VIDDEVO: What Can One Man Do?

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What This is about is Personal.

It is my Personal Relationship and Response to Jesus.

It is about the Way I relate to Jesus and How He Communicates to Me. It is not an uncommon experience, but it is one that is Unique and Distinctive to God because He did it. I merely responded to what He did to me. This should be common to all men and could be.

 

VidDevo is Testimony.

 

It is the personal experience of God related in an intimate and personal way about what Jesus wants to communicate to me and through me for others as well as for my self. It is life experiences. It is Testimony. It is real. It is live. None of it is exaggerated. It is my devotional life as I live it in Video: VidDevo.

 

VidDevo is Personal.

 

It is about You. It is about Me. We are relating Jesus to each other by Video but communicating to each other as the Spirit of God makes real what fits in your life the same way he does for me. And it may not be the same thing. It is God speaking. It doesn't matter how He does. It is personal to you and Him, just as it is personal to He and I. God speaks thru VidDevo to each individual person; personally.

VidDevo is Real.

It is life. It is daily. It is about what happens to me and as much as possible what affects you as I see it happening to you. It is the response of a Man of God with God in success and failure, in happiness and sorrow, in all aspects of life and living it. It is not reality video, but the reality of God manifest in the flesh, mine, as I relate to God in all I am doing. It is God in me as Jesus said He would be and is. He is real, I am not.

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 Last Update 10-6-2012

WHAT CAN ONE MAN DO?

 

"You can change the World;

and you can do it free"-Michael James Stone

 


 

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IF ONE MAN CAN DO ALL THIS FREELY;

Imagine what you can do……

 

"...and probably better than me" -Michael James Stone

 

 

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE 4 SPIRITUAL LAWS?

Who Judges God?

3-20-2013 11-26-45 AM

Who deserves to die? The really rebellious, the serious sinner, the wildly wicked, and the extremely evil, that's who. Names come to mind: Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, Gehnkis Kahn, Joseph Kony, Ivan the Terrible.

Can you think of anyone else? I can: Billy Graham, Chuck Smith, Greg Laurie, James MacDonald, Bob Coy.

How is it that these two lists can be compared? How can really "evil" people be combined with - what I think - are really "good" people? Here's how:  Scripture says it so well in the first half of Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death…"

What are wages? Earned income... Regular payment... You get something for sinning.

So who deserves to die?

Everyone. Everyone deserves to die because everyone is a sinner.  Obviously, some will receive a more severe punishment or penalty, but what if you're not that bad? What if you're not an Adolph Hitler or Ivan the Terrible? I'm sorry, but “the wages of sin is death.”

Does that mean there's no hope? Is there no solution?

The second half of Romans 6:23 says this: "…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

So that brings us to another question. Not "Who deserves to die?" but "Who deserves to live?" Who gets the gift? Who enjoys the grace?

Here's why so many people have difficulty with God. You've heard people say this: "More blood gets shed in the name of God, than anything else." People have a tendency to judge the Judger. And they judge without having all the facts.

Let's make sure we have all the facts about God’s attitude toward death:

Ezekiel 18:32 - "For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies…"

Ezekiel 33:11 - "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live…"

2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish"

When somebody is judged, you can't blame God. God would rather that nobody dies according to the above scriptures.

God would rather nobody died including the wicked!

God struggles with the whole process of death. That's why the shortest verse in the Bible reads, "Jesus wept." Just outside of Lazarus' tomb, even though Jesus has the power of resurrection coursing through His veins, He weeps. He's sad to see this order of things.

It's because of sin that death entered this world.

It wasn't supposed to be like this; it wasn't His will. God created the Garden of Eden with the intention that we’d live forever enjoying fellowship together with Him.

But Adam sinned. Be careful, Christian, not to find fault with Adam. You would have done the exact same thing. These verses still apply: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” “The wages of sin is death.”

God didn’t want it this way. That’s why God is slow to judge. That’s why in scripture we see God giving repeated warnings before judgment falls.

Don’t be bothered by God’s judgment. God gives warning and witness before he judges. The implication, when you’re irritated with God for His righteous judgment, is that you’re more kind-hearted and more magnanimous than God. You’re judging God. That’s a little weird. I’m a little embarrassed for you when you do that.

One of the enemy’s tactics against you is to discredit, demean, and dishonor God. That’s why we need the Word. We need to have all the facts. God doesn’t want to judge. In fact, the Bible says if you judge yourself, you will not be judged.

Take a look at the Word of God. Align your heart, and you won’t be judged. We have a tendency to judge when we don’t have all the facts.  When faced with questions about the credibility of God, answer them with facts from the Word of God.

 

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HYPE

3-20-2013 9-04-47 AM

 

Ecclesiastes 10:1   Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.

Solomon tells us that a small thing can negatively affect a great thing.

I wish to address what may be a small thing. There is a tendency among some church to hype things.

The word “hype” is defines as follows.

hype

verb (used with object)

1. to stimulate, excite, or agitate (usually followed by up ): She was hyped up at the thought of owning her own car.

2. to create interest in by flamboyant or dramatic methods; promote or publicize showily: a promoter who knows how to hype a prizefight.

3. to intensify (advertising, promotion, or publicity) by ingenious or questionable claims, methods, etc. (usually followed by up ).

noun

1. exaggerated publicity; hoopla.

