$5 Faith Launch


Every one of us has seen the “$5 Foot Long” commercial that Subway has used so effectively to promote their sub sandwiches. Well, we are going to take a page out of their playbook to challenge all of Christ Followers to participate in our “$5 Faith Launch” for the coming year to advance our mission work around the world. Everyone can be a part of this new faith adventure, and everyone should be a part.

For years, we have simply told our people to pray and ask God how much they should give to send the Gospel message to the many people across the globe who have never heard of Jesus Christ and His salvation. This year, we are banding together with one heart and one goal, and that goal is for every believer to launch out by faith and give $5.00 or more per month to missions.

Most Americans waste more than $5.00 every month on cokes, candy, coffee, cookies, and chips. We all do it! Let’s sacrifice a little of our physical “wants” so that we can help meet the spiritual “needs” of the world’s less fortunate people

Sowing a Seed of $5 a month would help us tremendously to continue providing valuable resources such as food, shelter, clothing and medical assistance to those less fortunate.  Along with your monthly seed of $5 or more, your name will be honored on our Donor Wall of Fame for the Kingdom of God for all to see as well as be mentioned in all of our publications.  We believe when we all sow seeds for others in the Kingdom of God, we are doing exactly as the word said in Matthew 25:35-39:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Will you sow a seed for the Kingdom of God today?


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Who the Holy Spirit is and What He Does


Introduction: a look at the word of God reveals to us the names of the Holy Spirit through His multiple personalities. In Genesis 1:1-3, He is the first of the Godhead introduced to us as the Spirit of God. We know from the Bible that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit [1John 5:7, Matthew 3:16-17]. He is on earth to accomplish a mission we shall be looking at in more details in the course of this month. According to the Lord Jesus Christ, His mission among other things is to bring conviction to the world with the aim of saving mankind and his environment and reveal God and His mind to us. See John 16:7-13, Rom.8:19-22 and Acts 3:19-21.

Who then is the Holy Spirit?

To understand who He is, we have to go back to God’s word to find our answers. From the scriptures, we are made to know that He is:

  1. A person described in the male gender. In John 16:13, the Lord Jesus Christ gives us this insight when He refers to Him as follows: “When He the Spirit of truth is come, He shall…” and went on to describe His mission to us. In talking about His purpose on Earth from John 16:8-15, the Lord refers to Him as a person in the male gender. Until you recognize Him as a person, you will not be able to establish a working relationship with you and that would be very devastating considering what His purpose is on earth in relation to our fulfilling God’s purpose for us.
  1. He is God: As God, He has all the power and backing of the Godhead. Whenever He speaks to us, He speaks on behalf of the Father and the Son. Like we saw earlier, He is the first of the Godhead introduced to us in the bible. In Gen.1:3, we see Him hovering over the face of the deep before the father could issue the command that triggered the recreation of the Earth as it is today. See 1John 5:7 and Matthew 3:16-17.
  2. He is also known as The Lord: When we compare the places when He ministered in the Old Testament and some of what was reported about those same texts in the New Testament, this truth is made very evident. For instance, when we compare Hebrews 10:15-17 with Ezekiel 36:22-28, we see that Ezekiel was prophesying what was to be discussed in our Hebrew text here as having been fulfilled. Ezekiel refers to Him as The Lord God while Paul calls Him The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost.
  3. He is the author of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation: As a Spirit, He could only work on Earth through human vessels. This is why we are told that He moved on Holy men to put the scriptures together. He is therefore, the most authentic source of bible interpretation. See 2Peter 1:14-21 where Peter left his legacy affirming the authority of the word of God, He makes us realize that He witnessed God Speaking and that Holy men of Old also heard God speak to them and documented them in writing which now makes up the scriptures. Also, Apostle Paul in 2Tim.3:16 makes us see that the Scriptures were not original with men but that they were given to men by the Holy Spirit to show us how to live well. This is why the Bible is God’s manual for our lives and environment.

