Thursday, 24 September 2015

No matter who you are He simply loves you!

He doesn't care about age, no wonder he blessed Abraham.

He doesn't care about experience, no wonder he chose David.

He doesn't care about gender, no wonder he lifted Esther.

He doesn't care about your past, no wonder he called Paul.

He doesn't care about your physical appearance, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus(the short one).

He doesn't care whether you are fluent in speech , no wonder he chose Moses.

He doesn't care about your career, no wonder he befriended Mary Magdalene (a prostitute).

He doesn't care about class, no wonder he sent his own Son on earth.

All I know is that my God never changes;
He never made a promise he wouldn't keep;
He never saw a person he wouldn't help.

He never heard a prayer he wouldn't answer.

He never found a soul he wouldn't love.

He never found a sinner he wouldn't forgive.

What an awesome God we serve..!!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Open air preaching - how to start your pitch

Quick Tips: Keep in mind that for thousands of years, men and woman have used the same 5-basic step to effectively communicate. I have used these 5-steps to effectively teach hundreds of people who to communicate and idea or to sell various products or services. If you want to effective communicate a point or idea, the best format you can follow are the following five steps. These aren’t anything I invented or just thought up. They are in fact they same five steps Jesus used over and over to communicate His ideas, thoughts and commands with people.

Step 1. Introduction
The first step in effective communication of ideas, thoughts, products or services is an introduction. You need to let people know who you are and why you’re there. You always want to start with a basic introduction. Below is a suggestion of a quick and effective introduction.

Hello, my name is (your name) and I want you to give me just 5-minutes of your time today. I came out here today to share a very important and life changing message with all of you. By nature, I’m normally very shy and don’t like to speak in public especial in front of a bunch of strangers. But what I have to share with you is so important, I decided to set aside my fears and speak with all you so that you too may benefit from the message I want to share with you today.

Step 2. Interest/Probing
The second step in effective communication is what’s called the interest or probing stage. Here, you want to ask question that either help you to find out more about the people or questions that will create interest in the product, idea or service your about to present to the people. You always want to ask question that will get the person who’s listening interest. You always want to ask questions that create curiosity, desire and/or interest in what you’re doing, saying, selling or offering. It’s always best to keep the questions quick and simple yet thought provoking. Below is a suggestion of a question you can ask to build interest.

Have you ever thought about why we die? More importantly have you ever wondered what will happen to you after we die? Maybe we live forever? Maybe we’re reincarnated? Maybe, there is a God and he loves everyone so much we will go to heaven? Maybe, nothing happens and we’re just worm dirt? What do you think happens?

Step 3. The Presentation
The third step in effective communication is what’s called the presentation. Here, you want to present your ideas, thoughts, product or service. At this point you want to use analogies, that illustrate the point you’re trying to make. This is also where you introduce information or facts that support your ideas. Below is only a suggestion of how to present the Gospel. Feel free to think and pray about what you feel you need or want top say and substitute that for the dialog below.

The bible says it’s appointed unto men to die once, and then comes judgment. So, according to the bible after you die, you will stand before God to give an account of everything you’ve ever said done, thought or felt.  Just like this court has a standard that the will use to judge you with, God also has a standard; it’s called the Ten Commandments. Do you consider yourself to be a good person?  Let’s look at God’s standard to see if that’s true. Have you ever told a lie?  If you have by definition, that makes you a liar.  One of the commandments is “you shall not steal”.  Have you ever taken something that didn’t belong to you?  If you have, by definition, that makes you a thief.  Another commandment says, “You shall not use the God’s name in vain. Have you ever used God’s name as a cuss word? If you have used God’s name in vain that’s called blasphemy and the bible says God won’t hold them guiltless who takes His name in Vain. One of the commandments is, “You shall not commit adultery” but Jesus said that anybody who looks lustfully at some one else has committed adultery in their heart.  Have you ever looked with lust?  If you have said yes to those four questions, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous adulterer at heart and you have to face God on Judgment Day.

The Bible states that God commands all people everywhere to turn away from their sin, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness. Perhaps you think that because God is good and therefore he will overlook your sin on Judgment Day.  But if today in court you’re found guilty and said to the judge, “Judge, I know that I am guilty, but I believe that you are a good man and will therefore overlook my crimes and let me go free”, What do you think the judge will say? It is a sad fact that the very thing many people are hoping will save them on Judgment Day - God’s ‘goodness’ is the very thing that will condemn them.  If God is good & just, He must punish all those who sin against Him and hell will be their dreadful fate.

