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What is God's commandment from the book of Genesis

Most people keep?

Be fruitful, multiply, replenish and fill the earth.

We are 7 billion strong!

Oh Give Thanks unto the LORD for He is good

The LORD is my Shepherd. I shall not want for He lay me down in green pastures. The grass is not greener on the other side.

Though I walk under the shadow of death He prepares meals for me in the midst of my enemies. His rod and His staff comfort me and protect me. Thank you LORD.

The Bible has been banned because of too much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Please enjoy the latest sermon I uploaded to Chaplain Winston's Church Videos "Because You Said So, I Will"
By Pastor Jennifer R. Biard Jackson Revival Center Church, MS

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

This Hurt Me So Much John 8:12-59 (KJV)

This Hurt Me So Much John 8:12-59 (KJV)

As I re-read this passage again as I had for years I felt so much mental anguish and physical pain I had to lay down until I recovered enough to write this. My thought to read it again was, “Who could say such things about Jesus and themselves?” He came to save them. Are they liars? Did they want to see the wrath of Jesus? Did they just want to anger Jesus?

I must have overlooked it before, but I read today that Jesus was confronted by some religious Jewish leaders, the Pharisees. Here is what they said about my Lord and Savior:

1)       13 Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
2)       19 Where is thy Father?
3)       22 Will he kill himself?
4)       25 Who art thou?
5)       27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
6)       30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
7)       33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
8)       39 Abraham is our father.
9)       41 We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
10)    48 Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
11)    52 Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
12)     53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
13)    57 Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
14)     59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

You have to read the verbal exchange between Jesus and the Pharisees to feel the full impact. The more Jesus tried to explain to them the angrier the Pharisees became. It was not for them to understand and they could not for Jesus spoke only in parables. You have to be Spiritual to understand parables, born again. They even blasphemed the Holy Spirit by saying Jesus had a devil which is the unpardonable sin.

But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit. Mark 3:28-30 (KJV) 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Obedience is better than Praise, Sacrifice, Dinner and Awkward

Obedience is better than Praise, Sacrifice,
Dinner and Awkward
"Because You Said So, I Will"


Obedience is better than Praise
"Because You Said So, I Will"


Uzzah was disobedient to God during praise. He touched the Ark of the Lord and for that he died.

David and all the house of Israel were praising the LORD with all manner instruments such as described in Psalm 150.

Uzzah was so caught in the praise he loss sight of his duty. Uzzah took hold of the ark of God to steady it for the oxen shook it. This angered God and God smote him there on the spot for his error and there he died by the ark of God.
This displeased and angered David because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah.

How many Times have I been displeased and angry with God? Some might think this is so minor an infraction after all he was praising God and enjoying the praise like everyone else.

Now Consider Gods position, Uzzah was not to neglect his primary responsibility even during praise. He was not paying attention to the ark and forgot he was not to touch it. David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, "How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?" The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

Instead David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and his entire household. 2 Sam 6:1-11 (KJV)




Obedience is better than Sacrifice
"Because You Said So, I Will"

God won’t receive Israel’s sacrifices/offerings anymore. God reproves, corrects, and gives instruction in righteousness to His people for doing this evil thing.

God requires and expects honor and fear from His people.

God said His priests despise His name.  And the priest asks God wherein or in what particular or respect have we despised thy name? They did not know? They did not know what they were doing? Like Cain they refused to give sacrifices that were pleasing in His sight? Did they stray away from God so far that they thought their obedience to Him did not matter them anymore. God made it plain and simple, they were evil.

God asked them, "If then I be a father, where is mine honor? And if I be a master, where is my fear?"

You have despised my name by offering polluted bread upon mine altar; you say the table of the Lord is contemptible. You offer the blind for sacrifice, and offer the lame and sick. Is it not evil?

Offer it to your governor, and he will not be pleased with you, or accept your person said the Lord of hosts. And he is just a man.

Who is there even among you that would shut the doors devoid of cost, reason or advantage?
Neither do you kindle fire on my altar for devoid of cost, reason or advantage.

I have no pleasure in you, said the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, said the Lord of hosts.

But His priests profaned it saying, "The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible." His priests also said, "Behold, what weariness is it!" And you have snuffed at it, said the Lord of hosts. And you brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus you brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand, said the Lord?

But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vowed, and sacrifice unto the Lord a corrupt thing. I am a great King, said the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen. Mal 1:6-14 (KJV)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. Psalms 51:17-19 (KJV)


Obedience is better than Dinner
"Because You Said So, I Will"

Be careful of Old Prophets for they may even lie to you.

Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father. And their father said unto them, what way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon, and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said I am. Then he said unto him, come home with me, and eat bread.

And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.

He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water. And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back: And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, thus saith the Lord.

Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee, but camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee, eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.

And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.

And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, it is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the Lord: therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake unto him.

And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him. And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass.
1 Kings 13:11-28 (KJV)

Obedience is better than Awkward
"Because You Said So, I Will"


And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught, a catching of fish.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net, Because You Said So, I Will." And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes, a catching of fish, which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.

And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. Luke 5:1-11 (KJV)



Thursday, July 24, 2014

God Does Exist

God Does Exist

Reincarnation is as cruel a process as evolution. God is not part of both of these theories that have no evidence. Even mans sufferings are evidence of Gods existence. Besides you don’t have to reincarnate as a human. Plus, no one has been able to purify their minds on their own even if they had several lifetimes. Jesus had a pure mind and what did they do to Jesus? They hated Him, plotted to kill Him, and ultimately did kill Jesus.

If God has given us the ability to purify our minds; thus leading to a joyous life through reincarnation why has that never happened throughout human history? Mankind keeps getting worse!

The norm of God is to allow human suffering so perhaps He can save some. Those who God has saved take joy in His salvation knowing He did not have to save anyone. They can tell the unsaved from the saved with their vain philosophies as they explain away the God as He reveals Himself in the Bible.

The unsaved are not spiritual and can’t receive things of the spirit. God is a Spirit and only those God He has given His Holy Spirit can discern God for He is spiritually discerned. If God has given you His Holy Spirit you can see the evidence of His existence in nature and the heavens.

If you reject the Bible you reject God and exalt the vain philosophies of man over Gods. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Heart of God Changes the Heart of Man

The Heart of God Changes the Heart of Man
From Scripture

When reconciling the New Covenant with the Old Covenant we find in both cases God is a forgiving God to His people remembering their sins no more.

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned

But he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18 (KJV)

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, for as many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal 3:26-29 (KJV)

Under the New Covenant

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? 1 Corinthians 6:9 (KJV)

Fornicators (male prostitute, whoremonger), nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (unmanly), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (sodomite), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJV)

 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:6-10 (KJV)

And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. Heb 8:11-13 (KJV)

Under the Old Covenant

They say, if a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? Shall not that land be greatly polluted?

But thou hast played the harlot (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah) with many lovers, saith the Lord. Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms (adultery, i.e. (figurative) infidelity, idolatry ) and with thy wickedness. And thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.

The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding (apostasy :- backsliding, turning away) Israel hath done? She hath played the harlot. And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and  I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord. 

Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.  Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.
Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord. 

A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God. Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.

Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.

We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.

Jeremiah 3:1-25 (KJV)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Forgive yourself

Forgive yourself. 

Chances are, the people you offended 
Have forgotten about it, 
The people you know now 
Never knew about it, 
And the people you will know 
Won’t know about it. 

Stop beating yourself up over things 
You can’t control or change. 
God by the blood of Jesus Christ 
Has already forgiven you.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

CAIN NOR HIS OFFERING WAS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD

CAIN NOR HIS OFFERING WAS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD

 As it is told in Genesis chapter four

Cain was a tiller of the ground, and

Abel was a keeper of sheep.

And

in the process of time...


What we see here is that a process is taking place.
A process is gradual changes that lead toward a particular condition, or event traceable to a cause. The question is begging, what event was to take place at this particular point in time, that God causes to be? The answer being, Cain and Abel were to be determined if they were acceptable to the LORD. What was the determining factor by which they were to be judged? The offerings they brought unto Him.


Cain's offering was from the fruit of the ground.
Abel's offering was of the firstlings of his flock and the fat thereof. God had no respect for Cain or his offering. But God had respect for Abel and his offering.

Why was this the case?

First of all, let's examine the acceptable offering, then the unacceptable offering. Abel offered the firstlings of his flock and the fat thereof. It is obvious to me that in the process of time, Abel spent time with the LORD. Able knew to be pleasing in his sight he had to know what type of offering was required. He had to be instructed.

The firstling is the first of a class or kind, or the first produce or result of something. So Abel offered the first of his existing or newborn sheep. And not only that but he knew to offer the fat thereof. He knew what to offer, and in what manner the offering should be made.

On the other hand, Cain offered from the fruit of the ground. Now It doesn't take a stretch of the imagination to know what that could possibly mean. We do know it was not acceptable.


There is an acceptable offering that can be made from the fruit of the ground. It is called firstfruits. Firstfruits are the earliest gathered fruits offered to God in acknowledgment of the gift of fruitfulness. That would be the best of the best. Cain's offering was not referred to as firstfruits. So Cain did not acknowledge God and the best gift were not bestowed upon him. This is rebellion.

