Colour Outside the Lines – Think Outside the Box

It is becoming somewhat obvious that what the Church is doing is not influencing the world in which we live – at least not in North America. In fact we might be justified in saying that society is influencing the Church as we see more and more Christians and Church leaders applying their own interpretation to God’s Word and reinterpreting what sin is – and how God views sin – as they justify the blatant sins they are now living in – including divorce and homosexuality to name just two issues (rather sins – let’s call them what God calls them).

So, it is time for the Church to change its tactics and begin to colour outside the lines. Time to keep the message the same as it never changes. Some will need to learn what the real message of the Church is first. Then, we need to think up new ways and methods to reach the world in which we live – colour outside the lines, think outside the box. This is as Jesus would have it!

We need to ask: “What are Christians known for in the world?” Are we known as critics, consumers, copiers, condemners of culture. Or, are we known as cultivators – people who tend and nourish what is best in human culture, who do the hard and painstaking work to preserve the best of what people before us have done? Why aren’t we known as creators – people who dare to think and do something that has never been thought or done before?

We certainly need to change our image and let the world see who we really are. We follow the Creator and so should be so creative that we are constantly being led by God into new ways to present the gospel to the next generation.

Statatics are interesting. It has recently been noted that the Church in the U.S.A. is not reaching the various internationals who live within their borders attending university and are not reaching those of non-Christian backgrounds. And yet expect to reach these same people when going overseas as full-time missionaries or on short-term mission projects. If we can’t reach them on home turf how do we ever expect to win them when they are on their own soil and we are the foreigners trying to reach them when they are submerged in their own culture?

It is time to colour outside the lines. It is time to think creatively. It is time to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit directing us in how to reach the neighbourhoods and cities in which we live – reaching those who are similar to us and those who are not at all like we are for all need the Saviour and the forgiveness He offers to all who will come to Him.

Heidi baker in her book “Miracles” (page 152) states “We want to be found colouring outside the lines, pushing the boundaries of tradition and living lives that are radically obedient and totally available to our awesome God.”

Howard Henrricks (one of my heros) in his book “Colour Outside the Lines” sets out a revolutionary approach to creative leadership for Christian leaders in our world today. And, he is a personal soul-winner and so everything he writes can be applied to the mandate of the Church to seek and save the lost.

Another great book is “Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling” by Andy Crouch. He helps the reader take a good hard look at how we approach our task of changing the culture in which we live. His points can be equally applied to one-on-one soul winning as well as this is THE way to change the culture permanently – one person at a time.

It is time to think outside the box and colour outside the lines.

Come to think of it – another great book is: “Beyond the Box” by Bill Easum and Dave Travis. Worth a read as well.

Whatever it takes we need to learn the message we are to proclaim and learn it so well that it is always flowing forth from our hearts and minds every opportunity that we have. We need to know a variety of different ways to present it to others. We need to be constantly sharing the gospel and thinking up – discovering – new ways in which to share it. And, it needs to be something “instant” in our lives. We must always be ready to share the reason for the hope that we have.

Time to colour outside the lines!

And the Survey Says

The Bible states that Jesus is “The Way, the Truth and the Life” and that no one gets to see the Father (God) except through Him. That He is the only way into Heaven. That through His death and resurrection we can receive forgiveness – our past forgiven, a purpose for living and a place in Heaven. Jesus is the only way into Heaven. A bold statement.

Statistically the number of people who believe this is decreasing rapidly. And, the number of people who believe that “many religions can lead to eternal life” is on the increase.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life’s latest findings:

The number of Americans who agree with the statement, “Many religions can lead to eternal life”:
Muslims – 56% believe other religions also contain a way into Heaven
Protestant denominations – 66% believe other religions also contain a way into Heaven
Evangelical Christians (born again) – 57% believe other religions also contain a way into Heaven
Roman Catholics – 79% believe other religions also contain a way into Heaven
Jewish – 82% believe other religions also contain a way into Heaven
All Americans affiliated with some religion – 70% believe other religions also contain a way into Heaven

Staggering.

