Parents PLEASE Read This!!!!

Several years ago, in one of the churches we were pastors of, my wife was in charge of the youth department.  We had a Jr. Church program that we ran for children of most ages, except nursery. One of her responsibilities was to choose and order the curriculum that our teachers used.  Several months prior to a new quarter, she'd order sample material from several, well-known, large, popular Christian publishing houses.  They would send the sample material that she ordered, and then if we liked it we would order for the following quarter.  After my wife received samples from one of the largest publishing houses, she came to me and said, "Larry, we just can't use this stuff!"  I asked her what was wrong and she read to me from one of the booklets, probably material for 5-7 year old children, this: "It is very important that you obey your parents, teachers and those in authority so that God will love you!"  Now, this was before we had too much revelation on grace, but even then we knew that this was a lie!

I really wonder how many parents actually know what their children are being taught in Sunday School, Jr. Church or Youth Group??? is essential that you know what your kids are being taught!  Can you imagine your child being taught that God's love is dependent upon if they obey their teachers or not?  Little Johnny or Suzy sits in that Sunday School class on Sunday morning, and hears this rubbish.  Come Monday morning something goes wrong, they have a breakdown and disobey Ms. Smith, their teacher.  After the proper discipline, they reflect on their actions and all of a sudden remember what they were taught in Sunday School the day before.  It then dawns on them that God no longer loves them!  Then, it gets even worse...they think, "Will God forgive me now?  Will I go to heaven?  Will God ever love me again?  What can I do to get God's love back? etc., etc!" How sad!

Please don't brush off this blog!  Just yesterday a youth pastor of a church, challenged my Facebook post about how the Law was no longer in force.  By his picture he looked to be around 25 years old.  His writing showed that he was very intellectual; he was throwing Greek and Hebrew words at me.  He was a student of the Torah and very proud of it.  His challenge was that the law was still in effect and was God's plan for people today.  Yes, he said he was saved by grace, but he got very hung up on the Law.  (Torah)  Eventually he became very argumentative and later a little nasty.  My rules on my Facebook posts are simple.  Feel free to disagree with me, tell me why you do.  I'm fine with that.  However when you become argumentative and nasty you are gone!  I ended up blocking this know it all kid!  However, my heart was so saddened because I knew his position as a youth pastor would effect, actually ruin his kids, maybe for the rest of their lives!  My heart was broken all night over this event.  Just think he is influencing kids that they must obey the Law to earn God's favor! sad!

If you do not know and understand what your children are being taught in church, you could very well be messing them up for the rest of their lives!  But of course....some of you don't know what you are being taught in church either.  Some of you have already swallowed the Koolaid of Religion and don't even realize it!  It could be that is even sadder.  Please consider my words today!  PLEASE!!!

Grace and peace!

Yes, I Am Free to Cuss, But.....

It's possible that some of my "Grace Friends" will get angry with me about this post, and even possibly accuse me of trying to bring them back under bondage.  However, I assure you, that is the farthest thing from my purpose here!  I have noticed a lot of "Grace Folks" on Facebook really getting a kind of "in your face attitude" lately. In other words, some have developed an attitude sort of like...."Listen, I am free to do anything, to say anything and to be anything, and if you don't believe me, look at what I just wrote!  If you don't like it....TOUGH!  You will NEVER bring me back into bondage!"  So, their post will be filled with cuss words, some even including the "F-bomb." 

Now, please don't get me wrong here.  I love these people and I fully agree that God really doesn't give two hoots about people saying the "F-bomb."  However, many people, including me,  still find that word and words like it offensive.  Yes, sadly, some within religion will even go so far as to state that saying words like these are sinful practices.  Of course, that is totally ridiculous! 

To be fully transparent here, I've even been known to drop a cuss word or two once in awhile.  However, I never use the "F-word," even though I do have the right under God's grace to do so.  (I know that this statement may ruffle some religious feathers too!)  However, I also feel that somehow we need to bring a little BALANCE into our grace walk.  I have to laugh at this, as some people within the "Grace Camp" hate the word, "balance."  They feel that when we use that word, we are somehow trying to bring control, manipulation and law into their lives.  Likewise, this isn't always correct thinking either. 

