Our Awesome God! – 1

Part One:

So many of you that have followed my teaching know that I speak so often about becoming more intimate with our Heavenly Father. To some of you this may seem like a cliché or even some form of lost Greek! But the truth is that to be more intimate to someone you have to get to know them in a very, very personal way.

Now many of you may wonder how to get that close to our Heavenly Father Who, the Bible is clear to point out is a Spirit. But – remember this, we are made in His image AND likeness. There is a lot that can be stated concerning the image AND likeness of God and especially as it relates to us, His creation! God does have a personality and it is made up of His attributes and nature. It is those very attributes and nature that make up His character!

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One of the things I like to do when I meditate is to also speculate as to possibilities. Now many would tell you that speculation is wrong, but when you direct that toward the magnificence, majesty, glory and power of the Lord, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact Paul says this, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4.

Whenever you set your mind to think upon the Greatness of our Heavenly Father, you are thinking on those things that are ABOVE the fleshly, the natural. Now, the speculation that I am talking about is in actuality that which is based upon what we know to be true in the Bible, but which may not be clearly explained completely for whatever the reason the Holy Spirit didn’t feel necessary to expand upon.

For instance, an example I love and that always leads me to the Awesome Greatness of our God is what Moses first wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit! Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Now, if you want something to speculate about and meditate on, here is the granddaddy of them all! Think of it, “In the beginning God created . . .!” Now think about this, if the nature of God, our Father is eternal, He never had a beginning and He will never have an end, then why did Moses, by the inspiration of the very Spirit of God, our Father, write “in the beginning?” Think about it. Only something created by God, would have a beginning. In this instance, the Bible is recording for our information, the relationship that God, the Father has with His creation and the desires He has with and for His creation. So in essence, He is speaking to us, His creation. The Bible truly was written for us, mankind. Therefore, “In the beginning God created . . .” is speaking about what we NEED to know about OUR beginning.

Now consider this; in that process, God is revealing Himself, His nature, attributes and thus character to us, His creation! So therefore, like God, whom we are created in the image and likeness of, part of our nature is that we are also eternal. The difference is where God is eternal with no beginning, man has a beginning in God! We are still eternal, for in eternity there is no such thing as an end.

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Now I want to focus on another aspect of God’s attributes. He is Omniscience; which literally means, All-Knowing. All-Knowing; all knowledge; possessing every bit of anything to be known or was ever known or what can and will be known! Now that blows my mind, to put it bluntly! I can’t hardly imagine that kind of knowledge and I know that nobody else can either because that is what science, and especially today is trying to fathom! Yet, faith tells me that it is true. I don’t JUST believe it, for through growth and maturity faith has transformed that belief into knowledge, into actually knowing the truth of it! There is nothing in this earth or in the heavens that could persuade me otherwise. This isn’t stubbornness, it is a by-product of a faith-built relationship with my Heavenly Father who is ALL-KNOWING!

Are you beginning to see what speculation and meditation can do? Now, I want you to consider this question: If God, whom we call Father, is omniscience; omni (all) science (knowledge) then why do Christians have such a hate relationship with Science or the study of science? Are you, my reader, aware that some of the greatest scientists in history also believed in the authority of the Bible? Are you aware that many of them did not believe science was possible with out a God of order. Someone who is not only intelligent, but orderly, wise and powerful? Now hear me out before you shut me out!

Think of this; the Bible tells us in Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

The context of this passage is in relation to things that will be happening in the last days, the days before Christ Jesus, Himself shall return. In this context, we only get a glimpse, we don’t get a timeline as far as actual years or days. Well, in that context, we live in a society where many are running to and fro, in essence, the world is getting smaller due to that fact and knowledge is certainly and has been for a hundred years been on the increase and dramatically so over the past half of century! It is advancing at an almost exponential rate!

One great achievement has been with the space telescope the Hubble Space Observatory and at this time that is pretty much obsolete, but one it has taught us about the universe we live in! One of the greatest things they have proposed comes from what they call the Hubble Space Telescope Ultra Deep Field program. This is where they took images of galaxies and constellations whose light they say began toward the beginning of the universe and is only just now reaching us! Now this is where it gets touchy with some Christians and as a Holy Spirit filled Christian I have a problem understanding why this is such a touchy subject. The only explanation I can come up with is that some people’s faith is so limited that if they don’t put God in a box of their size and shape, they couldn’t cope with the knowledge God is releasing to mankind. Don’t forget, any knowledge we gain, is because God IS sovereign and has never relinquished control!

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You see, God, being omniscience is the creator of science and all the laws and principles that govern science. God is the One that established order out of chaos as Moses wrote in the Book of Genesis.

