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Family: O.D.F. and N.O.D.s

The Healthiest Family Structure

It is clear historically, scientifically and sociologically that the  Original Design of the Family is  the healthiest family structure. When I say O.D.F., I am talking about a family with a Dad (Husband,) Mom (Wife) and children.  This also includes people who do not have children.  I do not call this design “The Traditional Family” because the source of this linguistic manipulation came up with this term to put the Original Design Family on the same spiritual-psycho/social level as new forms of “family.”  I also am not using the word “Spouse” to replace the O.D.F. terms of “Husband” and “Wife.” This too has been a verbal manipulation to justify some forms of what has been called “marriage.” Eliminating these two gender specific terms allows for restructuring and remolding our society in harmful ways.

O.D.F.s Vs N.O.D.s

Let me be clear:  Yes, over the years, new forms of what is called “family” have developed. I call these Non Original Design Families or (N.O.D.s) These were formerly called “broken” families before the intentional and intense reculturization of our society took place. I use this word ” broken” with fear and trepidation because social engineers can really bring out some hate toward people who speak in terms that were formerly the norm.   Still too, other “families” were created to justify certain life styles.

At any rate,  research bears out the negative impact on people who have to cope with these alternate family structures or N.O.D.s while growing up. Studies clearly show that those growing up in the O.D.F  are less likely to molested, tend to live longer, be more resilient in stressful situations, and they tend to have a better quality of life than those reared in other family structures. I am not saying people growing up in O.D.F. families are better people than the N.O.D.s or alternate family structures. I am saying the O.D.F families simply have better opportunities within any given society.

Masquerading and The Unintended Consequences

The deceived people who masquerade as Christians, and who pontificate the so called “progressive view” of family, language and history, are doing significant harm. The fruits of their labor are not progressive but regressive. As they manipulate the language,  and as they make values human centric–rather than God centric–they are speeding our culture to a devolution that will cause our country, and western civilization, to become a modern version of the ancient super powers of Greece and Rome.  If these revisionist of culture, language and history succeed, with their digressive reordering of society, which includes redefining the family, it won’t be long before people will look on the ruins of our nation with the similar view of the crumbling structures of these two former super powers. They will see us like they see them: We will be viewed as what was but never more shall be; furthermore, the eternal consequences  their redoing of the world might just be even more devastating.

I hope and pray that we will reject their reordering of society and that we have a reformation, revitalization and renewal of the family.

God Bless You.

Chaplain Mac

Praying Like A Champ: Following Orders.

Jesus looked out and saw all the crowds of people.
It seemed they were lost and weary without a shepherd.
So, He gave His disciples their
First Great Commission.
It’s the same one He gives to you and me.

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“The harvest is great.
The Laborers are few.
I want you to pray to the Lord of The Harvest that He will
“Send laborers into His harvest.”
Matthew 9: 37-38

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Praying To The Lord of The Harvest


Jesus understands how much each human being needs to be shepherded through life. He knows people are lost without Him, even if the Lost people don’t know they are lost. Jesus came, as the Good Shepherd, to remedy this serious problem. He came to “lay down His life for the sheep.”  Because of His love and compassion for these shepherd-less “sheep,” 
He also gave some specific commands to we Christ-Followers who live among the lost: He told us, after seeing these wandering crowds, “The harvest is great, and the laborers are few. Pray to the Lord of The Harvest that He will send laborers into His harvest.” This is not just a request. No indeed! He is giving commands for His Prayer Champions.

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Spiritual Practice: “Calling” Prayer

     What Jesus is saying is simple and clear, but let me break it down: God is giving us an uncomplicated,  even undemanding, but expected, practical spiritual practice — ORDERS — to help people overcome losing their souls,  and to save them from the doldrums of meaningless lives: He is not calling us to do something extraordinary. He is only telling us to pray a short prayer. And I think He wants us to do so consistently on a daily basis.  He is telling us to pray His simple “calling” prayer. He is seeking volunteers who want the opportunity to eternally excel as one of the Prayer Champions I previously mentioned. 

