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The Spirit Has Written On Our Hearts

Greetings,

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.  You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts……….He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”  2nd Corinthians 3: 2-3, 6

This passage shows us that what really matters most in life and ministry are Spirit forged relationships.  It is all about being Spirit led and touching people’s hearts.  If we desire to give people life and well being we will do so by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide all of our interactions.

Ink and paper do not give life to anyone and that includes even the ink and paper of the bible.  Life comes only from the Spirit and the best way to communicate life is via relationships.  The bible does have a role in the life of a Christ follower, but it was never intended to be the primary source of light and life.  When we place the bible ahead of the Spirit and relationship with God and others the letter then kills instead of enhancing our life in Christ.

However, when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth (John 16: 13) the bible then becomes perhaps the greatest resource in the life of a believer.  There is a HUGE difference between seeing scripture as THE Source and Authority in one’s life, instead of simply seeing scripture as the great gift, tool, and resource that it is.  Quoting scriptures may appeal to the intellect of others, but they in no way give life to them.

If you want to give abundant life to others then simply share your whole life with them as you are being led by the Spirit of God along the way. Touching people’s hearts while sharing the Truth in Love is what our faith is really all about.  The most important thing in life is having a relationship with Jesus, but right immediately after that is having relationships with others that are built on the Cornerstone that is Christ.  Forever remember that this is always a matter of heart and not just the head.  Heart to heart relationships are birthed via the Spirit of Christ and are maintained by deep sincere Love for one another.  May the Great Comforter write Truth and Love on our hearts today.

Love and …….

Kirk Out !

 

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Finding Your Family

Greetings,

“A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families, He leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”  Psalm 68: 5-6

Please notice that God does not set the lonely in “church”, “church” buildings, growth groups, cell groups, home groups, special programs or singles ministries.  What God does do is set them in families within the Body of Christ.  The true Church is a family and it functions as one and not as a business, corporation or 501c3.

In this family all those who follow Christ are God’s children and are also sisters and brothers in Christ.  We are all related supernaturally by the blood of Jesus and should love, honor, serve and accept one another even more so than natural siblings do.  I am talking about being an extremely close knit family that shares everything with one another.  We should share all of our hopes, dreams, fears, successes and failures with each other.  As siblings we should give one another extremely deep love, support and care beyond what the world can even imagine.

Jesus said the following about this deep and meaningful love:

“A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are mine, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

In God’s family we must love one another as Christ has loved us.  Jesus held absolutely nothing back and His love was so great that He even gave His life to save those He loved.  I consider myself very blessed and fortunate to have experienced this type of Holy Love with many sisters and brothers over the years.  Once you have tasted this great love and the depth of relationship that accompanies it; you will find it impossible to settle for anything less.  If you have not yet encountered this outstanding type of love and relationship please do not lose heart or give up.  Press deeply forward in Jesus and you will find others who embrace this grand love and are more than willing to share it with you.

 Stop looking for this deep sincere love within the religious institutions and traditions of “men”.  For it is rarely to be found there.  You are not seeking a place to belong to, but rather a people to be a part of.  O’ lonely one, follow your heart and I guarantee you will find your family.  Even now they are praying and waiting to embrace you.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

