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DOES GOD CARE WHAT YOU WEAR?

Romans 13: 11-14 11 Besides this, knowing the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.

I always had a hard time with this verse, it seems up front to be a little weak. BUT that is because I get offended when I think about Jesus as some thing you put on when

  1. You leave for Church

  2. Are in big trouble

  3. Trying to impress someone

The truth is there is a whole lot more to this verse when you dig a little. First look at what happens when you choose not to put on the clothes the King requires.

 

Matt 22: 1-11 1 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables: 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. 4 Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited, “Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”‘ 5 “But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the others seized his slaves, treated them outrageously and killed them. 7 The king was enraged, so he sent out his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned down their city. 8 “Then he told his slaves, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore, go to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ 10 So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed for a wedding. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

 

Wow that is harsh, NO it is extreme Love, and God calls all of us to be clothed in Christ and it is not some thing we just put on and take off. It is on for ever, plain and simple. We have this mentality, oh, it’s raining let me put on a rain coat, oh, it’s hot let me wear a muscle shirt.  

Bring that idea over to the Christian walk, Oh, let me take off Christ while I watch this movie or, Oh let me take off Christ while I go on spring break. Sure we don’t say the words but we do that, or try that very thing.

 

Jesus would love for us to walk in the anointing of the Holy Spirit as he did, even as the prophet of Isaiah saw prophetically. Let me be real, you want to walk in the anointing? Keep your clothes on, Jesus blood is our covering and He himself, we put on when He becomes Lord and savior of our lives. Check out the connection below the anointing and being clothed in the garments of salvation. Christ Jesus being our salvation.

Isaiah 61:1-10 1 The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of our God’s vengeance; to comfort all who mourn, 3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the Lord, to glorify Him. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore the former devastations; they will renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. 5 Strangers will stand and feed your flocks, and foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers. 6 But you will be called the Lord’s priests; they will speak of you as ministers of our God; you will eat the wealth of the nations, and you will boast in their riches. 7 Because your shame was double, and they cried out, “Disgrace is their portion,” therefore, they will possess double in their land, and eternal joy will be theirs. 8 For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and injustice; I will faithfully reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 Their descendants will be known among the nations, and their posterity among the peoples. All who see them will recognize that they are a people the Lord has blessed.10 I greatly rejoice in the Lord, I exult in my God ;for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom wears a turban and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

When all is said and done God cares not only what we wear but Who!   Maranatha

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Car show in Blue Valley Park

Pictured below is Pastor Efrian  Gonzalez “Kansas City Restoration Church” 1208 Belmont Kansas City. MO 64126. He was the visionary behind the car show you are about see. He partnered with A.C.T.S. Tent Ministries along with several other local ministries. We had a out door church service this morning followed by a concert by LIGHTWALKER. The whole afternoon was filled with testimonies about people delivered from a hard life of drugs and crime. More music and contest’s made the heat bearable.

Pastor Efrian Gonzalez

Pastor Efrian  Gonzalez

I first heard of the event at our inner city prayer meeting at 2732 Forest Ave Kansas City sponsored by Hope City and hosted by Pastor Ray Mabian. Dianna and I went this morning and it was amazing. A guest speaker from Oklahoma City Pastor Peter Vasquez spoke and said we were to be a VOICE CRYING OUT IN THE GHETTO. let me just say, something just went off like fireworks on the inside of me. Oh that every city in America had prophetic voices crying out from their Ghetto’s. One thing’s for real, in the Ghetto NO ONE plays church either you have God or you go home licking your wounds. As I left for the day I had a gigantic yes in my heart.

John the Baptist quoted Isaiah 40:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. There comes a time when you know your call, your wilderness, and your message and all that is left is to CRY OUT.