Why is the Holy Spirit Here?

The Holy Spirit is on Earth today for the following reasons:

  1. To bring Conviction to the world: He convicts the world of sin showing us that we are all sinners and lost and hell bound and in need of salvation          [John 16:7-13; Rom.3:23; 6:23]. Then, He convicts us of righteousness that could only be found in Christ Jesus because we were not eyewitnesses to his death, burial and resurrection. Even many who witness it like Pilate could not understand it. All to the understanding given to Apostle Paul like the one in 1Cor.15:1-5 came by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. See Gal.1:12; 2:2 and Eph.3:3. Also, when People sought to know what they must do to be saved, the Holy Spirit used the disciples to show them. See Acts 2:37-39 and Acts 16:31. This is his ministry of showing the world true righteousness. See also Ephesians 2:8-10. Finally, He shows us the defeat of our archenemy and that we need not fear him anymore as all power has been given to the Lord Jesus Christ including the power he once stole from Adam. This is what gives us the audacity to bind him and cast him out. See Matthew 28:18; Mark 16;17 and Revelation 12:7-11 and 20:10.
  2. To give us vision: Vision is God’s revelation of our purpose to us: Like we already know, a life without a purpose is a meaningless life. In every right thinking person; is a desire to know why they are on earth and the only person that can reveal it to us is our manufacturer – God. This is why Jesus said He would take of Him and the father and show it to us. Then He added that He would show us things to come. See John 16:13. The importance of vision for each of us cannot be overemphasized. It is what gives us direction and the proper pursuit of it brings out the best in us. Every one without a vision lacks beauty and dignity; they perish. See Prov.29:18. Vision is the compass for life that enables us to know where to go. As we receive and follow divine instructions on a consistent basis, we will get there. The example of Joseph is very instructive here. See his story in Genesis 36-42. He knew his calling and lived a life that honored God until He was standing in his dream.
  3. To bring us all the revelation required to fulfill our purpose: Every time we read the bible, we need the Holy Spirit to open our understanding to help us see the secrets embedded in the scriptures. Jesus said He will teach us all things in John 14:26 [all things means exactly that and includes everything about life including our profession]. It is an understanding of these mysteries that provides us with the wisdom to master our world. If it is not given to us to know the mysteries of the kingdom, we cannot know them on our own. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us to know. See Mark 4:11, Ps.127:1, Luke 24:13-31. Without the revelation from God to pursue our God given purpose, our vision will look like a lie because it would never find expression as we would not know what to do to bring it to pass. This is why the preacher says in Ecclesiastes 10:15 that the labour of the foolish brings them weariness as they do not know how to get to the city.
  4. To help us with the power we need on the journey: He does this by filling our hearts with the Joy of the Lord. Peter refers to this joy as joy unspeakable full of glory. It is joy that provides us with the energy required to make it to the end of our journey on earth. See 1Peter 1:8, Neh.8:10.

However, this blessing is meant for those who have entered into the covenant relationship of the New Birth with the Lord. The bible says that Christ in you is the hope of glory and this mystery was hidden from the foundation of the world for our glory. They are not hidden from us but for us to be able to discover them. If you desire this new birth experience so as to take advantage of what God has given us, you can do so right away by saying the following prayer out loud in faith and you will be saved and granted access to the mysteries of God that would enable you manifest His glory on earth. When Jesus was about to round off His mission on earth, he said he had brought glory to God by fulfilling His purpose. See John 17:4. If you want to be able to say the same thing when the time comes, please say the following prayer out loud and God would honor your faith:

Heavenly Father,

Have mercy on me a sinner. Today, I believe that Jesus died for me and you raised Him from the dead for my Justification. I therefore declare that Jesus Christ is my Saviour and Lord and from today, I renounce the fatherhood of Satan and embrace Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord. Thank you for this father in Jesus’ name!


