Posted: July 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is AMAZING!!!

A MINIATURE CLAY POT

July 22 – a note of explanation

I’ve tried to leave this post just as it was originally written because it was a heartfelt response after a very traumatic experience.  But I’m sometimes clumsy with words and even when I think I am writing clearly, there is always the reader who doesn’t know my heart or doesn’t hear the words the way they were intended.

I feel as though a few people have taken what I said and twisted it. When I wrote my post on Friday, I had a grand total of eleven blog  followers. Yes, eleven. I generally post on facebook and have had a loyal little group of readers that numbered thirty or so. That is who I generally write for.  People who know me  know that I dislike talking on the telephone. I’d pretty much rather clean a toilet than spend time on the phone. I…

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The Mission of the Seventy

Posted: June 13, 2012 in Teachings

The Mission of the Seventy
The Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come …. Said he unto them …. heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, the Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you— Luk_10:1, Luk_10:2, Luk_10:9
There Is a Place for You to Serve
Can you picture the distress of a farmer when he sees his fields golden with a harvest, and there are no servants to gather that harvest in? It was such an agony that filled the heart of Jesus as He looked out on His harvest field. The seed had been sown; sunshine and rain had come; by the songs of psalmists and the message of prophets, by national guidance and national disaster, God had been bringing Israel to its autumn. And now there was the harvest ready to be cut, but the harvesters—where were they? How intensely Jesus felt the need of helpers! How clearly He saw that the world was to be won through the enthusiasm and the effort of humble men! It is one glory of our joyful Gospel that if we wish to help, there is a place for us. I have seen boys left out in the cold by their schoolmates, but men by their Master, never.
It’s Safe to Be One of the Unnamed Disciples
Well, when the work of Jesus in Galilee was over, and a larger field was calling for larger service, Jesus chose seventy, as before He had chosen twelve. Who these seventy were I do not know. We find no list of their names in the Gospels. But one thing we are sure of, for we have it from the lips of Christ Himself, their seventy names were all written in heaven (Luk_10:20). One of our sweetest poets, who died in Italy, bade his friend write upon his tombstone, “Here lies one whose name was writ in water.” But the very feeblest of these seventy, when he came to die, would bid men write, “Here lies one whose name is writ in heaven.” What a debt we owe to the unnamed disciples! How we are helped by those we never heard of! If struggles are easier and life is brighter for us, we owe it largely to the faithful souls who pray and work and die, unknown. Do you long to be one of the twelve, till all the land is ringing with your name? Better to be one of the unnamed seventy, who did their work and were very happy in it, and whose names are only known to God. Better: perhaps safer too. There was a Judas in the twelve: we never read of one among the seventy.
Why Seventy?
And why did Jesus fix on that number seventy. Fine souls have dreamed (and sometimes it is sweet to dream a little) that Jesus was thinking of the twelve wells and seventy palms of Elim that had refreshed the children of Israel long ago (Exo_15:27). But if that be a fancy, this at least is fact. It was seventy elders who went up with Moses to the mount and saw the glory of the God of Israel (Exo_24:1-9). Now seventy workers are to go out for Jesus, and see a glory greater than that of Sinai. It was seventy elders who were afterwards chosen to strengthen Moses in his stupendous task (Num_11:24-25). Now seventy are set apart by Jesus to aid Him in His glorious service. Do you see how Jesus gathered up the past? Do you mark how He was guided by the past in making His great choices for today?
They Were to Win Men by Trusting Them
So the seventy were chosen; and with an exquisite kindness were sent out two and two. They were to heal the sick. They were to be the heralds of God’s kingdom. If men received them, let them rejoice. If cities rejected them, let them remember Jesus, for “he that despiseth you despiseth me.” He was the Lamb of God, and they were sent forth as lambs among the wolves. They were to try to win men, too, by trusting them. For when Jesus bade them leave their wallet and their purse behind, He was not only teaching confidence in God; He was teaching them to look for the best in man. That was one secret of the seventy’s success. They took it for granted they would be hospitably treated, and men responded to that trustfulness. They honored that confidence reposed in them; till the hearts of the seventy overflowed with praise, and they came back to Jesus full of joy.
No Time to Waste
It should be noted too, in their directions, how Jesus guarded against all waste of time. There is a note of urgency we must not miss. The value of precious hours is realized. Take this, for instance, “Salute no man by the way.” Did Jesus mean that the worker should be a churl? Not that. But in the East greetings are so tedious, so full of flattery, so certain to lead on to wayside gossip, that men who are out on a work of life and death must run the risk of seeming unsociable sometimes. When Elisha bade his servant carry his staff and lay it on the dead child of the Shunamite, do you remember how he said to him, “If thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again” (2Ki_4:29)? The call was so urgent, there was no time for that, and there is a thousandfold greater urgency here. Or why, again, did Jesus say, “Go not from house to house”? Did not the disciples break bread from house to house (Act_2:46)? Did not Paul at Ephesus teach from house to house (Act_20:20)? But what Jesus warned the seventy against was this. It was against accepting that endless hospitality that to this day is the custom in an Eastern village. It was against frittering all their priceless hours away in accepting the little invitations they would get. They must remember how the days were flying. They must never lose sight of their magnificent work. The time is short, and all must give way to this—the preaching of the Kingdom and healing the sick.
Their Success Brought Joy to Christ
The seventy did their work, then, and came home again (for it was always home where Jesus was); and when Jesus heard their story and saw their joy, there fell a wonderful gladness on His heart, This Man of Sorrows was often very joyful, but never more so than in His friends’ success. Now is not that a Comrade for us all? Is not that a Companion who will make life rich? We are so ready to envy one another. We cannot hear about a brother’s triumphs but it sends a sting into our hearts. Jesus exults when His nameless children prosper. He is jubilant, in heaven, when I succeed. It is worthwhile to master self; it is worthwhile to be a Christian, in my own nameless way, when I have a Friend like that to please.

