes to their situation and give God their all.

These are people who have lost precious family to death and disease and go on to do great things for God such as John G. Lake.  Lake’s name is not featured on the cover of Christianity Today, but his contributions to the Body of Christ has brought hope and healing to countless people through the healing rooms he pioneered a century ago.  Then there are the nameless pastors, missionaries, evangelists, who fought despicable diseases and personal tragedy to get the message of life through Jesus around the world.

When I was a little boy, I remember the first and one of the few times my father and I went fishing. It was not big deal, but it left me with some important life’s lessons. He was showing me how to set up a rig on my fishing pole. We had a the line would not drag on the bottom of the bayou. There was the hook, on which to place the bait for the fish...and then there was this thing called a “sinker”...a weight. That would cause the hook to stay down and in position for a catch.

It occurred to me much later in life that the obstacles in our life...the weights...can either make us miserable and stop us in our tracks...or they can be the thing that holds us in place that the baited hook of the gospel can be in place for a catch, making us true fishers of men. I can use my adversity to put me under...or I can use it to put the devil under my’s my choice. 


The Jezebel spirit manifests in the church through the sin of presumption. The usurping of legitimate authority comes into the a body of believers through a person or persons influenced, oppressed, or possessed by the Jezebel spirit. Classic characterization of Jezebel is the presence of an Ahab. Ahab in the bible was the seventh King of Israel, also Jezebel's husband. Jezebel exercised demonic power over Ahab to the point where he took up her causes and defended her false ascent to a perceived authority and a false kingdom. Her selfish tyrannical whims were met by Ahab with fear and trembling to the point where she ran the kingdom via marionette strings. Everyone feared crossing her, not because of her legitimacy, but because of her violent outbursts and thirst for control. She ran things from her counterfeit throne to the point where she even drove the prophet of God into hiding for fear of his life. Jezebel is very much alive and well in the present day church. Find a will find a Jezebel. They can be male or female, demonic spirits are not prejudiced. They undermine the established authority. They breathe threats of sinking the ship if they can't control it. Their focus is not the ministry but themselves. Their chief tool is intimidation and they are often found igniting bridges behind them. Their bark is so bad that they can cause legitimate leadership to cower. As I mentioned earlier, Jezebel of the Bible ran Elijah the Prophet of God into a cave fearing for his personal safety. God had to go looking for him and tell him to snap out of it.
I share this because the church dynamic of today is a game changer. People shift around in churches like housekeeping changes sheets at a hotel. Many are genuinely searching for a church home. Some are still seeking for God, and then there are the ones who are trying to find a stronghold for their own cause. Jezebel's husband was the king, but he did not rule. He was one of the ones fearing his wife’s wrath. His time was not spent leading his kingdom, but catering to the whims of Jezebel. Jezebel in a church can be detrimental to its effectiveness. Everything in that church can become centrifugal around a person or small group of people running things via an illicit sub-system.

Here are some ways to recognize and avoid Jezebel:

1. There is always an Ahab. This person is an enabler. It could be a pastor, deacon, or even a spouse. Their job is not to do the bidding of anyone else but Jezebel.

2. There is an inner kingdom. They establish a system within a system in order to access the authority they need but do not legitimately possess.

3. They submit to no one. They are usually egocentric. They have a very high opinion of themselves and do not think anyone else has a valid position.

4. They are lording and intimidating. They will talk down to you when no one gave them authority to do so. Again, they submit to no one. Remember, Jezebel in the Bible was married to the king. It was not her was her device.

5. The Jezebel spirit uses undermining tactic and manipulation. They will adorn you with compliment, but in the end, it is just to achieve their goals and objectives.

6. They are reckless. They will destroy their own home to get what they want. They will throw everybody and anybody under the bus to get the desires of their heart. They will breach every protocol known to get their way.

7. Jezebel takes no prisoners. Her end game is domination. She is not in this for wall trophies, but specific goals that usually only benefit themselves. Legitimate authority seeks the good of all. Jezebel seeks the good of Jezebel.

The only way to see the church thrive on this earth is for it to be a kingdom run by the King of Kings. It must be shepherded by men and women of integrity, people who have paid their dues not with mere education, but with faithfulness, a humble servant's spirit, and much prayer and patience.
This brief writing is not to alarm you that "everyone in the church is a Jezebel". Nothing could be further from the truth. But when you encounter a controlling personality who refutes authority, bad mouths churches and ministries, seizes opportunity to exalt themselves rather than lift up the brethren, it may be time to step back and trust the authority in place at that church, knowing that God put them there for a time such as this.



                July 12, 2015

John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5 NKJV)

The ever present conflict between dark and light is evident all around us. Each day we live now is a new and even starker display of the dichotomous nature of this fallen world. As believers we see with even more evident conviction how badly we all need Jesus. John chapter one is the most succinct sum-ups of how this whole thing works. If you never saw it will see it now. There is light...and there is dark. God is that light. His light illuminates the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t get it. Its only hope is to be consumed by the light.

God’s love for us is so deep and so intense, that he literally pierces darkness to get to us. He is jealous for us...we must be jealous for a relationship with him, because the only way we will win this world is to display a relationship with God before the world that makes it envious.


God is jealous


Exodus 34:12-17

Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice, and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods. “You shall make no molded gods for yourselves. (
Exodus 34:12-17 NKJV)
Plain and simple, God is jealous for us because we belong to him. We are his creation. Painters, artisans, and songwriters will know what I am talking about, but there is a special attachment between the artist and the artist’s creation. The words of a writer are each like his children that he specifically poured over and watched come to life and grow. Every brushstroke of an artist is the line in the face of a person he pulls out of himself and onto canvas.  Scripture even uses the example of the potter and the clay to describe how special this relationship between creator and creation is to God.

Worshipping other gods is the highest form of rejection in Jehovah’s kingdom. He gave it all for us, and the most important thing to Him is the love and devotion of his creation. He does not see it as betrayal, but as selling ourselves short and walking in that darkness that he paid such a premium price to win our redemption.

Most of us cannot imagine ourselves making molded or graven images to another God, yet the distractions of this life...the love of the things of this world....the self-importance that comes with our supposedly busy lives, all fashion idols in our hearts just as surely as if we were melting down gold to forge an image of a false God.


Be jealous for God

Psalms 63:1-8

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. (Psalms 63:1-8 NKJV)


If you search the scriptures, you will clearly see where God loves ownership. He loves to own our hearts...and it really trips his trigger when we take ownership of Him as our Lord, Our God, Our Savior, Our deliverer. He is our Jehovah Jirah...our provider....Our Jehovah Nissi...our banner....Jehovah Rohe....Our shepherd....Jehovah Tsidkenu....our righteousness....Jehovah M’Kaddesh...our sanctifier.....Jehovah Shalom...our peace. He is our Jehovah Rapha...our healer.

David displayed what is probably the greatest template of being jealous for a relationship with God. Man must learn who God is before he will be able to grasp how much God means to him. Relationship is getting to know someone at a level deeper than simple recognition. Most of humanity will not get out of bed to seek God, because they are already in bed with the world. Jealousy requires a certain degree of obsession. Being obsessed with God is a good thing. Counting on Him, relying upon Him, Trusting in Him, is not a wasted vain hope, because he returns the attention. When a man and a woman become obsessed with each other in this life....we call that “in love”. These two people become so obsessed that they make a public commitment before God that they will stay with each a life together...have and raise children together...and go through everything...even the worst ...together.

Many psychiatrists would call this an unhealthy relationship, but God calls it love....and He is all for it. The love of a man for a woman is a reflection of the love God has for us...and that we in return should have for him.


Have a relationship with God that the world envies...

Acts 26:24-29

Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.” (
Acts 26:24-29 NKJV)

The only effective witness is one that comes from the heart and not the mouth. We are seeing a day by day progression of the end of religion in this old world. The heathens are hip to the jive and they’re just not buying it anymore. They see the abuse that has come from the laid up wealth of ancient denominations. They are watching as Pentecostal evangelicals lavish themselves in palaces and live in extravagance, milking people out of money to finance their obscene lifestyles. They see the sexual misconduct of clergy, the one-sided holiness of ministry and wonder, why in the world would I want any part of that? The answer....the church needs to fall in love with Jesus and we need to do it now. We need to put down the sick dogs of religion and move forward as a people who share the Gospel in power because we have been in the presence of the King.

We need a relationship that the world envies rather than a religious system that the world criticizes. We need to get to know this God we all bark about and get serious with him. The time for exchanging class rings is’s time to get married and be a bride. Its time to get googally eyed silly in love with The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost! That only comes from relationship.

I’m talking about a relationship with God that makes the world jealous to know him. You will not argue your point to convincing on facebook. You will not tweet people to will not convince them with will make them crazy with envy when they see a relationship that they wish they had. Everyone on this earth is lonely for God...they just don’t know it yet. There is a cavernous hole in every human’s heart that only God will fill...but they haven’t figured out what that is yet. Your relationship with God is not cultivated, it is surrendered to . It is not a hole you dig, it is a cave in you stand over. The House of Joy needs to be that place of a cave in, where we just all go under with God together. This place needs to be a light on a dark highway where people are drawn not by its sign or its amenities, but by His presence. People shouldn’t want to go to your church because it’s cool....but because it’s their fix. They are desperate for a touch from God.

The Mere Appearance

     The Mere Appearance

                          July 5, 2015

II Timothy

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. (II Timothy 3:1-9 NKJV)

Data check....You are at the Fifth of July, have now made it two thousand plus years since the first physical appearance and departure of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. The scripture we just now read together aptly describes the age in which we live now, but also other points in the history of man. What make them significant to this time in history is the completion of most of the end time prophecies we see in the Old and New Testaments. The world is ripe for a time of harvest. It is an age where the church can either shine like a beacon, or simply glow with the rest of the glittery temporal things of this world. God’s Word calls us to be a beacon.

