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Monday, October 30, 2017

WHEN OLD MEN KILL YOUNG MEN ... GOD IS WATCHING!

(MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE CALEBS AND JOSHUAS OUT THERE)

Somewhere around 605 BC, the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, invaded, conquered and enslaved the Israelites–this captivity lasted 70 years (Jer 25:11-12). The Babylonians totally destroyed their house of worship (Solomon’s temple). This was tragic. Solomon’s Temple was the wonder of the world. No expense was spared when building it. Tons of gold, the rarest jewels, and the finest lumber and cloth in the world was gathered and used to build God’s House. When the Babylonians were done there was nothing left but ashes and memories.

Please, take note that these things happened because God removed His favor from Israel. He removed His favor because of their sins. (I’ll repeat this statement in a moment).

About 70 years later, Cyrus the Persian overthrew the Babylonians and gave permission for the Jews to return to their homeland. Almost 50,000 Jews left Babylon and returned to Palestine. Three years later, in 535 BC, they laid the foundation for a new Temple, thus ending the 70 years of their captivity.

For the younger men and women, it was a time of great joy. The Bible says they shouted aloud because they were so joyful. The strange thing is the older folks were not excited–they were not shouting over what they were seeing. Instead, the Bible says they were weeping and crying out loud (Ezra 3:11-13). Now, you may ask why the young people were excited and praising the Lord while the older men were sad and weeping? Let’s allow the Bible to the answer that question.

Ezr 3:12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

 
THEY WERE CONSUMED WITH THE GHOSTS OF THE PAST!
 

These older men remembered the first temple. They remembered the Grandeur, the Gold, and the Glory of Solomon’s Temple. They remembered the old days when the temple of the Lord was one of he wonders of the world. They couldn’t enjoy what the younger people were building because they esteemed it to be less than what they had experienced. While the young men were rejoicing the older men were crying and saying:
   
Hag 2:3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?
       
They could see that the new temple was smaller and lacked much of the grandeur of Solomon’s temple which they esteemed to be superior, so they refused to rejoice with the younger men. I think some of those old men and women are still around today.

NEWFANGLED RELIGION


 I came up in a church world that constantly referred to “old time holiness” and the “old paths”. They fought anything that was new. They absolutely detested change. According to them, they knew what “old time religion” was and anything that didn’t look like it was worldly, modern, and newfangled. I have one major problem with their “old time religion” ... IT ISN’T OLD ENOUGH. They don’t go all the way back to the Book of Acts; they merely go back to where they experienced God. In other words, their old paths are simply the churches they grew up in the 50's, 60's, 70's, etc. They hold to that style of worship, singing, fellowship, and preaching as if it is the only way God has ever or will ever move among His people.     

But what about the Bible? The early church didn’t have church buildings, elevated pulpits, pulpit standards, Bible stands, church clothes, pews, etc–those things were introduced by the Catholic church many years later. I suppose those things have their place, but the first Christians had church in their houses, especially when it was too dangerous to go to the Jewish temples. The early church was more consumed with BEING the church than they were building sacred edifices and adhering to staunch ritualism. They were more consumed with spreading the name of Jesus than they were creating an organized religion. The only things that were sacred to them was God, His Spirit, His Word, and the name of Jesus!

Just for a side note: They had some of these grieving old men among them, too. There were those that couldn’t enjoy what Jesus was doing in the world because they wanted everyone to be circumcised and quit eating pork chops. Thankfully, the elders were able to correct them and they were able to build together (Acts 15). For me ... that’s “old time religion”.

I want to be careful here because there are some aspects of my early church days that I miss. The people’s dedication to God’s house and their hunger for holiness of heart was beautiful. I have seen God move mightily in my life. I remember preaching a seven week revival where over a hundred people gave their lives to Christ. It was glorious. It was there that God truly revealed Jesus to me. I suppose I could hang my hat there and spend the rest of my life grieving because today’s church world doesn’t look like that, but the truth is I don’t want a church that looks like that. It was eat up with false doctrine and false prophecy. The Spirit and miracles He performed were sacred, but the songs the people sang, style of worship, ignorance of the Bible, and dislike for teaching was not. I was ultimately kicked out of that church because I preached Jesus’ blood is sufficient to save. It was a glorious time, but I’m not staying there. GOD MET ME IN A STRANGE PLACE, BUT HE HAD TO ... THAT’S WHERE I WAS.

Now, I’m somewhat confused about those elder men that refused to rejoice with the younger men. It was actually their fault Solomon’s temple was destroyed in the first place. God removed His favor from them because of THEIR SINS.

DEAR ANCIENT MEN AND WOMEN ... It’s hypocritical to destroy the church and then pout when the younger men start rebuilding it. And you need to remember that ... NOT EVERYONE HAS YOUR EXPERIENCES!


The younger men that rebuilt the temple did not remember the first temple. They had no idea of what it had looked like or of the glory that had been in it. All they remembered was a life of captivity and bondage in a foreign land. No doubt many of these people had been born during the time of Israel’s captivity and all they could remember was their slavery. I believe they also remembered how God in His power had delivered them from that bondage. They could not remember the first temple, but they were thankful for what they had!

THEY WERE THANKFUL FOR THE GIFTS OF THE PRESENT!

Ezr 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

 
These young people could not remember the old days, but they could see that a new day of opportunity had dawned for them and they embraced it wholeheartedly! These young people had no frame of reference concerning the old days, but they were excited about what God was doing in their day.


The young people were singing while the older people were grieving. The younger people were praising the Lord while the older people were weeping. The younger people were giving God thanks for His goodness and mercy while the older people were pouting. They were sulled up because the young men weren’t doing like they had done it in the past. If that’s not selfish I don’t know what is.

They may not have had the resources King David and Solomon had, but they were bound and determined to do the best with what they had. While the older men were overcome by the GHOSTS OF THE PAST, the younger men were thankful for the GIFTS OF THE PRESENT. While the old men wept over what was, the young men built! While the old men reminisced, the young men worked for God.

