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It’s a Brain Thang

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 30, 2009

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. – Ephesians 5:17-19

Only God can change the heart of man.  He never repairs, he only replaces. I think this is probably due to the fact that our “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” – Jeremiah 17:9

But the battle for men’s (and women’s for those that only speak politically correct language) hearts does not take place in the heart.  It takes place in the mind. 

When a battle is fought in war, the battle field is usually in a place that does not contain the actual goal.  For example, to win a castle, most of the battle takes place in the courtyard or fields outside the castle walls. In the battle for the human heart, the battlefield is the mind. 

“Futility of their thinking”.  The world is stuck in a box fabricated in the recesses of their mind.  Science is a great example.  Mankind determines what is true only by using the tools of science. If it doesn’t fit in the mold of scientific proof, it can’t be. 

That’s like using a ruler to measure the size of the universe.  Science only pertains to the limited functions of this world’s design. It does not apply to the designer. 

Look at it this way. If I drew a picture on a piece of paper and could bring that world to life, it would function is a way no where near as wonderful as mine.  For example, it could only function in a two diminsional fashion. It I intersect that world as an artist with a pencil being pushed through that piece of paper, the people of that world could only interact with the part touching their world.  My pencil to them would seem like a flat circle.  They couldn’t tell if it were solid or empty and certainly couldn’t understand that it is a 3 diminsional object.  In fact, they couldn’t even fathom three diminsions because it is outside the capabilities of their “science”.  Three dimensions to them would be “scientific theory”. They would be limited in their minds to the reality that is all around them. There is not scientific tool they could use to measure my universe.

We are those people drawn on paper compared to a God who is the artist.  We can’t understand the tools he used to fashion our world. We can’t see the brush or pen He used to draw its concepts.  God is operating in a sphere outside our time/space continuum.

The people of this world only think in terms of the limits of this world – not the potential of a world beyond science.  Science can sometimes see the fingerprints of God, but it does not have the capabilities of putting human rationale around the spiritual world in which God resides.

Since this world is limited to the thinking of their own universe, their desires are only to seek satisfaction in the realm of their universe and not the awesome infinite nature of God’s kingdom.  God has so much more for us than animalistic instincts of lust, greed, selfishness and desires that only this world can offer. He offers a new heart and a connection to His world. 

But to get there, the mindset must change.  The thinking must change so that God’s realm of possibility becomes your realm of possibility.  The Bible says it this way, “Faith comes by hearing”.  Hearing is not just listening to words. Listening is actually taking it in, listening and responding with affirmation.  But if you are set in your mind that you will not change because the “science” isn’t there, then you will be sitting alone for a long time on a park bench to nowhere.

God is a rewarder of those that dilligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6), but to find him, you must first take off the blinders of a futile mindset and trust that there are just things beyond your understanding – things that you have to take by faith.  Once you accept this, and take that step, you will open the avenue for God to come in a replace that heart of stone for a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19). Then you will begin working in God’s science.


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Jesus shall walk again

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 29, 2009

Today’s Biblegateway verse:

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth – Job 19:25

This scripture was written during the time of Abraham.  That’s about 1600 years before Jesus stood on earth as a man.  That’s also around 2000 years after God walked on earth the first time – you remember, in the garden with Adam?

So just how many times has Jesus in some form actually, physically walked on earth. When considering this, remember that before he came as a babe in a manger, He was (and still is) the Word of God. So where the Father was, Jesus was too.

  1. He walked with Adam in the Garden – Genesis 3:8
  2. He appeared to Abraham with two others – Genesis 18
  3. He appeared to Hagar – Genesis 16*
  4. He wrestled with Jacob – Genesis 32:22-31
  5. Moses at the burning bush – Exodus 3:2
  6. He passed before Moses – Exodus 33:22
  7. 40 years in the desert with Israel in the Tent of Meeting
  8. He spent time on the mountain with Moses – Deuteronomy 10
  9. He confronts Balaam – Numbers 22:23*
  10. At Bokim – Judges 2*
  11. With Gideon – Judges 6*
  12. To Samson’s parents – Judges 13*
  13. To Elijah – 1 Kings 19:7
  14. Defending Jerusalem – 2 Kings 19*
  15. Zechariah – Zechariah 1*
  16. With Joshua – Zechariah 3
  17. Jesus Birth to death – Gospels
  18. Jesus After rising from the dead – Gospels/Acts
  19. Jesus to Paul – Acts 9
  20. Jesus Return on Mt. of Olives- Zechariah 14:4
  21. Jesus Return to Rule 1000 years – Revelation 20
  22. New Jerusalem on New Earth (this one is forever – Revelation 21-22

* Refer to the Angel of the Lord, which many scholars believe to be Jesus or God in human like form prior to the birth.

