Heaven Pt. 38

“Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you….”Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal Peor; for the LORD your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to the LORD your God [are] alive today, every one of you….take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, ”[especially concerning] the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and [that] they may teach their children.’ ”Then you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness.” Deut 4:1,3,4,9-11 NKJV

When we truly experience Heaven’s glory we gain a desire to share it with others.

Not only do we desire to change personally so that we might attain the hope we want to share the truth with others so that they too might be changed by it. Moses said it this way.

But you who held fast to the LORD your God [are] alive today, every one of you….take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen…. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, ”[especially concerning] the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb,”

It is the glory of Heaven revealed through the Holy Spirit that gives us burning desire to share the truth! As the Scripture says “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Let’s Pray: Father God thank you for the promise of Heaven! God I want to share this promise more; So Lord fill me with your Holy Spirit. Give me a powerful vision of the Kingdom of Heaven through experience that will spur me on to share with the lost. In Jesus Name A-men!

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 63

Last night I started teaching God’s First Five ( a class on the Pentateuch) again. I really love this part of the Bible! The more I come to understand the foundation…the beginning the more I understand the time we live in and the time that lies ahead of us.

What’s your favorite part of the Bible?

Here is what I see in Numbers chapter 6 and 7

Numbers chapter 6 sermon topics/titles:

1. The Nazirite vow: Nu. 6:1-21

2. Getting Caught Up In Others Troubles: Nu. 6: 9-12

3. Finishing Strong: Nu. 6:13-21

Numbers chapter 7 sermon topics/titles:

1. The Equal Offering: Nu. 7

2. Provision and Power Come Wrapped In Truth: Nu. 7: 13

3. Power Without Indicates Prayer Within: Nu. 7:14

Now you try! 🙂

Heaven Pt. 34

In case you are just logging on, “Reinventing the We’ll” is in the middle of a word study.  In the Heaven series we are taking time to meditate on every verse where “heaven” is mentioned. So far the Word has taken us over much territory as we think about The Far- Off-Country!

“This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.” Deut. 2: 25 NKJV

The God promise to Israel of a home land was a fearful thing to the  other inhabitants of Canaan. It meant certain destruction for all those who refused to accept God’s decree.

I am mindful that this is how it is with God and His promises. As He fulfills His promises to his faithful ones everyone who stands aligned outside of those promises  faces anguish as what they have is taken away.

The Book of Revelation says that in the last days “the kings of the earth, the great men … hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Rev. 6:15-16

It’s important to note that in these verses Israel is not the source of judgment. The church is not the source of wrath. God is the source of judgment and wrath. He is the one who creates fear and anguish among those who refuse to make Him God.  I shudder to think about the Day of the Lord and the wrath that will come with it.

Let’s pray: God we have heard your Word. We know it’s true. A day of wrath and punishment is coming for all those who will not bow their knee to the cross of Christ. Jesus  intensify our witness and melt the hearts of the rebellious  with Your love. Have mercy Oh God for our sakes! Have mercy on those we know who are lost. Let our love draw them into the promise dear Jesus A-men!

 

Heaven Pt. 32

Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them. And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye [are] this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. Deut. 1:8-10 KJV

I am reminded by these verses that most of God’s promises are good only as far as we will walk into them. The Lord fulfilled the promise He made to Abraham. The Israelites had grown from a “mom and pop” organization into an exceedingly great multitude. God had given them the land He  had sworn to their forefather. But they had to go into the land. They had to possess it! They had to take a step of faith.

God had equipped them, grown them and now He was ready to establish them but before they could access the power of Heaven they had to respond to his command and actually go into Canaan.

What promise from Heaven is waiting for you today? Rise up and possess it by faith.

Let’s pray: Dear Lord I know you have heard my prayer and I know what promise I am waiting for. Today Father show me what practical step of faith I have to take in order to possess the promise You have shown me. Give me strength Lord to take that step. Let me find You waiting there to catch me when I make it. In Jesus Name A-men

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 62

Do you believe God has a job for everyone? Is there a task given to each man…each woman which only they can fulfill? If that is so what happens when a person does not do their God-given job? I have been wondering about this as I look through Numbers 4 for today’s chapter charts. What do you think?

Here are a few of the lessons I saw in chapter 4 and 5 of Numbers.

Numbers chapter 4 sermon topics/titles:

1. Have You Discovered Your God-Given Burden? Nu. 45: 1-49

2.  Carry The Load But Do Not Touch It! Nu. 4:1-20

3. Many Hands Make Light Work: Nu. 4:34-49

Numbers chapter 5 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Do Not Defile: Nu. 5: 1-4

2. Making Amends: Nu. 5:5-10

3. Is Jealousy Okay? Nu. 5: 11-31

Now you try! 🙂

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 61

Mandy, a new reader, caught a rather egregious error of mine in a post I had written about a year ago. The error came in regards to time-line in the book of Numbers . Small oversights can cause radical changes in interpretation!

