Wednesday, February 23, 2011

THE GRAMMY AWARDS/NBA PLAYOFFS

Just what is a Grammy awards you axe?

Last weekend we were honored to be used by God to preach at the Grammy Awards.
Originally called Gramophone Award and now the Grammy, this reward venue is not for television or film but the music industry. Now in the eyes of God it is nothing but another golden calf where the Creator who gave them their vocal cords and lungs will get no honor or recognition, except of course outside on the sidewalk.

“It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools”
-Ecc.7:5



This was the 53rd year for this event, as this year it was again held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. I had a SUV load of people as we drove to the deliver a message to anyone who is anyone in the music world, from the artists, managers, producers to their followers.
Doug and I stood across the street from where the limousines were dropping off these music celebrities with banners raised, while Mark, Dale, Bill, Jack and Sandy raised banners and preached to the followers. I could not tell you who these people are but I could tell you this, unlike most Hollywood award shows, you will see men in black tuxedos and women in some type of long gowns. However this is not true with the music industry, as the men wear odd colored tight tuxedos with red or green shoes and the women dressed like whores. Exposing much and leaving nothing to the imagination.
Many of these little idols started off singing in churches, maybe in the choir but over time coupled with fame embraced the world and now have become an enemy to God.

“…know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”
James 4:4

It is this ilk that tells the world what is in style, what to wear, tattoos to get, where to pierce your body and how to cut and color your hair all while they serenade their followers with emotion from their muSICK. Much of the music today is not the lyrics but the loud beat coupled with the dress or lack thereof and if you’re a homosexual or bisexual that will help your concert sales.

People do not go to hell for listening to music, but I do believe that Christians will not be attracted to certain music or will be convicted of certain music because it is ungodly and worldly. To a Bible believing Christian this type of music is but noise and racket.

“And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard”
-Ezek 26:13

Can there be Christian rap or holy hip hop and Christian heavy metal?
Yeah right, and why not Christian gambling, or Christian prostitution. Let us open the doors to Christian drinking or smoking bars and how about a Christian mafia. WHY NOT READ AND SING PSALMS if someone loves music? I do not see David rapping for God with his yarmulke on his forehead to show he is cool and grabbing himself, with a gold image of Goliath hanging around his neck, while 10 Bathsheba’s dance around him.
Are we not called to be peculiar people and just how irregular are we when culture dictates what is music, what to wear and how to speak.

Back to the Grammy’s, there was this one rapper who walked out from a Royal Royce limo, and stood about 20 feet from me and had this large golden cross around his neck and after looking and reading my banner pounded his heart with his fist then pointed up to the sky as if to say “I’m saved”……all while he was talking on a golden cell phone with girls around him. It’s all about appearance to this ilk, can we say “WORLDLY?”

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”
-John 2:15

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon”
-Matthew 6:24



AMERICA LOVES HER MUSIC:

AMERICA HAS $PENT BILLION$ OF DOLLAR$ ON MU$ICK
FROM CONCERT$ TO CD’$ OR JUST DOWNLOADING TO THEIR IPOD$, MP3$ OR COMPUTER$ AND REMEMBER WE ARE IN A RECE$$ION?


SUNDAY was the NBA All Star game at Staples Center.
Dale, Jack, Sandy and I loaded up in the SUV and set out towards downtown Los Angeles. The crowds outside Staples were massive, bodies everywhere, streets around the center were closed, and the only thing lacking was us. The Lord gave us good parking just two blocks away and we raised our banners and preached non stop for over 3 hours. Plenty of tracts were taken, countless of conversations and questions answered, hundreds of pictures taken with our banners. I had Jim Brown (running back for the Cleveland Browns) walk past me reading my banner, two older NBA players wanted a picture next to my banner and the amount of money people were paying scalpers for tickets to this game was off the charts. Everyone was reminded it was just a basketball game, as God did not put us on this planet to watch a bouncing ball go into a net. This All Star NBA game was as if a gangster rap concert collided into a Hollywood celebrity nightclub and God forbid you say something about Kobe Bryant.


We have become a nation that loves to watch professional sports. American craves the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB daily. Now did you know there are only two days in the United States where no pro sport games are played? Answer, the day before and the day after the Major League Baseball All Star Game, other than that these games are played night and day 363 days a year.
I am writing in green because God is a Jealous God and GOD IS GREEN WITH ENVY as He looks upon His creation jumping up and down and raising their hands for a bouncing ball.

“For you shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”
-Exodus 34:14

“And Joshua said to the people, You cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins”
-Joshua 24:19

These people need sports as a drunkard needs a drink. When their particular season is over they will view reruns of a season or game will do, they need their fix as they must watch something, anything, even without a ball, , maybe wrestling, boxing, tennis, golf, bowling, synchronized swimming or that most physical sport of all……championship poker. They love God with their lips but their heart belongs to a sports team and if that team loses, well these fanatics look forward to the next season as a Christian should await the coming of Jesus.

