New Christian Movies,

Their’s a lot of new Christian movies coming out of Hollywood these days, two of them being Noah, and Son of God.  Their’s also a good amount of discussion on both ends of the spectrum of don’t go see it, go see it.  The don’t go see it group says don’t go see it, because it’s not that good in portraying who Noah was, the evolution account, and also that the story is not 100% accurate to the Biblical story line.  The other end of the spectrum says go see it, because it will cause a conversation with others, and you can talk about it, and you can read the actual Biblical account in the Bible which is Truth with a Capital T.  Both sides have good points, what I don’t understand is, when a Christian Publishing company comes out with a Christian Movie, thats probably more of a faith based movie, and more accurate than what Hollywood would put out, for example, Fireproof, Courageous, End of the Spear, etc.  We say their bland, boring, their not that great, although their more of a faith based movie.  Although aren’t we doing the same thing when Hollywood comes out with a quality based Christian movie? It may not be for the quality of the movie, but of the biblical context.

We have movies coming out from Hollywood, which we know may be better, but yet we are saying we won’t go because their not going to be Biblically accurate.  So where do we draw the line, do we support the faith based movies of the christian movie companies, that may not have the quality of hollywood, or do we support Hollywood, that may not have the best Bible story lines, but are a better quality.

All I can say is this, whatever we watch including myself, we need to know the Truth Capital T, before watching anything of a Christian nature.

2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed rightly handling the word of truth.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

You Are Qualified!

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This is from a friend of mine Rev Todd Bishop

Originally posted on toddbishop.tv:

“ … giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light” (Col 1:12).

God has qualified you.  That means he has rendered you FIT for His purpose!  But lets be honest there are times when we feel a little UNFIT … we have obstacles slide into our path … problems in our health … challenges at home … and so many more things.  But when you feel UNFIT you have to remind yourself God “qualifies you” – not your circumstances or your short-comings or even your sins … God qualifies you!

Tell yourself every day, “I am qualified.”

God looks at you & stamps on your life: QUALIFIED!!!

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Happy Valentines Day

Today is the Day, that everyone says I Love You, to their significant other, they order flowers, they buy the chocolate, they go out to dinner, and hopefully the man pays for the dinner.  Though today is February 14th, one day of the 365 days out of the rest of the year, but what about the rest of the year.  How many times out of the year, do the husbands take the wives out to dinner, how many times do the boyfriends, tell the girlfriends, I Love You.  I have learned from friends of mine, that we are not to show love just one day out of the year, it is supposed to be every day of the year.  I may not be the best person to talk about Love, because at the moment I don’t have the girlfriend, or the wife, but I have read a few books, about love.  One of the books I have read the title of it is The Way or the Excellence of Love, it says.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I have also recently learned another thing, is that when we pray for that special someone, and I have done this as well, that we pray God send me the one that You have for me.  Now this may sound a little odd, but how about putting God as our number one, and praying for our Number two, because when we have our priorities in order, God will put everything else, in the right place.  Another verse that talks about Love in John says John 13:34-35 says 

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.   

Remember to love your Loved Ones not only one day of the year, but every day of the year, even if you have to buy her, a card on the 14th of each month to remember Valentines day, or even to do that for her birthday, or your anniversary.  Also Love her like You would want God to Love you.
 

Review of ‘Abuse of Discretion’ by Clarke D. Forsythe

Originally posted on GeorgePWood.com:

Unknown-1 Clarke D. Forsythe, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade (New York: Encounter Books, 2013). Hardback / Kindle

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down decisions in two abortion-related cases, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. The effect of those decisions was immediate and radical. State laws prohibiting or restricting abortion were struck down, and a right to abortion at any time for any reason was established. The United States is now one of only ten nations (out of 195) that permit abortion after 14 weeks, and one of only four that permit it for any reason after viability.

