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Could Donald Trump be a “Trojan Horse” type player of God’s Kingdom ready to get in and execute judgement on a corrupt government and political system? We need to really be thinking and praying about this election. I have some statements and questions. We have to take an open and honest look at supporting Donald Trump with our vote.

I believe most of us believers (and pro-lifers) agree that abortion is wrong and that many would even call it murder. We, as believers, would say that in order to have true, eternal life that we must be spiritually born again.

Many believers and theologians would argue that the discipleship process starts before one is even born again. It is the Holy Spirit that draws us before we are ever saved. We know, according to the Scriptures, that we are saved by faith and that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.

Is Donald Trump also in a discipleship process during this campaign process? Donald Trump is a very rich man, but perhaps recognizing that he is poor in spirit, he has chosen to surround himself and seek counsel from many God-fearing men and women who are speaking the Word of God to him.

Since the Word of God does not return void, isn’t it reasonable to suggest that through this campaign/ election process, Donald Trump could also be in a discipleship pricess where the Word of God being planted as a seed in his heart and watered by the Holy Spirit is preparing him to be God’s bold mouthpiece condemning the evil and corruption in our government and our nation?
If Trump has in fact committed his life to Christ as some Christian leaders are saying (see link below), then are we choosing to judge and hold past sins against an infant believer still in a process of sanctification? Would we do that to new infant believers in our local churches? If Trump has not made a decision for Christ are we assuming it’s not possible? Is the grace of Christ too weak to save a rich man like Donald Trump? How quick we are to forget the Word…

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:23-26)

We know America is most likely never electing a “Bible thumping preacher”. We’ve seen Bible believing candidates like Huckabee and Palin come and go. Once those with a liberal far left minded agenda in media and government know your a Bible believing Christian, your toast politically. However, if you study Biblical history you know that God has used all kinds of people for his purpose, some righteous and some un-righteous.

We’ve heard about the Muslim migration in our nation being compared to that of a Trojan Horse of terror from within. Jesus told his disciples that the “kingdom of God is within you”. Could it be that the kingdom of God might be within Donald Trump? Could God use this election process as a discipleship process to humble him and use him to be a “Trojan Horse” type with seeds of the Kingdom planted within him waiting to bear fruit in God’s timing? Why not?
So many believers for so many years have been praying for revival and God’s mercy for our nation. Do we not believe that God is able and could be using a carnal man like Trump to expose the hypocrisy in high levels of our government? God certainly has used some shady characters throughout history. And I’ve noticed throughout history how the church takes a romanticized  view of the people God has used in the past, but we’re somehow more critical of those God uses in the present.
Could it be that believers who choose to publicly slander Donald Trump are unknowingly playing a part in the attempt to abort God’s conceived plan before the gestation process has time to complete and the plan develop to fruition? Could it be that Donald Trump is an unsuspecting “Trojan Horse” that’s anointed of God to bring judgement and clean house in our corrupt government and political system? We should be careful in are criticism just in case lest we speak ill of God’s anointed.

I know he is rough around the edges and has said some horrible things and perhaps done some horrible things. And there may be more videos, arrogant statements, and gaffes to come. Yet, we have seen throughout history, how God has managed to use the unusable with or without our understanding.

9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)

In biblical history the Jews often had a hard time accepting the prophets that God had sent. With a refusal to vote for Donald Trump could we be repeating their mistakes?

Consider this when voting this year:
If Trump is elected president he will have four years in office before having to campaign for reelection. The same with Hillary.

The Supreme Court Justices are appointed for a LIFE TERM. This could affect us, our children, and our grandchildren for decades.

  •  One candidate has admitted to appointing Supreme Court justices who will be as liberal as ever usurping states rights, disregarding the constitution, and persecuting the church.
  •  One candidate has promised to appoint more Conservative judges that will uphold the constitution, and have respect for all Americans.

I encourage you to look at the big picture concerning this election. Be open minded and most importantly prayerfully aware of what’s taken place. Understand the times (1st Chronicles 12:32). Don’t just trust everything the professional media tells you. Investigate. Use good sense and reason. May God bless you with spiritual discernment as you seek him on this.

