Game Changers

In previous years we heard that off the western coast of Israel there were large deposits of oil, but now they have discovered oil on land.

This doesn’t surprise any of us who support Israel, and believe that God has Israel’s back. When the tide of public opinion seems to swing away from Israel, God comes up with His own support for this nation. I heard Glenn Beck say yesterday that the game changer for America is God, and he clarified that politics will never get us to where we need to go.  He concluded that we needed a game changer because we are at a point of no return. In Noah’s day, the game changer was God, and for 120 years Noah listened to God as he build the arc, yet never knowing how this project would end.  The same is true today. Many of us have hitched our wagons to the gospel, and believe that God is our game changer. However, what about those who sit in church every week processing the sermon, wondering how it relates to their life.  That is why sermons are usually never game changers, they only transfer information about ideas, and identify problems, but they are not game changers. If sermons were game changers, more than 90 million Americans who attend church each week would change our culture overnight.  That is just not happening in America today. 
Game changer defined:

The expression game changer means the following: an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.

We have to go beyond the sermon in order to create a movement of game changers.  Let’s take a look at the Book of Acts and see what happened to make Paul a game changer, and it wasn’t a sermon.

The Conversion of Saul

Acts 9

1But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  4And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”  5And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  6But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

This was a game changer in the life of the Apostle Paul. Paul met Jesus, and that seems to be the kind of game changer anyone who lives for Jesus must experience if they are going to affect our culture.

Israel has found oil, and that will be a game changer for that country, but what about you?  What have you found?  Tried of being discouraged in life?  Afraid of where this world is heading? Are you struggling with the perplexities of life?  What about that same old routine of Bible study, and church attendance, does it ever seem like it’s going to help you to be a game changer?  How about asking God to make your life a game changer in your family, your church, or your community? In a world of confusion, and lawlessness, the church needs people who are game changers, and not people who just conform to a set of Christian values that get played out at church. We need to be people who make a difference, at work, and know how to infect a culture with God’s ideas. 

I have been challenging people to ask God to make a difference first in their personal lives. For instance, ask God to make you selfless, and have Him examine you for the ways you offend Him.  Then ask Him to make you a bold voice proclaiming the truth.  Then, ask him for a major personal change in your flawed character, in your ambitions, and your expectations for success. Have Him teach you the meaning of purpose, meaning and fulfillment.

And finally, ask Him to impart His Word into your heart in a bold new way. 

I think it’s time for everyone who is a follower of Jesus to be a game changer. Don’t you?

Keeping it honest and truthful…K



When Prayer Isn’t Enough, Because We Need Gun Laws?

President Obama in the wake of the recent shootings in Oregon said, “Prayer isn’t enough,” and went on to talk about gun control in his remarks last Thursday. Well, first of all, prayer is enough if we actually prayed.  If we prayed the 2 Chronicles 7:14 prayer, I think it would be enough because it is bringing us to repentance. America doesn’t need gun control, it needs repentance. 

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  

Mr. President, you can legislate more laws, but if the heart of the nation isn’t right, nothing you ever do will solve the problem of violence.

Proverbs 10:11

 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

I am one of those people who feel that America is under judgment.  President Obama said these shootings have become routine in America, and he is right. Violence is happening in America because we have turned away from God, and love the darkness of this world.

• In the U.S., youth homicide rates are more than 10 times that of other leading industrialized nations

• The Bureau of Justice reported in 2010 that 25% of women have experienced domestic violence and 6 million children witness domestic violence annually.

• With one in four women in the U.S. estimated to become victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lives.

•  The average cost of violence related only to paying for police, justice, corrections and the productivity effect of violent crime, homicide and robbery is $3,257 for each U.S. taxpayer or $460 billion for the United States economy.

Gun control will never stop the violence, because the violence is in the heart of our citizens. It has been our culture that has given birth to all the violence, and our love for people has grown cold in America. It is a sign of the last days, as Jesus said in Matthew 24:12

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold

America is looking for leadership that will keep them safe, but the hearts of the people are violent and angry. Race relations are at the lowest level since the 1960’s, and just beneath the surface there is an anger of hated for people. 