I’d like to encourage the younger men and women to be respectful to the ancient men and women that simply cannot overcome their fixation on the past. Their motives may be sincere. They may not be able to separate the God that moved in their churches from the culture in which He moved in. When they attack you for doing something new and when they dogmatically fight to hold on to what was, they truly believe they are fighting God’s battle. Pray for them. Love them. Treat them with respect. You’ll probably feel the same way as they do in few years. The music you like today will be outdated tomorrow. You may not like tomorrow's music either. Our elders are allowed to like whatever music they want. They're allowed to have any type of preference they want. What's that to you?
 

I’d like to encourage the ancient men and women to be careful with how you handle this younger generation. They watch you. They hear your snide remarks. They notice when you don’t support them. They can’t understand why you won’t worship with them. They think you don’t care about them. They feel like you don’t want them in your church. They may like a different type of Christian music than you ... so what? Stand up and sing with them. At the very least stand up and support them. Pray with them. Worship with them. They live in a technologically advanced society; it’s how they learn; it’s how they relate. Get used to it. Stop accusing them of not reverencing the house of God because they’re not wearing “church clothes”. They may not adhere to your style of church clothes, but that doesn’t mean they’re not dressing up. They may not line up to your pet peeves and pious preferences, but you should be celebrating what God’s doing in their life. You're attitude could make or break them. If you break them, I promise you it'll follow you into judgment (1Ti 5:24).

Young men and women ... God will send you some older, seasoned Joshua(s) and Caleb(s) to give you wisdom. Listen  to them. Learn from them. You'll know who they are when they come along. They may not be able to keep up with you, but they will want to. They may not understand everything you're doing, but they will try. They may not like the style of music you're singing, but they'll be glad you're serving God and singing out to Him because they like you.

But regardless ... don’t ever allow sulking, weeping traditionalists stop you from building the kingdom of God in your day! Keep rejoicing. Keep praising God for what He’s done for you. Serve God in your generation. Reach your world regardless of what anyone says. If you have to, shout so loud that it overrides the negativity of those that want you to stop! You are called to reach this world. If you don't, those that are standing in the corner crying about what was sure aren't going to!

Peace. Love. Hope. 
David Lamb

Friday, October 6, 2017

ARE WE REALLY THAT STUPID?


I try to stay informed, but as I listen to these leftist libnoramouses that fill the news forum my head almost explodes. I cannot believe people can be this oblivious to reality. I fear for our future.

Liberals are wanting more gun laws to stop people from buying guns that are already outlawed. They want to enforce more gun laws when it is an absolute fact where there are more guns there is less gun violence. In fact, in the past 13 years there's been a 56% increase in gun sells and a 49% drop in gun violence. Look at Chicago! Liberals own and run that city. They have some of the most stringent gun laws in America, yet it is known as "The Murder Capital the World". You know what's crazy about that? Chicago is NOT the murder capital of the world-it is only the third worst in the United States. The title of "Murder Capital" actually goes to  Washington D.C.-perhaps the most liberal city in America! 

Where liberals rule, crime soars, and the innocent die. All more gun laws do is keep law abiding citizens from having them and ensure criminals do. It simply guarantees the innocent will be molested by the wicked without the fear of having a rapidly speeding lead projectile hitting their dome.

But the issue is actually far worse than that, my fellow Americans. I would think that everyone would know these things, but they don't. Some don't know there are other things to learn, some simply don't care. The ignorant masses of sheeple are being led to the slaughter all the while dancing to the soothing music of the pied piper.

The second Amendment isn’t about protecting your home or going deer hunting. It gives us the right to do those things, but it wasn’t established for those purposes. Our forefathers thought those issues were a matter of common sense (something terribly lacking in these days). The second Amendment was actually created so you and I could assemble an armed military (militia) and to go to war with our government if we need to. Believe it or not, governments sometimes get power hungry and want to strip the people of their rights. They take control of their educational system. They take control of their health care system.
They take their property. They take their money. They take their guns. They basically don’t quit until they rule the people through tyranny. Our forefathers said, “What has happened in the past will never happen again. If our government tries the same thing Great Britain did in the 1700's we will go to war with them.”

That’s what the second Amendment is about: our right to fight back against our government.

Now ... Do you wonder why there are so many government entities that want our weapons? It’s all about control. If they take away our means of defense, we are at their mercy.

You know what is kind of funny? My inspiration for this article was actually the new Cam Newton situation. If you don’t know who Cam Newton is ... He’s a quarterback for an NFL team. If you don’t what a quarterback is ... Well. Cam Newton was asked a football question by a woman reporter. Cam Newton laughed and said it was strange to hear a woman talking about football. That’s it. He didn’t say women shouldn’t be talking about football. He didn’t say women aren't qualified to talk about football. He just shared a little from his cultural perspective. He probably came up in a culture similar to mine. In the world I grew up in, men played, talked about, and watched football. The women got angry because the men weren't spending time with them and/or painting the nursery. Sorry if you don't like that, but that's reality. Where I come from men watched football and women watched Soap Operas. Things have changed and that’s great, but it doesn’t change the cultures we grew up in. It doesn't change the past. You can tear down monuments, you can force men to stop watching football and make them watch soap operas, but it doesn't change the past.

Should Cam have known to be a little more careful with his wording in his ultra liberal media world? Probably. He’s already lost sponsors ($$$$$$$$) because of this. But I don’t really care about Cam Newton or the Carolina Panthers and I couldn’t care less about the NFL.

Here’s what messes with my head: He could have spit on the American flag and he would have been applauded. Had he got naked, draped the flag around his waist using it as a loin cloth, and ran around the field screaming “allahu akbar”, he would be called a hero. Had he cursed Jesus, threw a high handed bird at the Almighty, paid homage to Gaia, gave a million dollars to abortion clinics, or burnt a million Bibles they would have said he is a revolutionary leader.

But don’t say it’s strange to hear a woman talk about wide receivers running route patterns ... you’ll be finished.

Welcome to America where imbeciles own the media and therefore dictate what the masses consume and believe.

Friday, September 29, 2017

RELIGION VS. RELATIONSHIP?


