2016

Anne and I took our first ever 3 month sabbatical in the summer of 2015, and one of the things the Holy Spirit led me to do early on was to search for and record the following scriptures as a reminder (to be read over regularly) of His many invitations to me to drink deeply of His endless river of delights; and of the examples of those who did so and how that went down for them.

When you catch yourself feeling dry, perhaps this little tool can help remind you to not waste your life on things that don’t satisfy, and instead to come to Him who wants to fill us with all of His fullness!

God’s Invitations, Declarations & Promises:
Psalm 81:13-16 “Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever. But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Continue reading Finding satisfaction, fulfillment, identity, worth & pleasure in God

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INTRODUCTION – 3 weeks ago – we decided to suspend our sermon series through the book of Acts for this primary reason – – as I began to prepare to dive into ch. 14 – – I realized that the kingdom of God was central to everything that the early church was about. It was the primary thing Jesus tried to ground His core disciples in in those 40 days He spent with them before He ascended according to ch. 1 vs. 3. It was the primary message of the apostles and disciples. It was the primary thing the apostle Paul was speaking to folks about and teaching about in his last days in prison according to the last verse in the book of Acts. So for us to get to the end of the book of Acts, and not see and understand, and be excited about the kingdom of God would be a tragedy.

So for however many weeks it takes – we are going to “seek first the kingdom of God” (together) as Jesus commanded us to do in Matt. 6:33.

Three weeks ago we talked about how central the message of the kingdom of God is in the New Testament. Last week we focused our meditations on the King of this wonderful kingdom – Jesus Christ.
Today I want to try to define the kingdom and make it more tangible and understandable. Though in saying that – – I can appreciate what Charles Simpson – one of the great apostolic leaders of the church today – said once about defining the kingdom. He said, “We can only describe the kingdom of God but never define it. The Kingdom, like all of the mysteries of God, is not completely comprehensible to our natural minds. But God did promise to reveal it as we hear Him and obey.” Continue reading The Kingdom of God Defined – August 17, 2014

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The Psalms have been a great source of comfort and assurance for me for over 40 years. These select verses specifically speak to knowing God as our Provider and Deliverer. We should never doubt Him, especially after meditating on these passages.

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10

“From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who seek him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!” Psalm 22:25,26

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1

“Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, And his descendants will inherit the land.” Psalm 25:12,13 Continue reading Knowing and Trusting God as Provider & Deliverer in the Psalms

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“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

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All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?” Mark Twain

Israel has a unique way of pretty much staying in the evening news month after month unlike most any other nation. This will probably never end until the Prince of Peace returns. Few if any nations have ever had so many passionate lovers and passionate haters. This article is mainly for those in between.

For most of my 59 years I have been an active member of a church somewhere in the world. I don’t remember any of the pastors of those congregations speaking much about Israel. I did not grow up with Jewish friends. When I began to discover the wider world out there around the age of 20, I was increasingly drawn to the Chinese, not the Jews in the Bay Area of CA. Most of my 20’s and 30’s was given to preparation to minister to the Chinese and then finally moving to Hong Kong to fulfill our calling. My first two trips overseas after becoming the pastor of the Los Osos Christian Fellowship over 21 years ago was to Hong Kong and China. Continue reading Is God Done with Israel?

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The Goodness of God in the Old Testament
Preface: The Holy Spirit seems to be revealing to the body of Christ in these days the foundational doctrine of the goodness of God. We dare not try to follow Jesus as His disciple and not be firmly grounded in the revelation and reality of His goodness. So this study is a step in that direction.

“Goodness” in the Old Testament
Exodus 18:9 – “Jethro rejoiced over all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, in delivering them from the hand of the Egyptians.” This verse follows Moses telling his father in law “all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake…” and how He had delivered Israel.

