Attention – Special News Report – Thomas Koester reporting…

Several scrappy fishermen, a tax collector, homeopathic doctor, named Luke, a doubter named Thomas (ouch), and a former Christian persecutor and murderer reached the entire Asia and Mediterranean Region of some eleven million people within a few short years. Under extreme persecution, Roman Army occupied territories and murderous Judaizers (fanatical Jews which persecuted the early Church and Gentile believers from city to city and region to region).

If they can get it done without freedom and guaranteed protections under a Constitution and Bill of Rights, how pleased do you think The Great Sheppard is with the 21st Cemetery Western Crutch? Whoops! I’m sorry, I meant the 21st Century Western Church.

Will the Western Church arise because of a new and sympathetic President, who has promised to defend Christians and Isreal, or simply stay asleep in the light? Jesus Christ not only warned us about the leaven of the Pharisee, but the leaven of Herod also.

What will the Western Church do during the great and New Roaring 20s, and economic boom, and financial growth? Remodel their sanctuaries? expedite their building plans? Stimulate the Gospel, and expedite the Kingdom of God?

2020 is not a time for the Church to relax, but to take hold of the Kingdom of God, and trudge forcefully and prayerfully through apathy and indifference, until we out preform several scrappy fishermen, a tax collector, homeopathic nin, named Luke, a doubter named Thomas (ouch), and a former Christian persecutor and murderer, named Paul.

Maybe Christianity needs a populist movement of scrappy, non seminarian educated believers, to break the control of the religionists elites who seem more concerned about church attendance than with the Kingdom of God’s advancement.

…Maybe Francis Chan is onto something in San Francisco…

…After all, the Kingdom of God is not a democracy and the true Church is not a corporation.

His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! Isaiah 9:7

While the Church waits for the Rapture, the World is missing the Kingdom of Heaven, here and now.

Oh Lord, bring us back to the simplicity and beauty of your Gospel and turn us once again into men and women of great faith and courage like your First Century Apostles. Amen

The Collapsing of America Through Tolerance – By Thomas Koester

There is an unseen force which has corrupted all Seven Pillars of our culture and society.

1. God/Absolute Truth/Freedom to Worship.
2. Traditional Family.
3. Morality/Ethics/Rule of Law.
4. Sanctity of all Human Life/Civility.
5. Independent Private Education/Ungoverned Learning.
6. Work Ethic/Entrepreneurial Spirit.
7. Freedom/Liberty/Self-Governance.

It is the progressive spirit and its gradualism, which had accomplished this in a free and opened society by utilizing the same freedoms guaranteed us by God and afforded to us through our Constitution. The single most deadly word which historians will ascribe to the loss of such a Great Nation as ours is “tolerance.”

Tolerance is the perfect atmosphere in which progressivism and gradualism requires in order to corrupt the Seven Pillars of any culture, society or nation and religious institutions. Once it takes root it slowly and patiently corrupts each pillar like rust or dry rot slowly and inevitably destroys foundations.

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3

The Spirit of the Age knows this. And, it is the Church, more than any other institution which has permitted this corruption through a single, most basics and simply word called “Love.”

Once we allowed the Spirit of the Age, through our tolerance to exclude from God all other attributes except His divine nature of Love, the World and Spirit of the Age only had to emphasize and exploit the benevolence and tolerance of God to neutralize the Churches obligation and calling. And, we therefore forfeited our mandate of being both the Salt and the Light of every generation and to every nation.

What will it take in this our Nations most desperate hour?

The Righteous must repent of their own unrighteousness and return to the God of Heaven and Earth and destroy the Golden Calf of the “False Yahweh,” which we allowed the Spirit of the Age to form in our presence in exchange for worldly relevance. For who needs to be saved from a loving God? And, what Christian would need to fear such a benevolent and tolerant God?

For God has not changed, His Just and Righteous Wrath and all its fury is being stored up.

Christ Jesus becomes the perfect Lamb of God. The blood of Christ is divine and uncorrupted, and because of the immaculate implantation of the Seed of God into the womb of Mary, a perfect substitute for all mankind was born. This New Covenant, which God had ordained expanded the love He had already demonstrated to the people of Israel for centuries past before the birth of Christ. God did not become more loving. His great and amazing love does not trump His other attributes. Rather, God expanded His amazing plan of salvation to all mankind.