Now I may have forgotten or missed a couple, but you get the gist.  God is a regular when it comes to visiting earth.  Job knew three things in this verse:

  1. He knew that his Redeemer was God (He is alive in 1600 b.c.)
  2. That in the end, his Redeemer would stand on the earth. Which he had already done, and as we discover in Revelation, he would remain on the earth in the New Jerusalem forever.
  3. That no matter what happened to him, holding on to the faith that his Redeemer was real was his only hope.  Even though he suffered incredibly, his understanding of of God’s promise of a redeemer coming kept him going through the worse of circumstances until that day when He would see his Redeemer face to face.

We can learn a lot from Job, but the most important thing is hope.  He completely put his hope in God, not for the temporary things on this earth that are here today and gone tomorrow; he put his hope in an eternal reward. 

Yes, it hurts to go through the tough times, but without legitimate hope in a future that is secure, you only have worse things than trouble on this earth to look forward to.

Someone said it this way, “The worse this earth has to offer is the closest thing to hell a believer will ever experience; the best this earth has to offer is the closest to heaven an unbeliever will ever know.”

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December 21, 2012 – a day that will live in infamy

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 28, 2009

I watched a History Channel special called Decoding the Past: Doomsday 2012. What I found interesting was the number of societies that had an oracle that spoke of the end times time-frame and the problems that will occur then.

I don’t put much value into oracles speaking of end time prophecy; that said, I do place complete trust in the Biblical teachings. 

Every society in the world has a historic occurrence of a global flood in their histories.  Even though God has provided only one way to him through Jesus Christ, he has in the past communicated with other cultures and spoken oracles to other societies concerning things he was doing.  These oracles or prophecies harmonized with Biblical prophecy and therefore were not outside God’s revelation in the Bible.

An example of this is the famous story of the Magi that came to visit Jesus at his birth.  These were not Israelite men, but they somehow got special revelation to look to stars and seasons to discover where the messiah would be born.  The fact the Jesus would be born in Bethlehem is a well documented Biblical prophecy, but the special revelation given to these men along with the method they should use to find Jesus was extra-biblical.  To limit God’s utterances to only that which is written in the Bible is somewhat narrow minded.  But to trust any oracle not in line with the Bible is foolish.

When reading the Revelation of Jesus given to John in the Bible, you can see great detail of events that will happen. Many of these events are planet related events that affect seas, rivers, mountains, the mantle, tectonic plates and the like.  Asteroids plummet to earth and ships, people and fresh water are destroyed because of it.  All these things can be explain, not simply because of their miraculous nature, but the fact that God is in charge of nature and can use nature to accomplish his purpose.

Jesus told us that many things would happen leading up to the end – wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines. (Matthew 24:5-12) He then says that these are just the “beginnings of birth pains”.  Just today there was another earthquake in Mexico and a new plague of swine flu broke out last week quickly spreading around the world.

There are human engineered events, societal events and planetary events.  He tells us that, like birth pains, these events will come on gradually, rhythmically and more frequently.  Eventually, the events will climax in the events described in Revelation.  I want to look at just a couple of the recent scientific observations that are rather interesting to note in view of biblical, extra-biblical and scientific revelation.

First, Revelation 9 speaks of a star that falls to earth opening the abyss and letting out some plagues. The angel of the abyss is Abaddon (which means destroyer).

In early March this year, a 40 yard wide asteroid DD45 passed 38,000 miles from earth. It was so close, it actually passed between earth and our geosynchronous satellites.

In 2004, astronomers discovered an asteroid that will pass by earth twice in the near future once in 2029 and again 7 years later in 2036.  At first, they thought the asteroid had a very good chance of hitting the earth; that fear has dropped slightly, but it is still in the real realm of possibility.  What makes this one unique is that they named it Apophis (which means destroyer) the same name as the destroyer released by the star which falls to earth opening the abyss. An asteroid impact on the earth would cause much destruction and could do much of what is in Revelation 9.