When we look at Roman Catholics (Anglicans and Lutherans) the statistics do not surprise me. Their teachings state that “there are two sacraments necessary for salvation – baptism and the Lord’s Supper”. So, they are, apparently, not in favour of the born again, decision theology.

But, when we look at born again believers – 57% believe that other religions can led someone to a place in Heaven and rescue them from Hell. That is staggering! Now we can try to think this thing through:

1> These people really are not saved and thus are false converts who might have said a sinner’s prayer and had a warm fuzzy but have not received forgiveness and become ‘new creatures in Christ’. So, we can’t expect them to know the truth that would set others free because they are not free themselves.

2> These people sit in churches that simply do not speak the truth and do not teach the gospel in a pure and simple way. So, they may be truly born again and simply ignornant of what the full teaching of the Christian Church is on salvation and the claims of Jesus Christ. Yet – they do own a Bible hopefully and so should be aware of the truth contained within its pages and will be held accountable for that truth.

3> These people are members of supposed born again churches that do not teach the gospel as found in the pages of the New Testament and thus are deceived into believing everything is alright when it is not.

4> These people have declared themselves to be born again (evangelicals) when asked the survey question and yet are not even church attenders – and so are really clueless as to what the Bible teaches as they are simply Christians because they were born into a Christian family or what is/was a Christian nation.

However, no matter how you slice it – the survey is saying that we are failing to get our message out there that Jesus is the only way into Heaven. I know that, because I believe this, it makes me very narrow-minded – but it is okay to be narrow-minded when you are right. I know this is not a politically correct thing to say in this day and age – but I can’t simply ignore truth because someone or some group will be offended. My hope is that they would feel convicted – not offended.

It is time for those who believe the Gospel to speak up whether it is politically correct or not.

It is time to declare the Truth as found in the Bible and declare it all the time and everywhere whether it is acceptable to do so or not.

It is time to wake up and recognize that we do not live in a Christian nation and that our pagan nations need to hear the true gospel.

It is time to realize that many who use the words born again are clueless about how to be born again and are not born again themselves. The words have come to mean very little and now have more of a social context than a spiritual one.

It is time to realize that the current second or third generation Christians in our churches (our children and grandchildren) need an encounter with the living God of their own so that they can be truly born again – because God does not have any grandchildren.

It is time to realize that the Church is in trouble and we need to get our direction straight and our focus right – and stop majoring on the minors and get back to the basic message we were sent into all the world to preach.

It is time to rediscover the real gospel and the joy of sharing that gospel with everyone – even if they think they are already born again.

It is time to become militant!

So, if someone asked you to explain what it was that you believed that specifically made you a born again Christian – could you do it in such a way that they would really understand it?

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Imminent Change

My sense from the Lord recently is that He is moving upon His Church to make some major adjustments. These changes will be many and very foundational. As a result of changing the foundation He will be literally changing the look of the Church and the dynamic of life within His Church worldwide.

He will be removing things that are held in high regard – close to sacred – and replacing them with a single focus that is His heart. He will be removing those things which we hold close to our hearts to replace them with THE thing that is on His heart. This is a time, similar to the time of Jeremiah, when the Lord was tearing down and uprooting before a time of building and planting (Jeremiah 1:10). Read more

Ray Boltz – Announcement About Being Gay

Another prominent and famous Christian has declared that his life style is not along biblical lines. Ray Boltz, last Friday, announced to the world and to his fans (I am not one of them) that he has struggled with same-sex attraction for many years and has finally decided to stop fighting and go with the flow. (see my blog called: “Dead Fish Float Downstream” regarding the apathy and lack of resistance to the trends in the world today).

On his web page, which contains a note from some months ago, he hints about there being something that would alienate him from the mainstream of the Christian faith and his fan base. (see: www.rayboltz.com)

Then, last Friday he came “out of the closet” and admitted that he was gay. Let’s let Ray Boltz speak for himself. In an interview with The Washington Blade (a gay magazine) he said: “This is what it really comes down to. If this is the way God made me, then this is the way I’m going to live. It’s not like God made me this way and he’ll send me to hell if I am who he created me to be … I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself.”

