Marketing Funnel & the Fast Path

Evidence not proof

 

Businesses and especially sales use a Marketing Funnel copied from Jesus.

  • He told us to preach to the world.
  • He fed the multitudes.
  • He taught the interested listeners.
  • He made disciples of those who responded.
  • He called 12 to lead after his departure, knowing one never joined.
  • He had an inner circle of 3 who hungered and thirsted after righteousness more than the others.
  • He had one lean on His breast and listen to His heart beat and wrote
    • John the clearest presentation of the gospel.
    • I John: how to maintain the relationship and assurance of salvation.
    • II John: The Love of the Truth.
    • III John: Loving the Truth brings separation from evil.
    • Revelation: How it all ends and eternity begins for us.

Needing to replace the missing Apostle sometime after His ascension He appears to a misguided serious student of the scriptures and explains who he is fighting against.

Each level of the funnel takes time to grow into and test your new found faith. Let’s compare two men that tried to get through the funnel too fast.

  • Both were contracted by the enemy to bring a curse on God’s people.
  • Balaam beat his donkey.
  • Paul asked who art thou?
  • Balaam tried to change the Lord’s mind.
  • Paul asked Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
  • Balaam was offered money and honor to curse God’s people.
  • Paul would not take money or honor for blessing people.
  • Balaam was killed by God’s people when they slew all the enemies of God in the land.
  • Paul was martyred for preaching the gospel to the enemies of God.

The difference could be summed up by their view point. Balaam saw himself at the top of a pyramid so that he would have honor, prestige, money and all that the world offers. Paul saw himself at the bottom as a servant wanting to bring others with him to a better resurrection and rewards that last for eternity.

What is your vision?

Fear & Faith

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Fear is happy to talk about “the good old days.” Fear would like to go back to those days. Fear looks into the unknown with trepidation. Fear likes to remember yesterday. Fear doesn’t like the unknown and rarely seeks to get educated. Fear believes defeat is permanent. Fear hides in the crowd because it is afraid of rejection. Fear doesn’t like tomorrow because it might not be ready. Fear cannot handle success.

Faith sees the unknown as an adventure and looks forward to the challenges. Faith does not live in yesterday but only sees it as a stepping stone. Faith is regularly learning and stretching the boundaries. Faith thinks failures are references for places not to go back to. Faith does not believe it can fail. Faith finds a way. Faith leads the way for others to follow.

When fear is stronger you are trapped in the darkness. When faith is stronger you will step out in the light. Light rejected brings more darkness. Light received brings more light. Fear thinks everything is complicated and unpredictable. Faith thinks everything is simple and predictable. Fear is a frustrated victim. Faith lives with assurance for the future. Fear hopes to win. Faith has confidence because he is working from victory.

The world’s faith believes in believing. The world’s faith says take a blind leap. Bible faith is walking in the light of God’s word. Bible faith looks into the word of God and makes changes regularly according to what it sees.

What changes has God’s word directed you to make recently?

 

Follower or Leader

Leadership

Which do you want to be? If you want to be a follower of Jesus you will need to find out how to walk with Him. If you want to be a leader you will need to follow His example.

 

There were people that asked to follow Him but instead of saying yes to them He designed a project for them. When those people took His advice they not only became His follower but also became a leader.

Ephesians 5:11

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

You may want to read the context of the above verse.

How can you reprove someone that you previously knew as a friend?

  • Pray for them
  • Design a project that will draw them closer to the Lord.

In the weeks following my salvation I began to visit the people that I ran with previously. I explained what Jesus had done in my life and how they could have what I had received. Some wanted some did not. In 2012 after 40 years I went to visit one that rejected and found out that he had received Jesus two year prior.

I had spent almost 2 hours in his living room in 1972 proving the Bible was the word of God. He agreed that I did but said he was not ready to receive Christ or make a change but said he would visit my church when he was ready.

So I planted a seed that took a long time to germinate.

Are you planting?

 

Are you growing up or going down?

Romans 1

 

Creation is clearly seen. How is it that the unsaved miss something that is clearly seen? The second half of Romans 1 is about Creation revealed by God’s grace to the entire world.

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Titus 2

11 ¶  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Grace is not salvation. Grace brings salvation. Grace is the offer of salvation. Before anyone receives salvation they are taught what God expects: see verse 12 above. If they reject that then they lose out on the free gift of salvation which does everything God expects with the power of Jesus controlling.

When I reckoned with the fact that I was “Separated unto the Gospel” I grew up in Christ. Those who deny God as the creator are on a slippery slope downward.

