Primary Colors Was Right

20 02 2014

Just watched the movie “Primary Colors” through “On Demand.”   Cathy Bates was fantastic as the ‘all heart, ‘Get er done’ campaign promoter.    At one point her character gets so fed up with the campaign’s hypocrisy, she states:

“I will burn this village in order to save it…”MSDPRCO EC006       Primary Colors

My take away is that she was willing to tell the truth and not blink regarding the possible fall-out of the consequences; even if all that she’d help build was (metaphorically) destroyed in the process.

That kind of passion reminded me that Our Lord and Savior gave his very life for the truth that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us since HE came to bring us that very truth.

At one point, Jesus looked upon Solomon’s (original) Temple in Jerusalem; having over time, disintegrated into a symbol of artificial religion run amok.    Self-promotion had swept the people so far off course with its’ hierarchical rules and fake regulations that few if any could adhere to; let alone the leaders that espoused same. HE commented (prophesied) to His disciples that: “… a day will come when not one stone will stand upon another…”

From the comfort of my leather theater chair in my den, this writer tearfully watched the city of Kiev Ukraine go up in flames on the evening news.    Praying, “Lord help them…  Lord have mercy for rulers that would kill their own people whose only crime is that they are tired of their leaders’ self-promotions for his personal gains.”

Daily, we drive by countless semi-empty Churches where ministers refuse to let go of the egocentric reigns of power and allow the Giftings of the Holy Spirit to flow among the people; meeting spiritual needs of healings both internal and external; preferring in His place, works of the flesh: Raffles, fundraisers, various programs, and awards.

Watching Primary Colors and hearing that line delivered so passionately by the actress, Cathy Bates; I was reminded of something our Lord Jesus said:

Matthew 16:15-19    –   New International Version (N.I.V.)
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah (the Christ), the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.”

Footnotes:
Matthew 16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock.
Matthew 16:18 Hades; That is, the realm of the dead
Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
*Thanks to the good folks at Biblegateway.com  always

Our focus: Verse 19 “…and the gates of Hades will not overcome it…”

Satan wants the Church to die…   By any means necessary.    If he has to promote people who would run off believer’s in droves through offense, schisms, made-up rules and downright lies…   Well, so be it as far as he’s concerned.    You must understand by now that Satan never has played fair.

However, although our Lord did not say that a grave-like death will not COME to the Church; He DID say that the grave-like death will NOT Overcome the Church.

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is alive and well in the hearts of men and woman all over the world, because of the Holy Spirit.    Church is not owned by any one group; any one race; any one political party; or denomination…    Church is not a religion.      Praise God for that!

No, the authentic Church (the gathering of the Ecclesia or ‘the called-out’ one’s the Believer’s) of the Lord Jesus Christ cannot be held in the grave (a lifeless state of being) any more than its’ founding Father could be held in the grave; for He is Life.

The authentic Church of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, cannot be held and compartmentalized within four walls and upon hard pews once a week for 45-90 minutes; reduced to one fast hymn, one slow hymn and two collections.

We may be meeting in small groups; meeting in homes; meeting in restaurants; found hand holding and sharing prayers during a hasty lunchtime or chatting about the love of Christ in the side aisle of a store, but “We” are alive and we are well!   We are loving one another as we see the Day approaching of HIS return.

The prerequisite for having the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven was belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the son of the Living God.    If you believe that, then let us BIND the works of the ego and LOOSE the love of Christ onto whosoever is willing.  Let us BIND the ravaging spirit of murder and LOOSE the Peace of Christ to our own hearts (first) and plead the same in His name as we remember: The people of Kiev, the people of Syria, the people of the Sudan, the people of Afghanistan, the people of Egypt, the people of Turkey, the people of America, the people if Iraq, the people of Jordan, and the people of Iran.    Let us LOOSE the power of Grace to those who are: Angry; bitter; stressed; homeless; lonely; mourning; those on drugs and hating their addictions; the sick; the elderly and the people who must make a life or death decision at this very moment!   Grace to you… and the Peace of our Lord Jesus; the Prince of Peace.    May this Spirit of the Living God rest upon you; keeping your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.  Amen
Unlocking Dreams

We BIND the spirit of despair and LOOSE the power of Peace and Love to the leaders of all those half-empty Churches who are at the brink and tempted to sell-out for money; tempted to turn away from God’s Word and seek self-fame or those on the verge of giving up in hopelessness.

“We” say to you: Choose Life, choose Love, choose Peace…   Choose Jesus.

If you must tear up your five-year plan; your too-good-to-be-true contract; or perhaps finally confront that Simon-the-Sorcerer-manipulating member who holds out huge “Donations” in order to get their way, and if you must rip up your people-pleasing sermon that shades the Word of God to no effect— If you must destroy all of this; only to repent and start anew…    So be it!

Repentance

We must be willing to effectively “…burn this village in order to save it!”   Amen.

Be Blessed!    The Light Keeper

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CAPTURING THOUGHTS

9 03 2012
Capturing Every Thought

Capturing Every Thought

“Demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  II Cor. 10:5 NIV 

So okay… Most of us admit we fall down a lot when it comes to  actually applying the above referenced Scripture, right?  What’s that? Did I see some raised eyebrows back there among you? Well, here’s another question: How well have the last 70 days been since making that New Year’s Resolution? How is Lent going? Umhmm, thought so (me too).