Step-3 / Part -2 of the presentation:
Consider this for a moment.  Would you sell your eyes for a millions dollars? I’ve never met a sane person who would take that offer. Why not, because your eyes are priceless to you and you’d have to be crazy to trade them for money. But, if your eyes are only the windows for your soul to look out of and your eyes are that valuable, how much more valuable should your soul be worth to you? The good news is this. That God loves us so much, that He does not want us to suffer the consequences of our sin and disobedience toward Him, and be sentenced to an eternal death in hell. So he made a way for you to be forgiven and saved from this eternal death. Let’s say today while you’re in court, you were found guilty of breaking three very serious laws. The judge gives you a million dollar fine that you can’t pay. Now since you can’t pay your fine, he gives you a life sentence. Just as they’re hauling you off  to serve your life sentence when all of a sudden out of nowhere, some guy you never met before steps into the courtroom and says, “Judge, wait!” “I sold everything I own and gave everything I had to raise the money to pay their fine.” The Judge looks at you and says, “You’re free to go.” “Justice has been served and your fine has been paid so therefore the I’m setting you free.” The court accepts the money and declares that you are free to go. The law has been satisfied, your debt has been paid in full, and the stranger’s sacrifice was a demonstration of his love for you. At that moment you have a choice, you can turn back to the judge and say, “No thanks, I’m just going to do my time” or you could fall to the feet of the guy that paid your fine and thank him. Which would you do?
That’s essentially what God did for you 2000 years ago. The Bible says that the God of the Universe became a man (Jesus Christ), and suffered and died on the cross for your sins and mine so that we could be set free. It's as simple as this—we broke the Law, and Jesus paid our fine. "God demonstrated His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us." (Galatians 3:13) Do you see God’s great love for you? Do you see your need for His forgiveness? Do what He commands and “Repent…that your sins may be wiped out and times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

Step-4 Closing:
A closing is simply what it sounds like. It’s where you summarize the message and ask for action. It’s the time where you ask people to make a choice or a decision. Below is an example of a close. Feel free to change it to something your comfortable with. The important thing is to summarize and than ask a couple of questions that call for action.

So you may be asking yourself, “How do I get this gift of forgiveness and receive God’s grace?” First, you must turn away from sin and turn to God. Confess and forsake your sins, and surrender your life to the only one who can save you. Jesus died to set you free, and then he rose from death to be your Lord. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If you will confess and forsake your sins (repent) and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, God will forgive you and you’ll pass from death to life. What does it mean to "put your faith in Jesus Christ?" It means to personally trust in Jesus the same way you’d trust in a parachute if you had to jump 25,000 feet out of an airplane. You wouldn’t just "believe" in the parachute; you would put it on! In the same way, the Bible says, "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ..." and you will be saved. There are millions of people who "believe" Jesus exists . . . but they have not put on the Savior—there’s a BIG difference. And the difference will be obvious when you “jump” though the door of death. Don’t delay, get right with God today for there’s no tomorrow promised to any of us! With all your heart—turn away from sins, and surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Please don’t put it off till later. You may die today and then it will be too late. You may not yet have all the answers to your questions, but better to put on the parachute first and then ask questions, then to pass through the door unprepared, grasping for the parachute when it’s too late. You can pray something like this—"Dear God, today I turn from all my sins (name them), and I put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me, and grant me your gift of everlasting life. Amen." There is nothing magic about these words—it is the attitude of your heart that God cares about. God will transform you from the inside out. You will think and feel differently as you learn to trust and obey Him. God will give you new strength to live right and love Him above all else. Read your Bible daily and obey His Word. You can trust God—He loves you and will always be faithful.
Step-5 Post Close:
A Post Close is when you give all the information after the close. In this case it’s when you would offer people an opportunity to give their lives to Christ. All too often, we people who use the law fail to give people the chance to be made right. This is also the time when you might want to inform people who you are and how to get in touch with you after you’ve finished preaching. In other words it can also be the time you fellowship with your listeners.

So, if you know you’re headed for hell and want to be made right, step forward and commit your life to Christ today. God’s not in to your words he’s in to your heart so come forward and poor your heart out to God. Tell him you’re sorry for the crimes you’ve committed against Him and then, fall to the feet of the man who paid your fine. Ask Jesus to wash you clean of your sins and invite him to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life. Come forward right now!    
- This writen by Darrel Rundus with the Great News Network.


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Friday, 28 August 2015

Kingdom Builders: HIJACKED

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

My Day in Court

After living what I felt was a 'decent' life, my time on earth came to the end.

The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.

The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defence table.

As I looked around I saw the 'prosecutor.'
He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed
so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room, I couldn't take my eyes off of Him.