Why did Abel obey God and Cain did not? As you read on you will see that Cain never does.

God did not respect or have any appreciation for Cain's offering or him. The opposite of respect is the word abhors or despise. God abhorred his offering and him. God was not pleased at all. God was indignant, meaning He was angry because Cain was unfair, mean, outrageous or shameful. He and his offering was found not be to worthy of God's notice or consideration.

Cain in turn became intensely angry, highly incensed, and wrathful towards God, and his countenance fell. Now keep in mind this is God he is before. This was not a wise man for he did not fear the LORD. God instructed him that if he does well he will be accepted. He also told him that if he does not do well sin or perhaps Satan is at his door desiring him. He then instructs Cain to rule over sin if this happens.

So what does Cain do? He allows sin to rule over him. Cain talked with Abel, rose up against him, and killed his brother. So Cain was in rebellion against God and a murderer at this point.

The LORD confronted Cain once again. He asked him where is his brother Abel. Here we have Cain embattled once more against the all knowing LORD. What does Cain do? He lies to God! He said he did not know where his brother Abel was. He did not confess his sin. So here we have in order, Cain was rebellious, a murderer, and a liar. To top if off he tried to be evasive, deceptive, high minded, and acted as if he was superior to God.


OK, let me make it plain, Cain got smart with God.
He said to the LORD, "Am I my brother’s keeper?"
And here he is guilty as sin. So God curses Cain.
So what does Cain do? Does he repent? No. He complains about his punishment. The only time he does what God tells him to do is when God tells him to leave town, and only after God promises that he would not be killed because of what he did to Abel!

If you study your Bible you will find that Satan is described like that. You can see by this dialog that Cain's relationship with God is just the opposite of Abel's. If you are still not convinced, read the last two verses of the chapter, and you will find out more about the nature of Abel.

Adam and Eve had another son and they named him Seth. He was like Abel, appointed of God. She also bore a son they named Enos. All three of these men were leaders and men of God. Although Abel was killed, Seth and Enos lived on, and then men began to call upon the name of the LORD.

Cain represents the unsaved person described in Romans Chapter 3. They do not seek after God, they do not desire the things of God, they reject Him. Their father is the devil and they act like him. Abel represents the person who has received the gift of salvation, is now able to do the will of God who is his Father, and in the process of time being made perfect. 

Cain represents the seed of the serpent whereby Abel represents the seed of the woman.

God said there would be enmity between the two.

THIS IS IT! THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

From my book - I like To Study

THIS IS IT!

THE HOUSE OF THE LORD


In 1 Chronicles 17, David was sitting around his house talking to Nathan the prophet. He said to him he dwells in a house made of wood, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remains in a tent. David was not happy about that. Nathan replied to David, do all that is in your heart for God is with you.

Later that night, God spoke to Nathan and told him to tell David that he would not build God a house to dwell in. However God would build him a house to live in. And that one of his sons will build God a house to dwell in. After Nathan spoke these and other things to him David sat before the LORD. He humbled himself and gave God glory, honor, and praises for what God has done and will do for Israel and his house. David asked God for many blessings.

In 1 Chronicles 21, it says that Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number them. Joab a general in David's army ask him why he would do this trespass against Israel? David prevailed anyway and Joab was instructed to do so, but Joab did not number Levi and Benjamin for what David was doing was abominable to him.

God smote Israel because He was displeased with this thing. And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

God sent Gad David's seer/prophet to tell him he had to choose one of three things that God would do unto him. David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for great are His mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man. So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel, and an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it, and 70,000 men fell.

Then angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David to set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. David bought the land, built the altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt and peace offerings. He then called upon the LORD who answered him by fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.

When David saw that the LORD answered him there he said this is the house of the LORD. He began to gather together in abundance that which was needed to build the house of the LORD. And God told him that his son Solomon would be king and would build his house. In 2 Chronicles 3:1 we find that Solomon built the Temple on this very spot that God answered David's burnt offering, the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

It is a terrible thing what David, and Israel had to suffer through. But through it all God identified where He wanted a house built unto Him, and He revealed to David the details of how it should be built and furnished. David spent the rest of his life acquiring all that was needed, and Solomon built it.

This is yet another example of how God uses sin or a trespass in this case to accomplish His purposes.
Satan rose up against Israel and provoked or angered
David. David did what was right in his heart as Nathan the prophet instructed him to do. Joab tried to convince David to do otherwise which would have been the wrong thing to do. David did not waver.

