Alright guys and girls, I got big news in the history of the ministry. I recently sign an lease for an office space, I paid the first months rent yesterday and I received the key’s. I’m doing this so far on my own income and already had a few people step in and help me out so much. I was struggling for the last three weeks and a-lot of people came around me and help me keep standing. Let’s just give God the glory for his greatness on that.
The House of Eli (1 Samuel)
Between 1990 and 2010, The Bureau of Justice Statistics show that crime rate for Young people have gone down, yeah by a huge percentage rate to. But it’s true, we still have young people doing crazy stuff. I was one of those young people between the time of 1990 and
2010, I fit somewhere in the statistics. I grew up without a father, I never knew my blood dad and my step dad was lock up in a federal jail. My mom and brothers were doing stupid stuff to. You can know more if you read my other book, old life new life. All the way up to high school, just wild crazy living. I done thing’s my family have no clue I did. If I told them, they wouldn’t believe me. I turn to Christ in 10th grade, God became my father and I started trying to follow Him and be just like Jesus. Now today I’m somewhere better in life, than where I should be apart from Christ.
Why did I just tell you that, what does my story, or those states about 1990 to 2010 have to do with something that happen about 5000 years ago? For one reason, nothing is new under the sun. Everyone struggles with the same issues in this life. You got financial problems, the homeless guy has the same thing. Maybe you are addicted to drugs, so is the coffee drinker or cigarette smoker. Nothing new under the sun. No one has an issue going on that the next guy or girl doesn’t have going on, now the level of the problem might be different. Like for Example, I love Coffee, I drink coffee 5 times a day, even before bed, I’m drinking coffee. Now the person smoking weed or doing cocaine, speed or weed, they love the stuff, so they just can’t stop. Everyone on the face of the earth has something the next guy or girl doesn’t have. You and me are all sinners, broke every rule in the book and therefore are guilty. Now let’s wrap it up, everyone has a biological father and every father has a son. And every son has a father, even if the father isn’t a biological father, everyone son has a father. Every young male is look up at an older male and following his lead.
So what does any of this have to do with any of us today? Okay so to understand anything that we are about to read about, go to Exodus 32.
Moses was gone for a long time and the people got tired of waiting for him to return. So they told Moses right hand guy to make false gods for them, so they can worship them and say they these brought them out of Egypt and saved them. They took the glory of God and all his works and paid honor to melted down gold in shape of a calve. 12 chapters before, or you can say, 2 or 3 weeks ago, Moses gave the Hebrews the Law and the very first thing on it was “Don’t have no other gods besides me” Exodus 20:3. Not only do they brake this law, they go in a step farther and give credit to these gods for what the True Living God of Host did for them. So imagine yourself at work, you just did all these things and then your co works and bosses credit someone else and throws a party for someone else for something you did. You’re not just going to be standing there and be like “I forgive ya’ll” No you going to burn with anger and might even want to hurt someone. That’s pretty much how God feels at this time. And that’s how I felt last month when I had that meeting and arrange everyone under me where they need to be and what expected of them and then my boss’s, boss’s boss comes and tells me I don’t do my job right than not even let me explain to him what I had going on. I want to hurt him at that point, but can’t, we all been there, but God being righteous, and Just and love, punishes the Hebrews. He didn’t put the law there for design, so “27 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”” Exodus 32:27-29
So God has some people killed for the great sin and then sets apart the Levites as the priest and servants of the Jewish people. So remember that, the innocent guys in the house of the Lord interceding for the Jewish people got there because they turn their own sword against their own people. It’s crazy, but it’s true and that’s in this boring, outdated book called the bible. Not so boring any more, now is it, people pay money to see a movie now day’s with that kind of Twist. We have a lot of preachers that saw God will bring our enemies against this nation if we keep rebelling, well, maybe, or he might bring your own nation people against each other as a beginning sign of judgment, like a warning sign. Have we seen that lately, we got Clowns stabbing people, people in the governmental offices lying to us and passing laws we never heard of, Black lives mater movement causing mass destruction in major cities, police getting killed cold blood in the streets, even police killing people for no reason. BJS reported little over 1000 people under age 18, in jail for murder, like straight manslaughter. That’s crazy, how much more crazy to try tell ourselves that no one needs a gun, it be much safer place without one. Be much safer place without people thinking that way. The beginning signs of judgment on a nation will begin with the nation becoming un-united. Wow all that truth in an outdated book called the bible.
