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Only One Mediator


Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a woman who is honoured above all women as she was chosen to give birth to the Saviour. The angel Gabriel said to her in Luke 1:28; ""Rejoice highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"" She was a virgin and of the royal line of the house of David.(Luke 1:26, 3:23-38) She did not stay a virgin. After Jesus was born she and Joseph had many children. The author of the book of James was his half brother. (Gal. 1:19) Other brothers mentioned are Joses, Simon, and Judas. Also mentioned are his sisters. (Matthew 13:55-56, Mark 6:3)

She was not the mother of God, but of the man Jesus. She gave birth to His humanity not to His deity. To give birth to something means to bring something into being. Christ Jesus existed before creation. (John 1:1) He existed before He came in Human form. Mary is not Devine and to be worshipped. One day a woman approached Jesus and said "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it." (Luke 11:27-28) He deflected any worship directed at her. In Luke 2:48-49 she showed some very un-Devine attributes.

Mary needed to be saved in the same way as any human being. The bible says in Romans 3:10 that there is none righteous, not one and that all have sinned (there is no exception aside from Jesus) and all fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) You cannot pray to Mary or seek forgiveness for your sins from her. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:5; ""For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. Jesus said it best Himself in John 14:6; No man comes to the Father, but by Me. Don’’t be deceived my brothers and sisters, there is no other name under heaven by which men may be saved. (Acts 4:12) Only by calling on Jesus can you be saved from your sins. If you are praying to Mary for salvation, you praying to no avail and will perish.

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 9


O LORD, you are my God;
       I will exalt you and praise your name,
       for in perfect faithfulness
       you have done marvelous things,
       things planned long ago.
Isaiah 25:1

Elaine was born in Hull, Quebec, the second youngest of 5 children. The oldest was Gilbert, then came Celine, Julie, Elaine and Denis. Her parents were well known leaders in a Transcendental Meditation cult that had sprung up here in Quebec and had written a few books on the subject. Her dad also dabbled in the occult as well.

Her early years were chaotic as they moved around a lot and because of some kind of scam her parents got in trouble with the law. They were fugitives for a while travelling around the States. At one point they left their children in a transcendental meditation camp in Vermont. Eventually the parents were caught and Elaine and her siblings were put in a convent while their parents served time in jail for their offences. I never really found out what it was for as Monique never wanted to talk about those times and Elaine knew very little about what the reasons were. After they came out of prison and recovered their children, they declared bankruptcy and her dad got a job as a printer and her mom as a school teacher.

When she was about eight years old she was crossing the street and was hit by a city bus. She was thrown across the street and landing on top of another vehicle. She miraculously survived with a concussion and a leg injury. God’s hand protected her that day.

As a young teenager, Elaine would often get herself into trouble at school and often found her self at the principal’s office. But at the age of 14 she started having questions about her life and her future. She saw many of her friends turning to drugs and alcohol. One evening she was at a party with a guy who was much older than her and drugs were being passed around. She decided that evening that this was not the lifestyle she wanted and went home.

Unbeknownst to their parents, her two older sisters had been attending a church. One day they invited Elaine to come along. Elaine says she didn’t understand much of the message that was given that day, but when the altar call was made she responded and found herself up at the front. She kept hearing someone behind her saying "Touch her, touch her." As one of her sisters was standing directly in front of her, she assumed that the person was wanting Elaine to reach out and touch her sister. She didn’t realize at the time that the person was actually praying that God would touch Elaine. She closed her eyes and God’s spirit moved upon her. She saw a light and the light said to her; "Today you are my disciple." She didn’t even know what a disciple was and the whole idea of Christianity was foreign to her. Other than her contact with the nuns at the convent she knew nothing. She just knew that on that day something happened to her. She was changed and hungered to know more.

When her parents found out that she had accepted Christ as her Lord and that she and her sisters had been attending a church, they flipped. They forbade them to go back anymore. But that didn’t stop the Lord from reaching out to Elaine. The youth pastor from the church she had gone to would go and see her at her school and teach her about the bible. She began to grow and would spend hours in her room reading the bible. At school the changes were very significant as well and she went from being a trouble maker to someone who loved to witness about Jesus to her schoolmates. She won many of them to the Lord in her last year of High school. Unfortunately her sisters didn’t continue on with the Lord and chose to go back out into the world because the relationships with their boyfriends.

Her parent’s marriage began to fail and it was found out that her dad was seeing another woman. Monique, Elaine’s mom decided to separate from her husband and found a flat in LaSalle. Only Elaine and Denis were living at home at the time and they both moved with her. It was in the pain of betrayal by her husband that Elaine was able to reach out to her mom and Christ entered in. They decided that Trinity would be a good church for her to attend as it was close to home. Monique had a sister that was a nun who had a very sincere relationship with Christ. I believe that it was because of that woman’s prayers that Elaine and Monique came to the Lord.