“No man can come to the Father except through me,” said Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the only access, the only door and the only relevance for all mankind. Belief through faith and obedience in and to the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved from the wrath of God against all men of every race and creed. Yes, God is a loving God, but until you believe through faith and act in obedience you are under His just wrath.

Trust and believe in Christ Jesus today. And begin a new year with a new life, and so restore the pillars of our culture, society and nation, one man and woman at a time. Jesus Christ remains our only Hope and our only Savior.

There are things that only the righteous can do that no president or politician can. Reveal the True and whole Counsel of God. Exalt the one and only Living God as He is and not what the world wants.

Our God is no love guru. He is God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth. His Love and Tolerance is only found in Jesus Christ. He is our only remedy against God’s wrath.

Today, This Scripture Is Fulfilled In Your Hearing – By Thomas Koester

Over this past week, and even at this very moment, I’ve been enduring terrible pain and suffering. Matter of fact, I’m writing this post while lying sick in my bed.

During the past several days, I made peace with God and got my inner house in order, as I thought I might die during the night. It felt like my face and head was going to explode. I felt helpless.

I can’t imagine how people live with chronic pain. It’s only been a week for me. I called two local dentist’s offices, but they were closed on Fridays. Finally, this past Friday I was able to see a doctor at our local clinic, and get an antibiotic and pain pills. I’m finally on the mend. Praise God!

But what about emotional pain, and the suffering of a broken or betrayed heart?

Several years ago I had asked an intergenerational group of men and boys this question:

What would you rather have, a broken leg, or a broken heart?

Everyone in the room shouted a broken leg!

What was particularly sad, was that all the teenagers had already experienced a broken heart, and new too well, the enduring and lasting pain of what it feels like to have a heart broken.

I think some physical pain can be managed, even chronic pain. But the pain and suffering of a broken heart and wounded soul seem to permeate our thoughts and actions, and distorts our ability to trust, forgive and truly live and love.

The old wives’ tale that “time heals all wounds” is not necessarily true. Time just creates distance from our days of infamy, loss, betrayal or emotional pain. Talking is helpful, but it too simply helps us manage heartache and emotional pain.

In the book of Isaiah, chapter sixty one, verse one, we find a peculiar passage of healing and restoration:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Even more peculiar is that hundreds of years later, Jesus of Nazareth went into the Synagogue, opened the scroll, and read this very passage. After reading this passage, and with every eye on him, he said:

“Today, this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

What I want my fellow sufferers to understand, is that today, for you and I, this Scripture is fulfilled in our hearing!

You see, while Jesus of Nazareth came to seek and to save sinners, he also came to heal and bind up our broken hearts. Some of us have been battling hurt and pain for so long that it’s become a lifestyle. For others it’s become a form of captivity, and yet others, a life sentence of imprisonment, loneliness and a loveless life.

I was able to begin my recovery of a terrible dental infection that spread across my lower jaw and teeth, simply by visiting a doctor and sharing my symptoms and pain with him. His experience and training as a doctor made an accurate diagnosis and a concise prescription to aid me into a full recovery.

What I want you to know is that Jesus of Nazareth, who is Christ The Lord, has announced over 2000 years ago that He has come for your impoverished soul, your broken heart; your miserable captivity, and your wretched imprisonment. This Jesus, Saviour of the World, accepts doctors visits, and his plan of redemption and restoration has open enrollment, 365 days of the year! His office is never closed and all are welcomed, rich or poor, broken and needy.

You just simply and honestly need to share your symptoms and pain with Jesus. You see, Jesus is even Lord of Lords over all doctors, and has greater clarity and insight than the world’s best diagnosticians. He himself is the perfect remedy for your condition.

You see, Jesus completely understands our hurts and pain, because he, himself is well acquainted and experienced with it.

Also, in the same book of Isaiah, chapter nine, verse six, we read:

“Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

My prayer for you is that you make an appointment with Jesus Christ, share with him all that you’re suffering; seek his counsel, his Father-heart and allow him, as the Prince of Peace, to save your soul, heal your broken heart, rescue you from captivity and kick down your prison doors! After all, He is The Mighty God and everything, even doctors and governments are upon his shoulders.

If you’ll seek out Jesus, you too will begin your recovery, and live like you’ve never lived before. If he can save souls, he can heal your brokenness and restore your life.

“Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Merry Christmas, and a brand new Happy New Year!