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Greetings,
                    There Is A Very Huge Difference Between Praise And Worship……..
                   “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”  Hebrews 13: 15
                    “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.”  Romans 12: 1
                    To me it all simply boils down to this…. praise is what you say with your mouth and worship is about what you do with your very being and entire life.  You can praise the Lord in word, prayer and song, but worship is much more difficult and comprehensive in scope than merely speaking well of our Creator.  It is easy to open your mouth and give God complete honor and credit for all the wonderful things He has done in your life, but worship is literally laying down your life for Jesus and His Holy purpose.
                    On Sunday mornings all across the land traditional/institutional “churches” host what they call “worship services”, but that is really not an accurate description of what they actually do is it?  True worship rarely, if ever, occurs during these gatherings.  What they really do is praise God for a bit, receive tithes and offerings, and then get a pep talk from a professional Pastor.  That is not worship my friends…it is “Christians” paying for and receiving a performance and show that is hopefully somewhat about God.  I contend that a group of Christ following volunteers building a home for Habitat For Humanity is much more worshipful than what occurs in most “church” buildings on Sundays and Wednesdays.
                    Much of what passes for praise and worship on Sunday mornings is nothing less than manipulation of the masses.  Praise leaders and bands many times use music and song to control the tempo of the service and the emotions of the congregation.  When you have fast songs to get you up and going and slow songs to get you in the right mood…what usually happens is a sad sick form of back and forth spiritual masturbation.  The music is there just to get you off at the right time.  So that you give well and listen intently while sitting in the afterglow of the sermon.  How does any of that truly exalt Christ and give Him true praise or worship?
                    Worship is NOT a prayer, some songs, an offering, and a sermon……  IT IS A LIFE LAID DOWN for the sake of God, His children, and His purposes!  It is about being a living sacrifice while serving only Jesus The One True King!  True worship is difficult to find in the modern “church”.  Most of the church is unwilling just to be inconvenienced for the sake of God and others.. and they flat out refuse to die in any sense, form , shape or method for His higher purpose.  You can’t be selfish and worship God at the same time.  It is just impossible.  Has His glorious Church really been reduced to a bunch of spoiled rotten, crying brats?  I hate it, but I have to honestly admit that this is me on some days.  Many of us are driven by feelings rather than being led by the Holy Spirit.  Lord Jesus please help me to die daily so that You may be glorified through and in me.  We all need your help and guidance Lord.  Please help us to worship you in Spirit and in Truth?
                    Love and……
Kirk Out !

Not Counting Sins Against Them

Greetings,

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  ”Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  1 Corinthians 15: 54-58

So death has been swallowed up in victory.  Amazing!  In Christ we are no longer held in bondage to the laws of sin and death.  This is about total victory in Christ for every single person with no exceptions.

 In Christ the law of sowing and reaping or what some call karma is no longer in full effect.  At least not in the big picture pertaining to our salvation.  Sure in the small picture of day to day life in Him, He uses sowing and reaping to teach us and build character in us.  However, grace and total reconciliation will eventually absolutely and completely obliterate karma.  This message is clear in 2nd Corinthians 5: 19, where it states that God reconciles the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  Plus on top of that God has made us Christ’s ambassadors and committed to us this message of great grace and reconciliation.

That means instead of us reaching out an arm to point out and judge sin in others; we should open wide our arms and accept everyone right where they are, and for who they are right now in this very moment.  Jesus did this for us while we were still sinners, so we should do the same for others with a glad and sincere heart.  Far too often “Christians” have required sinners to clean up their act before they would even offer Jesus and Christ’s love to them.

If we are truly operating in His grace and reconciliation we will love and accept everyone no matter what baggage or filth they may carry with them.  If we welcome them open and free they will then receive Jesus and He will help them get free and clean in His perfect timing.  We should NEVER require someone to get clean first in order to eventually bathe in Christ.  Love, acceptance, grace and forgiveness is what it is all about.  If we build relationships on that foundation everyone would have more hope and a whole lot more people would discover Christ.  After all, Christ in us is THE hope of glory.  If we give people the love, grace, and reconciliation that Jesus freely offers, it would change everything for everyone.  Today I choose grace over judgment.  Who is going to join me?

Love and……

Kirk Out !

P.s.  Yes, this blog post is from the sites archives.  I have been re-posting and re-working some other older blogs too.  The past several days The Lord has had me pondering the passages I used in this post and instead of writing a completely new post He led me to just make some adjustments and share this one again.  I feel this is a very important message both for the Body of Christ and those yet to fully know and follow Jesus.

 

 

On The Rock And Beyond The Storms

Greetings,

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”  Psalm 62: 1-2

That passage of scripture has never rang more true in my life than it has in this particular season.  This current season has been one of rebuilding and fortifying for me.  Almost eight years ago I nearly lost everything due to the fallout and issues related to 19 years of battling severe PTSD flashbacks of being raped and sexually abused as a child by my natural father and others.  PTSD cost me a 30 year marriage, a terrific career, and endangered my relationships with my children, my friends, and the home fellowships I relate to.

