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Your Greatest Pain is Often Your Highest Anointing

In this short clip Pastor Tom shares the power of grace to take the pain from our worst memories and deposit the strength to minister to others!


Joy Comes from Rejoicing

In this post Pastor Tom makes a passionate plea for us to change our words and shift from words of death to words that create life and bring hope!

Get that tongue under control


This is a guest post from my friend Dr. William Teddy Ott Ph.D.  Pastor Teddy is a teacher, author and speaker.  He has written a variety of books including “Changed” and “The Narcissistic Church.”  Pastor Teddy also sends out a daily devotional.  You can contact him by email at pastorteddyott@gmail.com, and on twitter at: https://twitter.com/OttTeddy and on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/teddy.ott.94



Taming the tongue…


The tongue is very powerful. In fact, The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences (Proverbs 18:21).” Listen, words are a powerful thing. They give us the power to heal and the power to hurt. The power to give hope and the power to discourage. The power to build up and the power to tear down. There is no marriage, family, or friendship that isn’t either made stronger or made weaker by how each person determines to use their words. We must realize that the Truth heals, forgives, and gives hope, but gossip destroys hope, builds up walls, harbors unforgiveness and kills. There is no doubt that to be Fit for Christ we must learn to tame the tongue. We need to get rid of gossip, avoid the angry outbursts, diminish cutting remarks, and ward off unguarded responses. Therefore, we need a workout that leads us to control what we say.


Let’s grab some advice from God’s Word…


“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water (James 3:1-12 ESV).”


Workout to Tame the Tongue…


“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)


Our words reflect the condition of out heart. So we will only speak edifying words when our heart is clean. Getting our heart right with God is the best way to clean up our spirit. Ask God to develop the fruit of the Holy Spirit in you: true love, peace, joy, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (self-control).


Tame the Tongue through Self-control….speak


Self Control is the second station and it is vital to bearing fruit in the Christian life. After counseling with people throughout the years, I have concluded that those who cannot tame the tongue cannot live the abundantly, victorious life that Jesus gave us. The key to self-control is being filled with the Holy Spirit. The reason most of us fail at self-control is because we try it in our own strength.  Self-control in our tongue is impossible without God, but “when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, … self-control” (Galatians 5:22).



Bridling the tongue


A key step in learning to tame the tounge is learning to bridle it. If any one thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless (James 1:26). The toungue should always be bridled by God’s Word. A muscle-toned tongue is critical for those who are gossips, those who cannot refrain from critical, harsh, and angry words. This station will lead Christians past cussing and telling off-color jokes, and straight into sepaking only words that build up.




Practicing words that Build people up…


We use only word that:

  • Build people up spiritually
  • That are good and peaceful
  • That teach about and lead to Christ
  • That are the truths of God’s Word
  • That glorify God


Separate yourself from unwholesome talk…


We must learn to stay away from those who consistently speak rumors and slanderous and filthy words. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear (Ephesians 4:29 ESV).” Who we choose to associate with can influence us positively or negatively. Therefore, it is wise to choose our friends by what comes out of their mouth. Separating ourselves form unwholesome talk includes separating ourselves from forms of entertainment that aren’t honoring to God, uplifting, and edifying. Colossians 3:8, “But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.”


Now it’s your turn.  Leave a comment and a few suggestions on how we could all do better with our words.

Our Struggle Becomes Our Confession

In this post Pastor Tom reveals how the problem takes over our life.  This short post is practical and power-packed with strategy that will enable you to change your life! 



Growing in the Journey

Growing in the Journey


A journey is defined as an excursion from one place to another, a passage through to a specific destination. God has a distinct journey for us and in that journey we are to grow and to personally experience His purpose for our lives.


Going through time never guarantees that personal growth will occur.  Growth and maturity is not isolated for those who know Christ or those who do not. Everything living is growing (even if you do not want to). Without any effort on our part we are continually growing toward physical death and leaving this earth. During our years here how we grow and what grows in our life is determined by US!


As believers we are challenged to grow in our faith and to move from faith to faith and to glory to glory.  God has ordained ordered steps for us and defining moments that give us the opportunity to seize the day and experience more of God.  Every day offers us the opportunity to turn our experiences into experience and to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


II Peter 1:2-3 helps us with this thought.


Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.


Notice that God has given us His divine power through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.  And that these promises are both great and precious and through them (the promises) they lead us to experience God’s divine nature.  Let’s also take notice that God’s word is not to be taken lightly and is like no other book ever written.


The Difference in the Word of God


The Word of God has a distinct difference than all other books.  The words mixed with faith possess it’s own life and power.


“The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:12-13)


The word is living and powerful. The word living means active and is defined as energy. It means to operate and to work. God’s word has an inherent power. This means when God speaks, what he speaks carries the power to fulfill what he said. This is the way God’s word saves, heals and delivers. God’s word also pierces.


This means that His word penetrates our soul and breaks down the strongholds and the dark places. The word describes that God’s word divides soul from Spirit. This means it reaches into the soul and apportions truth to the dark places and enlightens our heart to turn toward Him.


God’s word is destructive to soulish strongholds and constructive to our Spirit man. And the first food we need is milk: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2). We need spiritual milk to grow, and that milk is God’s Word. We exercise the muscles of obedience to God’s Word.


As we do we will find it easier to obey; sin loses its appeal, and our discernment increases. Scripture teaches us, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14).


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…


But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:23-25).


“We must not only read the Word of God but we must allow it to read us…


This passage describes us as a people that have the tendency to forget what kind a person we can be. This is due to the struggles of life. Our tendency is to allow our circumstances to define us. The word of God is focused on securing our identity in God and how he defines us. This is why the scripture challenges us to look into the word consistently and often. We are also promised blessing when we comply. We are not blessed for doing it. We become blessed from doing it!


Looking into the mirror also helps us to gain an adequate measure of how near or far we are from God. We also position ourselves to see the truth in every matter of our lives. The best practice of faith is to be doers of the word. The scripture reveals that not being a doer opens the door for deception.


When we develop the habit of regularly reading the word we also develop a deep sense of who we are in Christ. We often forget who we are because our Christ image is underdeveloped or morphed. We find and resource our image through what we hear and understand from God’s word. People who regularly look into the mirror understand the mirror has a voice. It speaks back to us!


“When we look into the mirror we must let the mirror talk back and tell us what to fix…


The mirror also reflects image. The mirror reflects what needs cleaned up, adjusted, and changed. The mirror reflects what should be set aside and what needs to be added. The Mirror or the Word is to be an active part of our daily life. In other words, there must be a point in our life where the Word of God is applied to every area of our life and walk.


God’s Word is a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our path (Psalm 119:105). It is meant to be our guide. God ‘s every Word or “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).”


As we have stated a mirror reflects. In the natural a mirror serves us to help us see what others are seeing. It helps us to arrange necessities that help us present ourselves in acceptable social matters. In the Spirit it is identical. The scripture reads our hearts and minds and reveals to us the changes we need to adjust to achieve the fullness of our spiritual potential.


6 R’s of Mirror Gawking…


-Remind – yourself of who you are

-Remember – how awesome God is

-Rehearse – God’s promises

-Resist – the devil

-Reject – all lies of the enemy

-Revive – your soul


Let’s close this blog with a little mirror gazing from the Book of Psalms.


The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward (Psalm 19:7-11).

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


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!



 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.





So  will  the  stock

market  crash  in

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.  


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