As He took His seat behind the bench, he said, 'Let us begin.'

The prosecutor rose and said,
'My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this person belongs in hell.'

He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and in the past when I cheated others, my fornications, my Adulteries, my greed, Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.

I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about.

As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at my Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all.

I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, 'This person belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.'

When it was His turn, my Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench.

The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan,
and beckoned Him to come forward.

As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty.

I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, 'Hi,
Dad,' and then He turned to address the court.

'Satan was correct in saying that this person has sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations.

And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this person deserves to be

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, 'However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and has accepted me as Savior, so this person is Mine.'

My Lord continued with, 'This person's name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch this one from Me.

Satan still does not understand yet. This person is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.'

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, 'There is nothing else that needs to be done.' 'I've done it all.'

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down.

The following words bellowed from His lips..

'This person is free.'

'The penalty has already been paid in full.'
'Case dismissed.'

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, 'I won't give up, I will win the next one.'

I asked Jesus
as He gave me my instructions where to go next, 'Have you ever lost a case?'

Christ lovingly smiled and said,

'Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you,
~Paid In Full~'

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Separated for the better - Joel Osteen

When friends, a family member, or a business get out of your hands and you have no choice but to part with it the situation can be very difficult. It causes emotional surges, distresses. You wonder why God allowed this into my life? Why is this suffering?

We need to understand that in order for God to bless us with something, we need to let go of a few things. Somethings must die in order for something greater to arise in your life. God uses the sybology of the threshing floor where the wheat is ground to separate the chaff from the wheat. For God's purposes to be fulfilled in your life, he needs to separate certain things from you to make you more wheater and less of chaff. The grinding will be a difficult process but you need that to become what God wants you to be.

Listen fully to this sermon by pastor Joel Osteen and realize why God wants you to be separated!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

What happens when a believer sins?

I've heard great men of God falling into sin and were shamefully exposed to the public damaging their public reputation beyond repair, loosing their place in ministry and Godly calling because of one incident that changed their life. Temptations for serious sins can creep in on you!

Is there a way out of this mess? Can a believer be forgiven? Can he be released of his guilt that separates him/her from God?

"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."  (1 John 2:1)
The website writes about sin
The Bible plainly teaches that Jesus came to destroy the devil's working in our lives (1 Jn 3:8).  The Bible says that God will never allow His children to be tempted beyond what they are able to handle; he himself will make a way for them to stand up under the pressure of every temptation (1 Cor. 10:13).

Temptations to sin are bound to come, according to Jesus (Luke 17:1).  Even as Jesus was tempted by the devil, Christians will also continue to be tempted by the devil. Temptation itself, of course, is not sin and as a Christian relies upon God, no temptation will be too difficult (1 Cor. 10:13). If, however, a Christian takes his eyes off of Christ, sin is almost sure to follow. And so we do not want to overlook the fact that it is still possible for a Christian to sin if he or she does not continue to rely every moment upon God.

"If any man sin..." Notice first of all that this verse says "IF". If a Christian sins then he needs to confess the sin and repent of it. Christians who sin must acknowledge their guilt and seek the mercy that comes from God through Jesus Christ. If the Christian refuses to admit the sin and instead chooses to call it a "mistake" and does not seek the forgiveness of God then he or she is in danger of falling under the wrath of God (Heb. 10:26-31). As James 5:19-20 says, if a Christian wanders from the truth and commits sin, he needs to be restored in order to be saved from death.

Those of us who believe that we need to live holy lives (1 Peter 1:15; 2 Peter 3:11) need to be very careful so that if we do commit a sin we do not explain it away or excuse it as something other than sin. Let us not seek to maintain a false righteousness for the sake of the letter of our doctrines. Rather, let us cleave unto Christ, the one who makes us holy (Heb. 2:11), so that we will not sin. But if any man does sin, let him recognize his shameful act but do not let him think that he is without hope. For there is an Advocate. Let him forsake his sins and call upon God for mercy and forgiveness.

So, if you sin, TURN from your sin. Don't try to turn God's grace into a license to continue in your sin (Gal. 5:13; 1 Peter 2:16). And do not try to cover up your sin. For, "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Prov 28:13). And after you have confessed and repented of your sin, trust God to give you the grace and strength to overcome it in the future. "For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace" (Rom 6:14). Don't be weakened in your faith. Don't let your trust and reliance in God waiver, for he is able to keep you blameless and present you before his presence faultless and with great joy (Jude 24). 

Now we know we can be tempted to sin, and sometimes few even fall for it, and thank God we now know we can also get up and resist further disasters. But you must now be a fighter of temptations. You need to resist the devil.

