December 17, 2014
Twelve years ago tonight, Tuesday, December 17, 2002, I was filled with God’s Spirit. The night that I was saved is the only one that could rise above the importance of this particular night in Groveland, Florida, eleven days before my 40th birthday.
My wife and I had just bought a new home in the Crane’s Landing subdivision of this South Lake County community six months prior. I had come home from work and was having my devotional time when I felt my mouth quivering.
I had sought after this blessing for many years, and, finally, I was baptized by Jesus Christ into His Spirit. I began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave me utterance. I can remember the joy and the smile on my face as I was receiving this blessing and enduement of power from God. It was a night that would change my life forever.
November 22, 2014
Tonight, in Orlando, FL, the seven-foot, two-hundred sixty-pound center for the Orlando Magic, Nikola Vucevic, had a career-high thirty-three points to go with his seventeen rebounds. Although the Magic lost, their up-and-coming center played the best game of his three-year career as a professional basketball player.
“Nick” is originally from Montenegro, a country in Eastern Europe, and he played his college ball at the University of Southern California. Before tonight’s game he was averaging 18.4 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game. Tonight, he exceeded those averages.
This morning, I had the opportunity of meeting Nick at the Panera Bread at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. I, also, had the privilege of sharing my faith with him and my testimony as he ate his breakfast. He listened intently as I told my story through tear-filled eyes. He responded that he does, indeed, pray.
I gave him a New Testament, a Four Spiritual Laws tract and a 4×6 card about our church, Faith Assembly of God. I invited him to visit us, and I told him he could view our services live from his phone when he is on the road playing an “away game.” I thank the Lord that our paths crossed today.
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November 20, 2014
A couple of years ago, I bought a book at Long’s Christian Bookstore in Casselberry, Florida written by Matt Redman titled Facedown. It is an amazing book on the subject of worship. Although a small book in number of pages, it packs much on the importance of how we worship, both corporately and individually. I am in the process of reading this book again.
It concentrates on the importance of music in worship, since Matt Redman is a renowned worship leader. The book shows that when one truly encounters the presence of God, the posture that results is one of “facedown.”
I, once again, highly recommend this publication for anyone seeking God, as a new believer or wanting to “spark a new fire” in their relationship with Jesus. Matt’s inspiration in writing this book is evident.
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November 7, 2014
US Presses Israel to Reopen Temple Mount – Opposed Jewish & Christian Prayer Times of Israel News Oct 31st
Washington called for Israeli authorities to reopen the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers Thursday, while also condemning the shooting of a US-born activist who lobbied for Jewish rights on the holy site. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was “extremely concerned” by spiraling tensions in the capital, after Israeli authorities closed the site known as Haram al-Sharif to Muslims in an effort to staunch possible violence following the Wednesday night shooting of Rabbi Yehudah Glick. “It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in word and in practice,” Kerry said in a statement. “The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount must be reopened to Muslim worshipers and I support the long-standing practices regarding non-Muslim visitors to the site,” he added.
Palestinians said the full closure of the site, considered holy to both Muslims and Jews, was provocative, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the closure, possibly for the first time since 1967, a “declaration of war,” according to a spokesperson. It was decided to restore the compound to normal on Friday morning, however for fear of unrest at Friday midday prayers, entry for Muslim men would be restricted to those over 50 and women. Kerry said any move to change access rights to the holy site would be “both provocative and dangerous.” Currently Jews are barred from praying in the compound, considered the holiest site in Judaism, an issue Glick had advocated to change. Police took the unorthodox move to close the compound after Glick, the leader of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, was shot while leaving a Jerusalem conference center Wednesday night. Glick is in stable condition and doctors said his condition had improved slightly.
In the wake of the attempted assassination of Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent advocate of allowing Jews to worship atop the Temple Mount, the Obama Administration confirmed that it supports the suppression of full religious freedom at the Jerusalem holy site. During a press conference last Friday, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki, in
her bumbling and somewhat evasive response, Psaki said that while the Obama Administration condemn’s the shooting, it continues to oppose Glick’s efforts to open the Temple Mount to Jewish and Christian worshippers. Lets pray that Israel ignores Obama and takes back full authority over the Temple Mount
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November 4, 2014
Today, I finished another book. This one I started about two months ago, and it has impacted my life greatly. The author is Ron Phillips, a Spirit-filled Baptist minister. And as a side note, Pastor Phillips has a television program that airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
The book, however, takes an in depth look at the Christian’s enemy, the devil, and describes how he works to attack the lives of those who call Jesus, “Lord.” It also looks at how we, as followers of Christ, are to know this enemy and get ready for battle.