Clarke D. Forsythe argues that the Supreme Court reached the wrong decision in both cases in his new book, Abuse of Discretion. Forsythe is Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, and this book is the culmination of over…

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Hello all, I have not typed a blog in a few weeks, and I apologize for that, I have recently been watching a video from the Bill Gaither VocalBand, concerts.  Yes I am a Gaither Vocal Band Fan, and I will tell you why, one is because of Mark Lowry, really funny and great Christian Comedian, the other is because of the song that Bill Gaither wrote called Because He Lives.  This song has a Special place in my heart, because each time I would go into the operating room when I was younger my mom and I would sing this song.  We would sing the chorus because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He Lives, all fear is Gone, Because I know, he holds the future, and Life is worth the living just because He lives.  It helped me to realize not only during the operations, but life in general that no matter what we face, and what we go through, God holds the future, and with him all the fear that we have, the worries that we have, are gone.  Philippians 4:6 says Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petitn, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.   

                I have a link here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umfO8X9rGOQ if you click on it, you will see a quick clip of them singing this song, but the thing thats funny about this is that Wes Hampton sings it, but in a higher tone, as a comedy skit, and Bill comes over, and says is vestal was here she would say that we are people of faith, not a people of fear.  How true is that, when we are Christians, and walking the life of faith, we are supposed to be a people of faith, not a people of fear.  So remember like today, when their’s a shooting, the next earthquake that comes upon us, the next storm, the next trial in our lives.  That we are a people of faith, not a people of fear.

Looking Ahead, Not Looking Back,

ImagePhilippians 3:12, Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I am at for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.  Brethren I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  We are in a New Year, 2014, we need to look ahead to what 2014 holds for us, and forget about what happened in 2013.  Their are some of us that will look back, at 2013 and think 2014 will be the same, it’s going to be a rough year, it’s going to be hard.  Their may be some of you that have had health issues, financial troubles, maybe you broke up with the love of your life.  Some of us will look at 2013, and look at all the good things that have happened, and will go into 2014, with a great outlook of what 2014, will be like, because we had a great 2013.  Well Paul tells us that we can’t look behind we need to look ahead.

God did some great things for me in 2013, I was able to go to California, and speak at Capital Christian Center, meeting some great people out their.  Being able to go to Ocean City New Jersey, and seeing the board walk, and hearing the stories of the Hurricane Sandy.  When Paul wrote Philippians he was late in his ministry, this was 30 years after he met Christ, and after his turn around from being a killer of Christians to being one of the forefathers of the Christian Church.  Though for most of us, we probably would’ve giving up from what God has giving us if we were to end up in Jail.  He was in Jail for 5-6 years, but he kept on going, he kept on doing what God wanted him to do. He sat in Jail, and instead of having a pity party, on what was happening in his life, and looking back on what had happened in his life, he kept on doing what God had called him to do.  He kept on writing, he wrote four books while he was in Prison.  While you are having a bad time or rough time during 2014, ask God to show you what it is that He wants you to do during those times.  Don’t look back on 2013, look ahead to see what God has for you in 2014.   

Maybe your 2013 was a terrible year, maybe it was a great year, maybe it was a mix of the two, but Paul tells us that we can’t worry about the past, we can’t worry about what happened in 2013, 2014 is a new year a new day, a new season in our lives.  We have 365 days in a year, 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in a hour, 59 seconds in a minute, we have a new chance to make things better, every second, every minute, every hour, every day, with God all things are possible.  Every day that we have in a year is a new day.  In closing Paul says in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who Gives Me Strength.  

God’s Protection

ImageAccording to the picture that I took last year at this time, it would be one year ago, today that I would’ve had my car accident, with the crumbled up front end, driving on the raining slick road of the Meadowbrook Pkwy.  Thankfully on that day, I was able to jump out, and make sure that no one else was injured.  I was not even injured myself, and after that I didn’t even have any after effects of pain, bruising, headaches etc.  If you would’ve known me growing up, I went to the doctor’s so many times, you would’ve thought that my parent’s were abusing me.  I broke my arm twice, I had fallen in gym class, and I went straight down with my arms out, and had my arms got stiff.  I went the hospital/doctor’s for that, had several seizures, and the worse one was when I was helping my Mom wash the dishes, and I slipped off the chair, and hit my head on the faucet.  I came out of the ER, and told my dad well I guess I am not playing football for a while.  To top it all off, I have been through sixty eight operations.  By the way I also walked into a lamp post, but thats okay because I was looking at a girl.  Although when I fell on Friday night going to a Christmas party, I hit some ice, and have had severe back pain, in the end I thank God it’s going down now, but the thing that stunk about that was, I wasn’t even looking at a girl.      