Even a small impact from the 40 yard wide asteroid that passed by last month would be equivalent to several atomic bombs. There are thousands of these asteroids floating around. In fact, the one that passed by in March was accidentally discovered four weeks before it passed by. 

Second, on December 21, 2012, the Mayan Calendar predicts a cataclysmic event.  This is based on the earth passing through the Milky Way’s galactic equator. Many scientific theories abound, but one rather prominent one is that the earth’s magnetic fields could reverse. 

This would not be a real concern if it hadn’t happened before, but there is physical evidence that this has happened before [check out NASA’s research]

The magnetic field is the primary defense against the solar winds and the power of the sun’s radiation. Without this field, life would not exist on earth.  If it shifts, which could take hours, days, months, or many years the earth could be exposed to the full brunt of the sun during that shift. 

Revelation 16 documents the final wrath of God – the bowl judgements.  These judgements happen quickly and everyone of them could easily describe what would happen just from the shifting of the magnetic fields.  If you want to look at one complete site dedicated to December 21, 2012 information, go to http://www.december212012.com/. I am not foolish enough to call this a done deal, what it does is that it give good food for thought.  Many dooms day predictions of the past were poorly researched hypothesis that worked primarily on emotion, but do not let the bad prophets of the past drop your vigilance.

I’ve listened to a lot of sermons on Revelation, but very few times do I ever hear anyone try to analyze how it might unfold.  It’s a totally different feel when you study end times prophecy with the view that it is totally plausible with scientific verification verses studying it like it’s only theoretical. 

And for those of you that want to believe that you won’t be here when it all happens, just keep in mind that you will still go through the birth pains.  These birth pains will get worse and some of the things that happen during the seven years of tribulation will probably have precursors similar to the real events.

Footnote: Just a point that needs to be made, the web sites mentioned in this article are not endorsed by me, but are just given for starting points and reference.  It is good to study, but everything must be judged.  A prophet is proved by whether or not his prophecies come true. Many false prophets have come and gone, but the Word of God – the Bible is the only sure thing.

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Do you have the smell of death about you?

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 26, 2009

The follower of Jesus Christ is more than a Christian by name, saved by grace and destined for an eternity with God.  They also stink of death.

14But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 15For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? – 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

The believer is the smell of death to those that do not believe.  Although the aroma we give off is a beautiful fragrance of Christ to God and a wonderful smell of life to our spiritual family, we give off a distinctive stench of death to the world. 

The smell probably has two sources:

First, we smell of death because we are dead.  We died to our old nature and sin and have a new life in Christ (Colossians 2:13).  But we also continue to die daily when we properly follow Christ. 

Second, the smell of Christ’s death is all over us.  His blood covers our sinful bodies, his wounds are like balm for our healing, he holds us in his nail pierced hands and we partake of communion to celebrate this death that brought us life.

But the stench we give off that the world smells is actually a prophetic picture of their own destiny without Christ.  Christ’s aroma on us shows the world that they are dead in their sins and that apart from allowing Jesus into their lives, they will stay dead and eternally dwell in death apart from Christ. 

In the end, there are three dead bodies giving off emissions; we have the smell of our own death because of our commitment to Christ. The smell of Christ’s death is all over us, and we remind the world of their destiny of death apart from Christ.

So I ask the question, do you have the smell of death about you?  The answer is that we all do.  Those of us alive in Christ are dead to ourselves and those that aren’t alive in Christ are just dead.  The difference is that when a believers dies, he/she lives.  When a non-believer dies, they are worst than dead.

So maybe I should rephrase the question.  Which fragrance of death is coming from you?  Only Christ can make that aroma pleasing to God.  Maybe you need to use your free will to follow Christ today. It will change your existence today, and your future tomorrow.

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How to be Completely Saved

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 26, 2009

Today’s Biblegateway verse,

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them – Hebrews 7:25

This verse begs the question, can one be saved – incompletely.  To discover this answer, we have to look at the context of this passage.  The writer of Hebrews is talking about Jesus being a priest for us in the order of Melchizedek – that is a priest that has no beginning or ending to his priesthood and one that is sinless without the limitations of the Aaronic priesthood where the priest would have to offer sacrifice for his own sins before offering temporary relief for the people’s sins.

