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Preacher offers fast track to heaven!

Posted in Christian, Christianity, odds and ends, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

Evangelist Ronnie Hill’s Car Giveaway Attracts 10,300; Over 3,200 Professions of Faith

Last fall, when Carol Gray entered the drawing to win a new vehicle at http://www.threeminutestory.com, she said she prayed “selfishly” to win before confessing her selfishness to God.

Gray’s prayer was answered — and then some.

Before evangelist Ronnie Hill handed Gray the keys to a new Chrysler 300 LX, more than a dozen people professed their faith in Christ in response to Hill’s invitation after preaching at First Baptist Church in Cumming, Ga.

“That’s the whole thing right there,” said Gray, a member of Alpharetta (Ga.) First United Methodist Church. “The car is secondary.”

Hill’s year-long evangelistic campaign via the Internet — which he’s offering again this year — resulted in more than 10,300 people watching his three-minute Gospel presentation and registering for the free vehicle drawing. More than 3,200 people recorded professions of faith in Christ after watching the video.

Hill said the online drawing for the vehicle giveaway enables him to multiply the reach of his evangelistic ministry while providing Christians and churches an opportunity to help share the Gospel with those who aren’t likely to attend a church event.

“All you have to say is, ‘Hey, you want to win a brand new car?'” Hill said.

This year, Hill has expanded the website to include five additional video clips from which to choose a testimony, including that of an African American male, a Hispanic woman, a NASA engineer, a country music Grammy award winner and a woman who was a victim of sexual abuse.


The full story here:


http://www.blackchristiannews.com/news/2009/02/evangelist-ronnie-hills-car-giveaway-attracts-10300-over-3200-professions-of-faith.html


The video(s) here:


http://www.threeminutestory.com/

party pooper

Posted in Christian, humor, Jesus, odds and ends, religion with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

This is kinda off topic but there was this time I was just sharing with another Believer some of the things I hope I see in Heaven. And he categorically shot every one of them down!

I hope to see bright, blue and red birds that were sort of transparent with names I couldn’t pronounce in a million years. He said: “Careful! you are adding to Scripture. You won’t find any such thing there!”

I was describing an evening with Christ…sitting on my back deck in the old cabin which God saw fit to create for me there, drinking a cup of tea watching the fireflies over the pond. He ACTUALLY said:

Well there’s a problem with that…there’s no darkness there so no fireflies to be seen.

Then I talked about how I wanted to fall asleep by the fireplace while Jesus was sitting across the room reading a book…I mean…how cool would that be?? Feeling so secure with the Master in the same room.

He said: Well you need to read the Bible more, man. No sleep, no cold and Jesus don’t need to read!

Pffft. Party-pooper. lol

Upon entering heaven …

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, humor, odds and ends, religion with tags , , , , , , , on December 29, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

Upon entering heaven …

I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all, by the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp —
the thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.

Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in hell,
was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.

I nudged the angel, “What’s the deal? I would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake.

And why’s everyone so quiet, so somber? Give me a clue.” “Hush, child,”
said he. “They’re all in shock. No one thought they’d see you.”

Author Unknown strikes again

looking at the source from which it comes

Posted in Christian, Photography, quote(s) with tags , , , on March 11, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of these things, except perhaps as a joke. Every one there is filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror filled with light. But they do not call it goodness. They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking at the source from which it comes.

 

  ~C.S. Lewis

Spotted Eagle

Posted in God, odds and ends, scripture with tags , on March 6, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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This is a favorite verse of mine: “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Is 40:31).

The Bible uses a lot of symbolism … And it carries references to the eagle as the messenger of God, and as a link between heaven on earth. But check it out, I came across this on another site: The Lakota (Sioux Indian) traditions call the Golden Eagle “Wanbli Gleska” meaning “Spotted Eagle.” It is sacred to them because it flies higher than any other bird. It symbolizes the Spirit that flies through the hole in the sky and carries their prayers to Wakan Tanka “The Great Spirit.” (For a Christian, it would be the same as the Holy Spirit carrying prayers to Our Father.)