So....I have the right under my freedom in Christ to use some salty language.  I, in my passion of my new found liberty in Christ develop an "in your face" type attitude and spout off all kinds of cuss words.  Those who are sadly lost in religion and law look at my Facebook post or the words that I say publicly and think, "If that's grace then I don't want a thing to do with it!"  What I have done is used my freedom to be a "stumbling block" to a person still under law.  This block is pretty huge too!

I'm thinking that some of us grace loving people need to do a little thinking and not become stumbling blocks to people that God loves!  Maybe it's time to reign in our liberty some in consideration of those who we need to bring into liberty!

I think that Paul says it best:

1 Corinthians 10:23-33New Living Translation (NLT)

23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. 24 Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.

25 So you may eat any meat that is sold in the marketplace without raising questions of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”

27 If someone who isn’t a believer asks you home for dinner, accept the invitation if you want to. Eat whatever is offered to you without raising questions of conscience. 28 (But suppose someone tells you, “This meat was offered to an idol.” Don’t eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the one who told you. 29 It might not be a matter of conscience for you, but it is for the other person.) For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? 30 If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why should I be condemned for eating it?

31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. 33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

I like Paul's attitude...."I don't just do what is best for me; I DO WHAT IS BEST FOR OTHERS SO THAT MANY MAY BE SAVED!

Grace and peace!



"The Fear of Cancer is Worse Than Cancer Itself!"

Last Friday, September 15, 2017, I was to celebrate my one year anniversary of the radical surgery on my mouth, neck and right leg that cut cancer from my body and rebuilt my lower jaw bone with the small bone from my leg.  It also was to mark one year of being cancer free. However, a few days earlier, during a routine visit with my surgeon, at Shands Hospital (University of Florida) in Gainesville, I was urged to have a CT Scan performed on a suspicious mass that had formed on my lower, right neck. The call came on September 13 that a biopsy was needed to confirm what the CT Scan revealed.  Then yesterday afternoon I was informed by my Doctor's assistant that the mass was indeed cancerous.  The biopsy showed that the mass was squamous cell carcinoma which is the same form of cancer that I had in my mouth.  Evidently a cell had escaped the surgery and invaded a lymph node in my neck.  I understand that this is very common with head and neck cancers.  I currently await an appointment with my Doctor next Tuesday morning where my options will be discussed.

Of course, this bad news has once again rocked my little world!  No one likes phone calls like I got yesterday.  Cancer is such an evil disease!  I can't even begin to tell you how it has changed my life.  Physically, it has taken a heavy toll on me.  On the other hand, spiritually and even mentally, it has strengthened me.  I guess that is something good that has come from my previous, and I guess, ongoing battles.

In my soon to be released book, When God Doesn't Heal: Avoiding Fear, Shame and Condemnation, I tell my previous cancer story of the past year.  I also share what I have learned as a result of my journey.  The fact is that God ALWAYS heals!  However, it doesn't always come the way we expect it to come.  As a result, many who are seeking God for healing and their miracle hasn't arrived yet, or in the form that they expect, come under the burden of fear, shame and condemnation. 

One of the huge lessons that my wife and I have learned over our cancer experiences (God healed Corinne of cancer many years ago) was that the fear of cancer is worse than the cancer itself.  Fear works along with shame and condemnation to really take a cancer patient out.  The cancer can kill, but fear, shame and condemnation can spiritually and emotionally kill way before physical death arrives.  This can be avoided when we know that God is complete control, at all times! 

Here is a quote from my book:

"My friend, likewise, your healing, your miracle, is not dependent on what you do or don’t do. It’s dependent only on the blood shed for you two thousand years ago. It will come to you in the way and fashion that God decides to bring it to you because of that shed blood. All you must do is rest in the plan of God for your life.

Here’s the deal—even if I’m never healed of cancer in this life, I cannot lose because I will spend eternity free of cancer and any other sickness. I’m the winner!

