Watch “Alexx’s Pressing Words” on YouTube

Alexx’s Pressing Word: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnjQOVtw61ei2g4Mg2tUjxnh_u2wI6_p_

Hope this is a playlist of all of Alexx’s YouTube videos. 

Here is link to his blog: https://lexbailey.wordpress.com/

As I mourn his lost I share all he left behind. 

Alexx just turned 22 in May and left this world July 7th.

An artist lives on in the art they leave behind.

Alexx’s dad, Beetle 

 A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

Here is an excerpt from the book:

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

I’ve always loved the author C.S. Lewis. I think more people came to know of him because of the ‘Narnia’ movie (“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”)

Other books he wrote were:

“Mere Christianity”

“The Screwtape Letters”

I don’t read well but always find his writing amazing,  thought provoking and simple to grasp yet very deep.

I hope this post will awaken people’s interest in checking out C.S. Lewis’ work.

JUST ANOTHER WRITER, BEETLE 

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Dogs of Peace Listen to “Light into the Darkness – Shine Dog – 3:16” 

Here is what i call a deep groove, longer than a radio single that “has to be” under 3 minutes long.

This band, “Dogs of Peace” were touring back when i played with “Fresh Fire”. They were a big influence on me, not just their musical talent but powerful real life lyrics!

As far as i know the above album is their 1st one since 1995 and i am so thankful they put it out.

Here are some songs  from their older album i just adore:





I’ve done a few blog post featuring their lyrics, like a dog of peace I also want to guide people home, into the fold, merely a servant amazed that THE GOOD SHEPHERD can use us.

In Christ,  

Beetle 

I am Weak But He Is Strong 

My father use to tell me I was built upside down because my nose would run & my feet smell.

My heavenly Father tells me I am built just the way He intended,  and  He don’t make no junk!

So I look to Him and realize what an honor it is to represent HIM in my life. Even  the source to do this is from Him, not from me.

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
Psalm 18:32 NIV (http://bible.com/111/psa.18.32.NIV)

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV (http://bible.com/111/php.4.13.NIV)

Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.        1 Chronicles 29:12 NIV (http://bible.com/111/1ch.29.12.NIV)

from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. Psalm 33:14‭-‬15 NIV (http://bible.com/111/psa.33.14-15.NIV)

Enough said,

Beetle 

Seperate, for a time

This is from “Discovering and Enjoying Your Purpose” a Bible reading plan from the app. “YouVersion” (link at bottom)

The Value of Play (day 2)

I think we would all agree that the Christian life is one to be taken seriously. But in our desire to go all out for Christ, we can get to a place where we are physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained.

God does not intend for us to live our lives that way. In fact, in 1 Timothy 6:17, Paul tells us,

God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

You and I need to take time to enjoy the things God gives us. 

In fact, Jesus said this to His disciples in Mark 6:31,

“Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”

It is so easy to live our lives believing that somehow it is more spiritual to be on the edge of exhaustion all the time. But God clearly tells us that we are to take time to rejuvenate and to enjoy the things He has put into our lives.

THAT IS WHY I TAKE HIS WORD WITH ME, ESPECIALLY WHILE ON VACATION. 

When I was a young minister, I had the chance to meet with a seasoned minister who had literally changed the world for Christ. I thought, “Man, this is my golden opportunity. I’m going to ask him some questions.”

So I said to him, “Look, I’m a young man in ministry. You have had decades more experience than me. You have impacted the world. What is the best advice you could give me as a young minister?”

And he said, “Well, Bayless, you have a nice golf swing. My advice is that you get some lessons. And whatever it costs you, join a country club and play golf regularly.” Then he looked at me and said, “Golf is the only thing that’s kept me alive.”

It was some of the best advice I had ever received.

You need to make sure you live a balanced life. Take time for rest and for play. Recharge your batteries. You are in this thing for the long haul.

Enjoy private time with Christ too.

Discovering And Enjoying Your Purpose: Visit Link to God’s Word

In Christ, 

Beetle 

Amen doesn’t mean ‘The End’/ Get right Church and let’s go home.

Every wonder how we can pray without ceasing?

I guess we could also ask, can you live without breathing?

We breath without ceasing.

So also we need to,

“pray without ceasing.”

Notice i said need. i know i need to.

It sure helps me but beyond that i really believe

God wants to hear us, He doesn’t need us He wants us.

When we say amen, that literally means, “may it be so”.


Some funny stories about people shouting,

“Amen!”

at different times when i wasn’t sure if they really meant, “may it be so.”

i walked the streets in Atlanta and decided to step into this old weathered and partially falling apart wooden Church. The white paint was chipping off onto the ground around the entire building. 