Remain on top of your challenges in Jesus’ name!

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Have You Been Blindfolded?


According to Scripture, Satan does the following things to keep those who have not believed in Christ in spiritual darkness.

1.  Deny His Existence

One of the favorite ways in which Satan operates is to get people to deny that he exists. He seems to be most effective when people do not believe there is such a creature as the Devil. If he can get people to doubt his existence, then he can do much of his work without their knowing.


We find from the Bible that Satan has often approached people in disguise. For example, in the Garden of Eden he came in the form of a serpent to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). Paul warned the Corinthians that he appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

To His Advantage

This unbelief in his existence works to Satan’s advantage. When people are either uniformed or misinformed about the existence of the Devil, they become like the Sadducees in Jesus’ day, who did not believe in angels or spirits. When someone rejects the idea of Satan’s existence they are an easy target for him to manipulate.

2.  Blinds People To God’s Truth

The truth of the gospel is what sets people free. Satan attempts to blind people from that truth.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:3,4).

3.  Energizes His Own Ministers

Satan gives power to his own ministers.

It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:15).

4.  Controls People’s Hearts And Minds

Satan has the ability to control hearts and minds.

And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve (Luke 22:3).

5.  Hinders The Gospel

The message of the gospel is hindered by the Devil.

When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path (Matthew 13:19).

6.  Prevents People From Hearing The Gospel

Satan’s main goal is to prevent people from hearing the good news about Jesus. The message of forgiveness offered through Jesus Christ sets people free. Jesus said.

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36).

7.  Misrepresents The Truth

Satan lies, denies, and misrepresents the truth. To Eve he said.

And the serpent said unto the woman, You shall not surely die (Genesis 3:4).

8.  Takes Away Gospel

He also takes away that which the unbeliever has heard.

And those by the way side are they that have heard; then comes the Devil, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved (Luke 8:46).

Satan attempts to get the unbeliever to think about subjects other than the gospel of Christ.

9.  Encourages False Trust In Religion

Finally, Satan attempts to get people to falsely place their trust in themselves, religion, or good works. He wants people to feel religiously satisfied, but without having a saving knowledge of Christ. The Bible says.

There is a way which seems right unto a person, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 16:25).

10.  Goal Is Destruction

His ultimate goal is the destruction of people.

And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).

11.  Hope For Escape

Fortunately, there is hope for unbelievers to escape the traps of the Devil.

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the Devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will (2 Timothy 2:24-26).


Satan has his methods with unbelievers. He wants to keep them from hearing the good news about Christ – the forgiveness of sins. To accomplish this he prevents people from hearing, blinds them to the good news, takes away the good news once they have heard it, and has them falsely trust in something apart from Christ and His gospel. This is his strategy to keep people from hearing and believing the truth about Christ.

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In Mark 10:28, Apostle Peter while addressing Jesus Christ, said “See we have left all and followed You’’!

The above statement wrapped up the events which took place during the visit of a rich young ruler to Jesus Christ. Apparently, he came for counselling on how he could inherit eternal life, and from his confession, he obeyed all laws! But, Jesus said he needed to do more; he needed to sell his stuffs, give to the poor, take up the cross, and follow Him. As far as one can tell, Jesus’ stance did not go down well with him and those around, and they wondered if ever anyone can be saved (Mark 10:26). Jesus assured them that it is possible (Mark 10:27)!

Jesus asked the man to follow Him, so what is the big deal about that, you may wish to ask? Well the big deal is that following Him brings about many earth-shaking benefits, a few of which are:

1. Exalted Position. In Matthew 4:18-20, Jesus asked two fishermen, Simon Peter and Andrew, to follow Him, and they obeyed. As a result, He made them Fishers of men; an exalted position! Let’s say they ignored Him, they would have lived and died like most of their colleagues; lowly and unsung. Today, more than 2000 years after, we still revere them. You too can enjoy an exalted position (1 Peter 2:9-10) henceforth if you wish, but you have to follow Jesus Christ first.