Attention All Rioters – By Thomas Koester

Riot for Truth and not for the lies of those that would destroy America.

The riots you’ve engaged in throughout America’s major cities are not necessarily a battle against President Donald Trump or his supporters. The real battle is for your minds and the corruption of your youth. The riots are merely symptomatic of how far the Leftist and Marxist ideologies have replaced your free thinking and commonsense.

Your minds have been assaulted and your wills, your voices and bodies are under psychological control. You’ve been duped into believing that their “end” is justified, and that you’ll be accepted by taking up their “means.” Don’t you see? They’re appealing to your hurts; to your betrayals; to your brokenness caused by loved ones. They’re penetrating your wounded psyche, so as to impregnate your mind with Marxist ideologies, which become fertilized by your anger, fear and pain, until you explode and rage against society, or any antithetical political person or group.

You must be aware by now that “Free thinking” and “tolerant” Leftist and Marxist people do not exist. Rather, they coddle you and corral you into a groupthink mentality, which is how they mass produce you into a homogenous collective, whereby you become tolerant of each other but intolerant of everyone else. Their expectation and plan is for you to cause division, and that you use your feelings and misguided passions as weapons against neighbors, friends, coworkers and family; those people you’ve once loved. They lurk in the shadows, wooing you into their darkness. They get to keep their tenured positions and ranks as “professors” and “educators,” while you do their dirty work.

Leftist and Marxist ideologies demands the enslavement of your body, soul and mind – freedom of thought and action is an illusion. They’re only after you and your new comrades as the uninformed collective to incite riot, until riots becomes revolution and rioters become revolutionaries.

ANTIFA is not fighting against Fascism, but for it. If you serve the ANTIFA resistance, you’ve become the cloaked and masked soliders of the Fascistic Political Left. You are stooges of chaos, hate, death and destruction. Your costumes have been used by past revolutionaries of failed coup d’etats down through the ages.

ANTIFA leaders and the Political Left instill fear and apocalyptic doom into your psyche, in order that they may channel all your youthful energies towards their goals of societal collapse. You become their puppets all the while creating an illusion that you’re in control. But you are not, you and your comrades are under their power and (man)-ipulation.

The Elitists Cabal has bewitched you into dehumanizing ordinary people as animals, ready to be slaughtered. They have turned you into mechanized-mind-numbed robots, hell-bent on revolution without just cause or logical sense. You are in an alliance of all that is evil against all that is good. They’ve redefined their evil as the “collective good,” so that you may believe their unrighteous intentions are a righteous and worthy cause.

Don’t give into their Incideous puppeteering – they are trying to develop you into an army of puppets, lifeless and mindless, so that you can kill life without remorse. You are being prepped for bloody revolution.

After revolution, the uninformed collective is always murdered off, as the Insidious Cabal, after gaining their power, have no more use for you, and so they kill you to prevent you, as their former revolutionaries from becoming soldiers for a more noble cause against them.

Rioters and Revolutionaries, just stop for a moment, question what you’re doing, and for whom you’re doing it. Please understand that you are losing your humanity and humanness, all for the sake of another man’s revolution and for their madness for power and control.

Just watch the videos of your comrades and fellow rioters, committing assault and battery against fellow citizens, simply for exercising their freedoms, and supporting a candidate of their choice. Honestly, who’s more inhuman, those that riotously beat others and damage private and public property, or those who’ve simply voted their conscience?

You are merely powerless and useful pawns in the eyes of the elitists, and they have no respect towards you, absolutely none at all.

You are not making history, but as their lemmings, you’re destroying it!

Riot for Tuth through the power of love and not hate. Make your life about the Righteous Invasion of Truth, Freedom and Liberty.

This Too Must Come To Pass – By Thomas Koester

Several weeks ago I was awakened, in the middle of the night deeply troubled about the potential results of the upcoming elections. I got up to use the bathroom and on my way back to bed, I distinctly heard a voice say:

“And this too must come to pass.”

I wrestled with these words for a few moments. And then I understood what the Lord was saying. If you truly trust and believe in my Word, then you must understand that these things must come to pass.

While nothing more would please me, and possibly you as well, would be a change in the moral and economic condition of this great nation. Even, if for just a few years of reprieve, so that some of us can get back on our feet again and reengage the American Dream. Or perhaps finish our education and land a career. Or enter retirement with a full nest egg and an adequate 401k or pension plan. Now, the future, as it must prophetically roll forward, seems so unclear. But is it as unclear as we think, or have we simply forgotten, as we so easily do, what the scriptures have said?

