What’s Missing?

“My Kingdom is not of this world.”  John 18:36

In light of this scripture Oswald Chambers said, “The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes from the systems of the world.”

What we see today in both the secular world and now in the church is the emphasis on being good without God. That is what Oswald Chambers saw almost a century ago and it is even truer today.

Oswald Chambers talked a lot in his writings about the emphasis in the Christian life is often placed upon the wrong things. For example, Chambers goes on to say: “The Kingdom of God does not come with observation.  For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you…

Luke 17:20-21 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.

 It is hidden, obscure thing. An active Christian worker too often lives to be seen by others, while it is the innermost, personal area that reveals the power of a person’s life.”

The point that Chambers is making is that the Kingdom of God is found in the character of Christ that lives within our hearts and is present when several people gather in His name. As Christians what is missing in our understanding is the emphasis on the character of Christ that is the signature theme as followers of Christ. As Stephen was being stoned he didn’t cry foul, he looked up and saw his heavenly home all because he belonged to a Kingdom not of this earth. Christians today are losing their perspective and replacing it with a hybrid that incorporates the thinking of this world with a Christian philosophy of tolerance.  They are forgetting what the scriptures say about loving this world.

James 4:4 “You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

As believers we are citizens of His Kingdom living by His rules and principles, and we are not to mingle what the world thinks, says or proclaims into His system. However, we do it all the time. I am reminded that the last days will be cold days of deception and that deception will lead us to hate each other and place huge barriers between people. Have we not seen that in this political season? The scriptures again are right as they say this will happen.

Matthew 24:12 Because of the multiplication of wickedness,  the love of most will grow cold.”

The spirit of nastiness has crept into the life of the Church. Christians don’t trust each other and that is demonstrated by the posts you see everyday on social media. We live in such a day when evil rules the lives of people, and trust is at a premium. Many Christians have compromised on issues that are not supported by the principles of His Kingdom.

Politically speaking: His Kingdom supports life, and abortion is never supported in His Kingdom. His Kingdom also supports the design of one man and one woman in the life long commitment of marriage. There is no gray area in His Kingdom on these issues.

Theologically speaking: His Kingdom is a discerning Kingdom that doesn’t support ideas that are not rooted in His Word. His Kingdom has its roots in Israel, has a Messiah/Savior named Yeshua/Jesus and claims the right to the land of Israel and to Jerusalem as the Messiah’s capital. The main emphasis of His Kingdom is to get other people into His Kingdom because entrance requires the surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Israel is ignored and surrender is not an emphasis as a foundational factor in serving Jesus.

Socially speaking: Kingdom people do take care of the poor, seek for justice for the marginalized, and help to elevate the plight of those who are suffering. They see this as an extension of their Kingdom but never think it replaces the message of the gospel. Kingdom people are firm on love, but take a stand against the evil of sin, and spiritual compromise of the gospel message.

Our filters for what we are seeing and hearing must be His Kingdom principles found in His Word. The Kingdom of God is governed by a King. This King has positioned His Word as the final authority for those in His Kingdom and that is why we need to seek God for a discerning heart that looks beyond what everyone is saying, and filter everything through the Word of His Kingdom.

Concerning this election, I have said this multiple times that God has given us these candidates as His way of reminding us this is what we get when we ignore Him. Our two candidates represent a nation that has lost its way. The only thing Kingdom people can do is support the candidate that will not kill babies and support immoral relationships that violate the principles of the Kingdom of God.

So what is missing among those who follow Jesus Christ?  

 1. The Character of Christ in us:

Romans 8:29 Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers.”

Followers of Christ don’t represent themselves they represent His Kingdom, His principles, His ideas and concepts that are based in an eternal perspective. We have spent too much time listening to religious pundits who have an agenda not based upon the Kingdom of God. Followers of Jesus are hyper-vigilant in being more like Christ as described in the Bible. (That could mean turning over tables in churches that are mocking the God of the Bible…just saying)

2. The nature of His Kingdom here on earth:

Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Our allegiance is first to His Kingdom, but that does not mean we don’t support our country. It means we apply the principles of God’s Kingdom to the support we give our country. If laws of a country are immoral, as I have mention above, then we are expected not to obey those laws and to fight to overturn them. Kingdom people want what is best for all people because that is what God wants for every person on earth. His principles and values are rooted in a faith in God, and are supported by His eternal plan for humanity.

