Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
In addition to all the ads they even have a place where you can donate to them/https://www.elijahlist.com/donations/donation.php
Ok...so what I am wondering is at what point are we not trusting in God for provision and at what point do we perform our human responsibility to make an avenue through which God can bless us with His provision. I am not against them doing what they feel comfortable in allowing on their own website.
The above website is an example of commercial endeavor coupled with the traditional 'donate' model. How much does it cost for a domain name and a web hosting service for a year? And how much time does it take a webmaster to maintain the entire package? Not very much at all. The monetization of all the ads and sponsored links should bring in more then enough to maintain the site.
I am seeing more sites caving into the monetization of their websites, good Christian websites.
Which makes it all the more rewarding to me personally when I click a link and there is nothing to be seen to draw in funding from any visible source.
I try hard to keep this site from any distracting attempts to put the touch on anyone's wallet.
Even though Technorati feels that this webblog is or currently could be worth around $1,129.00 us dollars as it stands, but for me it is never about the $$$.
I am not alone in this thinking about all of this. I recall sitting in the pew the day that Pastor Chuck Smith triumphantly declared that Calvary Chapel had just purchased the radio station KWVE. He told joyously all of us, "Now we won't have any more commercial interruptions, just worship and teaching of the Word of God. Everyone was cheerful and clapped about that because Calvary had to purchase air time on a nearby commercial station (KYMS).
If you listen to KWVE today...well you get the point. Somewhere along the line he must have sold out to the $$$ aspects. In fact I couldn't help but notice that the station comes in low quality until either Chuck Smith or Greg Laurie is on. Don't believe me, turn on KWVE a half hour before Greg Laurie comes on on Sunday mornings and amazingly Greg's program will come in crystal clear when just a half hour ago it was marginal. Don't get me wrong, Pastor Chuck Smith is a (VERY) giving man of God. But he also can be thrifty at the same time. I put his son Jeff in the very giving catagory also. Jeff has a heart of gold!
I wondered about this turning down of the transmit power until a radio tech guy told me that some stations turn down their transmit power and turn it up when the principal programing is on. Not allowed by the FCC but stations do it anyway to save on their annual electric power bill.
There is a big juggling act to perpetuate things that all of us do in the name of Christianity. One man that I have the deepest respect for in this area is Oden Fong. Never have I seen him put the touch on his congregation. He has an offering basket in the back table of his services and never even mentions it. The man is a man of God who I have seen give away $$$ to others after his own needs are barely being met. From my vantage point he has always truly trusted in God for his provision. His personal life is a testimony to Godly giving! As you can well imagine Oden has deeply effected me by his living example of giving, in fact it is humbling.
When I was Mustard Seed Faith's roadie I found out that the band played in places where big offerings were taken on their behalf and the pastor of the church would hand Oden an envelope for playing at his church. We all would go out to eat and Oden would open the sealed envelope, in it would be just a check for $15.00. It had to have cost around $300.00 in travel expenses for the band to play at that church and the pastor took full advantage of the band. He used them to promote his own ministry. This actually happened to all of the Maranatha bands, even some big names that you would be amazed to find out had taken full advantage of the early Jesus People bands.
Greed in ministry is never supported by Jesus Christ, never. But ample provision is.
Which brings us back to my question, at what point are we crossing the provision line?
I have worked next to Benny Hinn's home for around 15 years and I worked on that small industrial building on Dyer in Santa Ana where TBN got it's humble start. I have personally witnessed TBN going from barely having enough to having way to much $$$. Today Benny has to be guarded by Black Water because he is worth so much etc. And TBN has real estate and assets all over the place. Is this what Jesus desires in ministry?
I am more comfortable with just being a 'tent maker' like Paul and doing what I can out of my own resources and allowing the blessing of Google for providing this site and bandwidth to us. To seek for gain beyond this is not something that I am comfortable with.
To be fair, others have been called to amass $$$ to distribute as the Holy Spirit directs, I am not in that calling...nor would I want to be.
What I do here is not something that I desire to be taking $$$ from others for. There will be accountability in one sense.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
As the popularity of Griffin's designs soared, he was sought out to lend his vision to album jackets; his most memorable work was done in conjunction with the Grateful Dead, for whom he created the classic cover to 1969's Aoxomoxoa as well as 1973's Wake of the Flood, 1976's Steal Your Face and 1981's Reckoning. Griffin remained a prolific talent well past the end of the psychedelic era, later working in underground comix, and in the early 1970s he became a devout Christian, a conversion which profoundly affected his subsequent work, which included an illustrated adaptation of the Book of John. His life ended on August 17, 1991, the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident; ironically, his last published work, which appeared in the San Francisco magazine The City, was a self-portrait depicting Griffin entering heaven's gates, pen and ink clutched firmly in hand.
You can find the Gospel of John book that Rick illustrated on Amazon. I would put the link here for you but we don't sell anything. At Amazon you can see some of the illustrations from the book. The text content of the book is the teaching of Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel. A great gift indeed!
John 13:34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Friday, August 07, 2009
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John 3:20For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Only 59% of Americans believe in hell, compared with 74% who believe in heaven, according to the recent surveys from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-08-01-hell-damnation_N.htm?se=yahoorefer&poe=HFMostPopular
Saturday, August 01, 2009
The context of the verse provides the primary answer to the first question. This chapter is all about the reality of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the saints. The themes of sin and death and righteousness and life are woven throughout. Sleep is acquainted with death and sin. Take a look at I Thessalonians 4:15-17. These verses talk about those Christians who are asleep in physical death and their ultimate resurrection at the Rapture. Going on from there to chapter 5 verse 6 talks of those Christians who are asleep in their sin. The latter need to wake up and be ready with Jesus.
This latter sleep is ultimately caused by sin. It can be recognized by things like:
1) Everday life seems perfectly normal. I'm just doing what everybody else is doing. Status quo. In other words, I fit in just fine with the rest of the world.2) A still, small voice of the Holy Spirit telling the conscience that something is wrong. In other words, judgment and conviction are pending.3) Believing that everything you were ever taught, whether by school teachers, parents, or friends, is the absolute, unquestionable truth.
This is what experience shows me. I will back it up with Biblical conviction.
To compound the problem there are the differences in denominations that all claim the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and their basis for faith and practice (or at least part of the basis for their faith and practice), yet their interpretations vary widely, even within a denomination. No one in their own power can "tell" anyone else what the Word of God says, nor does anyone have a mandate from God to do so. It is our job to be prayed and studied up such that we can be empowered by the Holy Spirit in all humility to be the "light" and testimony for Jesus Christ, especially within our own families; because that is the hardest place to maintain our testimony; with those who see us, not at our "Sunday" best, but as we truly are: sinners saved by grace.
Pray for your family members. Read and study God's Word so that you will be equipped to explain not only what the Bible says, but what it doesn't say, which is sometimes far more important. Make sure that your life is right with God and that your "light" is shining brightly. And most of all, wait upon the Lord to provide you with the right time and place to share your faith, your beliefs, and your understandings; always ready, willing, and able to listen to the questions and objections that someone else may raise about your faith, the Bible, Christianity, etc. There are plenty of people out there who have been misinformed about what it truly means to be "Christian"; about what the Bible says and teaches; about the relationship of Christianity to other world religions. God tells us in His Word to develop the Christian characteristics of love, humility, patience, mercy, etc., the very characteristics of Jesus' life. His Holy Spirit will take what feeble attempts we make as a testimony and witness, and honor them with the fruit that sometimes we are all too often so impatient to harvest.