Salt?

11:00 AM at 11:00 AM

Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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Did you know that salt is a miracle? It’s composed of 2 poisons: chloride and sodium. If you ingest either by itself, you’ll die. But put them together and you have common, ordinary salt, and that which used to bring death somehow comes together to bring life, and that’s a miracle!

So it is with the Christian life, poisoned by sin, with death looming in the shadows, but it’s confronted by the grace of God in His death, and those 2 negatives merge to form a positive redemption!

Pariality

3:18 PM at 3:18 PM

I recently read an interesting tidbit. It is about a man that history recalls as a man who changed the world. Specifically, Mahatma Gandhi changed the way people influence power. There are countless who to this day look to Gandhi's techniques to influence great powers. Undoubtedly, a great man, no matter what you believe or think of him.

In his autobiography, Mahatma Gandhi wrote that during his student days he read the Gospels seriously and considered converting to Christianity. He believed that in the teachings of Jesus he could find the solution to the caste system that was dividing the people of India. One Sunday he decided to attend services at a nearby church and talk to the minister about becoming a Christian. When he entered the sanctuary, however, the usher refused to give him a seat and suggested that he go worship with his own people. Gandhi left the church and never returned. “If Christians have caste differences also,” he said, “I might as well remain a Hindu.”
Stop and think with me what our world would be like if one man reacted differently to Mahatma Gandhi's visit to his church. Imagine with me what our world would be like today if one nameless usher acted with the unbiased, unconditional love of Jesus Christ rather than what we even today so often do to people who we encounter that are "not like us".

There are over 837 million Hindus in our world today (about 13% of the world's population). Gandhi easily could have influenced the majority of these to have made different choices in their lives. Think of what might have been...

I think this short read illustrates the importance of every one we come in contact with! Everyone deserves the Gospel... everyone. The first 13 verses of James chapter 2 talk to this point. This isn't something we should address in our lives... it is something we MUST address in our lives!

A good friend of mine wrote in his blog this week and it struck a cord in me.
Please read it.

The Big Annoucement...

8:25 PM at 8:25 PM

Read it here.

A Month In The Life Blog

A Revival of the Miraculous?

5:17 PM at 5:17 PM

I've long prayed about a new level of God's supernatural power to be manifested in both my ministry and mostly in the Church at large. You might say, it has been my focus of prayer and my passion when I am spending deep time with God.

I grew up listening to the amazing missionary stories from my uncle, Prince Mathiasz. Accounts of demons being cast out in crazy fashion, divine intervention at the edge of life... the list goes on and on. You could even say that these times shaped my Christian life and walk with God.

In my mind I was determined to experience what I was hearing about.

If this was for real I needed to be a part of it.

As the years progressed and I became more formally involved in the ministry, the quest of miracles, signs and wonders became more and more prevalent in my life. I would attend conferences where this seemed to be the topic of focus, I would delve into this subject in great depths in my Biblical studies, sermons, teachings and through prophecies.

It was all made quite clear to me that we should be praying that God would manifest His power in the Church as promised for the end time revival.

Let me pause here for a moment and make one thing clear!

I still believe that God is and will bring signs, wonders and miracles to this generation's Church.

Healings, miraculous provisions and other miracles are Biblical and absolutely necessary in the Church. They are still one of the most powerful evangelistic tools available to the Church today.
Ever since my AIM missionary trip to Sri Lanka and my return to ministry in the U.S., God has been dealing with me about this topic.

While I am still looking for Mark chapter 16 vs 17 & 18 to happen in my life and in my ministry, God has dealt with my very clearly through several events in my recent days.

A great friend of mine recently captured what I'm about to say in a recent blog post.
Mark Johnston wrote on his blog:
"What we need, Jesus seems to be saying, is not an increase in our faith, but an increase in our responsiveness to the faith we already possess. We have enough faith to speak and act with powerful results – so all which remains is to… well, speak and act!

We shouldn’t expect significant supernatural power to accompany a life of spiritual mediocrity; and what is mediocrity other than doing only what is “commanded” of us in our religious context? We may be tempted to think that if we worship at the designated service times and do the minimum devotional maintenance that is expected of us and refer to ourselves as “Christians” we will be vessels of God’s power. Perhaps instead of asking Jesus to increase our faith we should be pleading with Him to increase our faithfulness..."

This is what struck me so very hard several weeks ago! We have (I have... but the Church, too, has) been sitting around waiting so long for this supernatural event to occur. All of a sudden, we find ourselves thinking that we are somewhat deserving or we entertain some other twisted reason in our minds as to why God would start to grant us supernatural power in the order of Mark chapter 16.

How backwards is that!?

I am disgusted with myself when I think that I actually may have thought along those lines before. Perhaps not under the impression that God owed it to me (us... the Church) but just that it would happen that way.