The chapter charts are helpful with bringing the Scripture into sharper focus so errors like this don’t occur. Would that I had charted the work back then! I shall be rewriting “From Shittim to Gilgal” I think. Thanks Mandy! In the meantime here are some things I saw in Numbers Chapter 2 and 3.

Numbers chapter 2 sermon topics and titles:

1. God has a specific way: Nu. 2: 1-34

2. Is it a Divine Sentence? Nu. 2:1-34

3. Praise First On the List: Nu. 2:3,4

Numbers chapter 3 sermon topics/titles:

1. Remember the Mistakes of the Past So They Won’t Be Repeated: Nu. 3: 1-3

2. Anointed for Obligation: Nu. 3: 5-10

3. The Redemptive Life: Nu. 3:40-51

Tell me what speaks to you from these chapters. 🙂

Heaven Pt. 31

“And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:” Lev. 26:18,19 KJV

I was talking with another member of our staff today about the lengths God will go to in order to get our attention.

Contrary to what many people think God is not out to get us. What He really wants is for us to get Him or to “hearken unto Him.”

People think judgment is all about God’s wrath but really it’s about His mercy in the midst of wrath. God does not desire to shut up Heaven against anyone. He is not especially pleased to swipe away the blessing from a person’s life. Nevertheless, He will do it if somehow that will bring us back onto the pathway that leads to Him. When it comes to a choice between a person’s eternal destination and their comfort eternity wins out every time.

While we are quick to believe the level of our pain indicates the level of God’s callousness more often it indicates the level of His love in reaction to our callousness.

As people around us become harder to the things of God we can expect that God will reflect his love and mercy in their lives through hardship and judgment. Let us be a voice that urges people to return to the sanctuary of God for a future and a hope!

Let’s pray: God I know you never shut up Heaven in judgment against a person without a reason. We know that in judgment you do remember mercy and that mercy is your goal continually. Use me God to encourage those I see struggling because of sin to come into your merciful and loving arms once again through repentance! In Jesus name A-men!

Heaven Pt. 30

Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit [it] for ever. EX. 32:13


The Milky Way Galaxy is but one galaxy in the universe and it is estimated to contain somewhere between 200-400 billion stars! One of the things that says about our God is that He is a God of abundance. When He promised to bless Abraham and multiply his off-spring as the stars in the sky it was a staggering promise even without today’s technology. But God did it! He remembered His promise! The God of abundance has prospered Abraham’s family even though Satan, the dragon of Scripture has done everything in his power to stop it.

As God promised abundance for Israel, so he promises the same for all those who follow Him: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.” John 10:10

The promise is sure. So is Satan’s attempt to stop that blessing from flowing. But this I know about God. When once He sets his mind to something it shall be done.

Let’s pray: God I recognize you as a God of abundance! I also recognize you as the One who wishes to bless me! Father I open myself to that blessing. Help me to fight with You for it. Help me to push out everything that seeks to starve the blessing. Help me to open myself to all the things that nourish and grow Your blessing in my life!

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 60

Our chapter charts today straddle two books. We finish Leviticus, the giving of the law at Mount Sinai and we move onto the Census of Numbers, the beginning of Israel’s desert wanderings. Here is what I see in these transitional Scriptures.

Leviticus chapter 27 sermon topics/titles:

1. What Does a Person Cost These Days? Lev. 27:1-13

2. Selling Your Harvest: Lev. 27:14-25

3. You Can’t Give What Is Not Yours: Lev. 27:26

Numbers chapter 1  sermon topics/titles:

1. Counting Your Blessings: Num1: 1-3

2. God is In the Administration Too! Num. 1:1-19

3. Judah Most Blessed: Num 1: 26

Now you try! 🙂

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 59

Our chapter charts today start with the topic of growing things. We haven’t had much of a winter here in New England and now my thoughts are turning towards putting my gardens to rights for the spring planting. I’m getting all caught up in the law of sowing and reaping. Here’s what I see In Leviticus 25 and 26.

Leviticus chapter 25 sermon topics/titles:

1. Productive rest: Lev. 25:1-7

2. Knowing When To Withhold the Seed: Lev. 25:1-7

3. Go Back To the Beginning: Lev. 25: 8-54

Leviticus chapter 26 sermon topics/titles: 

1.The Blessings For Obedience: Lev. 26:1-13

2. Curses for Disobedience: Lev. 26:15-39

3. Repentance the Key To Covenant Renewal: 25:40-46

Now you try! 🙂