Note the progress going up. I am separated unto the Gospel until I arrive at being not ashamed of the Gospel which is the Power of God.

  • That is the power to live the Christ Life.
  • That is the power to take one out of darkness into the Light.
  • That is the power to build the Character of Jesus Christ.
  • That is the power to call out to my heavenly Father for provision.
  • That is the power to rejoice when things are not going my way.

 

Which side of the mountain are you on?

 

Scary Situations

KidOnCarHood

 

10. Boiling hot asphalt dropped on my arm.

I was about 6 years old and my father was roofing our house. My sister and I had our own asphalt boiling. I picked up something that was in the boiling pot to wave at my sister and some fell on me. Ouch!

9. Boiling oil on my arm.

I had failed English and had to go to summer school. My mother packed the refrigerator and freezer with food and directions for preparation because they were going on vacation and leaving me home alone.

The first night I turned the stove on high. A pan that had oil in it was on that burner and went to iron a shirt. It took me much longer than my mother since it was my first time to iron a shirt. When I came back I could only see a little light at the other side of the kitchen through the swirling smoke.

I made my plan and executed it quickly. I grabbed the pan and ran to the sink. I did not realize how much oil was in the pan. The oil slopped on to my arm. I went over to the house of a girl that was riding to school with me. Her and her mother took care of me.

The next day in school the word spread and I never did cook a meal that week. All of the girls had me over for dinner.

8. Sonic boom

An F-4 above the speed of sound leaves a sonic boom behind it. In 1968 I was in Northern I corps of Vietnam in a Huey Gun squadron which also had a few Cessna 150 Bird dogs. These small two seat prop planes flew at less than 100 mph.

So when a former pilot went back to Da Nang he used his former call signal and requested a high speed low lever fly over at 2:00 am. The tower gave approval. He was probably ready to land before we heard the sonic boom. I went from a dead sleep to sitting upright wondering what had happened.

7. Measles at 14.

My eyes were very sensitive to the light and I stayed blindfolded for two weeks.

6. Poked a broken branch in eye at 7 years old. While climbing a tree at a neighbor’s house I slipped and a broken branch went into my eye. I had to wear a patch for 6 months. You can imagine that my mother was horrified.

5. Helicopter motor locked up.

We were about half way back to base and the motor locked up. We crash landed at a small base and walked away from the situation with no one hurt.

4. Quad 50 shooting at us.

We flew into a hot zone and shot at an enemy quad 50 caliber machine gun. Being out gunned we turned and got away as quickly. The pilot over revved the motor which set off the Master Caution. The Crew Chief climbed up between the pilot and co pilot to see what was wrong. He said it is okay get back to your position.

When receiving rounds from an AK-47 set on automatic every 5th round is a tracer. The tracers get the size of an orange when they get close. The rounds of a 50 Caliber are the size of a basket ball.

3. Helicopter drop 400’

During a monsoon the Commanding Officer of our squadron a Lt. Col. asked for a gunner to go with him to help out a Recon team that had been on the run for 18 hours. He said that there were no planes flying in the entire country and that no one would come after us if we went down. Then he added that there was more chance of us going down due to whether that day than combat any other day. I said I would go with him. then he walked over to my shop and gave me the same speech again.

On the flight to the location we hit an air pocket and the Col. said that was a 400’ drop. I told my kids that all 400’ was one heart beat then said no I don’t think there was even one heart beat during that time.

2. Land in the DMZ

In the states the DMZ means the Demilitarized Zone. In Vietnam it is Da Military Zone where Marines go to pick a fight every day.

Marine helicopter gunships fly in pairs. Our chase got shot down in the DMZ. We had 3 machine guns shooting at us while we were going in to pick them up.

1. God spoke to me

After praying for five months to get saved God revealed that it took faith. So one Sunday I trusted Christ as my only hope tell Him that if I went to hell it would be His fault because I would not pray again but leave it in His hands.

The following Saturday I was in a night club walking toward a seat and someone over my right shoulder said: “what are we doing here?” I turned quickly to see who was talking and no one was there. I realized who it was. Allow me to put this in KJV English: “my knees smote one against the other and I gat me out of there immediately.

That event changed my life.

 

Death

Death

The Tree of

Death:

We were created eternal beings and as such will exist throughout eternity. Death never means to cease from existing. Death means separation.

3 death 3 lives

The two seeds from the center of the garden produce a heart (soul) in man. The forbidden seed produced a corrupt heart. The tree of life produces a perfect heart. Both hearts need nourishment to grow. The old heart continues to eat from the world, the flesh and the devil. The new heart feeds from the word of God, prayer and the walk of faith.

