Tuesday, January 29, 2008


The month of February is forever associated with the word LOVE! February is the Love Month! Valentine’s Day! Giving presents and showing signs of our love and adoration to others…Does this mean that the other 11 months of the year should be void of love? Absolutely not but there is something special about February…It may be an acute awareness of how we should focus our love towards someone special in our lives.

If we focus all our energy to show gratitude for the one person we truly love into one day (Valentine’s Day), then we have 364 days to show others, our neighbors, the love that should emanate from our very soul because the spirit of Jesus Christ lives in us. Jesus tells us that our neighbors are all around us!

In Gal 6:2, Paul writes “Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

So if we carry each others burdens (helping because we see people’s needs and hurts through God’s eyes) we fulfill the Law of Christ.

So what is the “Law of Christ”?

May I quote a line from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians…“And now I will show you the most excellent way.”

Go and read the 13 verses of 1 Corinthians 13. Go to verses 4 through 8 and put God in lieu of love because scripture tells us that God is Love. Then put your name in lieu of love because we are to be imitators of God!

May the Love of Christ dwell richly in you!

ET Ramblings

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Untouchables!

So here we are posing for our church directory which is being finished as we speak. We took this picture back in October!!!!!
As we look back on 6 months, there have been alot of changes. The small country church is very different from the big city church but God is in love with everyone!!!! He needs different people for different jobs. I've learned that a NY boy does not need to know the area and the people (in's and out's of an area) to minister there. He needs the power of the Holy Spirit! It is not about what we know and can do, it is about the Spirit of the living God working inside the individuals. Just as I asked God 'How can a NY city boy minister in Michigan, I asked the same question of God...How can I minister in a rural setting were almost everyone told me not to go." The reason was very clear but I did not understand it fully.
So How can I minister in a small rural setting of NJ.
You see my calling is still the same! It never changed!
Look at Matt 10 which says:
"Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, [who are the lost? Anyone who doesn’t know Jesus and live for him].. confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. TOUCH THE UNTOUCHABLES, kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously." (The Message)
Wherever I am, I am to go to the LOST! the Untouchable! (THEY ARE EVERYWHERE) I have been given much and much is required!
God’s love is for EVERYONE – no one is a LOST cause. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish (die) but have eternal life” John 3:16
Lets start by touching the untouchable like Jesus did! Lets finish the job and go home!