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Looking Forward to 2015: New Year Prophecy

Today is New Year’s Eve, always one of my favorite days of the year. I celebrate the fresh start and new adventures ahead of me. I am looking forward to 2015. I am looking forward to a year of growth and prosperity of my soul in my relationship with God.

I Am Looking Forward to Moving in 2015

I am looking forward to moving to Rhode Island soon. There I can start  a new chapter in my life, a chapter of destiny beyond a daily struggle to survive. I am looking forward to writing by the ocean, hearing the lullaby of the waves, tasting the salty air, and looking at the lighthouses in the fog, a picture of the storm through which Jesus has led us. read more

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Kingdom Living Has No Human Hierarchy

American society is infatuated with hierarchy. We idolize those at the top of the corporate, entertainment, and sports arenas. We disdain, even harm, the lowly and oppressed, the “nobodies.”

Our cliches are filled with hierarchy. “Climb the corporate ladder.” “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.”

But is God’s heart in this “rat race?”

Sigh.

I hear these kind of platitudes all the time in the church. Christians just tend to qualify it as “prosperity” or “God’s blessing.” American living at its finest. Kingdom living at its worst. read more

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Prosperity Preachers and Whitewashed Tombs

Prosperity Preachers Give Messages of False Promise

“Come to the altar today. Bring your tithes and offerings and lay them at Jesus’ feet. He is here to heal you. He only asks for your 10%.”

“Are you hurting today? Are you lonely, don’t know where to go? Do you have troubles?

Well, that is what happens when you withhold the blessing from the Lord. Get into a regular tithing routine, and the Lord will bless you and take care of all your troubles. Get right with God today.

Remember, he will meet you 90% of the way. He is only asking for your 10%. Only a little seed money. Even Jesus said to have faith like a mustard seed. Come on, get right with God and plant those seeds today.” read more

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The Church as a Status Symbol

“What church do you go to?”

“I go to the Rocking Community Church, the main campus. The one in the city. They have a great worship team. With all the satellite churches, we now have over 2,000 members! Jesus is really blessing us.”

“Oh, really? I hear that’s a great place! My friend told me they had an iJesus series? Maybe I’ll check it out. I just found this cute outfit on sale. It’ll be great for church!”

“Yeah, Dan’s the pastor, and he’s so cool. He’s going to be doing a new series on Jesus and football. His messages are so relevant. You should check it out.” read more

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The Rich Man Has No Name

As I consider the story of Lazarus and the rich man, I am struck by one thing. Yeshua never called the rich man by name. The poor man is named Lazarus. The rich man has no name.

The Rich Man and the Skeleton Houses

I was riding the bus today through Lake Oswego, an opulent, wealthy suburb of Portland. I saw all the “castles” which people build for themselves and I thought, “What is it really all for? I’m sure not impressed.”

In the midst of my thoughts, I passed by a house under new construction. It was gigantic, sprawling, imposing, and… a skeleton. Just a mere skeleton of wood and concrete. Wooden beams stretching to the sky, wooden beams dividing rooms, wooden beams shaping a staircase and a floor. It was not at all impressive. I suppose people will ooh and ahh once the carpet goes in, the windows are filled with glass, the walls are painted a trendy color, and the outside is decorated with expensive stonework. read more

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Evangelical Crusade: Fight the World for Jesus

The year is 1260. The priest takes his pulpit in the open air. He jumps around and pounds his fists. “The enemy is advancing,” he shouts. “Get rid of your sins today! Take up the cause of Christ! Believe in his work for you on the cross, and give your life to him. If you take up arms, your sins will be immediately forgiven.”

The priest ends his sermon with a bellow. “And so it is clear, most beloved, that those who join the army of the Lord will be blessed by the Lord. They will have the angels as companions, and they will receive eternal rewards when they die.” (Humbert of Romans, 1260, The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam Jonathan Riley-Smith, pg. 38).) read more

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Prophetic Word 2012: New Year

God’s prophetic word 2012 to the American church for the New Year:

2012 will not be a year of prosperity for the American church. I have given you more than enough. I am sick of blessing you with abundance and seeing you squander it.

Prophetic Word 2012 for the Church Buildings

God says:

I have given you giant church buildings to serve your communities, but you let these buildings sit empty all week. I have given you paid staff to tend to the needs of your neighbors, but you wile away your time on video games and porn. I have filled your offering plates so that you could bless the poor, but you have pocketed all of the money for yourself. I have even seen you take special offerings specifically for the poor, and then use that money as a Christmas bonus to yourself. This is an abomination in my sight. read more

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The CEO and the Pauper

“Sunny day again today, Mr. Bracken.” The slim young man inched toward his boss. He watched for a nod from the gray-haired man sitting behind the desk, and then he took a seat at a nearby chair.

“Yes, just like the company finances. Everything is sun and roses.” Mr. Bracken adjusted his suit jacket and tie, then leaned back in his chair. He placed his arms behind his head and thought for a moment.

“You know, Tim, everything is going so much better since we laid off those 400 people last month.” He brought his arms forward and gestured to a graph in front of him. “Surprisingly, productivity has actually stayed up, and with the trimming of the budget we will all get nice Christmas bonuses this year.” read more