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Let the Motivation of Our Heart Be for God’s Glory

It’s ok to work, to go to school or college, to play sports, to pursue hobbies and to use your gifts and talents. It is good to do such things and to pursue greatness in these areas. But do all of these things as if unto the Lord and for His glory.

Everything that a Christ follower does should glorify the Father, whether in word or in action. The motives of our hearts should be to bring glory to God and to know Him more as we abide in Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit. The fuel for our lives should be the passion that comes from the Lord and the Power that we get from Him.

We should no longer live lives that are powerless. We should be living lives that are loving, bold, stable, and filled with His power. We should not be living lives that are filled with a knowledge about God and His Word, but are powerless and defeated. We need to stop having a form or an appearance of godliness, but lack or deny His power at work in us. Then we will be making an impact for the Kingdom of God and we will be living the lives that God has purposed for us to live.

Call to action: As you spend time with the Lord in prayer and in reading the Bible – pay attention to the desires that He puts into your heart and what He causes you to become passionate about and ask of Him to show you where He would like to use you today. Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit and anoint you for that purpose. Be open each day for Him to pour out His Spirit into you and be a vessel of His glory and power and love…. Be willing to be used by the Lord. He is willing to use you if you love Him. He knows your heart and He loves you. He wants to love those around you through you. God wants to pour out His power into you and be glorified in your life. God bless you!

II Timothy 3:5, II Timothy 1:7, Colossians 3:16

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Jerry Writes from Jail “Random Thoughts & Ramblings for My Lord Jesus Christ 4/19/14”

I started reading Luke this morning and haven’t made it past the 1st chapter and have got to stop and shout it from the rooftop about how good and powerful our God is. He sent Gabriel to Elizabeth and the KJV Bible says she is well stricken in years and told her that she was going to have a baby and then sent Gabriel to a virgin and told her she was going to have the son of God. God is still just as powerful today than ever. He sent an angel to tell both women one well stricken in years and one a virgin that they were going to have babies. Our God is good to us and His mercy endures forever if we accept Him and turn from our wicked ways. he loves us and He has the best plan for us if we just trust Him to carry it out. I know very well how hard it is to wait on God but if we run ahead of Him like the Israelites in the OT the only thing waiting on them was defeat just as defeat will be waiting on us. God’s plan and timing are perfect. I think that if the God we serve can create the universe, then helping His children is nothing to Him.

Me and my wife have been talking of free will and I will have to talk with my wife about this but I am going to write it down while I’m thinking about it. We do have free will in the sense that we can choose God or reject Him. We can think whatever we want or we can take our thoughts captive. But God uses us in some way. He has a plan for us and if we go through life and don’t accept Him we are still placed on earth for a purpose. The God I serve doesn’t make something for nothing.

We as Americans have been blessed because we have always been a Christian nation. Abortions are like an everyday thing now, gay marriage is legal in some states while we as Christians stick our head in the sand and act like everything is okay. It’s time for us to take back our nation for our children, because if the Lord tarries, what are we leaving them? Nothing but a mess. But it isn’t too late for all of us as Christians to go back and do what the Bible tells us to do. I have always had a problem with thinking that on the national issues that I cannot do anything, surely someone will do something – and the next thing I know is they are telling us Christians that we are weak-kneed sissies and we just need to go away and worship this God that doesn’t exist in a corner somewhere and be quiet about it.

The God that I serve is a mighty God, He is a warrior, we will not be quiet because our God will fight for us and if He is for me who can be against me? Let’s all as Christians quit acting like we’re scared to say who we worship and let’s rise up and say it proudly because we know we have the real God on our side!

There are people going around today telling every body that the Bible isn’t real, that it’s all allegories to get a point across. I would like to say that the Bible is real each and every word in it. I mean if we think about it, who if they were going to write a fake book but one that was going to convince people that it’s a real book about God, would put the story of Jonah and the whale, David and the giant, Noah and the ark… and the list goes on… ???

Our God is so mighty that the stories that are in there about Him are so big that they can only be by and about God. No man can do what our God can do. [And when a man trusts God, there is no limit to what he can do according to God’s purposes.] That is why all of those stories are in there. PTL! [Praise the Lord!]

