How To Locate People Spiritually

Two Diagnostic Questions

Question 1 – Have you come to the point in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to heaven or is that something you would say you’re still working on?

Question 2 – Suppose you were to die today and stand before God and He were to say to you, “Why should I let you into My heaven?” what would you say?

Four Goals For Parents

As a Pastor I don’t give a lot of advice about raising kids.  I might later after my kids are older and they finish educating me.  Not long ago I read again that parents are still the number one factor in the children’s decision making process (with their friends being the second).  I sat down and thought if I had just a few things to implant to make my kids a success, what would they be.  So far, I boiled them down to just four.  I thought if I could just convince  them to adopt these for themselves I feel like I would be a success as a parent.  One thing that I did know was that I couldn’t  make them adopt my goals for themselves, they would have to want them for their own.

So here they are:

1.  Be a productive member of a local church all of your life. Without godly people inputing into your life, you are left with the television being the value promoting agent.  Plus, everyone needs a place to serve others with the church being the only organization ordained by God other than the family.

2.  Marry a Christian spouse who is “equally yoked.” After talking to hundreds of divorced people they tell me the worst mistake they ever made in their life was marrying someone who was not equally yoked according to the Bible.  Either they were not a Christian, a Christian in social aspects only, or they just wanted to do the bare minimums as a Christian believer.  In each instance, the marriage failed because the most important ingredients of a healthy marriage just were not there.

3.  Finish college or equivalent trade school. With training, most people can get a job that will support their family.

4.  Learn to listen to the Holy Spirit for guidance. This one was added lastly after seeing people who are doing all of the above but still making bad life decisions.  Learning to follow the Holy Spirit may be the most important but is a process we must do become

You may ask how I plan on encouraging my kids to adopt these goals?  Well first, I do my best to follow them myself, and secondly, and I just talk to them about these all the time.

When my book comes out in a few years I will

Financial Peace University

What is Financial Peace University?

This life-changing program teaches your congregation to achieve their financial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future, and giving like never before. They will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for their money and change their family tree forever.

Financial Peace University (FPU) consists of a 13-week video curriculum—taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey—that incorporates small-group discussions to encourage accountability and discipleship. Financial Peace University is highly entertaining for everyone, with a unique combination of humor, informative financial advice and biblical messages.  More than one million families have already had their lives changed by attending FPU.

Financial Peace University Will Teach You:

  • The step-by-step process for getting out of debt for good
  • How to put together a monthly spending plan that works
  • How to protect your family from life’s emergencies
  • The right way to save and invest for your future
  • How a good money plan leads to a stronger marriage
  • What insurance to buy-and what insurance to avoid
  • How to get our great deals on the things you buy
  • The right way to buy or sell a home
  • How to unlock the power of giving to change your community

How do I join?  You can email me or sign up at church.  Let’s get started changing our financial future.

Watch this video for encouraging testimonies of Financial Peace University.

A New Way of Reading the Bible

After being a Christian most of my life and reading the Bible almost on a daily bases for a lot of years I have found a new way to read my Bible.  No, its not while swimming or anything like that and it isn’t actually “reading,” it is listening to God’s Word on MP3.  I know that the Bible recorded on cassettes or CD’s have been around for a lot of years but this is the first time I have taken the time to ingest the Bible by listening.

Wow.  It is like I have never heard some of these passages before.  A ministry out of Dallas called, “FaithComesByHearing.com”” has taken on the challenge of recording the Bible into as many languages of the world that they can afford to and send them to people in villages and towns who have never read the Bible before.  Their ministry discovered that many people groups couldn’t read even if the Bible was translated into their language.

After hearing their mission we decided to hand out free MP3’s to our church and asked our congregation to listen to the New Testament in the first 40 days of 2010.  I am about half way through and it is so refreshing.  What is making this experience so exciting is that the people of Faith Comes By Hearing didn’t just read the Bible in a monotone voice, they dramatized the Bible with many different speakers, music and sound effects.

If you would like to get on board, just ask for a free MP3 at church while they last.  If not, you can order one directly from their ministry at the link listed above.

For The Kid’s Sake

unhappy coupleDivorced parents have an incredibly hard job raising kids today.  People who couldn’t get along while married usually can’t get along when divorced either.  Here are some really good guidelines divorced parents can follow…for the kid’s sake.

The Ten Rules for Dealing With Ex-Spouses

1. Put the children before your feelings.

2. Reach out for help if you need it.

3.  No downing your ex. No matter what.

4. Biological parents make the rules; Step-parents uphold them.

5. Don’t use the kids as weapons against your ex.

6. Don’t hold grudges.

7. Try to put yourself in the other persons shows when problem solving.

8. Be honest and straightforward.

9. Respect each other’s homes.

10. Compromise whenever possible.

Seven Tough Excuses People use against Salvation

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Everyone might have heard some of these excuses while talking to people about the Lord.  Here is a great resource to study before you engage people who might ask some really tough questions.

  1. What is Truth?
  2. How do you know God exists?
  3. How do you know the Bible is true?
  4. How can Jesus be the only way to Heaven?
  5. How can there be a God with so much evil out there?
  6. What about those who have never heard of Jesus?
  7. What about the hypocrites in the church?

The answers can be found at http://www.eeinternational.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=31948

The Servant Leadership Movement

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The Servant Leadership Movement

In 1968 Kent Keith was a Christian high school student in Hawaii.  While in high school he got involved in student government and realized there was very little written material about servant leadership.  He organized a student leadership counsel and developed material to train high school students.  These Paradoxical Commandments were developed through the frustration of leading and training student leaders who were excited about going into the world and helping people only to come back beaten up by the very people they were trying to help.

