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Heaven, and why its important to get it correct – 2

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2009 by rylanreed

If you would like to read the first part in this two part series, you can go here.

I decided to do this in two parts because the last post was a little bit long.

“When it comes to Heaven, I try to leave that up to God” is T.D. Jakes comment towards the Muslim women, and I do agree with him on that, partly.  God does have the final say who goes to heaven and who doesn’t and we can’t judge a person’s heart, because we really can’t see what is inside of it.  But I disagree with not having somewhat of a say about the way to Heaven.  The Bible clearly says that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven and living for anybody other than Him will probably not get you through the pearly gates.  All of John 10 is good, but I am only going to share a small part with you.

John 10:7-11 “So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Jesus also speaks in John 14 about this subject:

John 14:6&7 “Jesus said to him, ‘ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”

Those are two big clues that Jesus is the only way, and if T. D. Jakes is really a follower of Christ, he needs to read the scriptures more thoroughly and not just specific ones.

Pastor Joel Osteen’s abysmal showing on Larry King Live back in October 2005:

KING: Because we’ve had ministers on who said, your record don’t count. You either believe in Christ or you don’t. If you believe in Christ, you are, you are going to heaven. And if you don’t no matter what you’ve done in your life, you ain’t.   OSTEEN: Yeah, I don’t know. There’s probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ. But I think that if you know Christ, if you’re a believer in God, you’re going to have some good works. I think it’s a cop-out to say I’m a Christian but I don’t ever do anything … KING: What if you’re Jewish or Muslim, you don’t accept Christ at all?   OSTEEN: You know, I’m very careful about saying who would and wouldn’t go to heaven. I don’t know …   KING: If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They’re wrong, aren’t they?    OSTEEN: Well, I don’t know if I believe they’re wrong. I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God will judge a person’s heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don’t know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don’t know. I’ve seen their sincerity. So I don’t know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.

As a Christian, we need to stick to the faith that we have and the Doctrine that is before us in the Bible.  We can’t be uncertain on some of the beliefs and strong on others, which usually doesn’t help those looking for truth and trying to figure Christianity out.  They will probably see that we as a whole don;’t consistently follow what we believe.  Joel has a lot of  “I don’t know” ‘s, but still says that you need to believe in Christ and have a personal relationship with Him to get to Heaven.  We all know we can’t see a person’s heart, but what King was asking was the facts, it could be different for different people and how well we know them and can see their life style.  We need to give truth with grace and God will do the rest.

CALLER: Hello, Larry. You’re the best, and thank you, Joe — Joel — for your positive messages and your book. I’m wondering, though, why you side-stepped Larry’s earlier question about how we get to heaven? The bible clearly tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the light and the only way to the father is through him. That’s not really a message of condemnation but of truth. OSTEEN: Yes, I would agree with her. I believe that… KING: So then a Jew is not going to heaven? OSTEEN: No. Here’s my thing, Larry, is I can’t judge somebody’s heart. You know? Only god can look at somebody’s heart, and so — I don’t know. To me, it’s not my business to say, you know, this one is or this one isn’t. I just say, here’s what the bible teaches and I’m going to put my faith in Christ. And I just I think it’s wrong when you go around saying, you’re saying you’re not going, you’re not going, you’re not going, because it’s not exactly my way. I’m just… KING: But you believe your way. OSTEEN: I believe my way. I believe my way with all my heart. KING: But for someone who doesn’t share it is wrong, isn’t he?  OSTEEN: Well, yes. Well, I don’t know if I look at it like that. I would present my way, but I’m just going to let god be the judge of that. I don’t know. I don’t know.

Thanks caller, whoever you are, to give Joel a huge thought in his head on where his position lied and how he was going to handle talking with others about it.  I hope and pray for those in Leadership, either at a church being a pastor or somewhere else teaching the Bible, that they would follow what God instructs in the Bible and that they would be loving but also truthful about the big issues concerning life.

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Desending

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by rylanreed
Same Spirit!!

The same Spirit and the same anointment that came over Jesus Christ is the same EXACT Spirit and anointment living inside of us!!!!…….John 1:32-34..”Then John gave the testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. (33) I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (34) I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God’.”

