There is ONLY one name under heaven whereby we may be saved (Acts 4:12)…

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For all the unsaved, for all those who have yet to make peace with God, who are not yet born-again and have not yet obeyed the Gospel message, you are in a very precarious position…

Every beat of our heart and every breath that we take, it’s only by God’s grace; and NONE of us knows the date and time when our ticket is going to be punched!

You may be saying that I don’t believe in heaven or hell and that you don’t care one way or another.

Well you might as well say I don’t believe in gravity, but the truth is the laws of gravity affects you just like it does everybody else, whether you believe in them or not.

No one has ever seen gravity, but we ALL see and feel its affects every day.

Do you want to know what happens after you die?

The Bible tells us that you will go to one of two places:

For the saved, those who have obeyed the Gospel message and have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, the Bible says,

to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8);

And in 1 John 5:13 we read,

These things I have written to you (in the Bible) who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Watch this video and listen to the story that Jesus told in the Bible about the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31):

God is saying to you in this moment,

Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isa 1:18)

Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” (Ps 100:3a)

Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you upon him while he is near.” (Isa 55:6)

Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY answer to what the world needs today…

If you would like to find out more information on this subject, please watch the following video:

Let us not judge one another falsely, everyone is entitled to a trial…

 

Let’s make love our first priority…

John 13:35
Jesus speaking: “By this shall ALL men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.”

1 John 4:20
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother (or sister) he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

God is like any other loving father, He just wants His children to get along and work together!

As Christians, we are to be about our Father’s business, which is to be the Love and Light distributors in the earth; and we are NOT to just out of hand disfellowship our brothers and sisters without due process!

If ever we have a problem with our brother or sister, than we are to follow the biblical protocol (found in Mat 18:15-20); which is to first go and confront him or her privately with their wrong (whether perceived or real); and if they will not listen, then the Bible says to take two or three more with you; and if still they won’t listen, then we are to take the matter before the church.

Today we would call this Christian arbitration.

These sorts of disagreements and problems are inevitable and they will happen from time to time, because we are but men; but when they do happen, they are to be handled one on one first, and then take it before the believers to decide.

We are not to let our anger and bitterness fester and grow, resorting to gossiping and thereby poisoning people’s minds, one against another, which causes division within the church.

The Bible tells us, in Proverbs 6:16-19,  that there are seven things which God hates, that are an abomination to Him; and number six and seven respectively are mentioned in verse 19, and they are “a false witness who speaks lies,” and “one who sows discord among brethren!”

Let us not risk the chance of judging one another falsely, without knowing all the facts and hearing both sides, because no matter how thin you slice it there are ALWAYS two sides to every story.

As Christians, we are first a family and as such, we are to governed ourselves according to our Father’s rules, as they are outlined and explained for us in the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:16

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.

God has already spelled out how these matters are to be handled within His family.

I have seen the results of when we don’t do it God’s way, and believe me it causes far more problems in the long run!

Even in our secular judicial system, according to our organic U.S. Constitution, every man is entitled to a trial; and he is presumed innocent until he is judge by a jury of his peers.

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Our baptism in fire…

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John the Baptist said that: “He who comes after me will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire” (Mat 3:11)…

And the way you can know you are in this baptism is the more the Wind of the Holy Spirit blows, the hotter the fire burns.

There is a very important and crucial rhyme and a reason for all of this madness, because for us to enter into Glory we must first go through the fire of transformation.

It is through this fire baptism that we are being transformed into the image of Christ, and are being prepared for His return.

There are three things you need for fire: heat, air, and a fuel source.

God’s presence is the heat and the wind of the Holy Spirit is the air, and the more the wind of the Spirit blows, the hotter the fire.

Now, who is willing to be a fuel source for this Holy Fire?

That would be us, meaning you and me, as God’s born-again covenant children.

Fire changes the composition of a substance at a molecular level, and likewise it is through our baptism in fire that we are being changed as well.

Proverbs 17:3

The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

Are you being crushed in God’s crucible and are the flames of God’s refining process being turned up in your life?

There are two processes for purifying gold and silver, and both are used as metaphors in cleansing and purifying God’s covenant children:

Water – used to wash away sand and gravel from the chunks of metal mined from the earth.

Fire – used to burn and melt the metals to purify them.

Water and fire are both spiritually analogous to the Word and the Spirit.

The crucible is a metal refining pot and it is where the impurities are separated out; and it is used for both gold and silver, before they can be worked into fine vessels (Prov. 25:4).

These refining pots are all a part of the purifying process for both gold and silver, and they are a metaphor for how God purifies us for His service. (Prov. 17:3; 27:21).

Malachi 3:3

3 He (God) will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;

He will purify the sons of Levi,
And purge them as gold and silver,

That they may offer to the Lord
An offering in righteousness.

