What did our founding fathers do?

Good Men Cannot Sit in Silence

They declared their independence from man and their dependence on God.

In our current America, we understand that we are shaping up to be in a similar situation our Forefathers were in 1776 when God fearing and humble men declared to be free men under God. 

 Now we as God fearing Americans need to be vigilant because the very things the founding fathers declared to be free from is the very thing we are being brought back into.

Not to mention that the voice of Bible Believing Christians has been silent for too long and that is why we are going away from God and His Word faster than we realize.

During WWII there was a man that set in motion the state church of Germany to stand against Hitler and his Nazi party of the Third Reich. That man was Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Now we understand that Hitler still came into power and caused millions of Jews and Christians to be put to death in one of the most horrific ways possible. And, since WWII, Germany has never completely recovered from the rise and fall of the Third Reich. However, a man of God rallied Christians together to take a stand against one of the most evil tyrannical leaders in history. Why can we not do the same thing?

Bonhoeffer had a original threefold plan to govern the government. I believe if we do the same thing, and do it now, we can curb an American Version of the Third Reich.

Please note this has been taken from BONHOEFER PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY but I have reworded it to make it applicable to modern day America. This is what Mr. Bonhoefer said to do concerning the government:

  1. We must speak out against the government. 

[1]“The first, already mentioned, was for the church to question the state regarding its actions and their legitimacy— to help the state be the state as God has ordained.”
We need to bring awareness to what is going on in our Country, the good and the bad. The media tends only to report a slanted view of the bad, but we need to publish the good things that are done also.

We need to call accountability to those that are in authority for two reasons: (1) They are in authority because we put them there. (2) Authority unchecked will become absolute.

  1. We must stand with and help those we can.

[2]The second way— and here he took a bold leap— was “to aid the victims of state action.” He said that the church “has an unconditional obligation to the victims of any ordering of society.” And before that sentence was over, he took another leap, far bolder than the first— in fact, some ministers walked out— by declaring that the church “has an unconditional obligation to the victims of any ordering of society, even if they do not belong to the Christian community.” Everyone knew that Bonhoeffer was talking about the Jews, including Jews who were not baptized Christians. Bonhoeffer then quoted Galatians: “Do good to all men.” To say that it is unequivocally the responsibility of the Christian church to help all Jews was dramatic, even revolutionary.”

3. We must act against the government because the government is to be governed by the people.

[3]“At some point the church must directly take action against the state to stop it from perpetrating evil. This, he said, is permitted only when the church sees its very existence threatened by the state, and when the state ceases to be the state as defined by God.”

We must not be silent in the dark day of legalized wickedness and outlawing of righteousness.

Even though I do believe there could be a time to have to physically fight for freedom once again, I by NO MEANS believe that is God’s perfect will for His people to do.

The first step is to let righteousness be heard throughout all the land. Let people know what God demands from a nation.

Some of us may be saying, “Well, other than a few, small, isolated instances the government has not interfered with the church as a whole. Why take a stand?”

And, that may be somewhat true, but let us learn from history and from a man that said “I will only do something when it directly affects me.”

[4]“Many years later, after [Pastor Martin] Niemöller had been imprisoned for eight years in concentration camps as the personal prisoner of Adolf Hitler, he penned these infamous words:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew. And then they came for me— and there was no one left to speak for me.”

We not only have the responsibility to take a stand (the Constitution) but have the authority to take a stand (God’s word). We, as American’s, have a greater responsibility than those in Germany had because our nation was designed for its citizen’s to take control if and when the government gained too much power.

And if American’s in general have a bigger responsibility, then Christian American’s have that much more. Whether our churches are under persecution or not, we should be taking a stand.

Now, it is important to understand what the proper way to stand is. I think it is right to stand up for the Constitutional Rights of the People, however, as Christians we do not stand up for the rights of something that God has condemned (Homosexual marriage). We can and should stand up for things with other likeminded people within the boundaries of Scripture.

We do not need to be unequally yoked with groups that do not hold biblical values, but what we do need to do is stand. We need to be the light and the salt.