It's more clear to me now than ever before, what the world needs is the Church to step up to the plate and Danny Rivers said it best at NAYC 2007... Be The Church!

What, in my mind, would be the truly needed miracle in our generation is for the Church to hit the streets and start displaying that sort of attitude that can only be generated by a person who is completely in love with Jesus Christ and what He would be doing if He walked in the current world, in the flesh.

The true miracle would be Christians that go and serve others just because they have a love for people... here again, not something that comes natural to most people... dare I say, it would be super-natural.

What would happen if we became Christians who befriend their neighbors and spend quality time building a lasting relationship with them before ever mentioning church, Sunday's special program or how good the music is at First united Pentecostal Church of ___________.

How about a group of believers that look at a new convert or a guest to one of our services with un-judging eyes welcoming them into the fold without hesitation, just as they are. Believers who recognize that God loves them with all of their imperfections just as much as he loves you. A Church that focuses more on helping people discover God's love rather than a life-style that you choose to adapt to in order to attempt to please Him.

Is this the kind of "revival of the miraculous" that we are just supposed to sit around and wait for until it forms out of thin air? Or is this more of our choice to follow the plan of Jesus Christ and go out into the communities and Be The Church?

Let me take this opportunity to close this entry with a declaration I love by...

I declare the presence to supernatural power in my life! I will show the world God's power through the choice I make everyday. The choice to show His love and His power to those I come in contact with.

Pawns on God's Chess table?

3:26 PM at 3:26 PM

Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with a friend that I haven't seen in almost 2 years. As you might imagine we had some "catching up" to do! We had a conversation that ended up delving into some deep and difficult issues. The question that was posed to me was, "Are we simply pawns on God's chess table?" I discovered that perhaps many people struggle with life and what sometimes seems like a fate that is already laid out for us.

It happens to almost all of us... we all have our times when we have questions on why God does things the way He does. Ahhh, that question... WHY?

The Old Testament... Why?
Why would God ask the nation of Israel, God's people to go through all the trouble of obeying the law of Moses? The laws that deal with participating in animal sacrifices, in strict codes of conduct, dietary laws and lifestyles. Why?
Especially if He knew all the time that He was going to come down to earth, manifest Himself in the form of man and die to offer a reasonable means of salvation for mankind?

I think this simple analogy sheds some light on God's thought process (remember, we are created in the image of God).

The parents of an unruly young toddler are a bit fed up with little Johnny not heeding the warnings to stay away from the hot stove. Time after time, they warn him, threaten to punish him and sternly inform him of the consequences of playing around the hot furnace.

After some time and another instance of little Johnny heading towards the stove, Dad stops Mom from another disciplinary tactic and says, "No, let him go... he needs to learn for himself."

Sometime, we just need to learn some lessons for ourselves.

We can all attest to this fact! I submit that God knew/knows us better than we know ourselves. The law clearly illustrated to man that we are unable to attain salvation solely on our own abilities! We need divine intervention! God knew that the law would fail. The Old Testament is laced with Messianic prophecies. It was all a part of the plan!

We have to recognize the difference between the man-creation and the angel-creation.

Angels were created for one purpose. They never had a choice... they fit into the pawn mold perfectly. But God wasn't satisfied with this creation. He turned His attention to His latter creation, man, or a true worshiper.

He couldn't have the kind of relationship He wanted with the angels that He had obtained with man. It all comes down to the power He gave us... the power to choose.

Faith
James 2:20 "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"

Works? I wonder if this word was intended to imply a conscious decision? The bottom line is we choose to have faith.

Faith is not something you are born with. Faith is not something anyone else can give to you. It's our own personal power of creation. We choose to believe in something, and because we do believe, it becomes very real to us.

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

I choose to be a Christian... I choose to know God...

That is why I have a real relationship with Him.

American Idol(atry)

1:47 PM at 1:47 PM

Great read on what I feel is a great hurdle commonly overlooked by today's "churched" culture. The article can be found under the "Freebies" link on http://www.thecommune-ity.com/.

"American Idol(atry)" by Royce Wilson

Rest assured that the very least of my worries, presenting a title such as this, is taking to task reality entertainment. My deepest concern actually revolves around reality itself and the hopes and fears revealed by this reflection of current culture. Ty Burr in Entertainment Weekly recently referred to America as "...a culture built on celebrity worship." He goes on to say, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means getting discovered at Schwab's, or writing a best-seller, or becoming the next American Idol." The begging, pleading and profuse weeping of rejected contestants has very little entertainment value the moment one realizes how much emphasis has been placed on needing this type of validation.

In our Genesis while God was creating the different types of creatures he always referenced the atmosphere in which they were to live and draw their existence. The waters were addressed to bring forth the fish. He spoke of the air when mentioning the winged fowl. A charge went into the earth while creating beasts and creeping things. This was the environment where these creature were to thrive, find meaning and fulfill their purpose. To put the species in the wrong atmosphere and expect it to exist with fulfillment is not just unrealistic, if prolonged, its death.