Now let jump back into 1 Samuel. We first read about Eli in chapter 1, in verse 9, we find out that he was the Priest in Shiloh. For some reason the author tells us that he was seating in a chair by the door post of the Lord’s Temple and if you like in Hebrew, Eli means “My God”. So generations later after the exodus event, Eli, Hannah, the book of Samuel, history is being unfolded. Did you cross the bridge yet? Skip over the Samuel 2:12-15.
Eli had 2 sons that also minister before the Lord in Shiloh, Hophni, which in Hebrew means “Swords man” and Phinehas, in Hebrew “Mouth of Bass”. So Swords Man and Mouth of Brass where bold ministers. Like for example, they were so bold, they treated the Lord’s offering with contempt. You had one job, and you screwed it. It’s like me and you have jobs right? Hopefully, your boss gave you an Assignment to do and you just blow it off and didn’t care and did the assignment your own way, you deserve to get fired, right? Now imagine Holy God, dealing with a Sinful, trying to make his people set apart from all nations, people, tribes, etc. and then these 2 priest come and start messing it up and making it about them and their desires, instead of interceding between God and the Hebrews. So God is angry right now. But he knew, this was going to happen, he plan out a backup plan to surprise everyone. So in verse 17-18, “…offering with contempt. (But) Samuel was ministering before the Lord…”.
Everywhere you look, you see evil in the government, evil in the old, evil in the new and evil in the churches and evil, evil, evil. You started wondering what is the world coming to? “(But) _________was ministering before the Lord.” You feel in the blank. Are you ministering before the Lord? Are you seeking him? Are you devoting yourself to him? If not then your part of the issue in your city, state and nation.
This is a classic example, that God is going to us you and me, rather we are for or against him, but just because he going to use us, doesn’t mean he going to save us. Judgement came on the 2 sons of Eli we read about later on. God tells Samuel in Chapter 3 what was about to happen and at the end of chapter 2, God tells Eli what is about to happen. Pretty much that God is going to cut off everyone in Eli’s family and at the prime of their life they will die. That’s so sad like reading it. You find that in 1 Samuel 2:30-33
Why would God do that? Cause his future descendants to be cursed? See the Sin of Hophni and Phinehas didn’t just start with them, it started with Eli. See, Eli most likely didn’t teach his son when they were kids to fear the Lord and Shun Evil. He might of just teach his sons, how to dress, do the job, understand the book, and do all these things, but not how to Fear the Lord and shun Evil. That’s what they lack and they grew older and years past by and they got convertible in their job and they would soon pass it down to their kids and so farther so on, it was just another job they had to do because they were Levites. It was just a role they were playing. But they played it the wrong way and got the wrong official, God, upset. They forgot, God is alive, real and active, he isn’t a joke. So they answered for their sins. God is Just. But Eli is still to answer for it, so his entire blood line got cursed, to die at prime of life. I’m so glad I’m not in that guys blood line.
This is a sad story. But I want to pull out some points for fathers.
- Raise your kids, not in your stupid ways. But give them the bible and raise them in that righteous way. Teach them to fear the Lord and Shun evil. (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 15:20; Proverbs 22:6)
- Discipline your kids, the bible teaches that God has a Rod and a Staff one to lead his people and other to bring pain into our lives to help us go to right direction. It not fun to admit but it’s true. Fathers needs a Rod and a Staff to comfort their kids. (Psalms 23:4)
- You yourself walk with God. Do I need to get a verse to back that one up? Your kid’s needs a living human as an example of what a walk with God looks like and you are that example.
And now some points everyone, what can just the average Joe or Sue take from this story?
