The Power of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is my sincere hope that you are giving this important day every bit of the attention God deserves. Put down those Black Friday sales papers (or mobile device) for a little while. Focus more on your family than you do on television. Take plenty of time to count your blessings. Thank God for all He has done for you. Continue reading “The Power of Thanksgiving”

Stuck in a Rut?

Sometimes it feels like our life is stuck in a rut. We keep seeing the same scenery – the same results – over and over again. During these times, it is very easy to get frustrated and disheartened.
The Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible illustrates these feelings poignantly:
 
“Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul…” Proverbs 13:12

Continue reading “Stuck in a Rut?”

Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 7: Humility & Pride

FFp4With the arrival of the last installment in the Jesus Judo series, we come to Humility and Pride. In case you have missed any along the way, all of the parts of this series along with hundreds of other teachings are on my website at www.restorethepaths.com. To make sure you don’t miss any future blogs, please sign-up here.

In this series we have already looked at the first six of the ancient seven deadly sins and the corresponding seven Christian virtues: Chastity / Lust, Temperance / Gluttony, Charity / Greed, Diligence / Sloth, Patience / Wrath and Envy / Kindness. We also provided an Introduction to Jesus Judo and the Law of Opposite Actions at the very beginning. Today we finish up. Continue reading “Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 7: Humility & Pride”

A Few Lessons From Billy Graham

billy-graham-393749_1920Many people inside and outside the church feel a great sense of loss with the passing of, perhaps, the greatest Evangelist since the Apostle Paul. Even at the age of 99 – and long past his active ministry days – his loss is still deeply felt by millions around the world.

I believe it is only appropriate to take a break from our series to briefly honor this man who has impacted so many. Though days could be spent reminiscing all that he was and all that he accomplished, I have narrowed the list down to seven things that all of us would do well to imitate. Continue reading “A Few Lessons From Billy Graham”

Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 5: Patience & Wrath

FFp4After our brief excursion into Love Land last week in preparation for Valentine’s day, we continue our discipleship training in the area of “overcoming evil with good.”[1] (aka Jesus Judo). So far, we have studied four of the seven virtues and deadly sins recognized by the Church for over a millennium and a half. We have considered Chastity & Lust, Temperance & Gluttony, Charity & Greed, and Diligence & Sloth. Today is all about Patience and Wrath. Continue reading “Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 5: Patience & Wrath”

Sex: What Does it Have to do with Worship?

Body Worship: Sex and Intimacy
Sex & Intimacy

Sex! Advertisers sell it, Hollywood exalts it and Billions of dollars are given every year in search of it. But, there is something we crave even more than sex – it’s just that we often don’t realize it.

SEEKING GREATER INTIMACY

Valentine’s day is just around the corner. It is a time when people romanticize and think a great deal about the perfect, mutually-fulfilling relationship. Sadly, that kind of relationship appears increasingly difficult to come by. Life is busier, more distracting and frustratingly complicated. It also doesn’t help that culture persistently inundates us with confusing, and often opposing, ideas of what the ideal relationship is actually like. Continue reading “Sex: What Does it Have to do with Worship?”

Friday Night Fire and More

Good evening Saints and soon-to-be-saints, I hope you are having a great day!

To all my Shenandoah Valley friends: I am greatly looking forward to being with you the weekend of Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018.

I will be kicking off the weekend by joining members of various churches for the monthly Friday Night Fire, hosted by Pastor Terrance Williams and held at Common Ground in Fishersville, VA at 7 pm. It is freely open to everyone.

After what promises to be a powerful time of Praise and Worship with a great group of skilled musicians, I intend to release a brand-new Word that God has been stirring in my spirit for several years. It’s time for this baby to be born! Like Elizabeth, my baby is leaping at the sound of the Messiah. I can’t tell you how excited I was the other day when I sensed God saying this was the time and place for this Word to be born.

This promises to be a content-rich message, so feel free to record or purchase one of the CD’s the hosts are planning to make.

We have a limited number of spaces available for the Bible Study I will be conducting in Stuarts Draft, VA on Sunday afternoon February 18th at 3:30 pm. I feel deeply that this needs to be personal and up-close, so if you are interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible so we can get you on the list before all slots are filled.