This morning, I want to talk about appearances. In specific...the “mere appearances” that we see here being addressed by Paul in Second Timothy as “having a form of godliness”.  What we have been seeing now for the past 15 or so years is a progressive pushing back of the lines of what is fashionable to include as the Gospel. We are now seeing it in this country, but like the spoiled children of affluent society that we are, we have been sheltered from the oppression and persecution that others have been seeing for many decades in foreign lands. It is now making its way to our shores and some are thinking it strange.

When Paul addressed Timothy here in Chapter 3, he was admonishing Timothy to prepare himself, even back then, for the turning of man. It does not have to be many generations seeing the dead raised and the deaf hearing and the blind regaining sight that man forgets the wonders of God and returns to the vomit of the world. The insanity we are seeing here has been commonplace for a long time in other lands. So today, I want you to consider Paul’s words to Timothy....about having a form of godliness.  What makes the difference between a life of amazing miracles and simply accepting what religion dishes out is how we embrace the Power of God. We never want ourselves to be thought of God as simply having... “The Mere Appearance”.




Things that “talk” alive...

Revelation 3:1-2

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. (
Revelation 3:1-2 NKJV)


Here, Jesus tells Sardis, the fifth of seven churches that though they talk the talk...they have not been able to walk the walk. Five is the number of grace. Jesus tells them to immediately make mid-course corrections that they be watchful and strengthen themselves. There are also five stages to the tree of life; seed, root, tree, branch, and fruit. You know a tree by its fruit.

If you have ever, even in glancing, noticed how we name our churches, you would think that each one was the epicenter of the miraculous....a vortex of supernatural occurrences. But like the Holiday never feels like a holiday. And like a Milky Way candy bar, you never quite feel like what you did was in any way connected with the goodness of milk. And motel 6?...well that hasn’t been six bucks in a  long time. Calling something by a name does not validate it. What validates it is the outward signs that give testimony to its name. When people see the name church these days, a flurry of negative thoughts comes to most people. That is not because church is’s because of what man has done to what God established.

We must be ever vigilant as believers that we not declare a form of Godliness without embracing His mighty power that comes to set the captive free! This House of Joy must be in a position of readiness to accept and host the presence of God however he sends it to us. The church at Sardis had good intention, but the tug on the world is ever there calling us to settle. We cannot compromise or settle on anything but God’s will.

Things that “look” alive...

Mark 11:12-15

Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. (
Mark 11:12-15 NKJV)


We just read about those five stages of a tree’s development. The one right before the fruit stage is the “branch”. Leaves are an outward sign on a branch that fruit is imminent. When Jesus saw something that looked fruitful, he immediately cursed the tree for its deception. The very next thing you see here in Mark 11 was Jesus overturning tables in the temple belonging to the merchants who sold indulgences. That stuff is still going on.

Was Jesus just having a bad day? Did he have a “thing” about fig trees? No. Jesus was setting a spiritual precedent before his disciples. He wanted them to see first-hand that words are powerful. But he also wanted to establish that appearances without fruit were the definition of futility. Look at the same chapter starting in verse 20...

“Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:20-24 NKJV)

Three things here:

1.    Words are powerful

2.    God is powerful

3.    Prayer is effective


We can never accept the lie that what we say in faith is ineffective. When we talk to God He listens...and he answers. Prayer is never about mere appearances.

And then again...things that look dead

Ezekiel 37:1-6

The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ” (
Ezekiel 37:1-6 NKJV)


One of the songs that Abby worked so hard on was called “Come Alive”. Its lyrics referenced Ezekiel 37. As I accompanied her on that song, I was ever amazed at how the Spirit of God continually reminds us that it is indeed never too late for a resurrection. We try to create life in our words and in our actions, but most times they are just dead works we try our best to animate. But God...God takes things that are not only dead...they are decomposing...and he regenerates these things to life.

As we look around our world today...there are so many things that we can call dead; so many dry bones in the land that it is overwhelming. The fig tree was not an evil fig was just out of step with the kingdom. He didn’t curse it because it was bad...he did so because it was a waste of time. The church at Sardis wasn’t dead for lack of the availability of was dead because of its choices. We still have fig trees and we still have churches...and we still have the abundant grace of God that breathes life into dry bones. We never have to settle for the mere appearance.


                Toys from the attic

                           June 21, 2015




1Co 13:11


“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1Co 13:11 NKJV)


There were things that came across the desks of our lives that we encountered, examined, gleaned, internalized, extracted from, and then put aside. This process happens from the time we encounter the first light of our births until we close our eyes to mortality when we pass into the arms of God. This process of growing and maturing should never be underestimated as a useless part of our lives, but cherished moment by moment as the love journey that takes us from glory to glory.

Today, I am taking a somewhat different spin. I want to share with you an encounter I had with the Lord and myself recently. I did not grow up a child of tremendous privilege. My family was comfortable and we had nice things. But the Lord asked me a question during a recent quiet time with Him. He said, “if you could single out the toys you had as a child and focus on the ones that spoke to you the clearest about me in your lifetime, what would they be. Well, I had a bunch of them, But for time sake, I will share with you the top three that I believe still have a tremendous part of who we are as believers on a day to day basis.



Live above your obstacles ... The Periscope




Hebrews 12:1-2


 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)


Two simple mirrors mounted in opposing patterns in a tube. That is all that this toy is comprised of, yet it teaches something so valuable, it’s hard to believe that we miss it. We live our lives in a continual state of overcoming. The Bible calls us “overcomers”...and that would suggest that there is something to overcome.

If we continually live staring at the obstacle, we lose hope. There is no way to see around way to see above it. The relationship we have with God through Jesus causes us to be able to see past the obstacle. It gives us insight into the “future and hope”, that God has promised us and lets us overcome the thing that has been sent to discourage and disarm us from the deeper things that God has in store for us.

When we worship, when we pray, when we wait on and rest in the Lord, a spiritual periscope gives us a God’s eye view we have never seen before in our mortal ability. It causes us to see the healing overcoming the disease. It gives us encouragement to see the end of the long hard road we endure. Indeed no weapon formed against us can prosper. And though the weapon be there, we can rise above it and overcome it by seeing through God’s eyes.



Stay balanced... The Gyroscope




I Corinthians 10:12-13

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (I Corinthians 10:12-13 NKJV)


These little gems were all over the school yards when I was about 9. This was a state of the art toy that still involved a string. An improvement on the standard top, the simple gyroscope was a toy that evolved from space age technology used to keep NASA orbiters in check where balance is concerned.

For about a buck fifty, you could have hours of amazement watching this thing take on hard angles, balancing on your finger tip...or the tip of a pencil. Lesson learned??? There was a force in the universe that was so strong that it could even overcome gravity itself. This concept did not come from the space program, but from God who daily keeps the solar systems in check. He maintains the perfection of all creation at the wave of this hand.

During the time in which we live, our eyes have beheld and will continue to behold disturbing things that we cannot explain, nor can we remedy save to pray God’s mercy and grace upon. We must stay spinning...powerful...upright...balanced....unshakable...stable...and we do that through our dependency upon the power of God.



Stay thirsty.... The Drinking bird



Judges 7:4-7 NKJV





But the LORD said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the LORD said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. Then the LORD said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.” (Judges 7:4-7 NKJV)


Now, this little guy probably teaches us the greatest lesson of all of the toys. Though he is but a simple fulcrum made of delicate glass, it was once thought that this little toy represented the closest thing to a perpetual motion machine. Through a process of heat exchange, the drinking bird will repeat the process of sticking his head in the glass of water for weeks without any human attention. Only one problem...water evaporates.

Gideon had a problem most of us pastors wish we had. He had thousands of warriors in his army and at his disposal. But God had a special ops mission and also had different ideas. He only wanted the ones who fit a certain profile to be in that army. This dwindled Gideon’s military strength from the thousands he once depended on to only 300.  Pastor Charles Green once sat me down and told me, you know, I’ve had thousands of people in my church, but truth be told, Larry, you can do great things with 300 people...and that’s the number you need.

300 hungry and thirsty people can accomplish infinitely more than 3000 “meh” people. God knew he told Gideon to take his men down to the river and see who would lap up that water like a dog....The thirsty ones...the hungry ones...the desperate, passionate, unstoppable ones will change the world. Drinking bird has one purpose in drink. We have one purpose in life; to serve God; to drink of His goodness and do His work.




             Equip for the trip

                                June 14, 2015


Luke 10:1-12


After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. (Luke 10:1-12 NKJV)


Here in Luke 10, Jesus has amassed a small army of empowered believers and released them into the world to watch the power of God First hand. Remember now that this is during Jesus’ physical presence upon the earth and the Holy Spirit is yet to come. He tells them not to pack for the trip in the physical, but to trust in His equipping that they might better understand the source of power that these disciples will demonstrate on the streets.

His instructions before their departure would terrify most of us. He tells them not to carry the most common of necessities, but to trust the empowerment of the anointed one and His anointing. Today, great evangelical outreaches comprise of state of the art technology. They involve multiplied millions of dollars of electronic media promotion, Hard assets such as staging, lighting, massive sound systems, and mobile office support. Further, it is carried by fleets of trucks, jet aircraft and in some cases ships.

To leave headquarters with just the basics would, by today’s standards would not only be considered insane, it would be deemed irresponsible.

