Sunday, June 27, 2010

Did Jesus have long hair?

"Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?" 1 Corinthians 11:14:

Jesus wasn't the tender, effeminate man with a somewhat angelic appearance as commonly depicted in paintings. He was a carpenter, a builder, a man who knew the construction trade. He knew how to cut down trees and make wooden beams, to haul rocks to build walls, to construct buildings from stone and timber.

The Gospels make it clear that He spent a lot of time outdoors. He hung out with fishermen, the kind of characters who would never respect and look up to a weakling. Yet Jesus had 12 disciples who followed Him everywhere He went and who in time died for Him. They knew Him as a real man, not the fabrication we see in so many paintings.

Judas would not have had to identify Jesus with a kiss among a group of Jewish people if he had long hair since he would be the only one with long hair and it would also take into question his obedience to Jewish tradition.

"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him." Isaiah 53:2

A Feb. 24, 2004, Associated Press article reports: "'Jesus didn't have long hair,' said physical anthropologist Joe Zias, who has studied hundreds of skeletons found in archaeological digs in Jerusalem. 'Jewish men back in antiquity did not have long hair.' 'The Jewish texts ridiculed long hair as something Roman or Greek,' said New York University's Lawrence Schiffman" ("Jesus Scholars Find Fault in Gibson's 'Passion'"). However, it wasn't at all typical among even the Greeks and Romans, as plenty of statues and coins from the time attest.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A man prays for the opportunity to share Jesus

This is a true story that I heard from a brother-in-Christ a few years ago and I felt I would share it first and foremost with the Church where this man attended and also with my closest friends and anyone else that might stumble upon this note.

This brother-in-Christ, who will remain anonymous went to a restaurant and sat at a table and wanted to share Jesus Christ with someone that day. He didn't know who it would be or if he would even have the courage to do so with anyone but he lowered his head in prayer and asked God to bring someone to him that he could share Jesus Christ with. Upon finishing his prayer he looked up from the table and noticed a very beautiful, slender young woman come in the doorway in very professional buisness attire and she was carrying a briefcase in her hand and was waiting to be seated. The man who had prayed to God to share Jesus with closed his eyes and thought to himself that she certainly would not be interested in any thing he had to say. She looked very professional. Had the looks, The clothes and appeared very confident with her pretty smile and to be honest his thoughts did wander as he struggled to keep his eyes focus, not wanting to be tempted in any way.

The woman was finally approached by a waitress who escorted her to the booth directly behind this man who had prayed to God for someone to talk to about Jesus. The woman was seated and as she sat there the man prayed again and his prayer became more intense and he asked God if this was the one whom he must share the Word of Christ with and the thought came to him that he must pray for her. He struggled to think of what to say to her and there was a huge fear of rejection as he turned his feet out of the booth and got the lady's attention and simply asked her, "I'm sorry to bother you but for reasons I can not explain. I feel like I must pray for you? Would it be alright if I prayed for you?" The womans jaw dropped open and she began to cry and the man asked her, "What's wrong?" And the woman got up out of her seat and walked over and sat at the mans booth and told him bluntly that she had planned to commit suicide today. She was going to end her life

The beautiful young lady that looked so full of life and promise opened her briefcase to reveal only a piece of paper inside that contained a suicide note that she had written the night before and the man's jaw dropped and he remembed the prayer he had lifted to God that the Lord would bring him someone to share Jesus Christ with and it was obvious that this woman was the person that truely needed to hear the Word of Christ at that moment. Long story short. The man shared Jesus Christ with her and explained the law of God and how no one is good, not even one. We are all guilty before God and that she was no different from anyone else on earth.

He continued on from the bad news to the God News of Jesus Christ. That God had provided a way for her to be forgiven which is through the life,death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ who took upon Himself the punishment we all deserve for breaking His law so that those with a humble heart who call on His name can go free and enter heaven. He spoke of repentance and faith that comes from God and that woman burst into tears and cried out to God with a humble heart asking God to forgive her for every thing she had done wrong in her life and she embraced the man and could not stop thanking him for what he had just done for her as everyone else in the restaurant silently stared. You could hear a pin drop except for the womans tears and the man held her hands and prayed over her.