In our New Beginnings class at church, Monique would often speak about her daughter and how Elaine was teaching her so much. How thankful she was to have a daughter like her. Elaine was attending a church in Terrebonne which is north east of Montreal, but was finding the travel hard. One day she felt God was telling her she needed to learn English and so eventually she joined her mom at Trinity. It was 1982. Elaine was 19 and I was 26 when we met. There was a 7 and a half year difference between us. Because of our street witnessing team, I got to talk to her often. One evening I got up the courage and decided to ask this beautiful woman out on a date. I was pleasantly surprised when she said yes. I went home that night walking on air.

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 8


In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

In my early walk with Christ there was a few circumstances that brought me to a crisis. When I came to the Lord a friend of my cousin’s came to know Him at the same time. I had lived with this woman’s sister when I was 19 so I knew her to a certain extent. We became quite good friends and would do many things together and it was her that suggested I use my voice for the Lord. I began to have feelings for her. I was 26 and wanted to settle down. Unfortunately she didn’t have the same feelings for me and she felt uncomfortable with the fact I had, had a relationship with her sister. She also had decided to see a non-believer as well. My heart was broken over it.

I had also made another friend who I had thought was quite mature in the Lord. I looked up to him and we would go street witnessing. One day his mind just snapped. I don’t know what it was that caused it as his parents never told us. I got a phone call one day that he had gone behind the University of Quebec and had hung himself. Is he in heaven? I don’t know. If his mind was gone I don’t believe God would hold him responsible for his actions. I guess I’ll find out when I get there. At that moment I was missing this friend terribly and the whole thing confused me.

And then I found out that the man that I looked up to most musically, Keith Green, had died in a plan crash. Never in my life had someone’s music affected me as much as his had. He was a prophet and way ahead of his time musically. I listen to his music today and I can’t believe it came from the late seventies and early eighties. I love the music the God inspired this man to write.

With these three things weighing heavily on my heart and mind I came home to my apartment one Sunday afternoon, sat in my chair and had a pity party. I wept and complained to God. My heart was broken. Suddenly this awesome presence filled my room. When God makes His presence known, you have no choice but to either bow or fall to your face. He doesn’t force you but His awesomeness, His majesty is so overwhelming you can’t help but put your face to the ground. My head went down between my knees and I began to sweat and tremble. He was looking at me and saw right through me. Everything in my life was laid bare. Nothing was hidden from Him. He knew my every thought. I could see that I had no excuses for the way I was acting. I was terrified in His presence as I knew I was a sinner and it was only because of the blood of Jesus that I could be there and yet I could feel His great love for me. A love that went way beyond anything I had ever felt or experienced before. His peace flooded my soul and I was changed even more that day. He was about to change the direction of my life.

One day as I was sitting in the sanctuary waiting for a service to begin, I saw this beautiful woman. She was the most beautiful I had ever seen in my life. She had long thick brown hair that went down past her waist and beautiful big green eyes. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I was looking at an angel.

When we came to the Lord they started us in these new believers classes and it was in that class that I met Monique. Monique had been in a transcendental meditation cult and had just recently been brought to the Lord by her daughter. One day Monique introduced me to her daughter Elaine. It was the angel.

Elaine had just started coming to Trinity and could hardly speak any English but was determined to learn it. She had been going to a French church in Laval but lived in Lasalle where Trinity was. When her mom came to the Lord it was decided that they would look for a church in Lasalle, preferably English.

Another one of Monique’s daughters was dying of throat cancer and she had asked Pastor Johnson and the elders to pray for her. Celine was near death and was brought into the church on a stretcher. They said she only had a couple of weeks left to live and the doctors had done all they could. She was so thin and you could see how near death she was. As they prayed for her I felt that same great and awesome presence fill the place. From the depths of my soul I was praying for God to heal her. She was completely healed that day. The doctors couldn’t explain it. The cancer had completely disappeared and it has never returned. She also now has 3 healthy children which the doctors also said she would never have.

I was part of the street ministry. We would go and hand out tracts at shopping malls and on the streets. One day Elaine joined and started going out with us. I had a chance to sit down and have a coffee with her and the group afterwards. As I sat at the table across from her I was captivated by her beauty and her graceful mannerisms. She really wanted to learn English but at the moment it was very fractured and because I didn’t speak French very well it was a strange first conversation. But it was clear I had made a friend. It went through my mind what if she is the one. Nah I said, she is too beautiful and I was eight years older than her, but I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

One night the youth choral director and I went out for a meal together and he asked me of all the female acquaintances I had, who would I like most to develop a relationship with and eventually marry? I told him Elaine. My life was about to change big time.

 

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Pray!


