Salty Christians

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ ESV)

What a sad occurrence that would be if I became so comfortable or complacent in my walk with Christ, that nothing would show in my life any longer, to show people, or draw people to Jesus Christ, if they do not know Him.

Or also, if nothing in my Christian Life would encourage a new Christ follower to dig deeper or desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

At that point there would be no value in my Christian walk at all. Evaluation needs to take place periodically, to see if my life is demonstrating a Christlikeness at all.

Christlikeness does not mean “legalism”.

Christlikeness means showing Love, Kindness, Forgiveness, Peace, Joy, Patience, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self control.

Christlikeness means not acting or living on emotions alone, but making proper choices in life, everyday, in every situation.

Being a “salty” Christ follower, means that my life should have an influence on other lives in a positive manner, such as, others will enjoy being around me to learn of Christ, of life, and will not be turned off by words or actions they may hear, see, experience from me.

It is similar to eating salted chips or peanuts. Once started, the hand keeps going back into the container for more, because the mouth and taste buds desire more. Persons should desire more of Christ because they get a taste of Christ in my life.

Now, to live that way continually.

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Holy Spirit Boldness

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭105:1-2‬ ‭ESV

God, the only Living True God, the Creator of earth, and all who are on it, the Creator of all there is, and the Giver of life, is Worthy of all Praise. God has given us much, has done much for us, and continues daily to give blessings, life, breath, with the promise of Eternity with Him, to all who turn to His Son, Jesus Christ, in repentance of sin, asking forgiveness, and changing our ways, as Holy Spirit leads and strengthens us.

God even provided the Way of Salvation, in the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, along with the Ascension and Promise of His return for all who call upon Him. No works of our’s could ever have been enough, or paid the price that Jesus Christ paid.

How can we not “make known His deeds among the peoples”?

How can we not “sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works”?

Holy Spirit, help me, give me boldness as was seen in Peter and John, to speak boldly of my Lord Jesus, so all will know I have been with Jesus, that I had an encounter with Him, and He transformed my life.

Acts 4:13

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Holy Spirit, give me the words to speak, at every opportunity You give, to boldly proclaim the Gospel. Jesus Christ has done so much for me, I want to, and need to tell many.

Ephesians 6:19-20

19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Thank You Jesus.

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THEY TRIED TO WARN US

Mario Murillo Ministries


Oral Roberts heard the voice of God in a vision speaking to the lukewarm American church. God told him,

“THERE IS A WASTING OF MY POWER, THERE IS A FAILURE TO GRASP THE END TIME. AND THE CHURCH: THEY ARE COMING TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING, MOSTLY FOR THEMSELVES. AND THE PREACHERS, FOR THE MOST PART, ARE NOT REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH.

“THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LITTLE GROUP THAT IS THERE. AND THEY SING THEIR SONGS AND THEY GET UP AND PREACH.  WHEN 9-11 STRUCK, THERE WAS A FEAR THAT CAME INTO THE HEARTS OF EVEN MY PEOPLE OF THE CHURCH, AND OF THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH. AND MILLIONS, THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY OR TWO, RUSHED TO GO TO CHURCH.

“WHEN THOSE PLANES OF THE TERRORISTS STRUCK THE TWIN TOWERS IN NEW YORK CITY, AND THEY GRADUALLY CAME TUMBLING DOWN, IT WAS SOMETHING BIGGER THAN…

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Use Of Scripture

This might just be a rant, but I will get it out anyway. Feedback is always welcome.

So often, from some preachers, from lay people, a verse of Scripture is quoted. Many times from athletes also. Particularly after an athlete has had a great game, such as an NFL running back picking up a couple TDs in a game, along with over 200 yards total offence. Some have Philippians 4:13 sewed on a headband, while others have a tattoo or eye shadow signifying this verse, and they boldly declare they are Christ followers. Their declaration of being Christ followers, I love. But I disagree with the use of Philippians 4:13 as being the reason for their victory.

There are probably Christ followers on the opposing team also. Those players follow the same Christ, work just as hard, perhaps harder, but it is possible the entire team is not as talented, or they had an off day, or no breaks.

Sermons have been preached on this, usually heard on TV.  Many people claim this in everyday life, for situations they choose to enter.

The problem I have with this, is that I do not believe one verse can always be taken as a stand alone verse, and build your life and actions on it.

When looking at this verse, it says: 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

So, what does Paul mean when he says “all this”?  We need to look back to the previous verse: 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

(Philippians 4:12-13

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.)

Apparently, Paul learned what it was to be content in every situation he was in. It didn’t say he chose difficult experiences, next to impossible situations, or personal desires, expecting God to look favourably upon him carrying him through all things.

I believe what may be happening, since some of the translations of Scripture do not really specify looking at the context, many people like the look of this one verse, grabbing and claiming it.

Preachers and Teachers should be especially careful as they are instructing, guiding others, especially new, or pre Christ followers, that we cannot choose one verse in a passage, and use it in all situations by itself.

