Friday, July 16, 2010
Travis Mamone of Coffee Chats does an interview of me. You will notice I sound a bit weird in the beginning... or weirder than normal, I was tired and just drank some major caffeine... and you sure can tell. Travis is great and you should check out the other interviews on his blog and podcast.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Romans 12:1. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
I look at it this way. God supplies my needs, and all I have is His. Out of all the blessings I have I give to others. No obligation other than the desire God put in me to give. I am "obeying the Law that is written on my heart" but not under any legal or covenant obligation.
I think much of the corruption in the church today is around the tithe as many pastors have burdened their church with this Law and then worry more about money than lifting up Jesus. We cannot serve God and Mammon.... Yet, many of our pastors are doing just that and wonder why they are struggling. Likewise, most often the idea of some blessing is obligated from God once one tithes... what does God owe any man?
So many are taught they are poor because they do not tithe, yet, they are poor because they are tithing and under the ministry of condemnation which is what the Law is about. (See 2 Corinthians 3: 8-10 for the contrast of the two ministries)
People speak of revival as if God is "out there" waiting to come down if we "repent" or do some other magical things. It is as if they see God is far away and can't come down unless everything is perfect. Yet, true revival is letting Christ in you OUT of you. By doing the things of God, you are creating revival (or Resurrection) all around you as God works in and through you. If Jesus lives in you, how much closer can He get to you?