Have you ever had someone try to pull you into a debate using a fallacious presupposition that created a false dilemma? I have and I'm sure you have too (whether you realize it or not).

Let me give you an example. If someone asked me, "What's the best tasting pie in the world: Cherry or Apple?" ... I'd say, "Neither. I like blueberry."

The question creates a false dilemma, presupposing there are only two types of pie in the world (strawberry and apple) when in reality there are thousands.


These type of false dilemmas are presented daily in the church world.

Evidently, it's trendy to no longer be "religious", but "relational". Trust me, I understand the dangers of man made doctrines and the deification of church traditions and personal preferences. I do agree that a great deal of church going people have nothing more than an outward standard, a religious check-list, and almost no relationship with Jesus. Millions of people are slaves to a cold system of beliefs as opposed to being alive in Christ. It's true, if you don't have an intimate relationship with Jesus you have nothing more than religion.

A couple of years ago I watched a Youtube video a man named Jefferson Bethke uploaded. It was titled "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus". It is essentially a poem about why religion is bad and a relationship with Jesus is good. Jefferson makes some very candid and relevant points about the church world that I wholeheartedly agree with and preach about often. The official video has been viewed nearly 33 million times. Jefferson has told tens of millions of people that Religion and Relationship are contrary to one another and all the people said, "Amen!"

This wasn't a new idea (religion vs relationship), but his video seemed to solidify it in the minds of a lot of people, particularly Millennials. It seems that Jefferson has made it trendy for some people to attack that demon called Religion!

Although Jefferson's poem is creative and well written; and although he spits some powerful truths, there are a few major problems with Jefferson's video. 

(The inspiration for this blog post wasn't Jefferson Bethke's video, I'm just using it as an illustration.)

1. A FALSE NARRATIVE

First, it creates a false narrative. He proposes that all religion is bad when in fact the Bible clearly states that is not the case. Look at what James wrote:

Jas 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's RELIGION is vain.
27 Pure RELIGION and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

According to the Bible there is a pure and undefiled religion that is useful and valuable to us. Jefferson's video doesn't distinguish between true and false religion. He doesn't distinguish between pure and corrupt religion. He simply tells the world religion is bad. In doing so, he has set himself in opposition to the Word of God. By not specifying a relationship with Jesus is better than a false, corrupted religion, he has attacked James 1:26-27. Though it is true, you can't have pure and undefiled religion without a relationship with Christ, according to Jesus, a relationship with Him will lead you into it.  (Mt 25:41-46)

You cannot separate Jesus and pure religion.

2. IT'S A LIE! EVERYONE HAS RELIGION!

Any time I hear someone say they don't want, need, or have religion--they have a relationship--I nearly throw up. All they have to do is look the definition of the word up to see that's a shallow statement. Since you may not feel like looking the definition of "religion" up, I did it for you.

RELIGION: 1) the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods; 2) a particular system of faith and worship.
 
Technically, when someone says they don't have religion they are saying they don't believe in or worship God, nor do they have a specific system of faith. Now, I know, practically speaking, most of the people that say they don't have religion actually do. They believe in God and have some system of faith. The reason this is confusing is they are trying to change the meaning of the word religion. But do not fear! No matter how grand their attempt the meaning of the word doesn't change. It's like the old man of God said, "Words mean something, dummy!" 
 
So religion is an intellectual system of belief. To have religion simply means you believe something. You could even be an atheist and tell me you don't believe in anything, but not believing in anything is actually a doctrine, therefore a religion.

Do you believe in the virgin birth? Do you believe that Jesus became a man and walked among men? Do you believe He died on the cross? Do you believe He was buried? Do you believe He was resurrected? In the Theological world those are subjects covered in the doctrine of Christ's Incarnation. The Incarnation is part of the systematic study of Christology which would be under the umbrella of Theology-all parts of a system of faith, aka ... religion.

Do you believe, through faith in Jesus (His death, burial, and resurrection), we can saved? That's the doctrine of Soteriology which is a part of a system of faith, aka ... religion. 

When someone says they are Christians, they're saying their religion is Christianity because that's what Christianity is ... a religion. It just happens that true Christianity is true religion because Christ is at the center of it.

SIDE NOTE: If you're one of those people that say you don't have "doctrine", everything I'm saying applies to you, too. You have doctrine whether you admit it or not. In fact, saying you don't have doctrine is actually part of your doctrine. SMH

2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

3. IT'S NOT RELIGION'S FAULT ... IT'S OUR FAULT!

Whose fault is it that the Catholic church killed 50 million people during the inquisition? Whose fault is it that people are ostracized and destroyed every day by church going people? Whose fault is it when a priest or pastor abuses a parishioner? Whose fault is it when church leaders fall to immorality?

Is it the Bible's fault? Is it Jesus' fault? Bible readers know that Jesus promoted holiness of life. He promoted kindness and love toward our enemies. No. It isn't the Bible or Jesus' fault.

Was it religion's fault? That's an interesting question. I suppose we could blame religion, but remember, religion is a system of doctrines. Where did we get that system of doctrine? Religion isn't some invisible, abstract force that creates itself. No. Doctrine has a source ... men. The question is: WHERE DID MEN GET THEIR DOCTRINE? 

For the true Christian, the answer to that question is ... God. God spoke to men and men wrote down what He said. Other men gathered those manuscripts and compiled them into what we know as the "Bible". True Christians, being led by the Spirit of God, motivated by the love of Jesus, will have pure doctrine. PURE DOCTRINE PRODUCES PURE AND UNDEFILED RELIGION. Contrarily, when men lead themselves, motivated by self-love, they will produce corrupt religion. 

SUMMARY

Instead of attacking "religion", attack false, self-centered religion. You should strive to have pure, undefiled, Christ-centered religion, and speak positively about it.

You are religious and have religion whether you admit it or not. Saying you don't have religion is actually part of your religion (your systematic approach to faith). 

How about we stop allowing Christian fads and trends affect our beliefs and conversations and just rely on the Scripture. 

There is no battle between RELIGION AND RELATIONSHIP. There is only a war between FALSE RELIGION AND TRUE RELIGION. 