Our God is mighty. He is mighty to save! Let’s put our trust in the Lord and rise up and say that we’re proud to have a God that everyone wants to prove is not real. You know that He is real because everyone that doesn’t want others to believe in Him or accept Him doesn’t want anyone else to, either. He is a God of miracles and if He is for us who can be against us? Let’s all as brothers and sisters in Christ keep going after Him, hard, and while we do, let’s tell as many people as we can about Him and His love. That is the Great Commission. Let’s get back to to the real Bible and not be afraid to tell people that we are not perfect but we believe every word of the Bible.

4/19/14 by Jerry Dingler from the Jefferson County Jail in Alabama

[This is Angela – the other 1/2 of 2fools4Christ – I apologize that the blog had to be neglected for a few days due to no internet service at home. I have been able to get that matter resolved and we, 2fools4Christ, are so glad to be able to update our readers about all that is going on in our lives. Our goal is primarily to share the GOOD NEWS of JESUS, the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, and to share how that plays out in real life and how that looks by being transparent in our walk. We want to share the TRUTH with you and that involves sharing how we are imperfect, yet growing, maturing spiritually, and learning more from our Lord and Savior, Jesus, every day. Also, we want to share how good God is, how faithful and true that He is, how His love is unfailing, and how He comforts, protects, guides, teaches and blesses us and so much more! God bless you!]

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God’s Not Dead! How the Movie Affected 2fools4Christ

Jerry and I, Angela, went to see the movie “God’s Not Dead” with family. We never get to go to the movies, but we made an exception to be able to go and see this movie. We don’t even watch TV anymore because of all of the negative and outright sinful things that are on television, now. Also, what shows that we did find acceptable became a hindrance due to taking up so much time just zoning out in front of the TV. When we saw the trailer for the movie “God’s Not Dead” we knew that we wanted to go and see this and experience it for ourselves firsthand.

Jerry’s review [written from jail]: “What I Thought about God’s Not Dead” (somewhat of a spoiler alert)

First, I would like to say that it was very inspiring to me. I mean, if we think about it, what would it have really mattered if he had written God’s Dead on a piece of paper. If we are honest – what would we have done if faced with the same situation before we saw the movie?

As a mature Christian, I would not sign it, but for a young man to be that young and mature was truly inspiring and it didn’t come without cost. His classmates were upset because they had to read an extra book because of him and he lost his girlfriend. The professor really thought that he had the upper hand and maybe he did for a minute, but in the end, our God showed up and showed out as only our God can do.

Don’t get me wrong, I know where the professor was coming from because I lost my mother when I was 10 and I spent a lot of my life being angry at God. But God loved that professor right up to the end and let him come in at the eleventh hour. That’s how awesome our God is. I mean, the man went through his whole life hating God and all the while God loved Him and wanted him to come and be with Him for eternity. That’s the kind of God we serve. He wants to save all of us from a devil’s hell. And the young lady that had cancer, God didn’t give her cancer, but I bet He is more than willing to heal her.

We as a human race are fallen beings and no matter how much we don’t accept it, we or some of us are going to die before the world thinks that we should. Even if we are Christians we are not all going to die of old age. But, if we are Christians, we are going to wake up on the other side in far better shape than we were on this side. Amen. (written on 4/21/14 by Jerry Dingler and added to this blog post by Angela Dingler on 5/7/14)

Angela’s review:

We were not disappointed at all! The movie is great! We laughed and we cried and there were so many elements of the movie that are true to life. I have been going to a local community college and taking classes online. There is so much anti-God material being taught in the schools, now. I was kind of shocked to see the way that our schools are blatantly calling God and religion either outdated, untrue, or just made up by mankind to rule others. I must also say that even in this environment that there are also several other classes where God is acknowledged as real and sovereign and our Creator. So, while I have encountered the adversary at work in my college classes, I have also seen God’s hand at work there and being acknowledged!

The movie also showed how there are no coincidences and that is something that we firmly believe. God is all about working everything out for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose. Sometimes we have no idea all of the things that God is doing on our behalf that is unseen and behind the scenes. Just like this movie portrays, our lives each touch other lives and sometimes we may never know how our connection to another person encourages them or helps them. On the flip side, our sin also touches others lives in harmful ways and sometimes we don’t see how that plays out. This movie is a good reminder of how our lives do touch so many other’s lives.