"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

Prayer is something that should be as natural as breathing. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to; "Pray continually." and yet for many of us the most we pray is kind of like this; "Lord bless my family, bless my pastor, and bless my boss, Amen!" Sound familiar. I’m sure many of us at the end of a tiring day have prayed like that. And then we wonder why things are not going well in our lives, our families and our churches. We wonder why we find it so easy to sin and so hard to read God’s Word. Why we lack power and can’t hear His voce anymore. Why many of our needs are not being met.

Isaiah 59:1-2 says; "Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." Lack of prayer is sin.

In 1 Samuel 12:23a Samuel in talking to the children of Israel says; "As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you." Jesus commanded us to pray. In Luke 18:1 says; Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Paul in Ephesians 6:18 after telling us to put on the full armour of God says; "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."

Praying is not something that is left up to the pastors or leaders in the Church. Every Christian needs to pray! We can’t let the intercessors do all the work. Prayer plugs you into the power source who is God. Today we have many powerless Christians walking around and the church in North America has stopped growing and has become weak It is us who don`t pray who are to blame. We find all kinds of excuses as to why we don`t have time to pray and why we can`t attend prayer meeting. I know that even in reading this some of you will make excuses. Our example is Jesus. He never stops praying for us. Romans 8:34 says; "Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died, more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." Jesus says in Revelation 3:16-17 in talking to the church of Laodicea says; "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth." We have become lukewarm. Some of us, if not all need to repent and get on our knees. I don`t know about you but I surely don`t want to be one of those that gets spit out of Jesus`mouth. Stop making excuses. Humble yourself and ask God for forgiveness. Seek His face, pray and watch what He will do.

 

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Who or What Do You Worship?


 

American Idol and shows like it bother me. As a matter of fact they bother me a lot. Usually us Christians fall into the trap of copying what the world is doing. So what’s next, Christian Idol? Now there’s an oxymoron. Let’s look at some of the definitions of the word idol taken from Merriam-Webster;

Idol; a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly : a false god. a likeness of something: pretender, imposter, an object of extreme devotion

An idol is a false god set up by men. A thing or a person to which extreme devotion is given, something or someone who takes the place of the one true God who alone is worthy of that worship.

What does the Bible have to say about idols?

You shall have no other gods before me. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:3-5

You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars-all the heavenly array-do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshipping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. Deuteronomy 4:15-19

Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Matthew 4:10

All human beings have an inherent nature to worship. It is part of us as we were created to worship God and only Him. If we don’t worship Him we will always find something else or someone else to give that worship to and there are those who willingly accept that worship. Satan is more than willing to direct our worship elsewhere and eventually to himself. In North America we are a worship oriented society. It starts at a very young age. Go into any child’s bedroom and you find pictures and posters of their idols. Go to any rock concert and watch the worship that takes place. Go to any Hollywood movie premier and see how the crowds worship the stars as they walk in. I haven’t seen many of these stars turn away that worship either. They seem to bask in it. Some of the most disgusting worship is given to some of the rap stars such as Eminem and 50 Cents. They espouse rape, murder and sodomy and are rewarded for it.

Then there’s the worship of things and riches. It could be a car, it could be a computer or even your bank account. It could be a pet or a cd collection. It could be your wife, husband, kids or somebody else. Think about it. Whatever you spend the most time with or thinking about, that has become your idol. Jesus said in Matthew 6:21; For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. You’ve seen the slogan "He who dies with the most toys wins" When life is over, you will have nothing. You can take none of your possessions with you. Jesus told a parable in Luke 12:16-21;  And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ "Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." "But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

Worshipping the things that world has to offer will always leave you unfulfilled. You keep seeking and never find what you are looking for until you come to the place where you put Your Creator first in your life. When you do that, He will provide you with those things that He knows will make you happy in every way. Listen to His promise He gives you. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Forget about idolizing the people and things of this world. They are only imposters. They are not the real thing. They will always let you down. There is only one that you need to worship and that is Jesus Christ. The only one who was ever perfect in every way. He has never let me down and I know without a doubt, He will never let you down either. Get to know Him today and you’re life will never be the same.

 

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Lord, Make Us One


Jesus prayed in John 17:20-23 "My prayer is not for them (the disciples) alone. I pray also for those who believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory that You gave Me that they may be one as We are one. I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.

The body of Christ is in a sad state today. It looks like a paraplegic person. Each part of the body is going in different directions. There are countless demoninations oops I mean denominations. (Actually I believe that denominations are an abomination and it is what comes about when man tries to organize a move of God and bring in his own set of standards. You cannot capture the wind and you cannot bottle the Spirit.) Everyone wants to do their own thing. It’s rare you find churches working together unless they are of the same denomination.