2. Forgiveness of Sin. In Luke 7: 36-50, a woman followed Jesus Christ, and along the line, she washed His feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, kissed His feet, and anointed them with a fragrant oil. Apparently, the Pharisee who invited Jesus was not happy with her, but Jesus defended her robustly, and forgave her sins as well. He can forgive you your sins too, but you must be ready to follow Him from now on.

3. Healing. Healing is another benefit accruable to those who follow Jesus. In Luke 8:43-48, a woman with a flow of blood for twelve years, who could not be healed by any Physician, followed and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. Guess what? Her flow of blood stopped immediately, and she became healed! Friend, healing awaits you too, but you need to follow Jesus Christ to start with. Remember that He is well primed to sort you out (Acts 10:38)!

4. Sizable Amount of Earthly Possessions and Eternal Life. Friend, a sizable amount of earthly possessions e.g. houses, siblings, spouses, lands, and eternal life awaits those who follow Jesus Christ (Mark 10:29-30). You too can have them, provided you follow Him.

5. Salvation. Salvation is the ultimate benefit that anyone can have by following Jesus Christ. Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10), a notorious chief tax-collector for example, followed Him, and he received his salvation same day. Friend, please recall that Jesus is the only authority that can guarantee your Salvation (Acts 4:12), therefore follow Him.

Friend, as you can see, following Jesus Christ is hugely beneficial, but you can only follow Him, and reap benefits if you are saved. That is, if you are born-again! Are you born-again? If you are, congratulations! But if you are not, please do the right thing today. Invite Jesus Christ into your life, and ask Him to be your personal Lord and Savior. He will not snub you (John 6:37); He is waiting for you (Revelation 3:20)!

Jesus is Lord!

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You’re Not Good Enough for God

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“I’m not good enough”. Have you ever said that to yourself? Has this ever crossed your mind? Chances are, unless your blind or dishonest, you’ve thought this on more than one occasion. Often times it comes up in unexpected ways.

  • “I disappoint God so often, I’m not good enough to have salvation.”
  • “I struggle with this same sin over and over. I’m not good enough. There is no way God could love me.”
  • “I can’t serve in ministry at church. I’m not good enough.”
  • “God couldn’t use me to bring someone to know Christ, I’m not good enough.”

Pop psychology and all the self help books (including many “christian” ones) would tell you to stop the negative thinking and start with the positive thinking. They would encourage you to think about how special you are or how unique you are like a dainty little snow flake.

You Are Not Good Enough

Let me break the hard news to you. You are not good enough. What you think about yourself is 100% true. Did I just hurt your feelings? Please stick with me to the end. You and I are wicked sinners who disobey and reject God. The Bible tells us that each and every one of us are slaves to our sin. Paul tells us in Romans 3:10 “None is righteous, no, not one.” We do not measure up. God’s standard is perfection. No matter how much good we do we will never measure up to God’s standard. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). Every single one of us do not measure up. We are not good enough.

Now if that was the whole story, this just might be the most depressing blog post you’ve ever read. Satan often speaks bold and direct lies to us, but he is much craftier than that. Often what he does is he takes a truth and twists it just as he did in the Garden of Eden. Often when we are plagued with doubts of “I’m not good enough” we are told a twisted version of the truth. Yes, You are not good enough, but that is not the end of the story.

But Jesus Is

Where we fail constantly to be obedient to the Lord, Jesus was fully obedient to God. He lived his life in total and complete submission to his Father. Jesus was completely blameless and perfect. He is the very righteousness of God.

So when we have put our faith in Jesus Christ, we confess our unworthiness. We confess that we are sinners who are not good enough. This is why we need Jesus. At the cross Jesus took on the punishment for your sins. He absorbed the wrath you were due and gave you his righteousness.  You have gotten a grade of “0” at life, Jesus gives you his perfect “100.” We who were the wicked are now righteous through Jesus Christ.