I would like to make mention of one thing that has been brought up by non-believers who have criticism for the movie. Some say that the characters are too stereotyped and that the movie portrays all non-believers as angry, bitter, full of hate and cold. Also, they say that the movie portrays them as being emotionally hurt in their past and that is what drives their non-belief. One other criticism is that the character with cancer only turns to God because she doesn’t want to die. Listen, I would like to point out that this is a movie. This is a movie that is for entertainment and also to show that  God is alive. This is not a movie to explain or portray to an exact extent how people are and why they believe the way that they do. Also, this movie is based on real cases where students have had to make a choice between following their religious beliefs or failing a class or being silenced on campus. The examples used in the movie may be based on stereotypes to get across broad examples of how people do believe and act in real life in order to show how God can and will work in the situations portrayed. Critics will always have criticisms. The movie is great and does what it was made to do. Inspire believers to speak up and contend for the faith!

Our main reaction to this movie is that we chose to also contend for our faith. We invite you to do the same! This movie did really motivate us to share our faith and faith journey – how we are working out our salvation with fear and trembling. We were so inspired that we wanted to have a “faith rally” in the park, immediately. We felt like we should be taking our faith and sharing it corporately outside of the church walls, too. All of these ideas are in the works and this blog is one way that we felt led to begin sharing our faith and belief in God and Jesus, His Son. We would love to come and sing and speak if you have an idea for a gathering of people or a church. Contact us for more information.

If you have not seen the movie, go ahead, you will enjoy it. If you don’t know Jesus, then maybe this movie will open your heart to Him. All in all, the movie is just a movie. God’s Word, His Holy Spirit, the Father and Jesus – He is who is important and who you need to know in order to be made whole. God bless you!

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Ambassadors of Jesus Christ

Ambassadors of Jesus Christ

by Angela Dingler

March 20, 2104

 

Do we realize as Christians that we are Jesus’ ambassadors? Do we know what that means? Do we take that calling seriously? To represent the Lord and be a minister of reconciliation to God, it is the job of each and every member of the body of Christ. Each of us who are saved have been given authority in the name of Jesus to heal, to set free, loose chains, release from bondage, and take His gospel message to the lost, wherever they are, in our homes, our schools, our neighborhoods, our jobs, where we shop… In all that we do we are to do it as unto the Lord – we are representing Jesus to the world. Let us really take that to heart and let this sink in and measure our motives and actions.

 

Lord, let this begin with me that I take this so much more seriously and that I honor you with my life. I know of many shortcomings in myself and I thank You that You are growing me and maturing me and I pray that I surrender more to You each and every day. Forgive me for all of the sins that I know that need to be removed and even the ones that I don’t recognize as of yet. I thank You that You are working in me to will and to act according to Your good purposes. I know that when You do something new in me, I reach greater levels of peace and freedom and happiness that nothing of this world could ever compare to or offer. I thank You that You take each of us from glory to glory. And I don’t even deserve that – but You are so good that You love me and bless me and Your grace and mercy are always with me. You are more than amazing God. I could never thank You enough. I pray that Your will is done on earth as it is in heaven and that Your kingdom comes. I pray that we who love and know You are busy about our Father’s business and that we are filled with the Holy Spirit, led by You and taught and guided by You O LORD. May we walk in the measure of faith that You have given to each of us, may we walk in Your power and strength and not our own, may the knowledge and wisdom that You have given to us be accompanied by Your power and LOVE. Fill our hearts with Your love, Lord. I thank You so much for Your Word and Your commands and Your promises.  I pray these words in faith asking and receiving in the name of Jesus, the Name Above All Names, Jesus!

 

II Corinthians 5: 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

4243 /presbeúō (“act as an ambassador”) means to act as an established statesman (diplomat) – a trusted, respected ambassador who is authorized to speak as God’s emissary (represent His kingdom).

 

This term is used in the ancient phrase, “I am on embassy to the Emperor, I am an ambassador” (Souter) – i.e. as someone respected as trustworthy (loyal, knowledgeable), especially in the opinion of those they know (belong to).