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Archive for the ‘Quick Thoughts’ Category

Colors of the Rainbow

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 8, 2011


The more colors of light blended together like the colors of a rainbow, the more pure the light shines.

The more colors of this earth blended together, the darker the color turns like pigments in paint.

Remove the pigment and the background grows lighter, but remove the colors of light, and your world turns dimmer.

Fill your heart with all the color of heaven’s Light for a greater perspective on life or fill your heart with what the world offers and risk darkness’ shadow bring fear of the unknown.

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A Person of Character

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 8, 2011


A person of character, who can find?

  • His children reflect him
  • Her husband trusts her
  • His wife respects him
  • Her friends come to her and rely on her confidence
  • His foes can do little to him
  • Her feet are steady
  • His heart is pure
  • Her strength come from her God
  • His faithfulness, he learned from God’s one and only Son
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    New Hate Group Identified

    Posted by undergroundchurch on February 23, 2011


    

    Another hate group has been identified with a ruler that is difficult to track down unless you know where to look.  I do consider myself to be a subscriber to the cause.

    The group’s leader says that he hates:

    • Those with evil in their hearts toward their neighbor,
    • Lovers of false oaths, proud looks
    • Lying tongues
    • Hands that shed innocent blood
    • Hearts that devise wicked schemes
    • Feet that are swift to run into mischief
    • False witnesses and
    • People that sow discord

    He encourages his followers to hate evil, pride, and arrogance.

    This is just the short list of things he hates and doesn’t include the things he despises, rejects, abhors, and detests like gossip, slander, unforgiveness, sin, rebellion, witchcraft and evil thoughts.

    If you find this leader, fall on your face and repent of all he hates that abides in your heart and surrender your life to him.  One thing for sure, He loves his followers.

    Resistance is futile.

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    Almost to 200…

    Posted by undergroundchurch on January 24, 2011


    2 Posts to 200 Posts!

    I don’t know how many people actually read the stuff I write. To be honest, I like it when people do read my posts, but I really just enjoy writing and would probably write even if nobody read it.

    I actually like to hear comments back from people, which I get on Facebook and other places where this blog is simulcast more than I actually do on WordPress.

    In two posts, it will be my 200th post in less than two years.  It’s been a blast, and I hope to continue this for a long time.

    Thank you to all of you that take a few moments to indulge me by reading the stuff that falls out of my brain.  I know it ain’t easy, but it is appreciated.

    You can now check out a Podcast that I put online which will have everything from my Sunday Adult Bible Class to short thoughts. CLICK HERE. It is just more dribble from me, but instead of plowing through my writing, you just have to endure my speaking.

    Hopefully you are blessed, challenged and inspired to get into the Word of God and see for yourself the life changing power of the Bible.

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    Know Your Enemy

    Posted by undergroundchurch on November 1, 2010


    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.- 1 Peter 5:8-9

    Some suffering is self inflicted.  Choices we make that come back and bite us.

    Other suffering is a direct result of an enemy that is out there that wants one thing… your destruction!

    Know your enemy

    He is not nice or thoughtful nor does he have your best interest at heart.  He will do whatever it takes to bring you down. His best weapon is your ignorance.  So here are some steps to stay on top and overcome.

    Be Self-Controlled

    We live in a culture with no control.  We eat too much, play too much, complain too much and don’t spend enough time on things that really matter.  We need to prioritize and become more disciplined.

    Be Alert

    Don’t look for a devil behind every bush, but do be aware that in every situation there is the potential for the enemy to come in.  We are in the last days, and Satan knows it.  He is more active today that perhaps anytime in history, and every believer needs to be vigilant.

    Resist Him

    Every believer is endowed with the power of Christ, which is the Holy Spirit.  We are bought and owned by God, but because we live in “battlefield Earth”, we are targets of the enemy.  The greatest power God gave us is the power of choice.  We can say, “No!” We can run; we can turn from the enemy and in doing so, stand against him.  He may attack us, but he cannot own us.

    Stand Firm in the Faith

    Do not doubt, but trust God.

