Friday, January 28, 2011

Who is it REALLY about?!?

I was thinking about a saying that started going around the churches a few years back. It was a "refocus" call, sort - of.
"It's not about you, it's about JESUS."

Since we started this Great Adventure I've had the chance to visit quite a few different churches, talked with a lot of people I might not have had the opportunity to otherwise. I'm hearing certain phrases over and over - and it leaves me wondering if we ever really "got it".

Also, as a result of this drastic lifestyle change we've experienced, I've really HAD to press in closer to the Lord, learn more dramatically to trust Him, count on Him, seek Him and rely on Him more so than ever previously. As much as I've read the Bible in the past, I'm reading even more now or maybe I'm just reading it differently?

In any case, I was meditating on some of the things I'd read, and I started to see something that put a whole new perspective to exactly WHERE our focus ought to be in regard to where Jesus' heart was focused. It wasn't on Himself - and it wasn't exclusively on those who believed and followed Him. His focus? On those who still needed to know Him.

In other words, it not only isn't about "us" - our want, our need and our desire. And it's also not only about Jesus - simply worshipping and praising Him. Well, then what is it about?

THE LOST.

Those who don't know Him and perhaps don't even know or acknowledge that they need Him! The exhortation in Acts chapter 1 leads me to believe this is a legitimate rally cry, for He did not end His earthly ministry by telling the Disciple's to focus on Him, worship Him, think about Him, praise Him. No. His last command was to GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND TELL OTHERS ABOUT HIM. His focus was on the "lost" - those who don't know Him yet.

A new rallying cry for the church? You decide. I think so. In my heart it is. Of course, I am by calling an Evangelist.

MAKE IT COUNT FOR CHRIST!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

OMIGOSH! It really works!!!

How would you react if someone was deliberately rude and obnoxious to you? We'd all like to think we'd "turn the other cheek" - but truth is, almost all of us except those who are masters of self control, would struggle with this one!

I know I sure did! New neighbor was beyond rude when I took time out to welcome them and introduce myself. I was so shocked, I just kept a smile plastered on my face and walked away as politely as possible!

Then I got down on my knee's and asked God to help me overcome my natural desire to AVOID them completely - and went right back out and offered to help them in any way I possibly could.

Are they my new best friend? NO!! However, from where I am standing, the door is open to share Christ with them. I already offered prayer for his knee injury (my second time out)- which he turned down. I smiled and reiterated if there were anything I could do for them I happily would.

Obedience leaves no room for ego. Thank you Lord. Bless those who curse you. Yes, Jesus, I will choose to do as you would do. Is it okay if I ask others to pray for me - for strength to be nice???

and how has your Sunday been?
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Monday, January 17, 2011

News report; man predicts "RAPTURE" May 21, 2011

Yes, while it is certainly and indisputably true that we are in the End Times, predicting a date for the Rapture does no good for anyone.

First, it is disobedient to the Lord, as He Himself stated in Matthew 25:13 "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."

Second; silly predictions like this make all Christian believers look like idiots, and as an Evangelist, who's life calling is to preach the Gospel of Salvation, this just adds to the difficulty of bringing the truth to people.

While I agree we are living at a time when it could happen anytime, since the day Christ spoke - it could have happened anytime. WE DON'T KNOW THE DAY OR THE HOUR. WE ARE TO WATCH AND BE PREPARED. WE ARE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL.

If we stick to what our Lord told us to do and say, we have opportunity to share the truth and fulfill our ministry of reconciliation (IICorinthians 5:18-20). When we go beyond that, we are simply flapping our gums out of our own desires and are not acting in accordance with His perfect will.

God really created the Heaven and Earth in the beginning. Christ really walked the earth and really died for our sins. We really do need to know the TRUTH for it alone will set us free.

MAKE IT COUNT FOR CHRIST! turnthetideministries.com
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WHAT WE DO

FREE CONCERTS:
Featuring all original songs and a dramatic testimony of life changing conversion inspiring others to share the Glorious Gospel of Salvation with Friends and Family!

AWAKENING SEMINAR:
In-depth testimony of dramatic conversion testimonies combined with practical applications of Biblical truths concerning Gods Grace and Deliverance. Strong emphasis on REPENTANCE; FORGIVENESS; GRACE AND SURRENDER. Knowing who YOU are in Christ and living a lifestyle of WITNESSING.