“If you examine the past, you will find direction for the future,” has always been a reliable saying. However, we must examine our future and God’s promises and his prophecies to understand the times in which we live and the days in which we are all heading. Then we can understand what the Spirit is saying to the Churches:

“And this too must come to pass.”

This is our greatest opportunity to meet the tremendous needs unfolding before us. We have got to declare as our forerunners of old once did that the Kingdom and Economy of God is at hand. This must replace the hope in which we so dearly had placed in our politicians and the political order of our time. It is, and always will necessary for us Christians to engage in our civic duties and be good citizens of whatever county that God has placed us in. But we must remember that we are also citizens of an Eternal Kingdom and of a better place called Heaven. Our lives must reveal our eternal hope once again in God’s promises and the future that he has so plainly marked out before us in his Holy Word.

If we truly live as citizens of Heaven and declare to this needy world that the Kingdom of God and its glorious economy is within reach, then we’ve lost nothing but have gained everything.

I love politics. I love to watch its unfolding; it’s potential for good and evil. I love to see good men and women statesmen stand against the evil and injustices of our time and suppress its power against the weakest among us. But, at least for an unknown season of time things are in reverse.

“And this too must come to pass.”

I don’t like this, not one bit. But again, prophecy drives us all forward and sets the stage of what will soon be. If we engage our citizenship of Heaven, then what lies ahead is to be welcomed and not feared.

I say, let us be like the people of Whoville; while Christmas had been stolen they still gathered as a village and celebrated Christmas anyway, and even to the Grinch’s shock and surprise:

“How could it be so? It came without ribbons!… it came without tags!… it came without packages, boxes, or bags!”

Rise up O People of God. Rise up! “Greater is He within you then he that is in the world.” Act like a people whose God is the Lord and declare that a far better political order has arrived and its King is The Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace! And the government shall rest upon his shoulders, and his kingdom shall know no end.” This is our true heritage and this, our true Identity and our future!

We have failed with political might. Now let us succeed with true spiritual power by loving each other so that the world may see and hear the True King of kings, Lord of lords and President of presidents.

Let us welcome all of it and fear not but rejoice, because nearer are the days of our Lords return then when we first believed.

Always remember and have faith, as “this too must come to pass.”

The Conspiratorial Contol of Climate Change – By Thomas Koester

This is really about the Power of The Universe vs The Power of The Government.

Authentic scientific fact and astrophysicist theories tell us a different story than what government spins on a daily basis through the news media, colleges and universities.

Here’s a few facts:

The earth spins on it’s axis at 1,000 MPH, while traveling around the sun at the speed of 67,000 MPH and the sun rotates every 24.47 days. These dynamics, and not what man does on earth causes climate variations (change). In other words, variations in climate have more to do with the myriads of exposures the earth experiences during it’s solar orbital travel and the sun’s various solar and dynamic radiation, including the sun’s solar flares.

When you drive your car from the West Coast to the East Coast; let’s say traveling at 60 miles per hour, how many climate changes or variations would you experience?

Answer: Dozens!

The earth’s orbital path of travel around the sun takes 365 days. One full orbit consumes an astounding 92.9 million miles! So, let me ask you; what would you expect to happen to the earth as it travels 92.9 million miles each year at the precise speed of 67,000 miles per hour?

Doesn’t it make sense that hundreds of weather anomalies, variations and changes would occur to plant earth?

Do you have to be an astrophysicist to understand this?

Nope!

Just your ability to use your God-given commonsense, which is your best weapon against the governmental propagandists. Trust your mind more than you trust governments and Hollywood, and yes, even your tenured professors!

Nothing can be done to control the earth’s constant and unstoppable force, and climate variations, as it rotates and orbits it’s designed path around our star. Any attempt by government to spin these facts and blame mankind, is an intentional and engineered scheme to control and enslave the masses.

Understanding astronomical fact and how our solar system functions, brings freedom of thought and liberty, as well, disarms the climate change alarmists and governments seeking to control of our economies and lives.

Why believe governmental authorities that have demonstrated and proven to be inept in their ability to govern? Everything that is centralized, beginning from your local HOA, to local, state and federal authorities, seek to divest you and I of our independence and freedom, and amass to themselves unmitigated collective power.