Exodus 33:19 – “And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” God states this in response to Moses’s request, “I pray you, show me Your glory.” (vs. 18) It appears His goodness and His glory are closely tied together. Practically speaking, does this mean that God showed Moses all the good things He had done for them and perhaps in prior generations? Important to see here that God’s goodness is not naturally seen. To truly see it in all its fullness – revelation is necessary. And revelation often comes in response to our prayers for such. Continue reading The Goodness of God in the Old & New Testaments

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John 17:11 “Keep them in Your name.” John 17:15 “Keep them from the evil one.” John 17:17 “Sanctify them through Your truth.” All of this, so that “they may be one/perfected in unity” (Jn. 17:11,21,22,23)

Ephesians 1:17-19 “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

Ephesians 3:16-19 “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, length, height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Continue reading Prayers of Jesus and Paul

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“The most serious problems afflicting our society today are manifestly moral, behavioral, and spiritual, and therefore are remarkably resistant to government cures.” William Bennet – American Enterprise Magazine

I was only 8 years old when John F. Kennedy died, but I can still remember being let out of school early that day, and walking home alone and deeply saddened by this tragedy. I also remember reading a handful of biographies about our earliest presidents in those elementary school years. All of that to say, I have fairly closely followed presidential politics since I was a child. And many years later my sense is not much has changed. We Americans still place way too much hope in our elected leaders. And way too little hope in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

President Dwight Eisenhower was on to something when he declared, “Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism.” While I’m thankful for American Presidents that have made similar statements (until recent times), mere “recognition” will not deliver us from this widespread malady of misplaced hope. Continue reading Of God and Kings

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Tithing & Giving & Receiving in the New Testament – A Chapter by Chapter Analysis of Emphasis & Teaching

Matthew 1 – nothing

Matthew 2 – first example of someone giving to Jesus = Magi. First they fell to the ground and worshipped Him. (vs. 11)

Matthew 3 – nothing;           Matthew 4 – nothing

Matthew 5 – “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” (vs. 42) This would be in regards to the poor and needy

Matthew 6 – As the first example of what true righteousness looks like (vs. 1), Jesus speaks again to giving to the poor – emphasizing this time that we should do it without anyone else knowing about it (vs. 2, 3). Vs. 4 speaks to the reward from Father when we give to the poor in secret.
Continue reading Tithing & Giving in the New Testament

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The King of the Kingdom of God – August 10, 2014

INTRODUCTION – Kings….. They have ruled kingdoms – large and small – since the earliest days of human history; ……… and each of them have left their indelible mark on those kingdoms. Some were noble men as far as nobility of man goes; some were hideously evil, and wrought all kinds of devastation in their wake.

Kings in most of human history ruled with absolute authority. Some kings sensed the need to steward that authority and power in the fear of the Lord. Most abused it to one degree or another.    A kingdom ruled by a human king in history typically was made up of a certain range or scope of land; all the peoples that lived on that land; all the laws of the land; etc.   These kingdoms – some which were established millenniums ago all reflected the convictions and values of their king.

Continue reading The King of the Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of God – Part I – August 3, 2014

INTRODUCTION – John the Baptist – the one man that the living God of the Universe chose – out of all the people on the planet – to pave the way for the ministry of His Son – Jesus Christ.     This man that Jesus Himself ascribed greatness to – – began his ministry and his first sermon with these words, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It’s very likely that this was the focus of his preaching from then on.

Jesus Christ – the one and only Son of God – the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – when He began His ministry – and began to preach – – first uttered these exact same words, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”   What is it about the presence of the kingdom of heaven (or the kingdom of God – in scripture they are synonymous) What is it about this kingdom that demands repentance and inner transformation of any and every person who encounters it? And why couldn’t Jesus be original when He started His ministry? Why couldn’t He improve on what John the Baptist preached? Continue reading The Kingdom of God – Part I

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The purpose for this website is to provide resources for the body of Christ to grow into all the fullness of Christ and of the Holy Spirit, and to see and treasure and more effectively proclaim the good news of His glorious person and kingdom.

Everything on these pages should be easy to copy and paste. Nothing is copyrighted, but attribution of authorship is appreciated. I hope something herein will encourage you and perhaps enlighten you re: Jesus’s person, kingdom purposes and ways. And if it does, I would be delighted if you could tell someone else about it or maybe use it in your ministry to others.

I’ve been studying the Bible for 40 years and attempting to practice and teach it to others, albeit with no where near the devotion and obedience of which He is worthy. Over the years I have compiled a wide variety of studies, sermons, articles, and such, that I intend over time to post herein. And of course I will be posting fresh writings most every week.

God bless you richly, and thanks for stopping by. And thanks to Zach & Danny for photos, and to Luke for helping to create and design and oversee this website.

Yours in Christ,

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P.S. Re: sermons – when I preach, I do not read my sermons, so my spoken sermons always have twists and turns that my manuscripts do not. You can access some of my spoken sermons at www.thewelllosos.com

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