Link to Franklin Graham’s thoughts after Trumps lewd remarks. http://www.charismanews.com/politics/60435-franklin-graham-what-we-need-to-keep-in-mind-after-donald-trump-s-lewd-remarks

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That’s right! What we understand as Christmas is broader than just a cute story about Jesus coming as a baby. The Christmas story is part of the greatest story of love, loss, sacrifice, and redemption that we’ve ever had the opportunity to experience. And that right there is what’s so amazing about it! We CAN in fact experience the greater Christmas story personally in our lives. We have to understand that Jesus IS the Son of God and make a personal decision to either 1) accept Him as our Savior or 2) reject Him.

I’m so grateful that I have chosen to accept Him and have a relationship with God’s Son Jesus! A relationship with Him is the one and only way to be reconciled back into a relationship with God, live a fulfilling and purposeful life, and live with Him in heaven forever.

But, Let’s say you’re reading this post and you don’t believe in God or that Jesus is the Son of God. Would you think through with me about some of the details of His life with an open mind?

I undoubtedly know that God exist and sent His Son Jesus. But, let’s put my belief aside for a moment and say none of it’s true.

If there was a God, wouldn’t you want Him to love us and make Himself known to us in the way He did as recorded in Scripture? Think about it. God came to us in human form as a helpless little baby, the same way we entered the world. How humbling is the way Scripture says he stooped so low to identify with us, to see things through our point of view. It says He grew up and experienced the same kind of hurt and pain that we all experience: the death of friend, rejection, ridicule etc…it says He was kind and thoughtful, that His first miracle recorded in Scripture was a miracle simply to save friends from an embarrassing situation at a wedding.

Let’s say Jesus wasn’t the Son of God, wouldn’t you want to believe that if He did exist, he would be compassionate to the poor and merciful to the broken hearted even though they were desperately lost because of their own sinful mistakes. Wouldn’t you want to believe that he would be loving enough to risk rejection by speaking the bold truth to those who were self-righteous and whose hearts were hardened by the deceitfulness of sin?

If Jesus did not exist as the Son of God, wouldn’t you want to believe that He would live a blameless life and love us enough to give up His life for us?

Think about your life.

Think about the difference in your life past, present, and future based on your choice to believe or not believe.

What if Jesus Christ is in fact the one true Son of God? What if the next time He comes, He is not coming as a cute little baby, but as a powerful King of a forever Kingdom? What difference would it make to you personally in your life?

What if?

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
-Romans 5:8

John 3:16 is basically a quick summation of the Gospel story. It’s a popular verse many are familiar with. Check out the Message paraphrase (verses 16-18) of the worlds most popular verse:

16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

What if?

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Jesus did the dirty jobs

“Jesus Did The Dirty Jobs”

 

Recently someone asked me,

 

“Could you imagine the King of Kings washing your feet?”

 

That is something to think about isn’t it? Especially when you consider the context of feet washing in their day. It was one of the most menial tasks for the servant who got all the jobs no one else wanted to do. People’s main mode of travel was walking. Some would have donkeys, camels or horses, but most could not afford them, so they walked. They did not have nice paved sidewalks to walk along; it was dry dusty roads often covered by dung from the wealthier travelers’ donkeys, camels and horses. The nasty dust and dirt from the roads would cling to the sweaty feet of the travelers. Keep in mind that they did not wear Nike shoes with comfy socks to absorb the sweat.