J. Lee Grady has an excellent article on this at: http://fireinmybones.com/

However, seeing this is my blog let me make a few comments (Ah, you knew I would)…

1> Why do we focus on this issue of being gay only. How come the Christian Church is not as concerned or upset about the fact that he has just been legally divorced. The spotlight is on his gay lifestyle – and his divorce is mentioned “in passing”.

Yes, his divorce is apparently a consequence of him deciding that he was born gay and that this is a gift from God and the way his creator wired him. But, it is still a sin. Are we now weighing sins and declaring one is greater or more devastating than another by what we focus on?

Why is this sin separated out and made to be greater than the sin of, let’s say, gluttony or bearing false witness (gossip)? If it is not made out to be ‘greater than’ it definitely receives a lot more focus than other more ‘acceptable’ sins practiced openly by a large number of Christians.

2> What does one do with the Bible passages that declare that the homosexual lifestyle is not pleasing to God and was not behaviour that the Lord tolerated then still does find acceptable now? Do we just explain it away as a fairy tale made up by uneducated people to remove an unwanted behaviour from their world? And now that we are wiser and more mature as a race we now understand that God created some people with same-sex attractions and to admit it and live in this life-style is simply being who you were created to be and no longer sinful (and really never was)?

3> What is the biblical basis used to substantiate the comment: “God made me this way”? And, if God did, then why would He then speak out so strongly and condemn the very thing He created. The Christian Church believes God did not create people with same-sex attractions. The homosexual community does not believe that God condemns their lifestyle. Where, then, is the common ground for further discussion?

4> Does God actually send people to Hell? Boltz states: “…God made me this way and he’ll send me to hell if I am who he created me to be…” I was under the impression that Hell was created by God as the final dwelling place of the Devil and demons. However, man’s sin can also send him there if he does not repent and accept the free gift of eternal life offered only by Jesus Christ who shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins – including the sin of homosexuality.

God does not send people to Hell – our sins send us to Hell. Big difference.

He ends his comment to The Blade by saying: “…I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself”. I am glad he no longer hates himself. Not sure why he did hate himself in the first place. However, the feeling of being close to God can be very deceiving as the Bible states that our sins separate us from God and do not allow us to come close to Him, be touched by Him, or heard by Him (Isaiah 59:1-2).

These situations always leave me on my knees because prayer is the only response we can really make to this type of situation. We don’t have a common set of values, moral standards and beliefs upon which to base a discussion of the issue.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!!

“A sleeping Church can never reach a lost world! So says Brother Yun on page 168 of his mind-boggling and heart-warming book “Living Waters”.

Then I guess that the Church in North America is asleep and needs to be given a good shake so it will wake up and smell the coffee. We are doing a staggeringly (if there is such a word) poor job at winning the lost and influencing people to move towards God. Smaller churches grow smaller and many are closing. Big churches are getting bigger but most through transfer growth from the smaller churches and not by winning and discipling new converts.

Here what I have observed recently as well as heard as I talk with Christians and Christians leaders:

1> Almost all leaders I talk with are not out winning the lost. They would lead someone to the Lord if they were asked but they are not intentionally going out to win the lost on a weekly basis.

2> Most leaders are too overwhelmed with the life of the Church and keeping the programs functioning and the needs of people met to even give a passing thought to evangelism and personally winning the lost.

3> Most believers are overwhelmed by life in general and have little to no time left to think of evangelizing and winning the lost.

4> Most believers know they should be winning the lost but simply never get around to it.

5> Everyone – 100% – thinks their town, village, city or area is a tough one when it comes to sharing the Gsopel of Jesus Christ and justify the lack of new converts on the spiritual atmosphere, the small town venue, the lack of interest of the people and…. It is amazing how I hear the same excuses everywhere I go.

6> When pressed believers will tell you they “should” be out winning the lost much more than they are as they are currently doing nothing – so something, anything would be an improvement. However, when asked, they readily admit that “should” will probably not translate into any kind of concrete action or change in their lives.

7> Almost 100% of the people I talk to (everyone but one) has not read a book on evangelism and soul-winning in the last 12 months. Most have never read a book on how to present the gospel and win the lost.