Yet here we are, Jesus deputizing seventy individuals to carry the most precious cargo to ever be delivered to the world, that being the very salvation of mankind. Today, I want to impart an encouraging word to you that you have been enabled. You have been equipped. You have been given a priceless commodity to share that cannot be made dependent upon luxury to see its implementation. As the days of Noah continue to re-evolve upon the earth...the word Equipping is again taking on a new persona.


Travel Light


Matthew 11:25-30


At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you 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.” (Matthew 11:25-30 NKJV)


The burdening of the world has become confused with a burden for the world. We have made ourselves to think that we need more to get through this life than what is actually real. The disciples were instructed to travel light for a reason. That reason applies to us in this generation as well. If we become too attached to the trappings of this life, it will affect the urgency, the relevancy, and the core values of this Gospel we share. When your ministry in this life becomes predicated by a worldly load,  it, at the same time becomes compromised and challenged by irrelevant factors.

Jesus sent the original seventy out to prove a point...that the arm of the flesh was no match for His power. That seventy people returned amazed and giddy, reporting to him that demons dropped and writhed in torment at the mention of His name. His reply was that He has seen Satan fall like lightning....He knew well that power. But still, his reminding was that the greater miracle was that their names were written in the Lamb’s book of Life. This is the only place in recorded History where we read of Jesus dancing for joy!

We must travel light. We must not become ensnared in this world to the point where we cannot shake it loose for the sake of the Gospel. These 80, 90, or 100 years are nothing compared to eternity.


Travel Smart


Matthew 25:6-10


“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘ No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. (Matthew 25:6-10 NKJV)


The story of the wise and foolish virgins will remain as one of my favorites in the Bible as the hallmark example of faithfulness in discipleship. This life we walk as Christians is not simply separated into those who follow the ministry and those who choose secular life. We are all held to the same accountability where our walks with Jesus are concerned. The call to the ministry is a life’s vocation. Heeding the call of the cross is as simple as knowing and understanding the greatness of God’s love for us. It is a simple concept. It is not only requires responsibility.

The foolish virgins are clearly categorized in the group that says, “I have other things to me when it gets interesting at church.” The wise virgins are the ones who see the oil dripping from the walls of worship and stand there with jars collecting it for dark day.

When it comes to this voyage through life, perspective is everything. The things of this world that seem so important and “can’t do without” right now will seem to be wasted hours when your life is on the line. 


Travel Empowered 


Acts 3:1-8


Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. (Acts 3:1-8 NKJV)


Up until Hurricane Katrina, I always kept a hurricane box. It seems silly now, but it contained things like candles, and flashlights, and extra batteries, a transistor radio and rain get the idea. I remember returning from evacuation to the utter devastation my eyes beheld after that 100 year storm and I looked at my hurricane box and broke down into tears. There was nothing in that box that could even begin to fix what our lives now had to deal with. I did not have the batteries for the three months of no electricity. I could no use my radio for there were no radio stations left on the air. There was not a candle in that box that could deal with the utter darkness we were about to walk through.

We cannot walk through this life simply prepared...we must take each step of our trek empowered. Jesus, in Luke 10, did not send out the disciples, each with a brand new Schofield Seminary level bible. He did not give them each a 53 foot semi loaded with staging and sound equipment. He did not give each of them a diploma of doctorate level studies. He did not give them ANY physical thing. In fact, he told them not to take anything they physically owned. He wanted them to know that this was not them doing the work. He wanted them to know that their power was useless against the wolves they would come up against. He wanted them to trust not their personal assets...but to look beyond themselves and see the empowerment they walked in that rested in the bosom of Jesus. is all we need in our hurricane box.



Living the Walk...Walking the Life

       Living the walk...walking the life

                                    June 6, 2015



Matthew 4:18-22

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-22 NKJV)

Jesus loves you...and He has a plan for your life. How many times have we heard that cliché statement made in the course of witnessing on the streets or in churches. The truth is that Jesus’ plans are the plans of the Father...and the plans of the Father are global. Even though he knows every hair on every head, His plans are for mankind. Jeremiah 29 tells us that his plans for us are to give us life and hope. The plan already in full swing, the challenge for us is to launch out into the deep and receive it into our lives.

Jesus is all about net breaking blessing. There was never a situation in the entire Bible where he left the scene poorer than before he showed up. And that’s how he wants to manifest himself in our lives.

This time we all share on earth is not some kind of contest for points and is a life we encounter before God that we may faithfully walk it all of our days and move on to the great reward; eternity. Christianity is not a decision of good over evil... it is the realization of the love of an amazing God. The challenge is not in proving our worth to is in living the walk and walking the life.

Knowledge comes from learning but wisdom emerges from living.


Ecclesiastes 7:11-12

Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And profitable to those who see the sun. For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. (
Ecclesiastes 7:11-12 NKJV)

As a society, we are a people that place great emphasis upon intellect. Our doctors, Lawyers, Philosophers, Economists, and Political Scientists are revered on the covers of our magazines and hailed as heroes in this life. Yet in each of these groups, as intense as they may be in their specific field of will find those who fall dreadfully short in things such as morals and ethical character. An educated decision is sometimes not enough. Without wisdom, intellect can get you killed.

Walking with Jesus is growing in wisdom. When we are young, we think we have the answers or at least know someone who does. Twenty years down the road we begin to see things differently. Experience, if listened to will lead one to wisdom. Experience, if ignored will lead one to more experience. Ecclesiastes here tells us that the greatest knowledge we can have in this life is that one that leads us to wisdom. Scripture tells us in Proverbs that Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Isn’t it amazing that the agnostic/atheistic mindset is so ready to impose sentence upon themselves that is considered by God to be the greatest condemnation man can put upon himself. Intellect can teach you how to make a living. Wisdom can teach you how to stay alive.

Training your ears to hear the Lord in times of adversity bring about revelation that lives on in generations after you.


John 8:47
He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (John 8:47 NKJV)

In the 80s, we began hearing Bible expositors teach on what they called “generational sin”. Now this is nothing new, it was simply a new terminology for what the Bible calls the “sins of the fathers”. One of the things that this “Decision for Christ” brings about in our lives is the severing of past alliances with generations previous to us. Walking with Jesus in this life is walking free. He whom the son sets free is FREE INDEED. This is because our ties with familiar spirits are broken by the Love of God and we are made free by the spirit of adoption.

If I had been captured by an enemy and incarcerated in another city, you would probably not have a whole lot of faith in the letters I sent you telling you that I was coming to rescue you from the jail you were in. I have problems of my could I possibly help you? In order to see others set free, we must first be free ourselves. Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God. We cannot possibly expect to be liberators unless we first are liberated. Our hearing is so important to walking this life, because much of what we see will try to break us down and shake our faith. When we hear God’s Word and receive it into our spirit, we reinforce the goodness of God in our lives and build our spirit man up. 

Jesus continually says he who has ears to hear...let him hear. I have never found a scripture where he emphasized for those who have mouths to speak...let him talk.


James 1:19-20

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (
James 1:19-20 NKJV)

"If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear."

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)


Proverbs 10:19 says, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.”  I read a statement recently that said, “a wise man said nothing”. That is such a short statement, but one that is so indicting in the age of social media. Walking the life is all about time management. We are placed on this earth with a finite clock. There are a set number of seconds given to us that tick down to absolute zero. Our lives are each only for a season. We can make these lives count...or we can spend them in futility.

When we love and serve the Lord, nothing screams louder than what we do for God. What we say we will do can benefit little until those around us see the fruit of what God is doing in our lives. Walking the life is all about proving out through our lives that the goodness of God flows through us. Jesus did not curse the tree because of anger, he pronounced judgment upon it because it was fruitless although its appearance boasted of fruit. You are here for a purpose. You are the presentation before the Lord and the world that will bring others to a “taste and see” moment. You may be the closest someone out there will come to Jesus in their entire life. It is our responsibility to reflect the Goodness of the Lord in the Land of the Living.



     Have you stopped Dreaming?

                                  May 31, 2015

Joel 2:28-29

“28 ¶  "And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29  And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joe 2:28-29 NKJV)



According to your conception of the immense nature of God, these are indeed the last days. We have seen the birth of the church age and its evolution is now becoming full circle. We are in fact returning rapidly to the days of Noah. The debauchery and inconceivable behaviors that man has again amassed to his account are reaching that same critical mass that was present when God rained down fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible tells the children of God not to despair when we see such things, but instead to look up and receive our help and encouragement from heaven. And in these times, the people of God must know how absolutely important it is to forever keep the fires of hope alive in each of us that we do not succumb to the doom and gloom of the common voice of society, but rise above it in order to complete the important work at hand. Enter visions and dreams. Today, we will especially focus upon dreams. It says Here in Joel 2 that in the last days, the old men (and women) will dream dreams. Dreams differ from visions in that dreams keep alive the fire that fuels visions for greater things. In essence, dreams are the security forces that protect visions. Without the encouragement of the preceding generations, the next in line will begin to feel the futility of the days.  Dreams are those things which God speaks to our hearts in sleep, meditation, prayer, rest, and thought.

God has planted dreams deep in our hearts that they might not be uprooted by the pressures of the day. They are seeds that are shaded from the heat of popular opinion and watered by the hope of heaven. Your dreams are your dreams. God has given you hope for accomplishments in this life and hell’s assignment is to crush those dreams. Never give Satan that power....and never stop dreaming.


Never rule out what God has ordained


Isaiah 55:6-9

 Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord , And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord . “For  as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Many times we will stop dreaming because we become discouraged by what we see in front of us. All that is in this world....all that is of the designed to fail...and that includes our flesh. The negativity of thoughts and words in this life are detrimental to dreams.

