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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I've Got Great News for YOU. In Christ you are....

I have good news for you! 

Mountain Streams
In Jesus Christ

YOU ARE.....Chosen
You are ransomed
You are redeemed
You are anointed
You are adopted
You are sealed with the Holy Spirit
You are righteous
You are forgiven
You are empowered
You are rooted and established in love

I have good news for you....

Jesus Christ crucified Sin,
Defeated Death
Stripped the Devil of all his weapons.

I have good news for you

 For Freedom he set you free

God makes you alive, having forgiven all your trespasses.  By cancelling the record of DEBT that stood against us.  

I have good news for you....

The door to the Father's Heart stands open -  Jesus is the DOOR

If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father,  Jesus Christ. 
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins!

I have good news for you.....

Not only our sins, but the sins of the WHOLE WORLD!

I have good news for you......

WE are blessed in the heavenlies with EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST.


You are children of God in a warped and crooked generation.  
You shine like the stars as you hold firmly the Word of Life

Against such things there is NO LAW. 

You have peace which passes all understanding.
Not like the world gives so it cannot be taken by the world!

I have good news for you.....

You are filled with the Holy Spirit - a blowing wild wind of righteousness, peace and joy!
You speak with tounges of fire
You speak the words of God - of life 
The sick are healed with your prayers.  The blind see.  The demon possessed go free!

Foundation stone - Jesus Christ the One Foundation

I have good news for you....

Your Sons and Daughters will prophesy
Your young men will see visions
Your old men will dream dreams.
You will be endued with power when the Spirit comes upon you!

 I have good news for you.....

Everyone who calls on the NAME of the LORD will be saved

I have good news for you.......

The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off!  

Spend EM!
I have good news for you of exceeding joy! 

The Spirit and the Bride say "COME". 
And let the one who hears say "COME"
Let the one who is Thirsty COME!
Let the one who wishes to take the free gift of the water of life COME!

I have good news.  ALL this is yours in Christ Jesus!   And his open invitation.....


Comments?  Ideas? Testimonies?  
Send those to me.  
Thanks for +1's and re-shares. 

Other posts that may interest you:

Thanks for reading. 
The dialogue is awesome.  Thank you.
Testimonies?  Share em with me.  

I am hoping to do Google Hang Outs Soon on Friday's. 
I will be in Uganda Feb 20-March 1
Special Blog posts from there!  
Thank you for your prayers and support!  
So appreciated.  Such an offering. 

With much love in Jesus

You can do this thing!  He's got you. 

Jeff Reynolds   ---
Brother Jeff


Thursday, February 12, 2015

7 Amazing Things About the Bride of Christ - The Church.

You and I, those who follow Jesus, are not perfect.  We know this.
We also are the ones who make up the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ.  
So with us in the mix, things are not perfect.  
OK. Simple equation.  

Colorful patchwork - A World Bride of Christ Taking Shape
Does not "being perfect" erase all the amazing love and service Jesus receives through the Church in worship, prayer, good works and preaching; the glorious message that brings people out of darkness and into eternal light? 

Does not "being perfect" erase the fragrance of Christ Jesus out of our lives?  

There are some remarkable things the church has done, is doing and will do in human history. 

Somehow things have been turned around and we end up agreeing with the Enemy and his assessments of what the Church is; her success or failure is defined in terms Jesus never gave us to measure her by.   

Just take a second and imagine the world without the witness of Jesus Christ.  
No churches anywhere.  No families devoted to loving Jesus and the world the way he does. 
NO alters of worship that reflect the beauty and glory of the Lord.
NO Scripture bring forth the true witness of Jesus Christ and his work for us.

So here are 7 Amazing things about the Bride of Christ - The Church.  

1)  The Church welcomes the poor, needy and downtrodden every day into her refuge in the Lord.   
In America alone the number of believers joined to Churches that distribute aid, food, lodging and immediate response for no personal gain is staggering.   The entire engine of the Church runs on compassion fueled in the witness of the Lord Jesus.  