Calling Us To Call On God

He is not asking us to pray long flowing complicated prayers. He is only calling on us to call on God to call average every day people into the simple God ministry of shepherding friends, relatives, associates and neighbors into HIS sheepfold. It is in this place, He will give them eternally full lives. He is doing this in order that the God Shepherd will eternally transform these “sheep”  to stop meandering and start living by following the Good Shepherd.

BE A CHAMPION!

      You are the perfect person to be a Champion for Christ. And all you have to do is keep your prayer short, secret, simple, sincere and specific. Be a winner! Be a Christ- Follower who follows orders: “Pray to the Lord of The Harvest that He will send forth Laborers into God’s Harvest. And God will do all that is needed to have your prayers answered. 

Join me today and everyday God gives you breath.
Pray this commanded prayer.
Pray like a Champion.
Follow Orders.
You, and your friends will be glad you did.

Y’all Be Blessed Now.

Chaplain Mac

Winning THE Primary Struggle

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV 1984)

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    Each of us struggles from time to time: Some of us find our health can be challenging. Some fight a battle with cancer. Others, grapple with the biggest killer of all, heart disease. Some spar with diabetes. We simply compete with ill health to maintain our physical well being. Worry can cause us to strive with experiencing the strife of taking on things that exceed our ability to cope. Some things are just emotionally challenging. Relationships can appear to be a daily scuffle, as many of us attempt to relate to people who make relationships more than a little difficult. Contending with immediate or extended family might be, for some, a daily losing endeavor.  Or we have relational issues simply because of a difference in geographical location. In other words, we sincerely miss people we love because they are so far away from us in another part of the world. Some people experience a tussle with their financial situation. Money is important to them, and they don’t have enough of it.  But the biggest brawl of all is seemingly ignored by most people all together. And this battle has been already won. We can win if we stay prepared.

Belief in Heaven and Hell Among U.S. Adults, 2014

Don’t get me wrong, most people, here in the United States, tend to  believe in both a Heaven and a Hell. Most believe in good and evil. Take a look at the chart provided here on the left, and you will see what I mean; however, when it comes down to facing struggles, I think that very few will believe that daily struggle is actually “against the dark powers of this world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly dimensions.” The problem with eliminating the spiritual dimension, from daily living, is like being in the middle of the war and not knowing you are a target of some sniper’s weapon. This evil one  has declared war on your life, on the lives of every single person you love and are growing to love. Needless to say there is a danger when we don’t know the source of all these challenges.

What Jesus Says About This:

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Jesus is abundantly clear about what is going on here with all our “flesh and blood” maladies,  and so is the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:12. There is a spiritual struggle that impacts all of our lives. “The Devil comes to steal kill and destroy. “I have come that they may have life and have life abundantly.”  John commented that there is one reason Jesus came: “He came to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8). He actually succeeded because as Colossians 2:15 tells us, He “disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” So, the battle, in all our life fights, has been won, but we have difficulty gaining or having the strength we need to win our personal battles in the war that God already won.

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How may we bear up under life’s burdens? Here is how: We follow the spiritual practices of daily giving our lives up to Christ the first thing every morning, and we are then more spiritually strong for overcoming. We present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, as a spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:2 ) We are then able to over come — no matter what ever comes our way.  So, why  not just surrender? Why not armor up and daily practice the spiritual practice the Apostle Paul shares with you and me? Why not put on the full armor of God each day?  Then when physical, emotional, relational and financial turmoil envelops our lives, we can do what is practically practical.  We can do what is necessary from this world’s point of view, but we can also be spiritually prepared to be “Strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”  We can defeat our invisible enemy and his scheming ways.  We can do all this in order that we may be able to be fully alive come what may.

Go on out and be blessed by being a daily over comer.