Firstly, they try to enslave and control our thought. Secondly, our free speech. Thirdly, our ability to defend our house and home. Fourthly, our boarders. Fifthly, our healthcare and transportation systems. Finally they centralize our economic engines, destroying the middle and wealthy classes, rendering us all impoverished and fully dependent upon the State.

I can think of no greater damage done to America, and to it’s freedom and future than the seizure of a Free Press. The Press, and now Social Media has become the unelected 4th Branch of Government, and controls the flow of information.

This is precisely why Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin continue their reign of ideological control and advancement, because the “Press” has become the government’s tool of propaganda.

The two major advancements that were primary to begin the progressive erosion of our liberties, was the governmental creation and control of public education, and the implementation to control the Free Press. These two pillars of our society began the slow take over by the Left in the late 19th Century.

The vanguards of a free society is knowledge of history, mathematics/sciences, language/communication and creativity. Also, the journalistic integrity of a Free Press. Our Nation’s watchdog is a free and unfettered press, but was taken out decades ago.

All of the above are significantly advanced and in place. It happened while we were asleep in the light and mesmerised by consumption and technological toys.

“Democracy is indispensable to socialism.” Vladimir Lenin

“The goal of socialism is communism.” Vladimir Lenin

“Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.” Vladimir Lenin

“While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.” Vladimir Lenin

We are a republic and not a democracy. The climate is in God’s control and not the governments. Do not live in fear, rather be informed and live as Americans who trust in God and not man.

Continue to pay attention — fight against the lies of the Left and protect your liberty against the fear mongers and Socialists.

The Minister’s Mistress – By Thomas Koester

Do Not Worship the Anointing or Fall in Love with Your ministry…

Do you remember the days when you desired to know God and abide in him? Well, this must exceed your desire to serve him and abide in your giftedness. Too many well-meaning men and women of God have been taken out by this mistake.

In simpler words, do not worship the anointing or fall in love with your calling.

God wants a man or a woman to chase after Him, rather than chasing after ministry.

Some might be tempted to say:

“You can take my calling and…,”

…well, you get the meaning. This too is self-worship and idolatry. They find out that this god-business is too much for them, and the energy of propping up a false pretense each week is exhausting. Duplicity, after all, is only fun until the real man becomes overpowered by the false man, and when you have lost your courage to be real.

The danger escalates when the ministry becomes your mistress and you believe all that flattery stuff.

If you have to, take a vacation and pursue your First Love, until you’ve become captivated with the Lover of your soul. Otherwise, what you call “light,” will become darkness; for then, how great will your darkness be! Matt. 6:23

To be known by God, and for you to intimately know his ways and his heart for you, is your antidote against self-delusion and ministry worship. In other words, check yourself before you wreck yourself and your family. Stay humble by being transparent and honest with a few good men.

Better to be known by your true humility then to be praised by thousands for your many talents and earthshaking ministry.

Abase yourselves, even in front of your congregation, so that God’s people may know the way to true greatness, that is, through your true humility. I have seen it happen, and it is beautiful!

It may be that you suffer from a lack of humanness. You know, your super-saint persona, how others perceive you in public may not match how you act in private. Maintaining a glittering image is costly, because it robs you of brokenness and being approachable. This is one of the reasons why so many pastors and ministers suffer from loneliness.

Only you and God know how well you can fake it, well, maybe your wife too. But, all the while you can still bring God’s house down in applause, even with unconfessed sin in your heart, the anointing still flows. (And that’s pretty scary stuff.) But, if you’re not going to be true, but just sit there with your mouth opened and your heart hardened; then it will be your own house, which will be brought down, and how terrible its fall will be!

Those that worship worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. Jonah 2:8

Don’t forfeit God’s grace because of pride, trust in Him — in do time, He will lift you up. He is near the brokenhearted and will surely hear your cry for help.

“The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Repent now, and not later. Fall into grace or fall into hell. Decide now, while you still have a choice. I guarantee people will follow you to either place — after all, you are the Pastor!

Break your love affair with ministry and become true to the Lover of your soul again.

Your greatest identity is not “Pastor,” but God’s beloved son. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.” Maybe you’ve forgotten that. Maybe, at some point, and in some way, you stepped into the role as messiah and went straight into giving your life as a ransom for many.