Kick religion out of your health situation and enter the wonderful rest of God through the finished works of Jesus Christ. You’ll never be sorry."

Right now, I'm not a "happy camper" in regards to yesterday's phone call.  I'm not looking forward to what will come in the days ahead; possible surgery and other treatments.  The future has many questions attached to it for me.  However, this one thing I can assure you is that I'm not facing one bit of fear, shame and condemnation over my current situation.  I refuse to go down that road! 

So, if you are facing cancer, or any other serious sickness or disease, I assure you that God is your healer!  He just may perform an instant miracle for you, completely delivering you from your affliction.  Or, your healing miracle may come in many, many other ways.  However, you can rest, knowing full well that He has a plan for your life and it's much better than anything you could ever think of yourself!

Please pray for me as I go forward.  I surely will be praying for you as you read this post!  I love you and God loves you so much more!

Grace and peace!

Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Unrest: Is This the Bible Being Fulfilled?

This morning I sadly watched the news reports of Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 5 hurricane, about to hit Puerto Rico bringing 150 plus MPH winds and rain to an already devastated island.  Last night I watched the reports of an earthquake over 7 points on the Richter Scale hitting Mexico City, killing hundreds.  Just last week, our area of Florida narrowly missed the brunt of Hurricane Irma, with other areas being hit full on.  We also watch news reports of riots and unrest in the streets of our cities while death and destruction advances all over the world.  Could this be the end of the world?  Is this what Jesus was speaking of in His Matthew 24 teaching? 

All over Social Media some are proclaiming that the end of the world, and even the rapture will take place this coming Saturday, September 23, 2017.  It seems that the Charismatic prophets are really busy these days pronouncing judgment on the United States, and the world.  Some are applying teaching from Jewish Rabbis to their prophetic unctions.  What about all of this?  You may be asking, "Larry, What do you think about all of this stuff?"  Well, maybe you haven't asked me, but here's my take on it anyway!

First, may I begin with a true word of prophesy, "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself.  Only the Father knows!"  (Mt. 24:36)  I suggest that you read the chapter in context to understand what "these things" are that Jesus speaks of.  Yet, here Jesus absolutely debunks the doom and gloom prophets of today!

I also find it interesting that on this morning's news reports from Puerto Rico, it was stated that Maria is the first Cat. 5 hurricane to hit the island since the 1930's.  Certainly, this is a terrible thing going on there right now.  However, it's not the first Cat. 5 storm to hit them.  I think the report said that the last one was in 1934.  The world didn't end in 1934!  Can you see where I'm coming from.  We've always had hurricanes, earthquakes and unrest!  This human suffering is nothing new to mankind.  It's always existed and it always will. 

People ask me, "Then why all of the natural disasters now?"  My answer is simple....We live on an old, dying, wearing out planet!  A few years ago, Corinne and I had the privilege to visit a Creation Museum in Texas.  In their exhibits they had a display of what the earth's atmosphere must have been like in Adam's day. It was highly charged with oxygen.  As a result, people, animals and plants lived a long time as they were breathing such pure oxygenated air.  Have you ever wondered why the Old Testament Saints lived so many years?  I'm certain that you realize that we don't breath such pure air these days!  How about Global Warming?  That's not a debate for this blog post, however, the earth is currently getting warmer.  It has before, and there have also been Ice Ages.  The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are currently in the 90's.  This is prime hurricane producing water.  Weather runs in cycles.  Relax.... the earth will one day cool down again, and that will bring with it other problems.  Romans 8:22, "For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time."  So you see, all of God's creation has been and always will be "groaning as in the pains of childbirth," awaiting the fullness of God's plan for mankind...which of course became evident at the cross.

Friends, may I suggest that we all take a deep breath and relax!  Let's focus on the wonderful revelations that God is showing us these days.... revelations of peace, hope and joy; revelations detailing Kingdom life within the fullness of the New Covenant.  Yes, bad things are happening all around us.  However, the Good News is that Christ lives within us and He is leading us forward in the midst of it all!  Today would be a good day to tell someone that God loves them, and then tell them about His plan for their life!  Yep, it would really be a good day to do that!