"A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. 6God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity.  Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.…" 
Ps 68:5 

 2) The Church welcomes people, with no where to go and no resources to go there, into their hearts everyday.  
All around the world today people are finding assistance, food, financial help, encouragement, love, a place to sleep, a family to join, a home to stay in, a meal, a place to join a family.   Jesus inspires his Church to spend millions giving away to people who can never pay it back.  

Did I say the same thing twice?  
If I did, The Church deserves it.  
These people sacrifice their time, talents and treasure 
to make a difference in the lives of those they meet.  
The Door is always open in a thousand somewhere s 
across America and the World everyday. 


 People find refuge and grace everyday in the Church around the world.
I don't know about you but I am eternally grateful for the church
family that shared the gospel with me 
Introduced me to Jesus
Poured love on me when I was not too lovable
And welcomed me into their lives, their dinner tables, their hearts.


 3) The Church welcomes people from all social strata, economic standings, race, and life circumstances into One Family of God.  Into local families of God in nearly every town in America everyday. 
Only God can keep a Church together in it's truest form.  Rich and poor as family. Educated and uneducated as brothers and sisters.   Political differences and parties all in one house of worship. Gun crowd and pacifist's eating together and fellow-shipping in Jesus.  It works with Jesus Christ at the Center of it all.  Jesus, making us ONE.  When this is done well it confounds the wise and brings a beautiful witness to God's grace.   Heaven gets demonstrated on earth. 

4) The Church runs on pure worship, prayer, generosity and love. 
Most of us would not consider starting a business, movement or organization on the basis of generosity, giving and devotion to worship, but Jesus did.  Worship is the basis for all the work, love and sacrifice of the Church.  All around the world in 1000's of churches Christians pray and worship God.  Praise does not cease as the sun rises and set across the globe.  Having an alter of worship that lifts up the NAME of Jesus in truth and righteousness is an amazing thing.  All the donations, gifts, offerings that make every single church run come from those who GIVE. Those who worship.   Giving makes the engine of God's love flow into ministries and services and outreaches and hospitals and institutions that try and imitate the heart of God for the world.

He heal the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Ps I47:3

5) The Church carries the torch of God's love and the witness of the NAME of Jesus to every piece of ground and heart on the planet.  There is no other name and no other witness. 
She manages pathways along the narrow way.  She is to guide and enable, empower and bless, build up and encourage, all those whose God is the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Church is the witness of the NAME of Jesus in living color.  The only reality the world will know of Him that is tangible, active, living and in the world is found in those who love him.   Of course the Father is working in the world, but we are the ones tasked with the greatest task of all time.  Show the love of God and the Way, Truth and Life to the world in the power of the Holy Spirit.   The Church does that. 

6) The Church has incredible significance and status in the Heart of the Father.  She is Jesus' Bride.  There is going to be a wedding - the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.  You don't want to miss this party.  
The Father is going to throw a party - in a place with no time - over the greatest love to happen in human history.  He is going to present us to Jesus forever.  The result of his worship and perfect obedience.  We will shine with and  reflect his glory and we will see him as he is face to face.    We need to guard our hearts and minds and bless that which he loves so much.   Correct, Rebuke and encourage, but don't condemn, put down or tear down Jesus' girlfriend.   That does not go over well here between us.  I'm sure it is the same with the Lord.  He paid dearly for us.  He is working with all power to see us come into all glory and power in his name.  

7) The Church, like us, has it's weaknesses filled with the strength and power of the Trinity God.   His strength is perfected in our weakness.  
God takes our weakness and shines a light through it that speaks a word of hope, love, endurance and peace to people.  The sound of those things flood light and grace and truth right into a world dark and dehumanized.   

All the Streams make a beautiful river of Witness to Jesus

The Church is Amazing.  I am crazy in love with her just like Jesus.  
We should have 1000's and 1000's  more in America and millions more in the world.  
I want a 100 more in my town at least.  
Imagine all the amazing worship, prayer, love and acts of kindness that would shine forth. 
Imagine all those without a family that would find the Family of God.