Eventually, we adopt a mindset that begins to make God substantially smaller at least in His ability to influence the outcome of things in our life. We begin to shake and waver...we begin to feel like we are in this alone. We forget that the ordinance of God is to see us prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper. His Word lives in us even to the measure that the thing which he has begun in our lives long ago, he will be faithful to complete.

There are things that God has promised you. He has promised you  long life...the salvation of your of the things that make for a complete life. He is the author and finisher of our faith...he will complete in you the dreams he has placed in you.

Always pray for open doors and cleared paths

John 16:12-15

 â€œI still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

Clutter is a horrible thing. We humans tend to be stuff collectors. In fact, most of us would have a terrible time were the Lord to tell us to go on the road and not bring sack nor purse. We all have so much stuff! In fact, I’m betting that not many here this morning would admit to it, but we all have a drawer, closet, or in my case...a garage...that needs to be uncluttered badly. You know what clutter is, don’t you? It’s the collection of things through the years that you absolutely needed when you saw it, but it dropped off of the top ten and now you haven’t seen it in years... Where did it go? It became clutter.

Clutter blocks doorways, keeps drawers from opening smoothly and in general gets in the way of everything. Most of us have spiritual clutter. It manifests as things in our mind that block the flow of dreams. It tells us that things are much too complicated, much too messed up for that dream to ever rather than deal with the clutter, we just drop the dream.

This is a major contributor to stopping our ability to dream God dreams. And this is where we pray for open doors! We pray for God to remove the cluttered paths! We ask him to remove the spiritual impulse items that we have amassed from negative events and unsuccessful experiences. God can open door that no one can shut...and he can shut doors that no man can open. Trust him with your dreams and watch your dreams come true.

Prepare your heart for God's path to your dreams rather than your preconceived notions of how things should be happening.

Psalms 18:28-34


 For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. As  for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord ? And who is a rock, except our God? It  is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet  of deer, And sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.


Much of my generations were the ones immediately following the generation that went through the great depression in the late 1920s and into the 30s.  My grandparents knew first-hand the feeling of not having food on the table for their children. My father was one of those children. Because of that we were brought up by the “pull up your big boy pants” school of parenting. There is nothing worse than the feeling of desperation. Still, most people in this country survived the Great Depression. It was not because of great American was because God’s hand was on this country. His face shone upon our infirmity. His mercy sustained us.

But because of man’s hardness, we have been taught to make our own way...forge our own path...make our own destiny happen. And because of that, we have made a god out of our own ability. God is not simply the giver of our dreams...he is the enabler of our dreams.

If we can dream it, God can facilitate it. But the key element here to remember is that it must be in the hands of God and we must be willing to watch God do it His way. Dreaming is a faith step. It sets a dare against the natural and places trust in the supernatural. If you are ready to see your dream made manifest, you must also be ready to accept how and when God will manifest your dream. We must take the blinders off of ourselves while at the same time taking the restraints off of God to work in our lives. When we say to the mountain, be thou removed...we must never forget who it is that is actually moving the mountain.


              The Cost of Pentecost

                                        May 24, 2015



Luke 24:44-49


Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:44-49 NKJV)


Jesus came to earth as the servant of all. His most important mission: the salvation of mankind. His job was to restore the broken relationship that existed between man and God as a result of original sin. Having accomplished that mission, he had one more task to accomplish and that was to establish the new and living way of communion with the Father and that was the founding of the church. Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday...traditionally, the day we recognize the birthday of the church.

God in His infinite love for us won us back and gave us admission into his kingdom but it was at great cost. Our full Gospel church stance that we take here at this church is oft times taken for granted as something without much value, but the facts are that we walk in a new life that came at a great price and we serve in a manner that is   powerful and effective. Until we realize who it is that we are in Christ and how that power can change the world, we will walk on wearing a Pentecostal badge without ever tasting the Pentecostal experience. Today, I want to challenge you to pour in to the greatness that God has birthed in the church that you may pour out into our world and see the miraculous take place, just as those 120 in the upper room took that single event and changed the world forever.



Worth the wait


Acts 1:4-8


And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:4-8 NKJV)


I always reflect upon this scripture thinking about the 120 in the upper room that day and wonder how many people were actually invited that for one reason or another, opted out of the appointment of a lifetime. So many other events in history were a one-time opportunity. Who would trade being on the Capitol mall when JFK was sworn in? Who would regret seeing the meeting of the east and west railroads? How could your eyes “un-see” those airliners crashing into the twin towers on September 11, 2001? Some things in this life carry such impact that missing them would be unconscionable. Who would miss their baby’s birth?

Yet there were probably a good number who were invited to a single life changing event that “had something better to do”.  Being in the Kavod , the weighty presence of the Spirit of the Lord is priceless and whatever time it takes to wait upon that presence, scripture tells us in Isaiah 40,  is an investment with untold benefit.

As those who claim a Pentecostal culture, we should be in constant anticipation of being near that fire. We should long for the opportunities to wait upon the Lord...see our strength renewed, and delivered to new levels of His Glory in our lives.


Doing Dumamis


Acts 2:22-24


“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. (Acts 2:22-24 NKJV)



God did not send the Holy Spirit to establish a new social organization. Church was never intended to be an extension of human drama but a departure from it. The Church was intended to be a place of empowerment and effective ministry. Ultimate insanity for me would be to spend the entirety of your day digging holes in the yard and planting seeds that you knew were dead and would yield nothing but to steal your time.

That word “power” that we see in the first chapter of the book of Acts is a word whose derivative is the same one from which we also get the high explosive “dynamite”. When fire is put to the fuse of a stick of dynamite, there is little more you need to know but to get far away from it because it will go off and it will make a sizeable hole in whatever it is near. As a boy, I used to watch my dad blow pine stumps whenever he was developing a new residential section. He would excavate a small hole at the base of the stump and place one or two sticks of dynamite in the hole and run a long cable out to where we were safely behind a truck or some other protective cover. He’d give one good shove on the detonator and we would see stump go everywhere.

This is how our Pentecostal faith should work. The dunamis in us should blow the devil out of anything else. Demons should flee. Disease should die. Prayers should be answered. Remember the book of acts is not an assemblage of cool is the blueprint for us to check up on the direction of the church.



Manifesting the miraculous 


Acts 5:12-16


And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. (Acts 5:12-16 NKJV)


Satan has done an effective job of getting the church’s attentions off of miracles. He has even gone so far as to paint a picture of miracle believing Christians as being “a bubble off of plum”. Now, instead of the common language of the church involving miracles, we have to wait until someone shows up with stage 4 cancer, or needing a heart transplant, or someone’s son is going to prison for life to start a dialog that includes the word “miracles”. Miracles are not the exception in God’s kingdom...they are the rule. The downplaying of miracles in the church comes straight from hell and follows this social order and class church that refuses to recognize the power of God because it affects some kind of agenda. It interrupts our program.

When we reach the place where our very shadows fall upon sickness and sickness departs, we have arrived at the church’s destiny...and those days are coming...make no mistake about it. Man’s church and man’s agenda will be put on the back pew and God will be lifted up as we lay hands on the sick and they recover. God’s glorious church will see the dead rise and demons shudder in the presence of the Lord. Revival is coming ....and its Pentecostal.


               Faithfully Serving

                                                May 17, 2015 

Lu 22:24-30


“24  Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25  And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26  "But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27  "For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. 28  "But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29  "And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30  "that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."” (Lu 22:24-30 NKJV)





Faithful to Christ....loving the call

Eph 5:14-21


“14  Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." 15  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 ¶  submitting to one another in the fear of God.” (Eph 5:14-21 NKJV)





Being a part of your church’s worship experience is vital to spiritual health.


Saying you trust God yet avoid fellowship is like your doctor giving you a diagnosis, plan of treatment and then never taking your prescription.



A.W. Tozer said, “If we are not significantly aware of His presence, then, we may be unaware of His absence. Do we still know the difference?”


The added dynamic is that you are a needed element in the body to bring life. When you are not here…you are missed.



Faithful to the call


Lu 6:44-49


“44  "For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45  "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 46  "But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say? 47  "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48  "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49  "But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."” (Lu 6:44-49 NKJV)



We will walk a 125 acre shopping mall or a 350 acre golf course….but not walk fifty feet next door to share the Gospel.

Christianity is not a book, or a philosophy, or a social order…it is a life. You live this thing and it emits from your life before others.

God gave us a rock solid foundation on which to build our lives, yet there are many who choose to build upon the loose soil of the world. Flakiness is a symptom of worldliness and worldliness is a slow growing cancer in your life.




Faithful to corpus.....loyalty to the call


1Co 12:12-21


“12 ¶  For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13  For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body––whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free––and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14  For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15  If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 16  And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 17  If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18  But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19  And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20  But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21  And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."” (1Co 12:12-21 NKJV)



We have religion to thank for the disorientation of the church. Ecclesiastic Entertainment has become the downfall of true church growth. People now follow popular trend rather than anointing.


Loyalty to church has become a critical issue in spreading the Gospel to the local community. The divested interest of Christianity has created a “competitive arena “ in religion….I.E. Who can “Pack the house”.


Church should never be about “where you go”…..rather, it should be all about “Where you Grow”.  When God plants you somewhere…..stick to God’s plan.



            Truth saved my life...

                              May 10, 2015



John 16:12-15



“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. (John 16:12-15 NKJV)


Jesus was not a word mincer. He did not spare the truth to save the  flesh an uncomfortable experience. He was not sensitive to man’s infraction of The Father’s goodness, but he was focused upon the restoration of that relationship. When Jesus began his ministry it was a three year vortex of conflict, and setting straight, and forging a path made wholly of truth and sustained by the divine plan of a loving God.