My comrades and i used caution as we stepped inside knowing we just saw cement cinder blocks straining to try and helping the foundation. It was there i recall sitting in the back and taking in a meeting like i had rarely seen growing up in The Salvation Army.

The the music that drew us in there was mostly voices and some type of drums as they sang over and over, “get right Church and let’s go home.”

When the music finally came to an end it was as if it never really stopped because it continued to ring in my ears and i thing about at least 1 block away from where we were.

The preacher was already on his feet and he shouted with every  word. No mic. was needed. It was a small chapel and almost everyone had a fan. For a moment my mind went to, ‘they still make hand held fans?’ I noticed the clothing they were wearing were 3 piece suits, even in the heat. Most dressed to the nines with a few hardly dressed at all (on a scale from 1-10 maybe a 3). Everyone was dressed their best but for some that meant a white t-shirt and dirty jeans. 

Some hung their head low, others were looking up and doing a Stevie Wonder impression (for lack of a better description). There was not one woman without a hat and i mean a fancy big hat. I had to bobble my head to look around those in front of me. The ‘Bishop’ (Bishop Gray i found out later was his name) had a small white handkerchief and blotted his head and whipped the sweat from his brow and neck, occasionally dabbing it on his lip to keep from spraying the congregation. This was ‘Chuch!’, not ‘Cherch’ or ‘Church’…make no mistake this was CHUCH! 

Bishop Gray shouted and moved around the small stage avoiding the makeshift drum kit & worn out acoustic guitar with only 5 strings that was propped up against the bass drum. At times he hopped like a bunny. People in front of me and around me swayed and were extremely verbal. I heard a lot of, “preach it!” “Common’ now!” “Yeah man.” “Lord have mercy.” and i am not sure how to spell this but a heard a lot of “mmm hmm!”

I prayed and took it all in and listened intently for the Word of God. I heard it being preached, i heard the gospel. I also heard a message that was geared toward the neighborhood people there  who walked to the church from their house, with only a few that drove . i found out later (in conversation)  that some drove but had to park over in the gas station or in Johnny’s vacant lot next to his granddaddy’s house. He owns the lot his granddad owns the house and can make some serious greens.

I took it all in and i heard Bishop Grey compare this area of town, their hood to Corinth.

This is when i heard him shout,

“we ‘gots prostutes’ on our streets”

and then i  heard a few shout,

“Amen!!!”

misplaced there…probably meaning, “that’s right, i know that’s right we sure do!” but i say all that, come back with me now, to say,

AMEN MEAN S “MAY IT BE SO”

i hope we are all on the same page now…

Next time you hear “amen” at the end of the prayer realize , that is just the beginning of the living, breathing, prayer in action that you are now to be engaged with and moving onward with, may it be so. going along with what was said to The Lord.

Amen,

Beetle

What Are You Maintaining ? -Acts 7 (Diabolical Part 2)

Hopefully you will find the notes from Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge here but you can also go to their site and find the audio & notes.

Go to: Www.LivingontheEdge.org 

From Living on the Edge 

Agenda #2: Maintain the Status Quo

Part 2


Diabolical

July 29, 2016

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Introduction: Sometimes, what we’re used to isn’t always right!

“The earth is flat.” 
“The Bible must remain in Greek, Hebrew, or Latin.” 
“Cigarettes make you cool.” 
“Suntans make you healthy.”

Tradition – “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or social custom)” – “the passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation; especially by oral communication.” 
(Webster’s)

Thesis: Traditions are not wrong, but they are dangerous!

Traditions are the highway by which we pass on the values and principles that matter most; unfortunately, over time, the means (traditions) we practice to remember those values/truths can take precedence over the truths themselves.

TRUTH (VS) TRADITION
LIBERATES PERPETUATES
GIVES LIFE NULLIFIES GOD’S WORD
CHANGE STATUS QUO
REALITY STABILITY
THREATENING COMFORTING
DYNAMIC STATIC

Satan’s Agenda: – (2 Timothy 3:5)

To separate the truth from the tradition so deceptively that sincere people would diabolically “hold to a form of godliness, but deny its power.”

A Case Study – Acts 7

• The Scene – Stephen seized and accused. – (Acts 6:8-15)

• The Accusations – 
o Blasphemy against God and Moses 
o Speaking against the Holy Place – The Temple 
o Speaking against the Law of Moses

• The Historical Setting – The Jews in Jesus’ day had come to venerate and worship the_____________ (Palestine), the _________ (given by Moses), and the  _________(unique location) more than the purpose of the land, law, and temple.

• Stephen’s Defense – He challenges the “status quo” tradition concerning the land, the law, and the temple with the_____________  that demands faith, radical change, and following God’s promised deliverer and Messiah ____________________.