When God made man he spoke to himself.

God is the environment in which man is to derive sustenance, get his value as a creature and finally make sense of his existence. Seeking this from another source is idolatry -plain and simple- and it kills. No wonder our culture is gasping in fits and starts thrashing on floor like a fish out of water. A good majority of it thinks that a kind word from “Simon” puts them on the fast track to becoming someone. If they only knew. They are suffocating because they are attempting to breath in an environment hostile to how they are made. You see, IN HIM, they already are someone without simon's (or anyone else's) hollow validation. God is the only Judge whose opinion really matters.

What are we doing in student ministry to ease the ache from false pursuits for the empty? Are we connecting the youth of our culture to the exclusive source of human validation?

Idolatry is not, though it is often mistaken, only as simple as finding an object and giving it divine status by worshiping it in some way. The heart of idolatry is much more subtle and crafty. How about any effort to find worth and validation outside of our Creator? This is closer to its essence. What we worship we will become. To worship is to seek to be defined by the thing worshiped. What will we allow to define us and give us fulfillment? This is at the heart of Idolatry.

The reality series referenced in this title is a bleeding edge indicator of the yearning of our present state. “Please give me one more chance!” “Can I sing just one more song?” “This means so much to me.”

These expressions must be properly translated. “Define me or I will be nothing!” “Please validate my existence with social acceptance and its idea of success!” “I have to become famous because I don't see my worth already as a child of God!”

Interpretation comes clearly with the words of yet another rejected contestant crying behind the scenes after failing to make it through the audition, “Now I can go back to being a nobody!”

When was the last time you sought God and the validation that comes from living solely in the environment of His Glory like you craved your next breath? It's impossible to lead someone somewhere we have never been.

Are you breathing o.k.?

Royce Wilson (an evangelist living in Alexandria, LA) thinks the best bio is written by the ones who have to live with him. He is head over heels in love with Deanne his wife and crazy about Mackenzie, Zachary and Sydnie his children. They know who he really is and love him in spite of himself. He feels his calling to the Kingdom is first fulfilled as husband and father.

Saved To Sacrifice

9:33 AM at 9:33 AM

This is a message I preached at our new home church (Heavenview UPC in Winston Salem, NC). I got this message while I was in Sri Lanka on AIM appointment and felt to preach it a only a couple places. I hope it inspires and motivates you to fulfill God's purpose in your life.

Saved To Sacrifice - Rev. Dan Ponjican

Check 1... 2... 3...

4:26 PM at 4:26 PM

Just another test in my attempts to be an internet media mogule :)

mms://74.208.12.94/Test2

Mom's Day...

3:03 PM at 3:03 PM

Early Friday morning at around 1:30AM I got a call from my Dad. Two days before Mother's Day and my mother was in the ER for a heart attack. After a long and trying weekend, I would like to thank all that have prayed for my mother. She is making good progress but is still in ICU at time of this writing. She underwent an angioplasty to remove a blockage and have a stint installed. Thank God for keeping His hand on her! Prayer works!

Mountain Biking

1:49 PM at 1:49 PM

Last year I picked up biking as another hobby (like I needed one more!). I started out with a used Raleigh I bought off of Craigslist for $100. I quickly found out that I liked it and that I wanted a new bike that fit me better and had better components.

I found a 2005 model Iron Horse Warrior Race on clearance for about $800.


Last weekend was the first time I really had the opportunity to test it out on a good single track/downhill. We went to Dark Mountain in Wilkesboro, NC. Here are some shots of me in action.

Detailing

1:00 PM at 1:00 PM

I've taken up the art of auto detailing. My black 1999 Ford Mustang Cobra has become my learning "victim"...

Here is a write-up on my process thus far that I posted on Autogeek.net
http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/show-n-shine/4830-1999-black-cobra-paint-correction.html

Here are a couple favorite result shots so far:




Let me know if you are in the NC Piedmont Triad area and you want me to detail your car!

New Episode

9:30 PM at 9:30 PM

One more to see if it updates...

http://www.youthtroop.com/podcast/danspremiumpodcast02.mp3

Second try...

6:53 PM at 6:53 PM

Let's see if this one works. Not sure if I am doing this right. I tried to find this podcast on itunes but I couldn't find it. Not sure if that is because I didn't do it right of if it just takes time to show up in the system.

Let's see if this one will work.

http://www.youthtroop.com/podcast/danspremiumpodcast.xml
http://www.youthtroop.com/podcast/danspremiumpodcast01.mp3

Trying to create a Podcast

4:32 PM at 4:32 PM

I'm trying to create a podcast...

My First podcast

First Post

11:14 AM at 11:14 AM

Hello everyone!