God will give those that He has called to Himself His Spirit. Jesus says in John 16, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will declare to you the things that are to come.”(13) He also tells us the difference in baptism, explaining in Acts 1 “For John Baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”(5) and how the Spirit will use us in all of our surroundings, not just right where we started out, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (8) And this is how you can receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 2 “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ” (38)

This should give us hope, for a couple of reasons.  With the Holy Spirit in us, we don’t have to do anything in our own strength because we can rely on the Spirit for His power.  We also will be able to better determine what God wants for our life and how He wants us to live it with the help and wisdom from the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ working in and through us each and everyday for the glory and honor of God.  We can, through His power, be able to praise Him for what He has given us.

“Spirituality is attention to the life of the Spirit within us;  it is going out in the desert or up to the mountain to pray.  It is standing before the Lord with open heart, open mind;  it is crying out, “Abba, Father”;  it is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our loving God.”

–H. Nouwen–

Missions exist because Worship doesn’t

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by rylanreed

I was listening to a Lecrae song a few days ago and heard this quote that he said toward the end of his song SEND ME “Missions exist because worship doesn’t”.  Right off the bat, I knew that the quote was from John Piper and loved the song even more.  I read this passage in Let the Nations be Glad and this is where the quote comes from!

“Missions exist because worship doesn’t!. . . The infinite, all-glorious Creator of the universe, by whom and for whom all things exist–who holds every person’s life in being at every moment (Acts 17:25)–is disregarded, disbelieved, disobeyed, and dishonored among the peoples of the world. That is the ultimate reason for missions. The opposite to this disrespect is worship. Worship is not a gathering. It is not essentially any form of outward act. Worship is essentially an inner stirring of the heart to treasure God above all the treasures of the world~
A valuing of God above all else that is valuable
a loving of God above all else that is lovely
a savoring of God above all else that is sweet
an admiring of God above all else that is admirable
a fearing of God above all that is fearful
a respecting of God above all else that is respectable
a prizing of God above all else that is precious.

In other words, worship is right affections in the heart toward God, rooted in right thoughts in the head about God, becoming visible in the right actions of the body reflecting God. These three stages of worship from inner essence to outward display can be seen in three texts; Matthew 15:8-9, John 4:23, Matthew 5:16.”

“People don’t worship the God that made them!”  Our call is to help people worship the one true God, and not to worship or put trust in us, who call ourselves Christians, but still need the Savior in all parts of our life, especially when ministering to others.  Let us worship our Lord and Savior in telling others His great story!

Is it all about bunnies and eggs or the Cross?

Posted in following Jesus, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by rylanreed

I received this in an email (gotquestions.org) and thought it was really good on the question of what Easter Sunday is all about.

Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related to Easter Sunday. As a background, please read our article on the origins of Easter. Essentially, what occurred is that in order to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Roman Catholic Church mixed the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection with celebrations that involved spring fertility rituals. These spring fertility rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions.

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Jesus’ resurrection is most worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians 15). While it is appropriate for Jesus’ resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter has nothing to do with Jesus’ resurrection on a Sunday.

As a result, many Christians feel strongly that the day on which we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection should not be referred to as “Easter Sunday.” Rather, something like “Resurrection Sunday” would be far more appropriate and biblical. For the Christian, it is unthinkable that we would allow the silliness of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny to be the focus of the day instead of Jesus’ resurrection.

By all means, celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Christ’s resurrection is something that should be celebrated every day, not just once a year. At the same time, if we choose to celebrate Easter Sunday, we should not allow the fun and games to distract our attention from what the day should truly be all about-the fact that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and that His resurrection demonstrates that we can indeed be promised an eternal home in Heaven by receiving Jesus as our Savior.

Call to serve…

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by rylanreed

One of my posts a little while back talked about service and who we should look to for guidance, Jesus Christ.  I dug a little deeper into His word and found some verses giving us some guidelines,  for a service here on earth.

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…” Deuteronomy 10:12

We are required, in a commandment from God, to serve Him with everything that we have. This is not a have too, this is a get too, something that we can do to give glory to our Maker and the one that has given us all that we have and need.