So as you live your life for Jesus Christ and face the nagging, recurring voice telling you “You’re not good enough”. Agree, and then state the other half of the truth:

“Yes, I am not good enough, but Jesus is. ‘I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ (Gal 2:20)”

You see the truth is that you are not good enough for God. But the good news is that God has made us a way to be righteous through Jesus Christ. How great is God that he would send a savior to us to make us his righteousness? What amazing love! How wonderful in Jesus that he would give us his righteousness in exchange for our filthy rags? Yet this is the wonderful mystery and life changing truth of the Gospel.

So every time you think “I’m not good enough” just remember Jesus is.

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Being a Fruitless Christian


Trees are often used in the Scriptures to represent people and their spiritual conditions (Psalms 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Matthew 7:15-20).
Reading from the Old testament to the New Testament, we find two kinds of trees: good trees (righteous and Godly men) and bad trees (unrighteous and evil men).

And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

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.’ –Mark 11:11-14

How to distinguish between the two?
Jesus answers this question in Matthew 7:20: “Therefore, by their fruits you will know them”.
Thus, by looking at the fruits a tree produces, we can tell if it is actually good or bad. For “every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit” Matthew 7:17-18.

Now, what about trees that do not bear fruit at all? Are they good or bad?
The answer is quite simple: God always causes His children to bear fruit. In John 15:5, Jesus says: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”. Meaning that only christians who live righteously and abide in Jesus are fruit-bearing trees.

Therefore, fruitless tree are not good trees. They may look like them, but are nothing like them, because they are not connected to God and have no roots in His Word — and for this reason they remain barren.

Being fruitless

In Mark chapter 11, verses 12 to 14, Jesus was hungry on His way from Bethany to the temple in Jerusalem. 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.”

Once more, the tree here represents a group of people, and in this chapter, Jesus is referring to the spiritual leaders of Israel.

Indeed, Israel’s religious leaders had turned away from God and were seeking glory from men by constantly showing off deep piety and spirituality.

They loved the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’ (Matthew 23:6-7). They were doing charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them (Matthew 6:1), praying standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men (Matthew 6:5), disfiguring their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting (Matthew 6:16).

Outwardly, they looked righteous, but inwardly, they were hypocrite in their worship to God and blind guides to the flock they were suppose to lead and feed (Matthew 23). They were self-indulgent (Matthew 23:25), self-righteous (Luke 18:9-14), and running the house of God like a shopping mall (Mark 11:17).

Seen from afar, they advertise fruits by putting their nice leaves on display; But seen up close they reveal nothing more than leaves.

For this reason, though it was not the season for figs, Jesus seeing the leaves at a distance expected fruits to be present as well on the tree, but could not find a single one when He got close to it. Thus, He cursed the tree and it withered.

The cursing of the fig tree symbolizes the judgement of God again His house.
Yesterday, the Pharisees and the Scribes, and today any christian who fakes spirituality, relationship with God, and commitment to God’s Word.

What does it mean to bear fruit

To bear fruit is to:
– first and formost, know and serve God diligently (Matthew 22:37-40).
– Worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
– Be zealous for good works (Titus 2:11-15).
– Hold on to the teachings of Jesus and walk in ALL His ways (John 8:31).
– Be good witnesses and examples to other christians and unsaved people (1 Peter 5:-4).
– Have faith with works alongside (James 2:14-26).
– Reach out to the lost, preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

Christians who bear fruit constantly seek the will of God. They strive everyday to live a holy life and share the testimony of Jesus around them — and the fruit they bear rejoices the heart of God. John 15:8 states: “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

The danger of bearing no fruit

In Revelation 22:12-15, Jesus says: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Following this, verses 14 and 15 state: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”

As a fact, the Lord Jesus is coming back soon; And no one knows the day and the hour of His coming (Matthew 24:36-44, Revelation 16:15). Therefore, every one of us should scrutinize his life and see whether or not he is a fruit-bearing tree. For only trees that have fruits will be accepted and received by Him.