Are you any good at resisting temptation? All of us succumb to a little temptation now and then, but some people are blessed with more self-control than others. Temptation is about wanting something that you really want, often something that isn't right or good for you.

Resisting temptation is difficult because the object or subject of our desire is often all the more desirable because it's forbidden, out-of-reach, or hard to obtain. Sometimes temptation can turn into obsession if it's not possible to obtain the desired thing or person; other times, being able to give in to temptation leaves us feeling dissatisfied, guilty, or upset because we've done something we shouldn't have. This article discusses ways of dealing with temptation.

You must know How to Deal with Temptation

Thursday, 2 July 2015

A list of false teachings in the Roman Catholic Church

Following is a summarized paragraph with references found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) of many of the false teachings of Roman Catholicism. How do we know they are false? By comparing Scripture with what is taught.


The Catholic Church is the one true church (CCC 2105), Infallibility of the Catholic Church, (CCC 2035), Only the Roman Catholic Church has authority to interpret Scripture (CCC 100), The Pope is the head of the church and has the authority of Christ (CCC 2034), The Roman Catholic Church is necessary for salvation (CCC 846), Sacred Tradition equal to scripture (CCC 82), Forgiveness of sins, salvation, is by faith and works (CCC 2036 CCC 2080 2068), Full benefit of Salvation is only through the Roman Catholic Church (Vatican 2, Decree on Ecumenism, 3), Grace can be merited (CCC 2010 CCC 2027), The merit of Mary and the Saints can be applied to Catholics and others (1477), Penance is necessary for salvation (CCC 980), Purgatory (CCC 1031 CCC 1475), Indulgences (CCC 1471 CCC 1478 CCC 1498 CCC 1472), Mary is Mediatrix (CCC 969), Mary brings us the gifts of eternal salvation (CCC 969), Mary delivers souls from death (CCC 966), Prayer to the saints (CCC 2677), The Communion elements become the actual body and blood of Christ (CCC 1374 CCC 1376).

    The Catholic church is the one true church
         CCC 2105 "The duty of offering God genuine worship concerns man both individually and socially. This is 'the traditional Catholic teaching on the moral duty of individuals and societies toward the true religion and the one Church of Christ.' By constantly evangelizing men, the Church works toward enabling them 'to infuse the Christian spirit into the mentality and mores, laws and structures of the communities in which [they] live.' The social duty of Christians is to respect and awaken in each man the love of the true and the good. It requires them to make known the worship of the one true religion which subsists in the Catholic and apostolic Church. Christians are called to be the light of the world. Thus, the Church shows forth the kingship of Christ over all creation and in particular over human societies."

    Infallibility of the Catholic Church
        CCC 2035, "The supreme degree of participation in the authority of Christ is ensured by the charism of infallibility. This infallibility extends as far as does the deposit of divine Revelation; it also extends to all those elements of doctrine, including morals, without which the saving truths of the faith cannot be preserved, explained, or observed."

    Only the Roman Catholic Church has authority to interpret Scripture
        CCC 100, "The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him."

    The Pope is the head of the church and has the authority of Christ
        CCC 2034, "The Roman Pontiff and the bishops are 'authentic teachers, that is, teachers endowed with the authority of Christ, who preach the faith to the people entrusted to them, the faith to be believed and put into practice.' The ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops in communion with him teach the faithful the truth to believe, the charity to practice, the beatitude to hope for."

    The Roman Catholic Church is necessary for salvation
        CCC 846, "How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body: Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it."

    Sacred Tradition equal to scripture
        CCC 82, ". . .the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence'."

    Forgiveness of sins, salvation, is by faith and works
        CCC 2036, "The specific precepts of the natural law, because their observance, demanded by the creator, is necessary for salvation."

        CCC 2080, "The Decalogue contains a privileged expression of the natural law. It is made known to us by divine revelation and by human reason."

        CCC 2068, "so that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments,"

    Full benefit of Salvation is only through the Roman Catholic Church
        "For it is only through Christ's Catholic Church, which is "the all-embracing means of salvation," that they can benefit fully from the means of salvation," (Vatican 2, Decree on Ecumenism, 3).

    Grace can be merited
        CCC 2010, "Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification."
        CCC 2027, "Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary temporal goods."

    The merit of Mary and the Saints can be applied to Catholics and others
        1477, "This treasury includes as well the prayers and good works of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are truly immense, unfathomable, and even pristine in their value before God. In the treasury, too, are the prayers and good works of all the saints, all those who have followed in the footsteps of Christ the Lord and by his grace have made their lives holy and carried out the mission in the unity of the Mystical Body."