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September 23, 2017, 10:15 PM

Google Me Jesus

Gone are the days of Open Bible Conferences...just plain Bible teaching without "dynamic, throw down, off the chain, tear the roof off, break every chain, shout down, run away" hype. The emphasis is now upon action rather than substance. Faithless is the preacher that says otherwise.

Many folks cannot sit through a half hour of Bible teaching. It is the hallmark of the TV culture and instant answers - a Google me generation.

The lack of Bible doctrine teaching is reflected in the feel good Jesus is my boyfriend Christian bling bling songs. Doctrinal teaching and preaching has been replaced by the politically correct social gospel. No condemnation, shame, or guilt. Jesus loves everyone just as they are and there is no reason to be saved from sin cuz Jesus is cool like that.

With more access to information there is less retention of what is learned. Digital technology has reduced the average attention span to 5 seconds, ten years ago it was 12 minutes. Research shows that more knowledge is retained by hand writing because it involves more cognitive retention skills.

Bible study is not just the telling of information but engaging the congregation through Bible reading and them following along in text - one of the reasons I'm not a big fan of verses on the wall is that people no longer follow in their own Bibles, if they even bring one to church,  because they've become intellectually lazy.

Searching the scriptures is almost unheard of - Google me Jesus is much faster and fits our impatient, busy, and non reflective lifestyles. Look it up in a book? Actually write it down? Never! It's much easier to do a word search, copy and paste and get on with my life.

Google me Jesus...I'm trying to possess my soul with impatience.



https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...with-a-laptop/
https://brandongaille.com/average-at...cs-and-trends/


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09-26-2017 at 4:26 PM
Rick McGuffey
I enjoy reading this blog... It's insightful, witty, and written by a good friend of mine. :)
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September 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

We The People


WE THE PEOPLE...I've been thinking a lot about the church of Laodicea (laity rules) and the foundation of America - we the people.
 
I have never bought into the America is a Christian nation concept...at least not to the degree that some folks believe. However, there was a basic respect for Biblical principles however skewed their application may be. The respect of and tacit desire for those principles is gone.
 
As I traveled today from Ohio and into TN, I pointed out the "Lions Dens" to my wife - they are Adult Porn Shops and difficult to miss. They are also prominent in the south. It caused me to chuckle in a rather sarcastic manner - America's Bible Belt (we the people) a bastion of Bible proliferation built upon alcohol, tobacco, and porn shops - the fingers are usually pointed at the coasts as the purveyors of all that is evil.
 
While it is arguable that the colonies were initially founded for the purpose of religious freedom. Without question, the Union of the United States was established upon rebellion. The idea of freedom of speech, especially against government is antithetical to the command of NT scripture (Jude 1:8). If America can be found in scripture (I do not think so), it won't be long before "we the people" are dominated by another king - the anti-Christ.
 
Which is what happens when "we the people" believe they can govern themselves without the aid of supernatural authority.
 
The worst state an individual or group of individuals can be in, is to be without a king. Because every man does what is right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6). And that is the same condition that Laodicea was plagued with -and they would not invite the King into the house of their hearts (Revelation 3). Therefore, they will not be welcome into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:7-8).
 


Comments

11-20-2017 at 8:15 AM
Steve Walker
Very powerful article Bro. Savala! “We the People” need real Holy Ghost revival very desperately in this hour. The unashamed spiritual blindness of this world - it’s no wonder the Lord asked Luke 18:8
09-26-2017 at 10:48 AM
Brent Crosswhite
Liberty, a priceless commodity but with no boundaries it becomes a detriment.
09-13-2017 at 12:38 AM
J. Thompson
Just to add from Ezekiel 16:49:
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
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September 1, 2017, 2:25 PM

Full Service or Self Service? - Guest Blog: Pastor R.W. Townsley


My first hourly job was working at a Gulf gas station in Wharton, Texas. I was twelve years old, in the seventh/eighth grade, and was making 75 cents per hour. When a car pulled up to the pump, I went into action. I asked if they wanted me to fill’er up and what kind, regular or premium. Once the gas started pumping, I would clean every window on their car and check the wiper blades. Next, I popped the hood to check the fluids: the oil and the radiator, particularly. If the oil was low, I would tell them and make my recommendation which was either let me add some or you will need to keep an eye on it so you won’t damage your engine. I would close the hood and ask them if I could check their tire pressure. We were a full service gas station. There was even a bay for the mechanic to do minor work as needed.

More than once, a flat would come in. I would jack up the car, remove the wheel, and proceed to break the tire from the rim. Locating the puncture, I would then do the needed patch. Step by step, the tire was remounted.

After topping of the tank, I would take their money and go inside to the cash register to finish the sale. Giving them their change, I bid them to have a good day and thanked them for the business.

It is difficult to find a full service station anymore. The advent of the self-service gas stations changed everything. People began filling up their own cars. In a hurry, they would seldom check their oil. For fear of getting scalded, they would just forget about the water in the radiator. The belts were not being checked for wear and the tires still “looked good”. The self-service station became a convenience store also. You could now run in an grab a drink, a candy bar, maybe a donut, some gum, chips of various kind,…..surely there is something to stop that hungry feeling until you have time to really get a meal. “Something-to-tide-me-over” became standard fare. Not only did the condition of automobiles start going down a dramatic downhill slope, so did the condition of the driver and passengers. Neglect became habitual and normal.

