The God of Rythm

Identity Crisis – Who are you?

Have you ever taken on the image of a Jock, Prep, Punk, Goth, Jet, Shark (ok.. last two were from the West Side Story) but you get the picture. Watch Jonathan Martir’s recent message as he unfolds the paradigm of “Identity Crisis”.

Conviction… To heed or not to heed?

If you don’t know what conviction is, your best bet is to stop whatever you’re doing immediately and find out.  Conviction is an early warning system, or as stated by Pastor Bert Carlo, “a fire alarm.”  it lets you know when something bad is about to happen, or if something bad has occurred.  In both situations conviction makes you a “convict”, or someone who has been sentenced.  Though some may think so, and perhaps has become the defining characteristic, the intent of the jails and prisons is not simply to remove criminals from society.  If it were, they’d never be released.  The intent of an imprisoning sentence is to rehabilitate the convict.  When we commit a crime, or sin in thought or deed, the God instilled conscience “sentences” us until we make things right through apology, retribution, or forgiveness.  Fortunately, conviction’s purpose is to work itself out of a job.  For a day lived without conviction is a day lived honoring the Lord.  Heed your conviction, and by the power of Jesus Christ release your soul from it’s prison, and help ensure conviction’s early retirement.
To hear more about conviction, request a copy of Pastor Bert Carlo’s preaching from July 8th on audio CD.
- Daniel LeRoy

Shake Off The Dirt

We all have various struggles that we’re challenged with.  Each time that a struggle arises we are faced with making a choice that can alter our lives and possibly other lives around us either positive or negative.  What often prevents us from getting through our tough battles is that we’re not willing to pay a price and press through to overcome them.

There was a story about a farmers donkey that fell into a well. The farmer frantically thought what to do as the stricken animal cried out to be rescued. With no obvious solution, the farmer regretfully concluded that as the donkey was old, and as the well needed to be filled in anyway, he should give up the idea of rescuing the beast, and simply fill in the well. “Hopefully, the poor animal would not suffer too much” he said trying to persuade himself.

The farmer even asked his neighbors help with filling in the hole.  So, before long they all began to shovel dirt quickly into the well. When the donkey realized what was happening he wailed and struggled, but then, to everyone’s relief, the noise stopped.

After a while the farmer looked down into the well and was astonished by what he saw. The donkey was still alive, and progressing towards the top of the well. The donkey had discovered that by shaking off the dirt instead of letting it cover him, he could keep stepping on top of the earth as the level rose. Soon the donkey was able to step up over the edge of the well, and he happily trotted off.”

How often do you feel you are getting dirt constantly poured on you to the point where you feel buried alive?  If the donkey didn’t have the desire to live and accepted his fate as an old donkey on his way out he would have surely given in. But… he wanted to live so with every spec of dirt he shook off he transferred it beneath him to rise himself out of the well.

Is there something in your life now that’s making you feel buried alive today?  Often, when we’re confronted with struggles it’s easy for us to blame God not only for the struggle but also the outcome.  In Job Chapter 3, Job spoke and cursed the day of his birth but never cursed God or turned away from his faith in him.

My challenge for you is instead of being quick to make the wrong decision explore all of your options, seek wise council in your decisions, put your faith in God, and make a way to use the same dirt that’s burying you alive to shake it off and rise to the next level.

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