The key to note is that believers still need a priest, not just for the salvation effect, but also to constantly intercede for us.  Believers still sin, and when we do, we have a priest that intercedes on our behalf when we confess our sins. (1 John 1:9)

This is a feature of his priest hood that many believers don’t take advantage of.  Sure they are saved in the technical sense, but they walk around with a lot of sin baggage.  They sin through the course of a day or week and never repent before God for their sin.  There is no remorse and no confession and therefore live an incompletely saved life because, though they may be saved, they aren’t living to the full potential Jesus intended. 

There is power in confession.  It destroys pride and releases humility.  In the days before Christ, a person would bring an offering to the Aaronic priest to sacrifice for the sins they committed.  This sacrifice was only good to take care of that sin. There was another sacrifice they would perform once per year for the sin seed that was within them all.  The difference is that Jesus covered that original sin at the cross, and he is able to provide absolution from sin committed by you after you take him as your Lord. He is already ready to take that offering of confession and forgive you of sin.  He is faithful and just to forgive.

But even in 1 John 1:9, there is a condition to this forgiveness – we must confess our sin.  John is not speaking to the non-believer but to the believer.  We must maintain a repentant heart throughout our Christian journey. 

Salvation is freely given, but it is only given to repentant hearts, so there is something that is required of man – confession and repentance.

So to answer the question posed earlier of the verse, yes there is an incomplete salvation experience. It is an experience where you are conditionally saved from the destiny of hell but are trapped in a lifestyle of unrepentant sin.  You struggle alone; you walk in false assumptions of freedom; you miss out on a truly free life with Jesus on this earth.

Jesus came to make dead people live, but too many Christians fall to sleep in their old coffins.  There is a path to victorious living, and it starts with confessing your failures to Christ and turning from them.  Remember that there is only one mediator between God and man and that is Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). A human priest cannot absolve you of any sin.  We are told to confess our sins to one another, but that is the sin we commit against one another. (James 5:16) We do this along with praying for each other so that there might be healing between us.

So the call of this verse is to live a life of repentance where a savior, ready to forgive, awaits your confession by mouth and your repentance by heart. What makes true Christianity difficult is that you must die to yourself daily.  It’s humbling; it’s challenging, but it is life changing.

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Seven Sins of a Dying Church

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 24, 2009

Based on research from Lifeway Christian Resources, there are seven sins of a dying church – that is a church no longer producing fruit.

  1. Diluting doctrine– making the Bible more palatable to non-believers by altering its meaning on foundational doctrines.
  2. Loss of evanglistic passion– the pastor is a dipstick… not literally, but figuratively for the congregation, if his heart isn’t into reaching the lost, the people probably aren’t either.
  3. Failure to be relevant – they are like a LP in a digital world. Times a people change and you have to adjust to the mission field you are in.  However, it is important that you don’t lose your foundation in the process.
  4. Conflict over personal preferences – there is no worse battle field than the field on which the blood of saints were killed by their own.  We can fight over the color of carpet but don’t have that same energy to fight for the lives of people.  It’s about getting the priorities right.
  5. Putting priority on comfort – It’s like parking your car in the driveway for a year because you’re too lazy to change the batteries in your garage door opener remote.  We get too comfortable to move.
  6. Biblical illiteracy – Only 3% of churches have a plan to teach the whole Bible to their people.  Is it any wonder why we have Christians that don’t even believe the Bible is true?  Only 46% of Christians believe in a moral absolute! – Barna Survey
  7. Few outwardly focused ministries – 95% of all church ministries minister to the members of the church.  That is not be God’s design but man’s.

If you notice, most of these failures happen when we shut the door to the world.  Churches aren’t clubs, they are hospitals.  The doors are always open.

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The Power of Blessing

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 19, 2009

Everyone likes to be blessed.  Our human nature craves “self-satisfaction”; this is the core of wanting to receive a blessing. That desire to be blessed, though not evil in and of itself, not only brought into humanity the first sin through Adam but is also the very design of man by the will of God that we would seek blessing in a way that honors God.

God gave us the freedom to chose, and that freedom is powered by “self”. The “what’s in it for me” part of every one of us that yearns for reward and blessing.

