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You Do Not Have to Fall, You Can Stand

 

In this clip Pastor Tom encourages everyone to take a STAND!  It’s a great clip to get you through tough moments!

Words Create Thought

In this passage Pastor Tom catches a fresh vein of inspiration and encouragement.  He focuses us on the importance of your words and your thoughts!  #ENJOY

Everything that Wiggles doesn’t Walk Straight

 

This post will challenge your emotional IQ and encourage you to develop the Character of God

Walk Through It

This short clip reveals a powerful principle as to how God leads us to breakthrough!

7 Serious Signs to Consider before September

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This is an unusual post for our site.  I have even pondered if I should write it. Writing something controversial can result in finding yourself stereotyped.  It is similar to taking a role in a certain style of movie and the end result is that you play that role your entire career.  So, my resistance has been the possibility of something similar.

 

After much thought I determined the risk must be taken and I have very little to lose and no reputation to protect. My reputation is not my own, and the scripture informs us to be like Jesus who did not consider his reputation when making a decision.

 

A Dream

 

I had a serious dream about 24 months ago.  In the dream I was standing in heaven and life on earth as we knew it was over.  I was standing by Jesus and looking out at people who had attended the church where I had served as the Lead Pastor.  As I looked into their faces I realized they were not in heaven but looking through some sort of portal.  As they looked into my eyes they said; why didn’t you tell us the whole truth?  Since that day the dream has been a dominant thought in my life. 

 

 Serious Times

 

My information is from scripture, study and research. I am predicting nothing, simply sharing possible pieces to a prophetic picture over the next 90 days.

 

I believe we are living in serious times.  Times we should consider.  Let me clarify my mental and spiritual condition.  I am not an alarmist or a conspiracy trumpet blower. I actually despise conspiracy. But recently I have found myself taking a serious look at the signs in the earth and pondering that through scripture.

 

 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11

 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word.

 

So let’s quickly establish that we are not to be afraid and that fear is not of God.  Then, let’s clarify that we are selling nothing and have nothing to sell. My main intention is simply to share a piece of a puzzle that I am calling “possibility.”  This stuff can possibly come true and I want my friends and followers to be prepared!

 

Here are the 7 Serious Signs to Consider before September:

 

Same Sex Marriage for 50 States

 

The recent decision of the Supreme Court is definitely a shift in our nation.  This will change the entire scope of how we view and see life.  I believe the shock for many was simply the reality that this occurred.  The decision simply reveals the overall view of our nation and where we are as a culture. The truth is; as the world defines it’s role this also redefines our role as believers.  Things that test our love only purifies our hearts. Let us respond properly.
 

 Jade Helm

 

July 15th to September 15th – A military training exercise” known as “Jade Helm” will be conducted by the U.S. Army. The list of states slated to be involved in these drills includes Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, Mississippi and Florida.

 

In Texas alone there are 17 cities where troops will be located. This is a massive exercise.  Most agree that the exercise is designed to control our cities if overall anarchy occurs.  My view is that America is expecting economic collapse and this is the model for controlling the citizens and our cities. 
 

 Bail in Legislation

 

July 28th – On May 28th, Reuters reported that countries in the European Union were being given a two month deadline to enact “bail-in” legislation. Any nation that does not have “bail-in” legislation in place by that time will face legal action from the European Commission.  Bail-in legislation is coming to America.  This plan is designed to bail-out the governments from saving the banks and financial institutions in the reality of economic failure. This means that all bail outs will now happen through stakeholders and stockholders of the banks and it’s members.  This legislation gives banks and institutions the right to use, control, and even take your money if economic failure occurs.  Wake up America, it’s coming this year!
 

 SHEMITAH YEAR 

 

 A SHEMITAH year was the year that Israel was commanded to not plant the fields.  They were also commanded to rest.  This principle was established so that Israel would see God’s hand of provision and blessing.  Because the Jews often failed to obey the word of the Lord there were often repercussions that resulted in alarming happenings.

 

This principle is primarily about faith and trusting in God.  In our times this is also about us trusting God and doing things God’s way. We also have experienced some difficult times since we have decided to not operate according to God’s plan.  Look what has occured over the last 2 SHEMITAH years right here in AMERICA.

 

On September 17th, 2001 (which was Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), we witnessed the greatest one day stock market crash in U.S. history up until that time. The Dow plummeted 684 points, and it was a record that held for exactly seven years until the end of the next Shemitah cycle.

