JARHEAD_6 – Patriot and God’s Man, Ask The Pastor Now’s Special Guest!

From The Halls of Montezuma To The Shores of YouTube!

Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to interview a special man. He is a man of character, strength and faith. The interview aired July 4th on our radio broadcast and I thought you would enjoy hearing about him as well. Join us as we get to know a little better, husband, father, patriot and YouTube sensation, Jarhead_6, and remember, God is in control!

See Jarhead_6 for yourself on YouTube!

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Are You Free If You Have To Ask Others Permission To Be Free?

The Britons Voted A Vote For Freedom

British_isles_eezsThis morning, USA time, we are hearing of the many people of Britain who are in fear of what will come next now that they have voted to pull out of the European Union. At the same time, others are jubilant over what has happened. Some are harboring the fear that there will be loss of jobs, loss of health care, loss of food and prosperity. At the same time, others are asking what jobs, what health care, and pondering: this is prosperity?

How Do I View It?

It has been a long time since I have felt such genuine pride for the people of Britain. Regardless of your view on the matter, they voted in mass expressing their opinions about the course of their future. Some have said that many of the younger people voted a vote of protest not expecting the passage to succeed. They learned there is power in the vote. A lesson they will not only live with but also hopefully feel empowered by. Future votes should be taken seriously.

They, the Britons, said enough we are an independent people with our own views, perspective and right to rule their destiny. They can protect their borders and yes, that includes immigration. The pound shimmied today it did not fail. The people are nervous today, that is ok, they have a challenging future ahead of them but it is their future. That is important.

Were They Already A Free People?

By most “experts” and “analysts” opinions, the Britons will need about two years to graciously back out of the European Union. Are you a free people if you have to ask permission to back out of a room? Are you a free country if you have to take two years to back out of a union?

Even if it takes two years, the people of Britain should feel good about their freedom. They went to the polls in one day and voted to be free. We had to fight a war to achieve it.

Pray, be faithful and trust God always!

Charles

 

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Interviewing Dave Christiano Talking About His Newest Film – Remember The Goal!

“Remember The Goal”

Last night I had the blessing of interviewing Dave Christiano, Director of the new film about to be released, “Remember The Goal.” Dave Christiano is a former cross country runner in high school and college, plus he has coached two cross country teams. He is passionate about running and has ensured that this movie represents the true world of his sport. The cross country scenes are very realistic and correctly presented.

Why Am I Excited About A Running Film?

Well first of all I really do enjoy an honest film with goals, struggles and challenges. I enjoy a good person facing a tough moment in life with only God on their side. I especially value a film that is honest, not sheer fantasy that I can’t relate to, but characters who deal with genuine challenges and chose to trust God. Finally, I appreciate a film written and directed by a man whose value, character and walk matches the message of his film.

Listen to this broadcast of Ask The Pastor Now to find out more specifically what we mean. I believe you will be blessed and pleasantly surprised.

Pray, be faithful and trust God always!

Charles

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A New Way of Creativity Thinking – Part Two

As Christians, it is not enough to praise Him; we ought to be attending to creative thoughts and energy. We should be passionate in our thoughts and desires to reach the world with The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Are We A People of Passionate Thought AND Action?

Last week we began teaching on how God strengthens our creativity and guides our thoughts and actions as we yield our lives to Him. Tonight we continue on this thought and share steps to move forward in our faith and in touching lives for Christ!

If you have a specific question, please send us an email to ask@askthepastornow.com so we can respond. We look forward to your comment or question. Remember, we do our best to answer from what the Bible says not opinions.

Listen to our broadcast of Ask The Pastor Now to find out more specifically what we mean. I believe you will be blessed and pleasantly surprised.

Pray, be faithful and trust God always!

Charles

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A New Way of Creative Thinking

Ask The Pastor Now is about answering questions. Its not get rich quick and not feel good religion. However, our minds should be quick and rich in creativity! In this weeks broadcast we look at a passage in 1 Peter that talks about our minds, our hearts and our creative processes.

Are We A People of Passionate Thought AND Action?