Grace and peace!

So, Am I Really Saved to do Works?

Today is Labor Day, 2017. To many it is the last celebration of a long-gone summer.  However, it's origin is a yearly celebration of and for all of the millions of people who work for a living here in the United States.  Without the American worker, our nation would be toast!  To each and every one of them, I certainly give you a heart-felt salute!

However, to many Christians the term, "labor" has another connotation.  Years ago as a young Christian I was taught by my pastor, who echoed his teaching from most other preachers, that we as modern day Christians were saved by grace (God's unmerited favor).  In His mercy and grace God saved us through the cross of Christ.  There wasn't a thing that we could do to save ourselves.  Ephesians 2:8 was always quoted, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of of God."  Certainly, this is so true!  However, the preachers of the day, including me, would then add something like this, "Yes, you are saved by God's grace, it's not by your works.  However, now that you are saved by his free gift, you NOW HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO!" 

Of course what that work was that we were supposed to do vastly depended upon the preacher's personal beliefs.  No one seemed to have the "work thing" all figured out.  Some would preach, including me, that our works included living a sin free life, making ourselves holy and righteous, praying, fasting, worshiping more, being in church every time the doors were open, faithfully tithing and giving huge offerings TO THE CHURCH, getting along with our brothers and sisters in the church, going out on street evangelism, making certain the building was proper and clean, being a good spouse and parent, and....more than anything...MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU NEVER CREATE ANY PROBLEMS FOR THE PASTOR!  Whew!  The list probably could actually get much longer!  Talk about work!  To those of us who were in that type of ministry EVERY DAY WAS LABOR DAY....and lots of it!!!

Friends, the above list of works is a product of a mixed, old covenant with new covenant message.  It is NOT the true Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Let's take a moment and look at Paul. (I believe that Paul wrote the book of Hebrews...but it doesn't matter)  I suggest that your fully read Hebrews 4: 1-11.  However, for brevity, let's just check out verses 9-10 (NLT), "So there is a special rest (Greek: Sabbath rest which has nothing to do with a day, rather a way of life!) still waiting for the people of God.  For ALL who have entered into God's rest (by faith in what Christ has already done for them) have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world." Question:  After God created the world, what did He do next?  Answer: He rested! 

Please read and consider this very carefully.....If you are being constantly taught that you have to work harder, do more, obey more, etc., etc., in order to please God then you are not being taught the true Gospel of Jesus Christ!  You are not living in the new covenant.  Again, looking at Paul (or the writer of Hebrews), "So, let us do our best to enter that rest.   But if we disobey God (by not entering His rest), as the people of Israel did, WE WILL FAIL!"  Wow!  This is pretty heavy stuff!  It's kinda like, that if we are continually running around trying to please God we will certainly putting a curse on ourselves!  Instead, we simply believe that Christ did it all at the cross, "It is finished!" When we believe that, place our faith and trust in His finished works, instead of failure, we will be highly successful!  Just think, my Friend, you are, without doing a thing other than believing that you are....righteous and holy!  God made you that way at the cross!  That is the Good News, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Happy Labor Day!

Grace and peace!



But Larry, Peter Said.....

For the past several months I've been posting on Facebook what I call, "Grace Nugget of the Day."  This is a little blurb about new covenant grace life.  I usually do not post a Scripture reference as I wish people to dig that out for themselves.  However, I could as everything I post is very Scriptural.  I guess most people don't look for the Scripture and some totally ignore any Scripture and just argue with me.  However, that's fine!

The past several days I've posted about the importance of Paul to the Early Church, actually implying just how important he was to not only past history, but to us as well as we continue to walk out this current new covenant life.  Jesus used Paul nightly to form the "New Way" of the new covenant.  Matter of fact in 2 Corinthians chapter 3, Paul states that "The old way brought death; the new way brings life."  That's pretty powerful insight!

