A House Divided Against Itself…

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Chances are pretty good that if you’ve attended a local fellowship for any significant amount of time, you’ve heard the grumbles of one of two contentions among the adherents:

1. There is either consistent attention on the fact that believers have compromised and adapted to the spirit of the age and therefore have become powerless to effect any real change in their communities.

Or the opposite:

2. That we need to stop the Christian-on-Christian bashing and recognize that the body is in need of healing just like anyone else and therefore needs to be nutured and not harshly criticized; admonished in love and not made to feel lesser.

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When you consider the diverse dynamics of any congregation you’ll quickly notice that the truth is – the body needs both! We need more ministers of the Gospel (by which I mean – you and I) who walk in the humility of recognizing our own weakness and need for a Savior; have experientially received and are filled with the love of God who – more than a mere act of obedience – can then recognize, empathize, and have compassion for the hurting and therefore are *compelled* to reach out and be used as a vessel that brings healing to a broken world.

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For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.
Hebrews 4:15

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But we also must recognize that we are completely powerless to do so if we hope to do so on sheer emotional love alone with no knowledge or accurate understanding of the Word of God to minister to others with.

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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

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For what separates the humanitarian, atheist, religious zealot, or monk – from doing good deeds like any Christian fellowship can do, except for the power and objective truth in the Gospel of our salvation?

The fact that we do good works ‘from’ having received salvation as a free gift from God, and not because we are trying like all the other religions of the world to ‘earn’ our salvation through our own efforts, should be central to our own understanding of the salvation found in the Gospel, our motivation, and then to what we preach to others.

Too often there’s a sense of Christian Pharisaicalism where we believe the grace of God was something earned by our flawless church attendance, or our ‘well mentioned’ giving to various causes/needs; by intellectual pride, or even by our church attire.

But even these examples are not mentioned to insult believers. Because at the heart of many shows of religious zeal I recognize that there is sometimes just an inner heart cry that’s screaming out ‘notice me,’ ‘validate me,’ ‘acknowledge me,’ and ‘love me.’

And we do love you!

For this reason every minister must continue to speak the truth, but their life and profession must be unified in step with the Holy Spirit so that it can clearly show forth that it is indeed sincerely driven by love.

And *that* is what *this* message is really a call for.

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If I have the gift of prophecy

and can fathom all mysteries

and all knowledge,

and if I have a faith that can move mountains,

but do not have love,

I… am… nothing
1 Corinthians 13:2

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Speak the Truth in Love
And Love, in Truth

Trust Jesus!

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Ten Deceptions in the Church

Scripture gives us many warnings not to be deceived nor deceive ourselves.

Here are a few scriptural idea’s of deceptions to beware of in your personal walk.

May the Spirit of Truth seek out and bring to light any areas of your life where the enemy might be trying to deceive you.

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10. If you are a hearer of the Word and not a doer of the Word

You might be deceived

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9. If you say you have not sinned

You might be deceived

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8. If you say that you are entirely sanctified

You might be deceived

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7. If you think you’re something when you’re nothing

You might be deceived

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6. If you think you’re wise when you’re foolish

You might be deceived

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5. If you say or think you are religious, when your tongue is unbridled

You might be deceived

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4. If you think you won’t reap what you’ve sown

You might be deceived

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3. If you think you can go on sinning and inherit the Kingdom

You might be deceived

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2. If you think that contact with bad company wont affect you

You might be deceived

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1. This last one is probably going to be the hardest one for most Christians to face.

But if you have the sort of idea that somehow Christians won’t see the big trouble; that somehow they’ll just be caught out of it all and be taken on the first bus to heaven before any trouble hits them…

Then I believe you may be duped by a huge and totally unscriptural deception.

This last one is probably the one that will cause the most opposition because of the popularized idea in and out of the church, but I believe it truly is an unscriptural idea. And even if I am wrong regarding this last one, I’d rather be wrong my way, then to be wrong in any contrary way.

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Nevertheless, in all things,

Trust JESUS!