What about being a Modern day Bonhoeffer?

One man will not change a nation, but one man can rally a nation around Bible principles. One man can make the difference; one man can make the sacrifices needed to inspire others to stand for RIGHTEOUSNESS. One man can make up the difference and change the course to turn the tide here in America, the land that I love.

Hitler, one of the most wicked men on the face of the planet, changed the entire direction of a country. He changed the world view of people, not just in Germany, but all around the world in regards to the nation of Israel.

Churchhill, through his passion and resolve, rallied his nation to stand against Hitler.

There will always be men like Hitler, who want to stand above everyone else, and what there needs to be is a man standing in front (on point) for everyone else.

Will you be a Bonhoeffer? 


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[1] Metaxas, Eric (2011-08-29). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (p. 153). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

[2] Metaxas, Eric (2011-08-29). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (pp. 153-154). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

[3] Metaxas, Eric (2011-08-29). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (p. 154). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

[4] Metaxas, Eric (2011-08-29). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (p. 192). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Entitlement vs. Success

Entitlement is a well-used word in our country today, but if there ever was a category of dirty words, this is one of them.

Entitlement is a mentality, and that mentality is that we feel like we deserve something.entitlement

Specifically, we feel like we deserve something without working for it; we feel like we should get everything someone else has without doing what he did to get it.

He labored hard and diligently, patiently paying the prince to get to where he is at, and we feel like we can just swoop in and get a piece or everything he has because somehow we “deserve it”. That is not how it works, in God’s economy or in a real life economy.

And if you ever get to the “top” you will feel worthless because you didn’t earn it.

Proverbs 13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

You do not deserve anything till you earn it”

Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.


  • 1. Accept personal responsibility for where you are at.

The reason why we are where we are is because of the diligence or the lack thereof in working.

The truth about people going beyond where you and I might be at presently is because they didn’t sit around and say “why isn’t anybody noticing me?”

People with a work ethic are always noticed. Sometimes they are noticed and then promoted, and sometimes they are noticed after they leave because of the void they left when they moved on.

  • 2. Work diligently to learn everything you can about your field.

Something that I have relearned while reading The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, by John Maxwell  is “the moment you stop growing, you start to die”.

One thing that bugs me personally, as a preacher, is listening to preachers year after year and their preaching hasn’t got any better. I want to ask some of them when they last read a book on preaching? Or when they last listened to themselves preach? Or when they last asked a good friend to give honest feedback so their preaching could get better, so they could communicate the Word of God more effectively?

The honest truth about everything you do in life is that you can and should strive to get better. Let me use this as an example: we probably all know someone that is a great soulwinner. In my church we have two men that go out soulwinning every day and see someone saved daily.

These men are what we call daily soulwinners. Now it is easy for some of us to get critical towards them and make comments like “I wonder how many of them actually got saved” or something to that end, but what we do not realize is they work on being better soulwinners; they read soulwinning books; they listen closely to soulwinning messages that teach practical ways to be better soulwinners. In other words, they work diligently to learn everything they can about their field.

3. The truth about overnight success

The truth about overnight success is it is a falsehood. Overnight success is normally processed by a decade of hard work. God rewards faithful service, not emotionally driven service.

  • Faithful service

Faithful service is showing up week in and week out to your job, ministry, and taking care of all your responsibilities.

Faithful service is responsibility driven based on discipline; we must be discipline. Another good lesson from John Maxwell in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is “What a person does on a disciplined, consistent basis gets him ready, no matter what the goal.”

  • Emotional service

Emotionally driven service is service that is held captive by how you feel that particular day. If you feel like going to church, you will go, but if you don’t you will not even begin to get ready for it. There are times in your life you just have to force yourself to do what you know is RIGHT even if you do not feel like it.

Let us remember that success is earned and never entitled to anyone.


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8 Lessons learned from Mission Conference

8 Lessons learned from Mission Conference 2015

What a great mission conference! As we were challenged to do Greater Works, there were some things I learned this year and I hope the lessons are a help to you also.

