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The Most Important Thing God Wants You To Know About Death

Death is often a topic not spoken of, and when it is it’s often misspoken of. This had brought, fear, sadness and confusion to many people; and God does not want His children to live that way. May Frank’s words in this short video fill you with hope and peace as he uncovers the truths God wants you to know about “falling asleep.” Beloved, may you never forget that for believers, the grave is not the end of the story.


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Did Paul Really Tell us Not to Grieve?

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In 1 Corinthians 15:55 Paul says “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” and in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 he writes, “so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.” Please hear this beloved, it’s so very important. Paul is not saying, do not grieve. The Christian community has taken this passage and twisted it many, many times to do something ridiculously wrong, and imply that we're not supposed to grieve. 

When I was pastoring in Delaware, there was a sweet young woman who was thirty-four years old with four babies. She was in the ICU and was dying, and did die. We held a round the clock vigil for that young lady, and people were there with her praying the whole two weeks she was there. I showed up one day just in time to see one of our dear ladies come out of that ICU with tears streaming down her cheeks, and the next lady ready to go in stuck her finger in that woman’s face and said, “Stop crying! That doesn't manifest victory.” If ever I wanted to slap somebody in Jesus' name! You know what, maybe it didn't manifest victory, but it manifested compassion, which is, in my understanding of the New Testament, what Jesus Christ is all about!

We grieve. Paul said in Romans 12:15 through the spirit, “Weep with those who weep.” Jesus himself wept at the death of Lazarus. And this is so important, it doesn't say He cried a few tears, it says He wept. Weeping is full-fledged, heartfelt crying. That's an important distinction. If Jesus felt the freedom to openly grieve the loss of a loved one, even though it's temporary, we should feel the same freedom. 

What Paul is speaking to us in these verses, is that he wants us to grieve with hope, to grieve with confidence that ours is never a permanent goodbye. I challenge every one of you, because until the Lord returns there will be death in your family and friends, when you're at that graveside, don't say goodbye, say until we meet again. Until we meet again.

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He is With You Today

Today we celebrate Christmas, but many will do it with a mixed, hurting heart because they've lost a loved one, or are alone with no friends or family around. This short video from Frank, is a prayer for you, that though this day brings tears down your cheeks you will know the peace, love, and mercy of the Holy Spirit. Merry Christmas Beloved, you are loved.

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He is With You Today

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Good morning - Christmas morning!

Ordinarily, I wouldn't try to share anything with you on this day; it's a day for you and your family, but I want to invade your space today because Christmas isn't necessarily a joyous time for everyone.

Christmas can be a very difficult time for so many people because there's sickness and death in this world and we have to celebrate this wonderful celebration, this wonderful commemoration of God coming to Earth as a baby, but we do it with a mixed heart because we've lost a loved one, or we're alone and there are no friends or family around.

Please hear me on this day; because Jesus came and then returned to heaven, He completed his mission by sending the Holy Spirit to live inside of you, which means that you are never alone. There's never a moment that you're not loved, and never a moment that you are not accepted. You may feel alone, you may feel forgotten, but He knows you. He's with you. As the Old Testament tells us, He has tattooed your name on His hand. He can never, ever forget you.

I pray that though this day brings tears down your cheeks, the Holy Spirit will send the warmth of the peace, love, mercy and grace of his own presence deep into your heart today.

May you know that He loves you.

Merry, Merry Christmas to you, my friend.


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Believing in a God You Can’t See When Life is at its Hardest

In this short video Frank talks about the great tenacity required to believe in what we cannot see and reminds us that if we’re hanging onto Jesus, we’re secure, no matter what is happening in our lives.

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Believing in a God You Can’t See When Life is at it's Hardest

The Christian life is not easy, and it's not for cowards. The Bible says, “We believe that which we do not see,” and that requires tenacity friends!
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Stop Judging! We Were Never Designed to Live Here

The pain of living in a world we were not designed to live in can be unbearable. In this short video, Frank encourages us with the truth that there is hope when death is all around us because with God it is never the end of the story.

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Stop Judging! We Were Never Designed to Live Here.

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Come with me to Lamentations chapter 3, and let’s walk through it together. Jeremiah says, “I'm the man who has seen affliction. I've seen the rod of His wrath. He's led me into darkness and not into light. His hand is against me all day. He is building walls around me.” Have you ever felt like you have walls around you, and you can't escape, they’re closing in?

He continues, “He’s caused my flesh to rot. He's broken my bones. He's besieged me with bitterness. I dwell in dark places.” Have you ever been in the darkness so bad that you can't see the light?

“He's made my chains heavy.” Have you ever been in a situation where you’re carrying a load that you just can't get off your shoulders?

“He shuts out my prayer; He doesn't listen. He's not hearing me. I feel like He's a bear lying in wait like He's a lion waiting to ambush me. He's drawing the Arrow of His quiver, and I'm the bullseye. He's made me a laughing stock. He's broken my teeth.” Oh, I've been there, haven't you? Where the wilderness is so big and so strong that it looks like you're never going to make it through. Life is so intense that you're grinding your teeth, and you're not even aware that you’re doing it, but you can't seem to stop. You go to the dentist and end up with a mouth a guard because you know - you are not going to be able to stop the grinding.