• Stephen’s Defense Hinges on Three Timeless Truths:

  1. God’s agenda has always been based on His ,_____________ which necessitates progression and ____________________.

  2. God’s ___________ and purpose have never been restricted to Palestine, the Temple, or the Jewish people.

  3. God’s people have historically and repeatedly ____________ God’s man (prophets) and God’s plan (deliverance).

Stephen’s Message: Truth vs Tradition

Acts 7:1-8 – (Abraham)

Location – Mesopotamia 
Promise – Land and ___________ 
Focus – To bless all nations 
Faith means…______________ 

Acts 7:9-16 – (Joseph)

Location – Egypt 
Promise – A dream and a position
Focus – Joseph’s rejection and God’s___________  
Faith means…____________ 

Acts 7:17-43 – (Moses)

Location – Midian 
Promise – You will __________ My people 
Focus – God’s Law given and rejected 
Faith means…__________ 

Acts 7:44-50 – (Joshua)

Location – Wilderness 
Promise – Victory over enemies 
Focus – Tabernacle’s purpose, temple’s limitations (Isaiah 66:1-6)
Faith means…_______________ 

Acts 7:51-59 – (Jesus)

Location – Our Hearts 
Promise – Eternal life,  from sin and death, fulfillment of the Law 
Focus – Rejection and killing of Jesus Messiah 
Faith means…_______________.

Summary = You received the law (tradition), but did not obey it (truth).

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Lessons from Stephen’s Life and Message:

  1. Truth demands ________________ . – (James 1:22-25)

  2. The basis of God’s blessings is relational, not ritual. – (Matthew 15:1-20)

  3. Perverted traditions must be ______________  and abandoned. – (Acts 7)

  4. Truth-bearer’s refuse to accept the _________________   in their life, their relationships, and their sphere of influence.

Application Questions for Personal and Small Group Use:

  1. What positive traditions have helped you experience and walk intimately with Christ?

  2. What “status quo” issues need to be evaluated in your life and relationships? How have they subtly thwarted your growth?

  3. How specifically can you focus on God’s promise for your life and walk by faith? Who or what is holding you back?

  4. What habits aren’t wrong, but are unprofitable for your spiritual growth and development?

  5. Is there a situation that needs you to be a truth bearer? How can you do it with humility and gentleness?

CLEAR EMAIL

God’s Agenda Vs. Devil’s Agenda -Acts 6 (Diabolical Part 1)

THIS IS FROM CHIP INGRAM AND LIVING ON THE EDGE 

Agenda #1: Divide and Conquer
Part 1

Diabolical
July 27, 2016

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Introduction: Two Competing Agendas

“Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through Me (Jesus) will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
—John 10:9-10 NLT

• God’s Agenda =
LIFE
– (Unstoppable!)

• Satan’s Agenda =
DEATH
– (Diabolical!)

“Diabolical” – Extremely wicked or cruel, evil, fiendish, heinous, hellish, vile, vicious, satanic, infernal, demonic, despicable, deplorable.
(Webster’s, Wiktionary)

• What would rank as diabolical in your list of evils?

Genocide?

Serial killers?

Mass murders?

Fill in your own below
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Precepts to Remember *

Good and evil are realities, not merely concepts or metaphors. – (Matthew 4)

God is the source of all good; Satan, the author of evil. – (James 1, Genesis 3)

Satan is a fallen angel who led 1/3 of the angels in a rebellion against God. – (Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14)

We are in an “invisible war” with temporal and eternal consequences. – (Ephesians 6)

We face a formidable, but defeated foe. – (Colossians 2:15)

We fight from victory, not for victory. – (1 John 4:4)

Ignorance of his tactics is lethal. – (2 Corinthians 11:3-14)

Perceptions to Challenge

Two common errors – C.S. Lewis

Think too much or think too little.
Our view of “diabolical” vs. God’s

His thoughts not ours Is. 55.
Prov. 3 perverse (with hold good, plot to harm…ppl. who stir up deception…)
A lesson from “The Screwtape Letters”

C.S. Lewis -coaching of older demon teaching younger demon.
—A complete study of spiritual warfare is available in the book, Small Group DVD, or audio series, The Invisible War by Chip Ingram. Available at http://www.LivingontheEdge.org

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A Pattern to Recognize ——— 

Acts 6

• The Context –
_______
growth/change.

• The Complaint –
_______
needs.

• The Core – differences are fertile ground for
________
when growth/change creates real or perceived unmet needs.