- The Sons had no regard for God. You and me and us, the body of God, claiming to be priest of the Most High better of a regard for God and not just lukewarm and going through the motions and not just church Sunday morning and life apart from the teachings Monday through Have a Regard for God, fear the Lord.
- The Sons treated the Lord’s offering with Contempt. Ask yourself, are you treating the anything in the Grace of God with Contempt? Sin after sin after Sin, its okay God’s Grace covers all my sins. That’s dangerous, stop doing that.
- These Sons where intellectual, theoretical, in our times, they would be like PHD students. They had no relationship with God, knew things about God and got close to God’s stuff, but didn’t know God. We got to be careful and examine ourselves daily to make sure that our relationship is more than what we “know about” or “do for” God. That we Know and Walk with God.
That’s okay, if you want to play with God’s, he’ll spit you out of his mouth one day. “Revelation 3:16”
Why Church Plant?
(Spiritually Working Out)
Pastor Brent at FBCC preached “Built Up” Series these last few months. I’m trying to get “Built Up” physically and I mean it hurts. I wake up all sore and while i’m working out, I’m telling myself, “Give up! No press on, it going to pay off.” I can’t help but think, working out your body physical conduction is so relation to the working out of the Spiritual condition to. We got Spiritual Fat that needs to be removed and it’s not a very easy or enjoyable process. My Goal in the physical working out process is to look like a WWE fighter almost, but little less than that. So I’m going to have to Eat the right things, do that right work outs at just the right time, and not give up, even when the tough get going. I have to take my body from this tooth pick, to this monster tooth pick. It’s the same spiritually for all of us. Don’t expect to grow spiritual muscles if you an’t reading the bible, studying the Bible as well and praying and spending alone time with God. As a Single, it’s so easy to cut off from everyone around me and just take off somewhere and be alone with God. Jesus did it all the time. As a Single you get a Special Privilege to escape the world around you and go 2 hours away from your house and not tell anyone where your going. You get to spend time with the Creator in a way that married couples don’t get to do. I heard a Guy say once, his wife tried to spend time with God in the room and the kids were on the other side trying to get into the room to the mother, and the father was fighting the kids off. See as a Single, you don’t have to try so hard to spend time with God. You don’t have to ask no one. And when giving, it’s only between you and God and God will bless you and you don’t have to ask your wife or husband about how much should you both give together. Being Single is a perfect set up to get closer to God. Most people who are single go have fun and waste how this time, but I want to encourage you, if your single, use your free-time to get closer to God. It will strengthen you spiritually and when you do enter into a relationship with someone else, your spiritually self will be strong, Mentally, Physically and Spiritually. Working out those things as a single is great set up, because it’s like cleaning a gun out before you use it. Or cleaning your Office before that client comes. Your execute the goal, your set your family on a right path. You set yourself up for the Blessing of God to pour on you. Don’t believe me, look at me, i’m 22, Head hourly Manager and making more money than I ever thought I would make. Being that I spend time with God, and i’m faithful with what I got. Use this season in your life to Spend Time With God and be faithful with what you got. It will pay off, you an’t working out for no reason, you got a WWE body waiting for you!
Ephesians 4:16 From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.
(Calling by God)
Moses Just got back from the desert and is telling the slaves that God told him that his job was to free them. Seems pretty simple, right, we know the story, but think about this calling on Moses life. How many people do you think looked at Moses with an uplifted eyebrow? How many mock him saying, “Oh Yeah, God come like a burning bush and told you to slave us? You been in desert for way to long Moses.” I personally believe Moses was in desert for just the right amount of time. God was getting him ready and teaching him about the desert those 40 years, because God’s mission on Moses life was to bring the Jewish Slaves into the desert for 40 years. I expect God used Moses’s Wife and her family to teach Moses all about desert life. God going to use others to mold you into who he wants you to become. He also is going to take you through some fire to refine you like Gold. He wants to see if your going to give up or look up. See Moses training was done, it’s time for the calling to be fulfilled. And He was scared, he didn’t want to do it. He was perfectly fine where he was, but God wasn’t perfectly fine about where he was and Moses needs to hurry and get out of his confront zone and start following God.