Pure and undefiled religion requires us to have an intimate relationship with Christ. An intimate relationship with Christ will create a pure and undefiled religion.   

Peace. Love. Hope.
David Lamb 

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

WHO ARE YOU RIDING WITH?


The critical fault finder typically has a ton of dirt under their own rug. They don't see it, and if they do, they either won't admit it or find some ludicrous way to justify it. They chop others down to make themselves feel better about their own short comings. It gives them the illusion of rising while they are, in fact, sinking into the quagmire of self-righteousness and sin. They rip others to shreds for being fickle and fake while they themselves are fickle and fake. They're simply the opposite sides of the same coin.

One prostitute sleeps in a roach motel, another sleeps in a penthouse. One smells like perfume, the other reeks of sweat. They're both still prostitutes.

Watch out for these type of people. They will bring you down. Be careful who you spend your time with. Be careful who you listen to. You become what you associate yourself with. You can easily become your environment. If you're leaning away from God, perhaps you need to consider who you're spending most of your time with. Are your friends and family a healthy influence on you? Is their gossip and critical spirit causing you to be critical? Would you be doing what you're doing if they weren't doing it? Are you led by the Spirit or are you being led by someone that gives you a license to cater to the flesh?


1 Corinthians 15:33 (AMP)
Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.


Look around you! Are your friends spiritual or carnal? Are they on fire for God or are they spiritually dead? Are they leading you toward Christ and His service or do they make it easier on you to do nothing?


Pr 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
 

You can learn a lot about yourself by looking at the people you feel most comfortable with.

Open your eyes. Are you influences spiritual or carnal? Are they pushing you forward or dragging you behind? 

It may be time to switch who you're riding with.

Peace. Love. Hope.
David Lamb

WHO'S RIDING WITH YOU?


We limit God with our preconceived notions. We often attach our destiny to people that aren't interested in our journey. When they stop traveling with us, we stand on the side of the road waiting for them to catch up. We become immobile because we think they are necessary for us to complete our journey.

This is dangerous because while you remain fixated on those that you think are supposed to roll with you, you ignore the ones that are actually in the car saying, "Let's do this".

God has given you everything you need to finish your course. If someone bails out, they weren't necessary. God's got you.

Monday, July 24, 2017

DON'T SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WISHING

In a perfect world things are perfect. This is not a perfect world-far from it. You're going to have to adapt or spend the rest of your life being its "victim". I'd rather be a victor.

I think the problem with most of us is we sit back and wait for life to happen to us and then we respond to it. We are counter punchers-and not very good ones at that. We allow other people and external circumstances to create our reality. We conform to the cosmos. Because of that we live in a perpetual state of emergency. As ridiculous as this sounds, many people like this because they can blame other people and circumstances for their miserable condition. They don't have to take responsibility for their actions or inactions. They don't have to be faithful because someone was unfaithful to them. They don't have to work because a supervisor did them dirty 10 years ago. They don't have to go to church because a church did them wrong last year. They don't have to be kind because someone was cruel to them. They don't have to give because they gave to someone else and they squandered it away. They don't have succeed because someone told them they were a failure. They can remain obese and unhealthy because someone told them they were fat and stupid.  

I am emphatic toward those that have been abused in their life. I understand that our social and economic environments have helped mold us into the persons we have become. But the truth is we are writing our own books, chapter by chapter, page by page, word by word. You may write what others tell you to write, but you're doing the writing. You choose what you allow in your book. 

You say, "I couldn't help what happened to me." 

That's probably true. You can't help what people do to you, but you can dictate how you respond to it. We are all self-made, but only the successful dare to admit it. 

Each of us must make a painful assessment. Which parts of our lives can we change for the better? Once we have settled that we must change them or we must stop blaming anyone but ourselves.

We are made in the image of God. We are created to be awesome. You must stop hijacking your divine purpose. You must walk in the Spirit, living in the attitude of Christ, allowing His presence to shine the path for you. You must make up your mind to change. Those around you will not want you to change. They will try to keep you from rising to the next level because they are not willing to go with you. You must go anyways. Stop allowing toxic people to write your story. Stop blaming the past. Stop blaming the government. Stop blaming your parents. Stop blaming the devil. Stop blaming drugs and alcohol. Stop blaming your ex. You must move forward.

Go to church! Hang out with some godly, positive people that can influence you toward a healthier life. Get involved in ministry. Make a conscious decision to give more of your money and time. Be a part of the solution. Stop waiting for someone to write you a million dollar check ... it isn't happening. Go to work. Be an entrepreneur. Create something. Write something. Read a book. Learn something new. Pray that God will revive your vision.

You were made by a creative God. You were made in His image. So be creative. 

Don't spend the rest of your life wishing.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

GO TO CHURCH!


I am sure that you will be at work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, working 40+ hours next week, regardless of how tired or sick you are. And for those that need to mow or go fishing or whatever it is you need to do ... call your employer Monday morning and don't go to work. Do your chores on a work day, not the Lord's day. Take your kids to Sunday School, they need that far more than the bounce house. Teach them that God is your priority.

Being a part of a church isn't just about being entertained and "getting a blessing". It's about being a part of a community. It's about supporting each other. It's about hearing the Word of the Lord. It's about spiritual growth. It's about worshiping together. It's about reaching the least, the last, and the lost.

I hear some of the dumbest claims from carnally minded people. For example:

1. I CAN LIVE JUST AS GOOD AT HOME AS I CAN AT CHURCH! 

Really? That sounds like an intelligent argument to you? That's equivalent to saying you can live just as good at Walmart as you can Kroger. Let me share a secret with you ... you're supposed live holy every where you are.

2. I DON'T NEED A PREACHER. I CAN READ THE WORD OF GOD AT HOME.

Again, does that really sound logical to you? First of all, those that say those type of things hardly ever pray or read the Word of God. They never witness to the lost. I'm not sure what they mean by "serving the Lord".