Lot partook of the tree of life by faith but never developed that tree in his own life. That seed gave him a new heart that wanted to do right but he learned to quench it and fed the old heart.

God removed the physical tree of life because if they had eaten of it after eating death they would have continued in a body with two hearts for eternity. Today we can only partake of the tree of life by faith since Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the garden. We are no less secure in the family of God even Lot who has a righteous soul but he will be a spiritual dwarf.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

John 5:24

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Acts 26:18

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

When Adam and Eve’s soul died their spirit also died which means it was also dark and demonized. When we are saved we pass from death unto life, from darkness to light and from the family of Satan to the family of God.

Trivia seekers want to know what kind of fruit was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; one said it was a banana because it had appeal, another said the problem was the pair on the ground but I believe it was more like a tomato filled with seed and had to be propped up because it cannot stand on its own strength. Now seriously what difference does it make? They ate out of rebellion that was the problem then and now. The solution then and now is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.

God created man and put him into the Garden of Eden to adorn it for his glory, personal pleasure and to fellowship with him. Satan stole man’s heart and God expelled man from the garden into the world controlled now by Satan because of man’s rebellion.

There are two contests between the Saviour and Satan, moral and numerical. Jesus wins the moral battle unquestionably but Jesus said most go down the broad path and few take the narrow path so how does Jesus win that one? The answer is quite simply that even Satan is helping because 60-70% of those conceived do not come to the point of accountability and though they never get saved they are safe from the destruction of hell.

 

Cute Parable

Once the S&D virus began to spread the L vaccination ceased to be available. In rare instances the F&B vaccine was available but the government gave no assistance and in many instances hindered any distribution of the F&B vaccine claiming it to be of no value and even claiming that there is no S&D virus. Only a couple of people knew life without the virus and they never did much to give out the F&B vaccine.

The S&D virus caused some immediate death and some slow death but everyone died of the S&D virus and now it had spread to everyone on the planet. In these last days many individuals and groups that meet together that have received the F&B vaccine but only a few of these go out and distribute the only cure for this sure death from the deadly virus. Most are content to live with the status quo.

Had the first couple eaten of the Tree of Life (the L vaccination) there never would have been Sin and Death (S&D virus) in the world.

What kind of fruit was on the tree? Some say it was an apple others it was a banana because it had (a peel) appeal but the real problem was the (pare) pair on the ground. The S&D virus only affected the physical life but the rebellious act affected and ended their spiritual life and cut off their soul from any fellowship until Jesus stepped in to slay an animal and cover their sins until He could pay for them.

There is a fountain filled with blood

drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;

and sinners plunged beneath that flood

lose all their guilty stains.

Have you plunged beneath that fountain?

 

Will America “punish” Bashar al-Assad?

Reasons it could happen

Isaiah 17:1

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Now my opinion

Radio and talk show hosts are saying the President is feckless: lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible. I say he is anything but. Give me a list of the things he has pushed for that he has not gotten. I say they are missing his intentions.

If the worst happens here as a result it is God pouring out His wrath on a rebellious America for turning her back on God. Our leaders are only talking about a few cruise missiles not the kind of destruction that is referred to in Isaiah 17:1.

If we start it Israel will most likely have to finish it for their protection. This will open a serious can of worms. Remember that Sunni’s and Shiites probably hate each other more than Israel and America. They each want control of a religion that is government based to be able to control the people of the world. Iran with its Shiite brand does this best.

Revelation 14:8

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Babylon is practically a non entity today. In the verse above it is called “that great city.” We have already helped to make that happen. Now it looks like putting down Damascus is another step in that direction. Don’t pay too much attention to what politicians say but watch intently what they do.

Iraq is the home of Babylon which will rise as the world leader and the base of the Sunni’s. Islam has a promise of being the world power and they will be for 1,260 days in the future until Armageddon.

While helping them to grow stronger he is cutting the pay of those serving and cutting the military strength of America.

Luke 21:28

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

This passage is in the context of the 2nd coming and the rapture has already taken place years before. The destruction of Damascus does not have to happen before the rapture but if it does then it is just being set up for the end. One reason for the rapture being a surprise is to keep the devil on his toes.

We live in the most exciting times that have ever existed.

Signs of the times are everywhere
There’s a brand new feeling in the air
Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky
Lift up your head redemption draweth nigh

Socialistic governments use circumstances that bring fear to control their people. If we start something in Syria there will be threats against us and possibly attacks. Remember that He who keeps us “shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:4 is a promise to all of His believers.

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