When I stated on Facebook that Paul brought the revelations of new covenant grace to the Church not Peter, James and John some argued.  However, some asked some good questions.  The best question was simply, "What difference does it make?"  Friends, this simple fact is very essential in understanding the New Testament and it's teachings on new covenant grace.  For example, when I wrote about me not teaching people to repent I received a lot of flack!  Maybe, right now, your eyebrows are raised too.  Firstly, many do not know what the word, "repent" really means.  In its context and in its Greek meaning it has nothing to do with sin.  Rather, it simply means to change your mind about God.  In other do not believe in God's love for you.  I tell you to "repent." What I'm really saying...."Hey Dude...God loves you so very much. He's done so much for you and even if you never believe in Him his mind and heart is still set on you.  So REPENT!  That's right...change your mind about what you think about God!  Pretty simple isn't it?  Yet, many just relate this to sin and leave it there.  This is NOT the new covenant that Paul taught the Church!

Therefore, when we get onto threads like this, the words of Peter come up in Acts 2:38, "Each of you must REPENT of your sins and turn to God," So here is Peter, on the day of Pentecost, just 50 days after the Resurrection of the Lord telling people to repent of their sins.  So, it's completely understandable about why people would ask me, "But Larry, Peter repent of their sins!! What about that?" 

This subject is way too deep to fully explore in this blog.  I'm thinking about a future book, called "The Great Sin Conspiracy" where I can dig much deeper into the subject.  However, the key here is that Peter, at this time, didn't know and understand the new covenant.  None of the early Fathers did, including James and John.  It was all so new!  They were actually leading the Early Church of the day into just another extension of Judaism even leaving behind the Gentiles.  A short time later, Paul, after he was raising havoc on the Church had his Damascus Road experience.  He "repented;" changed his mind about Jesus and went to the Brothers telling them about what happened.  He even began to preach about Jesus.  The Brothers pretty much rejected Paul at this time, actually not trusting this guy who just a short time earlier was persecuting the Church.  I'm certain they thought, "SURE you're a Christian???" 

Shortly after this Paul left Jerusalem and hid out in the Arabian desert for 3 years.  There he met with Jesus.  The Lord converted this Pharisee of the Pharisees and forever changed his life.  Paul was downloaded the fullness of the new covenant with the instructions of bringing it to the Church.  He soon went back to Jerusalem and there told the Brothers about all that had happened.  Thankfully, they accepted Paul and his new-fangled teaching! Friends, Paul brought total chaos to the Church of the day! Humm.. I'm thinking that he still does!

I'll end this all here, but when people tell or ask me about Peter teaching repentance from sin in Acts chapter 2, my answer is pretty simple....PETER DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT!  He had not been exposed to the revelations of the new covenant yet.  That didn't come until much later when Paul came back to town!

Now, I'm certain some religious folks will not like what I've just written here.  However, no's true.  And unless they understand this truth, they, like Peter of the day before Paul's teaching the new covenant, will be mixing the message of grace with law.   Friends...that dog don't hunt!

Grace and peace!

Leave Joel Alone, But......

I am not really a fan of Joel Osteen. I've never been to one of his services, I've never read one of his books, I've probably watched only 2-3 of his TV programs during my lifetime. It's possible that I don't agree with everything he teaches, but I'll never know as I don't really know what he teaches.  Yet, taking all of this into consideration, I totally disagree with all of the negative press that this guy has come under during this terrible storm devastation in Houston. I find the treatment of Brother Joel reprehensible!

Here is my suggestion for those who constantly oppose Osteen .....LEAVE JOEL ALONE, BUT....But, examine yourself and remove the beam from your own eye! 

I'm suggesting that those who would attack another Believer so violently, especially during the time of such a national disaster as we have witnessed this week, are actually pretty sick puppies!  As I stated above, I'm not a fan of Osteen, but I've heard that very positive things have come from his church and ministry.  Those who attend his church and follow his ministry love him.  Of course, the critics state that he preaches a "feel good Gospel."  Well, so do I!  And....I'll never stop doing that!  What's the alternative...that God wants us to feel bad?  Or, in light of Osteen's critics decrying his "prosperity message," just maybe God wants us all broke!  Of course his critics also scream that he only teaches God's love.  Again, so do I!  Is God the God of hate?  Come on....give me a break!