Remember, not all who say they are Christians will be allowed into the Kingdom of God.  Matthew 7:22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’…

It takes more than a label to be His disciple, and that will require you to give up your life for His. A surrendered life is difficult and challenging, but it is what is required to be in His Kingdom.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K 


When Christians Face Adversity

There is no question that the righteous will suffer persecution just because of their moral values and perspectives. If they stand for their convictions there will always be push back and opposition.

2 Timothy 3:12 “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

(CNN) Last year was the most violent for Christians in modern history rising to "a level akin to ethnic cleansing," according to a new report by Open Doors USA, a watchdog group that advocates for Christians.

In total, the survey found that more than 7,100 Christians were killed in 2015 for "faith-related reasons," up 3,000 from the previous year.

Christians around the world are dying because they believe in Jesus yet in the West, Christians are arguing on social media about the candidates in the upcoming election. Most of us have come to our conclusion about the election by now, and most polls have Hillary Clinton in front of her challenger.  Some people reject Trump with the idea they will either write in someone or they plan not to vote at all. Their convictions about Trump are well taken, but if Hillary becomes president, we will never again gain our country back without another revolutionary war. One well-meaning believer on Facebook believes we need to lose this election and regroup for next time.  What he doesn’t understand is there will not be a next time.  Hillary will appoint her Supreme Court Judges, negotiate an amnesty for illegal immigration and will continue the progressive agenda of Barak Obama including the war on religious freedom.  I am convinced that Christians in America will find themselves the target of aggressive legislation that will make freedom of speech a thing of the past. Most pastors are already afraid to address the moral issues of our day. The late Adrian Rogers was a generation of preachers we have lost in the passing of his generation.

We may think we won’t be silent, but if the language we use is considered hate speech we will be sanctioned, fined and even imprisoned for our convictions.  Most congregations won’t push back because they will fear the retaliation of losing their tax-exempt status. Today most preachers will not touch the tough moral issues we face as a nation in an era when we still have some freedom to do so. Another example might be if we even use the exclusivity clause of John 14:8 and it offends another religion down the block?  Will we be made to temper our comments about that verse?  How about the trauma of the theme of hell?  Will that cause an emotional reaction in some weaker members and then preachers avoid the theme altogether?  I am convinced this has already begun to happened so we are well on our way to being sanitized and mothballed by a culture that hates God.

Persecution is coming simply because we are told it will.

2 Timothy 3: “11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

The tendency of our Christian culture is that we want everything to be positive, and encouraging, but that alone can be a form of delusion and deception.  The Bible warns us of perilous times but we want to somehow change those words into precious times. Christians around the world are losing their lives for what they believe so what makes us think there won’t be push back here in the West?

I am convinced that our nation with a Hillary Clinton Presidency will be the point of no return. Remember Jesus said the days before His return will be like the days of Noah where the people were totally unaware of what was about to happen. That is the condition of our world and some within the church. To be totally unaware of what the Bible teaches about the last days is the greatest indictment against the preaching in today’s church. Argue all you want on Facebook about your candidate and live in total unawareness of the impending dangers that are around the corner for believers in America.

Perhaps it’s persecution we need to once again return our hearts to God and to a day when we were concerned about the things of God. Perhaps we deserve a Hillary Clinton presidency because we need to feel the sting of religious persecution to invoke our hearts to live for Him without reservation.

I want to leave you with a short clip of David Wilkerson talking about how we are changing and allowing our lives to compromise the truth of knowing the Savior. Perhaps we deserve a taste of what some Christians in our world taste everyday because they follow Jesus and suffer the adverse affects of that decision. I don't want to sound hard, but change is coming, and that change will serve as a corrective measure for those who have ears to hear.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K


Words Matter

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

My son Nathan has a love for words, especially words that inspire. For example, he finds a word that applies a benefit to his life and he focuses on that word until it becomes a part of him. Recently he focused upon the word “subtraction” as a word he felt needed to be a major part of his daily focus.  He looked at the stuff that filled his daily life and realized that if he subtracted the things that cluttered his day he would have more time to focus upon the things that mattered most to him. He continued to apply “subtraction” to other areas of his life such as the stuff he accumulated around his office and his home. He expanded this word out to begin to see that most of his life was rotating around the things he had acquired and rather than controlling those things, they were controlling him. Needless to say the word “subtraction” became a word that brought revelation into his life that helped him become more centered on the things that matter.

He has had similar experiences with other words such as: essentialism, create, and execution. These words go beyond the daily word for the day concept; they become major themes for months until that word brings its meaning into focus in your life.

I thought I would try to pick up on this and do my own word.