Many of you know that this area is home for me. My visits are far too few, so I am prayerfully and excitedly looking forward to all that God is going to do! I hope I get to see you while I’m home.

God’s Blessings!

Pastor Rodney

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Fast Forward with Jesus Judo and the Law of Opposite Actions in 2018

One the most challenging aspects of Christianity – both to understand and to live out – is what I call, “The Law of Opposite Actions.”  It’s one of those topics that, even though I have taught, preached and wrote on it numerous times, never diminishes in importance or urgency. In one of my older blogs, I called it Jesus Judo for Biblical Blessings.  While some things are for a season, this message is life-long. I believe it is also one that God has chosen to emphasize in 2018.

You can get more details in the links below, but the basics work like this. Jesus said, “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also… Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High.” (Luke 6:27-29, 35-36)

I am encouraging everyone connected to me, to place a special emphasis on Jesus Judo for the next 40 days. In addition to traditional prayer and fasting for God’s presence, protection and guidance for ourselves, our families, our churches, our communities, our nations and our world, I am also encouraging you to train your mind to think Kingdom rather than culture.

So, when you are talking around the coffee pot in the breakroom, on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or other social media, at school, the grocery store, on the phone or anywhere your life takes you, pray this simple prayer,

“Lord Jesus, what do You want to do in these people’s lives, and how may I assist you in your work?”

Then just listen and do what God says. The answer may come in the form of a scripture memory or an inner knowing of the right thing to do. God may use another person to give you important information. In reality, there are no limits on how God can reveal something to you. As long as it lines up with scripture, you’re good to go. The devil would probably never tell you to show godly love to someone.  You will be amazed at how quickly your ears will become open to hear the voice of the Lord and how much your own life will be enhanced when you are in full-service to God and People.

Next, resist negativity and judgment. We know that God sent His only son so that EVERYONE would have the opportunity to be saved. (John 3:16) When we act as ambassadors of the Kingdom, our role is not to judge who can be a part of God’s Kingdom and who can’t – God already invited everyone. Our role is simply to help him spread the word – extend the invitation. He has employed us to help lead people out of darkness into His glorious light.  So, for the next 40 days, God is asking you to forgo cynicism and judgment, set aside earthly politics and culture, lay down your negative world-view glasses and instead see God’s ability to redeem and restore everyone and everything. Imagine how different people and situations will be when God finishes His great work.

In the days ahead, I will be releasing specific teachings on how to overcome evil with good – in your personal life and in the culture. Please make sure you are subscribed to my free email list so you don’t miss a single principle that will help you prosper spiritually and naturally in this new year.

May this be your best year yet as you grow closer to God and His creation.

May you have a Joyous and Prosperous New Year!

God Bless!

 

Resources:

Email Newsletter: http://www.restorethepaths.com/newsletter/

http://www.restorethepaths.com/jesus-judo-biblical-blessings/

http://www.restorethepaths.com/christmas-wars/

http://www.restorethepaths.com/worthy-of-a-king/

http://www.restorethepaths.com/protesting-leviathan/

http://www.destinyoutreach.cc/

God Hates

Open BookThere has been such an overwhelming focus on God’s love over the past few decades that it may come as a surprise to many that there are things that God does indeed hate. Yes, it’s true. God is a God of love AND a God of hate. It shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise to us. After all we are made in His image and our passions flow in both directions as well.

While we don’t have time in this article to do an exhaustive study of the topic, it is fairly safe to say that all of the things God hates can be placed into two categories: 1.) Actions that diminish His rightful worship; 2.) Actions that diminish or corrupt His Creation. Continue reading “God Hates”

The Past is the Future

As we prepare to celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross this Friday, a great way to look forward is to first look back. About 2000 years before Christ, Abraham the Father of Faith, was commanded by God to sacrifice his only begotten son, Isaac. Coincidence? Absolutely not! God was setting into motion prophetic symbolism that would verify the authenticity of Jesus Christ as Messiah. Continue reading “The Past is the Future”