He is calling out for those who love what he loves! 
I have all faith that she will become "the most beautiful" and that Jesus will bring her into the fullness of everything in his heart.   

Comments?  Ideas? Testimonies?  
Send those to me.  
Thanks for +1's and re-shares. 

Other posts that may interest you:

Thanks for reading. 
The dialogue is awesome.  Thank you.
Testimonies?  Share em with me.  

I am hoping to do Google Hang Outs Soon on Friday's. 
I will be in Uganda Feb 20-March 1
Special Blog posts from there!  
Thank you for your prayers and support!  
So appreciated.  Such an offering. 

With much love in Jesus

You can do this thing!  He's got you. 

Jeff Reynolds   ---
Brother Jeff


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Leaning on the Arm of the Flesh. PII Wanting Everyone's Gifts and Calling But Our Own

We should all give Jonah a break.  
He expressed what so many of us have hidden in our hearts and what so many of us do.  
It's just most of us don't travel on the ocean enough to get swallowed by a whale.  

I've done my fare share of running from the Lord's call over the years.
I haven't run as far and as deliberately as Jonah, but I've waited, stalled and resisted going forward more than I want to remember.  

Leaning on the Arm of the Flesh is sure to plant us right in the mouth of a whale.
This was pointed out to me vividly as I traveled up Lookout Mountain.  

I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; Psa 44:6

This is part two of the allegory of Lookout Mountain.  

As I traveled up the Mountain I found a walking stick.   Right there beside the trail, I was presented with this stick as I walked along the way.  

It was not a beauty as you can see.  At first it caught my eye and I thought it might be an excellent walking stick, but as I picked it up and looked it over, I saw all it's blemishes and imperfections.   

Chopped off at the top....
Broken and cracked....
Little stubs of failed starts and branches that did not bud. 

I leaned on it.  It felt spongy and soft and gave way under my weight.  It would not hold me up. I stopped pressing down on it for fear of breaking it.   There were these nubby branches sticking out all over.  
Ugly.  Not a dependable walking stick.  Cracked.  Hacked. 

I was just about to discard it when I thought I heard the Lord say....

"This is you in the flesh." 

OK. So a few thoughts rushed through my mind.....

1) You know me completely, all the cracks, brokenness, failed attempts, and spongy strength and you love me, believe in me and have called me to follow you into your work?   Of course the answer was "Yes".   

2) Wow.  That is an ugly stick.  How can I get anything done with that thing?   Answer: You don't.  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Jhn 15:5 
Eternal works are done in the Spirit.  We are new creations born in the grace of the Lord Jesus, filled with resurrection power and abiding in a Kingdom not of this world.   We welcome and receive the Kingdom of God and walk in the Spirit.  The works we do are not of the flesh.  And, the Lord encouraged me, in that he knows me completely but he loves me completely as well.  His grace extends to the natural and his signs and wonders are expressed in these weak fleshly pots of clay.  Amazing Grace; touching everything with love and power. 

3) I cannot do your work leaning on that.   Answer:  "Correct."  It was evident to me that I would not be able to lean on this walking stick - The ARM of the FLESH - and fulfill the calling set before me in Christ Jesus.   The glory of my calling weighed to much.  My own body in the natural would break the stick if I leaned to hard on it.  In the weight of glory and walking in the Spirit there could be no leaning on the dead man I used to be.  There is much to be explored on this aspect of "our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God." Rom 12:1-2.  Our bodies will be resurrected!  Transformed in the twinkling of an eye they will become suited for eternal dwellings.   Truly this is Amazing Grace.

Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.

Upon all the bare heights in the desert
destroyers have come,
for the sword of the LORD devours
from one end of the land to the other;
no flesh has peace.

 When the Holy Spirit moves on a people, on you and I, the Arm of the flesh gets uncomfortable.  Choices rise up before us.  