Here is my suggestion to all of Joel Osteen's critics...."And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own?  How can you think of saying to your friend, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye?  Hypocrite!  First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye." (Matthew 7:3-5 NLT)

Just saying......

Grace and peace!

Could I Really Be Wrong?

Last year, during my three week hospital recuperation following major cancer surgery, I had plenty of time to think.  I spent many hours with God, contemplating Him and His workings in my life.  I soon discovered that many of the things that I thought I had completely understood were not actually so.  I came home from the hospital thinking that there were many things that I no longer had my pat, theological perfect answers to.  I found out that I didn't know about God as much as I thought that I did.  What a shock!!

There have been two times in my ministry, one years ago, and one about 6 years ago, that I had to stand before my congregation and tell them that I had been teaching them wrong things and that I was sincerely sorry for doing so.  In case you've never been there, that is a very difficult thing for a pastor to do.  We all know that we pastors have ALL the answers to every question!  Right?  NOT!  At least I don't have all of the answers anymore!

Yesterday, on Facebook, I posted a rather controversial post.  I post a daily, "Grace Nugget of the Day."  Granted, most of these go against the traditional stream of Church thinking. Believe me, I'm fully aware of the fact that many people don't like my posts, most do not really understand what I'm trying to say.  However, this one guy replied to my post in a rather nasty, know it all way.  Everything I would write he would counter, with an argumentative attitude.  Look, I am in complete awareness that some will not understand or like what I post, preach or write in a book.  I know that going in!  However, I always tell people that I'm totally OK with anyone who disagrees with me.  My standard is when a person crosses the line and becomes nasty, that's when I take action and in the case of Facebook I Unfriend/Block them.  Go ahead...please feel free to disagree with me.  Ask me some legitimate questions and I will try my best to answer, as best as I can.  Just don't get nasty or you're gone!  Those are my rules and I stick with them!

By the same token, I feel sorry about people like this argumentative guy, I really do!  His mind is closed; he knows it all!  He's an expert and He made certain to tell me that he was and that I was promoting destructive error to the Body of Christ. 

My point here is that a closed, know it all mindset, is poison to us!  I wrote on today's "Grace Nugget," ..."There are those who know it all.  Others are seekers.  The seekers shall see God!"  Please continue to keep an open mind about the things of God.  Granted you will find some things that you just don't or can't agree with.  That's OK!  Continue to practice "eating the meat and spitting out the bones."  A closed, know it all mind will wither away and never prosper!

Grace and peace!



The Word "If" Can Destroy Grace!

Years ago we used to teach a lot from Deuteronomy chapter 28 which deals with the blessings and cursings that come from either obeying or not obeying God.  The bottom line was that if you walked in full obedience to God, He would bless you.  If you didn't He would curse you.  Wow!  Talk about a lot of condemnation!

Verse 15 states, "But if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am given you today, all of these curses will come and overwhelm you:"  Then in verses 16-19 some of the curses are listed. They include:

  1. Your towns and fields will be cursed
  2. Your fruit and bread will be cursed
  3. Your children will be cursed
  4. The offspring of you herds and flocks will be cursed
  5. and...wherever you go and whatever you do will be cursed!  And the list goes on in the following verses.

Wow!  Talk about a heavy trip!

I'm ashamed to say, that I too used to preach this stuff!  My, how I've changed!  In the past I was pretty religious and didn't have the foggiest idea of what New Covenant Life was.  Later, I learned some rules of proper Bible interpretation.  Rule #1 is: Who is it written to?  So, the question here is; are the verses written in Deuteronomy 28: 15-68 written to us, living on this side of the cross?  The answer is....NO!  Yet, many in the Church still teach that they are, and if we don't live just right God will punish us with a very severe curse.  I am calling this teaching out, even though I used to teach it, as rubbish!

