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April 24, 2013

Mormon Missionaries – Sold-out and diligent in sharing their faith – Are we.??

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Holy Bible and the book of Mormon

“So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it,” (Isaiah 55:11).

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Last night, completely by happenstance, while browsing in the iTunes store i discovered that 2 of the Top 10 and 3 of the Top 20 Christianity FREE Books were those of the Mormons.

I thought of this article my pastor shared a few days ago: “A State Seeks to Be Heard in a New World Economy: Why Mormons are Dealing with Globalization. Language Programs Flower in Utah’s Schools – Utah, with a history of missionary work, hopes to create a bilingual workforce, in part to lure international businesses.”

 
This evening at dinner i was telling my family about the article, several of the Mormon books being in the top free downloads and how the Mormons are all about their mission when it comes to sharing their faith..

And then…

After dinner, just before dark a couple of Mormon “Missionaries” who wanted to make sure God’s word was being shared with the lost, showed up on our porch with a free “testament” and a prayer for our family. I have seen them often and here all this time i was thinking they were probably Jehovah Witness, since we do have some of those visit often also.

Anyway, this is the second time in the last five days someone of a ‘variant’ faith has showed up on our front porch wanting to make sure our family knows about Jesus/God. WoW.

I see these two (most kind and courteous) young Mormon men knocking on doors and praying with folks on their porches at least once every couple of weeks or so. They are sold-out, diligent and serious about sharing their faith — Are we.??

Perhaps this will help…

‘Rom. 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” What is the Gospel? 1 Cor. 15:1-4 says it is the sacrificial death and physical resurrection of Jesus for sins. It is the powerful message of salvation to sinners. If you know that the Word of God will accomplish what God wants it to and if you know that the gospel has power to save, then it should ease your mind to know that in witnessing you are using two very powerful weapons: God’s Word and God’s Gospel. The Word of God is the Bible. The Gospel of God is His revelation of redemption.’
‘John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” Here Jesus speaks specifically about His crucifixion. It is He who draws to Himself all who are to be saved. When you present the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4), the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus for sins, Jesus draws the sinner to Himself. He does the work, not you.’
As a Christian, you are to witness with truth, honesty, and integrity. As the Lord provides the opportunity, you should respond in lovingkindness with a humble and gentle spirit (2 Tim. 2:24). And in that, you should point people to Jesus. It is He alone who saves.

‘If you know that God’s Word will accomplish what God desires, that the gospel is powerful to save, and that it is Jesus who draws all men to Himself, then you should realize that the responsibility of salvation does not rest on you, but on God. You are the teacher, the deliverer of good news. “How shall they believe in Him who they have not heard?” (Rom. 10:14). You help them hear.!’

‘These three verses should help you to gain confidence. You witness; God saves. You plant the seeds; God waters. He uses you. It is His Word that accomplishes salvation. It is His gospel that is powerful. It is His Son Jesus who draws. You witness in power when you witness with the Word of God.’  Need more – read more at: http://carm.org/three-important-verses-witnessing

“Missionaries” came by and… <–http://instagram.com/p/YeCSrAhTyn/

 

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December 15, 2012

Reasonable Service

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. ~The Apostle PaulRomans 12:2

A wise man, someone whom I deeply admire His heart for Jesus, once told me that: “There are times when the people need a Prophet and other times when they need a Priest …” He may or may not remember the time in which this was said but it took roots and is especially remembered as this entry is written.

I have no stones to throw, neither have I arrived at this place of total surrender in which i am so oft compelled to write and speak of.. Nevertheless, I must continue, ‘being confident of this, that he who began a good work within will carry it on to completion.’

Yesterday our nation experienced a horrific tragedy — our hearts are broken. And yet, while we all sit in this broken state of longing.. longing to wake-up and discover this is only a very bad dream, an unreal nightmare perhaps, longing to understand the incomprehensible — questioning: “Dear God, WHY.!?” I am gently being reminded that what many of us (those who are Not directly involved in this tragic happening – indeed a parent’s worst very real life nightmare) are really experiencing, in general as ones who call ourselves Christians and as those who ‘are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God’, what we are really experiencing is a state of shocked denial.

Denial of the truth, that by our collective and permissive will we have advanced the things of this world making them into idols unto ourselves and our children.  Denial of our neglect. Denial of our rebellion. Denial of our idolatry.  We have refused the offering of ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice — we have neglected to protect the gateways to our mind and heart, our eyes and ears as well as those of our children.  We have copied the customs of this world, deeply implanted them within our homes and within our communities – failing to worship in spirit and truth; failing even our ‘reasonable service.’

Luke 1:78,79

Mercy of God shine on those in darkness.

Many of us have taken this neglect to the extreme of rebellion. Resenting and rejecting any who dare to speak of this truth; labeling and writing them off as mere over bearing “do gooders” or as angry zealots. Voices of truth and reason are entirely tuned out while we tune in to the latest movie, sage, or song – inquiring minds need to be informed we foolishly assure ourselves.