We notice the boarders we have set up, the hurts and woulds of the heart we have nursed, and the separation we feel from the Father.   Our need for healing and for the oil of his grace becomes evident.  We see who we are at present and what we are relying on.  We see the real substance of our lives in Christ and the new doors that are open to us.  We see that we have quit risking in faith and have settled into a walk that requires nothing from the Spirit.   We see ourselves in the light of the Master and if we are leaning on the flesh we feel the sponginess of our walking stick.  There is no peace for the flesh in a move of the Spirit.   It is too hot in the fires of his righteousness.  
This is good news for us.  
It means we are being visited by the LORD JESUS.  
It means we are his friends.  
It means we will be like him if we move on in faith and trust.

HIS NAME carries all the power and sufficiency to bring us into complete abiding and love. 
We will look like him in the end if we continue on the way, walking in the Spirit.

I continued up the Mountain with MY walking stick.  Combining the natural and spiritual into one harmonious offering of love and obedience.   Then I came upon this.  

Along the way there began to be trail markers; piles of rocks pointing the way.  Stacks of rocks, piles of witnesses of the way up to Lookout Mountain.  Like Israel's habit of piling rocks and making alters, these rock piles went all the rest of the way up to the Lookout.   The last pile of rocks was on the top. 

In this pile, one of the first I came across, there was a beautiful walking stick.   I grabbed the stick and began to look it over.  Straight, smooth, perfect length, strong, able to support me.  The nubby protrusions were knocked off.  I perceived it to have strength and a clear witness to ability;  it was definitely more of what I was searching for before finding my meager walking stick. 

I started comparing the two.  One to One.  Looking them over.  Trying to decide if I should leave my original find behind and take this one the rest of the way up the Mountain.  

Again, the Lord seemed to speak to me, 
"You can choose this one, but it is not yours.  It looks good.  It looks way better than yours to you.  Someone else left theirs behind here to take another one just like this, but it wasn't theirs either.  As ugly as your walking stick appears to you, I am going to transform all of it, all of you, into my glory"  

1Sa 17:38
Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail,

and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.

I got the clear impression that many people pick up other people's walking sticks in an attempt to move in the Arm of the Flesh with more strength.  This in fact is just a deep fall into the flesh, leaning on the apparent strengths and successes of others.    

I thought I heard something else very clearly, as an offer and a promise, 
"You can choose this other walking stick, but you will never became all of what I intend for you with all your weakness and cracks.  Keep your own walking stick and follow me and I will perfect you in my glory."  

That got my attention.   
I literally threw down the other stick, back into the stack of rocks.  Had a good look at mine and wondered and marveled that Jesus was going to transform me into looking like him.   I believed him.  And it set me free with joy. 

 There were some other sticks in or near this pile of rocks.  Some stubby and very short.  Not really walking sticks.  I got the impression that people left their walking sticks behind or never even started the amazing dance of letting grace fill their weakness with the perfection of Jesus Christ.  

Jesus has perfect Understanding of You and Me.
I've been following Jesus 38 years.  What a Joy!
He is able to bring us home to see him face to face.

Comments?  Ideas? Testimonies?  
Send those to me.  
Thanks for +1's and re-shares. 

Other posts that may interest you:

Thanks for reading. 
The dialogue is awesome.  Thank you.
Testimonies?  Share em with me.  

With much love in Jesus

You can do this thing!  He's got you. 

Jeff Reynolds   ---
Brother Jeff

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Leaning on the Arm of the Flesh. An Allegory of Walking in the Spirit. P1

I'm a gold seeker.  Seeking after the deepest knowledge of Jesus available to me.  I have set my course on Paul's path.....Maybe you have as well.

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus".   Phl 3:14

So, I took a hike on Lookout Mountain.    I Discovered the ARM of THE FLESH.   I walked along the path with the threat of the mountain lion.  

Mountain Trail - a place to bow down

The mountains around here are littered with failed hopes,  forgotten dreams, and abandoned ventures.  Lookout is the second highest peak in Crook County.  6900 ft. Just short of 7000.  That's how the arm of the flesh works out.  It comes just short of what God the Father purposes in his heart for us and for his Kingdom.  If we lean on it we will fall short.    