So for instance there is a law of science that we are all very familiar with; it is the law of gravity. It’s what keeps us firmly planted on this body of rock we call the earth. Without it we would all be flung into space.

This is how it is explained: Every particle attracts every other particle with a force that is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the distance between them.

Now please don’t get confused by the explanation, I am really only using it as an example of something that scientists have “discovered” to help them explain why certain things take place. And this is a hard fact, not a theory. It has been PROVEN to be true. Sir Isaac Newton was the first to propose this idea.

This is an excerpt of a biography on him concerning his religious beliefs:

“Newton also wrote on Judeo-Christian prophecy, whose decipherment was essential, he thought, to the understanding of God. His book on the subject, which was reprinted well into the Victorian Age, represented lifelong study. Its message was that Christianity went astray in the 4th century AD, when the first Council of Nicaea propounded erroneous doctrines of the nature of Christ. The full extent of Newton’s unorthodoxy was recognized only in the present century: but although a critic of accepted Trinitarian dogmas and the Council of Nicaea, he possessed a deep religious sense, venerated the Bible and accepted its account of creation. In late editions of his scientific works he expressed a strong sense of God’s providential role in nature.”

Contributed By:
Alfred Rupert Hall

“Sir Isaac Newton” Microsoft® Encarta® DVD. Copyright © 1998 Microsoft Corporation.

Sir Isaac Newton is considered to be the “father” of the principles concerning the Law of Gravity. He had strong religious beliefs that many times put him jeopardy of his career. But, he held strong to those beliefs and is considered one of the great scientists in history.

I have said all that for this; if God is the true God and originator of science and we are His children why are we in such a hate relationship with science? Shouldn’t it be with those that are interpreting science and trying to bend the laws of truth to match their own theories? There are many areas of theoretical science that are today being taught as fact.  In other words, not all Scientists are wrong when concerning the facts of science, only in their interpretation. As an example let me use one of the greatest deceivers of all time: Charles Darwin. I am not going to argue evolution, for as far as I’m concerned, there is NO argument to support it, I am going to argue his interpretation of it and the interpretation of the scientists who twist the truth to fit their theories even today and teach it as a fact, cramming it down the throats of our children!

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As Christians, shouldn’t we take the Lord’s example as well as the Apostles and “reason together?” Next part, we will tackle some of the interpretations and we will tackle some of the things that point to a relationship that our God has with science.


Next time we will take in Part Two

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God, Captain And Pilot

God is your pilot

Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (NASB)

2 Corinthians 2:14, But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. (NASB)

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More Sayings of The Wise

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PROLOGUE TO DAILY PROVERBS:
There is a Proverb for EVERY day of the Month. Do you want wisdom. It is found here!
“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.” – Proverbs 3:13-18.
Translation used for these daily Proverb Bible Verses will be:
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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On My Knees – Jaci Velasquez


Was listening to some of my Worship music I have stored and came across this one from one of my favorite female Christian vocalists of the late 90’s. Enjoy and be inspired.

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The Nature of Spiritual Blindness


“What this tells us about human nature is that no amount of evidence is going to convince a closed heart.”
“But it also tells me that revelation is relational.”
These are just a couple of relevant quotes that Pastor Mel Wild writes in this GREAT article. Enjoy, be blessed and please, pay his site a visit!

In My Father's House

What I find so interesting about Jesus’ teaching style is that He taught only in parables to the crowds. Even His most important messages were shrowded in mystery to the disinterested. He only explained them to those whose hearts were open. When it comes things that matter most, the condition of our heart is more important than our intelligence.

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How Sure Is Your Believing?


*Pastor’s Note: This is one of the articles I wrote and posted for my very first website and it was soon after the attack of 9-11-2001. I thought it might interest my readers to read some of my first posted writings. I HAVE updated some of the Scripture references, but all in all, it is pretty much as I posted them on my very first website. The pictures were added for this posting, though.


“You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” – James 2:19-20, 26.

This was the lesson that I was going to submit before the attack on the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. In the light of that hindsight, it is amazing to me what I see the Holy Spirit wanting to say to those that claim to be Christians. Yes, I said, who claim to be Christians. Remember that the content of this and the study that preceded the last one, I titled “Exploring true Christianity.” Jesus forewarned us in the Gospel of Matthew that many in the last days would come not only claiming to be the Christ or Messiah, but that many would also come in His name, using His name for their own motives and that we were to be on guard against those that come falsely. We have seen in previous studies that the Apostle John has told us to “test the spirits” to see whether they come from God.

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This has been something that we have been not only lax to do, but sometimes rather hesitant because of the teaching that we have received and the environment of “political correctness” that has permeated everything including the churches. We have a tendency to believe that if I make a determination about the truth of something or someone, I am judging and therefore I am being non-Christ like. I believe we have been duped by the enemy into believing half-truths because of our lack of studying on behalf of the gospels.

