The Kingdom: Everyone Presses Into It

Here is the next sermon in “The Kingdom Series” by Pastor Risto.

The Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

The Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

Pastor Wrinkles: The Chapter Charts Pt. 162

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

As I read our chapters for charting today a verse kept running through my mind from the book of Galatians chapter 6… And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Here is a bit of what I saw in today’s chapters:

II Kings chapter 4 sermon topics/ titles:

1. God Does Not Forget Your Service: II Kings 4:1-7

2.  Letting The Prophet Abide Brings Blessing: II Kings 4: 9-17

3.  Everyone Will Eat! II Kings 4: 42-44

There is so much more in that chapter! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

II Kings chapter 5 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Don’t Despair Find the Prophet: II Kings 5: 7,8

2.  When God Doesn’t Do It Our Way: II Kings 5:9-11

3.  Linking To Leprosy: II Kings 5: 16-27

Now tell me what you see in these chapters! 🙂

23 Pt. 15

23 Pt. 15


     “Thou anointest my head with oil.” Psalm 23:5

     It struck me as I finished writing yesterday that there may be those among us who are unfamiliar with the term anointing. The anointing, in short, is the touch of God on a person’s life that equips and empowers them for a certain work. In the Old Testament it was received when a prophet poured a specially mixed oil over the individual chosen by God for a certain work: Aaron was anointed by Moses as High priest. Saul and David were both anointed by Samuel as kings. Elisha was anointed as prophet by Elijah and so on.

We are explaining what the anointing looks like by using the acronymC.A.R.E..  Yesterday we explained that the anointing  complicates  life. Aaron, Saul and David all discovered this after they were anointed. I guess that makes the anointing sound bad, but really the anointing is a thing to be greatly desired. While it may complicate things, it also assures!

      Let me tell you something, when God calls you to something and anoints you for the work your success in that endeavor is assured! The truth is, if God is behind you in a work ( and that is what the anointing means) there is absolutely no possibility that you will fail. The world may stand against you. Satan himself may show up to nay-say your endeavors; But if God has ordained and anointed your work it will succeed and nothing can stop it.

In David’s day not everyone was anointed…but today in the New Testament EVERYONE WHO HAS ACCEPTED JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR IS ANOINTED!  

We know this is true because of the Scripture. You see, the oil used to anoint Aaron, Saul, and David was symbolic. It was not the oil that gave them power; It was the Holy Spirit whom the oil symbolized that empowered them. Once these men were anointed the Holy Spirit came on them to assure them of success as long as the men stayed faithful to their God.

Here’s where it gets exciting for us as New Testament Christians Paul the apostle writes, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Eph. 1:13, 14 NIV

     Hallelujah! Those of us who believe are anointed with oil of the Holy Spirit!

Christian arise and realize that if you follow Him into the things He has anointed you for then your success is assured. You may battle but you will not fail!

Tomorrow: the anointing requires!

The Netherlands 2013 Day 1

This journey does not begin on a plane. It begins in an art gallery. 100_1627My friend Clayton was playing at the Greater Gardner Area Art Show on Friday night the 12th. I felt I should go. I suppose it was work. I suppose it was relaxation. In my world the two things have a tendency to become blurred. Is work a got to or a get to ( If you are wondering about that read my post ? What about vacation? Is it a got to or a get to?

100_1628When you enjoy your work,  so much of it is an adventure. When you understand you are called to your position,  a day in the office can be the same as a plane trip to a foreign country.

100_1630You just never know what’s around the next corner: Pleasant surprise or terrifying trouble. When the Shepherd of your soul has sent you into a thing…when you know He is with you either thing becomes just a tool in His hand to bring blessing.

This is a good starting point.




Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Well apparently when I grabbed the weekly photo challenge on Friday it was actually last week’s. Who knew?

Anyway this week’s challenge concerns culture. We have been asked to bring the pictures that build a hunger to know more about the people viewed and their way of life.

If you have a culture photo you would  like to share you can write a photo post of your own and link it to:

23 Pt. 14

23 Pt. 14


     “thou anointest my head with oil; ” Psalm 23:5 KJV

     A good acronym for anointing is C.A.R.E.      

The truth is, the idea of biblical anointing is lost on most western Christians, even among those of us who practice anointing. Usually when I anoint a person at the altar I tip the bottle onto my finger, wet it and use my thumb or forefinger to paint a little oil cross on the forehead of the anointee. It’s nice. It’s sweet. It’s comforting. It’s so NOT the picture of biblical anointing! In the Old Testament (which perspective David was writing from) when a person was anointed it looked something like this:

“Dress Aaron in his priestly garments—the tunic, the robe worn with the ephod, the ephod itself, and the chestpiece. Then wrap the decorative sash of the ephod around him.  Place the turban on his head, and fasten the sacred medallion to the turban.  Then anoint him by pouring the anointing oil over his head. ” Ex. 29:5-7 NLT

Second please take note that Aaron was not wearing Fruit of the Loom, Boxer Joes, BVD’s, or a swim suit for this anointing. He was fully dressed in all his High Priestly regalia.

With this picture in mind we are led to the C  of our anointing acronym,C.A.R.E..  The anointing complicates things. It may seem a bummer way to kick off this part of the study but it has to be acknowledged that in a world fallen so deep into sin the anointing call of God though wonderful is messy and costly and complicated.

Aaron got anointed and went straight from the goo of the oil to the grumbling of the Israelites. Aaron got anointed;  Then while he ministered in the tabernacle, God killed two of the priest’s sons for their sin and commanded Aaron not to grieve. How’s that for complication? How did Aaron explain that one to his wife?

My experience is that most people are all hyped up about being anointed until they get anointed and life gets complicated. The price of anointing in this world is high. Sometimes it causes our valleys of shadow. Sometimes it creates enemies for us; But the pay off is far higher for those who get past the devastation of complication. Anointing does not make for smooth sailing but if you can get past the wind and the waves the journey is well worth it!

Maybe you have been anointed by God for a work and you have been thrown off kilter by complications the anointing has brought. Tell me about it. Tomorrow we will talk about why we truly crave the anointing even with its complications.

Tomorrow: the anointing assures!

Two Cents Tuesday: Heritage

It’s Two Cents Tuesday again (actually I’m almost a week late but hey! I was in Holland). This week’s Two Cents is on the topic “Heritage”.

If you would like to write a “Two cents Tuesday” post of your own swing on over to: and link up with them for the rules.

Now here’s my post:

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psm 127:3 NKJV

Melanie, Joe, and Amanda

Melanie, Joe, and Amanda

Henry Ward Beecher, reverend and social activist

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.”

The Kids

The Kids

Lady Bird Johnson, former U.S. first lady

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”


Heaven Pt. 109

Mel 5

26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, 27 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance. 28 “When famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when enemies besiege them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come, 29 and when a prayer or plea is made by any of your people Israel–each one aware of his afflictions and pains, and spreading out his hands toward this temple– 30 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of men),”  2 Chron. 26-30 NIV

So let me ask do you see the church as a whole crying out in prayer?