The Lord marked this mountain for me to prayerfully ascend.  The entire journey turned into an analogy of sorts.   A walking story for the ARM of the FLESH.    What follows is how it all unfolded and the pathway the Spirit led me on.  

The back story. 
Walking Stick - My Arm of the Flesh - not to amazing

I'm drawn to Mountains. I am always looking for lookout vantage points.  They naturally elevate my vision.   High places and mountains are a pathway in the story of the Father's love for us.  They each carry a story of their own.   
Mountains factor extensively into the story of salvation.  In the Gospels much is revealed on the mountain tops.  Throughout Matthew's Gospel Jesus is on the mountain.  Moses was on the mountain and received the law.  Jesus was on the mountain and imparted the new revelation of the Kingdom of God.  It is not unusual for me to be praying on a mountain.  

The Father gave me an assignment a while back and I was now making sure to complete it within the "window of opportunity".   Meaning to fulfill the prophetic mission within the window of time the Father allotted.  I identified 6 mountains the Lord wanted me to prayerfully climb; or drive if I was lucky. 

Lookout Mountain....

Trails to the Top of the Mountain
Calling out from the deteriorating shacks Lookout yells out her name onto all the surrounding peaks.   Her sons and daughters are Independence mining.  
Independence.  Needing nothing and wanting no one.  She moves like QuicksilverDefinition = difficult to hold or contain.   Quicksilver character is changeable behavior with mercurial twists of temperament and unpredictable change.  Touted as cool and willful one moment and utterly fragile the next.    I see the arm of the flesh filling up these shoes.  

Independence mine and independence mining invites us to lean on the arm of the flesh. It invites us to pursue the gold of the world with abandon.   Rather than ascend the mountains, it tears into the mountains searching for gold.  The arm of the flesh has no regard for others;   tearing into others who may be in our way.   We offer sacrifices of worship to our little god who rips and tears at the mountains.  The arm of the flesh affirms our solo identity as the high fruit of enlightenment and freedom.  

The smoke from our offering to this savage lord rises up off the mountain and fades into the vast expanse of sky above.  Gone.  Never to be seen again.  Evaporated into thin air.  Our energy produces no reward.  Or simply a passing taste of something that will never satisfy as promised.  

Ghost Cabin 

So goes the promises of leaning on the arm of the flesh.  Temporal and fleeting they leave us with an emptiness that cannot be filled.  It's like a prayer, an offering, that calls out.  In the cool of the summer evenings on Lookout Mountain we remember that we are aching with loneliness.  The gold, silver, and riches call out to us with waves and waves of diligent demand and soon pushes aside any weaker thoughts of glory, a Kingdom, of Jesus.   Any lack of resolve is swallowed up in the promise of this vain pursuit.   So, we pull back the covers as the last light of day fades and we prepare for another day of breaking rocks and looking for meaning in the pursuit of silver and gold.  

The Enemy's ways are altogether empty.  He is captain of the ARM of the FLESH.  He is an expert at keeping it's voice alive.  

The OLD MINE - Independence

The ultimate rewards of independence leave us with nothing in the end.  Alone.  No heritage. No enduring name.   Empty shacks try and tell a story.  We wander through the ghost town trying to imagine something much greater than what was and is there before us.  These shacks were meager existence.  Yet somehow we envision something great or fulfilling or rich.   That's the selling of the arm of the flesh.  It floats in a fantasy.  The reality is much more harsh and brutal.  Why do we believe the story over and over?   It ends in ghost towns and abandoned futures.  It ends in disappointment and broken hopes.  It ends here in the earth.  We were not made to end here.   We were made for forever.   

Jesus has perfect Understanding of You and Me.
I've been following Jesus 38 years. 

Comments?  Ideas? Testimonies?  
Send those to me.  
Thanks for +1's and re-shares. 

Other posts that may interest you:

Thanks for reading. 
The dialogue is awesome.  Thank you.
Testimonies?  Share em with me.  

With much love in Jesus

You can do this thing!  He's got you. 

Jeff Reynolds   ---
Brother Jeff

Monday, February 2, 2015

Right away, I learned that God understood everything about me.