 

It was so important to have their feet washed. Especially as you consider how they sat for dinner. They did not sit at dinner tables with high chairs like we have today. They would sit on the floor at lower tables so their feet would be right next to the guest next to them. How nasty that would be to not have your feet washed. This is the context and setting when Jesus, the King of Kings, took the opportunity to show his disciples the heart of a true servant. How powerfully humbling that would have been. Smelling the nasty sweaty feet as you sat down to eat dinner and knowing that you were too prideful to humble yourself to serve. And then Jesus, the King of Kings, washing their feet one by one. Wow! Jesus was secure enough to serve. It says in John 13:3-5,

 

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

 

Jesus was secure enough in his identity to stoop down and do the most menial task, wash feet. When we think about the “dirty” jobs or jobs we feel are not important what comes to mind? Serving in the nursery or preschool at church? Volunteering to show up to property workday or work all week at Vacation Bible School? Cleaning the restrooms? How about the “dirty jobs” at home? Loving your wife by cleaning the bathroom or doing the dishes? Helping your son or daughter with that art project? Taking out the trash without being reminded too?

 

We need to follow in Christ’s footsteps and know who we are in him and commit to a lifestyle of servant hood. Those who desire to be great in the kingdom of God will voluntarily choose to be a servant and will look out for the interest of others. Many of us say we want to be like Jesus. However, when we say this, do we have in mind that Jesus did the dirty jobs?

 

Looking forward to a great 2012!

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great 2012!

As you can see, I only blog on “even” years. So, look forward to hearing from me from time to time this year about life and ministry.

Our 2012 vision this year for the High 5 Children’s Ministry is simple:

To connect the body of Christ at Westmore RELATIONALY and with RESPONSIBILITY so we may better serve Christ, His church and reach our community.

Luke chapter ten teaches us some amazing truths about ministry that we can see modeled from the life of Jesus himself. First of all in verse one we read how Jesus sent the disciples out two by two. He has called us to PARTNER in ministry. As we partner in ministry, we connect with others in the body of Christ relationally and with a shared responsibility. Partnering this way puts us into a good position to serve joyfully and avoid the burn out so many in ministry experience.

Secondly, we see the importance of PRAYER. Luke 10:2 Jesus says to pray for laborers to enter the harvest. It’s important to lift up one another in prayer and encourage one another to step up and serve in some way. Prayer not only connects us in our relationship with God, it is through prayer that God is able to connect us with others and bring about divine providence in our lives to accomplish His purpose through us.

Lastly, we should PRAISE God as we experience what He is doing in our lives and through our lives for His kingdom. In Luke ten verse seventeen and twenty one we can see that not only do we rejoice as we serve God together, Jesus himself is filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit as we do His work on the earth today.

So, get out there and get involved in your home church. Partner in ministry, pray for the harvest and praise God. Serve the Lord by serving others. Your 2012 can be the best year ever as you connect relationally and with responsibility within the body of Christ!

Blessings,

Chris Knipp

LIFE

On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”

The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”

So God agreed……

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span..”

The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”

And God agreed……

On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”

The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”

And God agreed again…….

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”

But the human said, “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes
eighty, okay?”

“Okay,” said God. “You asked for it.”

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and
bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

Changing The Perception Problem

The Apostle Paul concerning a change in perception about his life after his conversion to Christ wrote this verse:

“And they praised God because of me.” Galatians 1:24

I came across this verse while reading the other day and a question jumped out at me. The question is, “How many people praise God because of me?” So, let me ask you, “How many people praise God because of you?”

I believe the answer to this question can say a lot about you as a disciple of Jesus Christ. When you are a witness for Jesus Christ and people are being saved through your testimony, people will be praising God because of you, when you take time for others and really care for them and their interests not in a superficial way, but sincerely, people will praise God because of you. When you are a servant and are looking for ways to serve others and be a blessing. When you decide to be a giver rather than taker, an eternal investor rather than a consumer, people will praise God because of you. So, what does it take to become that kind of disciple that people praise God because of?

The apostle Paul had an encounter with the risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that turned his world upside down. A new perception and a new report begin to out about Paul. The Jewish Christians said of him, “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy” (Galatians 1:23). Then Paul wrote, “And they praised God because of me.”

What are some perceptions people have about you? Do people run when they see you coming? Do people speak well of you? Do people seem to want you around? Do you have close relationships with others? Does anyone depend on you? If you find it difficult answering any of these questions or perhaps you don’t like your answers to these questions, then may be you need a fresh encounter with Jesus Christ like the Apostle Paul. Because a fresh encounter with him and a fresh outpouring of His Spirit is what you need to shake up your world and get you living as a true disciple of Christ. Then in time, you’ll be able to say, “and they praised God because of me.”