The acclaim and burden is too much for you — it’s time to stop this and save your heart and soul. It belongs to God.

End the affair now. Better you decide before God does.

The Superman Pastor – By Thomas Koester

Are you exhausted, running on empty and your physical and spiritual odometer cycled over too many times?

If so, you may be a Superman Pastor.

Your identity and significance must be in your sonship and not your pastorship. Never use your intimacy with God as a vicarious impetus for others to synthesize. In doing this, you and your congregation will both become lost and distant from God. People will hunger for your intimacy at the sacrifice of their own connection with God.

Rather, reveal the heart and passion of God for them, until their Father-hunger for God surpasses their father-hunger for you.

Won’t this lighten your load?

Won’t this save your marriage?

Won’t this free you up to be your children’s daddy?

If not, maybe your cape is showing!

As some of you have retired, or have left the pastorship, you may find yourselves lost, because you’ve been trapped in a service and performance role with God and others. This was never God’s doing, but the writ of men and the corporate structure of many churches.

Did you know that the word “religion” actually means to “re-bond” with God? The Latin word is made up of to parts, “re” meaning again, and “ligare,” meaning to bind or to bond.

We Protestants are constantly harping against other religions that faith in God is not a religion, but a relationship. But, in tossing out the word religion, we’ve tossed out the significance of the word. Rather than truly encouraging and leading people into intimacy and sonship with God, they’ve learned by our actions as pastors and enter into performance roles, as presented by the World’s false religions.

So many pastors have lost their intimate bond with God because of the performance and service trap, and so, they end up helplessly modeling burnout, depression, and, believe it or not, loneliness.

Many pastors feel they must keep up the role as pastor at all costs; that is, he must appear spiritually diligent and vivacious when in the public view. And, if he’s especially talented, he will maintain this exhaustive role even in front of his family.

What happens to a man when he calls his darkness light?

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness! – Matthew 6:22-23

When a pastor calls his darkness light, he cuts himself off from God and others, and the duplicity becomes more, and more costly.

If a pastor, and for that matter, any of us, satisfy our father-hunger with God and not with ministry, we will grow as true sons and daughters of God. It will therefore be the fruit of our lives, which will benefit others, and encourage them to bear their own fruit by connecting to the True Vine, Jesus Christ.

A successful pastor is not one who can maintain a pastor’s schedule or demands, but can bravely, and yes, with some cost of reputation and notoriety, allow his humanness and frailty to be seen by others.

In other words, take on the humility of Christ and the burden of Christ. Did you know that bearing your cross is a very public affair? Jesus bore the weight of his cross in public, and, at the moment where he had lost his strength, a simple man aided him and carried his cross for a distance.

Being a good pastor is not a sprint, and it’s not meant to be a solo act. It’s team work; it should involve the aid of good men and good women of faith. After all, the ministry of the Church is meant for the Church and not because of the Church. By each of us, you and me, joining in the ministry, we will grow in our faith and collectively reach maturity in Christ as a healthy body.

In so doing, we can spare the good men of God, which pastor because of the call of God on their lives in a more healthy way.

There is so much more to talk about on this subject. But, until then, pray for your pastors. Become more involved. Give them grace. Take better care of one another. Visit one another. Pray for one another. Support your pastor, and not just with tithing, but with your time too.

After all, aren’t we all children of God?

Only in DC Comics will you find a Superman.

Hard Fought Happily-Ever-After – By Thomas Koester

Love is worth the battle — You are worth battling for. Don’t surrender, your story is not over!

An adversary and a battle always precedes a happily-ever-after. Not only is this true for every romance and marriage, but it is also true of our faith. Storytellers and movie-makers are consistently using this theme over and over again.

What kind of romance, marriage or faith would there be without an adversary and without a battle? Wouldn’t a movie or story be boring without an adversary and without battle?

After all, adventure, battle and beauty is within our DNA–within the very depths of our hearts and souls.

Matter of fact, the themes of an adventure, battle and beauty is actually borrowed from God’s story of his crowning creation, that is Adam and Eve. First he creates them, then loses them to the Serpent’s craftiness. Then, God pursues his creation until he later rescues mankind back from the Adversary by sending our Champion, Jesus Christ the Righteousness One. Not only does God rescue those he lost, but his Son delivers a death blow to our most wretched adversaries, Sin and Death!

