SONSHIP IS DANGEROUS

Posted: April 26, 2011 in Kingdom & Church
SONSHIP IS DANGEROUS 

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Set God- sized goals.

Pursue God-ordained passions.

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

Keep asking questions.

Keep seeking God.

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.

Expand your horizons.

Accumulate experiences.

Enjoy the journey.

Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.

Live like today is the first day and the last day of your life.

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges.

Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating.

Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.

Don’t try to be who you’re not.

Be yourself.

Laugh at yourself.

Quit holding out.

Quit holding back.

Quit running away.

And remember: If God is for us, who can be against us?

-Mark Batterson from his book, In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day.

Let’s start with the fact that I don’t know much about Mark Batterson, and I have not read his book. I saw this excerpt in a magazine and liked it so much that I’ve framed it and given it to close friends as gifts. I thought it would inspire you, I know it inspires me, and leads me into my topic today. Sonship is dangerous!

Jesus never promised us temporary safety, and He is not a safe man to follow in this world! In John 16:33 Jesus tells us that we will have trouble in this world. It’s safe to say that it’s not safe to follow a man who orchestrated His own death. God calls His children to take serious and deliberate risks toward danger, for the sake of the gospel (Matt 28:19). In Matthew 10:34-39 Jesus says,  34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Hebrews 2:14-15……14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

Luke 12:4-5……4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him”. 

Now, knowing that Jesus has removed eternal risk, and by removing eternal risk removes the fear of death for us believing, I challenge you again (and myself) to:Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God- sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and the last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away. And remember: If God is for us, who can be against us? GOD IS FOR US!

 

 

 

 

A better way to phrase the question is,”Is God pro-choice?”. 

Let me start this by explaining who I am not speaking to, as to narrow down the amount of hate mail I will receive:

1.)……if you are not a Christian (one who claims to have his/her faith in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), this is directed to people who call themselves Christians, and are subject to Kingdom law. Unfortunately, our society has made it legal for women to have the ‘CHOICE’ to murder innocence. I do not agree with the law of the land, but this blog is directed to those under Gods law, we are held to a higher standard.

2.)……if you are a Christian and have had an abortion, and you are pro-life.  Abortion is a sin, like my sin,  it has no value attached to it. Jesus died for our sins, past, present, and future. This message is for those who claim to be in the Kingdom and advocate for a woman’s right to choose murder. Yes, murder.

Abortion in the Kingdom???? Is God pro-choice????

ABSOLUTELY, NO and NO, I scream at the top of my keyboard! There are plenty of things in scripture that we can differ on interpretation, like end times, or Calvinism vs. Arminianism. There is no grey area of interpretation on the subject of abortion. As a Kingdom son, I will no longer sit in the pews and let Christian Liberals and/or anybody else in the Kingdom continue to advocate a woman’s right to choose, on the matter of abortion!  You can not have your cake and eat it to, this is exactly what Christian Liberals want. They want the comfort of a loving God, and the plan of eternal life with Him, but they don’t want to obey Him, and call sin what He calls sin. We do not have to like what God calls sin, but as son’s and daughter’s, we do need to ‘turn’ (repent) and see it His way.  To say you can be a pro-choice christian, is like saying I’m a meat-eating vegetarian. There is no such thing and you cannot have it both ways.  

 How do I know God see’s abortion as sin?

It’s easy math, first, ‘does God know us before we were born?’ (Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you).  Second, ‘what does God say about murder?’ (Exodus 20, remember the 10 commandments, “You shall not murder“). In conclusion if we are alive before we were born, and God commands us not to murder, this is clear, we in and of the Kingdom are called to stand together against abortion (like any other sin). In the Kingdom of God you have no choice on this matter, a woman does not have the right to choose murder.

I will leave you with this, something to think about if you still think that it’s okay to be a pro-choice christian. It comes from Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven“. Just because you say Lord, Lord, this does not make you a citizen in the Kingdom.

A Spark of Curiosity

Posted: April 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

I mentioned last Wednesday that I would ‘get into a controversial subject’. So, to spark your curiosity, I will leave you a question to ponder.

……….Can a vegetarian call him/herself a vegetarian, and eat meat?

I’ll phrase the question a little different.

…………..Is there such a thing as a meat-eating vegetarian?

See you on Wednesday!

My Books (as promised)

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Personal

BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS!

If you know me well enough, you know that I am not the biggest fan of reading. I really have to force myself to read, it’s a battle that is either won or lost each and every week or month. I promised to share with you books that I am currently reading, books I study from, and books I recommend. So basically, this is going to be a short blog.

Books I am currently reading……….

