O Death.

Today my son’s best friend died; he was brain dead from a car accident this past week. Death, at times, is expected. Death is sometimes a complete surprise. But hardly is Death ever welcome.

One thing is certain: Death is a part of life and we will all experience it. Where will we go?

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1Corinthians 15:55)

I HATE DEATH. Let me clarify: I weep for the unsaved. They amble along in life and have little interest in the things of God. There will be time for that later, they think. Then later came.

win nothing

People are scared of death but Christians that put their faith in Jesus Christ know where their eternal destiny is. Maybe that’s why I grieve for the unsaved. I hate knowing that there is a fiery hell that will welcome them with little fanfare for a life not well spent.

Eternity is a long, long time. And we can decide where we would like to spend it.

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2Corinthians 6:2b)

Tomorrow may not come, but death might. Jesus is the only way to salvation, the only way to eternity with Him. There are no short cuts, no other way but through Him.

Grief is for the soul that is lost, but JOY comes in the morning for the child of God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

 

The Pauline Christian

A bunch of years ago, I worked at an upscale beauty salon and heard a curious question: The hairdresser asked her client, “When I highlight your hair, what do you want people to see?” This hairdresser was asking her client what she wanted other people to think when they saw her as their ‘first impression’ of her. This is a great lesson on what people think of us at first glance or impression and that we can change what we look like to garner an opinion, good or bad. In other words, if someone saw you on the street or the mall today, would they see a Christian? Are you sure?

Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

While researching this subject, I came across many ‘secularized christian’ denominations regarding the teachings of Paul and found that they follow [if you want to call it that] the teachings of Jesus, but not of Paul the Apostle:

Universalists are rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition and are Christian in that we follow the teachings of Jesus, but not the teachings of Paul, which frankly does not make us Christian by most Christian’s definitions.”

…not Christian? If that ain’t the truth.

And it’s not just universalists that don’t follow the teachings of Paul, most of the emergent movement does not; they feel that Paul was not called or that his Damascus Road experience and ministry was not enough to make his teachings and epistles part of the Word of God or even viable. That being said, they also believe that the Bible CONTAINS the word of God, as if it’s a piece of Tupperware.

Regarding Pauline Christianity: “Reference is made to the large number of non-canonical texts, some of which have been discovered during the last 100 years, which show the many movements and strands of thought emanating from Jesus’ life and teaching or which may be contemporary with them, some of which can be contrasted with Paul’s thought.” Interesting.

Contrasted with Paul’s thought’ is a great example of what pains most pseudo ‘christians’ that endorse the gay agenda and lifestyle, abortion rights, ecumenicalism, and the Liberal agenda…to name a few. They believe that since Christ did not mention these ‘maladies’ that they would not be the abominations that Paul cited and therefore either excused, overlooked or even encouraged: fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners [1Cor 6:9-10, Rom 1:29-32].

Paul said, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1Timothy 1:12-15

Paul KNEW he was a sinner! He acknowledged that he was NOT perfect but taught a perfect message that Jesus gave him on the Damascus Road. The relevant ‘easy believism’ that befalls the emergent is not taught by Jesus, it is a demon spirit that seeks to consume and forsake the righteous.

Yes I am getting to a POINT: Even some of the most godly Azusa Street offshoots have been bewitched by not pleading the Blood of Christ or preaching the Holy Spirit inspired teachings of Paul, who was once Saul of Tarsus [Acts 7:58-60, 8:1-3], an evil murderer that was a large part of the ‘church’ of the day. How ironic that someone gets saved from his own church [Acts 9:1-19].

All this being said, the outward appearance of a Christian as a Christian is nearly invisible. We are seen as part of the world with short shorts, miniskirts, men that don’t wear shirts in public, heels that defy gravity or description, foul language, drinking alcohol, gambling [yes, the lottery is gambling], smoking, drugs, adultery, defiling our bodies and fornication…and that’s just the highlights.

“Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God.” 1Thessalonians 4:1-5

Is this a maturity problem of the Christian? Are holiness, modesty and chastity not taught in church anymore? Or is the Emergent Movement making the rest of conservative Christianity look and act like the world to attract moths to the bug zapper? Are we selling ourselves to the highest bidder: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” [1Cor 3:16-17]

Considering that Pauline Christianity is too conservative for the ‘modern christian’, wouldn’t it be apparent that the Holy Spirit has been told He is not welcome anymore?

I saw an employment ad for a ‘Growth Pastor’ once. Look and act like the world, but just show up? Is this the future of the Church? Is this the Church that Christ is looking for when He comes back? Of course not…He did not die for the mega church, He died for me and you. And until He comes back, we need to sanctify ourselves because we are His and His ways are correct. And until then:

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

 

A year in the Christian Life

As this year comes to a close, most people will look back with disappointment for many reasons. I think that when we do that we have judged God to be wrong and imperfect. Our perception of what our life has been thus far is just that: Perception. God does not lie [Heb 6:18] and His way is always perfect…but He is dealing with an imperfect bunch of people that don’t want to obey the things of God but to things of the world. We misplace our faith from God toward our family and friends thinking they will make us happy and fruitful. People lie, God does not; people will fail you, God WILL NOT:

“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)

Sometimes I think we go to our family and friends because we think there is safety in numbers, that they will protect us. Again, even they are an imperfect people that God is personally dealing with and your faith has been in them instead of God. It’s like depending on the weather when it can change anytime.

There is good news! We have refuge in His covering, in His love for us. We are a work that He has molded into what He wants us to be. Accept His covering, accept His assignment because He is perfect and His plan for us is perfect. Do not be afraid or suspicious – just be His willing vessel:

“He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4

AND “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) BECAUSE “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Psalm 46:7)

Consider this New Year to be a year of transformation, a year of faith; a year of letting God be GOD in your life. We are a woefully inadequate people that need direction; El Shaddai, GOD Almighty – you are my shield and my strength [Psalm 28:7]…I pray that all will come to know YOU as GOD, El Shaddai.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Happy New Year.

 

Self-Piety of the Brethren

Sufferings….from abusers, criticizers, liars, revilers, the dispassionate – and that’s just from Christians. Just because Christians are saved and spirit-filled does not give them carte blanche to ‘righteously’ sin against the unsaved OR the brethren. We are either achievers or perceivers; the say-ers or do-ers of the righteousness we have as Christians. The perceivers are outnumbering the achievers.

These sufferings we encounter from other Christians are keeping us from being the achievers we are meant to be. Why aren’t we praying more? Why aren’t we giving more? WHY AREN’T WE EVANGELIZING MORE? Because we suffer at the hands of the Brethren that persecute us.

My husband says, “The Church has the only army that kills its own wounded.” Nothing could be truer.

We are hurt, we are tired; we are nearly an inanimate Christian among other Christians that are medicating themselves with church attendance instead of service and worship. Yes, we have the knowledge of saving grace and faith in an eternity with Him, but like the lady said in the commercials…. “WHERE’S THE BEEF?” Where is the meat of the wisdom and LOVE we should have in Christ?

Should we suffer until Glory? We will have tribulations but to suffer because the Brethren ‘righteously’ sin against other believers is not a prerequisite of Heaven. The Apostle Paul said: ‘For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.’ Romans 8:18

Thank God for the Hope we have in Christ and the Glory that will be revealed. Even though we suffer, we still get the prize.

The Resistant Christian

If I gave you a brand new car, would you accept it? Or, if you found a car on the side of the road with the keys in it, would you look to see if anyone can see you and take it?

In the new car scenario, a person that was handed the keys of the brand new car would ask if there are any strings attached, but the car on the side of the road is almost always taken swiftly…essentially stolen. Most people want to be the one that accepts the new car and says ‘Thank You’ but that is hardly ever the case; they know they do not deserve this brand new car and feel suspicious for doing nothing and guilty for accepting this free gift.

People want what they think is the easy ‘no strings’ way of having something for nothing…the car on the side of the road waiting to be stolen.

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

People are calling themselves Christians having done nothing to actually ‘become’ a Christian, effectually stealing the car on the side of the road when they could have accepted Christ as Savior and had that brand new car for having just accepted it.

