NEW GOSPEL LINE DANCE…

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King David danced before the LORD with all his might. God was us to celebrate Him and celebrate life. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with dancing as long as it’s not lewd or suggestive…

2 Samuel 6:14-15  (NKJV)

14 Then David danced[a] before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

Check out my wife’s video for the line dance created for her Gospel Jazzy single, “Walk With Me (Never Alone)”. It was choreographed by Tarri Hester Johnson.

You can learn the steps with this instructional video: https://youtu.be/S3XcqqhaMI0

Here are links to her song:

iTunes: http://apple.co/298RrOb
Apple Music: http://apple.co/298Rg59
Amazon MP3: http://amzn.to/29lXdxO
Google Play: http://bit.ly/29s2bct
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/29ey3iN

This dance and song is sure to add life to your next celebration!

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HOW HER DEMENTIA GAVE HER HOPE IN HER LAST DAYS…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

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Let me first say that I in no way mean any disrespect to anyone dealing with the pain of a loved one suffering from any form of dementia. However, God does have a reason for everything He does. This true story showed me how what we sometimes think of as a ‘curse’ can be a blessing in disguise for some.

Years ago I used to do nursing home ministry. I would visit two nursing homes, once each month. As I walked down through the halls I would see the same faces. There were some residents who had regular visits from family and friends, but unfortunately, there too many who never got a visitor…ever.

There were also varying levels of mental health. I would hear one lady in particular at one of the nursing homes say the same thing every time I visited. She would sit in her wheelchair in the…

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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK ‘THE FLYING PREACHER’ WAS TOO DRAMATIC…

In a recent sermon Pastor Bartholomew Orr, Senior Pastor of Brown Baptist Church in Southaven MS used a zip line to dramatically illustrate the return of Jesus in the sky.

Immediately comes the rebuke and criticism (such as the comments in the video above).

“He’s being too dramatic!”

“It doesn’t take gimmicks to share the Gospel!”

“That’s what’s wrong with the church!”

It’s not my place nor anyone else’s to judge what God led this man to do, and when we do so we are dangerously close to judging what is in his heart.


But, for those of you who feel he was too dramatic, let me remind you that the God of our salvation is very dramatic.


Think about it…

God could have let Abram know where he was going.

God could have sent the ram from the bush before He almost let Abraham sacrifice his son.

God could have called Moses without a burning bush that wasn’t consumed.

God could have just forced Pharaoh to let His people go without sending 10 plagues.

Jesus could have healed a blind man without spitting on the ground, making a muddy clay and rubbing it on his eyes.

John 9:6 (NKJV)

When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.

If that were today, people would have criticized Him for doing that. If we aren’t careful, we can be just like the Pharisees.

If Pastor Orr’s sermon was effective for the congregation in which he’s responsible, then it doesn’t matter what we think.

But, don’t forget this. If God’s Holy Spirit did lead Him to do this and we are critical of it just because it doesn’t make sense to us, (think about how much stuff God did didn’t make sense) then we are in danger of blaspheming His Holy Spirit.

Mark 3:28-29  (NKJV)

28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”—

Ask yourself this question. What scripture did he violate?

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YOU CAN’T ‘PHOTOSHOP’ YOUR SOUL…

We can “Photoshop” inches (or centimeters) off our stomach and years off of our faces. We can add muscles, facial hair and fine tune ourselves to look exactly the way we want others to see us. How many pictures do you take before you’re satisfied? How much editing do you do. No matter how many pics we take, or how many edits we do…each picture is still us.

We live in an age of selfies, live videos and profile pictures. Everyone wants to look their best. Even if people don’t alter their appearance through plastic surgery, they alter their photos with applications and software to digitally alter our images. Hence, comes the term “Photoshop”, that because the software is so well known, it has become the term used for altering ‘images’ much like ‘Google’, ‘Frisbee’, ‘Klennex’ and ‘Styrofoam have all becomeeponyms extending to other brands and uses.

But, those closest to us and God know how we really look.

The same holds true for our souls. People can be one person at home, another while at work and yet another at church, if they go.

No matter who we try to make people think we are, God knows who we really are…

1 Samuel 16:7  (NKJV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have [a]refused him. For[b] the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

If you ever catch yourself trying to give a false image of yourself, remember…

YOU CAN’T PHOTOSHOP YOUR SOUL

God always sees you as you are.

BE BLESSTIFED!

3 WAYS TO GUARANTEE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE VALUED…


I think we all want to be valued as a person. In our families…In our relationships…In our professional life…In our spiritual life…We all want to be valued.

We make room for what and who brings value to our lives. No one, and I mean no one avoids anyone who brings value to their lives. And, the greatest value is in the intangible things that money can’t buy. I like to call them intangible tangibles. You can’t see them, but they are so real.

But, I’m not going to talk about the typical intagibles that commonly first come to mind…you know love, joy etc. etc.