Holy Bible (NIV)….I try to read this regularly, but regularly is relative. I am currently reading through Ephesians. This is my Owner’s Manuel, my theology, and where I go to get all the answers to life. It’s not only the book I am currently reading, but also my main study book, and the first book I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

Sonship: The Word Made Flesh (Jim McNally)….ALERT-ALERT!!! This book you cannot find on any shelf of any local book store, it has not been released to the public as of yet. I am reading the manuscript draft. Lucky for me I know the author, lucky for you (you know me). I have lived this book for the past 16 years of my life. The author is not only my friend, he is my pastor, he is my mentor, and my spiritual father. Currently, this book is at the printer being printed, so when it is officially released I will give you a more thorough review of it. Until then, just know it is one of my favorites! Stay tuned.

Counseling ‘How to Counsel Biblically’ (John MacArthur)….I attend a mens prayer meeting and this is the book that we are studying. A friend of mine, a local pastor, was a ghost writer for John MacArthur and wrote some of this book, so we have been reading it together. Though I differ with MacArthur on a lot of levels of his theology, this book from what I have read so far,  is well written and has a lot of practical useful material.

Books I study with……………………

Holy Bible ‘Comparative Study Bible’ (NIV, Amplified, KJV, NASB)….If you are going to study scripture, I highly suggest reading more than one translation. The point of studying scripture is to find out and/or understand what God is saying to us, and having multiple translations in front of you makes it easier to figure that out. This may not be the best parallel bible out there, but it gets the job done. I only say that because I’m not the biggest fan of the multiple choice, (oops)…. I mean Amplified version. If I purchased another parallel bible I would get one that didn’t have the Amplified translation.

Systematic Theology (Wayne Grudem)….This right here is a must have, you must go out and purchase this book, oh, wait, I got ahead of myself (this is books I use to study). This behind the Holy Bible is the second best study material I own, period. The preface starts, “I have not written this book for other teachers of theology (though I hope many of them will read it). I have written it for students-and not only for students, but also for every Christian who has a hunger to know central doctrines of the Bible in greater depth”. If you want to better combat yourself against all the winds of theology being blown and tossed around, buy this book. Stop being spoon fed what you should beleive (the way your pastor believes), and grab a fork and knife, dig into the meat of scripture for yourself.

Strongs Concordance (Strongs)….This is a concordance, if you don’t know what it is, google it. I use it in my studies for quick referencing.

Books I recommend……………………

Holy Bible….I like NIV, others like NASB, you might like KJV. Just remember it was written in Hebrew and Greek, not the Queens English. I do recommend staying away from The Message, by Eugene Peterson. This is a paraphrased bible, written by a man who believes that the old testament is fable. Peterson is also a pioneer in the emergent church movement. If you prefer reading a paraphrased bible, I suggest The Living Bible.

Systematic Theology (Wayne Grudem)….see above, BUY THIS BOOK!

The Remnant (Larry Stockstill)……….This book is written to all who call themselves Christians, it is a plea to leaders, and a call to bring integrity back to American Christianity. Accountability, transparency, and integrity are just a few of the subjects in this book. It is an easy read, you can read it in one or two sittings. I highly recommend this book to all believers. I have read this book three times, and given it to some friends.

This post is a one shot deal, a peek at my library. My blog will not become a book club. I will write a review on ‘Sonship: The Word Made Flesh (Jim McNally)’ after it is released. Beyond that, no more book club blogs!

………..Stay tuned next week, I plan to get into a controversial subject. See you Wednesday April 20th!

……………May God Bless you all with peace and mercy, that only comes from HIM!

BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS!

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Personal

Wednesday, April 13th, I will be sharing with you some books I’m reading, books I use to study, and books I recommend.

Love (in a nut shell)

Posted: April 6, 2011 in Kingdom & Church

 

If I started with what love actually is, it wouldn’t be as much fun as telling you what love is not.

Love is not a feeling, it’s not those butterflies in your stomach when you got your first kiss. Love shouldn’t change, like the seasons coming and going, and tossed about in the wind.  Love is not pixie fairies and unicorns, or your favorite NFL team or favorite entrée. Love does not envy, it does not boast, and is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil.

Love is hard work! …it’s hard work, if you don’t have to work everyday to love then it’s not love. Yes, sometimes it is mushy-gushy, sometimes it is easier (but isn’t that true in all aspects of life). 1John 4:8 says,”God is Love“. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but, if you don’t know God, you don’t know love. God is love, you can only know and experience love when you know Him, no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.

What is love without God? I can’t answer that question without telling you what Gods love is, it can be summed up in John 3:16,”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” So if Gods love is selfless, then any love apart from God would be the opposite, selfish love.

 What is selfish love? Selfish love looks for a benefit for itself. This kind of love is not Gods love, but a paganistic love. In selfish love, the most important thing is “you” and satisfying your own self. In Godly love, the most important thing is the object of your love. Example, if I say I love beef stroganoff (and my wife makes the best), I’m really saying it’s my favorite, because I’m not willing to lay my life down for a plate of food. On the other hand on a more serious note, when a man says he doesn’t feel in love with his wife anymore and wants a divorce, he is essentially treating her like that plate of food, she’s not his favorite anymore, and vice versa. The biggest problem with the term ‘selfish love’ is that it’s an oxymoron, like military intelligence, all natural artificial flavor, adult male, and jumbo shrimp. So lets just drop the love and call it what it really is ‘SELFISH’.