We have got to understand this friend, we don't judge that as Christians! That person who's experiencing that is living in a world they weren't designed to live in so stop the judging! Let them be human! They weren't designed to live here!

Let’s read a little further in Lamentations, Jeremiah’s cowering in the darkness and says “I have no peace. I've forgotten happiness. My strength is gone.” He’s saying he has fear, he has no peace, he has no joy, and he has no strength! Are you there loved one? Well here’s the key to it all right here in verses 19 and 20; “Remembering my affliction,” (and just to make sure we get it he says it again,) “Surely my soul remembers, His eyes are on the rubble of Jerusalem, His eyes are on those murdered little babies, His eyes are on those weeping violated women, His eyes are on the ashes of what was once the glory of Israel.”

And in the midst of Jeremiah’s anguish, the spirit of God helps him and look what he is able to say, “This I recall to my mind, the Lord’s lovingkindness never ceases; His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. For this reason, I have hope.” He’s gone vertical! Oh, beloved, there is HOPE when death is all around you because it is NOT the end of the story. Jeremiah begins to recall to his mind all that God is, and all that God has done, and he ends up with hope, and a man cannot live without hope, he must have the belief that things are going to change.


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Why Living Vertically Changes Everything

Keeping our eyes on Jesus changes everything! God has promised to be in our wilderness with us, and in this short video, Frank encourages us to allow the wilderness we’re facing to become the place where we find God in ways we've never known him before.

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Why Living Vertically Changes Everything

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David, who knows the love of God says, “My Lips are going to praise you,” and by the way, don't forget he says this while he's in the wilderness. His circumstances have not changed. All that has changed is his mindset - He's gone vertical.

So he says, “My lips will praise you. I will bless you as long as I live, I will lift my hands to you. I don't need a temple, I don't need a priest, I don't even need a worship choir; this desert will be my altar.”

Friend, I don't know what you may be going through, some of you may have just heard the word “cancer” recently, you have to let that be your altar. Some of you might have received the dreaded words “neuromuscular disease,” let that neuromuscular disease be your altar. Some of you may have just had little kids diagnosed with a disease, I’ve been there friend, let that diagnosis be your altar. That altar will be where you find God in a way you've never known him before because he promises to be in that wilderness with you.

David wrote, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” How could he say that? Because he knew his God would be with him; he knew that his heavenly Father was all that he had.

When we’re in those wilderness times, I can guarantee you that all you will have is Him. Your friends won't get what you’re going through, even though they will try. I remember when we went through our desperate wilderness, we had friends that tried, but the hugs were empty, their faces were familiar and filled with compassion but they couldn’t meet the desperate need of the soul. The money you have isn't going to matter, but the one thing you can have that will not only meet the desires of your soul but the desires of your body itself, as you're wasting away in the wilderness, is God himself.

May you make your desert your altar today friend.


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How to Praise God in the Wilderness

Do you long to see the power and glory of God in your wilderness? Do you wonder if it’s even possible to praise Him when you are facing such pain? Don’t miss Frank’s hope-filled video today, as he teaches us what God’s lovingkindness is all about, and shares how it is possible to praise God, even in the wilderness.

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How to Praise God in the Wilderness

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David says his hope is to see the glory and power of God in the wilderness, just as surely as he sees it in the temple in Jerusalem. He's saying that he doesn't need a building to find God, he doesn't need priests to find God, he doesn’t need sacrifices to find God, and here it comes - he doesn’t need a pastor to find God! You see friends, God wants to have a relationship with you, with no mediator other than God Himself named Jesus. Isn't that cool?!

Look what David says in verse 4, “Your lovingkindness is better than life.” You might want to circle the word lovingkindness; it's the Hebrew word “hesed.” It is the word for unconditional love in the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant word for “agape.”

We need to stop right there friends and really think about what he’s saying here, “Your lovingkindness is better than life.” Let’s talk about life; aren’t our lives our most precious possessions, the thing we hang on to at all costs? If a robber came up and pointed a gun at you, what would you do? You'd give him your wallet! Why? Because your life is more important than your money. If you get the dreaded word, “cancer,” what are you going to do? You're going to go through drastic surgery, you’ll take hideous chemicals into your body, why? To save your life! We fight for life with all we have. The Old Testament book of Job says exactly that in chapter 2, verse 4, “All that a man has, he will give for his life.” And it’s true.

What David says is radical, “Your love is even better than the choicest thing in my life called life itself. How can he say that? Well, let's think about it, what good is life without the love of God?

One of the things that brought me to Christ almost forty years ago now, was a little gospel tract that I received from a church I visited. It was called, “Is this all there is to life?” I opened it up after I had visited, I wasn't a Christian yet, but this is what it said on the first page, “A man is born, goes to school, gets married, gets a job, has kids, retires, and then dies; is that all there is to life?” That got me thinking, what is man really? Is he really just a bunch of protoplasm waiting to become manure? Or is there more to this thing? And that sent me on my search to find God.