“Will I ransom them from the power of the grave? Will I redeem them from death’s hold? Death, where are your diseases? Grave, where is your victory? – Hosea 13:14

“Death’s sting is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. Thanks be to God, who gives us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” – 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

“But the LORD says, “The captives of warriors will be released, and the plunder of tyrants will be retrieved. For I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children.” Isaiah 49:25

And, for those who believe, this is not quite the end of God’s story — not by a long shot! He is preparing a place for us, our happily-ever-after. A place where all adversaries, including sin death, disease and the devil; where all loss, decay and brokenness, and even our tears, will be forever vanquished.

So, don’t despise hardships and adversities, with it comes a life worth living and a God who, not only loves to come through for his children, but trains us through our adversities and battles, to come through for those whom we love, including strangers that God brings across our paths.

“A song of David. Praise the Lord! He is my Rock. He prepares me for war. He trains me for battle.” Psalms 144: 1.

Happily-Ever-After is worth the scars and setbacks, for life and true living are their reward.

“But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.” – Hebrews 10:39

Stand your ground. Cling to your faith. Be brave and upright. Hold to the truth. Love fiercely and never give up on others.

“For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the coming glory that will be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

“What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

Engage your battles as a victor and never as a victim. For you are a true Child of God after all and your Heavenly Father, well He’s the God of the Angel Armies!

God is your happily-ever-after. He fights for you!

The Greatness of God Is Your Greatest Strength – By Thomas Koester

While your suffering is sacred before God, He is greater than what you suffer.

God’s faithfulness is Greater than our faithlessness.

‘“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”

Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided —“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!'” Thomas Chisholm – 1925

For the believer (one who responds in faith and obedience to God’s purpose and will), there is no circumstance, trial, hardship, sickness, disease or even death, whereby it touches us or even comes near us that is not so ordered by God, and which has been planned before our very existence.

In other words, God is never surprised; never taken off guard, thwarted, undermined nor defeated in any event, good or bad in or about our lives. He cannot be manipulated, coerced, threatened or successfully conspired against, by any force, any power, whether invisible or seen; in earth or space, in past or present, whether by gods, demons, angels or men. Simply, God has no “plan B” and absolutely no competitor, period, end of story!

Otherwise my dear brothers and sisters, He would not be God and certainly not worthy of our praise or our worship, our trust and our salvation!

So if you think you know God then kill god, for the god you think you know, is not the God who Is, but a god of your finite imagination. For the God who Is, is far greater and infinite than anything, or anyone, or that any power can imagine, create or conjure.

Whether your faith is tiny or great, new or old, it can never define our God, but only give you the slightest glimpses into a fraction of His infinite greatness and unknowable person and unending character.

Now compare our Great God, with your worst day, most deadly disease, and most grievous loss. They are all trivial to God. God loves a stacked deck against himself and you. Why? Because our God loves to come through! He is The Overcomer from ancient of days and until the death of this planet and beyond.

Our belief and faith in the One True God changes absolutely everything. If it does not bring change in your life, mind and heart, then you’ve not seen Him nor encountered the True Living, Eternal God. He’s only a prayer away and the those of the smallest inkling of the smallest faith shall find Him.

Just because you can lift your hand towards the sun and block out its incomparable brightness with your little thumb, changes not the sun, nor its power and existence, it’s only your perception which changes. Our sicknesses, diseases, problems, marriages, betrayals and all manner of challenges, trials and losses, they’re all like your little thumb, which may block out God’s incomparable greatness, but can only change your perception and not the reality of God.

Nothing changes God. Let me repeat that; “NOTHING CHANGES GOD!” He is changeless, unstoppable and immoveable and, “…is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

So, move your little thumb away from your eye, and all your problems too, and allow them to be consumed in the bigness and greatness of our God who allowed all your problems in the first place. He’s just training you to trust him and causing all these things to produce a harvest of righteousness in and through your life.

You see, your suffering is sacred before God, just as Jesus’ suffering was sacred before His Father. Because of the humility and suffering of Jesus, we have access to God and have a sympathetic and understanding Saviour.

If you want a relationship with God, well, no person can come to the Father, except through the Son, that is Jesus Christ The Lamb of God.

Just believe in Him and you’ll have the Father also, and He’s no deadbeat Dad, He is God Almighty and The Great God of Heaven and Earth. His greatness is your greatest strength!