Hurricane Harvey Relief
Here are a few reputable local churches who need donations for their members and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. There are many others, but these congregations are exceptional. Every little bit helps! Thanks and may God continue to bless you.
Generations Church, Spring, TX
The Crossing Church, The Woodlands, TX
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There is a language and a life-style established in heaven, and there is a language and a life-style here on earth. One is eternal. The other is temporary. Harmony with God is one thing, but unity with people is a bit more complicated. God, I didn’t see every day. But people, I did. God doesn’t “get” in my face and talk crazy to me. However, people do. I had to find a peace with God, myself, and my fellow man. Thus began my journey of Finding Holiness Within.
Finding Holiness Within
Holiness is a word not spoken or heard very often, not even in the church. Some Bibles say "Holy Bible" and some do not. Many believe that it's too hard to be holy. There is also the fear of being taught about holiness, because it would mean eliminating too much fun out of life. Images of being draped in black or brown dull-colored robes and constantly reciting prayers are what most think holiness represents.
Being locked away in a monastery or convent in some remote location totally isolated from the world are also frightening images. Through the grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ, holiness can manifest in the heart and life of the worst sinner. Many of us have never committed the sins or acts of slaughter Saul inflicted upon the first Church in the book of Acts. He thought he was doing the will of God by silencing people he considered evil and wicked. The grace of God found him while he was enroute to torment more Christians. Instead he was transformed to become a minister to nations, including us today. God is Holy. He expects His people to be holy also.
Along the Finding Holiness Within daily
journey, personal mistakes will be made.
Grace is poured out along our pathway of life. The Holy Spirit is in our temple to guide our
decision making one way or another:
right or wrong. Grace can be
found in messages on billboards, in the simplest things that children say, and
in the most unexpected places. God is so
loving and merciful that He leaves crumbs on our life path designed to keep us
walking close to Him and steer us back to Him. Thank God for the crumbs
What does it mean to be Holy?
To be holy, simply means to be set apart for sacred use.
is devotion and dedication of heart, mind, soul to a deity;
is a lifestyle and behavior of obedience to the laws and statutes of God;
includes humble service and commitment to the will and plan of God;
means to be righteous, or in right standing with God;
is not a group project or physical rituals, but a one-on-one intimacy with God.
...For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s...
(1 Corinthians 6:15-20)
… BE YE HOLY;
FOR I AM HOLY.
(1 Peter 1:15-16)
Holiness is a way of living, a lifestyle, not a fashion style. Wearing a preacher's collar, a religious habit (long flowing robe), a veil/hijab, or taking vows of celibacy do not define holiness.
Some denominations require members to dress the part to appear holy, but inwardly they have behavior patterns consistent with substance abuse, adultery, pedophilia, or alcoholism.
There are also sins of the heart in those who "dress" the part that aren't easily seen, like:
* fear, night mares/terror
* masturbation (which is self sexual gratification)
* witchcraft and/or sorcery (which is controlling or manipulating others for personal gain)
* obsession, deception
* and even unbelief (without faith it is impossible to please God)
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit,
and that your fruit should remain:…
Holiness is God’s essence or fragrance that’s in people who have accepted their calling by God for His sacred use. They set aside the world’s way of doing things by dedicating and consecrating themselves to fulfill God’s plans on earth. There is devotion to a higher purpose in life than to just exist and then die. To be holy means you have peace within, you extend peace to others, and spread the gospel of Christ to reunite the lost and hurting with Christ. You no longer make choices that lead to sin, you are spiritually mature in the things of God, and you are pure with integrity of moral character.
Yep, There Are True Followers of Christ Bursting With Life
Sometimes the loudest people in the bowling alley are the Christians laughing uncontrollably as their pastor throws a ball down the alley and ends with a sliding fall. Notice, I said “throws.”
Or listen to groups on the go-cart track cutting off the youth pastor and making him go into an uncontrollable spin. Watch the people at the pool table high-fiving and shouting “In yo face,” without using one curse word or vulgar language the entire time they are playing.
Ever seen a six-foot gentle-giant pastor, scared on a roller coaster at Disney World? His screams sound like a little seven-year-old girl. You could wet your pants laughing at him. Yep, these are true followers of Christ bursting with life.
Let Our Worship Fill The Heavens
God longs to hear us worship Him as we read more about Him. His Word increases our faith and worship purifies our spirit. Soul-cleansing worship detoxes the soul for us to start experiencing the pure life that God wants us to enjoy.
But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4:23-24, AMP)
Worship must be done “in the spirit,” not in the flesh. We must be in the same nature as God when we worship. Our spirit must be free to be connected as one with His Spirit.
He sets His ministers on fire with His presence. He consumes us. We are undone. His thoughts become ours. We take on His Spirit. When our heart is purged from sin, then our spirit and God’s Spirit unite and become as one.
The joy of the Lord is our strength. Without worship, we can’t enter God’s presence. Without His presence, we can’t have joy. Without joy, we can’t have strength. The strength we get from Him conquers stress, fatigue, depression, and diseases.
In Him we are renewed to endure another challenge. While engaged in sincere worship, anger and bitterness towards others are uprooted. In His presence, there is pure love. He wants us to bring His love to earth to spread to others.