The Paradox of the Blessed

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THE PARADOX OF THE BLESSED

He (Jesus) said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:2-12

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God want to release a blessing over us today; a scriptural blessing which gets its basis in the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ so that we all may be named among the blessed.

Today, I release this blessing over us!

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I pray that we’d be blessed with a poor spirit, thinking nothing of ourself but wholly relying on Him.

I pray that we’d be blessed with eyes that see the state of this world and be moved to mourn and greive and wail over its condition and the lost souls aimlessly wandering it who shall be lost for all eternity if something doesn’t change.

I pray we’d be blessed to have a spirit of meekness, that leads us to heed wise words by quietly and deeply considering them and then being quick to obey them.

I pray that we’d be so blessed with an appetite for the eternal things of God that shall endure forever, namely, His righteousness/justice that our entire life’s hope would be set upon ushering in His coming Kingdom and nothing else.

I pray God would fill us with the blessing of a merciful heart; having empathy and compassion for others and a willingness to endure pains/loss to help them.

I pray God would bless us by purifying our hearts, searching out the deepest depths of all our moral filth and depravity bringing healing, restoration, and deliverance.

I pray that we would be blessed as people who bend over backwards without compromising our own walk to advocate and maintain peace everywhere we go. First with God, (through the Gospel) and then with our fellow man; loving as little children once again.

I pray that we would acknowledge our blessing and be honored when called to suffer for His sake, and honor others who we know are doing the same all over the world.

I pray we would be so blessed that we’d be hated for returning compliment when spoken evil of for living for the Truth; for extending kindness to our persecutors, and for forgiving and loving those who speak falsely against us.

Everyday I pray you’d be bless beyond measure by our loving God!

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God doesn’t want to just bless you, but everyone you know as well! Pass this blessing on to all your friends/family and may God begin to answer this prayer over every life, even here this very day!

Trust Jesus!

Rich Toward God!

Then he (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:15-21

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Biblical illiteracy is probably the most widespread epidemic on the face of the earth today. Not just the ignorance of unbelievers who cast off all subordination because they’re still arguing over things like: “the early Catholic Crusades were cruel” never stopping to read God’s Word long enough to recognize that they were never in any way sanctioned by Jesus or any of His disciples in the New Testament whatsoever; but this illiteracy also extends to the Church as well.

Out of context Scripture use, consistent one-sided ‘prosperity’ messages, and complete oblivion to spiritual warfare and demonic powers at work in the world are just some of the ways that Christian’s today are completely deceived.

We’ve moved into an era where people are the gods of their own lives and the true God is only a novelty who empowers our own objectives and pursuits in life rather than bowing our knees and humbly serving the King of Glory to Whom we self-deceivingly refer to as “Lord.”

There are no end to the complaints that “this generation is…. (fill in the blank with your favourite go-to complaint of our youth or politics or education system), yet not nearly enough cross carrying, completely abandoned to His will, radically forgiving, radically loving, exhorting with the truth, treasure in heaven believing “Christians” that seem to want to take up their cross and show the world what the true Christ-centered life is all about.

Compromised to culture, nowadays you can hardly distinguish between the Church and a mosque adherent or a Hindu follower except maybe by attire.

It’s simple; we’re no longer ‘rich toward God.’

Not only so, but we’re also so delusional that we walk around full of pride and arrogance, haughty and evil, all the while thinking that we are!

We even believe that the miracles we experience validate our assurance in our own great faithfulness, rather than understanding that God is just so good that He blesses us “”despite”” us!

This is not a call to the Church simply to ‘wake up’, no, this is a call to be RESURRECTED TO LIFE from your dead and decaying, maggot infested state to show forth the treasure that you profess to possess in jars of clay!

I long to see a people who can confidently affirm that they are:

hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;

perplexed, but not in despair;

persecuted, but not abandoned;

struck down, but not destroyed…

…carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

And why?

So that the world would know that we are confident beyond conviction that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

Therefore brothers and sisters, do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So don’t look at the troubles you can see now; rather, fix your gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Corinthians 5:1

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I pray you receive these words with the love they were intended with. A love that does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth!