Chaplain Mac

 

P.U.S.H For Some V.I.P.s (Very Important Persons)

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This is a request for you, and all with whom you connect, to pray. Please join us and pray for the women and men, of Batter B., 3rd Battalion 116th FA. These patriots  have deployed and serve our nation. So, given their current location, prayer is of vital importance! Pray for the Soldiers AND their families here at home. Soldiers have historically been protected when God’s people pray for them. I have seen this throughout my ministry as a Pastor and Chaplain. Indeed, God’s protective power has been manifested in even ancient warriors lives when people pray. Read the “Warriors Psalm” to see what I mean. (Psalm 91:1 and following verses.) However, I am recommending that we pray for, not only protection, but other things:

Examples of How To Pray

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For example, pray for …

  1. Salvation of those who don’t know the Lord … both home and abroad. Some of us have already been doing this every day for weeks, and you may not know it, but three soldiers have already come to know the Lord and have been baptized while in country. They have made Jesus the Lord of their lives while serving in a Muslim area of the world, and they have been baptized.
  2. Pray for them to be emotionally strong. War settings can go from being an experience of abject boredom to unbelievable horror in a second. Being separated from loved ones can, for their soldiers and their families, cause emotional grief and struggle. So, having a resilient emotional state of being is important. Again, pray for their families, and them, regarding their emotional state.
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    Pray for their relationships. The first prayer request covers their relationship with God, but their relationship with their families is really something for which to pray: Separation from loved ones, and family, can cause them or their families real pain and challenge. When a deployed person is away from family, I know from personal experience, anything that can go wrong, or multiple significant life changing occurrences just pop up. Dryers can die, discovery of pregnancies shortly after deployment can become news, and any number of things can change the balance of life. These sort of things impacts both positively or negatively on relationships. Think of this way: deployed personnel are impacted by life changes the same as we are. So, let’s pray practicing the Golden Rule. How would you or I like others to pray for us, if life happened, and we were thousands of miles away.

  4. Pray for finances to become or be good. Deployment can seriously impact a family’s bottom line financially speaking. So, pray for God to help them have a successful financial plan,
  5. Pray for physical well-being. Yes, this does include safety, but it also includes more: People, at home and abroad can get sick. I pray that this doesn’t happen. But if it does, I pray for healing. I pray for optimal medical care. As Jesus said, “The sick need a physician.” I pray their medical providers to be gifted beyond anything they have experienced before.

If You Cannot Pray At Our Location

Pray where you are located and, perhaps, do a little more:

  1. Announce it in your church or small group.
  2.  Come for a few moments where you are in the world.
  3. Forward this web log to at-least twenty or more friends asking them to do the same.

Most of these soldiers are from Polk and Hillsborough county. Many grew up here and attended our schools.  Others are from Orange County and Jacksonville, Ft Lauderdale and Melbourne in Brevard County. But all are from a home base here in Florida. Even more importantly, they are the next generation serving and protecting our nation.

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Please Click on the site below for how to be a part of this short time of  prayer.  You may have to copy and paste it to your URL. Again, you can come for only long enough to pray yourself. Or you can pray in place where you are located.  I would like ask you to please click on “going” or “interested” to tell us you are doing some form of prayer, and that you are supporting this very important endeavor. I would love to know that scores of people in our area, or around the world, are either “going” or  “interested.’ This will demonstrate prayer support for our soldiers. 

  Here is the site y’all:   –>   https://www.facebook.com/events/182319492374009/

Will You Pray Until Something Happens?

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Now, I am not asking you to think about praying, I am asking you to  Pray Until Something Happens: Pray until these soldiers and families will walk free in Christ. Pray until the soldiers and families experience emotional resilience. Pray until the Creator of relationships works within the challenges of their lives to make their relationships sound and secure. Pray the the Lord will give them, this day, their daily bread. Pray He will supply all their needs according to His riches in glory.  Pray for them until the Almighty assures their protection and all other physical/medical health and well being. Pray until they are safely home and then pray for them continually each day.  Yes, I am asking you to P.U.S.H!

Be Blessed As You Continue To Pray

May The God of Peace
Who  Through The Blood of The Eternal Covenant
Brought Back From The Dead
The Lord Jesus
Equip You With Everything Good For Doing His Will
Especially As You Pray
Respectfully
Chaplain Mac

 

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Abby, Kate and Rachel & G.

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Last Sunday, I was feeling REALLY tired. Yup! It was Sunday, and it should have been a restful day, but we had special guests coming. And these were some folks who really do know how to make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord! The guests coming to our home, all but one, are about 49 years younger than TLOML and this old man. One of them is just a few months older than our #1 grandson. They are not boomers nor are they millennials. They just maybe Xers or generation Z. My point is that there is a BIG age difference!

The Bless-ed Jesse Affect

Add to this mix that our Co-Pastor, and TLOML, agreed she would become the bacon meister for the entire incoming college crowd. Jesse is a fabulous caller forth of gifts, and he is a very good man.  Anyway,  there is clear empirical evidence that TFC Choral crowd, and Doc,  popped that old pork right on “them taters” and consumed every bit. Yes, Jesse, the house did smell rather interesting.  But TLOML worked her miracles, and if the house smelled of bacon I couldn’t tell.  Anyone who knows my wife knows she is indeed a miracle worker when given little things that need to be made big.

At The Church

Anyway, in spite of all the preparatory activity, we did “git er done.” So, we headed out to First Alliance Church.  That night we watched, and we participated, in one really enjoyable act of worship led by “Doc,” and made possible by the Toccoa Falls College Choir. They really made a “Joyful Noise” unto the Lord! I watched, sang, and wondered to myself,  “Who will our guests be?” (Indeed, my mind sometimes wanders, even during a fabulous experience of worship.) I spotted the seasoned citizen, Gloria, and I knew right away she would be one of our guests.  Don’t ask me how I knew, but I was right. While G. get’s more than an honorable mention in this old web log, I’m mainly writing about generation next. Gloria, the wise one and “non-traditional student” went to bed earlier than the others.

Yes, this blog is mostly about Abby, Kate and Rachel … or Kate, Abby & Rachel … Or Rachel, Kate and Abby.   Y’all pick which order of names need to be used. Whichever you decide, these young ladies brought real JOY and inspiration to our home.  It certainly is special that people  so much younger than are we could make such a difference in our lives. (Gloria is about TLOML and my age. Perhaps a little younger.) Nevertheless, none of us  had even met prior to seeing Docs Angels in church. Yet, as John Wesley would say, our “hearts were strangely warmed” by these young ladies who had been strangers to us just a short while before we connected.  So, what happened that kept us up later than intended? 

Story Telling

I thought it had to do with the stories we shared. I shared. Vicki (TLOML) shared, Abby shared, Kate shared and Rachel shared.  One stayed up latest of all, and we thought that was great. One surprising thing to me is how transparent Rachel, Kate and Abby were to Vicki and me. While they faced challenges, they were positively positive. What we saw was what we got. This was and is refreshing.  Back and forth we went for a long while. We got to know each other fairly well in a very short time. I was deeply encouraged to hear what these young women are thinking and dreaming  regarding  their future. Some of it was becoming clear, some of it was To Be Determined, and  some dreams were, perhaps,  not clear at all. Some of it reminded me of our Journey with Jesus through the years, and though our hair is getting white with the frost of many winters, their stories intersected many of the experiences of our stories.  We were blessed.

GOOD MORNING Y’ALL

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Monday morning arrived. Gloria was up first, then the others came in one at at time. We talked, looked at a “live” fb post of the choir that I had set up during the choral performance. Yup! We actually found more to talk about and share,  and we prayed. Now, Vicki and I were not the only ones who prayed. Gloria, Rachel, Abby and Kate prayed. I could tell these precious daughters of God knew the Lord, and praying was and is clearly a part of their lives.

It’s No Wonder … 

It’s no wonder they exuded so much JOY when they sang in the choir,  and when they shared themselves with perfect strangers. I had no question in my mind that they were occupied by Jesus. If I had them sitting here right now, I would say, “Hey y’all bring me joy because, Jesus Occupies You!” Yes, J.O.Y. represents all the adjectives in the picture above; however, I would still say that real J.O.Y comes because  He, Jesus, has taken you over, and what is on the inside is going to come out. Or you will just bust. I am not saying each of these daughters of the living God are hyper-happy twenty-four seven; however, it is clear there is something on the inside of these precious ones that clearly has to come out because they are daily occupied… even if the Lord provides a change in course … right Rachel? 

We Hated To See Them Leave

Yes, on Monday morning, we were very tired. We were tired just as we were on Sunday, but life is better because we met them. Our lives are blessed because we worshiped together as we were led by  choir from Toccoa Falls College.  But we were doubly and triply blessed because we, for a very short time, intersected the hearts and lives of perfect strangers who strangely warmed our hearts and souls. Hey Abby, Kate, Rachel and G. We are going to miss you. We hated to see you go. Enjoy the journey this week, as you voluntarily share the JOY with others throughout your college’s spring break.

A Road Trip

I have never been to Toccoa Falls College, but I suspect that if you are looking for a school to be loved, and where you can really grow, you might want to check this Christian and Missionary Alliance school out which is located in Toccoa Falls,  Georgia. If you take a little road trip to the school next to the big ole water falls, I suspect your hearts will be strangely warmed by people you have never met before. 

Love In Christ To You All.

Chaplain Mac.

PS. Abby, Kate, Rachel and G. Y’all can still call me Al, and I don’t think Vicki will mind if y’all can call her  Vicki. I know G. is graduating, but next time the choir comes back this way, if the good Lord allows us to remain this side of heaven, or Jesus is  holding off splitting the eastern sky,  come be our guest A. K & R.

Never! Never!

Never will I leave you.
Never will I forsake you.
God:
Hebrews 13:5

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Sometimes we find ourselves going through a whole lot of stuff. Sometimes, it seems that anything that can go wrong will go wrong at the absolute worst moment in time. The challenge may be spiritual. It may be emotional. It might be a relationship that is not as we would like it to be. Finances sometimes get in the way of having a balanced life. Or even worse, a debilitating illness that affects us spiritually, emotionally, relationally and financially almost takes away the air we breathe. Everything just piles on, and we feel all alone, but let me promise you that you are NEVER alone!

Can I actually say this with so firmly.  YES I CAN! I can say this, not because I have any clout. I say this because this is a promise that comes from the very lips of Almighty God. As a matter of fact, in the holy writ written above, the Lord God goes out of His way to be emphatically clear. He says it twice to make sure we hear! He says “NEVER,” and then he says “NEVER” one more time. Go back and look at what He is declaring. Will I leave you? “NEVER!”  Will I forsake you? “NEVER!”

Spiritual

Think about these things: Whatever your spiritual struggle, the Lord will NEVER leave you to journey through it all by yourself! Never forget His promises to you. The LORD IS! The Lord IS MINE! He is MY Shepherd! “I shall NOT want.” That is I shall not lack any good thing! Read that Psalm 23 when you are down and out or up and down. Reread it, and reflect on what God is promising you. He has the successful spiritual journey down pat. He will help  you with your spiritual journey.

Emotional

Whatever emotional state or grief is plaguing you, you are NEVER alone. He, who is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,  has gone through it, and He will get you through it! Hold on to the one who is holding on to you tightly. Be still. Breathe deeply, let God’s Holy Spirit be the one who helps you shoulder the burdens of your emotional challenges.

Relational

A relationship may be unresolvable and painfully broken, but there is one relationship you can always count on. It is the one we have with the heavenly Father, through Jesus by the power of The Holy Spirit! No one can snatch this relationship from you.

Financial

Finances may be tight, and you don’t see a way to be fiscally sound. Well the one who owns cattle on a thousand hills, and the ONE to whom  all the gold and silver belongs,  promises you, as His child, to give you this day your daily bread.  He promises to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory! So, ask Him to help you. 

Physical

You say, “but I am so physically weak!” Please don’t give up dear one! Continue to believe in the one God who loves you so much that He sent His only begotten Son that, if you only believe in Him, you will NEVER perish, but you will have eternal life. You will share in God’s life now and forever. Our bodies may be weak, and even aging and sick, but keep faith in the God who will either heal you now or heal you in heaven. 

Partnership Praying With Jesus and The Holy Spirit!

Let all your sorrow and fear flow away from you in prayer to the one who is at the throne of grace. Let him bottle all your tears as He loves you. Trust Him who was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, whose punishment brought peace with God to us, and by whose stripes we were healed. (Isaiah 53:5) Have faith that God will control whatever is going on with you physically. Do this even if you have to give it up to Him one second at at time, one moment at a time, one hour at a time, one DAY at a time … Cry out to Him and say “HELP ME! HELP ME LORD!  Keep on saying it! And He Will!

I pray for you today dear friend. Please Let God befriend you through His Son, Jesus, by His own Holy Spirit’s power. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, in your weakness, to pray as you had ought.  (Romans 8:26.) Ask Jesus to pray for you regarding whatever you are going through, for He promises He is ever interceding for you. (Romans 8:34) He is the one mediator between God and humanity ( 1 Timothy 1:5) And He knows how to pray much better than you, as His Holy Spirit will strengthen and help you spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially, and — yes — even physically. I pray you NEVER give up… Never give up … because God is NEVER NEVER going to give up on you.  Have H.O.P.E. Hold On Promises Eternal. 

God bless you.

Chaplain Mac

Giving Up To Give Away Love: There’s NO Other Way.

Surrendering To Be Empowered
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1 Cor. 13:4-8a
Surrendering to the Lord Jesus, and His God originated transformational love,  provides you and me with the potent supply of the  grace filled stuff to be enough. This stuff we call Agape.  When we intentionally surrender to God through Jesus,  we have grace happen, and then God shows up to demonstrate the ability to fully love God, love ourselves in a healthy/holy way,  and love our neighbor as ourselves.
You May Have Heard About Loves Traits
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You may have heard how this love God gives us is patient, kind, non envious, not arrogant, not proud, not rude, not selfish and not easily angered. It may have come to your attention that this God love keeps no records of wrongs, doesn’t delight in evil, but it gets fired up and rejoices when truth comes out. Additionally, it is no secret that this God love always protects, trusts hopes, perseveres and never fails. Wow! I don’t know about you, but all by myself, I cannot “always” anything! Something like this can come from only ONE source. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
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So, by God’s grace, let us determine to daily — starting today — let us yield ourselves to our loving Creator and die to ourselves by armoring up (Ephesians 6:10-20.) Let’s make our priority each day “put on the whole armor of God.” Let us do so in order that we have the ability to love HIM and also first love ourselves in a healthy way. (Deuteronomy 30:6 and Colossians 2:10-11.) If we don’t “get dressed” to be empowered to truly live and love,  spiritually speaking, the question needs to be asked: If we don’t have the stuff to love our God, and we don’t know how to love ourselves, how would we have any godly wisdom guidance to actually love, not only God, but love our neighbors as ourselves?
LISTEN UP Y’ALL!
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1 John 4:7 Love Comes From God
 
It is vitally important to never forget that genuine love comes from one source, and that source is Almighty God. Remember? God IS LOVE! God transforms us to love Deuteronomy 30:6. We get power filled love from God, and we give it powerfully away to others from God as well. we receive the capability to do all of this through Jesus God’s Son and the Holy Spirit; so, consequently, why not give it up daily to Jesus? Why not let the Lover of our souls create God love in us FOR the Almighty Himself, for ourselves, and by extension, love for all others. Yup! we need to get real! We absolutely need to just give it up for the ONE who gave it all up for us. After all, He is the one who was lifted up for us on THE Cross,  and who will lift us up and change our lives eternally.
 
God Bless You.
 
Chaplain Mac

Things You Need To Know About Temptation

1 Corinthians 10: 13

 No temptation has seized you except what is common to humankind. And God is faithful; HE will not let you be tempted  beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,  HE will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

The Seizure

There is a lot about being tempted that I think folks just don’t get. One of those things is that you can be going along feeling just great and life is going good, and then BAM! A normally healthy and holy desire begins to draw you away from anything resembling healthy and holy. Sometimes is even blind sides you. As Paul says in the scripture above, it seizes you and seemingly drags you to a place you don’t want to go if you serve the Lord!!! It’s almost like it happens in a split second, and you are thrown into the dilemma of being drawn into sin or finding God’s grace to be an overcomer. It’s important to understand this very important truth. That’s why the Bible teaches us to keep watch over our hearts.

Your Not The Only One

Many people get defeated almost immediately believing that they are the only one having this temptation, and then, because they believe such a lie, they start feeling guilty and overwhelmed because they wrongly believe that no one else can be as awful as they are being. Feeling like this they tend to give up and give in.

God tells us that the temptations we face are “common.” That is we all have the same passions, and temptations that will draw all of us away. Temptation seizes just about everyone in the same way. So, don’t defeat yourself up front letting false guilt take you over because you believe the devil’s lies about all this.

God Is Faithful

It simply is not true that the Devil is guaranteed to win this battle of your desires. I know many believe he is, but he is not. The reason Jesus appeared was to destroy Satan’s work. (See 1 John 3:8b) And He did destroy the Devil’s work. Not only that, but Paul is right when he says, “God is faithful. He will NOT let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” James tells us to submit to God, resist the Devil, and he has to flee. (See James 4:7.) So, it’s not true you have to give in. This leads to the last thought.

The Great Escape.

God gives us a way out in order that we do not have to sin.  As our passages says above, God will give us an escape route. That is HE will have a plan that will definitely work that will give you the way out. 

Choices

So, choose to look for the escape rather than focus on the temptation. Once you find it take it. If you focus on the temptation and the fire of the out of control passion, you will fail and fail miserably. But if you focus on God, submit to God  and resist the Devil he will have to flee. And you need to simply head for where God leads you to escape. 

More to come God willing.

Chaplain Mac

 

7 Ways God’s Word Impacts You.

2 Timothy 3: 15-17

The Potency of God’s Word

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15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Many don’t have any idea how potent God’s word can be. It is actually life changing. As soon as it intersects you life at the earliest stages of your life, it comes alive in you if you let it.

First it makes you “wise.” Specifically God gives you the power to be wise in salvation’s ways through your relationship of walking with Jesus.

Second, God breathes it out. Now breath and spirit come from the same greek word. So, when you read it, hear it, meditate on it or memorize it, sit with it a while and allow God’s Holy Spirit to breathe it into you.

Third, the word of God is profitable. As God gives you His wisdom and breathes it on you, let it profit you spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially and even physically. There is powerful information in this very Word of God for guidance in every area of life.

Fourth, the Word gives us God’s doctrine. It tells us what God wants you and me to know. It teaches us about what God wants you and me to be, and it guides us in what He wants us to do.

Fifth, the Word tells us there are certain things that are not good for us, and so it reproves us. Or it tells us what God wants us to stop. He doesn’t do this to spoil our fun. He reveals this wisdom to us to give us a more full, safe and healthy life.

Sixth, the Word corrects us. In other words, the Word keeps us on course in life. It corrects the journey in the best direction. God wants your life and mine to stay on course for now and eternity. The Word will chart our course through the good times, the bad, the happy and the sad. I can’t tell you how many times this has really helped me.

Seventh, the Word instructs us in the right way of living. It’s hard for the world, the flesh and especially for the devil to understand this. There is indeed a right way to live that will give us life, and their is a wrong way that will cause us to be enslaved to the bondage of sin and death. God’s Word instructs us in how to be overcomers in everyday living.

WHY?

Why is it important for the person of God to intersect the Word of God like this? Good question, but Paul is clear in answering this when he says to Timothy, that God does this so that we will be thoroughly equipped to do God’s work. God’s logististics seven part supply line is perfect for giving us the stuff to be enough.

Y’all Be Blessed!

See you next time around.

Chaplain Mac.

