Part 2 “Operation Throw Away”
Part 3 “Tired, Hurting, But Making Progress”
Part 4 “The River of Revival “
Part 5 “The River of Revival 2”
Part 6 “We conclude the sermon: The River of Revival”
Part 7 “The Little Girls Working Hard…FINALLY!”
Part 8 “Wife and Daughters Gone to Fairbanks” 08/06/2013
Part 9 “Wife and Daughters Arrived at Fairbanks, but Tough Day for my Sons and I”
Part 10 “My Sons and I Finally on the Road “
Part 11 “Second day of Our Travels “
Part 12 “Third Day of Our Travels” -Problems Finding a Hotel to Rest-
It seems like every day we are facing some kind of challenge. Today was the most challenging day of all. The lack of preparation make it fun and exciting, but at the same time it can be a exhausting.
Part 13 “Forth Day of Our Travels” -Spiritual Lessons-
Part 14 We Are Tired
Part 15 Getting Closer: Fifth Day of Travel
Part 16 Getting Closer: “Sixth Day of Travel”
Part 17 Entering The Alaska-Canada HWY
Part 18 Entering Photos and Videos of The Alaska-Canada HWY
Part 19 Another Day of Spiritual Lesson
Part 20 The Sin of Familiarity
Part 21 Driving Through The Alaska HWY
Part 22 Final Video: Finally Home!
What we, as Christians, MUST desperately understand is that God is not Democrat: Liberals, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, the NAACP, etc. God is not Republican: Conservatives, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, The Tea Party, etc.
God is God all by Himself and we are called to know HIM personally. In order to know HIM personally we MUST be born again, we must read and study the Bible, we must pray according to HIS will and we must listen and obey HIS voice.
God is our only HOPE. He is greater than any nation, He is more powerful than any racist spirit and through HIM we can do all things. That is regardless of what anybody can say and do, regardless of who is in power, regardless of verdicts, regardless of racism, regardless of the condition of the economy, statistics, discrimination and even our own limitations. To blame the “White Man” for our failures is disrespectful to the power of my God.
My God is the God of justice, He is Love and He will cause the last to be first and the first to be last. He takes what is not and make it something amazing. He takes the unqualified and placed him/her in positions of power.
He has anointed us as Christians to set the captives free and to spread the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our past can’t bring us down, slavery could not eliminate us and even Hell itself can’t overcome us. We belong to God; we belong to a big God!
Stop whining, stop looking at yourself as a victim, stop the entitlement mentality, get up, give your heart to God, follow HIM and trust Him in all of your ways and He will prosper you even as your soul prosper. No matter what you are going through, no matter the color of your skin, etc. This is not my word, but a message from the Lord for you this day.
We, Christian minorities, who identified ourselves politically with the Conservative ideology, are fully aware of the brutality of the injustices committed against our ancestors.
We do not close our eyes to this nation’s historical hypocrisy and contradictions. We are also fully aware of the current existence of the spirit of racism. We love our people and we fight for the betterment of mankind, but we fight differently.
We do not fight raising the banner of complaint or the banner of blaming. We take a deep look at ourselves and take responsibility for our own actions.
The atrocity of slavery and even the current injustices that we may suffer are not free tickets to embrace a life of mediocrity, to live immoral lifestyles and to embrace the spirit of violence against others and against ourselves.
Rules have not changed as the result of the pain and suffering of slavery and current injustices. We do not fight by killing, but by loving each other.
Thanks be to my ancestors, for I am free enough to follow God at will. Thanks be to my ancestors, for I am free enough to learn to read, to educate myself, to have access to higher education, to get a job and to make a living. Thanks be to my ancestors, for I can vote, I can run for office, I can open my own business, I can practice any sport and I can even have the opportunity of being the next president.
We bless each other with our words, not curse each other daily and cry racism when somebody else does it. Oh, we fight, but we fight differently! We follow the truth that is only found in God’s Word. We call a lie a lie, even when it comes from our own people. We believe that God is showing us the truth and it is that truth that makes us free.
God has set me free and He is more powerful than any spirit that will rise up against me just because of the color of my skin. We bring down the idols of our hearts and we allow the Lord to fight our battles.