However, in the last seven years Jesus has intervened in a mighty way and in the past three years I can finally honestly say that my soul has found rest in Him alone.  This is nothing short of a major miracle my friends.  I used to average over six psych unit hospitalizations a year, but now it has been over six years since I last needed inpatient care and that was only a medication issue.  Plus I have went from being suicidal on a daily basis to it being an extremely rare occurrence.  Don’t get me wrong; Jesus never left me and kept me alive through some horrendous storms these past 19 years, but peace was a very rare thing indeed in all those years.  Now I have peace every single day and I totally love it.  Plus I haven’t had a full blown PTSD flashback episode in over six years.

Occasional PTSD storms still blow through my life, but they no longer own me like they have in the past.  In the past six years Jesus has fully equipped me to face my problems, PTSD or otherwise, straight on with the help of the Holy Spirit.  He has led me to open up and share my struggles publicly on this blog and that has released my mind and heart in ways I cannot even begin to describe.  Being totally honest and open about my plight instead of trying to hide it like a dirty secret has released me from any shame or bondage from my past.  Because of that I feel good about who I am today and I also have high hopes for tomorrow.  Today I feel closer to Jesus than I ever have and going through what I have in the last 19 years has made me a better, more complete, person in many ways now.  Let’s just say I more than earned my high level degree in compassion, empathy and patience.

Today, in Christ, I know that I will never be shaken to the point of being broken beyond repair.  More storms are bound to happen, but I now have a solid foundation on Jesus the Rock and the wind can blow as hard as it wants; because I know in my heart and mind that I shall not be moved from where He has placed me now.

If you are reading this today and you struggle with mental health issues and depression please know that you are not alone and it is not something to be ashamed of.  When I read Psalms I know that David was hard pressed at times and struggled with mental issues.  The weeping prophet Jeremiah definitely dealt with depression.  Paul, an apostle, and his fellow workers even despaired of life due to their hardships. (2 Corinthians 1:8)  To me it sounds like they may have even been suicidal at times.  No matter what issues you struggle with, I want you to know that you are not alone.  If you need someone to talk and pray with you do not hesitate to call me @ 269-221-1266, anytime day or night.  Jesus cares about you and so do I.  I know from experience that we are NEVER alone.  Jesus is always right there with you every step of the way, and I fellowship with some of the sincerest Christ followers I have ever known.  They will bathe you in prayer and love you until you learn to love yourself again.  Special thanks to everyone out there who reads my blog and has prayed for me these past seven years or longer.  You mean more to me than you will ever know.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

P.s.  To end this on a high note I want to thank Jesus for bringing Talena, such a high quality Godly woman into my life.  We have been married nine months now and she blesses me more and more each day.  She prays for me and supports, encourages, and understands me like no woman ever has and I love and appreciate her greatly.

 

Out Of Darkness

Greetings,

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  Ephesians 5: 8-11

So in Christ we are now light in the Lord.  We were once darkness, self centered and sin focused.  However, now that we are light we are concerned with the needs of others and fully focused on grace for all.

A major purpose of the light is to expose what lies in the darkness.  Speaking out against the fruitless deeds of darkness is something that all followers of Jesus should be doing.  Many ask me why I speak out against the ungodly, traditional, institutional, “church”, system.  I speak out because His light is in me and I desire to see everyone set free from darkness.  I want the truth in love to be seen and received by those who are enslaved by the dark system.

The light should shine bright into all the darkened corners of the man-focused “church” system.  The Clergy/laity division needs to be fully exposed so that The Priesthood of all believers and every member ministry can again flow forth as Christ intended.  The “church” has been operating by the ways of man instead of the ways of God for over 1700 years.  Every human hierarchy within the “church” needs to be toppled.  We need to be Spirit led and not “man”, Pastor, or bible led.  We need to expose those who use the bible as leverage to control the masses and keep human Leadership intact,

Today is the day to shine forth as His Holy Light and expose and render to no effect the controlling ways of “man’s” ungodly system of doing “church”.  Man’s “Church” is a multi-billion dollar industry that needs to be destroyed by the Light.  The true Church should be continually broke because we have given every penny away to the orphans, widows, the poor and homeless; instead of paying Clergy salaries, building mortgages, and institutional maintenance.