Take the stolen car back to who it belongs and accept the keys to the brand new car…I promise you that this new car will take you to where you need to go – ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Rom 3:23).

Are you ready for a real heart change? Are you tired of driving the stolen car?

Accept the keys – ask Jesus into your heart, ‘But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.’

The Spirit-filled Christian & Church

People seek to be complete as a person, a parent, an employee, a citizen, etc. – but do we seek to be a complete Christian and Church?

“If you then, being evil [original sin], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those [His children] who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an interesting thing in the Church today, mostly because a whole lot of Christians have no idea what the Baptism is or have been taught to ignore it because their salvation does not depend on the Baptism. This is partially true, BUT if you had the opportunity to be better and fulfilled and complete, wouldn’t you want that? And if the Pulpit does not teach this, how can you know?

“He [Paul] said to them [Disciples in Christ], “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2)

Just as in the Church today, the Apostle Paul sensed a deficiency, or better said, a lack of knowledge pertaining to not just being baptized in the Holy Spirit but who He is and His POWER. The people Paul is addressing are disciples in Christ but were not taught the fullness of what they can or should be as Christians:

Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper [Holy Spirit], that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive [without knowing Christ as Savior], because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18)

Some would suggest that the scripture referenced previously in Acts 19:2 means that to be saved you must be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), as the Apostolic sect maintains. Others will say that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not for today….if that were true, why then would Christ’s last words before he was taken up, be:

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem [keep in prayer and supplication], but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:4-5)

AND: “For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39)

The Greatest Gift: We cannot repay the debt for what Christ did for us, and in spite of that, Jesus gives us the Gift of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and we don’t accept it or seek it? How He must grieve our disobedience and lack of faith besides the reluctance of fulfilling what He has for us. However, even those that are baptized in the Holy Spirit – spirit filled Christians – have one more step to take, one that is seldom thought of…and that one step is SO important to maintain a Christian’s walk:

“Though I [Paul] speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not LOVE, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, BUT HAVE NOT LOVE, I AM NOTHING.” (1Corinthians 13:1-2)

We can’t keep glossing over the fundamentals of Christianity 101 BECAUSE we are Spirit-filled: “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing,” (1Corinthians 13:3). When the Apostle Paul spoke this, he was a Spirit Filled Christian that had to learn to LOVE just as we do. The order is this:

  1. Paul was a sinner
  2. Paul had to be born-again
  3. Paul needed to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit
  4. Paul realized he needed to learn to LOVE both the brethren AND the unsaved
  5. Paul preached as Christ commanded (Mark 16:15).

 

As you can see, just as Paul, we have to follow the same order or we cannot be effective as Christians, Ministers, Preachers and Pastors.

How can I get this precious Gift? Seek for it in prayer and supplication, “And when Paul [the Apostle] had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.” (Acts 19:6)

SUMMARY: Pastors and Preachers that are preaching only part of the Bible are not going to affect the Body of Christ as a whole body. The body has many members as noted in 1Corinthians 12:12-31, and every member has a 1)function, 2)needs Christ as their Savior AND 3)the Baptism of the Holy Spirit so that the Nine Gifts (1Cor 12:8-11) of the Spirit can work and flow FREELY…Paul said that he would not have us ignorant! But ignorance of what, who and how the Holy Spirit works is prevalent in the Modern Church even though the Bible says otherwise which can border on being blasphemous. The Church today is much like the lame man at the Gate called Beautiful (Acts 3:2-11); expecting alms but nothing to show for it.

 

*Notes in [ ] and emphasis in bold and italics are mine.

Exposition of John 9 – ‘Jesus Heals the Blind Man’

In the 9th chapter of the book of John, Jesus heals the blind man on the Sabbath. This is a perfect example of Organized Religion, both then and today.

Key Scripture: ‘They [Pharisees] answered and said to him [blind man], “you were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.’ John 9:34

Points:

  1. The man was blind from birth (sin) 9:1
  2. Jesus opened his eyes (point of contact with the Holy Spirit, Restoration) 9:6
  3. The man witnesses to the Pharisees (organized religion) 9:13-14

A Type of Salvation:

  1. We are all blind from birth before we ask Christ into our lives
  2. Our eyes are opened when we accept Christ
  3. We become a witness of Christ

Opposition – Pharisees (Organized Religion & most Mega Churches):

  1. Redefine the Finished Work of Christ (Cross)
  2. Puts all of or part of their faith in appointed men (false doctrine)
  3. Replaces the Bible

Summary: Basis of Christianity on the Word of God alone nullifies most organized religions and sects.