It is beleived that the woman who had walked in with absolutely no hope had then walked out with nothing but hope because someone had prayed to God that the Lord would bring someone to him to share the Word of Jesus Christ. When I heard this story I could not keep myself from crying and asking God to bring someone to me who I could share Jesus with and through it wasn't as profound as the story you just heard I was able to share Jesus with someone the very next day. God is amazing, merciful and kind. He resist the proud but gives grace to the humble. Amen.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Genesis 1:20-23 Picture Scripture


1. To be full of things; abound or swarm: A drop of water teems with microorganisms.
2. Obsolete To be or become pregnant; bear young.

Synonyms: teem1, abound, crawl1, overflow, swarm1
These verbs mean to be abundantly filled or richly supplied:

Legalism and Modern Evangelicalism (Paul Washer)

Follow the link to purchase this Audio CD for only $5.00
Love at its best by Emeal Zwayne

Message by Emeal Zwayne
To live for the glory of God is every Christian's greatest honor. This should be our all-consuming passion, and the motivating factor behind everything that we do. How can God's people most effectively fulfill this divine and noble calling?

"Love at Its Best" explores what Jesus said is the greatest of all the commandments -- to love God and people. You will discover how to effectively glorify God through this as you gladly engage in the grand adventures of fulfilling the Great Commission.

Emeal ("E.Z.") Zwayne is an ordained pastor, and the Executive Vice President of Living Waters Publications. E.Z. lives in Southern California with his wife, Rachel, and their five children

Friday, June 18, 2010

Lakers vs Celtics Game 7 Reconciliation Outreach

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God" 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

I asked Steve Sanchez if he was planning to attend the pre-game festivities at Staples Center and upon his response that he would be at Staples Center before Game 7 I made plans to attend.

I got there some time after 4pm. A lot of traffic and a lot of police. Way more than last time. Took pictures and I walked around and encouraged the Christians that were holding signs. Christians that don't participate should at least approach these Christians and offer them encouragement. Quote scripture to them that lifts their spirit and give them some thing to drink if you have it.

I found Steve preaching close to the previous location where me and Tony preached the last time at Staples Center which was also Lakers vs Celtics. Handed out some tracts. There was one guy with a huge bible.

There were a lot of police out there but they didn't attempt to stop us and one of them took a tract from me.

Steve found a great spot for me to preach. For Steve this would be a simple task but for me, Honestly, I was nervous and fumbled a bit with my words as I preached for about 90 seconds and then the police asked me to stop and to move to the curb and I said okay and they thanked me for cooperating with them. Me and Steve retreated to another spot where were were able to continue to share the Word of Christ. Steve preached and the police asked him to stop using amplification so he preached Whitfield style.

Steve then had to gather up his team to leave and so I handed out some more tracts and then pulled out my two-edged sword (the bible) and read from Romans Chapter 1-2, engaged a small crowd in debate and handed out Celebrity Millions.

Read Steve Sanchez blog post about the event and follow-up at the Lakers Parade
Laker Victory!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sovereign Grace and Man's Responsibility

Sovereign Grace and Man's Responsibility

A Sermon
(No. 207)
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, August 1, 1858, by the
REV. C. H. Spurgeon
at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens

"But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to Israel he saith, all day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people."—Romans 10:20-21.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne - Hollywood Preaching

Title: "Hollywood Preaching"
Original photo by Chris Yarzab (fourbyfourblazer)
Subject: Emeal "E.Z." Zwayne
Description: Love At Its Best

Art By Dale Jackson

Follow the link below to purchase this Audio CD for only $5.00
Love at its best by Emeal Zwayne

Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne - Hollywood Preaching
Originally uploaded by fourbyfourblaze