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February 2, 2016, 2:51 AM

One More Move



As a tour guide took a group through an art gallery;  he stopped before a painting entitled Checkmate.  The guide talked about the painting, and then moved on.  But one in the group stayed behind, staring at  the chess pieces on the chessboard in the painting.   
The chess game was between the devil and Faust,  who had sold his soul to the devil. It appears as if the devil has won. The devil has a smirk on his face, as if waiting for the final verdict, Checkmate!

The young man who stayed to study the painting was a world class player. When the tour group was two corridors away, they suddenly heard their stray member running down the marble hallway to catch up, shouting…“It's a lie! It's a lie!  The king has another move - another move!" When the devil is DONE, God is not FINISHED!  

~ The prophet, Micah, was feeling like he was in a check mated situation. The food was lousy. There were no good or upright men. The princes and the judges were taking bribes and the rich were having everything their way. The best of them were like thorns and briars. There was not a friend, guide, parent, sibling, in-law, or spouse that could be trusted. 

All in all, a really bad situation and then the writer said, “Therefore I will look unto the Lord…Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:1-8). When the devil has done his worst and your back is against the wall, wait and remember that the Lord does hear you. Your salvation will come!!! ~ JPS



Comments

11-19-2017 at 10:59 PM
Steve Walker
That’ll preach right there! Thanks Bro. Savala
09-13-2017 at 12:40 AM
Tom Montoya
I enjoy your inspirational writings, your tremendously anointed preaching, and your talented singing voice. Thank you pastor for your leadership
02-02-2016 at 8:20 AM
Dave Sandelin
Way to go, Joe!
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November 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

The Man In The Arena


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

U.S. President (T.R.) Teddy Roosevelt

 

~ How easy it is to judge the motives and actions of others when we are not in the midst of the fight. Just as those who have never been involved in combat ‘know’ what they would have done under the circumstances. They are quick to judge the actions of men and women whose lives and the lives of others reside in a few split seconds of action. Or those who have never parented who ‘know’ what they would do with everybody’s children but their own.

So it is with those who do not serve the Lord Jesus, serve Him half-heartedly, or have not experienced life – these have emotional and text book answers but few have known the pressure that surviving life or holding the lives of others in your hands, and living for God often brings.

Give me someone who knows what it is like to be in the arena and not merely sitting ringside betting money on the outcome… (jps)

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit” (Ecclesiastes 7:8)

 

http://www.jpsministries.org/the_man_in_the_arena

 



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12-01-2015 at 6:27 PM
Pastor John Boone
Great website!
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November 3, 2015, 10:38 AM

Working for Him


“…Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord” (Matthew 25:21). The Lord Jesus is not fair in His distribution of talents, abilities, finances, etc. He is just! Because He is just, He knows what we are capable of doing in and for His Kingdom.

I can endeavor to be both good and faithful with whatever Jesus has entrusted me with – big or small, enjoyable or undesirable. I resolve to do all I can with what I have wherever I am for His glory and the joy of working for Him. - jps

 

Working for Him

“Father, where shall I work today?”

And my love flowed warm and free.

Then He pointed me out a tiny spot,

And He said, “Tend that one for me.”

I answered quickly, “Oh, no, not that.

Why, no one would ever see,

No matter how well my work was done.

Not that little place for me!”

And the word He spoke, it was not stern,

He answered tenderly,

“Ah, little one, search that heart of yours;

Are you working for them or me?

Nazareth was a little place,

And so was Galilee.”

Anonymous

(1948, Edman, R.V., The Disciplines of Life)

 

http://www.jpsministries.org/working_for_him




October 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

When God Was Stunned



Have you ever wondered if anything ever takes God by surprise? It’s kind of hard to imagine isn’t it? Of course for a God who knows everything (omniscient), can do anything (omnipotent), and is everywhere (omnipresent) it would be very difficult to shock or surprise.

Imagine all that He has witnessed.

  • The Creation of the universe and all that is in it.
  • The rise and fall of Lucifer aka Satan – His favorite angel
  • The fall of Adam and Eve – the crown jewel of all His creation
  • The righteousness of Noah in the midst of great evil and spiritual darkness
  • The faithfulness of His friend, Abraham, who trusted in the word of the Lord
  • The doubt of Israel, while in the wilderness, in the word of the Lord after being delivered from Egypt
  • The love and devotion of David, the man after God’s own heart
  • Three Hebrew boys standing tall when everyone else was bowing to an idol

 

There is no excuse he has not heard:

  • You gave me the woman.
  • I was tricked.
  • Am I my brother’s keeper?
  • Who will know?
  • The preacher was late.
  • We are only grasshoppers.
  • I can’t talk real well.
  • I don’t want to do it!

 

And yet, NOT ONE of the things listed stunned God! In some instances we know He became angry, or happy, and in some manner proud…but never stunned. So what gives? A thesaurus will give you some synonyms for the word “wonder” such as, dumbfounded, awe, to blow one’s mind, knock out, stun, and surprise. In the bible the word “wonder” has shades of several other meanings such as, stun, devastate, stupefy, astonish, destroy, waste and wonder.

Isaiah 59:16 (KJV) - And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor…

 

The lack of an intercessor stuns the God of the universe!

 

Have you ever felt devastated, stunned, that all was a waste, or speechless? So has our great, big and glorious God!

 

Moses, Abraham, David and others interceded for their brethren but their came a time when there was no intercessor, time when God looked for an intercessor, when God looked for something that could not be found.

 

An intercessor means one who is in such vital contact with God and with his fellowmen that he is like a live wire closing the gap between the saving power of God and the sinful men who have been cut off from that power.

Hannah Hurnard (1905–1990)

 

Romans 8:26-27 (KJV) - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Could it be that today, God Almighty might look for an intercessor in your family, city, state or country? Will it be you or I that He sees ready to do his bidding for the souls of mankind? Join with me in maintaining a posture of prayer that aims to be ready for the time that God looks for an intercessor so that He will be pleased and His desire for harvesters in the great field of lost souls will be fulfilled!

http://www.jpsministries.org/when_god_was_stunned

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October 8, 2015, 2:09 AM

The Apostolic Attitude



The Apostolic Attitude

 

I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed; I have the Holy Ghost Power. The dye has been cast; I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure.

 

I’m finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, chintzy giving and dwarfed goals.

 

I no longer need prosperity, position, promotion, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, tops, first, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by present tense, by faith, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by love.

 

My face is set, my gait is fast, and my goal is heaven! My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear.

 

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, deceived, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of my enemy, negotiate at the table of the adversary, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

 

I won’t give up, let up, or shut up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Christ.

 

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ! I must go ‘til He comes, give ‘til I drop, preach ‘til all know, and work ‘til He stops me. When He comes for His own, he will not have any problem recognizing me because I will not be discouraged and refuse to quit! 

 

http://www.jpsministries.org/the_apostolic_attitude   

 

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