 

On September 29th, 2008 (which was also Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), the Dow fell by an astounding 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all time.

 

September 13, 2015 – This is Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar – the last day of the Shemitah year. Many are concerned about this date because we have seen giant stock market crashes on the last day of the previous two Shemitah cycles.

 

 

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So  will  the  stock

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September  2015?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palestinian State 

 

September 15th – The 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins on this date. It is being reported that France, Germany, and Britain plan to introduce a resolution which would give formal UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state. Up until now, the United States has always been the one blocking such a resolution, but Barack Obama is indicating that things may be much different this time around.  This could be a game changer in the East and spark an initiation to the last days like no other event.  This decision can be the catalyst for a peace treaty or the sparks of a major war with Hamas and the Palestinians.
 

 The Construction of the Temple 

 

The Israel Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel on Friday expressed a plan to construct the “Third Temple” in place of the Muslim Mosque. If you are even a distant student of prophecy you know the implications of this.
 

The Temple Institute, which has recreated 60 vessels to be used in a Third Temple and which sponsors educational programs about the temple worldwide, has created a $100,000 campaign to draft plans for the Third Temple. Building the temple, says the founders would “usher in a new era of universal harmony and peace,” as prophesied in the Bible. “It is not enough to wait and pray for the Third Temple,” the statement added. “It is a Biblical obligation to build it.” Announcement is scheduled for July 12, 2015.

 

United Nations and Agenda 21 

 

21September 25th to September 27th – The United Nations is going to launch a brand new agenda.  This agenda is contains the same old stuff that they have labeled sustainable development. Another term for control the world through socialism and domination.  178 of 191 countries have signed up for Agenda 21.     On September 25th, the Pope will travel to New York to give a major speech kicking off the UN conference where this new agenda will be unveiled.

 

OK there it is.  So what does all this mean?  I am startled at how most of these are tied to this season between now and September and how most of the items are tied to economics and our fionancial structure. 

 

My hunch is we must consider the material presented and take some sort of positive action over the next 60-90 days. 

 

I am not recommending a total abandonment of the banking system, 401K’s, savings accounts, or retirement funds. But, I do not know what is going to happen.  That is a decision that only you can make.
 

 

Here is what I am recommending.

 

 1. Be informed

 

Matthew 24:23-24

 

Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 

 

 2. Be prepared for the possibilities

 

Matthew 24:42-44

 

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

 

3. Be prayerful 

 

Philippians 4:6

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

4. Be unafraid

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-11

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word.

 

 OK, there it is. It is by far the longest most controversial post I have ever written.

 

 Would love to hear your comments.

 

Note: This material was researched online and a few sources including Prophecy News, The Blaze, Glenn Beck, The NKJ Bible, and additional online articles.  

 

A Great Sermon isn’t an Accident

sermonSermon prep is something I have been doing for over 30 years.  When comparing notes with other preachers some of us are similar, and yet others of us are quite different.

 

In my earlier years I was more focused on making sure I did not look bad.  My personal insecurity was a driving force and controlled my presentation.  It was also something that God used for my good.

 

In my insecurity I was also deeply dependent upon God to show up.  During those years I was also focused more on praying for myself than praying for my audience.

 

These days I am focused on my audience and their needs and less of my own.  I also have lost the fear of being embarrassed or afraid to fall on my face.

 

I preach often. About 48 weekends a year. Again, in my early years I preached over 100 times a year.

 

At this point in my journey I have learned that it is not about me, and allowing others to contribute only makes us a better church and me a better leader.

 

I preach from a yearly calendar.  It is flexible and can be changed if the Holy Spirit is leading a different direction.  I begin the calendar with topics that I know are important to our church and then add the holidays.  This fills in nearly 10 weekends.

 

From there I take a look at the church and the current areas where we need change, teaching, or training.  This is the formula that creates the planning and the outcome for the coming year.

 

Creating the Content

 

I write my sermons the week I preach them and most always on Friday and Saturday before the Sunday.  I begin my meditation on Monday morning and often make notes all week in my prayer times, drive times, and other places.  I then add the scriptures.  I normally read every scripture in the whole bible on the topic I am studying.   My final step is adding the personal illustrations.

