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Mother Earth

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Two days ago I stopped at Burger King for lunch. It wasn’t until after leaving the restaurant I noticed my water cup had the phrase "Be Good to Mother Earth" stamped on it. My first thought was, “Since when did this planet birth ‘little Earths’"?
I posted my reaction on Facebook and received some interesting feedback from my friends. One of them wrote, “The Church of England is getting gripped by this Save the Planet stuff, pray they will concentrate more on saving souls!” Another friend wrote, “Psalm 50:10 says for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. So, who's the real burger KING?”
Years ago at a Toastmasters meeting, I heard one speaker urging us to “love your mother” (referring to the earth). I’ve also seen bumper stickers saying the same thing. There’s one thing I need to make clear to all the environmentalists out there: The earth isn’t my mother!
Some of you may remember an old Chiffon Margarine commercial with the cat…

Witnessing to the Witnesses

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This past week I’ve been staying at a friend’s place in rural Florida to fast and pray. Originally I figured I wouldn't be doing any witnessing here. God ended up bringing me people to witness to.
On Friday afternoon, I was sitting outside reading a Lou Engle book when a car pulled up. Two women emerged holding Bibles. When one of them asked if I wanted to do a “Bible study” with them, I knew they were Jehovah’s Witnesses. Before I continued talking to the women, I quickly went inside to grab my Bible. Then I took authority in the spiritual realm and asked the Holy Spirit to pour out His presence upon the grounds.
Immediately I asked the Jehovah’s Witnesses where they would spend eternity when their lives ended. As I expected, one of the women replied “on the earth” and tried to use John 17:3 to back up her belief. In response, I showed them John chapter 3 verses 3, 7, and 16-17 in my Bible. Later both of the women claimed to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.…

Sonny’s Employee Receives the Son

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This past weekend I took a trip to central Florida for a spiritual vacation. My friend Joe (who I’m staying with) had his father living with him temporarily but was driving him back home to Tampa. I decided to ride along.
Joe Sr. wanted to take his wife out to eat before his son, daughter-in-law Susie, and I headed back north. When Vicky got in the car, there was a brief discussion on where we were going to eat. Pizza was mentioned as a possibility and I was hoping we would have that for dinner. Although Vicky said it didn’t matter where we went, Susie insisted we go to Sonny’s Bar-B-Q because that is Vicky’s favorite restaurant. At first, I was somewhat disappointed as I usually avoid eating pork. But I reminded myself that God could be setting us up for a divine appointment.
While the five of us ate (I opted for the all-you-can-eat salad bar), we were served by a waitress named Andrea. Andrea told us she was new there and even revealed that her boyfriend had just st…

Greasy Grace

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In some churches, you will hear the term “greasy grace” used. There are Christians who believe the gospel message has been watered down in recent years to where we make it too easy for people to receive forgiveness.
One of the definitions of the word grace is “the free and unmerited favor of God.” Certainly we need to preach repentance from our pulpits and not tolerate sin. Romans 6:15 says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!” But we must also remember, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
When I asked the Lord if it’s wrong to give a person too much grace, He reminded me of Matthew 18:21-22…
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”