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THE POWER OF CHRIST IN US IN 2012.

A BOLD, STRONG, POWERFUL, COURAGEOUS 2012. THIS IS WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST. A. Brother
Who are we, brothers and sisters?
We are the bold!
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Tim. 1:7
We are the strong!
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect… He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” 2 Samuel 22:33-35
 We are the powerful!
“…who through faith…shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames… escaped the edge of the sword; weakness was turned to strength… who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” Heb. 11:33,34
We are the courageous!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
 Brothers and sisters who truly seek Christ, it is time.
          Time for the redeemed of the Lord to say so, and come out of hiding.  To gather together and seek Christ Jesus, and His face…

IN YOUR UNENDURABLE PAIN, DON'T GIVE UP NOW, BROTHER OR SISTER..

Dear Brother or Sister:

You are in the middle of a terrible circumstance.  It looks, smells, feels, and acts like a tragedy being played out in your life.  It is is horrible, and your pain is unendurable.  You are close to the edge, wishing you were dead, wishing you'd never been born.  How incurable your situation is.  How despairing your heart is.  Who will deliver you from this?  When there is no hope, how can you have hope?  When we see nothing but blackness, where can light be found?

Christ knows this exact pain.  He is there with you, though you can't see  Him.  You have believed, but now, in your extreme pain, you find yourself alone, or seemingly alone.  That's ok. That's normal.  Christ went through the agony you are, only ten thousand times worse.  He had known perfection, and a life of fullness and bliss with His Father.  Yet here He was, among mean, ugly, nasty humans, whose best actions were rags in comparison to Gods' holiness.  Here He was, among the…

LIVING WITHOUT FEAR: FOLLOW CHRIST, NOT THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO LEAD YOU ASTRAY

GOD IS NOT FRUSTRATED OR CONFUSED A. Brother
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.  As for you, the anointing you received remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you…. just as it has taught you, remain in Him.” 1 John 2:26,27

There are many so-called ‘Christian’ movements out there today.  There are many ministries, and many voices, claiming many things.  There are large organizations building their own life, recruiting people, taking in money, and claiming to be doing God’s work.  It is a confusing and frustrating world, a subculture of noise and clamor.           But it’s always been this way.           We must not think God is frustrated or confused.  Our Father is absolutely Sovereign, and those of us who will be standing at the end of all things will stand on the absolute …

WHAT I TELL YOU IN THE DARK, SPEAK IN THE DAYLIGHT.

PROCLAIM FROM THE ROOFS A. Brother
“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight.  What is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.  Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”  --Matt 10: 27,28
            “’You are Israel’s teacher,’ said Jesus, ‘and do you not understand these things?  --Matt 3:10
            “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue…He…wakens my ear as one being taught.  The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.  I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.  Because the Sovereign Lord helps me I will not be disgraced.  Therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I will not be put to shame.”  --Isa 50: 4-7
            There is no ecclesiastical, institutional call for those who speak the Truth of God from His Word.  The call that comes to them comes in the darkness, n…

REAL OR FAKE? YOU BE THE JUDGE.

ARE THESE FLOWERS REAL? A. Brother
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.” Gal. 5:22
Early in the morning, as He was on His way back to the city, He was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves.  Then He said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. Matt. 21:18,19
In our kitchen my wife has several beautiful vases of flowers.  In the interest of upkeep, these flowers are fake.  They never wither, never need watering, and never fade.  The colors are bold and vibrant, and the leaves look real.  Though they are man-made, they mimic flowers in the wild, and can fool almost anyone from a short distance.  Fake flowers of silk or other fabric, skillfully crafted to imitate the real thing, serve many purposes in our lives these days, don’t they?
Think about Christ’s attitude toward the fig tree in Matthew.  What did He do when He found out…

THE NEW CROSS IS NO CROSS AT ALL.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:  This is the best analysis of what has happened to the truth of the gospel in our times that I’ve ever read.  It is straight from Scripture, and straight from the heart of God.  We would do well to take this to our hearts, give this to others whom we care about deeply, and spread this powerful word to all who claim Christ today. A. Brother
THE OLD CROSS & the NEW A.W. Tozer.
ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before.
The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam's proud …