This lesson stays very practical. As Christians, it is not enough to praise Him; we ought to be attending to creative thoughts and energy. We should be passionate in our thoughts and desires to reach the world with The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

If you have a specific question, please send us an email at ask@askthepastornow.com so we can respond. We look forward to your comment or question. Remember, we do our best to answer from what the Bible says not opinions.

Listen to our broadcast of Ask The Pastor Now to find out more specifically what we mean. I believe you will be blessed and pleasantly surprised.

By the way, don’t forget… check back next week to hear the rest of the message!

Charles

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More To Easter Time Than Egg Shell Shock

Easter traditionally is a powerful time for Christians all over the world. Yet in America, it is more and more about chocolate highs, candy eggs and stress. What is the answer about Easter?

Time, that is a very important element of Easter. How you spend your time, who you spend it with and who we decide to focus our time on. In fact, did you know that many of the aspects of time about Easter week has more to do with religion than faith? Listen to our broadcast of Ask The Pastor Now to find out more specifically what we mean. I believe you will be blessed and pleasantly surprised.

By the way, don’t forget… He is Risen!

He is Risen indeed!

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Ways To Honor God

As Christians something inside of us seems to always want a finer closer relationship with Jesus Christ. You could argue that the society in which we live and walk today is the major stumbling block to that. However, can we really use that as an excuse when you consider the times and culture that the early church lived in?

Recently I was asked about how we can observe the Sabbath. This of course brought me to the issue of do we observe the Sabbath? Is Sunday the new Sabbath? Of course there are a host of other questions that are spawned from this query. Although I will go into more detail with this in an upcoming program, I thought it was not a bad idea to start thinking about what are some of the things that we can do to honor God.

WTHGIn this context I am not saying to observe the Sabbath and I am not calling Sunday the new Sabbath. What I am saying is that it is difficult to honor God if you don’t know what that would really look like. So here is my starting point. I have made a simple list of 14 items that I believe would be activities we could do, individually or as family and friends to honor God. They are designed to be fun, encouraging and God honoring.

Please let this be a starting point. Download the list and get ideas. Than please respond with your own ideas. Maybe you will come up with a bigger list. I think together we can establish a powerful list of ways to draw us closer to God while honoring Him!

Download, think, pray and enjoy.

Charles

P.S. Especially don’t forget to offer your own suggestions!

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Share Your Own Ideas – Help Us Build A Bigger Better List!

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God The Holy Spirit – Baptism and Filing

This past Thursday night Jim Simmons and I began a series of lessons titled, “The Spirit, Baptism and FillingSpirituality and Our Salvation.” We will be dealing with some tough issues. Not because they are that difficult, in fact they are very powerful, dynamic and important to the Christian life. The tough side to it is that many of the areas use terms that many denominations and religious groups use passionately. Unfortunately they define the terms significantly different from each other.

My desire is to deal with what the Bible says on these topics not on the viewpoint of the world perspective. This will be true even when we are talking about religious viewpoints when they go away from truth. At the end of the day we have to make a serious commitment that can be divided into two camps: what the Bible says and your own personal experience. If you place feelings and personal experiences higher than the Bible you may be in danger of falling into the trap of the ultimate imitator… Satan.

Here is a link to listen to the program. I hope you will receive it in the manner it is sent, a desire to honestly look at the Biblical truth on these subjects.

 

 

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The Perfect Will of God – Part Three – You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have These Connections!

Beginning the New Year we can have challenges and opportunities. Both of these walk hand in hand. Seeking and walking in the Perfect Will of God is essential in these areas. So as I continue looking at six practical steps to determining the Perfect Will of God I want to share the third step which centers on connection. As I indicated in previous articles, the steps grow out from a Christian from the past named George Müller. This was a man greatly used of God, I believe, because of His tremendous life of prayer and faith.

In George Müller’s first step he determined to empty his heart of pre-conceived decisions. Then he would commit not to make his understanding of God’s Will based solely on his feelings or emotional mood. For the third area of focus he wrote that he determined to:

…seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.

I confess that when I first read this the obvious escaped me. I saw them as being synonymous and could not understand the distinction that was taking place at first. Then Müller’s words began to make sense as I let them simmer through the course of my study.