8> Only 1 out of 100 churches have offered a course on how to evangelize and win the lost – which also included some practical hands-on help for those who thought it would be good to be mentored in the practical application of the course content.

9> Almost 100% of the born again Christians I have spoken to could not explain the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a way that it actually made sense to me – and I know what it is suppose to say. Thus, they would have absolutely lost any unsaved person they would have spoken to.

10> Not one Church leader I have spoken to in the last three months (probably 70 of them) had plans to present an evangelism class to teach their members to win the lost. Reasons: First, they did not think anyone would sign up to take it. Secondly, they were not personally reaching out to the lost and so felt somewhat awkward in teaching something they were not applying in their own life.

11> Over half of the born again believers spoken to do not think that Jesus is the only way into Heaven. They believe that other religions also have good teachings and that their adherants will also be in Heaven one day.

Folks, the Bible declares all of humankind to be spiritually dead, and they are drowning in an ocean of sin and wickedness. If they don’t hear the Gospel in their lifetime, then they are destined for everlasting punishment in hell. This is tragic, because Jesus said everlasting punishment in hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41), and not for people who were created in God’s image and likeness.

It is time the Church obeyed the command Jesus spoke telling us to “go into all the world”. Jesus said: “If you love Me, you will obey Me”. Maybe our expression of love on a Sunday in worship is little more than lip service and will remain just that until we get off our sanctified behinds and do as we have been told to do – seek and save the lost.

For those who think I sound like a broken record – I promise I’ll stop harping on this and sing a new tune as soon as you enlist in a soul winning class and join a soul winning team and intentionally start reaching out daily to win the lost. I promise! Well, maybe.

Excuse me – time to put the coffee on as I always live in hope that one day the Church will wake up.

Night and Day Difference!

Peter gives us some tremendous advice in his first letter to the believers he was helping to lead. In the Message Version it reads: “You are the ones chosen by God … God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him, to tell others of the night-and day difference He made for you.” (1 Peter 2:9)

Each believer has been hand-picked by God – chosen – to be adopted into His royal family. We have been hand-picked to have an intimate relationship with Him which the Bible calls “eternal life” (John 17:3). We have been called to love Him with our whole heart (to Him). We have been called to love our neighbours as we love ourselves (for Him). We have been called to go into all the world and share His good news and the offer of eternal life (with Him).

The Bible states that God wills all men to be saved and that He sent Jesus to die for the sins of all humankind so that they could be saved. The Bible states that “many are called but few are chosen”. The better translation of that is: ‘many are called but few chose to follow’. But for those that do chose to follow He invites us into the most wonderful adventure in all of creation – a supernatural walk with God on a daily basis.

He first calls us to be with Him (Mark 3:13-14) and then He calls us to go with Him to work under His authority and anointing. This “being with Him” is really important as it is in our daily time with Him that we sense His heart and learn about His plans for the Church and for our individual lives. It is in this time of intimacy that we sense His feelings towards the lost and gain His heart for “seeking and saving the lost” (Luke 19:10). Then we can move out daily to touch the lost with His love which we have freshly experienced during our time of intimacy with Him earlier in the day.

It is in this time with Him – this time of intimacy – that we sense the hand of God on our lives. It is during this time that He adjusts things in our hearts and minds. It is during this time of stillness, silence and solitude that He speaks to us about things we need to change to be more like Him and gain more of a family resemblance. It is in this time with Him that He makes these “night-and-day differences”.

Then we can go out and tell others about these “night and day differences” that He has accomplished in our lives. This is called having a testimony. But not one that is 20 or 30 years old. One that is fresh and alive and current and relevant. Fresh manna for new daily opportunities to witness.

One wonders if many believers don’t witness or share their testimony or the gospel with others because the message they would be sharing has not made a night and day difference in their lives yet. So, they really have nothing to share except theory that has not been tried and tested in the crucible of daily life. Just a thought!