The story of the Blind Man is a type of Salvation, one that illustrates how one must be born again. It is also a story of how organized religion tries to redefine God, Jesus Christ, Salvation and Sanctification.

While reading John chapter 9, I was particularly struck by the 34th verse, or I should say that God pointed it out. Organized religion has been the dirge of what Christ did at the Cross. In fact, if you take the time to read an organization’s position papers or ‘what we believe’ or ‘purpose and vision’ you will see what they SAY they believe; read between the lines. More often than not, you will see a fog of nicely written somewhat biblical looking stuff that has nothing to do with what they actually do.

We are in a fog…a fog of self-righteous appointed men that try to take Christ and the Cross out of the Salvation equation. You can’t get any closer to apostasy than that, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

The Blind Man was used to show the Glory of God through Christ; he was meant to show the organized religion of the day (Pharisees) that the Son of God was in fact within them, the Messiah. The Pharisees should have known he was the Christ because Old Testament Scripture had prophetically pointed to Christ’s arrival (such as Isaiah 53:1-12). The Pharisees chose not to believe Christ and called Him a sinner. It took quite a bit of time ‘between the testaments’ for man to build its self-imposed religion; little by little the need for the Messiah was replaced with the Law much like what organized religion is doing today. Man takes away, God shows off, man says NO.

In John 9:18-23, the Blind Man’s parents was questioned by the Pharisees about their son’s recent miracle. They acknowledge he is their son and that he was born blind but won’t give Glory to Christ for it, in fact the parents passed the buck back to their son because of their fear of being ‘put out of the synagogue’. Incredibly, the parents chose their ‘church’ (religion) and not their own son and his miracle. The Pharisees called Christ a sinner! And the Blind Man’s perfect response is one that every truly saved Child of God knows: “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

What did the Blind Man see? He saw that the Pharisees (organized religion) were wrong. He saw Who opened his eyes and then saw division immediately after his salvation, even with his own parents and church. This is so paramount to today: We will gain what we lose if we just believe.

The Blind Man was so happy and thankful for his miracle and salvation that he tried in vain to make the Pharisees understand what happened: “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!” (v.30) The Blind Man questioned the Pharisees’ capability and hierarchy which caused immediate revile; the Pharisees let him know he was a sinner and could not be heard, but the Blind Man reminded them that ‘if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.’ (v.31) The Blind Man had the Truth; the Pharisees had and kept the Law.

After the Blind Man was cast out (excommunicated), Jesus went to him. Jesus provided His strength and love even when the no one else would:

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)

The JUST shall live by FAITH, or Happy Reformation Day!

What the heck does that title mean, you say…let me explain. I have never said I was not an Evangelical Born-Again Spirit-Filled Bible-believing Christian even though I share the prolife circle with Catholics and Protestants. But there is one thing I cannot let go or deviate from: The Word of God.

Yesterday was ‘Reformation Day’, the day when Martin Luther saw that the ‘just shall live by Faith’. And while that may not mean much to most, it is the basis for Evangelical Christianity [the Doctrine of the Bible] because it points to what Christ did at the Cross instead of trusting in organized religion and its man-appointed leaders. I know this does not bode well with my Catholic, Protestant or even some wayward Evangelical friends and family, but the Word of God supersedes anything that man says or does.

This is why there is such a thing as ‘Nondenominational Christian’. While organized religion thinks we run with scissors, I assure you that if one reads and understands the Canon of Scripture in the intent it was written [from the original texts of Hebrew & Greek] and understands that it is THE inspired Word of God without the opinion of man, you would see that Nondenoms are actually ON the Roman Road by way of His leading.