God was displeased with this thing. What does that mean ?

David said he had sinned greatly because he had done this "thing." Because of this "thing" God therefore smote Israel.

But after all was said and done by God, the angel, Joab, Gad, and himself, David reflected on what he talked to Nathan about in the beginning. David probably let out a big, "Aha! This is the house of the LORD!" God had let him know that God would build his house, and identified where God wanted His house built.


And God let David know through this "thing." And now David knew what this thing was all about. God had heard him and answered him. And Scripture reveals that God was displeased with this "thing." such are the mystery's of God when we have to do things he is displeased with in order to accomplish his will, when things happen to us in order to accomplish his will.

Maybe God's displeasure was because He had to do this thing and other things involving sin, because sin had entered the world. And sin had to enter the world in order for God to get a people He could call his own. He loved us so much even before He created us. And He knew that it would take even His displeasure. It's like when He said that He desires that no man would perish and end up in Hell. But never-the-less a great multitude will. This "thing" is to Gods displeasure as well. God the Father and God the Son suffered so much for us.

This story is almost like the story of Job where
Satan is allowed to do just so much, Job hangs in there, apologizes for his sin to the LORD because he is only human and fallible, and the LORD rewards him greatly. It was the same with David. But unlike Job, David did not question God. God did not have to say to David, "Who are you to advise Me! Where were you before the world was created?"

God used both Job and David for His purposes, identified their iniquities, and they both owned up to them. God got all the glory in both cases. And in both cases we learn that the only real value we have is to serve God's purposes. God say's to Satan, "Have you considered my son or daughter ..."


Thank God for the eternal destiny He has secured for us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WHY IS THE BIBLE AMBIGUOUS?

WHY IS THE BIBLE AMBIGUOUS?

Why is the Bible written in such a way that says one thing and then turns around and says just the opposite? Does God think like that? Is it because we can’t understand God fully anyway? That we have to reconcile Scripture with Scripture? That He has to speak to different audiences and some are just not ready for understanding yet? That the word of God was written to be understood by some people and not others? That the Bible contains pabulum, non-fat, low-fat, regular, extra rich milk as well as meat? That we only consume what we can and leave the rest alone?

Do some people bother other people who like the meat of the word and consider them too deep and spiritual? Isn’t it alright to show yourselves approved of God because you study, rightly divide the word truth and are not ashamed to speak it?  Is it because some do not know the word of truth because God has not revealed it to them? Is it because spiritual gifts, miracles and healings manifest in some lives and not in others? If the Devil can’t steal my joy why do some think they can?


Why is the Bible ambiguous? Do we think it is ambiguous because of our limited human capacity for reasoning? That we ad to make up the word ambiguous because of are own lack of understanding. That His thoughts are as far above our thoughts as the heavens are above the earth? That the Holy Spirit has to reveal His thoughts to us and only at the discretion of the Father? That it is His form of reasoning with us and we have to line up our thoughts with His? What is God teaching us by being ambiguous?

Why didn’t God write everything in sequential order? Is it because it is always right now for him? That he has written what He causes to be? Does God only want to reveal his word to those who are serious about finding out what it really says in an attempt to unravel the mystery? That He gives wisdom and understanding to those who search his word diligently? That it is all about Him anyway.

Or could it be something much simpler and basic?
That He wants to be the center of our discussions and He has made it such that gives us plenty of opportunity to do so.

Where are you in Gods education program? Are you still in nursery consuming pabulum? It seems many people are comfortable with the education they have and congregate where is continually taught as if that is all there is. There are people over fifty years old still consuming pabulum and is disturbing to me. If you saw a sixty year old person with a pacifier in their mouths, such as they speak the word of God, would you say something about it?

It should be not so with the word of God. Babies like Disneyland and lots of toys! They build great buildings with and for the kids never wanting to out grow Disneyland. They want a Church like the world they live in. They want all what the world has to offer. The only thing you can count on with the world is that it never changes, just the prices.

There are many issues that have been discussed about Him for centuries with no resolution in sight. The Bible is written in such a way that each generation has ample information to form an opinion about Him. Even if we are wrong we acknowledge Him. Even if we deny Him we acknowledge Him. Even if we doubt His existence we acknowledge Him. Turning from Him to idols is another matter altogether. He hates idolatry.

To Christians, the idolaters, atheists, and agnostics are a testimony of God's grace and mercy in their lives. Christians ask God, "Why did you choose us?"
And then they acknowledge Him even the more. They study His word to find out more about Him and the discussions continue. Why does He have us study about Him? Why does He have us discuss Him?