2. an ingenious or questionable claim, method, etc., used in advertising, promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect.

Some church leadership leans in this direction.  In an effort to engage congregants and attract the unbelieving world, efforts are made to convince people that they need to be at the next conference, outreach, teaching series, church service, or other event.

Words and phrases like “life changing”, “revolutionary”, “once in a lifetime” or “epic” are used repeatedly. I wonder if these words actually have lost their meaning to many people.

Every pastor or lay minister believes in the power of God and the power of the Gospel to change lives.  I do not mean to downplay godly efforts that are blessed by our loving God.

What I am concerned with is the overstatement which some church leaders think is needed in order to convince people that they ought to attend the next event.

Are some churches inadvertently creating an “artificial excitement” and hyping people and events up, believing that necessary way to convince people to attend?  Are we creating a Pavlovian response in the people, in that they feel they need to be excited because the church leaders are excited, and that the next event will be epic? It is almost as if “excitement breeds excitement”, as opposed to “Jesus breeds excitement”.

Please understand that I am all for being excited about the work we do.  I think it is great to read a facebook post from a pastor who is excited to teach a passage, and who is inviting his church to be there.  A shared excitement is not what concerns me.

What does concern me is the “little fly in the ointment”, which takes the next step ever so slightly.  Pastoral excitement seamlessly turns into a gentle and/or extreme hyping up of the congregant.  The importance of the next series, or the newest book by the pastor, is treated as a “must see, must have, must do” opportunity that the congregant dare not miss.

We who preach are all about cause and effect.  We want people to be affected for their personal blessing, and for the glory of God.  We want them to be affected for the purposes of the kingdom of God. We want to see people changed.  Are we trusting that Jesus and the Gospel are enough of a “cause” to bring to right affect/effect?

The question we must ask ourselves is this:  Am I ever so slightly using carnal means to accomplish this?  Are the godly intentions and biblical methods that I use, being slightly affected by the “little flies in the ointment”?  Am I planting a mixed crop of godly living which is stirred up by mixed methods and reasoning that nudge the flesh in barely discernable ways?

Are my thoughts subjective and possibly wrong?  Absolutely.  Am I in the place of rightly judging how another pastor reaches people?  That is not my place.  I have my opinions, but I have been wrong many times.

Or, there may be truth is this.

May we who serve Jesus and serve people be ruthless in our self examination of such things.

May we be careful to strain out “the little flies in the ointment”.

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A Gift Beyond Comprehension

3-20-2013 8-45-52 AM

God loves you with a love that defies human understanding. The apostle Paul prayed that the Christian believers of ancient Ephesus might know the love of Christ, which, he said, far exceeds human understanding:

That you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and the length, and the depth, and the height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge (Ephesians 3:18-19).

Frankly, this request fascinates me. How can you “know” something that far surpasses your ability to comprehend it? Paul gives us a clue through the word translated “know” (ginosko), which in the original language means, “to know by experience.” You can “know” this love only by experiencing it for yourself. You cannot “know” it by having someone tell you about it. You have to experience it for yourself to fully appreciate the depth of God’s love for you. 

So Paul prayed something like this: “Because God loves you so much, I pray that you might know the depth of God’s love for you—the length of God’s love—the height of God’s love. If you could only fathom the depth to which Jesus was willing to come in order to redeem you! If you could only explore the height to which God intends to bring you, that He might seat you together with Christ in heavenly places and make you a joint heir with Him in His eternal kingdom! If only you could see the length to which God is willing to go to save you.”

The broadness of God’s love encompasses all of humankind, every race, tribe, and nation. It reaches to all men and women, boys and girls. No one lies outside of the boundaries of God’s love. Best of all, His love for you—its breadth, its length, its height, its depth—will last forever.

That is why some fifty times in the Bible we read, “His mercy [or love] endures forever.”

God most clearly manifested the depth of His love for you on the cross. Jesus, who eternally existed in the form of God, emptied Himself and came to earth in the likeness of man. As a servant, He remained obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. That’s how deep the love of God is for you. Jesus willingly died in your place.

When God sent Jesus to earth, He gave us His very best. That’s the crowning characteristic of love—it wants to give its best. Suppose I found a bouquet of wilted flowers in a dumpster, pulled them out of the trash, arranged them haphazardly, and finally took them home to my wife. Would you be impressed? Probably not—and neither would Kay. Nor would it help my cause much to say, “I love you, dear. See? Here are some wilted flowers.”

While I’ve never given Kay flowers extracted from a dumpster, many times after a funeral I have had the opportunity to take her some gorgeous bouquets. People leave them at the church and say, “Do with them what you want.” A few times I have brought home some hundred-dollar bouquets, filled with orchids and other gorgeous and even exotic flowers. And do you know what she says to me?

“Did you have a funeral today?”

Because I got them for free—though they cost someone a bundle—the gesture didn’t mean much to her. It certainly didn’t mean as much to her as if I had stopped to pick up a small bunch of carnations at a little corner stand run by some enterprising kids.

True love wants to show itself through extravagant giving—and God sought to show you the magnitude of His love by giving you His best. It cost God tremendously to show you the depth of His love. In fact, we will never be able to comprehend how much He gave when He sent us His only begotten Son, Jesus. Such an extravagant gift proves how much He cares for you.

 

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