The Oregon shootings will not stop, because until you deal with the cause of the anger, it will continue to escalate in more schools, churches and places where there is a gun free zone. Most of these shootings are done by cowards who look for places of the least resistance to vent their anger for humanity.  This is what drives me crazy with the liberal left; they have no clue, that anger unchecked will find a way to harm people. It is the anger, not the guns that needs to be outlawed, but that doesn’t seem to register with our leaders in Washington.  Then, Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, hoping to impose gun control by “executive order” if she wins. Obviously, she doesn’t know the other side of the story.


  • Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year—or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.
  •  As many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse
  • Armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606)


Once again, the spin is on in the nations capital making guns a safety issue, and if we just get rid of the guns, we can be a country at peace with itself.  The only way America will have peace, is that it comes to repentance and serves the Lord.

Jesus told us where our violence comes from, and what needs to be done to protect our families.

Matthew 15:19

19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

John 6:35

Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

Here is a good place to start:  God is the one we turn to when all things seem to be hopeless.  Look again at what 2 Chronicles 7:14 says:

Shall humble themselves,


Seek my face,

Turn from their wicked ways

It is then and only then that God will respond by healing the land.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K


Sin Is Just Great Fun

It still amazes me that people can be so numb to what is right and what is wrong.  They are so anaesthetized to the truth that it makes me wonder how corrupt are they in other areas of their lives? People who see nothing wrong with abortion will see the selling of baby parts as no big deal. People who believe in gay marriage usually are not aware of the high degree of violence in these same sex relationships.

The conclusions of a study this year by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago - a review of data from four earlier studies, involving 30,000 participants.

"One of our startling findings was that rates of domestic violence among same-sex couples is pretty consistently higher than for opposite sex couples," says Richard Carroll, a psychologist and co-author of the report.

We know that most heterosexual domestic abuse cases, men are perpetrators, so what makes us think that this wouldn’t be the case when it involves our children?

The Family Research Council decided to look into how children are being abused by the homosexual community, and this is what they found.

  • Homosexuals are overrepresented in child sex offenses: Individuals from the 1 to 3 percent of the population that is sexually attracted to the same sex are committing up to one-third of the sex crimes against children.
  • Some homosexual activists defend the historic connection between homosexuality and pedophilia: Such activists consider the defense of "boy-lovers" to be a legitimate gay rights issue.
  • Pedophile themes abound in homosexual literary culture: Gay fiction as well as serious academic treatises promote "intergenerational intimacy."


The Family Council also noted that the Department of Justice report on child sexual exploitation explains why the percentage of boy victims is underestimated: "Adolescent boy victims are highly likely to deny certain types of sexual activity . . .. They are embarrassed and ashamed of their behavior and rightfully believe that society will not understand their victimization . . .. No matter what the investigator does, most adolescent boys will deny they were victims.

The problem with any kind of research in this country that shows homosexuality in a negative light, ever hits the headlines.  How about the AIDS crisis that was so front and center a few years ago?  Did it just disappear; have we eliminated HIV and AIDS like we did Polio back in the 50’s?

Globally, it continues to kill hundreds of thousands, the vast majority heterosexual. Rates of infection rampage, barely checked, in the Third World; India, Asia and huge stretches of Africa especially.

In America, Aids remains the third biggest cause of death in professional urban women in their late twenties to late thirties and would perhaps even nudge into second place if the cause of death were honestly declared on death certificates.

Amongst young gay men, levels of HIV infection have risen for a fourth consecutive year, perhaps because the young feel invulnerable - it can't happen to me.

                                                                                               -Independent News Corp UK

It is true that drugs can manage the virus much better today, but the transmission among sexually active people still is growing, they just aren’t dying as fast from it. The third largest cause of death among professional urban women, or in other words, African American women, the cause of this is the high rate of HIV among African American men.   

According to the Centers for Disease Control: More than 2 million people in the United States are incarcerated in federal, state, and local correctional facilities on any given day. In 2010, the rate of diagnosed HIV infection among inmates in state and federal prisons was more than five times greater than the rate among people who were not incarcerated.