We forgive because it is our duty as Christians to do so, because God forgave us first and because bitterness is contrary to the ordinance of my God. We refuse to sing the songs of the agitators, the false prophets and teachers that walk around with ecumenical titles as they enslave our people to the idols of liberalism.
We are thankful and find inspiration in men like Frederick Douglass who became the conscience of the abolition that God gave us through Abraham Lincoln. We thank God and also find inspiration in men like Martin Luther King who fought a fight that seemed foolish, but did more to our civil rights than any other loud mouth in our present history.
It is sad to say, but some of our ancestors were freer than many of us, even in their slavery, for they knew God in ways many of us never will. There bodies were enslaved, but their spirits had knowledge and an intimacy with God that liberalism will never be able to match, nor promote. They waited on the Lord and the Lord did not fail them.
We encourage young people to look up to the mountains and to place all of their trust in a God that will never leave us nor forsake us. We believe that we are more than conquerors and not victims. We believe in making a living and in only depending on God and not the Government; for we teach dignity to our people.
Oh we fight, but we fight to make a change, not just to throw punches to the air with fancy loud motivational speakers. We pursue loving God above all things and we pursue loving all people not just those who look like us. For the Bible tells us in First Corinthians 13:8 that, “Love never fails…”
The church is very distracted with the three main social and cultural issues in America: Homosexuality, Abortion and Racism. However, I am here to present to you that even as all sin leads to destruction, there is a sin that is above the rest. I am here also to submit to you that the church is guilty of the committing the worst of all sins. Ezekiel 16:46-47 tells us,
46 “Your elder sister is Samaria, who dwells with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who dwells to the south of you, is Sodom and her daughters. 47 You did not walk in their ways nor act according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you became more corrupt than they in all your ways. (NKJV)
What brought Israel to her captivity was the sin of Idolatry. Israel turned her spirit away from God and towards the idols of other nations. Everybody knows that Sodom is known for the homosexual sin, but in Ezekiel 16:47 we read: “…you became more corrupt than they in all your ways.”
The first commandment is to love God above all things. Jesus told us in Matthew 22:35-38
35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. (NKJV)
What does it mean to love God above all things? There are many things we can say about our heart, our soul and our minds. However, for this article’s sake we will stay with the basics.
The heart is the part of us that makes decisions. That is why the Bible encourages us to search our hearts and warns us of how deceitful our hearts can be. The soul is what gives life to our bodies. With the mind we think, we process and understand things.
To be in pursuit of loving God above all things means that God is central in our decision-making. It means that God is indeed the Captain of our soul and not ourselves and, it means that we have Him constantly in our minds.
Do you remember how you felt when you were in love? How you could not keep that person out of your mind? How much more are we called to love God? We are called to love Him above all things.
The greatest evidence of how filled with idolatry the church is not found in the size of our church buildings, in how large our congregations are, in how many TV stations broadcast our services, in how many radio stations we are on, how many times we “go to church”, how long we have been a Christian, how much seminary we have or in how many ministries we are involved in. The greatest evidence of our love for God is found in our prayer life. How can we love God above all things without having a prayer life? How can He be a part of our decision making? How can He be the center of our lives? How can we say that He is always in our minds when He is not seen in the way we act and in the things we do?
Capitalism has done a great job in keeping us busy doing a million things. People have bought the lie that we don’t have time to pray or that prayer is not as important as some make it sound. Somehow, someway, we have believed the lie that it is ok to wake up in the morning and go on about our business without acknowledging God for anything.
We truly have become a church that has a form of Godliness, but is denying God’s power. That is the reason prayer is on the bottom of our list of priorities.
Whatever is consuming our hearts, souls and minds is taking the place of God. A life filled with idols is a defeated life. In Joshua 7 we learn that when we have idols in our lives, God can’t fight our battles. This is the place where the church is at, right now. The church is so busy fighting against the homosexual agenda, so busy coming against abortion and so busy coming against racism that in the process we are closing our eyes in dealing with our own mess.
See, I am sure that Israel looks at Samaria as less than them; we can see in John 4 that they will not even walk through Samaria. I am sure that Israel saw Sodom as the worst of the worst. However, in the eyes of God, it was Israel who sinned with a greater sin.
May we bring down our idols, may the Lord give us hearts, souls and minds that are sold-out to Him, and may the Lord raise up a church that will conquer that land of her own destiny and bring down the giants that stand on our way.