Secondly, the Apostle Paul wrote, saying:

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:


You cannot be perfected (matured) in Christ without apostles, prophets, evangelists and teaching pastors. Do you have your own personal pastor at home? Do you have an evangelist scheduled to show up at your house tomorrow?

3. THE CHURCH ISN'T A BUILDING, IT'S THE PEOPLE. 

Ok. Did you know that words can have more than one meaning? For example, the word fly. The fly is buzzing around my head. Zip up your fly. The plane can fly. My wife is fly. Etc.

The word church does refer to the body of Christ, but it also refers to the place the saints go to worship. How about these Scriptures?

Re 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

How many bodies does Jesus have? One or seven?

1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Ro 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house.
 
Going to church isn't about LIVING right, it's about SERVING right. You may be able to live just as good at home by yourself, but you will not serve as good by yourself. So don't say you are SERVING God if you're not actively engaged in ministry. Don't say you're serving God if you don't care enough about the body of Christ to fellowship it Sunday and mid-week.

We must stop with the empty, lame excuses for not loving God and His house. The truth is those that don't have a desire for God, His Church, and reaching the lost are simply preoccupied with their own interests.

Go to church tomorrow! Your pastor is studying and praying for the message God wants you to hear. Go to church tomorrow. Go with something in your heart to bless someone else with.

Friday, July 14, 2017

WINNING THE WINTER WARFARE


Ps 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

I can remember how funny winter time was in Florida. If the weather dropped down below 50 folk got crazy. Many of them have NEVER seen snow! If it snows they render it a state of emergency. Why? They’re aren’t prepared! Us Kentuckians are driving around, having snow ball fights, making snow cream, and they’re freaking out. They have very little salt, salt trucks, plows, etc. ... Why? They aren’t prepared, but to be fair ... it almost never snows there, so they don't need to be prepared.

Seasons change and few people really “like” winter. Leaves are falling. Things are dying. I have noticed an unhealthy amount of depression among the people of God and it seems to be getting worse. Why does this happen?

Here are 10 practical reasons:

1. SAD: You may have what's called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. The condition is marked by the onset of depression during the late fall and early winter months, when less natural sunlight is available. It's thought to occur when daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of the reduced sunlight.
    
2. YOU’RE NOT MOVING ENOUGH: It’s easy to curl up on the couch and do nothing. Exercise and motion helps you physically.
   
3. YOU WORRY ABOUT MONEY DUE TO ECONOMICAL HARDSHIP
   
4. OVERWHELMED WITH FAMILY OBLIGATIONS
   
5. YOU’RE NOT EATING RIGHT
   
6. FEELING ALONE
   
7. GUILT FROM PAST LIFE SITUATIONS AND MISTAKES
   
8. OVER SCHEDULED
   
9. YOU BECOME A HERMIT, COOPED UP ALL THE TIME
   
10. UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS (EVERY THING MUST BE PERFECT)
                                   
Your attitude will determine your altitude. If you can’t think right, you can’t be right.

Pr 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...

EMOTIONAL WINTER TIME

Ps 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Whether we like it or not, winter comes.

FOCUS IN THE WINTER (PAUL 2TIMOTHY 4)

One of the dangerous things about corresponding with writing, especially on the internet, is if you’re not very careful, what you say and how they read it are two different things.
   
You ever hear of the phrase “rose shaded glasses”? Bitter shaded glasses ... There are some people that have a disposition that causes them to read their feelings into everything they read or see. Because they feel that way, or because that’s how they’d respond, they see that in everyone else. 
   
2Ti 4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter.
   
What doesn’t come across in the writings of Paul is his emotion. What was he feeling when he wrote these words, particularly in our text? He was facing death, abandoned, accused, alone – at the end of his life. He asks for nothing but the company of Dr. Luke, a favorite coat, and some parchments. “Do your best to get here before winter” Paul says in verse 21. But although he faces such emotional and physical trials that will end up costing him his life – Paul gives one of the most encouraging messages to his young protégé Timothy – a message that ought to keep us going when the going gets tough.

We close down during the winter time   

STAY ON TASK
   
2Ti 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Paul is in prison here. He is suffering. He is lonely, but he is focused. Preach, Timothy. “There’s a day coming when men won’t want to hear the Word. Preach while you have time.”

We have a choice: Do we allow winter to cause us to be bitter or better?

NELSON MANDELA: Before becoming president of South Africa in 1994, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years by the South African apartheid government. His crime? Standing up against a government that was committing egregious human rights abuses against black South Africans.

He said: Prison taught him self-control, discipline, and focus—the things he considers essential to leadership—and it taught him how to be a full human being.

JOHN BUNYAN: When John Bunyan was asked to recant in order to get out of prison, he would ask, "Christ visits me every night. Why would I want to be any where else?"
           
3 THINGS GOD DOES IN THE WINTER SEASON (JOHN 15)

Are you expecting a harvest? What must we do?

1.PREPARE & RECEIVE

When you’re in a winter season, ask God: “What” ... not “Why”.
When we start asking “What” instead of “Why” things will get better. “WHY is this happening” isn’t the most important question, but WHAT does God want to do; and WHAT is God preparing you for are the supremely important questions.

Joh 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 

Jesus said, "My father is a gardener. He knows how to process and prepare us."

TAKE NOTE: Winter makes way for Spring.

2. PRUNE & REMAIN
Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Cut off (sinner) or cut back (saint) ... Everybody gets cut! I’d rather be cut back than cut off.

Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

3. PROVE & REVEAL
Joh 15:2 ... that it may bring forth more fruit.

Weeping may endure for the night, but Spring time is coming! If you will submit to the process, God is going to bring forth amazing fruit in your life. Our life will reveal His glory to this world!

FOLLOWING THE PIED PIPER



I felt the Spirit quicken my heart. I had to rise and ask His design. My heart hurts. Oh, the burden!
 
Are great many are running hard toward hell. They march like mindless zombies. Their stride is in rhythm with the Pied Piper's, with Satan's hypnotizing melody. It is beautiful, but wicked. It is unlike anything they've ever known, saw, or felt, but it numbs them from feeling the sting of their conscience; the pull of the Spirit, checking them, convicting them over the crimes they've committed against God.