  •  1. Prayer changes thingsFaith Promise Missions

The testimony of brother Baptistie missionary pastor in Grenada gave a testimony of his wife who had a fibrous tumor which caused her not to be able to have children.

After they received the news, he went home and anointed her with oil and prayed that God would allow her to have kids because they both wanted to have some.

Fast forward 3 years, they had a baby! And now they have two!

Through the channel of prayer we have access to the One who is Sovereign over everything. He will hear and answer our prayers!

2. We must have the mind of Christ

The mind of Christ is crucial to being effective and in the ministry for the long haul.

We interject our own ideas in to the work of God too much; therefore the reason we have the emergent church that is going the opposite direction of a Biblical church model and ministry.

God’s work needs to be done God’s way.

 Hudson Taylor said God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.

3. God will provide

As brother Baptistie told us about the work in Grenada, he mentioned in passing that he took the work that he is currently working at without support and for the last seven years God has met our needs.

4. It takes faith both on the missionaries’ part and the part of the church.

Missionaries need to go to the mission field by faith, and they should. But we as people that don’t go to the foreign field need to understand that we need to GIVE by faith. It takes faith on our part also, therefore give by faith and not by sight.

5. Consider the cross

When we think about the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we can not even begin to think we have sacrificed as much as He did for us.

The call of missions is a call to sacrificial service on the frontlines, and the calling of sacrificial service requires sacrificial giving on the part of the one that stays on the home front.

6. Faith Promise Giving is something we do on purpose

Just like all things in life, nothing that is worthy of accomplishment happens by accident, but we have to be diligent and intentional with it. We purposely chose to give or chose to give to missions, after the Lord has spoken to us about giving.

II Corthinians 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

We chose to set aside each month the amount we promised (committed) to the Lord, regardless of how everything looks concerning our budget.

7. God uses all types of Christians to do His eternal work. 

There is one way to do ministry THE Bible way, but there are many personalities that God chooses to use; some are more outgoing, some more reserved, some preach loud, some preach with a low voice; but all are serving the Lord and all are doing the Work of God, if they are doing it by the Book!

Thank God, He doesn’t just choose to use a particular type of personality because that means He chooses to use every type of personality that surrenders to be used by Him. Praise The Lord! I’m doing my part in the Lord’s work.

8. Do you have bloody hands?

God has given us many opportunities to be soul winners and if we fail to seize that opportunity to give the gospel, that person’s blood is on our hands.

When we stand before the Lord, we will have to give an account to God about the people we could have talked to. Man that is going to a rough day for some of us.

I want to make sure from this day forward there is not one drop of blood on my hands from someone I could have and should have talked to.

What are some Lessons you learned from our Greater Works through Missions Conference?

Let’s stop talking and start doing

Let’s stop talking and start doingStop Talking ans Start Doing

Sometimes we talk about stuff way too much!

We need to stop talking and start doing. I believe if we spent half the time we currently spend talking about doing something for the Lord, and use it to start actually doing it, we would have made more progress on our goals, dreams, and aspirations.

I am all for planning things out, believe me, as well as talking about ideas. But there comes a point when there is too much talk and not enough action.

The Bible says “with all labor there is profit”. It didn’t say anything about the profitability of talking about it, but the profitability of actual labor.

God blesses a working person. There is an old quote that says “God will not do for you something you can do for yourself.”

And I agree with that to a point, but I really believe we labor for God through His Spirit, and when our labor becomes too much for us, God steps in and does the work through us without us even knowing about it.

The reason God has it set up this way is so we can honestly say “God helped me do this.” The grace of God given to the laboring person is real, and it is suitable for all of our labor.

But some will never know what that feels like because we sit on the sidelines and make comments about the game instead getting in the game and doing it ourselves.

Nehemiah and his team talked about the project, to a certain point, and then said okay let’s get to it.

Nehemiah 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.

And as Christians laboring in the Lord’s work, we need to add labor to our dreams and many of the prayers we pray. Let us rise up and build.