• The Cure – “New wine demands new wineskins.” – Jesus

Principles to Practice at the First Sign of Disunity

Don’t be
_________
; listen objectively. – (Acts 6:1)

Get to the
__________

_______
; refuse to blame. – (Acts 6:2)

Seek outside
______
; the “3rd” alternative. – (Acts 6:3)

Be
_________
; accept that roles and priorities will always change, in healthy, growing environments. – (Acts 6:4)

Refuse to
_______
; change means “different,” not wrong. – (Acts 6:5-7)

________
; our perceived loss of “control/power” makes us vulnerable to divisive words and/or behavior. – (Acts 6:8-15)

A Prayer to Ponder

11b“Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your name—the name You gave Me—so that they may be one as We are One… 15My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one… 20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22 I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are One: 23 I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”
—John 17:11b, 15, 20-23 (NIV)

Personal Application and Small Group Discussion Questions:

Is there a person or group that you need to forgive or seek forgiveness from, to answer Jesus’ prayer for unity?

Have you subconsciously allowed “differences” in personality, gender, culture, spiritual background, or ethnicity to put up barriers in relationships or make you feel superior to those not like you?

In view of this prayer by Jesus, is “division and disunity” diabolical in God’s eyes?

Could our acceptance of “moderate disunity” explain the lack of power and impact the church has in your geographical area?

Will you pray this week for Christ’s unity within the Church, your family, and relationships?

 
© 2015–2016 SUBSPLASH, INC.

This is from:www.LivingontheEdge.org

Cell Use Within Your Cell

​This if from the @YouVersion Plan Hearing The Voice Of God. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/Kf

The Three Mental Barriers to Hearing God’s Voice (read today’s verse below).

We’ve all noticed that the quality of reception on a cell phone varies widely. 

The same is true with you. You must be positioned correctly in order to hear God speak.
Sometimes we never give God a chance to talk to us. 

Sometimes we’ve made up our minds. We want to do what we want to do, not what God wants us to do. Our hearts are hardened, and we’re unwilling to listen.
But if you really want to hear from God — and what believer doesn’t? — you have to understand what is keeping you from hearing from God. 

There are three mental barriers that keep your mind closed to God’s message.
1. Pride. If you think you don’t need God in your life and want to handle things yourself, you’re probably not listening for God to speak. Pride keeps you from being open to the possibility that God might want to say something to you. 
2. Fear. A lot of people can’t hear God speak because they’re afraid to hear God speak. Maybe you think that hearing God’s voice makes you some kind of religious fanatic.
3. Bitterness. When you hold on to hurt, resentment, or a grudge, then you’re not going to be able to hear God, because your heart is hardened. It has grown cold and made you defensive, even to God’s love. 
Some of you have been hurt badly, whether it happened this week or years ago, and you’re still holding on to it. 

I want to tell you that you’ve got to let it go. 

Not for their sake, but for your sake.

 The resentment is killing you! 

Resentment is a self-inflicted wound that allows people from your past to continue to hurt you today. 

You need to let it go, not because they deserve forgiveness but because you need to get on with your life.

This is from Day 1 of a you version Bible plan. Go to: day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan Hearing The Voice Of God. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/Kf

Enough said, Beetle 

Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord , you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 

Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. 

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

 For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. 

The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 

He gathers the waters of the sea into jars ; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord ; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. 

The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. 

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord , the people he chose for his inheritance. 

From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. 

No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 

We wait in hope for the Lord ; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord , even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 33:1‭-‬22 NIV

http://bible.com/111/psa.33.1-22.NIV

Good people, cheer God ! Right-living people sound best when praising. Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs! Play his praise on a grand piano! Invent your own new song to him; give him a trumpet fanfare. For God ’s Word is solid to the core; everything he makes is sound inside and out. 

He loves it when everything fits, when his world is in plumb-line true.

Earth is drenched in God ’s affectionate satisfaction.

 The skies were made by God ’s command; he breathed the word and the stars popped out. He scooped Sea into his jug, put Ocean in his keg. Earth-creatures, bow before God ; world-dwellers—down on your knees! 

Here’s why: he spoke and there it was, in place the moment he said so. God takes the wind out of Babel pretense, he shoots down the world’s power-schemes. 

God ’s plan for the world stands up, all his designs are made to last. 

Blessed is the country with God for God; blessed are the people he’s put in his will. 

From high in the skies God looks around, he sees all Adam’s brood. From where he sits he overlooks all us earth-dwellers. He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do. 

No king succeeds with a big army alone, no warrior wins by brute strength. Horsepower is not the answer; no one gets by on muscle alone. 

Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love. He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together. 

We’re depending on God ; he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, God , with all you’ve got— that’s what we’re depending on.

Psalm 33:1‭-‬22 MSG

http://bible.com/97/psa.33.1-22.MSG

Enough said,

Beetle