CHRISTMAS PLAY:
An excellent outreach vehicle, this fresh new tale of Christmas involves a special Bee, a repentant Santa and a young hero who will warm your heart! The Christmas Bee is available in play form or book form.


CD SALES:
1. All Aboard; 10 songs of Salvations Joy and Hope!
2. Modern Psalm; 10 songs of prayer and contemplation
3. Good Morning Jesus; 10 songs of praise to the King!
4. If My People; 10 inspirational praise songs
Suggested donation of $15 per CD ordered includes shipping.

WHY WE DO IT

We share the Gospel with everyone we meet and encourage them to grow in Christ. Those who know Christ, we CHALLENGE them to submit more fully to the work of the Holy Spirit and live wholly as "Living Sacrifices". Our work is not about outward things such as programs and church buildings, but the inward change in the hearts of people.

WE ARE OPEN TO GO WHEREVER THE HOLY SPIRIT SENDS US AND WORK WITH ANYONE ACROSS DENOMINATIONAL LINES WHO SHARES THE SAME DESIRE TO EXPERIENCE "ONE BODY IN CHRIST".

We lead by example, we serve by unction of the Spirit, we influence through prayer.

Alone, we can do little,
Together, we can accomplish much
Apart from Him who sent us we can do NOTHING!

PARTNER WITH US!

If you are starting a church or working to build up an existing ministry, we are available to assist in the areas of Music Ministry, Evangelism Outreach to
BUILD THE BODY OF CHRIST AND UNITY IN THE SPIRIT!

I Timothy 2:4
God… desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the TRUTH.

II Corinthians 5: 16 - 21
Therefore from now on we regard no one according to the flesh....if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation...now all things are of God....who has given to us the ministry of reconciliation...and has committed to us the word of reconciliation... NOW THEN WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST...that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

James 2:15-16
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food and one of you says to them “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

Acts 5:32 - 35
Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 34: Nor was there any among them who lacked…35: and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service.

John 15:5
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

FREE CONCERTS

WITH OVER 80 ORIGINAL SONGS TO SHARE, CLAY & MARIE HAVE FOUND THEIR MUSIC TO BE AN EXCELLENT DOOR OPENER FOR NOT ONLY SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION WITH UNBELIEVERS, BUT IN SHARING A PERSONAL STORY OF DRAMATIC CONVERSION THEY ARE ABLE ALSO TO ENCOURAGE AND EXHORT THE BODY OF CHRIST TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION AND GRACE WITH THEIR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.

IN ANSWER TO A CONFIRMED CALL OF GOD TO TRAVEL AS BOLD EXAMPLES OF AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, PROCLAIMING THE MESSAGE OF GODS GRACE, HOPE AND HEALING, THEY SOLD EVERYTHING THEY COULD AND GIVING THE REST AWAY THEY SET OUT ON WHAT THEY REFER TO AS "THE GREAT ADVENTURE".


NOW TRAVELING THE USA, THEY PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS, THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WHEREVER THEY ARE WHILE MINISTERING A CALL OF UNITY TO THE BODY OF CHRIST ACROSS ALL DENOMINATIONAL LINES.

BY SPONSORING A FREE CONCERT LOCAL CHURCH CONGREGATIONS RECEIVE ENCOURAGEMENT, STIRRING UP THEIR HEARTS TOWARD GREATER OUTREACH IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.

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THE CHRISTMAS BEE

ON OUR WEBSITE WE'VE MADE THE CHRISTMAS BEE AVAILABLE TO OTHERS - EITHER TO PUT ON A PRODUCTION OR TO REQUEST WE COME AND ASSIST IN MOUNTING A PRODUCTION. A SYNOPSIS OF THIS PLAY FOLLOWS THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

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THE CHRISTMAS BEE: A delightfully refreshing tale about understanding the true meaning of Christmas. Santa learns it's NOT all about him and that without the Spirit of Christ there can be no Christmas at all. The Holy Spirit is represented by a very humble and special Bumble Bee making this play a great outreach event, as it gently introduces the story of the Nativity back into our cultural holidays while appealing to young and old, believer and non-believer alike.

SETS CAN BE ELABORATE OR SIMPLE; CHARACTERS CAN BE EASILY CONVERTED TO SUIT THE PLAYERS AVAILABLE. USUAL CAST WILL REQUIRE 16 PEOPLE. THIS PLAY IS APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDRENS MINISTRY, YOUTH GROUP OR ADULT PRODUCTION.