I say all of this, not to sound the woe is me alarm, or to say God didn’t protect me from these situations or difficulties, but to say that He did, you may say well why would God allow those things to happen to you than.  Romans 8:28 says And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  God allows certain things to happen in our lives, so that He will allow it in the end to turn out for good.  Check out the story of Joseph in the Bible, and see what He says a the end of his life to his Brothers, Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.  

T. D. Jakes once said, “That thing that is not coming to you may seem good. But either the timing is wrong, or from His position He can see that the future of it is bleak. I have always believed that people who thank God only for delivering them from what happened are just scraping the surface of praise. The real praise comes when you start thanking Him for what could have happened but didn’t because of His swift grace!”  Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/22-bible-verses-about-gods-protection/#ixzz2nqPFUU6f  

So in the end, I am not going to know how many times God has fully protected me or fully taken care of me, but I am so glad that He has, and that He will continue to do so for me, and for my friends that know him, and have that relationship with him.  Know this that whatever you are going through today, that God will work it out in the end for the good, it may seem bleak, difficult, hard, discouraging at times, though God is God, and He knows what He is doing, we sometimes forget that, but let us remember today, that God is God, and He will protect us.   

Being Grateful for What We Have

Since Thanksgiving is on the horizon, I figured I would talk about how grateful we should be for what we have in our lives, who we are as individuals.  Last but not least, although he should always be first be thankful to God for what He has done in our lives.  Most of us have probably read the story of the ten lepers,

Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

cc_wall11109_80011 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.  15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.  17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?  18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”  19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

After all ten lepers were healed, only one of them came back to be grateful and give thanks to Jesus for healing him, what happen to the other 9 lepers why didn’t they come back to thank Jesus for their healing?  Even Jesus asked that question, where are the rest of the lepers?  Were all not ten cleansed?  How many of us pray for a healing, even the most simplest things, a headache, stomach virus, a cold, and it’s gone the next day, yet we forget to thank God for the healing even if we took medicine.  Why don’t we thank God for the person who God gave the intelligence to, to make that medicine.  Some of us complain about the Job that we have, be thankful for the job that we do have, some of us complain about the car that we have, we should be grateful for the car that we drive.

How about being grateful for the husband that your married to, although he may not be the best, you still are married to a great guy, for the husbands, the wife may not be the best cook, cleaner, housewife, etc, but she’s still a great mom, she still loves you, takes care of you, loves you.  Be grateful for the wife that you have today.  For the singles out their, as I was thinking about this, I thought about the fact that although I am single, I should be grateful that I can hang out with me friends, when I want to, go out when I want to, do the ministry that I am doing now, and hope to when I am married, but for now, I should be grateful to God for where I am now, and the life that I am living now.  Instead of being upset about the girl/guy that dumped you, be grateful, it could’ve been worse, think of it this way God’s taking you out of a bad situation, and putting you into a better one.

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Although I have been through a lot in my life, I am thankful for what I do have, although I may not show it or thank God enough for what I do have.  I have two arms, and two legs, I can walk, I can talk, I can run around, jump up and down.  Philippians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  Although this applies to anyone in any circumstance, their are some who can’t walk, talk, run, jump up and down.  Who have no arms and legs, Nick Vujicic is one of those examples who have no arms and legs, but doesn’t let that get him down, he still does things for God, he still travels around preaching about God’s goodness.

Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Maybe it’s time for us to go back to the reality, of contentment, and to live life in contentment, not that we can’t want more from God, or if God gives us something we don’t take it, but realize what we have, is all that we need, and be thankful for that at this time in our lives.

You Are Christ Ambassadors.

When an Ambassador is nominated to represent them in another country, their usually nominated by the President, and voted in by the senate.  Besides serving our country, it is probably one of the greater honors that their is.  In the U.S. alone their is 133 ambassadors serving all around the world.  They are their to represent the United States of America, to show them who we are as a country, what we stand for, and what we are fighting for.