Below are a number of translations of Philippians 4:13. Some are more clear than others for the real meaning of this verse / passage.

I realize this is long, maybe no one has even read this, but I should be finished my rant.

Scripture needs to be used properly, spoken and taught clearly. Otherwise we have confused Christ followers, some who think they are Christ followers but are not, or some driven away because their beliefs are not coming to fruition.

I believe the end of time as we know it is near, and Christ is returning soon. We need to be certain the Truth is understood properly.

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Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do.

Philippians 4:13   Easy to Read Version

I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13  Christian Standard Bible

I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13       American Standard Version

Christ gives me the strength to face anything.

Philippians 4:13    Contemporary English Version

I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13  21st Century King James Version

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13   Authorized KJV

I am able to do all things through the help of Christ, which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13   1599 Geneva Bible

I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13   God’s Word Translation

I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.

Philippians 4:13   Good News Translation

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13   International Standard Version

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for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. 

Philippians 4:13. Living Bible

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13   New International Version

I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13   New International Reader’s Version

I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13   Common English Bible

I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]

Philippians 4:13  Amplified Bible

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Comfort In The Storm

“Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Mark‬ ‭6:47-50‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Just wondering if anyone reading this has had a time in life when you may have been terrified of something seen, happening, or imagined. Also wondering what various thoughts or responses may have been in any of the situations.

It is recorded in Scripture where the Apostles of Jesus Christ had a situation they were terrified in, letting their imagination run loose.

After a busy day, Jesus told his twelve Apostles to go ahead of Him to another town across the lake. He then dismissed the vast crowd of over 5000 He had just fed, miraculously from the five loaves and two fish, and Jesus, as was His custom did go off by Himself to spend time speaking with His Heavenly Father.

Later in the night, Jesus went to join His Apostles, in an unusual manner, He walked to them, on top of the water, even though it was windy, and waves were high.

As Jesus got closer to the boat, He was seen by the Apostles, but not recognized immediately, as they thought they were seeing a ghost, and as Scripture records, they cried out and were terrified.

These big, strong, burly men of the sea, who probably has been through many storms on the water, were now fighting the wind and waves, and thought they saw a ghost. We don’t know why they would think “a ghost”, or whose ghost in particular, if any, but these big tough men were terrified.

Jesus saw, and heard their cries, naturally, and spoke only eight words, eight powerful comforting words:  “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Those words gave comfort to the fishermen. Those same words, from the same Saviour, continue to give comfort to us today, IF we listen, hear, believe.

Don’t allow the enemy of your soul to plant scary, terrifying, intimidating thoughts and ideas in your mind. That is always the intention he has. He is like the wind and rain. 

Jesus is in control.

Whatever situation you may be in, if you trust Jesus, and listen for His comforting words in the midst of the storm you are in, you will hear Him, and when you believe Him, He will take you through the storm.

God Bless.

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God Is Still God

“All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.”

Joshua‬ ‭10:42‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The key factor in this statement, verse, episode, is “the God of Israel fought for Israel.”

When we face obstacles, troubles, whether financial issues, employment issues, relationship issues, family issues, health issues, remember, the God of Israel in the Bible, is the same God of Israel today, as well as God of Canada, U.S.A.; all of North America, South America, Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe.

[(From “Bible Info)

It’s in the Bible: “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” Galatians 3:7. “For they are not all Israel which are of Israel; neither because they are the seed of Abraham are they all children… but the children of promise are counted for the seed.” Romans 9:6-8.

The children of promise are those who put their faith in Jesus. It’s in the Bible: “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” Galatians 3:29. ]

So we see that not only those who live in Israel are of Israel. A Christ follower, one who repents of sin, and accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour, becomes a true Israelite by faith, regardless of background, or homeland.

Therefore we can all call upon Jesus Christ to be our Saviour. Then He will hear us as we live for Him, and call upon Him in prayer for guidance and help.

Even for those who do not believe this statement, God is still God. There is One True Living Triune God. Father, Son Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. One God in Three Persons.

I know the human mind cannot comprehend this fact on it’s own, but as one seeks, God Himself will give Faith to believe. As we believe, and read / study God’s Word with a mind open for Him to show and teach, He opens the Truth to us.

Please give yourself the opportunity to meet God, the True Living God. He is calling and waiting.

God Bless.

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“A shrunken post mortem promise..”

See, there's this thing called biology...

jesusBrian Zahnd is an interesting character. I enjoy reading and following him when I need a different perspective. He really nailed it with this one.

I am the church, we are the church, all of us in the body, so it is not as if I am complaining about others and not myself, it is just that I believe we really need to level up the whole game. Our faith is scandalous, radical, transformative, it rocks the boat and completely changes lives.

It can get you into a great deal of trouble too, not just in dangerous parts of the world, but right here in the here and now. People tend to fear change.

I’ll never forget this woman who was being most kind, this non believer who declared, “it’s okay, we still like you, you’re a benign Christian.” Benign is really a wonderful word if you are worried about…

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