ORIGINAL MUSIC SOUNDTRACK IS INCLUDED FOR USE WITH THE PRODUCTION.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Great Advice!

During my Ministerial Internship, Dr. Dickens used to say to me: don't try to be who or what anyone else is, just be the VERY BEST YOU FOR CHRIST THAT YOU CAN BE!

GREAT ADVICE! and worth passing on. Especially when you are "in ministry" there is a tendency for OTHERS to compare you to what else is out there, what some other ministry is doing, what another believer is accomplishing and that can be very discouraging!

Truth is - NONE of us can "do it all". A ministry that is doing more is able to do so because it has MORE PEOPLE DOING STUFF! Each individual is part of a larger whole, and all believers are part of the larger BODY OF CHRIST.

BE ENCOURAGED - all you individual's out there doing all you can to Glorify your Father in Heaven. You do not have to do it all, you only have to do what YOU CAN DO THE BEST THAT YOU CAN DO IT.

Never stop reaching for all God has for you!
MAKE IT COUNT FOR CHRIST!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

THE STARFISH

One day a young boy and his parents were walking on the beach. Thousands of beautiful Starfish had washed up on the shore and the boy was fascinated by them! “Mommy do the Starfish live in the sand?” “No” his Mommy told him, “they need to live in the ocean.” After a moment he asked his father “Daddy, what happens if they don’t get back into the ocean?” “They’ll dry up” his Daddy told him. The young boy began running up and down the shore, gently picking up a stranded Starfish and delivering it back into the ocean where it needed to be. “Son, what are you doing?” the Mommy and Daddy asked him. “You can’t possibly save them all, it’ll hardly make a difference” He thought a moment and then answered them, “I know, but it can make a difference to this one, and this one, and this one…..”

That's how we are to be with people. Don't be overwhelmed, or daunted by the many who do not know Jesus as their Savior - work with one at a time. If truly all Heaven rejoices over one soul, why would we do less?

CHANGING LIVES ONE AT A TIME....
Turn the Tide Ministries
MAKE IT COUNT FOR CHRIST!

Monday, January 3, 2011

News report; man predicts "RAPTURE" May 21, 2011

Yes, while it is certainly and indisputably true that we are in the End Times, predicting a date for the Rapture does no good for anyone.

First, it is disobedient to the Lord, as He Himself stated in Matthew 25:13 "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."

Second; silly predictions like this make all Christian believers look like idiots, and as an Evangelist, who's life calling is to preach the Gospel of Salvation, this just adds to the difficulty of bringing the truth to people.

While I agree we are living at a time when it could happen anytime, since the day Christ spoke - it could have happened anytime. WE DON'T KNOW THE DAY OR THE HOUR. WE ARE TO WATCH AND BE PREPARED. WE ARE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL.

If we stick to what our Lord told us to do and say, we have opportunity to share the truth and fulfill our ministry of reconciliation (IICorinthians 5:18-20). When we go beyond that, we are simply flapping our gums out of our own desires and are not acting in accordance with His perfect will.

God really created the Heaven and Earth in the beginning. Christ really walked the earth and really died for our sins. We really do need to know the TRUTH for it alone will set us free.

MAKE IT COUNT FOR CHRIST! turnthetideministries.com
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

THE LIST

Okay all you out there! Here's the challenge for the New Year - make a commitment and MAKE IT COUNT FOR CHRIST!

Here's "THE LIST".
Do at least one of these things every single day this year! (They are in no particular order of importance - God considers every one of them important!)

James 1:27 - Visit orphans and widows in their trouble

Matthew 25:34-36 - feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, take in the stranger, visit the sick, visit those in prison

Matthew 10:7-8 - Preach "the Kingdom of God is at hand", heal the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead, cast out demons, GIVE AS FREELY AS YOU HAVE RECEIVED.

Hebrews13:1-3 -Entertain strangers, remember those in prison and those who are mistreated

Galatians 6:1 - if a brother is overtaken in sin, restore such a one in a spirit of meekness

James 5:19-20 - turn back a brother in error to truth and save his soul from death and cover a mulitude of sin

Acts 1:8 - be a witness for Christ

These 18 items are by no means a complete and extensive listing of all we could and should be doing, but they are certainly enough to keep us busy and begin making a difference in our little corner of the world!

BE BLESSED! BE AN AMBASSADOR! MAKE IT COUNT FOR CHRIST!