Here in John 16 we see Jesus telling us that there are truths. He tells the disciples that some were not for revealing in his present time...but that The Holy Spirit...the Spirit of truth would reveal to us those things that are pertinent to our earthly voyage that would point us toward a heavenly destination. I don’t know about you....but I needed an up...because all I knew was down....I needed a future...because I surely had a past....I needed a savior...because destruction had become my personal industry. I needed the truth...and the Truth saved my life.



Truth breaks chains


John 8:31-36



Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:31-36 NKJV)


A son abides ...has rights...In theory, the way this country was designed, a citizen, a native son, has inalienable rights. My children, my sons and daughters will always have my love and a place in my life that cannot be erased by the folly of man. They are free to move about my heart and will always have free access to me.


God sent Jesus, bearing truth...He sent the Holy Spirit....bearing truth....The truth has rooted in my life and has rooted in yours...for the express purpose of setting you free from the bondages of this life and gain for you free access to  the Father of Lights! He has given us access to the very throne room of God.


A couple of weeks ago, I shared from Acts chapter 16 how Paul and Silas were simply worshipping in the midst of their prison experience. They had a midnight worship service right there in the cell and that Spirit of truth showed up. It sheared off prison doors and cast a light upon that place of bondage and set the captives free. Its been better than 2000 years and that thing still works!



Truth gives light


Psalms 25:4-5


Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. (Psalms 25:4-5 NKJV)


Psalm 105:119 tells us that God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. I don’t know about you, but I was stumbling around in the darkness. I tried to come up with my own forms of light. I tried to drink my way to illumination. I tried to money my way to some kind of light. I thought reputation would bring me brilliance. Intelligence and intellectual giftings would certainly brighten up my prospects...but no. It took a lamp that was permanently and faithfully affixed to the trail upon which I walked that would give me the steadfastness to follow God.


Isaiah tells us that when we wait upon the Lord...when we are fueled by His anointing and his leading, we are recharged...ignited with a fire that is unquenchable...unstoppable. We spend our lives trying to stoke a fire of our own. We try to keep things rolling. What liberation to have a light in our life that is there whether we are able or not. When we are weak, he is strong. My light was fading and in constant need of fuel. His Holy Spirit is an never ending, never depleting source of light that can bring us through even the darkest times. His light smells like looks like confidence....and it performs like  the noonday sun.





Truth brings life



I Peter 1:22-25

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (I Peter 1:22-25 NKJV)


About six months before I was saved, I had a dream that I had died. All of the friends that I knew from my life came to this big funeral service for me. I have walked in this funeral home dozens of times in my life so it was familiar surroundings for me. At one end of this room, there is a closed container and flowers all around it. No one is crying or especially one is even paying the container much attention. The weird that I am walking around the room talking to these friends and laughing and reminiscing with them. I am attending my own funeral. And I am having one heck of a good time. At the end of this dream, it’s like a door slams shut and all of a sudden...I am alone in the room....just the one else...just me....Then I awoke.


We hold on to this life with wide eyes and white knuckles. Satan has convinced us that this is it. But this is not it. If one of your greatest fears today is dying then you need to meet my Jesus. He is the Lord of Life. Today is Mother’s Day. It is a day when we revere and celebrate those beautiful creatures of God who gave us our earthly life. What a day to repent, rededicate, reassert ourselves before God that he is the life giver. He is the one who has blown the breath into every nostril that has ever or ever will walk this earth.

I once walked amid the walking dead at my own funeral. But the truth....saved my life.


Pursuing the Relationship

           Pursuing the Relationship 

                                                            May 3, 2015




John 17:1-4


“1 ¶  Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2  "as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3  "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4  "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” (Joh 17:1-4 NKJV)




The whole reason we preach the Gospel is not to accrue a feel good environment or convey positive vibes, but to develop a solid foundation and relationship with the Living God through our savior, Jesus Christ. The point of all of this is not to have the “right” philosophy, but to serve the righteous master and know a love that is unavailable to human emotion. It all boils down to appetite. A person who is not hungry will not eat. In the natural, one who eats aside from the need for nourishment is on the fast track to an eating disorder. They eat not from hunger, but maybe from depression, or worry, or loneliness. When you eat from hunger, you eat to gain nutrition.

Pursuing a relationship with God is like eating. The fast food industry makes billions of dollars a year betting on those who are hungry enough to eat, but not hungry enough to cook. We feed ourselves religious fad for much the same reason. It scratches an takes care of a need...but it does not build a relationship. In the end, it is empty and does not bear nutrition.


Relationship with God is all about desire. It is not out to prove a point, but to build something that roots deep into one’s life. It is unshakable. It is undeniable. It is the rock steady foundation of one’s life...and it is possible through relationship. From the second we are born, God is pursuing us. The Bible tells us that he knew us before we were in our mothers’ womb. He has been tracking us...watching over us...nurturing us....sustaining us. But as in any relationship ship, it is a two way street. We must be willing to put down self to seek out another. It is about hunger, desire; it is about pursuit.





Matthew 25:1-4


“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. (Matthew 25:1-4 NKJV)

Now as the story goes on, the five wise virgins had been preparing for the day of the bridegroom’s visit.  In scripture, oil is always a picture of the Holy Spirit of God. These five virgins had been relentless in their pursuit to keep their lamps oiled and trimmed for the preparation of his calling. The anticipant spirit looks forward to an encounter. When you were dating your spouse, the days leading up to that special date or even the wedding were almost as exciting as the time itself.


When you look forward to something, you are relentless to make every moment count. You plan and prepare...add touches...go the extra mile. Everything you do is in preparation to make the time as meaningful as possible. I remember as a boy growing up here in New Orleans that the weeks before Mardi Gras were filled with plans for the food and the costumes and just the right parking and coordinating with family to meet and enjoy the day together.  It was a special day of friends and family. Back then it wasn’t about booze and lascivious was about the relationship. It was about the good time together.


Now, on the heels of these five wise virgins were the five foolish virgins. They had prepared for nothing. They figured they would get along on their good looks alone and at the right time just hustle some oil off of those who had gone the distance. But you see, it doesn’t work that way. You cannot live on someone else’s excitement. You cannot, at random, jump inside someone else’s dream. In the end, it is not about is about not appreciating the journey. If it didn’t mean enough to you to prepare all along, when the time may be there...but you still won’t get what it’s all about. It’s not about the price of the’s about relationship.




Psalms 63:1-3


O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. (Psalms 63:1-3 NKJV)

How much does this whole God thing mean to you? That’s not a rhetorical question...I mean it. What does the pursuit of God mean to you? Will it drive you from your bed to come and worship him? Will it be put in front of your social plans to make sure you keep your appointed time with him? God gave us seven days. He asked us to keep one is that shoe fitting in your life?


Relationship says that nothing comes before and everything is after. In my relationship with my wife...nothing comes before her. Not my friends...not my art...not my entertainment...not my wishes...not even my comfort. I made a commitment to her to put her before everything else in my life except God...because God is what holds our relationship together. He is the source of our love.


Here in Psalms, David exemplifies why he was a man after God’s own heart. Look at his level of love for God. Early he seeks the Lord....not after he gets his goody out of life...there is desperation for the one who give him life. His flesh longs for a place where deserts abound. People think nothing of running headlong into the desert of life every day and don’t give a second thought to God. Then they wonder why their lives are miserable. I think David was a little smarter than us all. He tells us that God’s lovingkindness is better than life....most in our generation choosing this life over God. Is there possibly a reason here why our world is in such pathetic shape? Desperation for God is met with His satisfying presence.





James 1:22-25


But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22-25 NKJV)


Here is today’s challenge. It’s easy to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? My dream and my vision for this church is to see a generation of Holy Ghost inspirers to rise up and change our communities here in the New Orleans area. It’s great to read books and watch videos. It’s fantastic to enjoy Bible studies and fellowship groups...but can you take this life and put it into action? Can you do as the Bible tells us and replicate the life Jesus gave to you?


I never want to see the day where this church becomes a religious relic on the side of the road. It would break my heart to think that the vision and the work of God birthed in revival twenty years ago would aspire to be anything less than a wellspring of His presence and a place where God’s spirit flows like mighty rivers into the lives of others. This place is different. This place is Mighty in God. This place is anointed to bring the hungry, the desperate, and the dedicated to a lasting relationship with the God of all. Even if God has do what he did with Gideon and get down to those ones who will greedily lap from the river as opposed to sipping saints who can take it or leave it...I’m ready for His passion...I’m ready for His presence.


Consider The Source

           Consider the Source

                                           April 26, 2015



1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NKJV



And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:1-5 NKJV)


The purest of water supplies are not determined by the point of use, but at the source of the water’s journey. A well that is 100 feet in depth is not nearly as pure as water coming from a well that is 1000 plus feet. That water comes from an aquifer that is untouched by anything. It is water that flows through underground rivers miles beneath the earth’s surface unexposed to any contaminants. Our relationship with the God of all is much like that wellspring that produces pure water. We can generate nothing pure through our human effort, but once under the influence of the fount of the Holy Ghost, the contaminants of this world cannot influence it because it comes from a source unfettered by human hands.

Today, I want to pose a question to you, and that is, “from where do you minister life to your friends, your families, to those whom you share your faith. If it is life ministered out of the frustration of the carnal mind, fruit that remains may be a rare commodity. If it is from the wellspring of the Holy Ghost, you will see a life rise up out of your planting and bountiful crops of spiritual harvest will overtake you in due season.

Here in 1 Corinthians 2, Paul emphatically states that it is not by mere human effort upon which he depends to minister life, but one greater and deeper than he...the Holy Spirit. We must ever consider the source when consuming spiritual food that we might be drinking not from empty religion or philosophy...not the condemnation of religion, but the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It is only in this condition that we see elements of our Christian walk that begin to change and effect not just ourselves, but those all around us.




Power Prayer


James 5:14-18


Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:14-18 NKJV)


Supernatural prayer is prayer that is results oriented. Here in James it tells us that the effective and fervent prayer will see results. Prayer that is Holy Ghost initiated has the element of faith plugged into it that sees the sick healed....the lost saved....and the bound up delivered. As we traverse the earth, we see prayer that is a powerhouse from the heavenlies and we also see prayer that is simply a kind gesture.

When we are praying for someone who is sick unto death, or someone else who may be dealing with sickness or the possession or oppression of devils, there must be more than prayer that is nothing more than a courtesy. When our lives are troubled, we need miraculous power. Prayer that is powerful comes from those who are anointed by the Holy Spirit and prayed in a level of faith only attainable through the gifts of the Holy Ghost.



Power Praise and Worship



Acts 16:25-34


But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. (Acts 16:25-34 NKJV)


One of the areas believers are most deceived in is the importance of powerful praise and worship. This is largely to the fault of a contemporary church that has reduced praise and worship to just another genre of music rather than a valid offering to God at the alter of sacrifice. Coming to God in worship is not simply blessing the Lord as he watches his little children sing. While that is a cute religious picture, there is a powerhouse of anointing that happens whenever worshippers get together, even in small numbers, and begin to hammer on heaven’s back door.

In this passage of scripture from Acts 16, we see that even in the midst of bondage, oppression, judgment, fear, depression, and every other evil thing we can imagine there is hope in the middle of the night. Every time God hears a worshipper pouring his heart out to him in worship, jail doors shear off at the hinges...spiritually deaf ears and blind eyes fly open as they see the love and goodness of God in the land of the living! God opens the doors to healing, deliverance, repentances, and every other life controlling thing fashioned in hell. And it falls harmless to the ground under the power of heavenly worship. I would not preach a message in a place where the atmosphere had not already been watered with Holy Spirit inundated Praise and Worship. Religion has sold us the lie that it is the expendable part of the service...the introductory music...the take it or leave it part of church. In fact, it is where your miracle is being birthed.


Power Prophetic and Presence


Acts 3:17-23




“Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ (Acts 3:17-23 NKJV)



Wherever you find the power of will also find two things: One, the prophetic is flowing...and two....the Presence of God is there. God has and does move through prophecy. It did not end with the Old Testament. The office of the prophet is alive and well. The voice of the prophet is used today to hail and introduce moves of God across the earth. He sends and He speaks the oracles of God into the lives of believers everywhere. The prophet is needed to bring life to desolate situations. He utters words to those whose hope is failing. He broadcasts warning to those who have run askew of God’s will. He calls and beckons us to the presence of God.

Likewise, God’s presence is the epicenter of miracles. It is where God shows up in a situation. As the Holy Spirit of God flows through a congregation, regardless of size, we experience His conviction and His wisdom pour over us like a waterfall as He reasserts his truths that His mercies are new every morning!  A church without His prophetic and without His presence is simply a social gathering...void of His signs and wonders.




Pride, Humility, and other uncomfortable subjects

                Pride, Humility, and

         Other uncomfortable subjects


                                  April 18, 2015



Psalms 34:8-22 NKJV


Oh, taste and see that the Lord  is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord , you His saints! There  is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord . Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord  are on the righteous, And His ears are  open to their cry. The face of the Lord  is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The  righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord  is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. The Lord  redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.


The Word of God tells us in James chapter 4, verse 6 that God “resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The saga of our lives is a succession of good decisions and bad ones. It is the mantra of victories and failures. If we learn from both, our road produces fruit, if we do not...we almost certainly continue to go around some mountains over and over.



Today, I would like to discuss the presence of God in relation to our receptivity and not our deservingness. While we cannot bribe God to a habitation among us, there are certain atmospheric conditions that make it unlikely that a manifestation of His power will be seen.




Some of us took a class here a while back called “Shifting Atmospheres”. If you did not attend those classes, let me give you the cliffs notes. God does not respond to behavior, he responds to hunger. Hunger creates an atmosphere for him to dwell in. His Holy Spirit will take a back seat to nothing and no one. As He is exalted in a place, His Spirit is drawn to that environment. This message is to all of us who want his presence...and are willing to be part of an atmospheric shift that will beckon to Him.




Forgetting where you come from is an almost sure recipe for a trip back there. Pride inarguably goes before a fall.



Proverbs 16:17-19 NKJV


The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.



Moses trip through the desert set the standard for messed up travel planning. Through their complaining, bickering, doubt, and unbelief, they managed to stretch an 11 day trip into a 40 year plight.


Pride roots to every inequity contained in the human it lust, greed,  murder, hatred....pride says, “I’m more important”.



When humility roots in our lives, we gain a priority not known in the human economy. It does not make sense, and therefore you WILL see resistance as you put away human pride and adopt a life of brokenness and humility.





Humility is not just putting yourself in someone else's’s actually rolling up your sleeves and helping them get out.



Luke 10:30-36 NKJV


Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’  So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”


This is a question I find myself reflecting upon more and more. If you died tomorrow...WHAT would you be remembered for?  Now while you would be with Jesus in glory, it really wouldn’t matter too much anymore...but it is a sobering question for the here and now.  It affects the generations that follow. It affects those you impacted with your life...and most of all...It was part of creating an atmosphere.



The word Samaritan is just the resident of a certain region of the Middle East.  In itself means no more than saying, “The Texan”. But because of this man’s single act of selfless kindness and unfettered humility, The Word SAMARITAN to this day dictates a picture of generosity, philanthropy, and kindness.  So, I will ask again...How will they remember “The Louisianan”.



This man from Samaria did not do anything supernatural...but he changed a culture by putting down his pride...cancelling his socio-economic and political agendas...and picking up a humility that caused him to go over and above his moral obligation to help this man.






Pride is the fine art of painting one’s self into a corner using the brush of arrogance and the colors of ignorance.



Acts 9:1-9 NKJV


Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.



A religious spirit will make us do funny things. Because of a pharisaical spirit, we attach pet doctrines and legalities to ourselves that really amount to little more than opinion.

How do you think all of these denominations were born? Jesus established one church...It was man who decided to enter into vain arguments and opinionated doctrines...and as each one ran amuck, the church splintered over, and over, and over again.



Saul was a pioneer religious devil. He was a well-trained Pharisee with an enormous future amid his like and kind. Pride had eaten him had made him arrogant, and the drive to feel like he was doing God a service by ridding the world of these followers of Jesus drove him like a team of horses pulling a wagon. He was burdened down by his religion, but Jesus saw the pain and torment this man was putting his saints through and intervened.



God struck him down and took his physical vision that his spiritual eyes might be opened. When we are broken of our pride by the presence of the Holy Spirit operating in us, we become like Paul...helpless to see what was, but in a place of receiving a new sight that we might see into the Spirit realm.


When pride is replaced by a humble heart, God draws near to us...His presence inhabits this new atmosphere and power flows from our very lives.





Staying Genuine

                  Staying Genuine 

                                           April 12, 2015



I Peter 1:1-9



Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (I Peter 1:1-9 NKJV)


Christianity is not an institution, it is a pilgrimage. It was never intended for us to base our beliefs upon opinions of man, but to be rooted in doctrines of God. What becomes his doctrine should be based upon his moves and not our speculations.

Our faith is the testing materials; the proving ground of our trust in God. It is the place where we lay what should be most precious to us before him in offering and see its worth become as dung in the presence of the Lord.

As we live out this life, what will lead others to him will not be our ability to pontificate and philosophize about religion, but to see the demonstrations of power and glory that pass through us by the hand of the Lord. 1 Peter 1 speaks of the “genuineness of our faith being much more precious than gold” should make us wonder about the rankings of what we hold dear. Our true battle in this life is not over the grave. That has already been won for us. Our struggle will boil down to keeping it real.



The Reality of Christ


John 6:35-40


And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:35-40 NKJV)


It’s funny how we remember random items from our childhood. One of the things I recall from a very young age was a bread wrapper that had the motto, “the staff of life”, printed on it. As I read this scripture...I see the Jesus calling himself the Bread of Life. Bread, real bread, is a staple. You cannot do without it. Though you can is a no brainer to say that most everything we eat includes some kind of bread in its configuration. And even though some of us have removed it from our diets, it always wanders back in through the door somehow.


Jesus is saying here that he is a non-expendable part of our life. We can try to write him out, but it is almost a certain thing that he will roll back around no matter how much we try to ignore his role.

We need his life. We need his rod and his staff to guide us. We are in desperate need of a shepherd to lead us into paths of righteousness, of which ours are but filthy rags.

Being genuine is keeping Him squarely in the center of our lives, never accepting another as our bread, but allowing him to nurture and feed us with his life.


Falling for fad


Matthew 24:23-28



“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. (Matthew 24:23-28 NKJV)




II Timothy 4:2-5


Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (II Timothy 4:2-5 NKJV)


The era of religious magicians has returned. Jannes and Jambres are back with a vengeance. (2 Tim 3:8) This time, they do not replicate the miracles of Moses, but try to deflect the Glory of God and His signs and wonders by deceptions of smooth words and ear tickling. These charlatans are doing for the faith what Hugh Hefner did for romantic relationships. They are leading people astray, and they are getting obscenely wealthy in the process.


When Jesus returns, the last thing we will want to be found doing is worshipping a man. His love for us is overwhelming. His care for us extends past the infinite points of space. How can we privatize the anointing by connecting it to doctrines of man when God’s miracles came to us at such a desperate cost?


God’s plan for us is firstly pure. His words were never delivered to us with the shuffling of feet and the uncertainty of semantics.  Jesus stood before Pilate and simply said “thou hast said it”. He never apologized for who he is or how he came...his appointment was not in pleasing man, but in saving his soul from hell.



Walking the straight path



Colossians 2:6-10



As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:6-10 NKJV)


Next time you are in a pharmacy or department store, drop by the vitamins and supplements aisle. Check out the vast expanse of the universe that calls itself “nutritional products”. There are several labels of the same thing all claiming to be better than the first. In the end, what will work best for you is not what’s printed on the label, but what is contained within the bottle. Our life before God is that way. There are so many professing to have “the way to God”... they will lay claim to formulas for everything from healing to financial success. God’s best for us lay at the end of the pilgrimage we have embarked upon on this planet earth.

He has blessings and provision and healings and amazing signs and wonders galore throughout our trek toward heaven, but they are things that he wants to show us along a path that he has set before us. Let no one lie to you and tell you there are many paths...for there is only one...Jesus. And Jesus told us that himself.

God’s life cannot be postulated down to what Paul called “basic principles of the world”. There is a set path, and we are to walk it. We will stumble and we will fall...but we will get up and walk and finish our race...walking the path of righteousness.


I'm Not Worried

                  I'm not worried

                                     April 5, 2015



Romans 8:5-11


For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:5-11 NKJV)





: no longer alive or living : no longer having life

: not able to feel or move

: very tired

Full Definition


:deprived of life :no longer alive 


(1)  :having the appearance of death :deathly <in a dead faint> (2):lacking power to move, feel, or respond :numb

b  :very tired 

(1)  :incapable of being stirred emotionally or intellectually :unresponsive <dead to pity> (2):grown cold :extinguished <deadcoals>


plural  dead


:one that is dead —usually used collectively 


:the state of being dead <raised him from the dead â€” Colossians 2:12(Revised Standard Version)>




: the ability to grow, change, etc., that separates plants and animals from things like water or rocks

: the period of time when a person is alive

: the experience of being alive


Jesus came to crush death. Previous to his glorious resurrection, all man knew was death. Because of his shortfall of a pure grace that could save him, it was impossible for him to know and embrace a life that would not flee him like the wind down a mountain. When Jesus rose from the grave, he purchased for us our freedom from death in its every form. The grave is no longer our final stop, nor can this life be a hangman’s noose to us.


In Christ, our lives become abundant, fertile, productive, hope-filled, and overflowing in His love. We are no longer subject to spiritual gravity, but are set free to fly as believers and again given dominion over this life that was lost in the Garden. What was lost in a paradise was purchased again on a hilltop.

But our lives were not redeemed that we might hoard them and hold them close to our chest, but that we might give them away as a testimony to Jesus’ unending love and power that we be an example to every living thing that God is greater! Whatever you face in this life, God is greater....we can stand and look into our reflection and say... “I’m Not Worried”.


I'm not worried about my dead situation 


Matthew 6:25-26 NKJV


“Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26 NKJV)


In Matthew 6 Jesus repeatedly impresses upon us the importance of understanding the principal of NOT worrying. We can find so much to concern ourselves about in this life. In fact, worry has become the marketing tool of choice in our generation. We no longer do things simply for enjoyment...most times we do things to beat someone else to the prove something to someone else or ourselves...we do them in preventive measure rather than because we were led of the spirit.


Life has become some kind of race, rather than a fellowship of God’s creation. You can only have a salad if the lettuce and the tomatoes are getting along. In this life, we have been conditioned that everyone is an individual....we stand alone...and because of that, we have become competitive...not children of God, but children of the corn.


Here in this passage of scripture, Jesus was telling us in no veiled language that we need to cool our jets. We have placed way too much importance upon winning the race rather than running it.



Dead relationships of friends and family


Philippians 4:8 NKJV

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 NKJV)


God raising Jesus from the dead should prove to us one thing...once and for all. We should be convinced that nothing is beyond the reach of God. If you are here this morning with a resurrection spirit in your heart, then you should also know that what you thought you ruined or destroyed is made new in the hands of God. The guards who retrieved Jesus body from the cross made sure he was dead...just like our hurtful words or actions have killed relationships with friend and family.  God is the life giver. What we kill...Jesus can resurrect.


So what do we do? We employ the “whatevers” until He moves in the situation.  When someone is sick, we take them to the hospital, but we do not treat them...that is for the doctor to do. We are asked to “wait” in the waiting room. Well, I have what I call the “Whating” room....its where we practice the whatevers . We do not dwell upon solving the problem...we turn the problem over to the specialist and we dwell upon the hope instilled in us by God through Jesus Christ.


As we focus upon the good things...the positive our heart changes, God is working on our behalf to restore those things that we have torn down with our own hands. Begin today to walk in Jesus resurrection power and know the wonder of his ability to rebuild the love between us that we thought we destroyed forever.


Dead dreams


Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV


I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV)


 This one is my favorite....If Satan cannot kill you...he will certainly have a field day going after your dreams. If he cannot destroy you, the he will make you miserable. He will make you miserable IF you allow him. Here in Deuteronomy 30, God directs Moses to choose a path of life. Notice here, there are two ways in which you can go. Our free will also allow us the latitude to choose death if we so wish. God’s desire for us is to always choose life. As the engrafted sons of Israel, we, too, enjoy this freedom of choice always with the provision that it is God’s desire that we choose His life. 


It seems so ridiculous that most of us, at some point in our lives have chosen death only to discover its bitter taste. It is those choices in which we marinate failure and season our lives with the devastation of bad choices strewn throughout our years. With the bitter pill of failure comes the narcotic fog of depression, discouragement, and despair. Jesus resurrection brought the light of day to our souls, but he also brought joy and hope and promise to our lives here on earth.


The tomb is a dark place. You are there alone. Two years ago, I lived one of the hardest moments of my life when I watched as workers sealed the earthly remains of my mother into a crypt next to my father who had been there for 37 years prior to her passing away. I remember thinking about being alone...truly alone...for the first time in the history of your existence. When we are conceived, we are nurtured inside our mother’s body. When we are born, we are surrounded by friends and family. When we die...just our bodies remain...and it is alone...for the very first time.  Our dreams are that way. A deceased dream is sealed in the dark of our hopelessness and memorialized by feelings of failure. But Jesus changed all of that. And on that day....The stone was rolled back and hope was restored to our souls...and to our lives.


                 Road to Reality

                                    March 29, 2015



Matthew 21:1-11


Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:1-11 NKJV)


Since childhood, I have been amazed by the almost magnetic attraction created by parades. People for miles will amass what amounts to camping gear and stake out a place on the side of the road awaiting paper mache, glitter, trinkets and loud horns. They will endure extremes of weather and long waits joyfully in the advent of forty five minutes of make believe.


This is why when I read this passage of scripture,  I see the king of kings waiting at the edge of town with no plan, but to fulfill begin his journey toward a destiny that will, in all appearance, not end well for him. He sends two of his team into town to obtain borrowed animals that will carry him along the route. He does not ride upon the adult donkey...but upon its foal...a young animal.


What happens upon Jesus arrival is mind boggling. The people of Jerusalem, desperate for a king, lay down garments and palm branches and cry out SAVE US!!! HOSANNA!!!  And when the parade was over...they had no idea who they had just encountered. But it was the beginning of an unfolding that would indeed be the salvation and deliverance of mankind. For you see, Jesus trek into Jerusalem that day was not simply a representative act for some calendar to mark one week before was a significant event that set into motion the completion of a plan that had been spoken of by prophets for multiplied centuries...It wasn’t just a parade was the Road to Reality.



Humility is the key to forgiveness


Matthew 18:1-5 NKJV


At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. (Matthew 18:1-5 NKJV)


Of all of the impasses that man encounters in his life...none is greater than that of pride. All of sin routes in pride. It was pride that set Lucifer at odds with The God of heaven and ultimately led to his downfall. It was pride that Satan used against Adam in the garden that place the seed of doubt in his heart that he and Eve could be “as gods” themselves. It’s that thing that sparks a rebellious spirit in us to not hear the sound counsel of the Lord, but seek our own way.


Jesus came “lowly, sitting on a donkey”. It was not to provide shock value to the parade that was to send a message that God “resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. (James 4:6, Proverbs 3:34). The minute the disciples figured out that they were in the presence of greatness, their first instinct was to begin bickering about who would be the greatest. Jesus was quick to reconcile that argument.


He told them that true greatness is reflected in humility. Jesus implies that the very act of conversion is tantamount to becoming as a little child in your heart. A child is filled...can be led easily. Adulthood brings with it competitiveness, arrogance, and bullheadedness. Which do you sound like?




Prepare ye the way of the Lord


Mark 1:1-11


The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’ ” John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:1-11 NKJV)

John the Baptist was anything but a normal guy. He dressed funny...had some definite hygiene issues, but what John lacked in social graces, he made up for in zeal. Scripture tells us that when Mary the mother of Jesus visits Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist in Luke 1...that the yet to be born John the Baptist leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.


How do you feel when you encounter Jesus? How does the thought of being in the presence of God strike you? How do you respond when encountering the presence of the Lord in worship? Does the spirit of God leap inside of you when you are near him? All of these things are precursors to being one who will prepare the way of the Lord. We have tried to make a science out of witnessing when Jesus never asked us to be His lawyer...he is ours. A witness is one who is placed upon the stand under oath and simply tells what he knows. Jesus saved my soul; he delivered me from a fate worse than death; he healed me; he made me whole and new. Preparing the way of the Lord is not rocket science. It is simply risking being seen by an enormously weird world as more weird than they are...


