Sunday Blessing: It’s Fellowship Week!

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
(Acts 2:42 NLT

Sunday Blessing: It’s One Another Week!

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.
(Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT)

It’s one another week! Today we get to go to the gathering of the saints and look for ways to motivate and encourage one another. Someone needs your grin and a howdy today.  Target someone and do it!  Selah!

Contend for the Supernatural: We Are Connected

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.   (Romans 12:4-5 NLT)

The Church is not a place you go, or a club you join.  The Church is the Body of Christ and you are a part of it.  That means that we are all in this together whether we know it or not, whether we believe it or not, and whether we like it or not.  Eliminating division and finding connection is a key to allowing God to move in power through the Body.  Honor is God’s antidote for division.  Let’s get serious and move form petty to power.

Sunday Blessing: Strong Foundation

I hope to visit you soon. However, I’m writing this to you in case I’m delayed. I want you to know how people who are members of God’s family must live. God’s family is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
(1 Timothy 3:14-15 GW)

I was in Panama last Sunday, and couldn’t get enough bandwidth to upload this, so, as I prepare for my first Sunday back, you get to see a few palm trees.  Please, be aware that your gathering today is a gathering of the family of God, and that that family is the basis from which the truth is sounded to the world.

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Let’s pray, Friend!

I don’t like unspoken prayer requests. That’s odd, I know, but I find it hard to pray for something if I don’t know what it is. Prayer is based on faith. To pray in faith, to be in agreement, I need to know what I’m praying for. If I don’t know what you want, I can’t pray for you. Your request may not even be the will of God, and that is always where faith begins. I remember one woman who asked me to pray that her husband would divorce her. I told her I couldn’t pray for that, but that we could pray for her husband’s salvation. If you want my prayers, tell me what you want, then I can tell you if I will pray.

There is one biblical way that I can pray for things I don’t know: praying in tongues. In fact, God has supernaturally prepared us to pray His perfect will into existence, even when we don’t know what that is. It is one of the least understood, least practiced, and most powerful blessings of being a Christian. Here are a few pertinent ideas:

· God designed the system so that we have a part to play: For Him to answer,we must ask. In addition, our motives must be right. God knows what you need, but you must ask in accord with his will. James 4:2-3 / Matthew 6:8

· Need does not move God: God cannot lie, and He gave man dominion in the earth. He does not move unless His covenant man asks Him. Titus 1:2 / Genesis 1:26 / Psalm 8:4-9

· He will intervene if asked, or if some other covenant condition is enacted. Note Genesis 18: 16-33 (Esp. Vv. 18-20) / Hebrews 8:6

· We have authority, but God has knowledge. God knows His plan and He knows our need. I don’t know all His plan, and I don’t know every situation, but I have a covenant-connected mouth with which to ask Him. Romans 8:26-27

· God designed a method for us to give Him permission to work in the earth, independent of our individual intelligence or knowledge. When I pray in tongues I am talking to God using words that come from God. 1 Corinthians 14:2, 14-15.

Somebody Said: Whenever God determines to do a great work, He first sets His people to pray. C. H. Spurgeon

Scripture Reading: I’m grateful to God for the gift of praying in tongues that he gives us for praising him, which leads to wonderful intimacies we enjoy with him. I enter into this as much or more than any of you. (1 Corinthians 14:18 MSG)

When I pray in tongues I am praying the unknown will of God. It may be for me, for you, or for someone we’ve never seen on the far side of the earth. One thing is sure, it is important. God’s will includes using the prayer language of the Spirit-filled believer to establish His plans in the earth. Two specific instructions to the New Testament church that insure the success of the will of God in the earth are:

1. Don’t forbid speaking in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:39-40

2. Don’t quit: Ephesians 6:18

Let’s do this!

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Sunday Blessing: Foundations

These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
– 1 Timothy 3:14-15

Couldn’t get the vid uploaded. Jungle internet is a little iffy. Remember that those who stay with the stuff are as important as those who go out to battle. It is the foundation of the local church that makes the truth available. Have a great Sunday.

Sunday Blessing: People on Purpose

Again He said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.”  (John 20:21 NLT)

Contend for the Supernatural: Everybody Plays

You are Christ’s body–that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything.  (1 Corinthians 12:27 MSG)

As many times as we have heard it, it’s still true: Every believer has a part in the Body of Christ.  In fact, every one of us has a supernatural part to play.  The manifestation of the Spirit flows through the Body, not the eyeball or the right thumb or the left knee.  Though they don’t know it, the world is waiting for a Church that leaves the building and invades the streets, not with tracts, but with power and love.  To do  that, we all have to get in the game.  Let’s do this!

De la Abundancia del Corazon

En Espíritu y en verdad, Amigo.

Años atrás, en los 1980’s cuando por primera vez asistía a una Iglesia carismática, me sorprendió el estilo que tenían para adorar, más que eso, note una intensidad y una participación a la que no estaba acostumbrado. Eso me llamo mi atención, la prioridad en la Iglesia es adorar al Señor, vivimos para glorificarlo a Él, el advenimiento de las comunicaciones masivas y el auge de la industria de la música pop cristiana ha sido una gran bendición, hay mucha música nueva saliendo a un ritmo increíble, algunas de ellas son incluso sacadas de la Biblia. La persona promedio puede acceder a ella en cualquier momento en cualquier lugar, por otro lado, crea problemas en la Iglesia, los Pastores honestos tienen que corregir el pésimo mensaje en algunas de las canciones. Muchos también sienten la presión de competir con la radio en el valor de producción y repertorio. Si usamos himnarios o cantos en hojas de papel, o cantos proyectados en la pantalla; si cantamos con guitarra y batería o a capela o con música de fondo, una adoración real y sobrenatural es posible en cada servicio.