I’m talking about 3 intangibles that when you possess these abilities, people will always value you. And they all spring from a spiritual gift…exhortation!

Romans 12:6-8 (NKJV)

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who EXHORTS, in EXHORTATION; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

A good strong exhortation encourages and strengthens.

People with these attributes can even tend to be ‘used’, but no one uses anyone that they don’t value.

You will always be valued if you can ENCOURAGE, INSPIRE AND ENTERTAIN…

ENCOURAGE…

Everyone needs encouragement. The fact is, that not only do we need encouragement when we are down, but we also need encouragement when we are up. Think of the people in your life who are encouraging to you. Most of the time it’s the same person or people with whom you seek out to share both your good and bad news. It’s the one with whom you want to share your good days, and the one you know you can depend on to help you want to go on during your bad days. Now think of the people who you can depend on to discourage you. Who do you value more in your life?

INSPIRE…

Who inspires you? What inspires you? Who makes you want to be a better person? Who makes you want to pursue your purpose? Who makes you want to accomplish the impossible? Is it a family member? Is it a former teacher?  Is it a great leader? Is it someone that you have seen endure incredible odds? Is it someone who came from what we call ‘nothing’ to achieve greatness? That’s why we love heroes because they inspire us. Inspiration is so powerful that even evil people are inspired by other evil people. When you inspire people, they will want to be around you on their best day and worst day.

ENTERTAIN…

Even though we aren’t all entertained in the same way, everyone loves to be entertained. In this harsh world, we all need temporary breaks from reality to refresh ourselves.  Everyone loves being around someone who entertains them. It may be someone who always has an interesting story. It may be a gifted musician, singer, poet, artist or author. It may be someone who is very engaging to talk to…it may be someone who always makes us laugh and smile. I believe that comedy is an aspect of the gift of exhortation…what’s more encouraging than a good laugh? (Read this…ARE YOU A MINISTER OF LAUGHTER?

Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)

22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,[a]
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Think about how David found favor with Saul because he was a skilled musician…

1 Samuel 16:23 (NKJV)

23 And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.

Everyone love being around someone who makes them laugh. Someone who makes them feel better. Nothing lifts one out of despair like a well-timed laugh. If you have the ability to entertain…sing, dance, speak, act, are you athletic…whatever makes the heart feel lighter…whatever helps us escape from reality, you will be valued.

These gifts are to be used to be a blessing to one another and bring glory to the God of our salvation.

So, how has God blessed you to encourage, inspire or entertain? Know your gifts because that’s where others will find your value.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

ARE YOU COMPLAINING ABOUT WHAT YOU ASKED GOD FOR?

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Have you ever caught yourself complaining about something that you asked God for? You hoped for it. You prayed for it. You thanked God for it when you got it, but now, for whatever reason…you’re complaining about it.

Your job.

Your spouse.

Your child.

Your car.

Your house.

Your __________. You fill in the blank.

It may well be a blessing from God that you didn’t ask for, but God gave it to you. One great example is peace. How many times has God-given you peace and you complained that you were bored?

As I already discussed in SEVEN (7) REASONS GOD HATES COMPLAINING…, complaining is the exact opposite of thanksgiving.

I want to also remind you how much God hates complaining.

1 Corinthians 10:10 (NKJV)

10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.

Complaining usually has one or two of three results…

 

  1. It irritates people because they don’t want to hear it.

 

  1. The pity party creates sympathy from the those who hear.

 

  1. It causes the person or people who hear, and may very well be content at the time, to complain too. I mean they’re good at the time, but then here comes somebody putting their mouth in someone else’s peace. This causes the complainer to be a stumbling block…

Matthew 18:7 (NKJV)

Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

Pray for God to help you guard your tongue. When you find your self with a complaining spirit, offer up thanksgiving to God instead for His goodness, His mercy, His grace, His abundant love, and His salvation.

This is always appropriate…

Psalm 118:1 (NKJV)

Even if you have a legitimate reason to be upset, be very careful how you respond. Even if you wonder why God is allowing whatever is going on in your life to happen, be very careful that you don’t complain.

You can even lament to God in humility, as in so many of the Psalms, (3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 22, 25, 44, 58, 60, 74, 79 & 80 to name a few) however, there’s a difference in a humble lamentation and an arrogant complaint.

Praise God and thank Him when you want to complain.

Turn your pity party into a praise party.

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WHEN YOUR SUPERPOWER IS JUST GETTING OUT OF BED…

We all get overwhelmed sometimes. But sometimes we can feel beyond overwhelmed. Have you ever felt like giving up? Even if you didn’t feel like killing yourself, have you ever felt like giving up on…

Your hopes and dreams,

Your relationship,

Your health.

Your future.

There are some days you feel so low that it takes all you can do to get out of bed.

Sometimes your superpower isn’t superhuman strength or the ability to fly, but just summoning enough strength to get out of bed.