Now is the time to stop GOING to Church and really start BEING the Church.  Church is not something you do or go to; it is something that you are in Christ.  Today is the day to step out of the darkness of “men” and into the glorious Light of our one true King, Leader and Lord Jesus Christ.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

P.s.  To be totally clear…I love every single person that is trapped in Babylon, including the Clergy.  I am against the system, not the people.  I weep and pray for all my sisters and brothers who know no other way to “church” or serve.  All I am doing is speaking the truth in love as best as I can.  There is a better way, a more excellent way.  A way that focuses on relationship with Jesus and one another, instead of tradition, Law and doctrine.  A way where every member is a equal sibling peer and everyone’s gift is accepted and appreciated.  To find this way simply turn away from the ways and Leadership of “men” and turn towards Christ alone as led by the Holy Spirit.  Many are waiting for you here with wide open arms and hearts.

 

No Compromise

Greetings,

“For You have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.”  Psalm 71: 5

Jesus has walked very deep with me and been an active force in my life ever since I can remember.  When I was very young He taught me His ways of love, grace, and forgiveness.  He also taught me about His church, the Body of Christ and how it should function.  All this was long before I ever encountered a bible or a church, but when I got a bible from the Gideon’s at school in fifth grade; I discovered that the written word only served to confirm all that Christ had already been revealing to me all those years.

However, when I finally went to some “churches” when I was about 14… I discovered that much of what they taught and practiced went directly against what Jesus and the bible had shown me.  Instead of finding a fully functioning Body of Christ where every member was valuable and important…I found a few “men” called Pastors who dominated all the sharing and ministry while all the other members sat quietly in their pews and chairs.  When I publicly questioned the Leadership about this tragedy they dismissed me very quickly and I was told to not come back there ever again.

This all happened shortly after my earthly father hit me in the head with a shovel and left me for dead on the side of the road.  My father did this because he did not want to hear about Jesus from me and I could not back down from sharing the gospel with him.  Looking back I am glad this event happened because from that day forward he would abuse and rape me no more.

Being on my own and homeless at age 14 was not easy, but the Lord was still with me and I never went hungry or without some sort of shelter.  Sometimes that meant dumpster diving and a cardboard box, but His grace was sufficient as always to get me through the most difficult times.  From age 14 til 17 I bounced around finding fellowship wherever I could with like minded followers of Jesus.  What I could not find in “church” buildings I found at dinner tables and living rooms.  However, Jesus quite clearly let me know that in my future I would be used by Him to help start and empower relationship based, Spirit led, home fellowships.

Now I am over 56 years old and still following and serving Jesus as best as I can.  My youth and childhood was difficult to say the least, but Jesus brought me through all the rapes and abuse and kept my feet solidly upon the Rock.  I honestly do not remember a time when Jesus was not right there with me.  I love Jesus with all that I am… and now I am blessed to be able to be in relationship with many others who understand what it is to actually be the Body of Christ.  I relate to many fellowships now that function freely as led by the Holy Spirit.   The things Jesus showed me as a child are now coming true for many people all over the world.  I cannot begin to adequately express how thankful my heart is to see the fulfillment of my childhood thoughts and dreams.  For those of you out there who have yet to find fellowship and a functioning Body of Christ.. I say pray and don’t give up.  Jesus hears and will answer your hearts desire. …And everyone out there please know this:  You are loved and accepted among the beloved.  Jesus will meet and lead you outside of the walls of traditional religion.  Do not change who you are in order to fit in with “man’s” system of doing “church”.  In the true Body of Christ you will fit in just the way you are.  You are created uniquely by Him.  Don’t give up, don’t surrender, and do not compromise what the Spirit is leading you to be.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !