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WHY EVANGELIZE?

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New Classic Photos: Billy Graham Library Charlotte, NC
New Classic Photos: Billy Graham Library Charlotte, NC

Here I am Lord!  Here I am; a tree planted firm, standing in the wind as the seasons turn, the Christ within me remains my hope of glory.  I shine even more brightly as the day approaches as I step forward; reaching towards Christ, clinging to Him who first loved me.  I share the gospel with those who are lost and the Church, the body of baptized believers, sanctified for God’s service.  The Church is the spiritual seed that communes with God.  Therefore there must be a connection to the True Vine.  We can do nothing without God.  Evangelism must be a primary concern!  Does the Church lack the staff for outreach, mentoring, ministry preparation and sending out individuals?  Failing to set a precedent for serving God in spirit and truth, I’ve observed disjointed auxiliaries squabble, bringing confusion.  After we’ve worshipped on the Lord’s Day, I’ve observed us enter our places of employment Monday thru Friday and other frequently visited areas and build amiss.  We render service to our clubs, groups’ fraternities and such; without regard, to the entire body of Christ.  There must be a communication breakdown within the highly developed infrastructure which appears to be in place but is apparently an illusion.  Does spiritual content from God have an inadequate vehicle to flow through, in a course towards those who are lost? 

    To add insult to injury an archenemy of the church: nepotism, is strengthened because apostles build their own house instead of seeking the lost.  The scattered seed without is our responsibility, it  rests within the hands of the people of God, but no one’s seeking mentees to deposit wisdom.  Many Elders rather die with wisdom than transfer want they’ve learned to the qualified ones disguised as the lesser in society. 

     We need to see what God sees in individuals, building amiss among the chatter of our own resistance.  If only we sought God as He was worthy.  Poverty will be eradicated.  This shall not be because of the ferocity of man’s insatiable appetite to be praised.  Theft of God’s glory is a high crime; that borders upon the unpardonable sin.  Personal advancement is like a knocking on the door of no return, wherein one is ravished by injustice and excited by sin.  Never forget where you came from and what was sacrificed for you to be strong, people of God; the Saints of the Most High and Children of the King. 

RELIGIOUS FANATIC Strength through Praise

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I was recently called a religious fanatic.  Swiftly, I pondered from where this saying ascended, and I began to pray, but nothing came out.  I just thought quietly in my heart of all the things I’ve been through during my life on Earth.  Picturing from where this saying emanated, I began to think that this person was not there when my mother raised me and my brother as a single parent.  They were not there when I was protected as a child.  They were not there the  times when I was shielded from dangers seen and unseen.  Yet, God was there protecting me and giving me hope and everything I needed.  Therefore, I don’t mind lifting my voice and saying thank you Jesus for all that He has done, I do not mind sharing the joy that I have, I don’t mind flashing a sincere smile.  I can not restraint my praise, for the  comfort of another.  I believed once I heard since the 90’s that it is intelligent to praise God and now I understand the essential vitality that goes along with praising God.  I will do it with wisdom, knowing that my help is not derived from the arms of flesh or the power of horses.  So if they call me a religious fanatic it does not matter.  (12/22/11)

Centurion Prayer

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“THEY WERE ALL MEN OF GOD” (Alma 48:17)

 All of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, each with his sword at his, prepared for the terrors of night.     SONG OF SONGS 3:8

LORD SO COME, SO COME

So Tired So Tired of my soul being a sounding board for those souls practicing for perfection, walking inept, misled messengers, wandering souls looking for happiness

inside of a dark world full of webs and traps, nets and snares.

I long to walk in the light of God’s glory with those of like distinction walking with me on the narrow way holding hands praying and mentoring me for perfection without malice walking on the pureness of Him who was sent by God, The Son of God to redeem the world from its Medieval trappings lusty and demented.

So come and walk with me

So come let us walk into His

Glory together.  His presence is here so let us go into His presence. (1a)   I arise on this beautiful Morning to gaze upon the Royal Blue skies in your firmament above.   Many clouds move forming an outline of your glory seen from here on earth.  Yet I aspire to transcend to your throne by grace to enter your presence on this beautiful morning.  I ask of you to protect my family and guide them.

To you I ask that no harm befall them as I stand in the clear air of this morning priceless in all creation is this time, the time my character is reformed again creating tension in the adversary s’ camp as I am being completed by you as I hold fast to your will.

Oh beautiful mornings I love then again, morning after morning to greet the day in your presences with fortunes on today and dominating misfortunes by your Spirit relieving me from all tension down here in the heat of the day and that which lurks at night, lifting me up to thee Oh Lord I pray in Jesus name, Amen. (1b)

Undulating in this atmosphere the same place we breathe, undulating in this atmosphere to God I cleave.   Holy Spirit, lead me and guide me, keep me on a rock when others I see are on sinking sand.   Hide me from the lion in the gate make me hold my peace when the wiles of the destroyer run rampant.   Still the scorpion as he is set to sting, dismay the enemies of the saints when they come against us in a team.   Gird your Centurion from limb to limb and strengthen the army behind him, whether blood or friend as we go.   Unite us all with the momentum to flow whether to forbear or fight the enemy in this season.   Grant to us our virtuous wives with tender eyes to wait and to love us more when we see them.   How do you give us our strength to overcome sin?   Create a harmonious union among the brethren as we start the day in prayer.   Strengthen us to combat mischief and create wealth, while together in feasting or fasting altogether in good health.   Anoint us and appoint us in all that you lead us to do. (1c)

Because every step I take every breath I take I do it for you.  Even when I awake I count it to thee Lord.  And the food I take and bless or forsake it’s because of you Lord.  Whatever I take from this earth belongs to you because I do too.  Take me Lord, use me Lord, whatever you say, I’ll obey, it’s because of you Lord.  I would have been lost today if you would not have been there for me.   Oh Lord, that is why I can’t afford to take the battle, it belongs to you Lord.   Bless me today and in every way I submit to you Lord. (2)

Lord Help Me to maneuver the weight of the anointing I bear through the onslaught of the enemy, at times bob wired within his territory whether in the heat of the day or the chill of night, guide his arrows shot to destroy away from thy servants.   The missiles from lightening war, the mine fields and explosions, let them be exposed as mere mirages.   Then Lord let your Word go forth into the air that we breathe and into the heart of those being used by the enemy to confuse his attack to create tension in the darkened spirit.   Making spots of light widening in circumference, destroying the evil from within, healing those who once attacked, mending breaches and making the crooked places straight as I arise and greet my former foe I hope to greet him as a brother.  My prayer to you Lord, save the unsaved starting in Bethlehem. (3)

 

ENDNOTES

1a A WAY ON THIS EARTH

1b MORNING PRAYER

1c. UNDULATING IN THE ATMOSPHERE

2. ALL I TAKE 8/17/08

3. PRAYER OF WAR: PRELUDE TO WAR 8/9/08