Heritage Christian Center promotes the Servant Leadership Movement found in the scriptures today.

He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone elseMark 11:35

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

For more information see his website at  http://www.paradoxicalchristians.com

The Believer’s Authority

The Believer's Authority

The subject of Christian authority is one that is often misunderstood because of the lack of solid Biblical teaching on it. As a result, people tend to gravitate to one extreme view or the other on this important topic. On the one side, there are those who shy away from their Biblical authority altogether. On the other, there are those who claim power and authority beyond that which has been legitimately delegated to us.

The Believer’s Authority is a balanced view of this subject based on the examination of relevant passages of Scripture. The detailed explanations of Biblical principles are enhanced by several anecdotal examples that make the concepts easy to grasp. This book will clear up many of the misconceptions that exist regarding the subject of spiritual authority.

  1. The Prayers of Paul — Praying the prayers of Paul from the book of Ephesians will bring results. This example of Scriptural prayer introduces the concept of the appropriate use of authority by the Christian believer.
  2. What Is Authority? — God is the power behind our authority. When we understand the legitimate use of the authority that has been delegated to us, we can face the enemy without fear.
  3. Seated with Christ — The source of our authority in Christ comes from the act of God that raised Jesus from the dead and exalted Him on high. We are not to remain stuck at the cross, continually subject to the power of sin. The Bible says that we have been seated with Christ in heavenly places which is our position of authority.
  4. Breaking the Power of the Devil — We have been given a sphere of authority for which we are responsible. Those who are unaware of this often plead with God to do something about their circumstances. We must learn what our responsibilities are and learn to confidently rise up against the devil and demand the rights and privileges that fall within our sphere of authority.
  5. Exercising Authority — Four Scriptural references that show what the believer’s responsibility is with regard to dealing with the devil. We have the authority to exercise Christ’s victory over the devil in our own household. We can often also help others in varying degrees, but our authority in their lives has many more limitations.
  6. Risen with Christ — A look at the passages in Colossians that shed additional light on the topic, as well as some words on the limitations of our authority. We have authority according to the written Word of God, and it is important that our exercise of it be within the bounds set by that written Word. In that way, we can cooperate with the Lord in faith.
  7. The Weapons of Our Warfare — Spiritual warfare is defined here as doing the works of Jesus and taking authority over the devil as we go about our daily lives, not going into head-to-head combat with the devil. The devil will try to discourage us from using our authority in Christ, but God has given us spiritual armor to protect us.
  8. Authority over Demon Spirits, Not Human Wills — More examples of limitations on the exercise of our authority and how we can help others while they are in our presence. It is important to build a foundation of faith in the Word of God in order to experience ongoing victory in the exercise of authority over the attacks of the devil.

Love The Way To Victory

Love the Way to Victory

Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin was certainly a man who practiced what he preached. He had a reputation among those who knew him as a man who consistently endeavored to walk in love. The principles he shared came from his years of experience practicing the love-walk.

This book covers several aspects of walking in love, from health benefits and long life to the necessity of forgiveness. Though much of the book comes from the perspective of doing acts of love, there are also sections which cover what love is and how the love of God affects us.

Both the Scriptural exhortation and the stories from life experience in this book give valuable insight that will help anyone seeking to walk in love to grow in their ability to manifest this godly attribute in their lives.

  1. Characteristics of the God-Kind of Love — Love defined; Love takes no account of a suffered wrong; Divine love is a peacemaker; Learn to let God’s love dominate; Love is a fruit of the spirit; Walking in the spirit is walking in love; Love works no ill to his neighbour; Love works no ill in marriage
  2. Divine Love: The Evidence of the New Birth — How we know we are saved; The love of God constrains us; Learn to put God’s love to work for you; You can mature in love
  3. Love: The Law of the New covenant — The law of love supersedes the ten commandments; Why believers can be led by their heart; Love — faith’s power; The God-kind of love fulfills the law; Sons of God are sons of love; Owe nothing but love
  4. The God-Kind of Love Forgives — Sanctification; The God-kind of love forgives and forgets; God looks on the heart; Forgiveness under the New Covenant; Forgiveness doesn’t hold on to grudges; Unforgiveness: A hindrance to faith and prayer; Be quick to repent and quick to believe; Forgive yourself too! Paul had to forgive himself; Take God at His Word
  5. The Benefits of Walking in Love — Walking in love is profitable; Harboring ill will damages you! Keep your tongue so you can keep your life! Divine love vs. human love; Divine love can be stern
  6. Failing To Walk in Love Can Affect Your Health — A right heart receives from God; Harmful effects of animosity; Do you love your brother? The woman who said, I hate my mother-in-law; I’ll take sickness from the midst of you; The number of your days I will fulfill; How to prolong your life; Parents: Walk in love toward your children
  7. Judge Yourself — And You Won’t Be Judged — Discern the Lord’s Body; Failure to judge yourself results in the Lord’s judgment; Make the necessary adjustments; The destruction of the flesh; Are you shortening your days or lengthening them? When faith won’t work
  8. Love Your Enemies — Show God’s love to your enemies; Do good to your enemies; Pray for your enemies; The love of God in action; Return good for evil and inherit a blessing! Practice staying in an attitude of love; God’s love — The great healing agent; Being a doer of the Word; Do unto others…