Here in Quebec the percentage of born again Christians is .04. Recently a well known evangelist wanted to come and minister here. It was to be a multi-denominational crusade. Because the largest denomination here did not agree with some of his teachings they told their members from their pulpits they were not to get involved. The crusade was cancelled due to lack of participation. The last crusade ever held in this province was 17 years ago!! No one wants to come here and there has never been a sustained move of God. I wonder why! When the news of my pastor opening a new church in this city got out, the pastor of the local church of this same denomination said from the pulpit that the city did not need another church!?!

There is such jealousy and selfishness in the body here. It’s amazing that in those cities and countries where churches of different denominations work together, they have turned those places upside down. There is a powerful spirit here that has infected even churches and it is called independence. It says I can do it all by myself. I don’t need you. Pray for unity here. Pray for the churches here that God would lead them to work together. Pray that God would place pastors here that have willing hearts to do what ever is necessary to bring about revival and overturn this city and province for Christ. If you believe that Christ was God wrapped in human flesh and that He died and physically rose from the dead to conquer sin and death for you and I then you are my brother and my sister and we can work togther. Make us one Lord!!

 

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Who’s Welcome In Your Church?


One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to come to his home for a meal, so Jesus accepted the invitation and sat down to eat. A certain immoral woman heard he was there and brought a beautiful jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who was the host saw what was happening and who the woman was, he said to himself, "This proves that Jesus is no prophet. If God had really sent him, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!"

Then Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts. "Simon," he said to the Pharisee, "I have something to say to you."

"All right, Teacher," Simon replied, "go ahead."

Then Jesus told him this story: "A man loaned money to two people–five hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, cancelling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?"

Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the larger debt."

"That’s right," Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t give me a kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again and again from the time I first came in. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love." Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven."

The men at the table said among themselves, "Who does this man think he is, going around forgiving sins?"

And Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." Luke 7:36-50

Many churches today miss it. Many of us have become like Simon. God brings people like this prostitute into our churches and we stand in judgement and say; "Who let that person in the door? Could we get some ushers to escort them out or a least sit them in a place where they are not going to be so noticeable." We have become blind. Is it no wonder many churches have trouble bringing in the lost when the lost see that type of attitude?

I am tired of seeing pictures so called believers carrying signs saying "God hates queers" or "Kill the fags". Do you really understand what you are doing? Do you understand that you might be the one destined for judgement because the hatred you carry.

What if two hurting men entered into your church holding hands. Are you going to stop them at the door and tell them they are not allowed in? If so you have just lost two souls that could have heard the word and been set free, but now they will probably never look to Christ again because if that’s the way His children are then we don’t want anything to do with them.

What if a prostitute with needle marks up and down her arms, hardly dressed at all, staggers into your church and sits in your seat? Are you going to have the usher toss her out? I’ve seen it happen. Not with a prostitute. In a church I used to attend some people would get really upset if they saw somebody form outside the church sitting in their seat. More than a few times I saw those new people leave the church never to return.

As children of Christ we are to be accepting of everyone. How dare we turn anyone away. We are not to be accepting of their lifestyle. But we have to let God take care of that. He is the one who will bring conviction and change if the person is sincere.

In Pastor Jim Cymbala’s book "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" He talks about an encounter he had one day after a service. Pastor Cymbala is the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, home to the world famous choir. As he was greeting people bumped into what he thought was a very attractive woman. He said excuse me and they answered back in a man’s voice. It was a transvestite who went by the name of Sarah. It turned out his real name was Ricardo and he was responsible for turning a lot of young kids on to crack cocaine and prostitution.

Ricardo’s lifestyle was beginning to get to him. Imagine hustling most of the night just to make the $400 to $500 needed for your addiction, falling asleep under a bridge and then searching garbage cans for food in the morning. He was looking for hope.

Now they could have turned Ricardo away, but they let him keep coming into the services. Ricardo sat in the meetings, and it dawned on him that maybe he could be different. This Jesus could actually set him free from crack. Perhaps this Jesus could even change him into a true man, not this half-half person he assumed was his nature. He had been teased from childhood about being effeminate. His mother had pleaded with him to forsake homosexuality, and he had tried, to no avail. His will power had failed him countless times.

But the idea that God was stronger, that God could in fact change him on the inside…. that was a new thought. Ricardo kept listening, and after about a month, he gave his heart to the Lord. It was not a dramatic conversion. But it became real on the inside.

God changed Ricardo and he embraced who God created him to be. A man. He went on to marry a beautiful woman named Betty. But he was dying of aids. A few years later as he was dying he spoke to Pastor Cymbala and said "I will never forget how you loved me and took me in. Thank-you so much!

Brooklyn Tabernacle is not ashamed of who they let into their church. They welcome them with open arms of love. And because of that lives are changed and given a new hope.

People are looking for hope. Are you willing to do all it takes to show them there is a hope? You are an ambassador for Christ. Don’t stand in judgement but let Christ in you shine for all to see. Be an example of His love. You do the loving and leave the changing to Him.

 

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