Even many of those that sit on our pews are dabbling in the forbidden. They move forward with a glazed expression upon their faces. They're oblivious to the thick darkness that moves upon our land; of the imminent destruction that looms near. Their eyes are blinded by the god of this world. While their life consists of little more than cell phones and social networks, Delilah rocks them into a deep coma. Like Samson, they will be afflicted.

To the luke-warm, the self-righteous pharisee, the hypocrite, the prayerless mother, the burdenless, Spiritless father: Will we reject Christ? Will anyone try and stop the lost from following Satan to hell? Will anyone lift their voices, breaking the trance? Will anyone be alarmed? Will anyone break free from the steely cords that hold them, that have them entangled, making them slaves to this deceitful world and its diabolical ruler, long enough to make an eternal difference? Is there anyone who will pray; intercede for the souls of our youth?

God, wake us, shake us, break us before it's everlastingly too late. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IF YOU DON'T ASK, THEY WON'T TELL



My marriage is incredible. I thank God for it everyday. I've said many times it would be perfect if I wasn't in it. Fortunately, I am, so she'll have to work with what she's got.

While preaching tonight, I said the following to my 10 year old son, Josiah:

"Josiah, when was the last time you heard momma and daddy yell and scream at each other?"

"Yesterday."

An awkward silence fell upon me-which I loved-and my face took on the coloration of an albino. It was not the answer I was looking for-at all, but it was perfect. You had better be ready for the nitty gritty when you ask your children questions. They see things a little differently than we do and will tell it. Although embarrassing, it was helpful. I kissed his forehead and thanked him for being honest. He's an awesome man of God.

A couple of day ago, I spoke to my wife with aggravation in my voice. We were not yelling ... my wife will confirm it. LOL. And I wasn't really aggravated at her, I just projected those feelings toward her while discussing finances. It wasn't the first time in 19 years, but maybe it'll be the last ;) Pray for Sister Lamb. She has her hands full.

I felt encouraged and convicted at the same time.

1. I was encouraged because my son knew he was supposed to speak the truth.

2. I was encouraged because my son thought what we were doing was yelling and screaming. That means we've come a long way because we used to yell and scream a lot.

3. I was encouraged because I pastor a church that laughed at me. They didn't walk out on me. They aren't judgmental toward me. They know us well enough to know the adult reality of the situation. I love RT.

4. I was convicted because, whether we were yelling and screaming or not, my son saw what I doing as yelling and screaming. It produced fear or anxiety in his heart. Something that grieves me. I must exercise more temperance and be more gentle with my words.

I've asked my sons and daughters many times how I am doing as a father and husband. I ask them what I can do to be better. Most of the time I get an A, every so often they lay out some hard truths that are difficult to swallow. That wasn't an original idea. S.M. Davis taught me to ask my family those vulnerable questions. I thought it was a great idea and has brought forth much godly fruit.

I'm writing this because I think it's a great practice for all of us. We get so wrapped up in things we don't realize how our attitude is affecting others.
 
Fathers and mothers ... ask your children how you're doing. Don't get angry with them. Don't talk down to them. If you do, they'll never be honest with you again and you will never become a better husband or father.


Husbands and wives ... ask each other how you're doing. Ask them what you can do to make the marriage better. Be honest and sincere. Be ready for some mature dialogue.


Ask your friends how you're doing as a friend. Ask your pastor how you're doing as a member. Pastors, ask some of your congregants how you're doing as a leader. Be ready for the answer.

Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Ministerial Crushing

  PLEASE, READ THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE.

A lot of ministry involves trying to pull people up that are trying to pull you down. Some people can't be helped because they don't want help and no matter how much you want to help them, it's a waste of your time. IT'S CRUSHING.

From a pastoral point of view, I sometimes find myself thinking of how much damage people have done to me. How much of myself I have given that was never reciprocated. How much of my life I've sacrificed for people that don't care. How many wounds I have within that have never healed. How many people have walked out on me when I had to stay. How tiresome it is trying to fulfill a vision that requires the participation of people who don't care about that vision. How I'm often drowning in the pain these things have caused and cannot swim out of it. IT'S CRUSHING.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the first to feel these things and I won't be the last. I do know this, when I start feeling that way, thinking about these things, I'VE LOST FOCUS.

Christian Leaders, if you're there now, I want to share 3 things with you.

1. FOCUS ON CHRIST.  You work for Him. He sacrificed far more for you than you have for Him. If you are hurting because of rejection, He's been rejected more. If people have hurt you, He's been hurt more. If you've had people walk out on you, He's had more. If you've been lied on, He's been lied on more. You work for Him. He gave up everything for you and those that we are trying to reach. He deserves your loyalty and He will reward your sacrifice.

2. PRAY. Ministry is hard-a humanly impossible task. It requires the power of the Spirit. You must stay strong in Christ. You must be filled with God and continuously feel His love and grace. You must stay connected to Him or else the pain will be all you see and feel. Stay close to Jesus. People's cruelty will pale in comparison to His life flowing through you.

3. NEVER FORGET THE VALUE OF ONE SOUL. If you're like me you have the vision, the desire, to see thousands of people saved, but that's not the reality. When you don't see everything you desire happening, you feel worthless. You feel like a failure because the church isn't full, because the people are so unfaithful. You study, pray and prepare so you can feed people that are too busy to even attend the services when you should be studying, praying and preparing for the few that do show up. Dear friend, one person is worth the fight. Jesus would have died for only one person. We, too, must be willing to sacrifice for just one, but we can't do that if we don't remember the value of one soul.

Peace. Love. Hope.
David Lamb

Saturday, June 3, 2017

STUCK IN A MATRIX


I can't help but think the Wachowski Brothers were on to something very real when they wrote the script for the Matrix. No, I don't believe we are all asleep in a pod somewhere in a scientific laboratory, hooked to a high tech computer system, living a simulated life. That's not what I mean.

What I mean is people have been programmed to think and behave in a very systematic manner. We have been taught that certain actions are safe and reasonable and anything other than that accepted system is suspect, even dangerous, and should be avoided like the Black Death. We are so indoctrinated to accept this matrix inspired reality that any person that chooses to go another route other than it is looked upon as stupid and deranged.