 

Prayer is the factor that brings it all together. Praying adds the transitions and saturates me with God’s presence.  This is where I pick up a sense of His leading and even His passions.

 

I have always spent time praying each morning and I am convinced the power of preaching begins in the prayer chamber!   

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I am actually consumed with my message most of the week.  I average about 5-8 hours on most sermons.  That is actually half of the time it was only 10 years ago.  I used to invest about 13-16 hours a week.

 

Those days I was consumed with the message.  These days I am convinced with the man being ready to deliver it.

 

I have learned you must trust the anointing.

 

A few years ago I was guilty of trusting in my studies but now I trust in my teacher.

 

I now prepare the man for the message rather than the message for the man.

 

Would love to hear from you.

 

What would you add to this post?

 

 

 

Serving: The reward is greater than the cost

In this clip Pastor Tom reveals that the reward of serving others is always greater than the cost.  He also enforces the truth that we can serve others and actually it cost us very little! 

Prioritize Your Calling

In this short clip Pastor Tom uses a white board and deeply explains 6 words that will revolutionize your priorities.  This is very insightful and inspiring!

Miraculous Things Happen When We Use Our Gifts

MADEI find that most people are generally in search of wonderful experiences and on a daily basis expect positive things to happen.  Some of us are looking for miraculous things to occur.  And still others may be looking for something spectacular.

 

We search for the spectacular in a variety of places. We search for it through high profile people, or people we feel have mastered certain talents. We search for it through social media, TV, or at our places of worship.  

 

The most amazing thing is that we often fail to expect it from ourselves. 

 

Only few of us ever realize that the greatest genius of all is the genius to be YOU!  I purposefully used the word spectacular only to contrast it with the word supernatural.  Because as people of faith we look not to the spectacular but to the supernatural. 

 

The supernatural can also be overlooked and under realized.  Because it begins with who we are, and not necessarily what we do. Let’s begin by realizing we are each made uniquely, fearfully and wonderfully by God our creator.  I love to say you are YOU-nique!

 

The most supernatural things occur as God adds super to our natural.  I often watch the supernatural occur as men and women of God step into moments of just being themselves.

 

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I watch miracles happen as people use their natural gifts and callings.  As people step into situations that they were born for. It is in moments like this that their gifts go higher, their senses heighten, and everything in them goes to another level. We also call this “the anointing.”

 

I have seen it in crisis situations.  I have seen it in places where compassion was needed. I have seen it while people are clearing away the debris of a tornado. I have seen it on stages for presentations, sermons, dramas, and dance recitals.

 

This is the where the supernatural occurs.  It occurs most in those moments when we are leveraging the gifts and abilities God has entrusted to us. This is why it is vital to use your gifts and callings.  We were created with the ability to serve others and make a difference in our own unique way.

 

Most of us are searching for the supernatural to come to us and fail to realize it flows from US!

 

So what should we do?

1. Desire

Desire is defined as; to be zealous for, to pursue with passion, to yearn for with eagerness and intensity! Desire is big.  Why?  Because everything starts with desire.  That’s why it is so important to develop and select the desires from good choices and never from feelings and emotions. Set your desire to discover the gifts that make you who you are! 

 
2. Discoverdiscover

Discover means to find or identify, to learn or take notice, and to observe.  In order to maximize our lives it is imperative for us to discover our gifts and callings.  This means we must get involved.  Discovery happens when we decide to take risks and make a difference.  Your gifts are rarely discovered in the classroom.  They are most discovered in the game, serving others, fully engaged.

3. Develop

Develop is defined as; to cause to grow or expand, to generate a new level of effectiveness, to act out the total capabilities or possibilities. Once we discover our gifts and talents we must find a place to develop and master them. This is also progressive.  Many of us want to start at the top but we must be willing to set ourselves up for growth and overall success.  This means finding a mentor and a safe place to exercise the gifts I have on the level currently developed. 

 

Remember, the next level is always uphill. 

 

OK your turn. 

Your comments are appreciated and solicited. 

 

Little Things Matter

differenceLittle Things can truly make a Big Difference.

 

A little thing like serving..big things happen.

 

A little thing like giving a donation..big things happen.

 

Most of us think if we can’t do a Big Thing then let’s do no-thing.

 

Never forget it’s a lot of little, that turns really BIG!

 

OK.  Your turn to share a little thing that turned out really big? 

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