The Church is Thriving: Kingdom Values

Well it depends on who you ask. Do you think the church is Alive? Do you think the church is Thriving?

The bible student already knows Jesus has said the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. I believe Jesus.

However, what about the people attending religious services, (The Church)? Are they prevailing against hell? Or would you consider battles are being lost to the dark forces of evil?

There is a battle going on. It is the battle of allegiance to God or to His adversary, Satan. You determine the Victor in your life by whom you surrender your will to.

Decisions are daily. Too often those who profess to align themselves with God and the Church do not reflect “Kingdom Values.” For instance, I stood in the vicinity of men who were dressed as ‘professionals in law enforcement’ and had to hear their vulgarities, slanders, cursings, and immature language. There was no where I could go to escape it except just to put a little more distance between myself and them.

I waited for an opportunity where I would be clearly led to speak a word of encouragement to speak as professionals. It didn’t happen. What did take place was after an hour or so one of the men mentioned having gone to church yesterday. Call me gullible but I thought the Bible has something to say about the language Christians use.

This is where I reminded myself going to church no more makes you a Christian than going into a barn makes you a cow.

There are scores of people who attend church and profess to be Christian yet do not live a life that reflects ‘Kingdom Values.’ How is it with you? May I call upon you to repent if indeed your lifestyle does not reflect the values of God’s kingdom. Turn from this and direct your steps as ordered by The Lord to point others to what it is to be a true disciple of Jesus.

You may just lead someone to Christ. Too many battles have been lost. Even though God will win the war, let’s chalk up a few battles to His victory as well.

Live Kingdom Values,

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Enter His Courts with Praise

Enter His Courts with Praise
Psalm 100:4

PROCLAIMING HIS WORTH
The word praise originates from a Latin word meaning value or price. Thus to give God praise is to proclaim His merit or worth. How do you do this? It can be done in prayers no matter the position or posture. John 11:41 implies Jesus prayed with His eyes open. Praise raises your prayer life above yourself.

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Numbered with Religious Impostors

The following is an excerpt from a devotional guide by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 27

“When Jesus drives something home to you through His Word, don’t try to evade it. If you do, you will become a religious imposter. Examine the things you tend simply to shrug your shoulders about, and where you have refused to be obedient, and you will know why you are not growing spiritually. As Jesus said, ‘First … go ….’ Even at the risk of being thought of as fanatical, you must obey what God tells you.”

The sad reality of our day is the predominant display of religious impostors. When Christ Jesus tells us to remain in his teaching, thus proving we are His disciples (John 15:7), and these opportunities are passed off without a seconds thought, then those who profess to be Christian bring open shame to Jesus and His will. These religious impostors diminished the validity of their claim to be Christian.

Currently the media arena is beginning their campaign for everyone to go see a movie six months before it is to come to the theaters. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is hardly the kind of presentation Jesus Christ would want His disciples to be exposed to.

I suppose there are some ‘churches’ which might use the movie as a tool to entice people into their group of attendees. I say this because there are some ‘churches’ using worldly music with anti-Christian lyrics to entice people to come to their meeting. The serious disciple could hardly see Jesus attending such presentations. Then why would you expect a disciple of His to go see the show.

What a glorious opportunity for the Christian disciple to take a stand for the Christian lifestyle Jesus wills for us. Our witness to the world has eternal outcomes. It is a matter of grave importance. Therefore we are more than privileged to demonstrate our love for others.

The place of living a disciple of Jesus lifestyle goes far beyond a movie but prayerfully you get the message.

For why be numbered with the religious impostors?

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Embracing The Cross

We want the pleasantries of the cross, the benefits of the cross without the sacrifices of the cross!

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The Majesty of Meekness

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ KJV)

The Majesty of Meekness

A. The average person sees meekness, in vs. Five, in two ways.
1. They deny meekness is a blessed state.
2. They deny the claim of Christ that meek inherit the earth.

B. Meekness is used in the Bible in two ways.
1. Attitude towards God
2. Attitude towards people.

C. Meekness is not a natural virtue.
1. It is unpopular
2. People of the world equate meekness with weakness, cowardice, unmanly, and spinelessness.

D. Meekness finds outward expression in two ways.
1. Gentleness
2. Patience under provocation.

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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God’s Will

“To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge, to find the will of God is the greatest discovery, and to do the will of God is the greatest achievement.” George W. Truett

The will of God for every Christian is that we become involved.

Until Next Time

Hoss

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Reached a Milestone

August 30, 2014 will mark two years of Hoss’ Blog. Today I have reached just over 7,500 views. There are 210 followers. I know there are some who get that in a day but I am thankful to all who have viewed these blogs.

They range from the serious to the senseless, from the witty to the silly and from anger to others of happiness.

We have sermon outlines to amusing stories. Awesome vacation stories to awful vacation stories. We have drama from being called the the sheriffs office to the dreams of cruising to Canada.

As the blog is describe, these are just random thoughts and ramblings about life. Hope you get some good from them. Hope you find them worth your time to read. More than anything, I hope you are blessed.

When I reach 10,000 views, I think I will have a party. I just wish there was a way to know who would be the 10,000th viewer.

Stay tuned for more.

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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