We cry for a savior so we must recognize him as he is.


Matthew 16:13-17


When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17 NKJV)



The people along the road that day fell into two groups. There were those behind him who had been touched by Jesus. Those were the ones who had been healed of diseases and delivered of demons. Many of those were disciples. Then there were the towns’ people. They were the curious... the ones who had heard of Jesus from afar...and the ones who had some inkling of who this was in their midst. Still, one has to wonder how many of them were just there for the free parade.

The success of Jesus’ parade that day was not the issue. What was happening was a predetermined part of a plan hewn out of the heart of God himself. Jesus was entering Jerusalem one humility. But he would leave on another road...on his way to be a true king leading his people out of bondage and eternal damnation. Most of the people there that day, had no idea of the greatness they encountered. Many of them left confused...perplexed...and wondering.

Here in Matthew 16, Jesus’ discourse with the disciples is kind of a       Q&A of how things are going. Jesus is out for some feedback on what the vibes are on the street. “Who do people say that I am?” is the question he poses to the disciples. And the answers are entertaining to say the least....Elijah...Jeremiah...even his cousin, Good ol’ John the Baptist. It is amazing to realize that as published as Jesus is in 21st century life, that so few people recognize him...or know the simple reason he came.

Jesus moves on....He places a poser to the disciples. “Who is it that YOU say that I am?” Peter responds, knowing what he has seen over the past times. He says... “You are the CHRIST (gk:Cristos, anointed one, Christ) the SON (gk:uihos...offspring, son,FOAL,) of the living (gk:Zao...quick...essence of life) God.

Isn’t it amazing that Jesus chose the foal to ride into town upon? Did you ever wonder what happened to the other donkey? According to Zechariah’s prophecy and Matthew...who of all of the accounts was the only one who was an actual Apostle.  The mother of the foal was there that day in the procession. Momma was there to comfort the baby...who had never been ridden before. Mary, Jesus mother who along with John and a few other faithful were the only ones left at the foot of the cross. Those who show up for the parade are rarely there for the cleanup.

Flesh and blood will never reveal to you what can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit.


                   A true gift      

                                   March 22, 2015



Philippians 2:5-11



Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11 NKJV)



Often we forget in the celebration of Christmas that the season we celebrate is not about trees or lights or even is about “A GIFT” given to man that forever settled his condition of shortfall before God.

Again, the celebration we call Easter is not about bunnies or candy it is not about springtime or pastel is again about “A GIFT” given to man that is so great we cannot comprehend in total its impact upon the human race. We have become so enamored with our culture as humans that we forget the true nature of a gift. A gift is something given to you without a is free. It is not done from a sense of duty, but out of love.


A gift presented to you with a price tag is not a is an indebtedness. Jesus paid a price for us never reminding us of the cost but leaving it up to us to call to remembrance the depth of his love not the debt we should owe. God never asks us to pay...he simply asks us to accept...and receive.



God the giver 



John 3:16-17



For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17 NKJV)


The very nature of our God is not that of a spoiled potentate, but that of a giver. In the earliest recordings of scripture, Jehovah God displayed a nature that can only be characterized as being that of a giver. God so loved the world that He GAVE.

Look at some of the names of God

Jehovah Rapha....the healer

Jehovah Nissi.....the covering

Jehovah Shammah...the presence

Jehovah Shalom.....God our peace

Jehovah Jireh....our provider

Jehovah Tsidkenu....God our Righteousness

Jehovah M'Kaddesh  The Lord Who Sanctifies, Makes Holy


The giving nature in us comes from God...we may distort it and change its nature, but the root of giving is a God character. Satan loves to interrupt that nature in us because it fragments our ability to accept grace in the purity in which it is offered. It releases condemnation into our lives and causes us to move toward greed which is a satanic trait.


Our creator is a giver...he gave his very best to cover the very worst.  When Jesus was born to this earth, the gift was announced. When Jesus rose from the grave, the gift was complete.



Jesus the gift 



Galatians 1:3-5


Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:3-5 NKJV)


I remember in high school and college, there were always a couple of guys on campus that were jokingly referred to as “God’s gift to women”. These were usually very vain, superficial guys that were one hundred miles long and one inch deep (speaking figuratively). And even though they were popular with the ladies, the truth of the matter is that they were walking heartaches. They left a trail of destruction behind them that can only be described as ruthless.


In contrast, we have Jesus. He IS God’s gift to mankind. He came, as the Bible tells us, “as a lamb to the slaughter.” It says in Isiah 53 that he was not attractive to the secular world. He did not have his ties to earthly culture, but had designs on the restoration of man to His heavenly father. There is not now, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be a goodness like that contained inside our Jesus.


His nature was not to come as a powerful potentate as the Jews had hoped, but a comely, humble, gentle, savior who was the perfect gift....He was presented to us without cost and without recanting.



Humanity the recipient 


Hebrews 4:14-16


Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV)


Over two thousand years have passed and much of man still does not “get it”. This amazing gift that has been so graciously laid at our feet is rejected every second of time that ticks toward our destiny with God.


As the light of revelation comes on in our heads and in our hearts, we are called to reiterate the message of the goodness of God and the greatness of the gift given to us. This is what we mean when we say that we “witness our faith”. Many have tried to turn witnessing into an applied science...or a philosophy. Apologetics is the lame invention of man. The goodness of God does not have to be defended...simply shared.


Remember that you represent not a religion or a theological simply represent the sum product of the goodness of God upon your life. That is what will empower you to reach your generation for Christ. Being a Christian is not adhering to a religious rhetoric, but living and fleshing out the results of a marvelous gift at work inside of you. A.W. Tozer explained the goodness of God and the finished work of Jesus upon the cross this way...




“The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.” ~ A. W. Tozer


Worshipping In Spirit and Truth








                   in Spirit and Truth


John 4:20-24


Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:20-24 NKJV)


This scripture is one that has haunted Christianity for over two thousand years. When it sprang from Jesus lips, it was never intended to fall to the ground as idle chatter, but serve as words of warning to future generations to be careful what, where, and how we worship.


We watch the unfolding of idol after idol in this generation and wonder how much man has actually progressed in his trek through history. We see civilizations continually march around the same mountain of worshipping what they do not know, rather than worshipping what they know. Our anything but static behavior proves that we have certain tendencies to shift from one extreme to another rather than fix our eyes upon the one true God in faith. 


Understanding and living out this passage of scripture is an important part of seeing God move in your personal life as the God of power and might. We can settle for whatever our emotions will throw out there, or we can press in to the place where God controls the thermostat of our lives and we venture into that place of worshipping God in Spirit and in truth.



The Heart of Worship


Psalms 73:25-28


Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord G OD, That I may declare all Your works. (Psalms 73:25-28 NKJV)


I remember well when Matt Redman released the song “Heart of Worship in the late 1990s. It is a song that begged my curiosities so I read interviews done with Redman about the song’s origin. It apparently came out of a season where his pastor, during a season of dryness, made a bold move and shut down the church’s sound system and sat the band down for a time. It was then that they were able to focus upon the true heart of worship. And that’s when God took over.


When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come / Longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart… / I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus


Understanding the need for finding God in the secret place is no longer an option or can be considered a “feature of a church”. We are reaching a point in civilization where it will be the artery where the fount of God’s grace revitalizes those who are famished from a flesh soaked, materialistic world.


God is not seeking those who will show up at church for the 9..11...and 12:30 matinee. He is looking for those who will SIMPLY COME; no agendas, no pomp, no expectations from man...just a hunger for God.






Temple Purification 


Hebrews 10:19-23


Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23 NKJV)


Understanding that God is present in worship is the first step toward seeing God move in the place of worship. The place of Spirit and Truth, according to Jesus would no longer be the mountain of man’s efforts or the building of his flesh. The putrefaction of the church is everywhere around. It started with fashion shows and religious power struggles and has proceeded to Wi-Fi hot spots where people surfing the internet during church services  has become the replacement for God’s word and power.


It’s like saying that God is not enough...our sick need for entertainment has placed us in an almost drug induced coma where we need to have something else...anything else...but God. Jesus took on the veil of the flesh and defeated it to get that out of our way and we simply reintroduced the flesh to our worship services by making it all about the comforts of man.


When we show up to worship, we have a key available to us and that is the “New and living way” is Jesus. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life...he is the Great I am...the Rock of Ages...the One True God...The one that sticks closer than a Brother...He is the Lamb of God....The Resurrection and the Life...He is the Son of God....and he is more important than your smart phone or your social schedule.


Vessels of Honor


II Timothy 2:20-21


But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (II Timothy 2:20-21 NKJV)


Being an old advertising man, I always look for the disclaimer on a product. A disclaimer is the part of an advertisement, broadcast or print, that tells you just what you are or are not paying for. Some call it... “the small print”. I affectionately see 2 Timothy 2, 20 and 21, the great disclaimer of preferential treatment in the house of God. It tells you where you stand. This scripture tells us all that we have equal access to the throne of God, not according to our physical worth, but according to our hearts.

Case in point: I can take a two hundred dollar stem of pure Waterford crystal and fill it with Boone’s farm ripple wine and have an abomination. I can take a clay cup made by a kindergarten student and fill it with Chateauneuf du Pape Champagne and the worth of the vessel becomes significant only by its contents.

Here, Paul is telling Timothy that Gold or Clay....Silver or wood...The honor comes from the content. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of what this world is serving. I’m sick of the rot that passes for church in this country. I’m ready for God to fill the vessels of humility with the precious wine of His presence. I’m Begging God to take us back to the heart of Worship, where it is ALL about Jesus....I’m more than ready to see the place of Worshipping “In Spirit and In Truth”.