Similarly, churches across America began to shift from full-service to self-service stations. Expectations shifted. Instead of a bay for repairs, they expect a buffet of refreshments. You only have black coffee? You must be kidding, right? They must have a huge selection of flavors and options! Bigger seems better. More and more go to stations that offer them more, much more, than quality gas and the basic full-service. Full service has become loads of goodies, sweets, and chicken tenders, with a choice of dipping sauces, of course. Inspections of the heart and regular maintenance became compromised and the condition of souls was neglected, if not ignored. To wait for someone to go over a checklist and carefully examine lives wears on their schedule and patience. In a hurry, they run in long enough to grab a snack of their choice, say hello and be friendly, and then excuse themselves as they head back out on the road again. Aren’t these cup holders the greatest thing since sliced bread?!

Hey, turn up the stereo, that squeak from the brakes is grating on my nerves!


Have a good and safe day!


-RWT
8/28/2017

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April 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

America, Christianity, and Eternity

Most of you will never read (although you should) the book called "The Family" - Jeff Sharlet. In it he discusses the way Christian Fundamentalism has sought for power under the guise of religious humility - using the name of Jesus Christ. The book challenges and explains the rise of Fundamentalism in America and how it became perverted by an elite group of men particularly in the 1920's into the present.

The Family is a secretive society however, they have an annual publicized gathering called the National Prayer Breakfast. "Some 3,000 dignitaries, representing scores of nations and corporate interests, pay $425 each to attend" (p.22). According to an internal planning document, "the Koran could even be read, but Jesus is there! He is infiltrating the world" (p.24).

The roots of The Family are firmly planted in Buchmanism and Abramism - Dr. Abraham Vereide was the initial founder of The Family. The Fellowship has recast the language of empire into theology.

Interestingly, it is Republican presidents that so often speak of nation building in theological terms. When one includes the code words "safety", "Christian responsibility", and "Jesus" into the political dialogue, the Christian movement by and large goes along. However, "...it is Christianity itself that has prevented fundamentalists, America's most authoritarian demographic, from embracing the cult of personality around which fascist states are organized" (p.133).

That is a remarkable statement but one that will soon be incorrect because America and the vast majority of "Christians" are looking for someone that can save them - never before have e been so ripe to accept the anti-Christ.

"The NAE saw socialism and separatism as opposite ends of the spectrum of the beast known as secularism." At the second convening of the National Association of Evangelicals, "personal legalisms" - church standards of separation (holiness) - were relegated to none issues in view of the larger goal, making a Christian nation. Therefore, all were okay so long as Jesus Christ was embraced for the greater good of the nation and a select few in power, "Come on in, said the populist front, whether you speak in tongues and wave your hands on Sunday or sit on them and tsk, tsk at the sweat and tears of the holy rollers. Its fundamentalism was not theological; it was American. The totalitarianism of God, unlike that of man, welcomed all true believers" (p.155).

For these reasons and more, the American political and religious upheaval exists today. Jesus is coming soon and it would behoove us as Apostolic brethren to not be so enamored with the cause of America, as much as the cause of Jesus Christ. The political world is not extolling the same Jesus we do. The extent that it is doing so today is for the same purposes that Constantine embraced the concept of Christianity in his day - power and world domination.

Luke 21:7-9 (KJV)  And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?  And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.  But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

2 Timothy 3:13 (KJV)  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Jesus is coming back again - not for Americans, Russians, Japanese, Iraqi's, Africans, Israeli's, and such like. He is returning for His bride. Those that have been born again of water and Spirit ( John 3:3-5 & Acts 2:38) and that have made themselves ready to see Him (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). For all others that reject His gospel and authority, only judgment, everlasting punishment, and hell await (Revelation 21:8).  As for me, I am, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" Titus 2:13-14 (KJV)



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06-13-2017 at 1:43 AM
David P
Finally got a round "to-it" and enjoyed reading the blog. Will order the book.
04-30-2017 at 12:56 PM
Brian Enochs
Thoroughly enjoy your cd, "Oh, Say But I'm Glad," our "after church" jam sessions and your ministry to us at Life Tabernacle. Thank-you for being sensitive to the Holy Ghost and pouring out your heart to us. I can't wait to see what God has in store for Life Tab, between now and His return! God bless you my friend!
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February 9, 2017, 8:51 PM

The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost

Howdy to all interested parties! It is with great excitment that I announce the completion and availability of my newest book: The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost.

Already I have been notified that it is in the process of being translated into Portugese in order to reach the lost and instruct the saved in Brazil!!! Glory to God!

Here's the book summary:

The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost provides answers to many perplexing questions that many people have about the Holy Ghost. Such as, “Why do the majority of Christian denominations disagree with teaching the essentiality of receiving the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking with other tongues?” “Can a person manifest the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ without having received the Spirit?” “Did the Holy Spirit operate only in the New Testament?” And, “What is the purpose for and work of the Holy Ghost in the life of a Christian?” 

In an age of increasing spiritual darkness and the proliferation of false doctrines – even by those who once believed truth – the light of God’s Word shines even brighter. The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost traces the history of the Holy Ghost as It moves within the Old Testament  to Its New Testament indwelling  and continued manifestation through the church and individual believers using the gifts and fruit of the Spirit. It is suitable for new converts, theologians and anyone in between. 

Print Edition: $8.00

Kindle Edition: $4.99

***Please leave a comment below if you purchase either edition! I would love to know how it is being used to strengthen the saints and bring revelation to the lost.

Thank you for your interest and may the Lord Jesus richly bless you!

 



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11-19-2017 at 9:27 PM
Steve Walker
Tremendous book! When applied this book WILL make you more effective in His Kingdom. Thank you brother...
03-05-2017 at 3:11 PM
Brent Crosswhite
Just got my copy! I have enjoyed the journey as the author takes me through the halls of Truth. The Purpose Work of the Holy Ghost turns the light on to the blurred lines and misconceptions about the Holy Ghost but yet leads into a deeper realm of understanding.
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