Approximately 12–13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 60% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009)


Often it is these men who contact HIV either in prison, or before they enter prison, prison just incubates the problem so when these men get out, they infect their women. That is just one area of transmission; sexually active men who have multiple partners are the main reason this disease is spread.

Again the Center for Disease Control has these statistics: African Americans accounted for an estimated 44% of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents (aged 13 years or older) in 2010, despite representing only 12% of the US population; considering the smaller size of the African American population in the United States, this represents a population rate that is 8 times that of whites overall. The estimated rate of new HIV infections for African American men (103.6/100,000 population) was 7 times that of white men, twice that of Latino men, and nearly 3 times that of African American women.

Regardless whether heterosexuals or homosexuals transmit HIV/AIDS, it is a problem called sin. Pre-marital sex is wrong, and homosexual sex is wrong, so wrong is still wrong no matter how you want to frame it.  Then we have Vice President Joe Biden, pledging his full support for gay and transgender equality while suggesting Republican and other White House candidates are “homophobes.” 
Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual gala in Washington, Biden said gays and lesbians shouldn’t fear Americans trying to undo gay marriage and other advances because the country has moved beyond homophobia.

Yes he is probably right, Americans have moved beyond homophobia, because Americans no longer think much about sin. It doesn’t bother them anymore, because they don’t hear much about it.  Churches have cut back on sin language because it’s not good for the religion business to make people feel guilty and besides, sin is fun.

Yet Jesus said that sin separates us from God, and sin was the main reason He gave His life for on the cross. His life, for the penalty of sin, the great exchange for the human race.

Romans 6:23

 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sin has its pleasures, but it also has it consequences, and those consequences last a lot longer than any pleasure you may derive from sin.  

Keeping it honest and truthful..K


The Discernment Of The Heart

There are many things that are missing from our daily routines of prayer and Bible study.  Sometimes we are motivated by our favorite Bible passages that give us comfort and assurance that God will see us through. However, when it comes to discernment, we find ourselves lacking the understanding of what discernment really is. There is a community in the body of Christ that calls themselves “discerners” they spend their days watching and examining how the church or the leaders are getting it wrong.  Now, I am not saying that these folks are bad, I do think we need to have a quality control group watching out for deception that may be creeping into the church unbeknown to us. Some people have that gift of observation, or understanding, and can be helpful in identifying some troubling teachings that may come along and on the surface sound okay. However, discerners by the nature of their observations can be negative and sound judgmental.  When I was asked recently about discerners, and how to keep the gift of discerning from becoming pharisaical, I responded in the following way.  

1 Corinthians 13

1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.  2And if I have the gift of prophesy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  3And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Religious people have a huge tendency to focus on issues of truth, and fail to realize that truth is a big stick that can be harmful if not coupled with love. I am not suggesting we stop telling the truth, but without love, truth will be less effective in today’s world.

Ephesians 4:15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;

This is the mistake of the “Discernment Community” they lack the discernment of knowing that it is love that makes the truth palatable for the human heart.

The Apostle Paul who was gifted, called and anointed with the passion of taking the gospel to the Gentile world understood that without love, all your religious activity doesn’t make a lot of sense. In other words, your religious activity doesn’t profit you. It reminds me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Again, religious people think it’s by their works God is impressed, and that just isn’t the case. It is true we need to be visible to the world by the kind acts of love we display to the poor, and disenfranchised, but it is not a gage for any spiritual kudos with God.  God wants His people to be truth tellers with heart of love. He wants His people to be courageous, loving, and firm warriors for Him, not timid, weak, and compromising people. He does not want the spirit of the church of Laodicea mentioned in Revelation 3, to dominate His church. The lazy, take the easy way out church, who always plays in the middle of the road is not the church in the Bible.  His church stands tall and convicted about the truth of God’s Word, and they have a heart full of love for the people who oppose them. God is not happy when the wicked perish; He has repeatedly said in the Bible that He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.  Why?  He does not want one soul to perish in the eternal fires.