Once again, I highly recommend this book for all Christians. We need to know what we’re up against if we are going to be victorious. Knowing the enemy’s strategy and tactics are of the utmost importance if we are going to win the fight. Every Christ-follower should read and study this book written by a great man of God.
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November 3, 2014
This afternoon, I finished a book that I had checked out at the Winter Park Public Library titled, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. This book, published about forty-five years ago, takes a line-by-line view of this most famous of all Psalms. While not a long book, only 142 pages, it packs a lot of meaning and spiritual nourishment into twelve chapters.
For example, one section that really ministered to me was a prayer that the author, Phillip Keller, penned, “O Lord, I can’t cope with these petty, annoying, peevish problems. Please apply the oil of Your Spirit to my mind. Both at the conscious and subconscious levels of my thought-life enable me to act and react just as you would” (p. 118).
I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs encouragement or who might be experiencing a “down” time in their lives. This book will “pick you up” and cause one to be thankful and grateful.
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October 30, 2014
For those of you who live in Florida, you know that our governor, once upon a time, was a man by the name of Charlie Crist. He came to power after Jeb Bush left office seven years ago. Although his party affiliation, at that time, was Republican, he really didn’t govern as one (hence, the term “RINO”- Republican in name only). He was, in short, a poor leader, to say the least.
Later, he would run for the U.S. Senate and be soundly beaten, in the primaries, by Marco Rubio. Not satisfied with the voice of the people, he changed “stripes” and became an independent. And, once again, he was destroyed by Rubio in the general election.
Now, Charlie’s back and this time as a Democrat (his true calling). He was never a conservative, nor will he ever be. He is a political being, and Floridians should not vote for him on those reasons alone.
But there are other issues that should cause the Christian to pause before “pulling the lever” for Charlie. For one, he is a pro-abortion candidate. He believes it is okay to suck the brains out of a living human being and cause that person to die.
Next, he believes the definition of marriage is other than male / female. He is okay with legalizing homosexual marriage. It is unacceptable for the leader of Florida to go against the Bible on this issue.
Hopefully, Charlie will leave the state and go somewhere like California or New York where he would “fit in” better. Floridians let’s vote against him again. If not, he might hang around and change his affiliation to the Communist party.
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October 27, 2014
Knowing Who I Am in Christ
by Joyce Meyer
Not sure who you really are? Read this list of Biblical truths that reveal who God made you to be.
I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18).
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18).
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:17-19).
I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9-10).
I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).
I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).
I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25).
I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).
I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).
I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19).
I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).
I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).
October 6, 2014
Before sunrise this Wednesday morning, another blood red moon will be visible in the night sky. This, once again, will happen on another Jewish holy day, Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles. This event has already occurred once this year as the total lunar eclipse happened on Passover, April 15, 2014.
Amazingly, next year, the same events will occur again, a blood moon on Passover 2015 and Feast of Tabernacles 2015. Four blood moons falling on Jewish holy days in two consecutive years has only happened three times in the last 500 years: 1967- Six-Day War (Israel retakes Jerusalem); 1948- Israeli War of Independence (Israel becomes a nation); 1492 Spanish Inquisition (Jews are expelled from Spain).
The Prophet Joel wrote, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come” (Joel 2:31). Peter echoes this prophecy on the Day of Pentecost when he quotes Joel’s writing, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come” (Acts 2:20).
We don’t know the “day or the hour,” but Jesus is coming soon! Maranatha!
Scripture quotations from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press.
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September 6, 2014
Today, Lou Ann and I went to the Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida for the first time in a decade. We hadn’t been there since three hurricanes swept through this national landmark and park ten years ago. But, surprisingly, it looked “no worse for the wear.” Actually, it was spectacular in its aesthetic qualities.
Although Edward Bok is regarded as the creator of this beautiful place, God is the one who I thought of, during our three hours there, as having made these gorgeous grounds. It was a great day to enjoy the natural beauty that our Lord created.
Although it was still warm (nearing the end of our Florida Summer) this afternoon, the cloud cover kept a great deal of the heat away from us. And the shade created by tremendous oaks was a wonderful blessing as the cool breezes brought respite from the humidity.
The tower, also, is an amazing thing to behold. It is a 205 ft. edifice made from Georgia marble that houses bells (carillon) that ring out every hour with beautiful compositions. We sat there, today, and soaked in every bit of the natural and man-made beauty of this day.
During the 1:00 afternoon carillon concert, the song “Amazing Grace” was played. It was a fitting musical piece to listen to in a “garden of Eden” type place. I thank the Lord that Lou Ann and I were able to spend this day together. Thank you, Lord, for your goodness and mercy!
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