THE DUTIES OF AN AMBASSADOR

Here are two responsibilities of Ambassadors,

  • Reshaping the mission to serve American interests and values and to ensure that all executive branch agencies attached to the mission do likewise; and
  • Serving Americans with professional excellence, the highest standards of ethical conduct, and diplomatic discretion.

          When we are Christians, don’t we represent Christ?  When we walk this earth, should we not represent who Christ is?  As with other Ambassadors in other countries as Christians we need to remember this is not our home.  Micah 6:8, gives us one example of what we need to do and what He requires of us.  He has shown you, “O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”.  Have you ever been in a situation, and you wonder why am I in this situation, why am I here alone, or maybe you and a friend was supposed to go out somewhere and the friend doesn’t show up.  Has it occurred to you, that God had a specific reason to allow that friend not to show up, but to use you to minister to someone.  Is it possible, that if your friend showed up, you wouldn’t have gotten that chance to minister to that person or persons.  

I remember working at target and in the group of people that knew me most knew that, that I was a Christian.  Not because I was a Bible thumper, but because they would ask me what do you do, and I’d tell them, I go to church, I am an evangelist, and I travel around giving my testimony.  Than that day came, when I got angry, with one of my coworkers, that I probably didn’t represent Christ quite so well, but thats okay God forgives us even as an Ambassador.

THE POWER OF THE AMBASSADOR, AND WHERE IT COMES FROM.

Being an Ambassador of Christ is not something special it’s not something that only a few select Christians are called to be.  We are all Christ Ambassadors, we are all to honor him, and love others, in what we do.  The fight is not against the earthly powers, and rulers but against the spiritual forces in the heavens. Ephesisans 6:12,  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  

You may ask well how do I represent God as an Ambassador, well with God, as with any Ambassador you have diplomatic status, because your representing him, and when you are aware of that status we can ask anything in his name, and He will do it, in his power and in his will (John 14:13).  Sometimes when we are in a situation, we are afraid of what to say, all we need to do is listen to the one who sent us, and He will give us the words.

When the police ask you to pull over you listen, because they have the power, and authority of the city to pull you over.  If it was just some guy in a car trying to pull you over with a red light on the top of the car you wouldn’t pull over.  Here is where it becomes really cool, because when the disciples walked the earth, they would say in Christ’s Name DEAD PERSON, COME BACK TO LIFE, AND THEY WOULD, or SICK PERSON, BE HEALED IN CHRIST NAME, AND THE SICK WOULD BE HEALED.  Or DEMON-POSSESSED BE FREED, and the demons would flee, not because they had the power, but the power was in Christ.

In today’s day and age, we can do the same, and more according to John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me, will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the father.  Jesus Christ himself, says that we will be able to do greater things, in HIS NAME, BECAUSE HE HAS THE POWER, and the authority to do it, we are just His Ambassadors that He uses.

 

Five Years Ago on Halloween,

Five years ago on Halloween, I was working the day shift, at Target as a cashier, minding my own business, working with the customers as best as I could.  (For those of you who know this story stick with me, I am going somewhere with it)  One of the store employees looks over at me, and says Dorsey we don’t wear masks on Halloween day.  Now mind you no other employee was wearing a mask, so more or less he was poking fun at me, and the way that I looked.  Long story short I quit that day, gave my two weeks notice, and never got an apology.  Though with halloween on the horizon and with people putting on costumes, wanting to hide their real self even if it’s just for the night, trying to be someone different, someone their not.  It’s a tradition, and mind you I am not knocking halloween, but how many times in our own lives, do we wake up daily with a mask on.  It may not be a physical mask, but a spiritual mask, or a mask that only we know what is truly behind it.  Our closest friends, family members, even those we are closest to, don’t know whats behind that mask.

Sometimes we are too afraid to reveal whats really behind that mask, because we are to embarrassed, ashamed, hurt about whats behind that mask that we won’t reveal our true selves.  Some of you who read this may not know God, may not know who He is, may not believe He exists, or may but don’t realize who He truly is.  Psalms 139:23 says Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts; you may not allow others to know who you are or to reveal your true self to others, but God knows who you are.  He knows our thoughts, he knows what we are going through, what we been through, and where we are going.  He knows what’s behind the mask that we wear not only on Halloween, but every day of the year.