Now, forgive me if I am sounding a bit too critical. That is not my intention, but rather, it is my attention to cause you to think about finding the balance that is entrusted to us throughout the WHOLE scriptures. For every responsibility that we are given in the Word of God, we are given the balance so as to not go to an extreme. We have such an innate tendency to either become condemning, notice I didn’t use the word judgmental, or we become apathetic and complacent. Either extreme is a compromise to the Holy Word of God.

The reason this seems so apropos, is that in the light of the recent attacks on America, they were done because, by the terrorists who pervert the truth of Islam, we are a Christian nation. In fact, any nation who sides with us is considered to be on the side of Christianity as opposed to what they purport is Islam.

My challenge to you is this: it is easy to SAY you are a Christian, but in actuality are you what you say? That brings us to the key scripture for this lesson. James was actually talking to some Christian leaders of his day when he made the statements that are found in the second chapter of his letter. When you read those few verses, he certainly comes on strong, and by today’s standards he would be considered critical and judgmental. Yet, the Word of God stands strong and true to this day.

You know the old saying, my father-in-law used to quote it all the time, “Actions speak louder than words.” At the time, dad was not so well versed in scripture, and it was a common quote. But isn’t it amazing that we have adopted that quote down through the decades at least, and we take stock in and believe what it means. That is what James was trying to get across to religious leaders of his day, those that claimed they were Christians.

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He wrote this Epistle, this letter at a time when many Christian leaders had become lax in their responsibilities and accountability. It was a time when many in the growing early church were becoming used to the prestige and honor that was bestowed upon the leaders of the early church. It was also at a time when many were being persecuted for their beliefs and being martyred for the same. Because of the persecution that was overtaking many, many needs were not being met.

Today, there are many who do believe in Jesus. In fact in the true Islamic faith, Jesus is recognized for being a great teacher, a messenger of God (just not the last one), but certainly not as the Son of God and definitely not God incarnate. Jesus was an historical figure. Anyone who was to say that the Jesus who was born to Mary, the wife of Joseph was not a real person would probably be looked upon as someone who crawled out from a cave.

But that belief alone is not enough to assure those that believe a place in the Father’s Kingdom. James boldly states that even the demons believe. We certainly do not believe that they are assured salvation, for the scriptures are very clear about their final outcome. Their works belie the fact of a belief in His redemptive authority and power.

When we believe with total certainty the actuality of something, our actions demonstrate that belief. For example, when you walk into a darkened room in your house, you instinctively reach for the light switch with full expectation that when you flip that switch on, there will be light. You do not analyze the situation, because through what you have been taught, in conjunction with experience, you KNOW that when you flip that switch, light will shine forth. You know it, you don’t give it a seconds doubt or thought. In fact, it is so profound a belief that when a light has blown or a circuit is broken, it actually throws you for a second or two. You know what I am talking about. You never enter that room and before you throw the switch, think to yourself, I hope the light isn’t burnt out, I hope the circuit breaker isn’t blown, what happens if this doesn’t work, etc. You have come to know that when that switch is thrown, light appears.

That in it’s simplest form is what James is talking about. If you let doubts pervade your thoughts your actions would be frozen and you would never even consider throwing that switch. You couldn’t will the light to come on as if by some magic formula. Just knowing how the circuits work that allow the electricity to the bulb wouldn’t be enough to activate the light. Speaking to the room or switch or light source wouldn’t accomplish anything; you had to do something to make it all come about. So it is with our faith, our belief.

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When we have come to the point, through teaching in conjunction with experience, that it is no longer just a matter of believing something, but it has matured to the point of KNOWING something, our faith is acted upon. You no longer analyze your circumstances; you don’t stop and think, “I believe this way so I must do this thing,” rather you just do and your life demonstrates by action what it is you do believe. Anyone who spends anytime around you will know what you believe. Your actions do speak louder than your words!

In Christian circles today, we have relegated speaking to a high art form. Hey listen, I’m a preacher, I know, at least to a degree, what it takes to captivate a crowd. But, in the process of relying so much on speech, we have forgotten the importance and overall necessity of actions.

James says it well in these verses, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,”’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” – James 2:15-17.

To do like James describes is almost like reciting a magic formula or a spell. The words are there, but there is no substance. And, this is one instance where the saying, “it’s the thought that counts,” has absolutely no value. Faith or belief, like so many other godly attributes demands action for it to be what it is claimed to be, and to the world at large, actions do speak louder than words.