The cursing of the fig tree in Mark chapter 11 is a warning for every Christian, a call to wholly love the Lord, sincerely follow Him, and fully engage into the Kingdom’s affairs.

The fruitless tree is useless, unacceptable, and unprofitable; And such a tree will be cursed.

Then, the fruitless tree will be cut down and thrown into the fire (John 15:6-7).

Now let us close with this question:
How will you present yourself before King Jesus when He returns — With or without fruit?

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Are You A Lukewarm Christian?


After reading this list of characteristics of a ‘Lukewarm Christian’ ask yourself; “Are You Prepared to Have Jesus Spit You Out?”

1. Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go. Isaiah 29:13

2. Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do so, After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right? 1 Chronicles 21:24, Luke 21:1-4

3. Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside of church; they care more about what people think of their actions (like church attendance and giving) than what God thinks of their hearts and lives. Luke 6:26, Revelation 3:1, Matthew 23:5-7 4.

4: Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They don’t genuinely hate sin and aren’t truly sorry for it; they’re merely sorry because God is going to punish them. Lukewarm people don’t really believe that this new life Jesus offers is better than the old sinful one. John 10:10, Romans 6:1-2.

5. Lukewarm people are moved by stories of people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for “extreme” Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers. James 1:22, James 4:17, Matthew 21:28-31

6. Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion. Matthew 10:32-33

7. Lukewarm people gauge their morality or “goodness” by comparing themselves to the secular world. They feel satisfied that while they aren’t as hard-core for Jesus as so-and-so, they are nowhere as horrible as the guy down the street. Luke 18:11-12

8. Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives, their money, and their thoughts, but he isn’t allowed to control their lives. Luke 9:57-62

9. Lukewarm people love God, but they do not love Him all their heart, soul, and strength. They would be quick to assure you they try to love God that much, but that sort of total devotion isn’t really possible for the average person; its only for pastors and missionaries and radicals. Matthew 22:37-38

10. Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves. Their love for others is typically focused on those who love them in return, like family, friends, and other people they know and connect with. There is a little love left over for those who cannot love them back, much less for those who intentionally slight them, who kids are better athletes than theirs, or with whom conversations are awkward or uncomfortable. Their love is highly conditional and very selective, and generally comes with strings attached. Matthew 5:43-47, Luke 14:12-14

11. Lukewarm people will serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will go or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give. Luke 18:21-25

12. Lukewarm people think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven. Daily life is mostly focused on today’s to-do list, this week’s schedule, and next month’s vacation. Rarely, if ever do they intently consider the life to come. Philippians 3:18-20

13. Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor. Matthew 25:34, 40, Isaiah 58:6-7

14. Lukewarm people do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty. They want to do the bare minimum, to be “good enough” without requiring too much of them. 1 Chronicles 29:14, Matthew 13:44-46

15. Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This focus on safe living keeps them sacrificing and risking for God. Matthew 10:28

16. Lukewarm people feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America.

17. Luke warm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don’t have to trust God if something unexpected happens-they have their savings account. They don’t need God to help them—they have their retirement plan in place. They don’t genuinely seek out what life God would have them live—they have life figured and mapped out. They don’t depend on God on a daily basis-their refrigerators are full and, for the most part, they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn’t look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God. Luke 12:16-21

18. Lukewarm people probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really aren’t very different from your typical unbeliever. They equate their partially sanitized lives with holiness, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Matthew 23:25-28, Luke 14:34-35

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Do You Have 30 Seconds For God Right Now?


Most will ignore this.  Many will glance at it and move on.  But, are you one of the few who will stop and read this post to the end….Do You Have 30 Seconds For God Right Now?