Instead, here is what I now teach: Galatians 3:13, "But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law (Dt. 28: 15-68). When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.  For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."

Friends... No matter what you've been told and no matter how difficult the battle is that you are now involved in....GOD HAS NOT CURSED YOU!  That means that nothing you have done, even while you were in complete rebellion to God, has prompted Him to place a curse on your life!  You are NOT cursed, no matter what!  Therefore, stop believing that you have been cursed by God.  That dog no longer hunts!

Grace and peace!

What Does the Eclipse Really Mean?

Today the world will experience an event that hasn't been witnessed in nearly 100 years, a total solar eclipse.  Parts of the United States will see total darkness, lasting over 2 minutes.  The rest of us will observe a great reduction in sunlight.  I believe in our part of Florida we will see about a 70% eclipse.

The last time something like this occurred was June of 1918.  The interesting fact is that during this time the world was in devastation as the Great War, WW1 was in its final days.  The war ended in November of that year, but at the time of the eclipse the trench warfare in France was totally gruesome.  Thousands would daily die a horrible death.  Then about 20 years later Hitler came to power and the condition of the world got much worse.  Remember, never forget, the Jewish death camps!  Yet, through all of this and many other terrible, horrible events of world history, the eclipse of 1918 was not God's signal to the world that He was going to pour judgment upon it!

For the past several months Christians have been advancing, through the power of the Internet, the theory that today's eclipse is going to be a signal from God of pending judgment upon the world, especially the United States.  Often words from Jewish rabbis are being quoted, words often based upon ancient writings found in the Torah.  Linked with past teachings on Blood Moons, etc., today's judgment theorists are convinced that God is angry with the world and His judgment is about to fall upon it.  I just posted a few words on my Twitter account saying, "If U'r understanding about how God treats the future world is based on teachings from rabbis quoting Torah U are living under wrong covenant!"  

Jesus told us that He came, "Not to judge the world but to save it." (John 3:17)  You see, we live under the New Covenant of God's Grace.  The judgment has been completed at the cross.  It was there that God judged us and found us all NOT GUILTY!  Now, that's the Good News. 

Therefore, instead of judgment I see something else about to occur.  It is a great spiritual awakening!  Historically, these events have taken place around the world for thousands of years.  They usually show up as, "Suddenlies" and the timing usually is when bad events are happening.  I could go into tons of Church History here to prove my point.  However, I suggest that you dig into it yourself and see how correct I am. 

I am a product of the great Charismatic Renewal.  I came into faith in Christ in 1973.  This Renewal was coming to an end, but how well I remember those days!  The US was in a total mess.  We had riots in the streets as a result of our involvement in Viet Nam.  Drug use was out of control, we had experienced race riots in just about every major city, we had a major hurricane hit the east coast of Florida, killing many and in the midst of it all America experienced a "Suddenly!"  Thousands, actually many tens of thousands came pouring into the ranks of new Christ Believers.  I remember our church taking in 20-30 new members every Sunday.  People were excited about God!  Our church had Sunday morning and evening services.  I remember us leaving our Bibles on our seats Sunday morning just so we had a seat Sunday evening as during that service there was standing room only!  My how times have changed!

My prediction is that another Great Renewal/Awakening is about to hit America and the world!  However, for you Old Timers, don't get too excited as you will be hit with a "Suddenly" too.  That's right....This time it won't be "your Mother's Awakening!" Everything is now being set up for a giant Grace Awakening!  Yes, this time the focus won't be on repentance from all of our many sins, but rather a focus aimed totally at the awesome love of God established here on earth by the death of Christ on the cross.  The battle cry of this Grace Awakening will be.... "IT IS FINISHED!"

Now, just possibly today's total solar eclipse may be a sign from God; not of judgment, but of His love for mankind!  You and I who walk and live in Radical Grace are being prepared now as preachers of God's righteousness and reconciliation.  Friend, your ministry is about to bloom!

I most likely will be addressing some of these thoughts more in the days ahead.  However, suffice it to say we are about to enter "THE CHURCH'S FINEST HOUR!"

Grace and peace!