Every step I take deeper into the love of Jesus calls me deeper...
 into what he loves 
and how he loves us.  

When I learned that God understood everything about me, 
everything changed.

 He understood.  He cared.  He listened.  He responded. 
Nothing was hidden.  He knew it all.  Yet he loved me.  
Once that set into my heart, I couldn't stop talking to HIM.  
I had so much to say.
As it became clear to me that he cared and listened, 
I poured out everything.   

Then I realized that he was always present, always listening. 
Night and day.  Morning.  Noon.  He was listening.  
He was speaking to me all the time in his Scripture, in creation, in my heart.
I could be with him every moment of my life.  
Nothing in the world filled me up with a greater desire. 
I poured myself into the love being poured into me. 
I carved out times to seek him more deeply. 
I hungered with a longing nothing could satisfy.  It increased and grew and overwhelmed me.
Being with him satisfied the ache.  It opened up new fields of hunger and desire. 

I talked with God about everything.  Literally everything.  
There was a strange grace that filled up my life as I began doing this.  
Prior to being saved, I was mixed up.  
The ache of my heart was being medicated with drugs and alcohol. 
The pattern seemed to be to RUN, BURY, HIDE. 
Running, hiding and staying ahead of my sins was the way I lived. 
The stuff inside had an edge and I could hardly make sense of it. 
I couldn't make it go away.  
I didn't want to hear it  or listen to it. 
I didn't have any longing for God until I met Jesus. 

When Jesus began living in me...
I found peace residing at the center of my life.  I didn't have that before.  Ever.
It was tangible.  Like a lake or a steam of peace swashing around inside me, I could feel it in me.  So unusual and different from all the relationships I had known, Jesus understood everything about me.  He knew the good and bad, and loved me.   At the same time he brought healing and freedom from what was destroying me.    I could tell him everything and he understood.   It's like the words became something else on the way to his ears.  They turned into something redeemed and active in his grace and power.   He took the words and the heart cries and turned them into grace, and love and power. 

Deep Cries out to Deep we say.    There is a reason we say this.  
Jesus understands what is going on deep inside.  Everything understood.  The deepest things in a person he connects with completely.   He might not agree with my conclusions, but he never condemned me or belittled me in my limited perspective.   I still marvel at this. 
Somehow He always managed to bring me around into wanting to be more like him.  NO matter what had to go, be healed or changed, I wanted follow Him and make the change with him and through him and for him.   

When we come to know HE UNDERSTANDS,  huge seeds for deep intimacy can be planted by faith.
We are completely known and understood by the Father. That's grace and mercy.
We are loved with everything God has provided for in Jesus....that's favor.
And in Jesus there is provision for the healing and transforming grace that brings about change and new life.  
"Nothing is holding me back from you" The Torwalts sing .  
Nothing in all the universe can hold us back from him.  Nothing has the power or authority.

When we add the knowledge that he is ever present and always the same, things begin dropping off our lives that mean nothing in heaven.  
Plenty of things we do in this life mean nothing in heaven.  
The apostle John said, 

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever."  
I John 2:15-17

Every step deeper into the love of Christ Jesus calls us deeper into what he loves and how he loves.  
The world is passing away.  Eternal life is growing every day.

We are going to look like him one day.  
We are going to be with him one day.  Face to Face full vision.  

Today he understands everything about you. 
Today he loves you with an everlasting love. 
Today is the day we live forever and know salvation in Jesus. 

Get this one truth inside you and take off running.....

Jesus completely understands you.
He is waiting to hear the deep cries of your heart.


Jesus has perfect Understanding of You and Me.
I've been following Jesus 38 years. 

Comments?  Ideas? Testimonies?  
Send those to me.  
Thanks for +1's and re-shares. 

Other posts that may interest you:

Thanks for reading. 
The dialogue is awesome.  Thank you.
Testimonies?  Share em with me.  

With much love in Jesus

You can do this thing!  He's got you. 

Jeff Reynolds   ---
Brother Jeff