God loves you so much and He wants to share so much with you that it’s breaking His heart that you won’t give Him a chance

God loves you so much that when He sees you doing things which is against His will; He still covers you with His love

God loves you so much that before you call or cry unto Him; He’s already figured out a plan to deliver you and take away your tears

God loves you….don’t you get it?


Article by Laraine Turner

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Why Believers Must Have a Heart of Flesh

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Ezekiel tells us that we need to have a heart of flesh. And this heart of flesh can only come from God. This heart of flesh is in contrast to a heart of stone that so many people have. How can we get this heart of flesh?

The Meaning of a Heart of Flesh

In Ezekiel 36, God was talking to the Israelites and telling them what He would do for them when they came back to Him. Then He said: “Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV): “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

The Hebrew word for “flesh” (bawsawr) does refer to the body that we have. However if we look at the root from which bawsawr comes from, we can more clearly understand what God is talking about. It comes from the Hebrew word “basar” that means “to be fresh, to announce, preach, show forth good tidings.”

In other words, God will take our old heart of stone and replace it with a heart that is soft and pliable and full of good things. Understand that the word “heart” comes from the Hebrew word “lebab” that refers to our feelings, our will and even our intellect. Thus, it refers to the center of our very being, or who we really are.

This is Important for Us

This is something that we need to understand in these last days. If we want to win people over to Christ so they will not have to go through the Tribulation, we need them to see Christ in us. We need people to look at us and see our lack of fear, our love for everyone else, the peace that we have amidst all the turmoil that is around us.

We need people to look at us and say: “I want what you have.” The only way we are going to win people to Jesus in these last days is to show them through our actions that we have peace within us and confidence that God is going to win. We need people to look at us and ask: “Why are you so happy in the midst of all the tragedy that is happening all around us?”

Give Them a New Counselor

Believe it or not, we are all being guided around by some type of a spiritual guide. Deep within each of us is a longing for God. And if we don’t actively seek out God, other spirits will fill that longing that is inside of us. I know that is hard for many to accept, but if the one inside you that is giving you counsel is not God, then it is an evil spirit.

And remember, the only way for God to be living inside of you is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. When this happens, then the Holy Spirit can come and live inside of you. When the Holy Spirit is living in you, then no evil spirit can live there.

You Will Never Eliminate Evil Temptations

Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, Satan and his demons are actually going to work even harder to get us to go against God’s will for us. When we accept Jesus, Satan and his demons become very upset with us. But, do not worry, when we have the Holy Spirit living in us, all they can do is to tempt us.

And with the Holy Spirit as our new Counselor, He will guide us away from those temptations. However, we do have to listen to Him. We can still ignore Him and go our own way. But don’t! Allow the Holy Spirit to counsel you in all that you do.

Receive Your Heart of Flesh

Allow God to change your heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Allow God to mold you into the very being of love that He wants you to be. Allow God to be able to use you in these last days. Let God work through you to win others to Christ.

You will know if you have received this heart of flesh by your actions. The fruit that flows from you will show what is inside of you. If you are harsh, bitter, lose your temper easily, want to control others, etc. then you must realize that the one counseling you is not the Holy Spirit.

Remember what God said in Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV): “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” If God has given you a heart of flesh, then this is the fruit that you will be presenting to others.

Even Christians Need To Receive This Heart of Flesh

Believe it or not, we can accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and still reject the counsel of the Holy Spirit. Remember, we can know who our counselor is by the fruit that flows from our lives. The problem is that we often don’t recognize the fruit that is flowing from us. This is why we need to talk to other born-again Christians.

Allow other born-again Christians to show us what they see coming out of us. Listen to what they tell us because they will see what we cannot see. Remember, if our counselor is not the Holy Spirit, that counselor will have blinded us so that we cannot see what is coming forth from us.

The Solution

Spend time in prayer with God, through Jesus. Allow Him to show you what is coming forth from your flesh. Find a good Bible-believing Church and start attending. Find a warm born-again Christian and ask him/her to counsel you. Let God work through His children to help you in your walk through life.