The refiner knows exactly how much heat to apply so as to purify and not to cause the metal to boil over and to be loss.

Likewise the “Master Refiner” knows our limits as well:

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

                                           
The refiner knows how valuable the gold is, and so he is extremely careful not to lose one ounce of gold in the process.
                                         
Some sources tell us that the refiner allows the silver to be refined until he can see his image reflected in the pot; and then he knows that it is pure.

2 Corinthians 3:18

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

But the LORD trieth the hearts

The heart of man, in the Bible, is likened to silver and gold.

The heart of a man is of great value to God; but also we are told in its natural unregenerated state, it is deceitfully wicked (Jer 17:9).

It is because the refiner knows the value of the precious metals once refined, that he goes through so much effort to bring about that refinement.

Likewise God knows our value, that after having gone through this refining process, that we may be used in His service.

You see the problem is flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50), and the reason is the old man of our flesh, by its very nature, is contrary to the ways of God, because of sin.

So what is this sin that has caused our separation from God?

Our sin nature, which we ALL have inherited from our father Adam, is most evident in our natural inclination and predisposition to do our own thing and go our own way, without any regard whatsoever to the original plans and purposes of God.

Isaiah 53:6

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.

Sin is ANYTHING that we do that goes against or is contrary to the original plans and purposes of God.

Sin is what brings disharmony into the natural order of things, as we find existed in the original creation.

In the biblical record of creation (found in Gen 1&2), after each thing was created, God said that “it was good;” and so the reason why sin is such a big problem and why it cannot be tolerated in God’s presence, is because it brings disharmony and confusion into God’s perfect order.

God created man to be in sync,  communion and in fellowship with Him 24/7.

If we want to know what God’s original plan and purpose was for Adam, and therefore for us as well – as his offspring, then we have but to look at Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible calls “the last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45).

In first John 2:6 we are told that anyone who says he abides in Christ ought himself also to walk, even as Jesus walked!

The long and short of this whole thing is that there is a process that we each have to go through, in training for our earthly service and also in preparation for eternity.

It is this very process that is our baptism by fire, and it is through the friction and heat of our earthly trials and tribulations, including the ones you are going through at this present moment, that God is in fact purify the dross from your life.

1 Peter 1:6-9

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.

Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls!

Come join the Adventure!

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Let our words be few…

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What does it mean to let your words be few?

It means for one thing that we should never speak hastily, out of haughtiness, anger or resentment; for once those words are released, they are forever set in motion and can NEVER be brought back.

So let us choose our words wisely!

Words are not just simply sounds caused by air passing through our larynx.

Words have real power

God spoke the world into existence by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3); and the Bible tells us that we are made in His image in part because of the power we have with words.

Words do more than convey information

The power of our words can actually destroy one’s spirit, even stir up hatred and violence.

They not only exacerbate wounds, but they inflict them directly.

Of all the creatures on this planet, ONLY man has the ability to communicate through the spoken word.

The power to use words is a unique and powerful gift from God.

Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up (Proverbs 12:6); and the writer of Proverb tells us…

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Are we using words to build up people or destroy them?

Are they filled with hate or love, bitterness or blessing, complaining or compliments, lust or love, victory or defeat?

Like tools they can be used to help us reach our goals or to send us spiraling into a deep depression.

Furthermore, our words not only have the power to bring us death or life in this world, but in the next as well.

Jesus said:

“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36–37)

Words are so important, that we are going to give an account of what we say when we stand before the Lord Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul wrote,

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
(Ephesians 4:29)

In this passage, Paul is emphasizing the positive over the negative.

The Greek word translated “unwholesome” means “rotten” or “foul.”

It originally referred to rotten fruit and vegetables.

Being like Christ means we don’t use foul, dirty language.

For some reason, many people today think it is macho or liberating to use vulgar humor, dirty jokes, and foul language, but this kind of talk has no place in the life of a Christian.

Paul continues:

“. . . but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” This is reminiscent of his words to the Colossians: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
(Colossians 4:6; see also Colossians 3:16)

There is a remarkable parallel between Ephesians 4:25, lying; Ephesians 4:28, stealing; and Ephesians 4:29, unwholesome talk.

In each case Paul is urging us to be a blessing to those with whom we have daily contact.

Paul is emphasizing that merely refraining from telling lies, stealing, or unwholesome speech is not enough.

The truth is that Christianity is not a mere “don’t” religion.

As followers of Christ we should emulate the example of Jesus whose words were so filled with grace that the multitudes were amazed (Luke 4:22).

Jesus reminds us that the words we speak are actually the overflow of our hearts (Matthew 12:34–35).

When one becomes a Christian, there is an expectancy that a change of speech follows because living for Christ makes a difference in one’s choice of words.