Chris Knipp

The 2011 Vision

The past week we have celebrated the first year serving at our current ministry assignment at Westmore Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. It’s been an eventful year getting adjusted to doing ministry in a new town with new people and living with your in-laws :). We’ve had a lot of great experiences and have gotten to know some real good people.

I look forward to closing out a strong 2010 as we plan ahead for a great 2011! I’m excited and await, with great expectation, a fruitful new year. This week, I’ve finished writing up the 2011 vision, goals, calendar and budget for the children’s ministry. Habakkuk 2:2 says,

“ Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.

So, here is our vision and goals for 2011 written plainly on one of my many “modern day tablets.”

Vision:
We seek to establish norms within the culture of our church/ children’s ministry cultivating a family approach to discipleship through which we perform ministry together with the combined influences of church and family preparing us for the harvest God wills to send to Westmore Church of God as we endeavor to expand His Kingdom!

Goals:
• Connect families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members with the vision, to each other, to ministry and to mission
• Train families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members to embrace vision and Christian community and to fulfill ministry and mission
• Provide opportunities for families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members to adhere to vision and Christian community and fulfill ministry and mission

I’m ready to be used by God to “equip the saints for the working of ministry.” I’m ready for a ripe spiritual harvest this next year. I’m ready to be the man of God, husband, father, friend and pastor that God has called me to be. I’m ready to walk in and fulfill the heavenly vision God has given me.

It’s Time To WAPP Your Kids!!!

What is a WAPP??

The WAPP is an acrostic that means “Week Ahead Parent Paper”. It is designed to help parents be the primary disciplers of their kids by helping them engage their kids with principles from God’s Word a “week ahead” of the lesson they will be learning in High 5 Kids Church. Ultimately, it is our mission to make disciples. God did not say go into the entire world and teach Bible lessons. He said, “…go into all the world and make disciples…” Part of the discipleship process is preaching/ teaching Bible lessons, but discipleship at its best takes place in the home. According to Deuteronomy 6:4-9, parents have the primary responsibility to disciple their children. The WAPP is a tool designed to help parents with this process. So, go ahead, WAPP your kids. They’ll be glad you did…eventually.

How does the WAPP work??

We hand the WAPP out on Sundays. You read over it and sometime through the week go over memory verse, big idea, and bible story and do the practical action steps with your kids. The following Sunday we will reinforce the WAPP material that you went over with your kids by making the Bible stories come to life through dramatization, worship experiences, object lessons, engaging illustrations, preaching and prayer. Then, Sunday night during our FOCUS time, the kids have a chance to discuss the messages taught and reinforced throughout the week and that morning. They do this through games, worship, discussion and prayer. The WAPP helps unify and maximize our discipleship efforts combining the influences of church and family.

Time To Serve

Hello Westmore Church of God Members! Isn’t the year flying by? Can you believe we have half a year left until Christmas? Things have been really exciting around here at Westmore and time really does fly when your having fun. How can you not be having fun when you’re serving the Lord in the local church? God has called us to serve and He has called us to serve together making a difference in lives for eternity.

Let me just ask. Have you been faithful serving God in the local church? If life has been a drab and you seem to be missing something, then maybe what your missing is an opportunity right there staring you in the face…local church ministry. I want to issue a challenge out there to members in the congregation: Find a place to serve and serve God with all your might! Find someone to serve with! When you serve God with others you begin to develop godly relationships that are fulfilling and bring joy to your life.

Jesus, in Luke 10:1 sent his disciples out to do ministry. He did not send them alone, but He sent them out two by two. In Luke 10:17 it says that the disciples returned with joy. We experience joy when we serve God together. Imagine people in our congregation: Husbands and Wives, Best friends, new friends and people of like interests meeting and serving together! We can make a difference together in our church and our community for Christ.