In the NT, Jesus teaches “Deny Self, Pick up Cross and Follow God”. Moses had a choice to make at the bush and it’s the same choice we all have to make. Will will deny ourselves. Give up and leave everything we become. Pick up our Wood, for Moses it was a staff, for us, it’s our perfectly cross. Follow through with the called purpose of our lives. I can think of a-lot of other things I rather do than try to fulfill my personal calling to be a pastor. I want to be rich, famous and be like the world’s top CEO, but no i’m not persuading that, but rather pursuing God’s calling on my life. Apart from Christ, I’m a greedy men who wants to gain wealth and riches and fame and few people have heard me say it few times, and made me want to be my foot in my mouth. I’ve notice as I follow Christ, he fulfills those desires. The Ministry reaches 27 nations, i’m an Head Hourly Manager, not rich though. God has something better in-stored for you. I know he does, follow his leading and see what he will do through you and don’t be afraid.
In the Movie ‘Finest Hour’, a crew is lost at sea and their boat was cut in half. They have only 5 hours to work together as a team and get the boat to land, or else the boat will consume too much water and sink. One member on this boat knows the boat inside and out and they even joke with him about him being married to the boat. Back at the coast, the Navy commander is trying to find a way to get the crew member, but with the storm outside, it’s suicide mission and no one is willing to take the risk, but the commander doesn’t care how dangerous is it, he sends out an young guy to take a team with him and they had out. The guy was engaged and his sweet heart is worried about him being out on the water, so she waited for him. In the End, this nobody ends up saving over 30 people and get reunited with the love of his life. It’s a great movie for men, because of the life and death plot and for woman for the love plot.
There a lot to take from this movie. There is a time limit or game over. The team must work together rand follow one person, even if they hate that one person, he is the only one who can save all the team. In the Business world I’m in, it gives me a refreshing view of my personal profession. It reminds me that as a manager, I have a time limit to get a team of people to do that job just right, or its game over and I’m out of a job. Maybe even some people under me are out of a job to. A leader is will define the situation around him, come up with a plan with what he or she has and they will execute the plan one way or another, find if losing a few crew members to the mighty sea.
The guy that was sent out with the team to go save the others made it farther than what they expected and one his crew members was bagging to turn back around and the leaders reply was, “We’re made it this far, were not about to quit now.” When the small men boat was too heavy to carry more than 12 people, the crew member said, “Let’s turn back and drop them off and come back for the rest.” The Leader’s reply is, “We die together, we’re not leaving no one behind.” A leader doesn’t let one person on his team fail. There a saying, the chain is only as weak as the weakest link. You got to strengthen your team members, so the whole team is strong and outside the mightiest storm.
Management isn’t a walk in the park, it’s a consist storm and it’s hard. Management is hard and you cannot and will not gain the skills of a leader by going to school, you most at all cost go straight into the storm and come out alive. That’s the only way. If you want to lead people, get ready, because the finest hour is coming and it’s in those finally moments, your leadership skills determines life or death of your whole crew.
“13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
The Rich Men
Every-time I see an Homeless person on the street corner, first thing I think, “How they got no job in Texas?” Men this state got business hiring left and right. Every-time I see this one homeless men, he got this walker that helps him walk. I ask myself, “Why haven’t anyone help that men out?”I wish I could operate an non-profit that help homeless people get job, more than just helping them get the job, but teach them how to do business with people. I think that’s the biggest weakness with homeless people, they don’t understand the business world. If i could, i would, but I am barley serving myself. Each day is a blessing from God for me, wake up and say, “Thank You Lord for my job, income and all I have.” You want to live a humble life, go sit with an homeless men/woman and talk to them like he or she is your best friend.
Weather you lie it or not. The fact your reading this makes you rich. You have an computer in front of you. The Homeless men don’t. Read this passage below and think about your life as the rich men not as the poor men.
Luke 16:19-24 (NIV)
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
1 John 5:5 “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” Continue reading