How to become a daily soul-winner?

This post was written by a missionary to communist China

The day was June 29th, 2006 when my life would change forever. While growing up in a good Godly home, my father always taught me to go soul winning, to tell others about Christ. I was always so scared of hell as a child and I didn’t want anyone to go to hell. It was pretty simple to me: If I soul win, God will use me to reach people for him and keep others out of hell. Each year I would see more and more people saved as my dad would always take me out with him to share the Gospel. I had thought “I’m a pretty good soul winner”. But that all changed on June 29th, 2006. Pastor Corey Seulean preached a sermon “Be a Star”. That might not be the official title but that’s what I remember it as. He was preaching about soul winning. I liked that I didn’t feel very convicted because I already went soul winning; so I felt good. That was until he told a story about a young man who decided to go soul winning each day until he saw someone saved. I thought, “Man that’s probably so hard. I’m not doing that.” The invitation came, and he asked if anyone would decide that they would do it for the rest of their life. I told myself “No way Kurt. Don’t raise your hand”. Other hands went up around me, but I wasn’t going to budge! I wasn’t going to put my hand up, I was fighting it. But somehow my hand ended up in the air. I went to the altar and I was in tears. My sister came to pray with me and I remember saying how horrible of a soul winner I was and how I could do so much more. That decision changed my life. From that day on I knew that each day I would go out and see someone saved. It’s been almost 9 years and God is still helping me reach the lost every single day.

Some questions I have been asked in the past about my decision…

Isn’t it hard?
Honestly some days it is, some days it isn’t. But I know one thing: it’s worth it. It’s worth going out when I don’t want to, it’s worth getting rejected by so many people, it’s worth countless hours spent out soul-winning. The reward is far worth the sacrifice. Not the rewards I will receive for soul winning, but the reward of many people accepting Christ and eternal life.

How do you do it?
I talk to as many people as it takes to see someone saved each day. It’s pretty simple. Sometimes it’s the first person, sometimes it takes hours, but I know that someone will accept Christ.

What if someone doesn’t get saved?

They do. I’ve never asked myself this question. I know if I go, God will do the rest.  I know someone is ready to receive Christ; I just need to go find that person. I pray that God will lead me to the right person. He always does.When do you go?
All the time. I never really set a time to go soul winning. I just take advantage of the opportunities in my day to day life. If I go shopping, I witness when I shop. If I go out to eat, I witness when I eat. If I’m driving down the road and I see someone walking, I’ll pull over and witness to them. I see so many people through out the day that give me opportunities to witness. Now, if I know I’m not planning on leaving my house or won’t be out for long, than I do set a time to go soul winning, and I go until I see someone saved.
Where do you go?
Everywhere, literally.
I have seen people saved in Walmart, the mall, the bathroom, the gym, the park, church, (etc.) Pretty much anywhere people are, I’ll get em.
What keeps you going everyday?
Hell. (Luke 16:23)
As many of you know, I now live in China. China isn’t as free as America and I don’t speak Chinese. The first day I arrived in China, I was faced with a problem. Who could I witness to? We were in Shanghai and I prayed that God would allow me to see someone saved. I went outside and tried to find someone speaking English, and I actually found a few people but no one spoke enough English to clearly witness to. I had been seeing someone saved everyday for the last eight years. I thought that that day would be the day I didn’t see someone saved. I went back to my hotel and told my wife I couldn’t find anyone.  She reminded me of how her brother had led someone to the Lord over the Internet. So I downloaded a few apps that I knew you could chat with people on. I started as many conversations as I could about Jesus. One person was really interested.
They had been searching for answers for the many questions they had and I was able to lead them to the Lord over the Internet. That was the beginning to something I would continue to do each day. I have been able to lead someone to Christ each day via Internet.
You would be surprised to know how many people are willing to open up to you over the Internet, and how many people are searching to find Christ. I’m so thankful that God has given me a way to continue my promise I made on June 29th.Image result for Soulwinning
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