Aquí algunas cosas para recordar:

1. Nuestra palabra “adoración” proviene de una antigua palabra inglesa que significa “rendir culto” la adoración comienza reconociendo la dignidad del Señor. Revelación 5:9-13

2. La adoración en el nuevo testamento proviene del corazón del adorador. No está condicionado por la ubicación, equipo o talento. Juan 4:23-24

3. La adoración, viniendo del corazón de un verdadero creyente, puede fluir como Salmos, himnos o cantos espirituales. Efesios 5:18-20 / colosenses 3:16

a.- los Salmos a veces son cantados o hablados. Pablo probablemente quiso decir aquellos que fueron acompañados por instrumentos especialmente los canticos de David, Hoy los comparamos a nuestros himnos “tradicionales” y cantos de la Iglesia.

b.- los himnos son expresiones más formales de un sistema de creencias común puesto a la música o canto. La mayoría de la música popular que cantamos hoy en día en la Iglesia califica como himnos.

c.- cantos Espirituales, o cantos dados por el Espíritu Santo, son exactamente eso: cantos dados por el Espíritu de Dios individualmente en el momento de adoración, nosotros necesitamos de estos tres.

4. la música fresca del cielo puede fluir a través de cualquier persona que cante con el Espíritu de Dios y también el entendimiento. Mira 1 Corintios 14:13-15 podemos ver manifestaciones de cantos espirituales en lenguas desconocidas y podemos ver manifestaciones de recibir interpretaciones para glorificar su nombre y que nos instruya.

Alguien dijo: “puedo decir con seguridad, con la autoridad que se nos ha sido revelada con la palabra de Dios, que todo hombre o mujer en este planeta tierra que este aburrido y apagado de adorar a Dios, no está listo para la Gloria de Dios.- A. W. Tozer

Escrituras bíblicas: pero el tiempo se acerca- de hecho ya está aquí- cuando verdaderos adoradores le adoren al Padre en Espíritu y en verdad. Él nos mira y sabe que lo estamos haciendo. Porque Dios es Espíritu, entonces los que a Él le adoran, deberían hacerlo en Espíritu y en verdad”. (Juan 4:23-24 NTV)

Como con todo lo espiritual, corremos el riesgo de reducir la alabanza y adoración a un conjunto de actividades, una recitación de canciones familiares, un espectáculo musical, o incluso nada más por el hecho de oírnos cantar. Es mucho más que eso, adorar a Dios nos ayuda a saber quién somos, o más específicos, nos hace saber que Él nos hizo, y nos eleva a alcanzar a nuestro creador y en quien creemos. Nos centramos en El, su persona y su trabajo. No se requiere electricidad, tampoco exhortación del pulpito, tampoco incienso, y tampoco audiencia. Cuando preparamos nuestros corazones unidos para adorarle a Él, la Gloria y su poder se manifiestan.

 

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

OK, Friend, let’s do this!

Many years ago, in my desperation to stop drinking, I stumbled into a 12 Step meeting. At the end of the discussion, we all stood, held hands, and recited the Lord’s Prayer. Though I had not been in church for a very long time, it came pouring out of me with no effort at all. It was a moving moment: the sense of camaraderie, the unifying hope, and the realization that I was acknowledging the existence of a God I had left behind, all seemed comforting. After a few weeks, however, I found that this recitation became less and less significant. It became easy just to go through the motions while thinking about what I was going to do after the meeting, what had happened that day at work, or whether hamburger was on sale at the market. It had become ritual.

Matthew 6:7 warns us not to “use vain repetitions” when we pray. To do so is to be like the heathen. Our prayers are not rituals. They are so much more than that. James says that we have the same capacity for world-changing prayer that Elijah had, and that the prayer of the righteous “makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16b) Our prayers are supposed to make the power of God available to impact the lives of broken humanity. It is supernatural, not ritual. Our gatherings are not just programs or performances, they are points of outbreak for the power of God. If they are not, then why not. What must we change to see power available?

1. Believe that you are righteous, and that your heart-felt, passionate prayer actually does something. How would your prayer life change if you really thought the Father was listening to you as He does Jesus? He is! John 16:23-28

2. Decide whether you want power or comfortable predictability. Jesus’s meetings sent them home astonished and saying, “we have seen strange things today.” Do you want that? Luke 5:26 / Mark 1:22.

3. Take responsibility for praying the power into your service. When your service is dull and powerless, don’t blame the preacher, the musicians, the cranky kids, or the lighting technician. You are responsible. Pray.

Somebody Said: Every mighty move of the Spirit of God has had its source in the prayer chamber.” – E.M. Bounds

Scripture Reading: Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly.  (John 16:26-27 MSG)

God wants to move supernaturally in every service. He has, however, established a mechanism by which His power is made available. Part of that system is the heartfelt prayer of the saints. The sad truth is that most of the saints don’t want the power of God int heir services. They want to observe church, not be part of it. They want it to be predictable and mildly uplifting, not volatile and wildly convicting. They want it to be practical, helping them to succeed in the world, not ethereal, challenging them to come out of the world. They want to be able to invite their friends and business associates without fear of embarrassment, for their motives are carnal, not spiritual. Here’s the question: If you really believed that your prayers would make the power of God available for every service, would you pray?

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Sunday Blessing: Eat and Grow

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  (1 Peter 2:2-3 NKJV)

Revive the Tithe: New Covenant…Eternal Priest

But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for He is the One who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.  (Hebrews 8:6 NLT)

 

Under the Law of Moses, the Levitical priesthood received the tithe.  Under the New Covenant our High Priest of the order of Melchizedek still receives our tithes.