The Things That Are Happening

There are a lot of things happening in the Church in the Name of the Lord that are not of the Lord. There are a lot of things going on in the world – being organized, sponsored and run by believers – that are not of the Lord either. There are simply things happening that are not biblical nor are they godly but because other things that are godly and biblical are happening at the same time and in the same place we allow both to continue together.

Bluntly put – this is stupid! I like what Peter Horrobin stated in this regard: “The fact that God may be doing good things in some people’s lives is not a valid reason for allowing the bad to prosper alongside the good. The counterfeit must always be discerned, exposed and dealt with.” Finally someone who is making sense and using their common sense.

He goes on to give an excellent Bible example. On one occasion when Jesus was on earth, Simon Peter spoke out an amazing, God-inspired truth about the identity of the Messiah. But when, a few minutes later, the same man spoke deceptive words, Jesus did not validate the error by allowing it to stand unchecked along side the truth. He immediately took auhority over the enemy working through Peter and said: (Matthew 16:23) “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Jesus was quick to discern the mixture and did not mince words in addressing the problem. In doing this He was teaching an important lesson about dealing with deception and the mixture that the Church often allows when renewals and revivals come on the scene.

Peter Horrobin went on to write: “Isn’t that the heart of discipleship as expressed by the apostle Paul to Timothy? Paul warned Timothy that “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). Then he said: “Reject profane and old wives’ fables” (verse 7) and “take heed to yourself and to the doctrine” (verse 16). Paul then says that this will “save both yourself and those who hear you.” (verse 16). Paul knew that the sheep would also be affected if deception were tolerated in the shepherd of the church.”

It is time for leaders to call a spade a spade. It is time for godly leaders who know their Bible to judge the actions, attitudes and approach of those who minister in the Name of the Lord. This judging would be done by comparing what is happening and being taught to both Scripture and to the known character and nature of God. Then, these leaders – big and small – need to stand up and have the backbone to declare something not biblical and contrary to the council of God when it is. Paul would call this “speaking the truth in love”. It’s time. Without this the sheep are being wounded and the world is laughing and will not consider the Church as a serious contender for their time and focus.

The things that are happening may not be God. Even the “good things” may be lying signs and wonders – supernatural occurances that have their source in the power of Satan and not the power of God. We need to know the difference and speak accordingly.

Did not Jesus warn us of these times? Matthew 24:24 states: For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible.

It is time to stand tall and speak up. The things that are happening are not always of God and leaders should know which are which and not be afraid to declare it o be thus and so!

Lakeland and the Todd Bentley mess is just one recent example of many.

Flexibility and Daily Time Management

When the Lord said to Jonah to go to Nineveh to warn them of impending judgment, it didn’t suit Jonah’s schedule! Jonah, like many of us, had his life planned out for the next few years and was somewhat inflexible. Thus when God told him to go to Nineveh he was unwilling.

The parallel to today is amazing. We too live by such tight schedules that if God were to tell us to do something we would, most likely, have to add it to the “wait list”. We need some fine tuning in this area.

The Bible states that if you belong to Jesus Christ, then you are His servant and you no longer have the right to control and plan your own life.

The Bible states: “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Everyone in the world is a slave. Either they are slaves of Jesus Christ, or they are slaves to sin. It is better to belong to Jesus! Whereas earthly masters love to dominate and subdue their subjects, Jesus says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

So, to be able to obey Him when, as our loving Master, He speaks to us and gives us something to do, we need to live our lives with less on the agenda so that we have more flexibility. We need to schedule a little less and allow ourselves a little more “free” time to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit. To accomplish this – we need to submit all our plans to the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 states: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

So, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, it would be good to follow His advice about planning and time management. It goes like this: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34).

Hey, I didn’t write it – these are the words of the Lord God Himself to those who He created and loves. It might be good to consider His advice – Afterall, He is God!

The Full Meal Deal

God wants His people to know His Word, heed His Word, and walk according to His Word – that is, be obedient to the Word as found in the Bible. Yes, God still speaks today in what we call the prophetic word. However, all prophetic words must be tried and tested and the standard we test it to is still God’s written word – the Bible. It is time to return to that standard.