Isaiah 26:3 say's Thou will keep him/her in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because of his/her trust in thee. To those who doubt, deny, or turn to idolatry there is no peace from God, because they know or not trust Him.

Therefore, trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7)

The word ambiguous just means capable of being understood in two or more possible senses or ways

- Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I'm just a Chaplain on the bus

I'm just a Chaplain on the bus



I'm just a Chaplain on the bus
They say I'm just one of us
That I've ridden on the bus before
I am there to be with the more
Alone in the car is such a bore.

I've got friends I haven't met yet
I've got some I can see you bet
It's an ever changing scenery
I like this way of doing ministry.

I'm there to meet an immediate need
Going somewhere that I'm called to be
Taking this message along with me
"We all got to work for Jesus!"

The Holy Spirit is our guide is
Abundantly clear. Giving utterance,
Sight, and ears to hear. Giving us plenty
Of good reasons to cheer.

Flutter, flutter, flutter

Is the sound of love working overtime
It’s the heart of God
He doesn't want anybody left behind
The Holy Spirit has a heart for mankind.

And each of us has to do our part
As the Holy Spirit gives us a jump start
As He moves in us, He sets us free
This is living life more abundantly.
Jesus Christ is Lord

Friday, May 2, 2014

How Many Times Have YOU Read The Bible?

How Many Times Have YOU Read The Bible?

In Bible College the Pastor and Teacher of Biblical Studies addressed a question to the class that I haven’t forgotten even until today. It still moves me to study and write my epistles. This was one the first class I took with him in the early 80s.

The question asked of all the students in class and they answered by a show of hands.

How many of you read the Bible 1 time? Many raised their hands. I did not. To that he replied read the Bible again.

Again, asking the same question. How many of you read the Bible 2 times? Less raised their hands. To that he replied read the Bible again.

Then again, asking the same question. How many of you read the Bible 3 times? Fewer raised their hands. To that he replied read the Bible again.

He kept raising the bar of how many times the students in class read the Bible until there was no show of hands. He concluded with you should read the Bible again.

Studying the Bible is a lifelong commitment. If you prove faithful God will reveal to you the understanding of Scriptures that you have read over and over again. It might be years later until you are ready to receive understanding. Oh what joy when that happens! It proves to me God is real and God rewards those that diligently seek him and to

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15 (KJV) Tat takes time and effort.

I have been studying Psalms 150 trying to understand verse 6 in context since the 80s. It has been a conundrum to me until in Church the other Sunday this man took over Church praising God with his instrument. He had a Spirit provoked solo.

I immediately thought this is Psalms 150 and proclaimed it vocally! Verse 6 was my verse of puzzlement. This might sound funny to some of you but I could not reconcile the fact the instruments don’t have breath.

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Psalms 150:1-6 (KJV)

This particular Sunday it dawned on me that people have to bring their instruments to life to Praise the Lord. Instruments can’t do that on their on normally. It takes a breathing human being and people have breath! Here is what God finally revealed to me after over 20 years of studying this verse and chapter.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

People who play instruments the have breath verse 6 is talking about their instruments do not. Musicians Praise the Lord with their instruments as an extension of themselves or substitute to being vocal!

Wow! It took over 20 years for me to understand that verse in the context of Psalm 150 in its entirety. Now my understanding is clear. Misunderstanding one verse can clutter understanding. Of course in the Church van ride home I gave testimony still relying on Scripture:


11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Rev 12:11 (KJV)

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Changed title: "I Don't Listen Anymore." No hits. No one liked the title.

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I am a Community Chaplain (Helps Ministry) in Oakland, CA. I enjoy meeting new people and forming relationships which is ministry. I enjoy Public Preaching, writing about the Bible, discussing the Bible and most any contemporary topic. Lately I have been enjoying math because of my Lady.

Winston, a graduate of Bay Cities Bible Institute, Communications major at Kaplan Online University 3.9 GPA was asked, “What did it take to become the type of writer you are? He replied he had to leave mother, father, and sister, etc. After believing Malachi and Paul, Winston figured, “Why not try all of Gods word the same way?” and the word of God hasn't failed him yet. He completed Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.), and has been a Systems Programming Analyst, and traveled across the country job related and he even went on a tour of the White House. His life testimony also includes his journey from a large family with all needs met but not many wants. He also began a trek in ministry traveling across the country with his second wife. Then he continued with a trek through homelessness, shelters, and transitional homes. During his homeless trek he carried in his backpack a laptop he purchased and he began to learn how to write. After going through all the trials and tribulations associated with that life style he prayed, “LORD if you ever have me write another book please give me a roof over my head.” Well, he did and he’s completed a total of twenty-one books.