My topic for this Wednesday’s post is on love entitled ‘Love(in a nutshell)’. Please join me.

Worship and the Law of First Mention
 
 
 
 What is the law of first mention?

Bible scholars and theololgens use this method when studying scripture. Today, I want to look at the word ‘Worship’, so we find where that word was first mentioned in the Bible (i.e. the law of first mention), because this will give us insight into how we should view it, use it, think of it….

The word ‘Worship’ is first found in Genesis 22:3-10 in the story of Abraham and Isaac.

” 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.
5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,
7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son”.

You will notice perhaps that there is no mention of keyboards, or guitars, or drums….no choirs, no line up of attractive singers backing a lead singer.

Instead, in the fore ground of this picture, there is an altar, and the treasure of someone’s heart, about to be laid on it.

What do we learn from this?

Many things…..but as far as worship is concerned….we learn that worship is not so much what we do with our lips….

Worship has its focus on what we do with our lives.

Romans 12 tells us to offer our lives as a sacrifice. 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Reminding ourselves of these things helps us move away from the easy tendency to see worship as something that happens in a half hour slot….at the beginning of a service…. It also takes our focus from musical performance and back towards God.

Only the Holy Spirit can search our hearts, and so cultivating, carving out, creating a space for this to happen is vital……wherever and whenever that is.

When worship becomes a time slot or a performance….it also becomes a chore….a means to an end….

Powerful worship lives in the moment….every moment….in the now….

Today if you here His voice…do not harden your hearts….

Powerful worship is creative…spontaneous….planned….still….noisy….messy….might involve paints, clay….a walk below the night sky…or a towel around our waists….

Whatever form it takes….true worship for it to touch God’s heart….and make Him smile, will always be in Spirit…and in truth….

Honest to God worship…

Forget About It!

Posted: April 2, 2011 in Kingdom & Church
 

Forget About It!

Forget…….everything you’ve been taught.

Forget…….all your traditions.

Forget…….the things you think you knew.

Forget…….all your ideas of what you think a Christian looks like, acts like, and lives like.

Forget ……everything, except Jesus, what He did, what He said, who He is, and who we (Christians) are not.

If I can get you to Forget these things, maybe we can change the face of Christianity. Why would we want to change the face of Christianity? Unfortunately I believe that we (Christians) have created an image of Christianity that is false and full of error. In the past, the effort and focus of the church has been self-centered and not Kingdom-centered, presenting the church as a rest-home for the saints. In this we have fallen from the most important commands that we’ve been given. What is the greatest commandment? In Mathew 22:34-40, Jesus replies to the Pharisees and Sadducees on this question,” ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS HANG ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS.”

We are not saints, we are sinners, Christianity does not make us sinless. I believe that when we learn how to love, we can change the face of what people think a Christian is! The church needs to be seen as a hospital for the sinner, full of sinners. Let us not forget that David was called a man after Gods own heart, yet he sent a man to the front-line of a battle to die, so that David could sleep with his wife. Let us break away from our traditions and cling to the Word of God, the Ways of God, and the Will of God, following Jesus in His untraditional ways.

Who I Am?

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Personal

Who I Am?

       Let’s start this off on the right foot.  Hello, my name is Wayne Haines (aka Florida Wayne), I am a proud son of the greatest Father (aka God, Abba, Elohim, Adonai, Jehovah, El-Shaddai) in the universe, a husband, a father of three great children, and last but not least a singer-songwriter.  This is my first attempt at a blog and I am very excited.  I’ve set my goals really low with this blogging thing, being that I work a full-time job,  I have three teenagers,  and I try to get out with my music on occasion which leaves little time for my awesome wife.  So, I’ve decided to try one blog per week. We will see how it goes.

     Now to the left foot.  In case you haven’t guessed I’m a christian, not one of those Sunday christians, or those cafeteria and program christians. I am a christian 24/7, this doesn’t mean I have it all together or that I am OH SO HOLIER than thou. It just means that I daily strive to be more Christ-like. I believe the western church looks more like the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s from Jesus time over 2000 years ago (man putting God into a little box that fits their image with pretty little bow), than Jesus Christ. I know that the only way to be more like Christ, is to posture myself as a son in all aspects of life .  When God chose to reveal Himself, He sent a Son.  The better I am at being and becoming  a son, the better I can be a husband, a father, and a friend.  Jesus said,”whoever has seen me, has seen my Father” John 14:9.    Throw out all your stereotypical stereotypes about who I am as a christian.  I am not a republican, I am a registered independent, but will admit I vote primarily for republican candidates.  I drink alcoholic beverages preferably beer (only good beer, because I’m a beer snob).  I have many tattoos that I got after I was saved.  Did I mention that I am not politically correct, but I am Kingdom correct.   

     A little taste of who I am, and a hint of what’s to come. Please stay tuned for my next post.