God does love to bless his people.  In fact, he want to do this more than even the most “positive thinking” crowd can fathom.  However, the way he brings about blessing in this world is very unique.  He wants us to learn to bless each other and when we do this, we will be blessed in return.

We receive blessings from God directly quite a bit more than we are willing to admit.  In fact, we chalk a lot of his blessings up to our own good fortune, hard work or other grand accomplishment.  We miss understand the source of our blessing and thus rob God of the glory due him.

These blessings from God are difficult to trace because God does not walk around and physically hand out blessings.  We can’t see, touch, smell or feel him, although we often recognize his handy work.  I think it is for this reason that we don’t recognize when God blesses us.

That’s where we come in.  God has called us to be a blessing to others.  We are not to sit back and wait for blessings to come to us, we are to bestow blessings on others.  The power of the blessing is not in the receiving of the blessing but in the giving of the blessing.  It is a spiritual law based on the principle of sowing and reaping that is as real as the law of gravity.

You will reap what you sow. 

Many times the reaping comes back to you in the same form as it was sown, but other times it comes in ways that we least would expect.

The power of the blessing is that when you bless someone else, it comes back to you in a greater form.  Blessing is not a zero-sum game.  You don’t give something to someone else and lose it, you end up gaining.  The spiritual law of sowing and reaping says that you will gain more than you give.  This is a concept the world cannot understand because it does not fit into our understanding of the physical world.

Many things Jesus did do not fit into our physical world mindset.  Walking on water is not something that you can repeat in this physical world without overcoming some physical laws against you – gravity, density, viscosity, etc.  But somehow Jesus was able to trump a physical law by using spiritual laws. 

The physical realm, though very real to us, is but a small part in a much larger spiritual realm.  I like to explain it this way:

The spiritual world is like the electromagnetic spectrum electromagnetic-spectrum

The electromagnetic spectrum consists of a variety of different qualities; the difference between each is simply the wavelength.

In it you have gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet, microwaves, radio waves, etc.  Each of these exist all around you, but you can’t see them, feel them or touch them. Radio waves for example are blasting through your house right now from TV and radio stations, wifi, cell phones, etc.  But you are never really aware of their presence.

But there is one small sliver of the vast electromagnetic spectrum that we hang our very existence on – visible light.  this visible light from the red to the violet is all that we can physically see, but it is only a part of a vast world.

The physical world we live in is only a small sliver in a vast spiritual world.  We can’t see the spiritual world around us, which is a good thing, because it would be like seeing all those radio waves around us.  We would quickly become overwhelmed.

The spiritual world has laws that trump the physical world.  For example, God operates outside of time and space.  Matter does not influence him.  He can also see both the beginning and the end at the same time.  We can’t comprehend that because our vantage point is within the very small sliver of the spiritual world call the physical world.

What does this have to do with blessing? 

When you bless someone, you operate in a method that is rooted not in physical properties, but in spiritual properties.  Blessing touches a vein of the spiritual world that trumps the physical limitations of our existence. 

When you bless another person, you are able to return a blessing to yourself because that process is governed by spiritual laws, not physical ones.  It doesn’t make sense that blessing someone would return a blessing to us in our world, but in God’s world, it makes perfect sense.

As one songwriter wrote about God’s spiritual world, “It’s the inside out, upside down world where you lose to gain and die to live.” – Misty Edwards

So start blessing people.

It not only returns rewards here, but it stores for you treasures in heaven when moth and rust do not destroy.  How can you do it?

Buy some $10 Walmart cards, pray about who to give them to and give them to strangers in need with notes of encouragement.

Do something for someone else anonymously that will cost you time and money, but will be a huge blessing to them. (Jesus says that when you do things like this in secret, God sees and will reward)

Buy a week’s worth of groceries for $30 from Angel Food Ministries and give it away to a family in need.

There are lots of ways to be a blessing to others, and when you do this, you will see that the rewards you receive can’t be measured.

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The True Message of Hope

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 18, 2009

If I asked you what you think “hope” means, I’d probably get the dictionary definition:

Hope – the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.

It would be used in a sentence like, “I hope for an early spring.”

The problem with this definition is that while it may work for general issues, it is not a biblical definition of hope.