We not only sit, watch, and listen to productions that demoralize, damage and destroy the holy institution of family; we actually pay for this deadly pollution to filter through the eye and ear gates of our homes and thus our personal being, plus that of our entrusted posterity.   We continue to thumb our noses in the face of God every day in our choosing what music we will listen to, what TV programs we will view and what movies we will go see at the theater; spending untold amounts of time weekly on activities that have not one desirable benefit for own selves, let alone that of any others. Meanwhile people, whom Jesus poured out His blood for, are perishing, literally dying, while we go about with blinders on, spiritually numbed and indignantly ignorant to the schemes of the evil one.

This, no doubt, sounds harsh.. But it is nonetheless a word spoken in love. It is not all negative. All is not lost. Jesus is still on The Throne. There is Good News, also! We have been given the Gift of Repentance aka the Gift of Turning, and the freedom plus the power to exercise it through His Holy Spirit.

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah. Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time when You may be found…’ (Psalm 32:1-6).

We can repent; that is to turn.. turn away from all that is not of the LORD.. We can turn.. turn off our Cable, Satellite, TV and all other type services we call entertainment that support, promote, idealize, glamorize, and air apostasy, violence, sex, loose virtue, poor morals and the demonic. We could turn in and refuse to purchase those weapons that enable individuals to commit mass murders…

We can take the money we save from this [Gift of] turning and use it to support orphans and widows. We and use it to feed those who are literally dying from starvation and lack of clean drinking water in third world countries. We can use it to help buy immunization shots that prevent death in poor countries for children who desperately need.  We could help support the eradication of Human Trafficking and Slavery.  We can turn and if we truly desire Life, we will turn.

psalm-32-esv1 Furthermore, we could use our new found time which we would find ourselves having without these empty activities, to volunteer with low income and at risk children in our local communities. We could serve a meal to the homeless. We could offer our time to a single parent or sit with one of the many lonely elderly people among us – visit the shut-ins.  We could befriend that oddly different person or seemingly awkward, strange family we have been avoiding. We could help to stop stigmatizing those who struggle with life altering disabilities by becoming genuinely concerned and involved in the life of a special needs or mentally ill individual. We could go lay hands on the sick and intercede for their healing.  We could cook a meal for that family who just lost their Beloved to death.  And the list goes on of what we could do to show God’s love to others… We would be saving lives; our own and those of our children. Please, pause calmly, think on that, then act upon it.

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. ~James, brother of Christ  <– In other words: Go! Touch the Untouchable. Jesus certainly did and so must we.

Our God is not dead nor absent from this tragic world. HE is alive within ME, within YOU, within US. He is there enabling His body, the Church to use their freedom for the service of others by going about doing good, in His name, daily. This, after all His ‘tender mercies,’ is nothing more than our ‘reasonable service.’

July 29, 2010

The Hope, Tucked Away, Within You and Me…

Filed under: Blogroll,Christ,Community,Family,Father,Life with God,Love,Nashville — canwetalkaboutthat @ 7:00 AM

To all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Christ Jesus: Please don’t tuck the Hope within you away…

There are lost and lonely people — children, women and men — who are hurting and searching for the Hope within us; only some don’t realize that their emptiness, their pain is really an ache, a longing for a “personal relationship” with the One true God found only through Christ Jesus.

Please, do Not let anyone “go down” on your watch unnoticed — Be a part of the web, every chance you get saints.

Does Anybody Hear Her

She is running a hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction
She is trying; But the canyon’s ever widening in the depths of her cold heart
So she sets out on another misadventure just to find
She’s another two years older and she’s three more steps behind
Does  anybody  hear  her? Can  anybody  see?
Or  does  anybody  even  knows  she’s  going  down  today
Under  the  shadow  of  our  steeple;  with  all  the  lost  and  lonely  people
Searching  for  the  hope  that’s  tucked  away  in  you  and  me
Does  anybody  hear  her?  Can  anybody  see?
She is yearning for shelter and affection that she never found at home
She is searching for a hero to ride in, to ride in and save the day
And in walks her prince charming and he knows just what to say
Momentary lapse of reason and she gives herself away
If  judgement  looms  under  every  steeple;  If  lofty  glances  from  lofty  people;
Can’t  see  past  her  scarlet  letter;  And  we  never  even  met  her!
He  is  running  a  hundred  miles  an  hour  in  the  wrong  direction……

May 2, 2010

Message from Pastor Dan Scott

Filed under: Blogroll,Christ,Community,Community Service,Faith,Family,Life with God,Love,Nashville — canwetalkaboutthat @ 6:27 PM

Most of you have heard that Christ Church canceled all services today. Since I  am sitting in my office until the normal time of our second morning service, I thought I would write to the folks on my sermon distribution list.  Feel free to pass this along to anyone connected to our church since I do not have the ability today to do an all-church email blast.

I greeted about fifteen people who showed up for our first morning service today. Now I am waiting for any who may show up for our second service.