So, here is a kind word to you discerners.  Your enemy is not ignorant Christians who don’t know better, your enemy has never changed, it is Satan and his kingdom, the principalities and powers of this world.  Discernment is a teaching gift, not a judgment gift where we punish people by our opinions. Your gift is to discern deception, not condemn people, and warn of the dangers of evil in our day. The Apostle Paul brings that to our attention in 1 Corinthians 12

  1. All gifts are for the common good of the body…..not judgment!
  2. The gift of discernment is to distinguish, to identify and expose the works of darkness masquerading

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of  wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,  9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,  10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  

All Christians are vulnerable to distraction, and mistakes, and our job is to restore, reconcile, and redeem all who will listen and in order to accomplish these three, you need a heart of love. Please don’t become a spiritual bully that many have become, puffed up and prideful because you have a discernment gift.  Your pride will find you out, and your lack of love in administering your gift will never profit you in God’s Kingdom.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K


Are You Willing To Pay The Price?

America is in a moral tailspin and most people see it, but aren’t willing to say much.  They don’t say much because they don’t want to pay the price of the stigma that comes with the questioning the status quo of the attitudes that prevail in America today. Even the attitude we encounter within many churches today, where the leaders don’t want to cause anyone any discomfort, and so we avoid pressing against the issues of culture with the truth. 

What does it mean to “pay the price?”  Simple, are we willing to do what it takes to be both in the world and not of this world?   To be in this world there is a price to pay when you confront the moral decay and take a stand for righteousness. There is also a price to pay when you seek to become a member of God’s Kingdom and surrender yourself to God in body, soul and spirit.  Either way, there is a price to pay, and the decision by many is to do nothing.

Jesus told us that few will choose the path to eternity with God, because it will cost you everything.

Matthew 7:13-14

 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  14For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

 Luke 9:62

 62Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

This is why our churches are filled with people with blind eyes and deaf ears. They spend more time investing in things that mean nothing at the end of the day, and ease their conscience by attending a weekly worship service.  We spend more time around things that cannot build an eternal foundation, and then we wonder why we are saddled with such unfulfilled lives.  We are unfulfilled because we are not willing to pay the price for what it will take to know God without reservation. It is the nature of sin to be self absorbed and self centered, and it is in serving ourselves that we find little to no presence of God. Our hearts are serving the growth of our personal wealth and fulfilling our bucket lists of desires.   Churches are dead with religious expression; nice formats of trite religious talk, but most find little relief from the pain of life. We pride ourselves in growing large churches, yet as with many things we super-size, they don’t become more effective in fostering the kingdom; they just get good at drawing a crowd. This is not to say our churches aren’t sincere, they are, but it is not sincerity that changes a life, nor does it change the world. 

When we think of the massive task of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth, and reaching every person, every neighborhood, every nation and every continent, it seems like such an overwhelming task. Are we willing to pay the price for such an undertaking?  Are we growing disciples who are willing to pay the price?  Do our churches have more of an interest in building His Kingdom than they are in building theirs?  Are we willing to drop all identifying names for what we call ourselves and simply call ourselves Christians, followers of Christ? Are we more interested in following the doctrines of denominations and men than we are to follow the dictates of God’s Word?  For me I am questioning everything these days because I have found that much of what I have believed has be tainted by the good intentions of personality, giftedness, and years of tradition. My belief system needs to stand next to God’s Word to see if measures up to being faithful to what the Bible teaches. It is easy to grow a Christian life based upon the false premise that you don’t need to invest much to get much. Jesus told a parable about the talents, and one of those men who received the least amount did nothing with it except bury it.

Matthew 25:24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.

The story concludes by the master of the talents being angry at this servants lack of investment. He called him a wicked and evil servant. I think the point of this story was to illustrate that God has entrusted to us a precious message, much like that of the talents, and is requiring that we do something with it.

Paying the price is what we do with the message God has sowed in our hearts, we can bury it, and wait for His return, or we invest it giving the message a chance to influence as many people as possible so they may came come into His Kingdom.

I pray that you will not be afraid to invest what God has so richly poured into you for such a time as today.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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