 If you are sitting in your suburb Christian easychair having a hard time staying awake shake it off and begin to build relationships in the inner city. Wow, that is a little rough. YIP, and if you don’t know where to start well start at the right place. PRAYER

Enjoy some pictures on Me

Car show in Blue Valley Park

pulpit ready to use

     

Lightwalker


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Indigenous Missions

Indigenous Missions: by definition

Indigenous:  having originated in and being produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment

 

Missions:  a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate its faith or carry on humanitarian work

 

Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk produced a great tool in book form called Operation World.”   :

They give a key to what has led to the phenomenal growth of Christianity in the third world. Their quote: “but most of the subsequent growth came from a new generation of indigenous evangelical movements around the world.”

I was recently having lunch with a indigenous pastor on the Pine Ridge Rez. I used the phrase Indigenous missions and the conversation came to a halt. “What do you mean by that” He asked? I gave my ignorant definition and then I asked Him How would you define it? He answered “WE GET THE KEYS.”

Those words have been ringing in my ears. I know behind those words were hundreds of years of pain of betrayal and abandonment by whites, but pressing past that. I personally have paid a great price with Americans not wanting to give when they find out my long term vision is to give what we build to the Indigenous people when all is said and done. That to mean when integrity and relationship is healthy with all involved.

Where the rubber meets the road is with cultural differences on integrity. In the third world in general children are taught to eat as much as you can today for tomorrow there may not be anything to eat. Subconsciously as they grow up as they work with Americans and Europeans that philosophy is carried into relationships. Get the money today because they may not be here tomorrow.

Two problems in that, First it touches of that eat drink and be marry for tomorrow we may die mentality that scripture address’s. Second it address’s our American/European need to be in charge. Wow it is a trust issue, Jesus said “My Sheep will know my voice” and ” I will build my church.” Real lasting change is needed in both cases, Jesus in control fixes the problem. So when is it time to cut the apron strings and hand over ministry to the people in whom it is intended? When Jesus says so. He still speaks in most cases we don’t want to hear.

Jesus we need you to take back control of not only our ministries but our hearts. Come Lord Jesus.  

     

Indigenous : having originated in and being produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment

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Short term measurements not intended for God’s Kingdom.

 

I have waited for several weeks to work on this blog. It has been a red hot issue for me and now is cooled off so I can touch it. I will be try to be careful not to run anyone off as I was not directly effected by this topic it was noticed from a distance. 

 

I have had many examples over the last several months of senior leadership in the charismatic church world, using measurements to define a ministry. Either found worthy of continuing or aborting the ministry. I am completely convinced that the church is in a hurry where they should not be.

 

In my history I have noticed the things that take off with a big bang usually come to an abrupt halt. The slow as a snail growth takes a long time but it is like the ever-ready bunny it just keeps going and going.

 

It is like a revolving door of new idea’s for church growth. Try it for a while then measure it, ops no growth, kill it, and try the next thing. The problem is that there are real people who bought into the vision and put lots of time in, and now told to just pitch it, and off to the next thing. Over the long haul the faithful workers either begin to question leadership’s ability to lead or get offended, because?  

 

Here is the truth, short term measurements and measuring the size of growth or fruit  comes from a “bigger is better” worldly idea that has crept into the church and I wish it would creep right back out the door.

 


Paul uses the greek word Metron which means:

  1.  measure, an instrument for measuring
    1. a vessel for receiving and determining the quantity of things, whether dry or liquid
    2. a graduated staff for measuring, a measuring rod
    3. proverbially, the rule or standard of judgment
  2. determined extent, portion measured off, measure or limit
    1. the required measure, the due, fit, measure

 

In the verses below the greek word Metron as translated is in red, from this we can clearly see that the thing worth seeing in ministry is the thing the Lord add’s to our little portion. We can plant and water BUT the increase comes from God. May we be very careful calling something unfruitful without giving the Lord time to add His Metron to the mix.

 

 

 

Ro 12:3   

For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

 

 

2Co 10:13 

 

 

 

But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God

apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you

Eph 4:7   

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Eph 4:13   

until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measureof the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

Eph 4:16   

from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

 

2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,

It is not how we start out my friends but how we finish, let us be like Paul, finish well.

It will take patience to measure that.

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