So I picked the word “precision.” I wanted to try this word out because I love when people are precise in their thinking, in their craft or trade, or in how they understand the scriptures. Radio talk show host Dennis Prager has a word like this that he uses all the time and it is a word that controls his communication. That word is “clarity.” I have also incorporated that word into the list of words that run my life. Nothing is more frustrating in life than being unable to communicate clearly so we are understood. Prager says that everything in life boils down to clarity: it’s the clarity in which you understand yourself, others, and of course how clear you understand God.

Back to my word of “precision.”  I have asked God to help me understand the Word of God in a manner that makes Him clear to me, with no ambiguity about a principle, value, or spiritual teaching. “Precision” is important because it makes me aware of how well I do things, whether I accomplish something with quality or on the fly. Our younger generation for example, usually accepts what others accept often without too much thought. The older generation stays with ideas they have grown old with and there is little to no chance of anyone changing their minds. So whether we accept ideas without much vetting, or we stay stuck in ideas formulated from the past, the problem is the same we don’t change.

However, words can inspire us to change whether we are old or young. Here are a few examples;


  • Being self aware gives you a healthy understanding of yourself. To achive self awareness you may need to choose a word that might help you see yourself clearly.  A word like “honesty” could help you discover that you may not be as honest as you may think.
  • How cluttered is your life?  Sometimes all the stuff you have acquired has you in a tailspin. Choose a word like “subtraction” and see what things can be eliminated to give you a quality of life without all the stress associated with cluttering up your life. 
  • If you can’t accomplish all the things you would like to get done in your life, perhaps you choose a word like “execution” to start executing on accomplishing your goals. 


There are all kinds of words that could help you manage your life. Take it one step further and choose a word with more of spiritual meaning such as prayer, faithful, forgiving, merciful, and kind.  Regardless, words do have fruitful meanings and we need to discover how they can remind us to live by the value of their meaning.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K







A Few Final Election Thoughts

I know I have been obsessed with the election the last few posts, but it is hard not to be passionate about keeping Hillary from the oval office.

The first segment of this post has to do with a pastor’s thoughts about those running for president and the video link at the end of the pastor’s remarks is worth your time.  This video piece is one of the best video’s I have seen on God’s love for us.

The Pastor's Throughts:

Valton Douglas, an African American Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Columbia, Mississippi shares some powerful thoughts concerning Donald Trump:

"I've heard too many say lately that we, the American people have no choice in this November election! Do you really think that God would leave us with no choice! Come on people! Where's your faith!! He has heard our cries!

In defense of Donald Trump: Try to keep this in mind, Donald Trump did not steal your money. Donald Trump did not raise your taxes. Donald Trump did not quadruple the price of food. Trump is not starting a race war. Trump did not leave any US soldiers in Benghazi to be slaughtered and desecrated by Muslims. Trump did not send the US Navy to fight for Syrian Al-Qaeda. Trump did not arm ISIS and systematically exterminate Christians throughout the Middle East. Trump did not betray Israel. Trump did not provide financing and technology to Iran's nuclear weapons program. Trump did not give our military secrets to China. Trump did not remove our nuclear missile shield in Poland at the behest of Russia. Trump did not shrivel our military, and betray our veterans. Trump did not cripple our economy. Trump did not increase our debt to 20 trillion dollars. Trump did not ruin our credit, twice. Trump did not double African American unemployment. Trump did not increase welfare to a record level for eight years. Trump did not sign a law making it legal to execute, and imprison Americans. Trump did not set free almost all of the terrorists in Guantanamo bay. Trump did not steal your rights, violate US Constitutional law, or commit treason, hundreds of times.

Yet Trump is being ripped apart in the news, nonstop. Barrack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton and the criminals occupying our government, are not.

The media is the Democratic Party. Save our culture. Stop listening to them..!!"

The Video:

Please share this video when you can it is a powerful reminder that our issues can only be solved by God Himself.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K


And The Political War Continues

Jeremiah 7:23 "But this is what I commanded them, say, Obey my voice and I will be your God and you will be my people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you."

The anger in America is everywhere. Even among the so-called Evangelical ranks. Here is a portion of a petition that was signed by a progressive Evangelical group about denouncing Donald Trump.

We, undersigned evangelicals, simply will not tolerate the racial, religious, and gender bigotry that Donald Trump has consistently and deliberately fueled, no matter how else we choose to vote or not to vote."

Notable signatories to the petition include author and preacher Tony Campolo, Red Letter Christians co-founder Shane Claiborne, Progressive National Baptist Convention General Secretary Timothy Tee Boddie, Rachel Held Evans, the Rev. Brian D. McLaren, and the Rev. Dr. Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action

These undersigned people are Evangelicals with an anti-Biblical agenda.