SPORTS god


These temples are filled with followers who have a hatred for their opponent just because they are from another city or state. They abhor other teams and certain players for no other reason than wearing a different color jersey. These disciples will sit in small seats outdoors in the snow, rain, fog and summer heat for hours to support their human gods. They will paint their faces, tattoo team logos, dress like their mascot and will both shout for joy and weep if disappointed but read the Bible for 30 minutes? No way, most have issues with just a watered down 45 minute Church service once a week and even if some read the scriptures, they are not as moved as a good ball game, which will trigger all their God given emotions.



They think nothing of watching hours of sports on television and that is considered a good day.
Cable or satellite TV will have numerous channels and programs devoted to sports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, why…….because there is a real need for it. If you are driving there are radio stations, or just click on your keyboard for the updated sport blogs and live websites. No computer, no problem every newspaper has a sports section, or magazines to keep their following in the loop.

Every major city has baseball stadiums, football domes, basketball centers, hockey arenas and sports centers to allow the congregation to pledge their loyalty and God has used us for decades to remind them of the cross and many who claim to be Christians will understand the reality of these words.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”

…….I never knew you…….said to many…….


After the Super Bowl, the Grammy’s, the NBA All Star Game, we now set our face to the Academy Awards in Hollywood this Sunday. Pray that God give us good location and open limo windows to proclaim a message they need to heed.




CHILDREN of faith:

“Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein”
-Mk.10:15



No matter how you slice it, this verse is a condition to gain entrance into God’s kingdom. Interesting how our Lord uses a little child as a warning that WHOSOEVER does not receive the kingdom of God AS A LITLE CHILD WILL NOT ENTER THEREIN.

As Street Preachers/Campus Preachers/Open Air Preachers we must understand WHY God wants mankind to becoming as Little Children as a stipulation for the kingdom of God.

Here are a few reasons from this street preacher:
1) Trust is paramount in a child’s upbringing, as children survive by trusting in parents and adults. Children do not evaluate first and then believe. They believe and trust without any evaluation.
2) The simplicity of the Gospel and the simple manner to interpret scripture, without knowing Hebrew and Greek, without arguing from commentaries or riding the coat tail of another’s theology, without guile.
3) Children can be teachable and always learning.
4) Children are like open books. They stand in front of us with wide-open eyes and what they see and hear, that they do and say.
5) Ever reprimand or spanked a child? Two minutes later that same child is willing to jump on your lap, try scolding an adult believer when he is wrong, that person might never talk with you again.
6) Lastly, faith. A child opens the refrigerator and gets milk for his cereal without wondering how that milk got there, all the child knows is that milk is there. Does the child know you must get a job and work, get a check, cash the check at your bank, get some cash, drive to the store, stand in line, purchase the milk then place it in the refrigerator. No that child just opens the door a gets the milk.

When God asked Abraham to leave his father’s house and his country and start a journey into an unknown place, Abraham didn’t evaluate God’s voice and intentions. He simply obeyed!

“And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”
-Mat.18:3


WE ADULTS CAN LEARN FROM CHILDREN ON HOW TO PROFESS OUR FAITH;
Children will evangelize without question, they will pass out tracts, hold a sign and even preach whereas an adult keeps their faith personal and private. Children are not concerned what others think. If they see something that should not be, they speak their mind, directly and at once. They are completely honest and straightforward.
AS WE SHOULD BE.

Below you will find pictures and preaching clips of God raising up young men and waxing them strong to combat their wicked backslidden theater one day. If they do this at this age, consider what the Lord would have them do at our age.

“Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”
1Timothy 4:12


FATHER AND SON WALKING A PARADE ROUTE AND GUESS WHO IS PREACHING?

HERES A YOUNG MAN WILLING TO WEAR A SIGN AND PASS OUT TRACTS

HOW CAN YOU NOT TAKE LITERATURE FROM HIM?

“OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES”

THIS YOUNG GIRL WAS GIVEN A GIDEON'S BIBLE THEN PASSIONATELY WATCHES THE PREACHER

HERE IS BROTHER NOLAN WALKING THE STREETS


JEREMY JR. IS NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL


“But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatever I command you shall speak”
-Jeremiah 1:7

Nolan Preaches Aloud!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuAAPhOjngo


Jeremy Jr. Preaches at Texas Tech
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wugNd2QS5_Y


8 year old street preacher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUietD0ElCk


Train Up Your Children
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BZbqev9wH4&feature=related





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