Our definition of hope is circumstantially influenced.  We actually look at hope with a sense of doubt.  For example, in the sentence above, “I hope  for an early spring”, you see that in the mind of the person, they know the reality is that they have no control over it and that they may not see an early spring. 

This kind of hope is not very secure.  Would the person hoping for the early spring plan for it? Would they set dates for cookouts in March? Would they plant their garden in February in Indiana? Or would they wait until it happened to plan their cookouts?

Biblical hope functions differently.  When you see Paul say, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1), you see that Jesus is the hope.  It is a type of faith that has assurance. 

Later Paul tells Titus,

“We wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)

We see that Jesus is the hope, and his return is the manifestation of that hope.  There are no doubts that he might not return.  Hope is the embodiment of assurance.

Peter breaks this down even more:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. – 1 Peter 1:3-12

This hope Peter calls “Living” actually kept people going through tough times.  The hope they had that they knew their eternity was secure. 

  • It was the hope of an eternity with Jesus that kept them in peace when thrown to lions.
  • It was the hope of an eternity with Jesus that inspired them to ask God to forgive their killers
  • It was the hope of an eternity with Jesus that strengthened their resolve to meet together even when they knew doing so might mean their death.
  • It was the hope of an eternity with Jesus that gave them all the strength they needed.
  • And it was this hope that Paul says, “and now these three remain- faith, hope and love” .  (1 Corinthians 13)

We know how faith and love are eternal factors in our relationship with Christ they are the elements that get us there, but now you know that it is the hope of glory that will sustain you through the journey. It is hope that will keep you going when all seems lost. It is hope that will give you comfort and strength.

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Better start praying underground

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 17, 2009

Two students in a California college are threatened with suspension when they prayed for their teacher after asking if they could pray for their teacher in the teacher’s lounge. – see article

The argument was that they were being suspended for “disruptive behavior”. The story in short is that they were alone in the teacher’s lounge praying for the sick teacher when another teacher came in and said, “You can’t do that in here.”  The students stopped and left.

This is just one of many signs of the times of a polictially correct society running amok. 

“Disruptive Behavior?” Fortunately, this time, the students are allowed to take their case to court to prove “that the school treated religious expression more harshly than other speech.”  But for this to even happen is a reality of a new society that is out to crush God.

Freedom of speech is no longer about “freedom of speech” but content of speech. If your content is not “politically correct”, you don’t have the right to speak freely.

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Noisy Worship

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 16, 2009

I have always loved trusting the Bible over tradition.  Tradition tends to change and morph the original intent into a strong force too often bent against the very thing it tries to uphold.

Take Angels for example. We exalt these wonderful beings to a level not given by God.  Many have prayed to them, some have been “sainted”, others become statues that adorn our homes and cars.  But Biblically speaking, they are only servants like us – only they live in heaven.

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” – Revelation 22:8,9

John found out what angels think of these misdirected acts of worship.  But have you ever wondered how angels really worship?

First of all, they can’t sing.  OK, so they might could sing, but there is no scripture in the bible that mentions any angel ever singing.  “Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing ov’r the plains” never happened. (See Luke 2:13,14) They speak, but they don’t sing.

Actually, you might describe them as rather “noisy”.  Think about it.  What kind of noise bothers you the most.  For me, it’s a constant drumming, repeating sound.  A child saying, “mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, infinitum” can really get on your nerves.

Guess what the angels closest to God say, day and night. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8) over and over and over and… well you get the picture.

No beautiful music, just angels speaking – making noise — Making a joyful noise.

Ok, so let me try this one on you.  Remember in the Psalm where David pens the words, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord” (Psalm 98:4) What if David actually was on to something there.  Not the music we are so acustom to hearing, but the meditative sound of words being spoken in worship to the Lord.

Have you ever wanted to worship the Lord like an angel?  If you want to find out what that is like, you gotta start like an angel starts – long, repetative, non-music lyrics of noise.

With this in mind, think about all those people in church that struggle to carry a tune.  You know who you are.  You are the ones who can’t carry a tune in a bucket.  Well your redemption is here!  You my friends are the only angelic voices in the entire congregation on a Sunday morning.

Therefore, speak  up, speak loud and let the monotone noise proceed from your lips with harmony only angels can relate to and God loves

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