We hear the young progressive regurgitating what they've been taught by our government run educational system, shake our heads, and say, "Liberal indoctrination". We hear the twenty-something  quoting the latest verse from a "super intelligent" Hip Hop star or mega-rich, mega-stupid actor like Cathy Griffin or Matt Damon and say, "Hollywood indoctrination". We can see the matrix being played out in everyone's life but our own.

It is because of this that false doctrine prevails so readily. I was raised up around a segment of the Holiness movement that is tongues or nothing. They taught you were an out right, hell bound, sinner until you spoke in tongues. When making my way out of that movement, it wasn't the doctrine itself that made it difficult to get free. In fact, the doctrinal side was the easiest to see my way through. The most difficult hurdle was the cultish teaching that, not only were they the only ones Biblically correct, everyone else were evil deceivers teaching false doctrine, seducing the souls of vulnerable men and women. Once I began seeing the truth of God's Word, I had no where to go. I was afraid of everyone, including those that could've helped me. Thank God for the Holy Spirit.

I see churches choked down by tradition. They won't move or change because no one they know has ever done it any other way. Grandpa did it a certain way and it worked for him (in 1950)! It doesn't matter that their church is dying. It doesn't matter that they are surrounded by dead churches and dying ministries. They just keep doing the same things over and over expecting a different outcome. It's insanity.


I see this every day in the business world. People have been taught the only way to earn a "decent and honest" living is to work for someone else. The accepted approach to life is to work 40 hours a week for 40 years, retire and then try to live on 40% of what you made-if you're successful. Everyone else will be dependent on the government, trying to live on $500 a month in Social Security and Medicare. 

We become like worker drone ants. We punch a clock, do what the boss man says, when he says it, earn what he says we can, celebrate a 3% annual raise, get paid like an automaton every Friday. We live inside the "box", buy from within that box, and then die. It feels kind of like institutional slavery to me. 

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. If that's the life you want, it's safe and acceptable. It's honorable and you will get everything your factory or boss allows you to have. You will live and die with a fair amount of security, but I wonder if you will die truly happy.

People fear change, they fear anything different. When they're approached with something that's outside the matrix, outside the box, they cower from it. They fear the unknown. They run from it. They fear failure, yet live a life they feel is a failure. So they stand still, trembling, waiting for this weird, large possibility to pass. They want to get back to the matrix as soon as possible.


The Bible says God hasn't given us a spirit of fear. He's given us a spirit of power, love, and a disciplined mind (2Tim 1:7). What is the purpose of this verse? Why do those that live within safe zones need such a powerful weapon? People snuggled up comfortably in their beds, inside the safety of their homes, talking about not having a spirit of fear, look kind of silly to me.

If you do nothing that requires courage, what is the purpose of praying against fear? You need to rise up. Expect those that have accepted the matrix to mock you. Expect peer pressure to come. Expect the fearful to try to keep you within "their" comfort zone.

You can do all things through Christ. You are more through Christ. You are made in the image of God. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. The ship is safe in the harbor, but it wasn't made for the harbor. It was made to sail. You can stay docked for the rest of your life and never incur shipwreck. That's true. But you'll also never enjoy the high seas. You'll never really embrace your purpose. You'll never sail.

We told God we want to go to the next level, but we don't want to leave the one we're at. If you go to the next level you may have to go alone. You will have to leave behind those that won't go with you. They will laugh at you. They will mock you. Some will cry and say they're worried about you. Almost all of them will wish they were you.

We are stuck in a box. It's time to break out. It's time to stretch. It's time to become everything we were called to be!

Peace. Love. Hope.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CONFESSION: I'D TELL YOU IF I COULD TRUST YOU!



Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

I LOVE THIS VERSE! I wish I could use it!

A preacher friend of mine and I were discussing this verse. He told me James was not talking about sins, just “faults” (lapses in judgment, car wrecks, forgetting to pay your phone bill, and other benign things like that). That’s the safe approach, but that’s not what the word fault means. Well, it does mean that, but it goes much deeper ... and darker.

First, what is a "fault"? The definition is simple:  a side-slip (lapse or deviation), (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression: – fall, fault, offense, sin, trespass. The word fault means any error or deviation, whether it’s innocuous or grossly wicked. Robertson, the linguistic master, simply translated it “sins”. Faults are sins according to every Greek lexicon in the world (or at least the dozens I’ve studied).

I love how the Amplified Version renders this verse:

James 5:16  Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

James 5:16 tells us there is healing in confession. The opportunity to admit to another human that you have sinned and then have that person pray for you–not destroy you with that information–is priceless. It is deeply therapeutic. My question is: Who do you confess your sins to? Who can you trust? Who can you sit down with and say:

    “I have failed miserably. I’ve done the unspeakable. I need help.
         Will you pray for me?”
 

I am not a Catholic–not by a long shot. I don’t believe you can go down to a confessional booth, confessing your sins to a mortal man, say a few “Hail Marys”, and then have that man remove your sins from the eternal score card. NO WAY! But ... I do understand why the confessional booth is such a popular concept. 

Now, contrary to what you may think, I’m no fool. I know (for many) the confessional booth is like a “get out of jail free” card. Sin. Confess. Sin. Confess. Sin. Confess. Repeat. But there are others that go to the confessional booth because the Catholic church offers an answer to James 5:16–it’s a flawed answer, but an answer nevertheless. They are able to walk into a private setting, confess their sins to another human–saying it aloud, feeling the weight of those words, and then walk away knowing it will never be repeated. That’s powerful and appealing to fragmented humanity.

There are men that are drowning in pornography addiction. They want out, but are now enslaved by it. Sure. I know. All they have to do is repent and God will help them. That sounds great! But it’s not always that easy. Every vile image they’ve viewed has been etched into their memory. The affects of pornography are powerful and lingering. Some of these men would be healed if they could share their issue with another man, be held accountable, and then have that other man pray for and with them. There’s a reason James 5:16 was given to us. It means exactly what it says: there is healing in confession and prayer.