A New Day

Posted: April 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

I am hereby declaring April 30, 2012 a new day, a new direction in my life. Tonight (29th), God touched me in a way I have never experienced before. (It was awesome, by the way), and He has given me confirmation. The next two important dates will be May 14th and May 26th. The significance of these dates is dependent upon me doing my part. God has done His!

Details will follow!

Praise The LORD!!!

Andrew Wommack LIVE tonight

Posted: April 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

The better way to worship seminar kicks off tonight at http://s3.awmi.net/worship-conference-2012.htm

Sometimes the best thing you can do when you feel at your lowest, is praise Him because He is Highest!! We can get so caught up in the stresses of everyday life, that sometimes we forget to view things in the light of eternity. Things may be going bad in every area of your physical life, but in the real world (the spirit world) if you are born again everything is perfect. Worship puts your mind back on Him; back on the spiritual. Forget the world and praise Him!!!!!!

Let God Lead, NOW!!

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

When you make an effort to seek truth, to seek God and His will for you, sooner or later you are going to discover something that totally counters what you have been taught all of your life. Then you have to make the decision to let God be true and every man a liar. It can be the hardest thing to actually do, to let the Bible interfere with your theology. This is where I am at. I am starting to understand what the Bible means when it says you have to work to enter into the rest. We all want to say that we let God control our lives, but do we really? Have really 100% submitted ourselves to Him, or have we compartmentalized our lives and only have given some of it to Him? My heart has wanted nothing more than to totally surrender to Him, but my flesh is trying to make things happen in my timing instead of God’s timing. Kinda like Moses who knew what God wanted Him to do, but instead of waiting for instruction from God, went out and killed an Egyptian man, I guess thinking he could jumpstart his ministry. Seeing this happening in my own life, I publicly repent and vow that I will truly let God lead, and I will to the best of my ability only do His will and not my own!! Please keep me in your prayers concerning this!!!

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
(Mat 28:1-7)

This is the basis of my faith. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead is what separates Christianity from religion. I believe in a risen Savior, that took the punishment that I deserve, so I can be made righteous in God’s sight. This gift, available to everyone who believes, was made possible when Jesus conquered death and hell. This is what easter (or Resurrection Day as I like to call it), is all about. It is the truth that the Christian faith hangs on.

Thank you Father you giving us Jesus. Thank you for the forgiveness of  sin and for removing the barrier that separated us from You. I thank you that you love us so much and I ask that you put that love in us so that we may be able to love others, so that they might see Jesus in us!! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Good Friday

Posted: April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.
(Mat 27:50-51)

The New site

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Don’t forget to visit my newest site: www.johnriner.com

While you’re there check out the Bible Lessons page and get started today!!!

 

Verse of the day

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Inspirational

The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful– for he cannot deny himself. Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
(2Ti 2:11-14)

 

Is your life all about Christ? There is no such thing as a part time Christian. A popular saying I heard around football season concerning the fans dedication and faith in their team was “All In”. I also heard this same term recently connected to a political ad campaign. To be “all in” means you are completely sold out for the cause at hand. That is the way the Christian life HAS to be. Following Jesus is an all or nothing deal. Either you are completely committed or you are just spinning your wheels. You can’t  proclaim the promises of God, and embrace the filth of the world at the same time. It just doesn’t work like that. So ask yourself truly, ” When it comes to Jesus, am I All In?