Article by Charles Kinsley

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Being Afraid of Tomorrow


It’s a very human tendency to not want to face things; to postpone the inevitability of things like change, a new season or even death. We are sometimes so afraid of the uncertainties of life that we’ll even go as far as to postpone our own growth.

Canadian contemporary Christian artist Matt Maher says that people should not be afraid of anything because of the simple fact that Jesus Christ lives.

As part of the “Because He Lives” devotionals, Maher said that it is a very human tendency for people to not want to face the future and to postpone certain inevitable things such as change, a new season, or even death.

“We are sometimes so afraid of the uncertainties of life that we’ll even go as far as to postpone our own growth,” Maher wrote on his Facebook page.

He then shared the Bible verse 1 John 4:18, which Maher considers as the antithesis of fear. It says: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”

Maher further explained that people who try to hold on to the past will only become more anxious about the future, and that is where all the fear comes from.

“Sometimes we live too much in the past and it makes us fearful about moving forward,” he said. The same can be said for people who try to live too much in the future, he said. Since predicting the future is impossible, it makes people fearful.

Maher said that fear only happens whenever people lose sight of God, because if people live in the present and live through Christ, then there is no more reason for fear.

“To live in the present moment, in the presence of the risen Christ, is the reason every fear is gone. It’s saying, ‘What I currently have in the present is so precious to me and is so freeing, because in the presence of Christ, Who is love, perfect love casts out fear,'” said Maher.

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What To Do When You Feel Like Giving Up


Sometimes ideas seem great on paper, but they don’t work out so well in real life.

I really believe there are times when we need to stop and evaluate a goal.  I usually advise my kids that when they feel like giving up, then that is not the time to give up.  Because we shouldn’t always give in to our feelings.

What to do when you feel like giving up?

There are practical steps you can take to address those feelings of wanting to throw in the towel.  Below are 5 ideas I’ve implemented when I feel like giving up.  Maybe they will give you an idea or two about how to approach those feelings of wanting to quit.

1. Extend the time in which you expect to achieve the goal.

For example, our Bible Reading Challenge goal of reading the Bible through in a year, if you find that the reading is taking more time you thought or you just can’t find time to read four chapters a day, then scale back and read three a day or two a day.  There is no harm in adjusting the time, yet holding the goal.

2. Eliminate other activities to make more time for the goal.

If you have decided that you really want to achieve a certain goal no matter what, even though you are behind, then decide which activities you can drop.  Sometimes we have to lose the better to achieve the best.

3. Evaluate the goal and determine if an adjustment is necessary.

Maybe the original goal was to run a half marathon before summer, but you’ve encountered circumstances that have hindered your ability to run. Perhaps an injury or illness…or whatever.  The point is, you can still run that half marathon, but to make it happen before summer, the original schedule you set up needs to be modified.

Maybe you are dieting and you really wanted to lose a certain amount by a certain time. You haven’t lost the amount you should each week to meet the goal.  Instead of giving up, adjust the goal and stay positive!

4. Experience the feelings but drop their effects. 

I can’t always help how I feel.  I’m guessing you would say the same. Sometimes the weight of an issue presses and my natural human reaction isn’t so positive.  It is perfectly ok to experience the feelings of wanting to give up.  But the key to success will be not to dwell in the feelings.  Do whatever you need to do to meditate on the positive, not the negative.  For me, personally, this always means turning to God’s Word and His promises. Saturate the would-be ripple effect of negativity in truth.

5. Envision success.

Set your eyes on the prize and go for it. Keep going no matter what. Think about what it will feel like to have victory… to succeed.

In Summary…

Often more is achieved during the process of reaching the goal than the actual act of reaching the goal.  In other words:

Though victory may bring the crown, perseverance builds the character. – my hubby

Article by Rachel Wojo

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