NATION BUILDING VS. KINGDOM LEADERSHIP

FROM TIME TO TIME I COMMENT ON A BLOG WRITTEN BY A FRIEND OF MINE.  IT IS A DISCUSSION AMONG SINCERE MEN WHO WANT TO SERVE CHRIST.  HERE IS A DISCUSSION POSTING I MADE TODAY, AND SINCE IT IS RELEVANT TO MANY "MOVEMENTS" AROUND THE WORLD AMONG CHRISTIANS, I WANTED TO REPOST IT HERE.
A. Brother
I hope I’m not too late to make a comment, guys.
You had me view a video of a speaker from JESUS CULTURE: A New Breed of Emerging Revivalists.  This movement seeks to train a new generation of Christian leaders who want to evangelize the world.  There is a heart for God there, though I would never seek to judge individuals.  The very idea of another self-proclaimed "movement" within Christianity curdles my blood.  It is just this mass thinking, these large-scale attempts to change the churches, that speaks so loudly of our disconnect from Christ.  He was never looking for mass movements.  He was always choosing and calling one man at a time, and looking for the few who would act…

BLIND ADDICTION TO TECHNOLOGY PROMOTES SEPARATION.

A NOTE ON HOW BLIND OBEDIENCE TO TECHNOLOGY SEPARATES PEOPLE.
A. Brother


I've been wanting to post in my blog something on this vital subject.  We have lost our family and community culture in the west due to our love and passion for all things convenient.  Yesterday I had a discussion in our office with a woman who brought up her resistance to having an iphone because she feels so crazy as it is in her life. 


 I commented that it was really the invention of the telephone that was the most massive and sudden shift in society, and that ever since then, we have been working on more technology to separate ourselves from one another while appearing to be more connected.  It is a deception that has taken hold at all levels.  


Nobody is ever "in the moment" anymore.  We are never with whom we're with.  We're always connecting somewhere else while we ignore the ones we are standing or sitting with.  When we're doing something, we're trying to figure out what we'…

BACK TO THE FULL MESSAGE OF CHRIST AND THIS NEW LIFE

CHRISTLESS CHRISTIANITY A. Brother
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus to…the faithful in Christ Jesus from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph. 1:1,2
“In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ And He made known to us the mystery of His will… which He purposed in Christ to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one Head, even Christ.” Eph. 1:4-10
The Father’s focus on Christ means our focus is to be on Christ.  Christ is the beginning and end of all creation.  He is God’s purpose, and should be our purpose. 
If we have truly been “born again” by the Spirit of God, it is because of Christ, and we no longer live, but Christ lives in us.  We are to changing daily into the image of Christ, having the mind of Christ, exhibiting the fruit of Christ’s life in our character, and following in His footsteps to Gethsemane on to Golgotha each day carrying our crosses, dying to self, being transformed by the power of God into New Men and New Women.
Thi…

PUTTING ALL "AT-RISK" FOR CHRIST.

FEARLESSLY A. Brother
“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words my be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Eph. 6:19,20
Fearlessly.  How I would like to reach that point with Jesus.  Paul experienced fear, it is obvious, because otherwise he would not be asking others to pray for him, that he would “fearlessly” proclaim and declare the truth.
We all struggle with this.  Those of us who love Christ and are walking in the light, who want only to live for the Kingdom of God.  We know fear.  We know the fears of losing the friendship or outward respect of those we care about.  We know the fears of being ostracized by co-workers.  We know the fears of being thought of as weird or strange, branded as overzealous or fanatical by those who call themselves Christians.
We may have family that opposes us.  We may have people in positions of authority over us in life …

OUR "LITTLE BY LITTLE" JOURNEY INTO HOLINESS.

INSTANT HOLINESS OR LITTLE BY LITTLE? A. Brother
“The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little.  You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.” Deut. 7:22
            Do we understand that the 40-year Promised Land trek was designed by the Lord God to test His people?  And that He does the same for each believer in Christ who truly wants to follow Jesus on the narrow Way? 
            Do we understand that this is a journey, full of danger and difficulty?  That God leads us, but it is our feet that hit the ground, and it’s our backs that lift the burdens?  That Christ will give us strength, and courage, and determination, and power, but that He actually has a purpose in testing us and disciplining us?
            God took His people into the desert for forty years.  Yes, they kept themselves there longer than necessary, because they didn’t exercise faith, but these things happened so that we can learn from …