    “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

    By standing firm you will gain life. (Luke 21:19)

    You are not Alone

    One of the hardest things to remember when you are suffering is that you are not the only one.  There are literally thousands and perhaps millions around the world suffering for their faith.  Just hang in there because the hope we have in Christ is not like that of the world.  We have a guarantee from the Lord that we will one day be with the Him and every tear, pain and trouble will be wiped away! (Revelation 21)

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    The Power of Influence

    Posted by undergroundchurch on October 31, 2010


    Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews. ~ Esther 10:3

    Shortly before this verse was written, Mordecai and his people were moments from extinction. In fact, you could say that he was the catalyst for his own demise by angering the one who was leading the charge, but Mordecai was not caught off guard, he just continued to fight the good fight.

    Mordecai was no one special, but he supported those who were (namely Esther). In the end, he was the one exalted to the high position.

    Moral: Just because feel you are in a powerless position, you still do have great influence on those around you. You never know if the one you inspire might go on to greatness all because you were faithful. We all play our parts, and the greatest parts are those that influence.

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    Wisdom from Mistakes

    Posted by undergroundchurch on September 16, 2010


    Tests aren’t my strong suit, mainly cause I over think them.  However, one thing is constant with me and tests… I learn more from what I get wrong than what I get right.

    Yep… it’s that nagging feeling that comes from the frustration of getting a question wrong that brings out a standard response that goes something like this…

    1. The test must be wrong
    2. I know I studied that
    3. I misread the question
    4. Oh, that’s what they meant
    5. OK… I will concede

    Because I put so much effort in fighting the fact that I got it wrong, the right answer has somehow embedded itself in my gray matter, so in the end, I learn more from what I got wrong than the questions I got right.

    My life is like that in general…. but that is for another blog… or an autobiography

    Biblical Application

    When I read Corinthians, I get that same feeling.  Yes, the church at Corinth had problems, but we have what I believe is the most practical letter from Paul about how church should operate because that one church had such problems.

    We can learn a plethora of good “church tips” from Paul’s corrective instruction.  

    • All those gifts are given for the church’s benefit
    • The most gifted church is nothing without love
    • Just how do we facilitate a healthy atmosphere for correction in the church
    • What should be done about those living in sin in the church
    • The church is all about unity in Christ
    • Can we be Christians and live like the world
    • How do we deal with freedom
    • What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the church
    • How can we obtain balance between order and spirit leading
    • What is our ministry
    • What is our treasure
    • And so much more

    So much good comes from so many mistakes.  When you make mistakes, you have two choices

    1. Let the mistake lead you into more mistakes and eventually down the road of despair
    2. Learn from the mistake, and use that knowledge to gain wisdom

    I choose the latter.

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    Making the Unexplainable – Undeniable

    Posted by undergroundchurch on April 17, 2010


    One of the problems when sharing Jesus with someone seems to be in convincing them of the truth.  It ‘s a very frustrating prospect, but it doesn’t have to be so if we adjust the approach from trying to prove the unexplainable to establishing the undeniable.

    Adults don’t typically come to Christ because they understand salvation completely or have all their questions answered.  They usually come to Christ because they encountered him in some fashion that made the unexplainable, undeniable.

    The questions don’t really matter when the experience has proven that Jesus is undeniable.  It’s not that they got their questions answered yet, it’s just that Jesus became personal to them. Answering questions come later.

    We always opt for the undeniable over the unexplainable when given the choice.  You might get on a plane and fly across the country knowing without a doubt that the plane can fly, but you can’t explain how it does it.

    You use a phone, text your friend, drive your car, browse the internet on a computer.  It is undeniable that these things are real, and you use them even if you can’t explain them or how they might work. If you want to go deeper, then you may learn more about them after you start using them, but you might just be content with the fact that it is an undeniable fact that computers, internet, TV are real, and I don’t have to know how it all works.

    Let’s take a 90 MPH pitch in baseball.  A recent study showed that the 90 MPH pitch takes 400 milliseconds (ms) to travel the 60.5 feet from the pitcher’s hand to home plate.

    The batter goes through a process which takes 200 ms to find the ball once it leaves the pitcher’s hand, another 150 ms to determine where to swing the bat (high, low, fast, slow, etc.), and 100 ms to actually swing the bat.

    If you are keeping track, it takes a batter 450 ms to hit a pitch that takes 400 ms to get to home plate.  The researcher concluded that it is impossible for a batter to hit a 90 MPH pitch.