(Our music band was here ready for service, along with the illustrious Regi Stone – with a tie, today of all weeks! You should have seen that. Daniel Bell was here too but asking fifteen people for an offering seemed over the top. Several ushers and the camera people – that’s why I was able to stream a message and post it on the internet.)

The entire Middle Tennessee area is suffering massive floods and storms today. Yesterday, several people lost their lives when they were caught in floods. So, our mayor and police have asked us to stay home. We have responded as citizens should.

This situation illustrates in a way the sermon I prepared for today and which I will send out tomorrow. We like to say things like “the church is not a building or an organization; it’s the people: the Body of Christ.” And it’s true, of course. However, we forget that in the day practicality of things. The attention of a church leader is often more directed toward practical issues in the institution than toward shepherding a flock.

This week was terribly difficult for our entire staff because of an institutional decision that had to be made about money. The government has imposed a tax on a portion of our buildings that has reached $375,000. We still owe a mortgage of $12,000,000.00. Our giving has remained strong, even during this severe economic down turn – we are only receiving 5% less in tithes than last year. Nonetheless, with the building and the tax, we have no place more to go to cut than salaries. So we had to inform some of our colleagues that their employment with the church as an institution was coming to an end.

That is hard news to give and hard news to receive. The amazing thing is the love and trust that they have extended toward me as a pastor. It has deeply moved me.

With the spiritual renewal we have been experiencing, it makes me think that God may want us to discover another way of organizing and experiencing church.

Small churches just roll with the tide. If there is no money to pay the preacher, he gets another job. He doesn’t quit serving. That forces the people to serve as well. Its messy and imperfect from a standpoint of presentation. However, the spiritual family of God keeps doing its work: serving the flock, loving the people, learning the word. In larger churches, we set up a system where a professional church staff runs everything. Volunteers become grunt workers. They may be needed for small and menial tasks, but hardly for pastoring, teaching and so forth.

That is what grows the intuition to a place where it begins require the most attention and the most money. We all dislike it; but what do we do about it?

A storm hitting like this makes us think: what would we do if there were no building?  How can we help those churches whose buildings may be unfit for service next week? Is everyone safe?

Those are kingdom questions. Answering them – even ineffectively – is kingdom work.

Well, why can’t we think like that all the time?

Our church has been experiencing a spiritual awakening. The Lord obviously intends to do something with us and to us. If the institution is experiencing a bit of stress right now, why would we allow that to hinder our fellowship, love for one another or service to God?

More on this tomorrow in my sermon. I hope you get to read it because I need to hear from our people. The congregation has within it the Spirit of God. He promises to lead us “Here a little; there a little; line upon line; precept upon precept.” In other words, God’s voice is discerned as we pay attention to the words, warnings, visions, dreams, and research of the people of God. I believe God will move mighty through this church if the people will share their insights and time with one another. Community is the only way forward.

Speak Lord: we are listening.

Pastor Dan Scott
Christ Church Nashville
http://www.ChristChurchNashville.org

February 12, 2010

Radicalis Declaration

Filed under: Blogroll,Christ,Faith,Life with God,Love,Nashville — canwetalkaboutthat @ 5:30 AM

Today I am stepping across the line. I’m tired of waffling and I’m finished with wavering. I’ve made my choice; the verdict is in and my decision is irrevocable. I’m going God’s way. There is no turning back. I will live the rest of my life serving God’s purposes, with God’s people, on God’s planet, for God’s glory. I will use my life to celebrate his presence, cultivate his character, participate in his family, demonstrate his love, and communicate his Word.

Since my past has been forgiven, and I have a purpose for living and a home waiting in heaven, I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living, petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting, hurtful resenting, or faithless worrying. Instead I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry, and fulfill my mission in the membership of his family.

Because this life is preparation for the next, I will value worship over wealth, “we” over “me”, character over comfort, service over status, and people over possessions, position, and pleasure. I know what matters most and I will give it all I’ve got. I will do the best I can with what I have for Jesus Christ today.

I won’t be captivated by culture, manipulated by critics, motivated by praise, frustrated by problems, debilitated by temptation, or intimidated by the devil. I’ll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal; not on the sidelines or on those running by me. When times get tough and I get tired, I won’t back up, back off, back down, back out, or backslide. I’ll just keep moving forward by God’s grace. I’m spirit-led, purpose-driven, and mission-focused so I can’t be bought. I will not be compromised, and I shall not quit until I finish the race.

I’m a trophy of God’s amazing grace so I will be gracious to everyone, grateful for every day, and generous with everything that God entrusts to me. I am a radical in the original sense of the word: rooted in Christ, rooted in love, and rooted in his Word.

I hereby declare my supreme allegiance to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I say this: However, whenever, wherever, and whatever you ask me to do, my answer is yes! I’m ready. Anytime. Anyway. Whatever it takes Lord; whatever it takes! I want to be used by you in such a way that on that final day I’ll hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful one. Come on in and let the eternal party begin!!”

Marilyn A. McNeece Magallanes

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