The sinner’s mouth is “full of cursing and bitterness” (Romans 3:14); but when we turn our lives over to Christ, we gladly confess that “Jesus is Lord” (Romans 10:9–10).

As condemned sinners, our mouths are silenced before the throne of God (Romans 3:19), but, as believers, our mouths are opened to praise and glorify God (Romans 15:6).

Christians are those whose hearts have been changed by the power of God, a change reflected in our words.

Remember, before we were saved, we lived in spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1-3).

Paul describes those who are dead in sin: “Their throats are open graves” (Romans 3:13).

Our words are full of blessing when the heart is full of blessing. So if we fill our hearts with the love of Christ, only truth and purity can come out of our mouths.

Peter tells us,

“In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Let the power of our words be used of God to manifest the power of our faith.

Be prepared to give the reason for why we love the Lord—at any time, to anyone.

Our words should demonstrate the power of God’s grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

May God enable us to use our words as an instrument of His love and saving grace.

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We should also be careful about making rash promises, and the counsel of Scripture is that we let our words be few!

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Expanded Bible (EXB)

Be Careful About Making Promises
5 Be careful [Watch your step/feet] when you go to worship at the ·
Temple [house of God].

It is better to listen than to offer foolish sacrifices [or the sacrifice of fools] without even knowing you are doing wrong.

2 Think before you speak [Do not be quick with your mouth],
and be careful about what you say [do not let your heart rush to utter a word] to God.

God is in heaven,
and you are on the earth,
so say only a few words to God [let your words be few].

3 Dreams come from too much worrying [or work],
and too many words come from foolish people.

4 If you make a promise [vow] to God, don’t be slow to keep [delay to fulfill] it.

God is not happy [For there is no pleasure] with fools, so ·give God what you promised [fulfill what you have vowed].

5 It is better not to promise anything than to promise something and not do it [make a vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it; Deut. 23:21; Prov. 20:25; Matt. 23:16–22].

6 Don’t let your words [mouth] cause you [your flesh] to sin, and don’t say to the priest at the Temple [messenger], “I didn’t mean what I promised [It was a mistake].”

If you do, God will [Why should God…?] become angry with your words and will destroy everything you have worked for [the work of your hands].

7 Many useless [1:2] promises [or words] are like so many dreams; they mean nothing.

You should respect [or be afraid of; 5:7; 7:18; 8:12, 13] God.

In the following discourse, we are given some key instructions on how the wisdom of the Bible is to be applied to our life:

Life lessons
by Max Lucado

Ecclesiastes 3:1—5:17

Situation:  The author gives insights on values.

He encourages the reader to use time wisely by making right choices.

Observation:  One of the key words in this section is the word “time.”

Solomon said that God has an appropriate time for every activity and for every stage of life.

How we use our time reflects our values and our understanding of our eternal destination.

Inspiration:  You have an eternal address fixed in your mind as well.

God has “put eternity in their hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Down deep you know you are not home yet.  So be careful not to act like you are.

Don’t lower the duffel bag too soon.

Would you hang pictures on the wall of a Greyhound bus?

Do you set up a bedroom at the roadside rest stop?

Do you load your king-size bed on a commercial flight?

Would you treat this world like home? It isn’t.

The greatest calamity is not to feel far from home when you are, but to feel right at home when you are not.

Don’t quench, but rather, stir this longing for heaven.

God’s home is a forever home. “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).

My friends Jeff and Carol just adopted two small children. Christopher, the older, is only three, but he knows the difference between Jeff’s house and the foster home from which he came.

He tells all visitors, “This is my forever home.”

Won’t it be great when we say the same? Couldn’t we use a forever home?

This home we’re in won’t last forever. Birthdays remind us of that.

During the writing of this book I turned forty-six. I’m closer to ninety than I am to infancy.

All those things they say about aging are coming true. I’m patting myself less on the back and more under the chin.

I have everything I had twenty years ago, except now it’s all lower.

The other day I tried to straighten out the wrinkles in my socks and found out I wasn’t wearing any.

Aging. It’s no fun. The way we try to avoid it, you’d think we could.

We paint the body, preserve the body, protect the body. And well we should. These bodies are God’s gifts.

We should be responsible. But we should also be realistic.

This body must die so the new body can live.

“What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever” (1 Corinthians 15:50 NLT).

Aging is God’s idea. It’s one of the ways He keeps us headed homeward.

We can’t change the process, but we can change our attitude. (From Traveling Light by Max Lucado)

Application:  Eternity Seems like a long way away for some people. If you’re avoiding thinking about it, start looking at your own mortality.

What does it mean for you to live today in the knowledge that God has set eternity in your heart?

What changes can you make in your lifestyle based on that knowledge?