    Now, if you have ever watched a professional baseball game, you have seen batter after batter hit a 90, 95 or even 100 MPH pitch.  Yet scientific studies prove that it is not possible.  The unexplainable becomes undeniable and you accept the fact that a 90 MPH pitch can indeed be hit… and hit well.

    Don’t spend all your time trying to prove God exists, prove the crucifixion happened, prove Noah’s flood, prove the virgin birth.  From a faith point of view, these are all critical, but from an introduction to Christ point of view, they don’t actually “introduce” anybody to Christ.

    People need an encounter with Jesus so that he becomes undeniably real to them.  Once they latch on to the undeniable truth that Jesus is real to them, then the importance of having their questions answered become smaller and smaller and the reality of God in their life becomes bigger and bigger.

    You cannot answer all their questions; you can only introduce them to Jesus who can do a much better job answering the questions that need to be answered.

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    Salvation yet to Come!

    Posted by undergroundchurch on March 26, 2010


    …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. – 1 Peter 1:5

    A man falls overboard into the ocean from a boat. I throw him a life preserver and tell him I am going to save him.

    Is he saved?

    He is being saved. His salvation will be complete once I drag him back onto the ship.

    The life preserver gives him opporunity to overcome the raging waters of death, and as long as he holds to the promise of salvation, he will be saved.

    Likewise, the promised work of salvation occured on the Cross. It is finished. The process of being saved is occuring now in the hope that we are going to be saved.

    Hope is knowing that our salvation will be completed. Hope knows that Jesus’ promise is sure. Meanwhile, in your journey to completed salvation, you cling to the faith while in the sea of doubt, which presses in all around you.

    Hold to your faith! Do not doubt! Your salvation is assured. One day soon, you will stand on the shoreline, and the feeling of deadly waters will be a distant memory as your salvation is fully revealed. Praise the Lord!!!

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    My Thanksgiving Story

    Posted by undergroundchurch on November 25, 2009


    There certain people in your life that teach you lessons just from the very way that they live their life. Sometimes   they say things that tie it all together. When this happens, it’s like an epiphany. It’s like the bow on top of the package. It’s like the flowers on top of the cake or the cherry on Sunday. It’s that one thing that brings everything into focus even if you heard it time and time again. I had one such encounter with my grandpa back in 1986.

    I had driven from my army base in Fort Stewart, Georgia to St. Augustine Florida where my grandpa lived in a trailer. I was a selfish 20-year-old only caught up in my own self gratification. I really didn’t think about how my actions would affect other people. In my life, I had only received things and never really given anything back.

    While down in St. Augustine, I asked my grandpa to help me install some speakers in my newly acquired 1977 yellow Mustang. Of course, he being grandpa, happily obliged. After a few hours of cutting, tearing and mending, we finally achieved success. So the next thing that I asked, being a young self-absorbed 20-year-old, was, “What have you got to eat?”

    That must’ve been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Throughout the course of the previous two or three hours, my grandpa must’ve been observing the way I handled myself. Because I never really expressed how thankful I was that he was there to help me.

    He said in the most stern voice, “You never show appreciation!”

    Those four words struck me so deep, that I have never forgotten them to this day. It was like a light went off in my head, and for the first time in my life I realized that there were other people in my life, and that my every action affected them.

    I realized then that I really was not thankful for all the blessings in my life. I took so much for granted. I live for myself, and I did not live my life as a blessing to those around me.

    It’s not to say that I am perfect or have finally arrived, but it set my feet on a path that I have not changed from to this day. God used my grandpa that day to plant a seed in my heart of serving others.

    True thankfulness, true appreciation, begins in the heart. It bubbles up and comes out of the mouth, but it is most effective when it materializes in our hands.

    This holiday season, I challenge everyone, including myself, not to be just be thankful in our hearts, or even in our words, but to express our thankfulness, our appreciation, in our actions and our deeds.

    I intend to physically show people how thankful I am for them. I intend to show with my actions my love and appreciation. People will not always remember what I say, but they will never forget what I do.

    In this, I hope to reflect the life Jesus lived. He didn’t come just to say he loved us; he came to show us he loved us by taking our place in death. It was his actions, not his words, that saved us. It is in my actions that I hope to reflect that heart of love to my family, friends and those far off.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!

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