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-The Hard Copy-
By the Mad Preacher
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When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew16:13-15)
I have a long time good friend named Ken LaDuke who was a UMC pastor. Ken is a soft-spoken, easygoing sort that has an incredibly dry wit. In fact, he is so laid-back that it’s easy when you first meet him to be fooled into thinking that he is anything but funny. Then right out of nowhere he’ll say something so funny that it will have you rolling on the floor.
I love Ken’s humor but it is an acquired taste. Not everyone gets it. Once Ken was accompanying another old friend of mine named Mike Powers. Mike, an evangelist, was invited to conduct a revival in a small mountain church. Upon arriving Mike was carted away by one of the members. Now, this left Ken with nothing to do but walk around the building and take in the sights.
As he strolled about the interior of the small church, Ken noticed that there was a wide assortment of pictures hanging on the walls. Upon closer observation, he discovered that they were various artists’ conceptions of Jesus: Jesus with the Sheep, Jesus Knocking at the Door, Jesus Praying in the Garden and so forth. These pictures almost completely covered the walls.
Ken was standing in the vestibule casually studying one rather large portrait of Jesus, when he felt a tug at his sleeve. Looking around, he beheld a little old lady with a pleasant smile staring up at him through thick glasses. “We’re glad you could come tonight, Reverend LaDuke,” she offered. “Thank you. I’m glad to be here.” he returned. “How do you like our pictures, Reverend LaDuke?” She was positively beaming, obviously very proud of their collection. “They’re very nice,” he said in his usual near-monotone, don’t-get-me-too-excited manner. Then, strait-faced without offering the slightest hint of humor in his voice, he looked at her with eyebrows raised and asked, “Who is it?” Stunned, she replied, “Why… it’s… it’s Jesus.” Needless to say, she didn’t quite get it. She didn’t know about Ken’s famous wit.
It’s amazing how many of us just don’t get it.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27)
Our lifestyle, the things we do and say are like brushes painting a picture of Jesus. The way we treat others, our work ethic, the way respond to to any given situation, the way we demonstrate the gospel and so on, is reflected in each stroke, each color and every hue of our painting. What kind of picture are you painting? When others look at your painting do they see Jesus or do they stare in bewilderment and ask, “Who is it?”
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault [before others] in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life— in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. (Philippians 2:14-16)
If actions speak louder than words, what are your actions saying about Jesus? Who do your actions say that he is? Better yet, what do others say about Jesus based on what they see in you? Do they see a true picture of Jesus and the Christian faith when they observe your life? Do they see the life of Christ displayed in the way you love, give, act and react to others? Or does the painting you present send mixed messages. Does your life that say one thing but shows another?
“Who do you say I am?”
Life is a song we must sing with our days
A poem with meaning more than words can say
A painting with colors no rainbow can tell
A lyric that rhymes either heaven or hell
We are living letters that doubt desecrates
We’re the notes of the song of the chorus of faith
God shapes every second of our little lives
And minds every minute as the universe waits by
The pain and the longing
The joy and the moments of light
Are the rhythm and rhyme
The free verse of the poem of life *
*The Poem of Your Life by Michael Card from his album, “Poeima”. © 1994 Sparrow
This is from a new book I’m working on entitles “The Crown of Authority”:
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” — Jesus
Laboring under a deadly misconception
An agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency knocked on the door of a farmhouse. Shortly a farmer came to the door.
“Can I help you?” he asked.
“I’m with the Drug Enforcement Agency and I have word that you may be growing marijuana on your farm. So, I’m going to take a look around.”
“Well that’s all right, young man, just help yourself but don’t go to that field on the north end of my farm…” the farmer was trying to say when the DEA agent interrupted.
Reaching in to his pocket he pulled out a badge and stuck it in the farmer’s face and shouted, “You see this! This badge gives me the right to go anywhere I want to go and you can’t stop me!”
“Well, alright young man. You go right ahead.”
About 30 minutes later as the farmer was finishing his breakfast, he heard a commotion coming from the north field. He ran over there to find the DEA agent screaming and running for his life! I huge angry 500 pound bull was right in the agent’s heels and was about catch him and introduce him to his long pointed horns.
“HELP! HELP!” he cried! The farmer leaned on the fence surrounding the north field, relishing the moment. “HELP ME, PLEASE!!!” he cried out to the famer. To which the farmer shouted to the DEA agent, “Show him your badge!”
Too many professing Christian are clueless when it comes to spiritual warfare and walking in Kingdom authority. They think that just because one day they made a decision to follow Christ, and have been born again, they have authority over of the Enemy. But do they? Many claim authority over demonic powers solely based on scripture taking out of the context of the whole Word of God. Such as Jesus words in Luke 10:19, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” To whom Jesus was speaking? And what was the context surrounding his words?
-The Hard Copy-
By The Mad Preacher
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“For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.”
Do you think what you do has no effect on those around you? Well, think again. The Bible is pretty clear about the fact that all true Christians are a part of the body of Christ and when one part suffers, we all suffer.
Let me give you an example of the effect we have on one another. Take a deep breath hold it for a minute. Now, exhale. In that breath was at least 3 nitrogen adams that have been breathed by every person who ever lived. And that breath that you exhaled will in the next year be breathed by every living being on this planet.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and
to mutual edification. (Romans 14:19)
In Mark 9:50, Jesus said, “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”