The Church should be the one place we can speak openly of our issues. Christians should be humble and reflective of where God has brought them from. Some professing Christians seem to forget they were once sinners. They can be judgmental and hypocritical. Gossip is their second language and they speak it fluently. Deadly poison is in their tongues. This should never be.

We have to change this, but how?

1. START TAKING ABOUT IT. Discuss this subject in Bible studies. Start talking about why we don’t or won’t confess our sins to each other. Talk about the danger of gossip. Talk about being trustworthy. Put this issue on the table for discussion.

2. BECOME THE SOLUTION. Be faithful. Be trustworthy. Stop gossiping. Stop listening to gossip. Pray for those that are in trouble. Make yourself available. Stop using other people’s faults to make yourself look better. Chopping other people down only gives you the illusion of rising. You’re not. You’re only destroying your neighbor and making yourself look like a fool in the meantime. Try to remember where God has brought you from and where you would be if He left you.

3. FIND SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST. Find someone that’s proven themselves to you and ask them if they will be your accountability partner. Ask them if you can talk to them about the hard things. Ask them if they will pray for you and not use your confession against you. Try it out, little by little. Let them gain your trust. Do the same for them. 

James 5:16 is medicine for the body of Christ. As long as we have no vehicle to administer that medicine, the body will stay sick.

Peace. Love. Hope.
Pastor Lamb
 

Friday, March 17, 2017

HOW CAN WE SLEEP WHEN MEN ARE DYING?



Some years ago, I turned down a particular road, drove about three miles, only to discover that the road was impassable due to a bridge being washed out. I whipped my car around, making a sarcastic remark about how "it would've been nice if these morons would've put up a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign so folks don't waste their time driving down this road. Furthermore, someone could get killed!" As I was making my way back, I happened to notice in my rear view mirror a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign. And then another. And then another. In fact, there was a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign about every thousand foot, all the way to the entrance of that road. They had warned me, but I wasn't paying attention. I felt stupid. I was the only moron out there that day. 

Now, let me ask you this...

If your child was traveling down that road and I had intentionally removed every 'BRIDGE OUT' sign and they plummeted over the edge into a river, drowning, would you blame me? Would you think I at least bore SOME responsibility for their death? 

I know you answered "yes", and rightly so, but this is happening every day in the spiritual realm, yet very few feel they are responsible.

God has basically called us to do two things: 1) Tell the world they are driving on a road toward an abyss called "Hell"; and 2) Tell them about the ONLY altnernative path-Jesus Christ. (Mt 28:19, Mk 6:7-12, Acts 4:12, Acts 1:8, Luke 24:46-49, Isa 61:1-3)

We are God's warning signs, but many of us have removed ourselves from the pathway that sinners walk. When they fall into the horrid depths of hell we feel no pain, we take no responsibility. After all, they're the ones that chose that path; they're the ones that didn't pay attention to the danger ahead. Right? WRONG! 

Yes, they are free willed moral agents who choose their own path, but we are called to warn them of the dangers that path harbors! We are to offer them an escape route! So, yes ... we are also to blame!

I know you're too busy or perhaps too afraid to evangelize, but it won't matter what excuse you offer, there will be a responsibility to bear at the judgment of God. 

So you still aren't convinced? Here's this:

Eze 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

You're still not convinced because, after all, you're not a "watchman"? I understand. Honestly, I do. 

That reminds me of the woman who was brutally raped in the parking lot of a huge apartment complex. It was later discovered that hundreds of people watched it happen, yet no one tried to stop it or even called the police. He raped her, stood up, and just walked away, leaving her destroyed, lying in a bloody heap on the concrete.

A journalist went door to door asking each resident the same two questions: 1) Did you see it happen?; and 2) Why didn't you call the police? 

Every single person that witnessed the rape had the same answer: "I thought someone else was going to call."

They should've all been convicted of complicity!

Although our system of government isn't always just, God's is. He doesn't overlook or forget anything! He WILL convict the professing church world of being complicit. The hoards of the "so-called" redeemed stand idly by, watching Satan's mass rape and mutilation of humanity. They do nothing about it because they either don't care or expect someone else to do it. And they CAN DO NOTHING about it because they're prayerless, powerless, worldly, and self-centered. Far too many are more dedicated to their employer and kid's professional t-ball-while-synchronized-swimming coach than they are God and the Church. 

Jesus, the Son of the living God ... Pray for us sinners!

I fear that many of the professing Christians I know are going to be shocked when they discover God was serious when He said:

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:16

One night, a preacher and his very young son were coming home from church. They came upon an overpass where there was a great number of ambulances, firetrucks, and police cars lined up as far as they could see. There had been a terrible wreck. 

The man got his son out of the vehicle and walked up the embankment to see if there was anything he could do to help. When he came to the top of the embankment, he beheld, to his shock and unbelief, the mangled, lifeless corpse of an individual who had been thrown from a vehicle during the wreck. He covered the eyes of his son, picked him up, and carried him back down the hill as fast as he could. He tried to explain to his son what they had just witnessed in an attempt to comfort his little heart. Once they got home, the father prayed for him, hugged and kissed him, and then sent him to bed. 

At about 2 o'clock in the morning, the dad got up. He noticed that his son's bedroom light was still on. He opened the door and reached for the light switch, but noticed that his son was still dressed in his suit coat and tie, sitting on the side of the bed, quietly weeping. He asked him why he wasn't asleep. The son replied with these heart crushing words: 

"Dad, how can we sleep when people are dying?"

That's my question,too. 

How can we sleep while people die and go to hell?

God is going to ask us why we have removed ourselves (His warning signs) from the highways and hedges. He's going to show us the faces of every man, woman, boy, and girl that went to hell, partially because we didn't do what He had called us to do. 

That, my friend, should make you tremble in fear no matter how busy or tired you are.

Please, repent of your backslidden condition. Remove every idol from your life. Go to work for God. Souls are counting on it. God is commanding it!

Peace. Love. Hope.
Bishop Lamb