Let me get back to why I write this. In my prolife ministry circle, I hold my doctrinal truths to be Holy Spirit inspired and keep to my Nondenominationalism, regardless of anything. However, there are times when in the course of prolife meetings and rallies, my patience is stretched with organized religion’s (which is dominate in the prolife circle) doctrinal differences from the Cross of Christ. Yesterday was such a day. Yes, someone poked the bear and I’d bet the farm it was on purpose. Actually, I should take that as a compliment. Besides stretching my patience, it also stretches my ability to understand and appreciate God’s Word.

While Martin Luther was not a perfect man nor lived a perfect life, he did do this one thing: caused division from the Catholic Church of the day and showed that Christians needed to put their Faith in Jesus Christ alone and not organized religion or man. We needed a Saviour, not a figurehead, general superintendent, presiding bishop, general overseer, general conference, self-appointed prophet & apostles or even the Pope: ‘The just shall live by Faith’. [Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:7, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38]

JESUS SAID: ‘Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division’ [Luke 12:51] AND ‘Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword’ [Matthew 10:34].

We forget that organized religion killed Jesus on that day, and most certainly do not read the entire Bible to see what Christ himself said and did. If organized religion says they will decipher scripture for you, run FAST. Asking an opinion is one thing, but someone dictating from opinion of an organization is frightening. However, I do like sharing ideas about Scripture; it makes for great conversation BUT getting away from the Finished Work of Christ can change your Eternal destination. Always back up what you say with Scripture because if you don’t, then the point is moot.

‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.’ [John 5:24]

In the Heart of the Christian

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7

I wish you could see inside my heart. But who can know it? How would you know it? Do you see joy or sorrow?

I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:10

I wish I could explain the warmth in my heart. I wish I knew how I can possibly explain its contents so that you can understand. The very breath of the Lord is within me.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

All day we listen to the radio and television, tap away on the computer. We listen to the opinions of others. We walk against the wind; our thoughts are like a swirling squall of uncertainty.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

Our heart is meant to encapsulate God within it; to shield us from a cold, evil world. God protects our hearts with His Word.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:18-19

In the heart of the Christian, you should see God.

Precious Christian, be still and listen to God. He wishes to speak to you about all the things He wants to be made known to you.

 

As I went down to the River to pray

As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good old way. And who shall wear the starry crown? Good Lord, show me the way.

We decided to go swimming today at a public ‘beach’ at a local lake early this morning. We like to get there early so that we can leave by the time the ‘bar crowd’ shows up, around 1pm-ish. We don’t like watching people drink alcohol and doing questionable things. But it’s nice to have it all to yourself for a while. About an hour and a half later, an Islamic family came. Interestingly, as the matron wore her head-to-toe burka in 90 degree heat, another woman wore a full head garment and a costume of long pants and long sleeves in all black to swim in – while her little 2-3 year old daughter wore a bikini. Her husband wore just swim trunks, of course.

O sisters let’s go down, Let’s go down, come on down, O sisters let’s go down, Down in the river to pray. 

About 15 minutes later, 40-50 people were making their way single file from the parking lot to the beach, walking within a couple of feet of the Islamic family. Most of them appeared to be Hispanic and were wearing clothes not meant for the beach. Their little children were with them and everyone seemed very focused; they didn’t seem the least bit deterred, as if no one else was there. It was like they were on a mission of some kind. It was hard to tell what was going on from where I was, which was at least 100 feet away. My husband walked over to see what was going on. In my mind I thought this just might be of God.

As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good old way. And who shall wear the robe and crown? Good Lord, show me the way.

It was remarkable what we saw. I knew in my heart what it might be – from that distance away I waited for my husband to gesture what was going on before I went over there. He turned to look at me and his arms were in the air praising God. I was right…it was a baptism service.

O brothers let’s go down, Let’s go down, come on down, Come on brothers let’s go down, Down in the river to pray.

 While others looked on in awe, the Islamic family seemed a bit confused at first. It didn’t take long at all for them to be disgusted and revolted by this wonderful spectacle that was going on. You could feel the hatred from them. From what I could see, two men and a woman were baptized in the warm lake water for everyone to witness. What a sweet savor in the nostrils of God.

When we first got there this morning, we wondered what it would be like if we had church there…and church showed up.

God is in control.