Be sure to read the entirety of the second letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth. His letter taught us about putting on the armour of God. Verse 5 describes what that armour empowers us to “DO” if we use it. Keep in mind that the armour isn’t againstfolks out there,” but it is to protect the Believer (us) from satan getting his hooks into us: body, soul and spirit.

We can be just like Garfield’s friend, Little Odie – out there bouncing-back and going after his goal. As Believer’s in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have the advantage of being able to always seek Him through His Word so that we can train ourselves to: Think like God thinks; speak like God speaks, and do what God does.

Alright, I could hear you cheering until you got to that last one: Do what God does.” We know it’s true, but we (gulp) agree and then rarely take Him at His word; like when He said:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12 NIV

Just a small side note: Notice Jesus says “anyone?” That pretty much includes YOU and me; not just Apostles or ancient folks in ancient times. Similarly, Jesus said, ‘whoever’ or ‘whosoever’ ~ depending on your Bible translation. It’s an all-inclusive pronoun. However, let’s also note that it is dependent upon some action on our part… Faith.

Sometimes it can feel lonely as we walk this ‘narrow way’, but Jesus is with us every step of the way.  Know this too, that somewhere out there I’m jumping like Odie, after my own life-butterflies… Capturing thoughts and imaginations and every high thing that would (try) to exalt itself in my mind and heart against the knowledge ~ against what is sure enough known to be true ~ in the Word of God.

Let’s say it together… Let’s get in one of those holy huddles like they do during the NFL Championship games… Let’s all put our hearts and hands together saying:

“… I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME !”                     Phil. 4:13 NIV

Now let’s get out there with our own butterfly nets and start capturing those negative thoughts, imaginations and everything the enemy of our soul throws our way in his desire to make the Word of God a lie in order to defeat our faith.

TN Lighthouse Ministries is praying for you, and  there are folks connected with this Ministry from all over the world praying for you… India, Greece, Japan, El Salvador, all over the United States of America, Canada, Africa, Brazil… the list goes on and on…

Let us lift each other in prayer as we lift up the name of the only One who died for us and lives forever; making intercession for us all: JESUS, our Lord and Savior.

To Him be Glory forever~ Amen!       Be Blessed, The Lightkeeper 





Don’t Burn Up Your Blessings

23 01 2012
Busy Busy Busy

Working within your strength while working out your own salvation.

Philippians 2:12 tells us: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” This speaks to me of individual believer’s taking responsibility for their sanctification; which is a process incorporated into one’s daily lifestyle choices.

The larger aspect of working within one’s strength and calling is reflected in this account of the Apostles setting the focus of labor in ministry in order (see below): Acts 6:2 says, “And the twelve Apostles called the whole assembly of the disciples and they said to them,It is not acceptable for us to forsake the word of God and to serve tables.”

Time and again, I have come across this while in ministry training  under a Senior Pastor who refused to ‘let go of the reigns’ and allow the dedicated people within the Church to grow and serve in their God-given talents, gifts and callings.

What happens is “burn out.” It happened to Moses until his wise Father-in-law, Jethro stepped in and basically told him to ‘chill out’ and find some reputable leaders among the tribes and let them be Captains of thousands, hundreds and tens; then if they can’t solve the situation, they can speak to the league of Elders and if they couldn’t solve the situation; the Elders would seek out Moses; who in turn would bring the problem before the Lord.

I served under a Senior Pastor who planned a Church cookout. He went shopping for all the groceries, called special people to set up kid tumble houses; went personally to pick up various ala carte items; set up all the tables and chairs; cooked the burgers and hotdogs, served same from the grill; table-hopped to welcome everyone and stayed late into the night helping with all of the clean up.

The Church members almost turned into a choir as we all chanted: “Stop, sit down, we’ve got it; relax; we’ll do it… Stop!” All to no avail. The next day was Sunday and he admitted to being totally unprepared and tired from the previous days activities and the sermon reflected same.

As the early Apostles determined, he should have been praying and seeking God for the sermon message and not (literally) “waiting tables.” As leaders, often our desire to ‘be in the midst’ and ‘in control’ can hinder not only our own walk, but those to whom we minister.

I believe it all comes down to TRUST on a variety of levels.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 Be Blessed !





The Great Falling Away: Are We There Yet?

31 10 2011

“Now we beseech you, brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him, 2 That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonns 2:1-3

The Bible says that Christ can not come back UNTIL there be a falling away first AND the antichrist be revealed!
Are we there yet? Let’s just say, we are “In the process.” Satan has pulled a fast one on us. He has filled many pulpits with demonic apostasy (false teachings) and driven away the true followers and seekers of the Lord Jesus. Once again making God’s House of Prayer into a den of theives who tickle the ears of pew sitters; while simply forming a big social club. The “true” Church of the Lord Jesus is in the hearts of His people. His people who ‘hear His voice’ and will not ‘come to another.’ Be encouaged. 2nd Thessalonians and Matthew 24 reads like World News Tonight. Take a read and we’ll talk more on this. Be Blessed








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