Consider these verses, first 2 Samuel 23:2, “The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.” This is clear communication from God. His Word is the message to us. Then the second aspect comes in Psalm 143:10, “Teach me to do thy will, for thou are my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” In other words the communication or message is in the Word of God and the ability for us as believers to apply that command and instruction is by the leading and teaching of the Spirit of God.

People of influence and power who are thought of as drivers of change in our society usually are well connected. Such people know other people of influence and power that they can call on when they have a need. They are able to influence change because of the connections that they have who wield great power and knowledge.

Such people of influence are respected and even sometimes feared because of their power. However, as I thought of this Spiritual lesson I realized that our “connection” is far greater than anything this world has to offer. If I trust in God I have His Word to draw from and learn from for any decision I must face. To gain the clarity and focus of that truth and to apply it correctly I have the direction and teaching of the very Spirit of God. He is my connection as a believer.

Finding and determining the Perfect Will of God is a process. This particular element of the process is humbling. To realize that we can boldly come to God, study His Word as a guide in our decision of what to do all the while knowing that His Spirit will overshadow and guide us.

God does not try to hide His Perfect Will, He just expects us to trust Him as we walk with Him. His leading will become clearer as we read His Word and lean on the Spirit’s direction. With each step we get closer to the specifics of what He wants for us.

How do you invite the Spirit of God into your time when studying God’s Word? What do you do to make certain you are not becoming mechanical in your Bible reading? Please share your thoughts… Charles

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The Perfect Will of God – Part Two – It’s More Than a Feeling!

Ship in FogI want to continue with practical steps to determining the Perfect Will of God that I shared last week. The steps originated from a Christian from the past named George Müller. Why him, because he lived a life of prayer and faith that can be both a blessing and a strong example for us today.

Among many other accomplishments in his life, George Müller felt led to start an orphanage which was totally supported by prayer. By that I mean that he labored in prayer not sharing with others what the needs were and trusted God to move on the hearts of others to meet those needs. Just in case you don’t know by now God answered with provision after provision. The children never did with out and Müller’s faith and trust in God grew consistently over the years.

His first step was to empty his heart of pre-conceived decisions. In essence he laid his own ideas aside to what God would have him to do and prepared his heart to accept whatever, wherever and however God led.  That was and is a bold step, however, his next step would be almost ignored in today’s circle of believers and fringe areas of religion. Read the simplicity and power of George Müller’s second step:

…I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

Did you catch that? Not a case of, “I felt like this is where God wanted me to go,” this was a commitment to put emotions aside. You may “feel” that he was wrong after all when God moves on a heart there is a powerful moving and often an emotional response. However, consider this, if it is only the emotions or feelings that drive you into a direction of service what will you do when the time comes that you don’t have, “the feeling?

The reality is that God does move on our hearts and we do feel His presence. However, there are times when a fully committed believer walking by faith can “feel” alone. At such moments we need to know beyond a doubt that we have been called and are walking not only by faith but in the perfect will of God. It is like a person who has an emotional experience and calls out to God for salvation. They may be saved. However, unless they know the Scriptures and know God’s promises about both salvation and security they could become defeated in their walk with fear and depression.

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. – Isaiah 45:3

Radar_screenWhen we seek God’s perfect will, we should do so first by opening our minds and hearts to Him free of our preconceived notions. Then set our emotions aside so we can clearly be ready to hear and recognize God’s direction. God’s Word is like radar. On the foggiest day a ship may have no visibility looking outside. Yet they can trust the radar signals coming in clearly indicating through the fog that a course change is necessary to avoid danger and reach the destination. It takes trust for the captain of the ship to trust the radar and not the emotion of blind visibility.

When we identify God’s true leading we can sail forward without emotional fear and doubt. Secure in knowing God’s perfect will we are directed with a confidence that only a child of faith can appreciate. Christian writers have to do this, it is not an optional choice. Why? Because a Christian writer will commit much time in developing a message that has to be shared through a book, article or other form of communication. They will receive a lot of negative emotional feedback that could take them off course. However, secure in knowing God’s will and confident that they have prepared and honed their craft they can be obedient to God’s will.

Whatever call is upon your life, be faithful to that calling regardless of how you feel even when your emotions get bogged down in the fog banks of life. What do you do to determine when it is God leading and not just an emotional reaction to your situation?

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