 

 

God Says,”Let’s Make A Deal!”

It was neither by the blood of goats and calves,
but by His own blood He (Jesus)
entered, once and for all, into the holiest place.
It was in this most holy of holy places that He obtained
eternal redemption for us.
Hebrews 9:12

The Obsolete Covenant

In the Bible, when a particular sacrificial system of the Old Covenant was set up, it  didn’t work so well. God kept His end of the bargain, but we human beings just blew it! Therefore, God  declared it “obsolete.” It didn’t surprise God that it didn’t work, and God did some interesting stuff to  replace it with an entirely New Covenant; so, in our scripture above, the writer of Hebrews is telling us all about this very important God deal related to our 21st century existence.   I doubt you will hear this very often, but this is a vital contract/covenant about which you need to be informed.  Your very life depends on it. This is so important that even blood had to be shed to make this possible.

The Location, Location, Location

I can almost hear you saying, “SAY WHAT?” I know this  sounds weird for the natural mind to get wrapped around, but it really is true. There is a Holiest Holy place,  which is located in the heavenlies. This is the place where Jesus took His own intentionally shed blood (His blood was NOT spilled)  to atone for our sins … to satisfy God’s wrath.  As a matter of fact, the Old Covenant Holy Place was copied after the one in Heaven. God gave Moses the instructions on how to build it. Check this out:

Hebrews 8:5

They (the Old Covenant High Priests) serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

See? I wouldn’t jive you! You can also find this reported in Exodus 25:8-9. Anyway, Jesus took His blood into the most Holy Place in the universe, and He didn’t take it into the earthly carbon/photocopy made by Moses.  So, if you think about it, Moses holy place  really is copied from Heaven. And the lambs of God that took away sin ceremonially, pointed to Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

A One Time Good News Good Deal!

Next thing: He only did this once. To be exact, He did it “once and for all.” Why is this important? It is important because, in the obsolete covenant (See Hebrews 8:13,) the blood sacrifices had to be accomplished yearly. Once a year the High Priest would carry out this ritual. It continually reminded them of their sins as they were cleansed ceremonially. This could have a tendency to shame people.  Not Jesus. He did it once and for all time. When He said on the cross that “it is finished,” it was indeed finished. He completed God’s benevolent plan of salvation.  He doesn’t have to shed His blood repeatedly to apply the covenant to us. Notice it is also “for all.” Everyone who wants to benefit from this can. No one gets excluded unless they want to be excluded.

Price Paid In Full

So, once and for all, Jesus entered the Holy Place, and in this place He purchased or He obtained something. He obtained “eternal redemption.” Eternal means to share in the life of God forever. Redemption defined is simply forgiveness. In other words, Jesus entered the Holy of Holiest place. Second, He carried out both the work of the Lamb of God and the Great High Priest in a way that would never have to be repeated. And He bought and paid in full the sin debt we owe to God. There is no way we could do this ourselves. In a nutshell, He bought for us the ability to share life with God forever,  as perfectly forgiven people. WOW!

Let’s Make A Deal

Therefore, God reaches out to you, the reader, and it is like God is saying, “Let’s Make a Deal!”  NO! God is indeed saying this. He is making you an offer today that I hope you will not refuse, and if you are wise you will take it. God offers you the opportunity to receive this Jesus into a life relationship with you. He is offering that you do this by faith. There is no question in my mind that God loves you so much that God gave His only biological (begotten) Son. He did this so that,  whoever chooses to believe in Jesus will not perish, but whoever chooses to benefit for this New Covenant, will share in God’s life forever. God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn anyone. But He sent Jesus so that, through Him, anyone and or everyone could would be saved. Each person can know, for an absolute certainty, that they are completely forgiven of every sin they have ever committed,  and that they now can be formed into  a new creation in Christ. 

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God offers this to you today. The only question that needs to be answered is, “Do you want to be included?” Do you want to make this deal? There are not three doors. There are not two doors.  Their is only one door to open. It is the door of  your heart. 

GBY
Chaplain Mac

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