Exploration:  Eternity—Psalm 89:47; 139:24; Isaiah 26:4; John 5:39; Galatians 6:8; 1 Timothy 6:12.  Hope is an olive leaf—evidence of dry land after a flood. Proof to the dreamer that dreaming is worth the risk.—Max Lucado (A Love Worth Giving)

The Bible is a very pragmatic book, when it comes to the issues of life; and I think one of the main things that we all should consider, as Christians, is the importance with which the Bible emphasizes of our lining up our individual lives with the directions and precepts we find written therein.

For truly the main goal of all of this and our main purpose in life, is that we put on the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16, Php 2:5), and that we walk in this world and in our ministries as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6)!

So are you ready now to come and join the Adventure, because truly it is the ONLY way to fly!

His name is Jesus Christ!

Don’t you dare leave home without Him, and certainly do not leave this life without Him, without knowing Him and accepting Him as your personal Lord and Savior!

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How we are to navigate as Christians, in our daily walk…

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The Christian walk entails a complete paradigm lifestyle change, that affects EVERY area of our life…

It’s not a religion and it’s not about going to church every now and again and/or having a passive intellectual belief in God’s existence!

Among other things, the Bible, which is called the Old and New testament (which is 66 books) contains our contract, i.e. our covenant with God; and as such, it tells us of our rights and privileges, and it also tells us what our responsibilities are and what God expects from us.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jesus Calling
by Sarah Young

“Leave outcomes up to Me!

Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out.

Think of your life as an adventure, with Me as your Guide and Companion.

Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Me.”

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
-Psalm 27:13-14

This Christian walk requires our walking in 24/7 fellowship and communion with our Creator; it is what we each have been designed for and it’s why we have been created.

Without that God connection in our life, we are ALL like fish, flopping around on the shores of life, looking for our way back home.

It is our primary responsibility that sometime between when we are born and when we depart this life that we establish this link with God and that we be reconciled back into God’s family; and it is our acceptance and obedience to the Gospel Message and our faith in Yeshua (Jesus), who is the Christ (MessIah), that makes this happen.

As Jesus Himself said, “There is no other way into heaven, excepted through Him!”

[See the following references: 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 John 2:23, 1 John 5:10-12, 1 John 5:20, John 5:23, Ephesians 4:4, Matthew 11:27, Acts 4:12, John 14:6, Romans 3:24, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17]

You see, the reason why this is the Grand Adventure of our lifetime, is because it is the ONLY thing that will satisfy us and fill that huge void that we each have inside our heart.

There is no middle ground here and there is no sitting on the fence (Mat 12:30).

Jesus made it very clear that if we wish to save our life, then it will be necessary for us to lose it, for His namesake; in other words, we are required daily to surrender our lives and our will to His service (Luke 17:33 and 1 John 2:6).

So how about it, are you game or not to enter into this Grand Adventure?

This is totally your decision and you have to decide.

Truly this is the most important decision any of us will make in our lifetime, and the fact is none of us knows the date and time of our departure from this earth.

So with that in mind, just understand this one thing, that there is an expiration date, and your window of opportunity to accept this offer gets more narrow with the passing of each day.

And this offer will terminate upon your death.

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Wingsuit Flying in the Swiss Alps…

This is some really gnarly breathtaking footage…

Adventures With Aviator – EPIC Wingsuit BASE Proximity Flying… French Alps & Bødalsfjellet (With Tiger)…

This video is just a small taste of what is to come on. I’m working hard to connect with the best adventurers on the planet to show YOU how epic life can be… And I’m so excited to share more with you soon!

First off, I have to take a moment to thank the epic flier in this video… My new friend Tigern Odd-Martin Helgestad, he’s the star of this video and the absolute MAN. I’m hoping to fly out to work with him (and a few other B.A.S.E. jumping legends) in August!

Also wanted to take a moment to thank EACH of you who take the time to watch this video… Means the world to me!

Until Next Time… Cheers Guys & Gals!

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What a ride… I love it!

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ALOHA PROJECT (CHAPTER 2)…

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Some AWESOME footage…

Fasten your seatbelt!

VIDEO: FROM PIPE TO JAWS WITH SHANE DORIAN, KOA ROTHMAN, MARK HEALEY AND MORE – RYAN MOSS PRESENTS THE MAJESTIC ‘ALOHA PROJECT CHAPTER 2’!

The Aloha Project | Chapter Two
By Magicseaweed on 17th November 2015

Mr. Ryan Moss sure knows how to pay tribute to Hawaii (and make you want to pack up and get there).

”The Aloha Project is a collection I believe showcases the beauty of Hawaii and the people that inhabit these majestic islands. To some it’s a playground, to others it’s a proving ground. For me it has brought me peace and clarity and a place where I developed and honed my skills as a cinematographer and film maker.”- Ryan Moss

Very nice!

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