Hello all, welcome to my site. I am currently living on borrowed time and no longer feel that I am able to live my life as selfishly as I may have in the past. I am developing this site in an effort to help others experience the power of prayer as I have experienced it. I also hope that we can all share information here which will strengthen our belief in and our relationship with God. People of all faiths are welcome here as are people with no faith. I will advise you up front that my agenda is to expose as many people as possible to the reality of the Savior, Christ Jesus.
(Mat 21:22) And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
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Have you ever had someone ask you for help? Or maybe, they didn't even ask, but you offered to help. In either case, you agree to help someone, then that person adds to what you have agreed to help with. Perhaps you agree to give someone a ride, then find out they didn't just need a ride for themselves, but actually needed a ride for 3 or 4 people. Or maybe they had a couple hundred pounds of stuff they needed you to haul when you gave them this ride. Maybe someone asks you to pick up a couple of things at the store for them, but in actuality they want you to stop at several stores hunting down a very specific brand or product. Or maybe they want exactly what they asked you for, but then you notice your phone starts ringing ever more frequently, and when you answer, it is their sweet little voice on the other end saying something like "i hate to bother you again, but would you mind..., can you...?". Maybe you had a little extra of something and you gave it to a person you knew could use it, and now that person expects you to keep providing this thing for them on a continual basis. The old saying "give them an inch and they will take a mile" comes to mind at this point.
Now, how often do we do this? We would never treat another person this way, you might say. But what about God? How often do we treat God this way? How often does God bless us and we pray for more and more and more? Statistically, the vast majority of the people who visit this site are from the United States, Canada and Europe. This means you and I are among the wealthiest people on this planet. No matter how little material wealth we may think that we have, we are extremely wealthy compared to most people on this planet. If at any time this month, we will have enough change in our pocket to purchase a soft drink at the store, we are wealthier than most. We have food, water, shelter and in most cases much, much more. Yet what do we pray for? When we kneel for prayer, are we so grateful that we simply say "Thank you God"? Or do we pray for more of God's material blessings for ourselves, our friends and our families? Perhaps we are placing an emphasis on the wrong kind of wealth.
The book of Revelation starts out with a message to seven churches. Each church is representative of people during a specific time period. The last church represents us. That is the church of the Laodiceans. Prophetically speaking, we are the Laodiceans. Here is what Christ has to say about us:
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As of this writing, 1 out of every 8 people on this planet is chronically malnourished. How many of us could stand to drop a few pounds? I'm writing this as much or more to myself than to anyone else who happens to read it. Most of the people on this planet stay fit and trim just trying to survive. However, many people in developed nations buy memberships to gyms or participate in exercise programs to stay fit. We have become so accustomed to having excess, that it has actually become a burden to us. In some cases, our overeating is actually killing us. At the same time folks are dying in other places for lack of food. How absurd is this? There is plenty of food on this planet to feed everyone, yet we are consuming more than our share.
If we were truly loving our neighbor as ourselves, we would be finding ways to get the excesses where we live to the folks who are truly in need. We would stop being concerned with determining if someone was taking advantage of us. We would simply help them and pray for them as the Bible instructs us to do.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
The fact that we are so materially blessed and are not using that blessing to ensure that no one is doing without is a reflection of our spiritual blindness. The fact that our church buildings are among the most expensive buildings in our communities is evidence that those buildings are filled with folks who are spiritually wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. The fact that we can even consider purchasing a new ipod, cd, dinner out, new car, new suit or whatever else we want but don't truly need shows us the extent of our spiritual desert. People are literally starving to death and we want, but don't really need ________________. Fill in the blank.
We often find an excuse for not giving. Here is the challenge. Set aside the excuses and give. Give something, while imagining ourselves in the place of someone in need. If we were staving to death, would we want, food or a cure for cancer? If we didn't have shoes, would we want shoes or to save another whale? If we couldn't afford a Bible, would we want a Bible or to support our latest political cause? If we didn't have water to drink, would we want water or a new church building? If we didn't have a roof over our head, would we want shelter or a new museum? If our child was dying from malnutrition, would we want a penny, or an excuse that someone only had a penny to give so they gave nothing? If we were spiritually dead, would we want a chastening from God or just another material blessing?
May God have mercy on us.
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Welcome to Coffee Time. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join me here for a short message. I want to be clear that I am not a Pastor by any means and that I do not feel qualified to teach the Bible. I do have a humble interpretation of many verses in the Bible. I hope that you will receive my interpretation as it is intended. Not as an authoritative voice on the deeper meanings of the Bible, but simply one person's humble opinion and personal belief which very well could be completely wrong. My hope in writing down my thoughts here are simply to get others to give some thought to the Bible. If you miss a message, you can find past messages on the "Coffee Time Past Messages" page.
Today we are often taught that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, placed in the sepulcher near sunset on Friday and resurrected on Sunday morning. Is this Biblical? People often look to Jesus' own words to cast doubt on the "Friday crucifixion - Sunday resurrection" theory. Here is one verse that may cause us to question The full article can be found here.