We can often see symbolism in the things around us, and I find it interesting that “eagle” has the same basic meaning, to my understanding, in two totally different cultures. Just found this interesting and wanted to share it …

We’re Gonna Feast!!!

Posted in Christianity, God, Jesus, quote(s), scripture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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I have a question about a quote that appears in at least 2 of Brennan Mannings books that I have read.

He writes about imagining these words coming from our loving Lord Jesus:  “Do not be afraid I am with you. I expect more failure from you than you expect from yourself.”

Every time I come across this it makes me stop and wonder.

What I hear in that line is “my grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in…weakness. My whole living sacrifice to Him is based in this truth. Cannot thank Him enough! I have not found a verse in God’s word where it says we can disappoint Him. We can grieve Him most certainly, but there is a difference, I think the best example of grieving the Father, as opposed to disappointing Him is portrayed in the parable of the prodigal son. I am pretty sure when we stand before God, each and every one of us will have reason to believe that He is disappointed, the prodigal son most certainly did, but look at the Father’s response to him. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! ( Luke 15 : 11 – 32)

 

If we hear of revival somewhere, let us not go and try to find the faults that may exist in their doctrines or positions. “Well, Lord, they didn’t follow us so we told them not to do it.” Jesus said, “You should not have done that. If they are out there doing it in My name, they can’t very well be against us. Don’t stop them.” God deliver us from narrow sectarianism, from an attitude of the Pharisee, but to the same heart of Jesus. Let us rejoice that the Lord receives sinners and eats with them.

 

So while some people down here are saying, “When are they going to clean up their act?” The angels are up having a whoopee time rejoicing that the lost has been found. Joy in heaven … We’re gonna feast!!!

 

Any thoughts?

 

 

The judging thing … Its all about grace

Posted in Christianity, God, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Just some more thoughts or maybe reflections on this.

It is hard for some people to get their head around Christianity and the God of the Bible. Its hard for a lot of them to understand the sin thing, or how one man dying on the cross means all are forgiven, or of a man physically rising from the dead and disappearing into thin air! And there are things like “Christian terms”: blood, righteousness ect. How a God of love condemns most to hell. It can sound kinda strange right? The Bible says that its only by Gods revelation that we can see this. I wonder at times whether Christians really realize that He uses US as that revelation at times. Non Christians DO look at Christians and how they treat one another and others in the world.

It seems at times that Christianity does much to gain converts then does a lot to ostracize and kick people out. You got to wonder about the person who goes to church for help. Lets say they are in a marriage that is an abusive unloving sham and the Pastor delivers a message about adultery and only through adultery they can divorce. The poor woman now must feel even God is against her! What a dilemma..

Ever notice how one Christian gets delivered from a certain thing then in short order pronounces judgment on others who are deemed to be captive of the same thing? Methinks that mankind loves to judge and in their hands the gospels are used for all sorts of mind games, abuse, manipulation and control. Then there comes the predestination issue were some say God chooses therefore the pressure is off them. Sheeeeeesh!

The Bible teaches us that God reveals Himself to all that search Him and He wants nobody to perish. God loves us with a head over heels and beyond love and we are all precious in His sight. I think at times that we forget how precious it is that we know Jesus, the treasure in the field the lost coin, ect. Its all about grace and what He has done for us and we really have no right to treat others as they “deserve.” Its this surrender of self that we gain something of eternal value. Joy, peace, no fear of death and more He died to give us. We need to demonstrate our faith in Him in this surrender of self, demonstrate that we can “risk” for others as He will meet our needs. When we live our faith, that we can show this gift of grace to others as its been extended to us on a more complete and higher level that the world around us will notice for sure. The world I think is starving for this kind of grace. I think that there are going to be multitudes in heaven (who I thought were going elsewhere) as only God knows the heart. Its not up to us its about Him. Our “job” is to allow ourselves to be more and more open to Him, drawing ever closer, and allowing the outpouring of that to the world around us.

Just some thoughts on a Wednesday morning …….