“But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the spirit.” Romans 7:6

Through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, we don’t have to live under the law of the Old Testament.  Instead, we can live in Him and Him in us as our Lord and Savior, who can do all things through those who believe in His name and have faith for which they cannot see.  Being used by the Spirit, we can serve in a way that will be a blessing to God as He watches from His place on High.

“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mystries of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:1

‘Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Ephesians 6:6

We are to serve Christ above all else, and be one with what the will of God is for our lives.  We should look to Him first, before we turn to others to serve and help in anyway possible.  Sometimes the two go together and God is wanting you to serve exactly the way that those you are serving, want it done.  Other times, it can seem like they are the same, but the call on your heart from God is stronger than what you have been told to do and you should follow in what God says.  Again, I do not intend to sound like the position of ‘we should not follow in what our leaders or those in authority over us say, because we don’t like what they are doing.  God calls us to honor those in authority and respect and follow those that He puts over us.  What I am saying is that sometimes God has a different plan than of those in authority and we are to politely and respectively decline in what they want because of what God has placed on our hearts to do.

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my father, I have made known to you.” John 15:15

A friend of mine has somewhat of a different perspective on service.  He believes that when one says that he wants to serve others, then that person should do exactly what the other person wants them to do.  To me that seems like slavery instead of serving one another.  There is no give or take, not saying that it has to be like that all the time, but when one person doesn’t budge, there might be a big problem.  I believe serving is exactly what Jesus was saying to His disciples in John, where they were working alongside of each other for one purpose and one along, to glorify God (and bring people to the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ).  Both are giving their stances and both are taking different things that will help in spreading the gospel to all reaches of the world.

“…and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:5

“10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strenth that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”        1 Peter 4:10-11

Jesus was a Rebel

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by rylanreed

Rebelling against the rules doesn’t mean that you’re free. You’re still a slave to sin. REAL freedom is knowing the truth and then obeying!!!….John 8:36….”So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!!” This is a song by Lecrae called Rebel:

Rebel – I’m in rebellion (to all my rebels out there / rebellin against the culture / being transformed / not conforming to the ways of this world or the age / welcome to the revolution!)

Verse 1:

Jesus was a rebel, a renegade, outlaw/ A sanctified troublemaker but He never sinned, naw/and He lived His life by a different set of Rules/ the culture ain’t approve/so you know they had they had to bruise em/ that’s the way they do/ man, they swear they so gangsta but everyones the same/ everybody do the same stuff/ tattoo, piercing/ smokin’ up and drinking/ money and sex plus them extravagant weekends/ if that’s the high life/ I’ll puff puff pass that/ you leave evaporated like you missing a gas cap/ I guess I’m passed that/ cause I am in rebellion/ I’d rather have a dollar in my pocket than a mill-ion/ I’m scared to worship money, and my wants over Elyon/ I’ll remain a rebel while the rest of them just carry on/this is what I live fo/ this the hill I’m buried on/ if Jesus is the truth/ that means one of us is VERY wrong/ think about it

Mark Driscoll in the back ground (I know in our state rebel means sinner / everyone is sinning, so its no longer rebellious to sin / Jesus was a rebel / who was counter culture)

Verse 2:
No glory in me/ all glory to the King on the throne (Jesus)/ you either love Him or leave Him alone but you cant do both/ yeah, you probably heard that once in song/ I pray you hear 10 mo fo ya gone/ yeah listen up, holmes/ The stage is my corner and my crowd is the streets/ That’s why I rap the bread of life cause they dyin’ to eat/ I’m a rebel you know the kind that die in the street/Cause you refuse to conform, won’t eat the kings meat/ look, if Christ rebelled by shunning the cultured/ He eatin’ with sinners/ givin Pharisees ulcers/ He never got married, was broke and plus homeless/yeah that’s the God I roll wit/ ya boy gotta wife and no I neva cheated/ I’m prayin for humility whenever I get heated/ forget about the drugs/ rebel against pornography/ this ain’t how it oughta be, homie/ this is how it’s gotta be/ A rebel

Mark Driscoll ~ (you’re just a conformist / if your drunk and naked / driving around on a loud motorcycle /  smoking cigarettes and breaking commandments / getting pregnant out of wedlock /  everyone has done that / that’s so tired / if you really want to be a rebel / read your Bible / because no one is doing that / that’s rebellion! / That’s the only rebellion left!

Enough Said!