Today we hunger and thirst – not after righteousness – but after a “new beginning”, a “fresh word”, and “new revelation” or some “spiritual insight”. Instead, we should hunger and thirst after righteousness as the Word states we are to do. Because we have a hunger and thirst for the wrong thing spooky things pass as spiritual, the spectacular passes as supernatural and the counterfeit is accepted as the genuine. It is time to make a change – a drastic change and begin to live according to God’s Word once again.

God works through people who are willing to obey His Word. The Lord has declared: “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and tembles at My Word.” (Isaiah 66:2)

This is not hard to do. Religion makes it look and sound like it is too diffficult. But don’t confuse God’s commandments with man’s rules and regulations. The Word of God states: This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:2-4)

We need to block our ears to all other voices that want our attention and determine to only listen to and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. You may hear His voice through others but it is His voice we follow – after testing what we think we are hearing to the written Word of God. Then we know it is safe to move forward on what we have heard.

Other voices – those of prominent Christians; religion and tradition; ‘the voice’ of the way God worked in the past; past failures and successes – do not necessarily speak for God and what He is doing today. God never changes, but the strategies He gives to His children to help them reach the generation in which they live constantly change. We need the ability to hear the voice of God and the sensitivity to discern what God is doing today.

When you start to obey God and give your life unreservedly to His purposes, He begins to share His heart with you. And, this is surely the great privilege, apart from salvation, that any person can experience on this earth!

So don’t settle for some form of man-made religion – even of the born again variety. Become a person of the Word and tremble at His Word – building your house (life) upon the rock (His Word) and walking in the Spirit (the real Holy Spirit) and no longer walk in the flesh seeking after some substitute for the living God – no matter how good the experience may be.

Know Everything and Do Nothing

When I was first saved – I knew very little. I got saved in a small town in western Canada and the evangelist who led the service moved on to another town and another group of hungry people. There I was knowing little but doing everything I could with what I knew.

I felt like Paul the apostle (who I got to know in my second month of salvation as, by then, I had read from Genesis to Acts and ran into his Damascus Road experience and calling from the Lord to preach the gospel. I felt like Paul when he said: “I preach Christ crucified…” (1 Corinthians 1:23). Well, I could do that for I had just had an encounter with Him in that small town that totally transformed my life. The rest I was learning slowly through daily experiences with Him as I read my Bible and told others about what I was learning. But I had the basics – “Christ crucified” – so off I went!

I knew little but did everything I could to spread the good news – no, GREAT news – that I had just heard and accepted – that Jesus through His death on the Cross (His crucifixion) and His resurrection from the dead offers to us hope and Heaven and a relationship with Him here and now and forever (called eternal life).

That’s all I knew when I first started to preach as a born again believer – 6 years after being ordained. So, I preached Christ crucified and saw Him build a church and then a network of churches.

Fast forward many years … Here in North America it amazes me that we have so many very well fed believers who, by comparison to other followers of Jesus around the world, know “everything” and yet do nothing.

A fact in the Kingdom: God does not want you to know everything and do nothing! He would rather you know a little and act on that little in obedience, and then He will give you more. This makes walking with Him an adventure because you are always learning, always growing, always exploring. You are actually walking with Him and finding things out on a “need to know basis”. An adventure. One I have seriously enjoyed now for over 32 years now.

Too many believers are so well fed that they have gained considerable spiritual weight and are so out of shape that they can hardly walk let along “run the race that is set before them”. They are longer following Jesus and so are no longer learning to fish for men. Jesus said “FollowMe and I will make you fishers of men” but they are unable, no unwilling, to follow because they are spiritually satisfied and ‘fed up’ and no longer hunger and thirst for more.

It is time for the individual believer to begin an exercise program. And, the best exercise is to begin to use what you have learned over the years. Take the principles and practices that you have been taught, apply them to your life – use them – and walk through the resulting changes and consequences. James would say: “Be doers and not just hearers of the Word”. I would say: “Get off your santified backsides and wiggle that derrier a bit and get yourself in motion for a change.” James was always more diplomatic than I am.

Good advice! So, what are you going to do about it? It is time to use it or lose it.