Trust Jesus!

Broken Hearted Joy – Pastor’s Review

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by Raymond Mowla

 

“Thank you so very, very much for this testimony, Broken Hearted Joy – by Raymond Mowla. I was thirty years old when I began to have all the experiences with the living God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit that Mr. Mowla experienced. I am now seventy-five years old, having lived with God all the years since my powerful encounter. 

Reading his testimony has brought back all the power of those early moments. Since then, I have gone to seminary, been a missionary to foreign countries, served as a pastor for twenty-five years, and taught many years in Christian schools where I was free to share the wonders of knowing God and His love with my students. Thank you for letting me relive those showers of blessings of the beginning.”

– Pastor Garnett

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Every journey to the cross is different, but we all gain valuable insights through our unique travels that are intended to be shared to teach and remind each new generation that there is a God of hope who is still powerfully and actively at work in the business of salvation and redemption!

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Broken Hearted Joy – Available Now!

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Broken Hearted Joy

by Raymond Mowla

“On my pilgrimage to discover the truth about God, I never imagined that sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence to the point of attempted murder would ever be the means that God would use to bring this searching soul to seek a Savior!”

– Raymond Mowla

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Raymond Mowla was born in Mississauga Ontario; the middle child in a professing Muslim family of five. It is through this unique vantage point that he relates his personal struggles of life and religion that would bring him to profess his own faith in Jesus Christ as Lord just before the age of thirty.

Evangelist, Apologist, and Minister of the Gospel, now his life’s sole ambition is to see people come into a loving relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.

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Depraved Indifference

Depraved indifference is a legal term used in United States law.

Suppose a man had a child who was playing near a pool filled with water as he polished his newly purchased leather shoes.

All of a sudden, without notice, the child falls into the pool.

If the man continued to polish his shoes without regard for the life of the child, this man would be charged and found guilty of a crime known as depraved indifference.

Depraved means ‘as low as you can get’
Indifference means ‘you couldn’t care less’

“have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”
– Charles Spurgeon

When Jesus commission his disciples to go and preach the Gospel, this was not a command that was limited to only those “gifted in speech” or “blessed with a spirit of boldness” as some might erroneously think.

His command was to everyone who identified them self as his follower.

For to identify yourself as a disciple of Christ – a ‘Christ-ian’ – and neglect the duty to which you were called, would be essentially on the same level as taking the name of the Lord in vain.

As with all things in life, we aren’t expected to just ‘know’ how to share our faith perfectly as soon as we confess Christ as Lord

It takes practice, even error at first, but it also gets better with time.

Soon you find yourself able to do so as tactfully, boldly, confidently and above all, according to the Scriptures, as the Apostle Paul and the early church did in the book of Acts

Connecting with others who share a love for Scriptural evangelism is also a good way to develop in this area

I mention “scriptural evangelism” because a lot of what purports itself as preaching the Gospel today is so far from the message of the early church that it’s comical

Telling people that “God has a plan for you”, though it contains some truth, is not preaching the Gospel

Telling people “God loves you”, though this is also true, is not preaching the Gospel

Be sure that the methods being employed to share your faith accord with the example found in the Scriptures. I encourage you to read the book of Acts for yourselves.

It’s also a good idea to always go out in groups of two or three. Evangelism is a skill that is not meant to be developed on your own.

It’s good the have someone who can lend constructive criticism who will also encourage you.

It would be an awful thing for you to labor long and hard for years, only to find that you labored in vain on the day that you stand before the Lord Jesus, because you were unwilling to labor according to the model He set forth for us to follow.

This video is a good start in the right direction if you’d like to learn how to share your faith with others

How to Share the Gospel in 3 1/2 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaGvi_kGpY

Pray without ceasing and as with all things, commit every aspect of your evangelism to the Lord and allow His Spirit to direct you through it as you minister to others.

Above all things,

Trust JESUS!

 

 

Contact me via email if you’d like to connect to learn more about evangelism
mowla.raymond@gmail.com