Most of those undersigned petitioners are people who support homosexuality and abortion rights. Tony Campolo for example said this about homosexuality.

"Like so many other Christians, I was deeply uncertain about what was right.”

When confronting Jesus as the only way of salvation he said: “that Jesus is the only way that I know.” However when asked about any other ways, he replied “I am not going to make a judgment about anyone else,” and “if God chooses to be gracious to people outside my faith, that’s God’s business, not mine.”

The problem with his response is that the Bible is clear about these issues and it doesn’t spin its answers.

All of those who signed this petition say they are Evangelicals, yet these folks support the Palestinian cause at the expense of Israel. They forget that the Bible is a Jewish document written by Jews for the purpose of blessing the entire world.  (Genesis 12:3)  So this prompts me to ask the question: “What is an evangelical?”  Here is a quote from the website of the National Association of Evangelicals giving definition to the term.

Historian David Bebbington also provides a helpful summary of evangelical distinctives, identifying four primary characteristics of evangelicalism:

  • Conversionism: the belief that lives need to be transformed through a “born-again” experience and a life long process of following Jesus
  • Activism: the expression and demonstration of the gospel in missionary and social reform efforts
  • Biblicism: a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority
  • Crucicentrism: a stress on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as making possible the redemption of humanity

Yet Progressive Evangelicals avoid the condemnation of killing innocent lives that the Bible teaches is wrong and they support the idea of homosexuality. If you accept the challenge of ministering to sinful humanity, you have to start at a place that places God above all sin, all feelings, and all ideological beliefs regardless of the circumstances. We cannot love people with the love of God unless we first realize that sin is against God and it can never be accepted as normal nor can it be compromised as okay. If we normalize or compromise with sin, we no longer ministering the love of God. If we humanized sin and our feelings take over, we lie to ourselves and the truth is not in us. There are portions of Evangelicalism who interpret the Bible according to a cultural emphasis, which is never the right way to apply the scriptures. God is the author of the scriptures and His purpose for the scriptures is to tell His story that is number one. God wants His people to be right with Him, then they will be prepared to tackle social justice issues.  Social justice is not social righteousness, and many social movements have become more important than the justice it seeks. Some of these social movements are going beyond justice to seek revenge and inflict punishment upon those they oppose.

Righteous justice is God’s justice, and as followers of Christ we are not to seek for revenge on anyone who has offended us.

Romans 12:19 “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back," says the LORD.”

Evangelical women also have weighed in on Trumps language and have taken it personally. Beth Moore said this in an online article.

“I’m one among many women sexually abused, misused, stared down, heckled, talked naughty to. Like we liked it. We didn’t. We’re tired of it,” Moore said. She also had a word about evangelical leaders still supporting Trump: “Try to absorb how acceptable the disesteem and objectifying of women has been when some Christian leaders don’t think it’s that big a deal.”

Again, we live in a fallen world, and sexual exploitation is what we endorse as a culture. My beef in this debate goes beyond Trump’s indiscretion and focuses on our culture. It is our ungodly obsession with sex as a culture that contributes to this obsession, and few get angry about it until it comes out in a political candidate. We are so hypocritical as a culture that we allow an entertainment industry to contribute filth into our society and nothing much is said. Beth Moore has a right to be angry at Trump’s comments and disgusted by them, but it a reflection of our problem as a culture. Evangelicals are focusing on Trump but missing an opportunity to speak to a larger problem of a rotting society. Beth Moore should be upset over Trump's comments, but her short sightedness is about the alternative to Trump, which is far worse for women.  Hillary Clinton will be Beth Moore’s worst nightmare because she will continue to erode our religious freedom with her policies, and stack the judicial deck against conservatives with radical appointments to the Supreme Court. 

She has already indicated that she will work to change our religious freedoms because they stand in the way of her agenda.

Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don't count for much if they're not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice—not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Donald’s words were crass, but nothing will compare to the disaster of a Hillary Clinton presidency. Evangelical Christians could be the ones who would deny her the presidency, but as I demonstrated today, they are far too divided to make that happen. America is a cesspool, but as Christians we need to sow into God and reap a harvest of righteous decisions. That righteous decision starts by voting for a candidate who gives us the best chance to preserve our constitution and our democracy as a government for the people and by the people. In this election you have to make a choice and I admit there isn’t a good choice on either side of the ticket. But remember as we sow our vote, we will reap the fruits of those we elect.

  1. A Deomcrat who is a Liar and a person of deception
  2. A Republican who is a crass arrogant sexist

Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return. 8 The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

Keeping it honest and truthful…K



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