Let’s take this one step further. What I am about to say next may cause quite a commotion. Are you relying on a few words or phrases that you may have once said, to secure your place in heaven? Are you believing that those “magical” words alone opened the doors to an eternity of bliss? Or, was the commitment you made at the time you knelt before the Savior enough to allow Him to change you into a totally different person? If someone who never knew you were to spend a day with you, would they see a unique individual, or just one who talks about high and mighty things? Would that person know what you believe by spending time with you? Was it just the confession of the mouth or did belief precede that within your heart and mind?

James, Peter, Paul, John, and all the other disciples who walked and talked with Jesus didn’t just believe in what He said. Yes, it started out as belief, but it soon became knowledge, and that is what has made their testimonies so dynamic, so alive with power and authority. As we mature, and granted we all mature at different rates, we must go beyond just believing, we must go beyond just the sayings, we must come into the knowing or the knowledge. It is knowledge that makes us act the way we act. The more we know, truly know, the more we act.

Paul said it this way, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping (actions) of the saints for the work (actions) of service, to the building up (actions) of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-13, (bold emphasis mine).

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That is why we preach and teach and exhort and prophecy to all and any who would listen. We must equip the saints so that they can do the work. So that they can act in their lives. We serve one another. We serve those that are less fortunate. We do so out of love, which requires us to act. Our service to one another actually builds, strengthens, fortifies the body of Christ. The reason? So that we all, meaning not one left behind, we all attain a oneness of faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ and we come to the knowledge of Him. That knowledge is not a head knowledge of some historical person, but rather the intimate heart knowledge that goes with a personal, in depth relationship. That takes action. I know that is what the Body of Christ, the Bride is to be. A living, powerful, dynamic force that is preparing for the day of the coming Bridegroom. Just talk? Not from where I stand. Hopefully, not in your life either.

Let’s not just talk about it anymore, talk is fine to encourage one another, but let’s get to work! Come quickly Lord, Jesus your Bride is waiting!


*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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Be Careful Where You Walk . . .


Been awhile since I posted any of my Brother’s poetry. I was looking through some that I had saved from his Facebook page and found this one I love. Please also check out his Book of Poetry, The Journey Home, A Collection of Poetry which you can find by clicking on the book title.


“Be careful where you walk my son this world is dark with sin, always look ahead of you, for yesterday has been.”

“Do not look back as Lot’s wife did; you see it was her fault, because she did not let the world go she became a pillar of salt.

“Always pray God makes a way on this journey of your life, be kind and love your fellow man; son thrive to do what’s right.”

“Walk by faith and do HIS word HE will direct your path; stay far away from evil men and thing’s which just don’t last.”

“Be a man of GOD my son, don’t ever quit or sway you know right now I’m proud of you because you listen to what I say.”

“I’m glad that your my son,” I said, “But you are GOD’S son too; point the world to Jesus, be kind in what you do.”

“So be careful where you walk,” I said “And to your heart be true;” he said, “Daddy you be careful because I follow after you.”

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© Mike Nano Armijo, February 11th, 2019. Used with permission. Mike Armijo Facebook Page
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In The Blink of An Eye Wealth Disappears

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PROLOGUE TO DAILY PROVERBS:
There is a Proverb for EVERY day of the Month. Do you want wisdom. It is found here!
“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.” – Proverbs 3:13-18.
Translation used for these daily Proverb Bible Verses will be:
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Hebrews: The Atoning Work of Jesus

“I was forgiven but still shut out. Atonement provides both forgiveness and reconciliation.”
This is a great article on atonement, something you don’t see taught often, by our Sister-in-Christ, Beth Andrews from her website, Deeper Roots. She is a great exhorter and teacher, you WILL be blessed by visiting her site!

Deeper Roots

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus - Lyrics, Hymn Meaning and Story

Last night I let my granddaughter play in the bathtub with washable paint. When it was time to get out she looked around and announced, “I made a mess!” I replied, “Yes, you made a pretty mess, but we can clean it up,” as I grabbed the pop-up wipes. She wanted to help clean up, but with her still paint-covered fingers she just spread the red paint even more. I had to clean her up before we could finish cleaning the bathtub.

The author of Hebrews identified yet another reason that God sent Jesus to earth – “That He might make atonement for the sins of the people” (2:17b). That’s not a common word in the non-Jewish church today, but it’s the heart and soul of Jesus’ ministry. Atonement is the work of Jesus on the cross by which our sins are forgiven. I don’t know about you, but I…

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Sayings of The Wise

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PROLOGUE TO DAILY PROVERBS:
There is a Proverb for EVERY day of the Month. Do you want wisdom. It is found here!
“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.” – Proverbs 3:13-18.
Translation used for these daily Proverb Bible Verses will be:
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

025 Proverbs 22_1-7

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