You struggle through every day without abusing drugs, alcohol, or being irresponsible with your body, but you can really understand why people do so to numb themselves to the pain of their struggle.

Sometimes your superpower isn’t battling villains, but battling…

Depression,

Despair,

Regret,

Loneliness,

Grief,

Anger,

Your past.

If this has ever been you, stop and give God some praise. If it’s never been you stop and thank God, and then whisper a little prayer for someone who needs God’s superhuman strength to make through the day (or night).

2 Corinthians 12:9-10  (NKJV)

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is madeperfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in myinfirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I takepleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, indistresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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HAVE YOU TURNED AWAY LAZARUS?

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Luke 16:19-21

19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table.

The beggar Lazarus – He probably got on people’s nerves just as beggars do today. People probably questioned how he lived and his choices. People probably wondered why his family didn’t help him.  They most likely made excuses and justified ignoring him when Jesus clearly said, Give to them who ask and don’t turn them away… 

Matthew 5:42 (NKJV)

42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Jesus also told us to give looking for nothing in return…

Luke 6:35New King James Version (NKJV)

35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

We all run into Lazarus today…at the gas station…on the street…asking you for spare change…the crumbs that fall from your table. What is your reaction? Do you react as the rich man did and turn them ALL away? 

Jesus knows there are scammers and liars. He knows there are those who will use what you give them on things they don’t need. He knows there are  those who will try to take advantage of your kindness. Many people refuse to give money to people who beg because they’re afraid they will use it on alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or will waste it on something wicked. I feel that’s one application of the scripture…”And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold”(Matthew 24:12), because so many people can’t be trusted, the love that many people would ordinarily show has grown cold and withheld. We must therefore not withhold God’s love, but share it with wisdom.

If someone who’s begging is lying, that’s between them and God. God expects us to be obedient, compassionate, wise and plant seeds of His love. Purchase a meal for them. Buy them medicine. Pay for them to have shelter for a night or two, while letting them know that you are sharing the love of God. All it takes is the ‘crumbs that fall from your table’. Sacrifice the cost of a lunch, coffee for a week, sodas…whatever it is that you don’t necessarily need to help someone who begs from you.  I guarantee you won’t give away enough to break your, but you can hold on to enough to do so. Some times God places these people in our paths for a reason…so they can have an encounter with Him through us. So you can ask them if they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. So we can be the answer to their prayer to God for help. You can be someone’s confirmation that God hasn’t forgotten them. You could plant a seed in someone who witnesses your act of kindness….God always has a purpose for every encounter.

Remember that  God warned us about turning away those who ask of us….be careful when you do because many times, just as in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus…Christians and the church are the RICH MAN.

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GREATNESS ISN’T PROVEN BY HOW MUCH YOU GET BUT HOW MUCH YOU GIVE…

Our society has it twisted today.

Many consider greatness and power to be how much you get, accumulate, collect and receive.

But, true greatness, power and influence can only proven through how much we give, release, disperse, and are willing to let go of.

People are impressed by:

Big bank accounts.

Big muscles.

And,

Big mouths.

As much as science tries to disprove faith, it’s amazing how much it harmonizes with faith.


Big bank accounts, big muscles and big mouths are just like potential and kinetic energy.


As you may remember from school…

Potential energy is energy that is possessed but not released. It’s power isn’t proven until its released.

Kinetic energy is energy in motion. It’s power that has been released. It’s power has been proven.

Big bank accounts mean nothing until the funds are released. God commands that we should always be willing to give. He’s not talking about just giving to get a blessing, but truly giving from our heart to be a blessing. Notice what Yeshua tells us in Luke…

Luke 6:35 (NKJV)

35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, [a]hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

Our Lord and Savior commands we lend looking for nothing in return. That’s giving.


That’s giving not trying to manipulate blessing out of God for yourself, but actually being a blessing from God through your abundance or lack of abundance.


If you only have $100 to your name, and you give $10 worth of help to someone in need, you’re the most important, powerful and influential. Person in their world in that moment.

Big muscles have accumulated much strength. The appear to be powerful, but that strength isn’t proven until they have actually lifted something or done some work. Muscles are potential energy, but when they become active they are kinetic energy.


Love is faith’s muscle.


No matter how much you claim to love others, it’s only proven through action. Love is only proven through pain, difficult days and sacrifice. It’s easy to claim love when things are going well, but it’s only proven through being hurt, betrayed or through sacrifice…

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 3:17 (NKJV)

17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

REAL LOVE ISN’T JUST STATED…IT’S DEMONSTRATED!

Big mouths proclaim promises, claims and threats that sometimes can’t be backed up. Many people love to talk about what they can and will do, but until they back those claims and threats up they are merely potential energy.


When someone does what he or she says it becomes kinetic energy. It becomes power in motion.


1 John 3:17-18 (NKJV)

17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Remember, true power isn’t a closed fist but an open hand.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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