What David finds, and his son Solomon wrote these words, “All of life is a vanity unless God is a part of it.” And so David, who knows the love of God, says, “My Lips are going to praise you.” And don't forget where he is when he says this, he's in the wilderness! His circumstances have not changed, all that has changed is his mindset - he's gone vertical.


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Video Blog: What Every Hurting Person Needs to Know

We face many adversities in this life, and in those dark times, we can feel so alone. May Frank’s words in this short video fill you with hope. Remember - our God always holds on to us!

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A Heart's That Good

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I want to tell you one of my favorite stories.

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning, while eating breakfast, the young woman noted that their neighbor’s laundry, which was hung out to dry, was not very clean and added that the poor woman must not know how to wash clothes properly. Her husband looked on but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang out her clothes to dry, the young woman would make the same comment that her neighbor’s laundry was not very clean and that the poor woman must not know how to wash clothes properly.

One morning, however, the young woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look at those clean clothes next door! Someone must have taught her how to wash clothes. I wonder who got to her?” The husband responded, “Actually, I got up early this morning and washed our windows.”

Unfortunately, this is all too often a very common experience. We as human beings spend so much time thinking negatively about our neighbor, that we fail to see the negative in our own lives. This is something we should especially avoid when thinking of our Christian brethren.

In the first letter to the Thessalonians Paul, who had to leave Thessalonica because of persecution, wrote to them that he wanted to get back to them but was unable to do so. It would have been very easy for the Thessalonians to listen to the negative voice of the enemy and think that Paul did not value them, or did not have the time for them, or perhaps that he was too busy for them.

Timothy, who had been sent to Thessalonica when Paul could not go there, returned with the news that the Thessalonians ALWAYS had good remembrances of them. They knew that Paul had a new heart and a good heart, (Ezekiel 36:25-26) and so they chose to believe that Paul had the best in mind for them always.

If only we would choose to believe the best about other people. How much needless conflict might we be able to avoid if we chose to believe that the heart of a believer is always good, instead of giving in to negative imaginations? Remember, Paul said in 1 Corinthians that love believes and hopes all things!

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Father Sees and Understands Your Struggle!

Can any comfort be found as we face unthinkable circumstances we never dreamed we would face? How do we survive the pain and sorrow of a world that we were never designed to live in? In this video, Frank invites us into the truth that we are not alone and that there is One who understands our grief and pain and will walk with us through it.

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Forever Creating...

God is a creator!   That is Who He is.

God is a creator! That is Who He is.

In I Cor 13 we are told that faith, hope, and love endure even when we are in heaven. One might be tempted to ask, why we will need hope in heaven when we will have arrived into the perfect state. The key lies in the definition of hope.

Hope is the confident expectation of MORE TO COME!

The glory of heaven is that there will always be more to embrace and experience because God is infinite and eternal. Please hear me, heaven is not going to be the eternal church service in the sky! That would be boring! We must take care to not see heaven through the eyes of the earthly realm but through the nature and character of God.

God is a creator! That is Who He is.

What would make us think that a created universe could ever exhaust His creative ability? In other words, my personal conviction is that He is going to be eternally creating new and wondrous things. Further, since He created us to share His love with us and express His love through us, and since in His Word He created us to reign with Him in glory, and since He made us in His image, that means we are “little creators.” I believe that He is going to include us in His infinitely creative work for all eternity!

I would liken it to a kaleidoscope. Have you ever looked into a kaleidoscope? When you do, you see this panoramic expression of multi-colored and multi-faceted shapes and you marvel at what you see. But there is more. All it takes is a slight rotation of the kaleidoscope and the shapes and colors change. Every time you turn the kaleidoscope, this phenomenon occurs and you can literally stare for hours and hours and herald "ooh" and "ah" as you observe this glorious creative display. That is what heaven will be like for us as we live in hope, the confident expectation of more, which will be delivered to us by our infinitely Glorious Creator and Father!

WOW!

The Greater Power

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

When it comes to helping people not fall into sin... A COMMAND (LAW) IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH to protect us from the onslaught and allure that comes against us in a fallen world.

The forces that are coming against us, and the cry that comes from within us (the flesh), are too powerful. We get "shocked" when every once in a while the evening news carries the story of a pastor who has run off with the church secretary! If we really understood the issues we should be shocked that there aren't twenty every day!!!

To protect and preserve us from sin and temptation, we need something much greater than a simple command to not do it. There is only ONE SURE PREVENTIVE HELP AFFORDED TO US.

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

We need a POWER inside us... WE NEED A PERSON INSIDE US ...
CHRIST IN US... OUR HOPE OF GLORY!

1 Cor 10
"There is no temptation that has overtaken you such as is common to man, BUT GOD is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it!"

That "way of escape" is Jesus...
Who offers to be all that He is
To all that we need
At the moment of faith (dependence)

He puts LIFE on the inside
so we won't settle for the "life" that comes from the outside...