Monday, March 25, 2013

Biblical Men Wanted! Mark Cahill's strong message to men.

The above link will take you to youtube. This video of Mark Cahill is very powerful. Men, you will enjoy this video as it will bring conviction to your heart.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Christian Camp Questions...

                                           Brian and Diana

I am seeking advice from the Christian Community.  My wife and I are interested in developing a Christian Camp for disadvantaged children.  This would be a place where children can come to learn about God, have fellowship with games, activities, chores, meals and responsibilities.  It would be no cost for the kids.  The children would be referred to us by social services, school districts, police departments, etc.  Most likely we would serve children from ages 7-13 (or somewhere around those ages).  We are still in the planning stages.  It would be funded completely by donations with no government assistance.  So, with this all being said, here are my questions...

1. How do we begin?  (of course, prayer is the beginning of it all)

Okay, that is my list of question(s)!

Until I get the beginning down, I am not sure what other questions to ask just yet.  I really want to see what kind of advice people can give me for this venture.  My wife and I are both called to serve God in a powerful way for these kids.  Please help us by lifting us up in prayer.  Diana and I (Brian) really would appreciate your support.  We are praying for you all.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

You Know What You Know. Right?

You know what you know, or at least you think you know what you know.  Right?  You do realize that you don't know everything.  No one does.  Right?  With this being said, are you ready for an eye opening lesson?

You know what you know, you know what you don't know but did you realize that you don't know what you don't know?  Let me put this in a type of chart for you.

              KNOW                                                       DON'T KNOW

                Know                                                        Don't Know
           Don't Know

It is obvious you know what you know.  You KNOW your name.  You KNOW where you live.  You KNOW that you love God.  I could go on and on with this.

There are also other things that you KNOW that you DON'T KNOW.   You DON'T KNOW quantive physics.  You Know that you Don't Know quantive physics.  You Know that you Don't Know how to perform brain surgery.  These are things you know.  And again, I could go on and on describing things that you KNOW that you DON'T KNOW these things.

There is another angle I want to share with you.  There are things that you DON'T KNOW and you DON'T KNOW that you DON'T KNOW these things.  Let me explain.

Prior to coming to my site here, had you not heard about me or seen anything from me before, I would be something or someone that you did not know that you did not know.  As of now, you can say that at one point in time, I did not know about this site.  But now, I can honestly say that I KNOW that I DID NOT KNOW about this site.  But prior to coming here, you had no idea that you DID NOT KNOW about me.  You DID NOT KNOW THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW ME.  You were completely unaware about me.

So, let me say it again and see if it now makes sense.

You KNOW what you KNOW, you also KNOW what you DON'T KNOW and you DON'T KNOW what you DON'T KNOW.

Confused?  Yes!  Now you know that you don't know what I am talking about.  So in other words, it makes complete sense!

As you go through life -- take time to be aware of the things you know.  Embrace the things you do not know.  And challenge yourself to be open to the things that you don't know that you don't know.

God is bigger than we can possibly imagine.  His knowledge is so immense compared to our tiny little brains.  Is it just possible that God is ready to show you something that you never ever thought about?  Something that you don't know that you don't know?  Seek wisdom from our Almighty God.  He is ready to open/show things to you if you will only open your eyes and open your ears.  Let the blind see and the deaf hear!

We serve a mighty God.  Go into the world proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.  And don't look back.  The simplicity of Christ will take all confusion away.

God bless you all today.  May His blessing be with you always!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Stay true to the whole gospel message

I posted the following post back in 2008 shortly after getting married.  I wanted to repost it as I continue to see the same mentality in people when it comes to God and His Word.  The youth were given a message of love, hope and a need for a Saviour.   But this message seems to have struck a nerve with a certain woman pastor (that should provide a clue right there).  Follow along here and comment at the end and let me know what you think.  I pray you have a blessed day in the Lord!

I was recently asked to be a clergy leader for a Weekend experience (used to be called Chrysalis). My talk was supposed to be on "God Accepted." Those of you who have followed me for some time now can probably guess how my sermon went. It lasted 20 minutes.

Here is a copy of the outline I was supposed to follow.

Talk #8 God Accepted Clergy

This talk will help the participants understand how one accepts or rejects the love that is being offered by God. Just as a person is able to choose whether or not to relate with others, they can choose whether or not to relate with God. Out and out denial is easy to recognize, but the subtleties of partial acceptance (partial denial) sometimes eludes us. A person finds fulfillment when one fully accepts the relationship offered by God.

Saturday, 6:00-6:20 p.m. (20 minutes)

Suggested Themes:
Your talk should follow the overview while still being your own story. You may use some of the suggested themes, your own ideas, or a mixture of the two as God leads you. You don’t need to follow the suggested themes in order. Remember that your talk should be about 20 minutes long.

· Remind participants of what is being offered to them.
· God offers forgiveness.
· God offers us a love relationship with Jesus Christ.
· God offers fulfillment and happiness.
· Discuss how a person can accept or reject a relationship with Christ. Remind candidates that this must be done of your own free will; parents or friends cannot accept Christ for you.
· We are persons of freewill, not puppets.
· Discuss the consequences of denying the relationship that God offers us. We will be cut off from God as describe in the vine and the branches in John 15:1-17.
· Discuss the benefits of accepting a relationship with Christ. We will hunger for God; we will find reconciliation, security and the peace that passes all understanding.
· Explain what can be hoped for when we say “yes” to a relationship with God.
· Explain what faith is and how a relationship with Christ is an expression of faith.
· Tell how faith is the foundation of the relationship with Christ.
· What does it mean to deny self? How does that affect my relationship with Jesus?
· Close with the 4 Spiritual Laws and pray the prayer of acceptance. Let the candidates know that they can pray silently. Let them know that if they prayed the prayer of acceptance and meant in their hearts what they prayed that they should seek out an adult on the team sometime this evening and confess with their mouths.

Suggested Scripture:
Spend time with God in prayer and in your Bible as you write and develop your talk. Some suggested scriptures are given below but God may also lead you to other verses and passages.

John 10:10 Jesus came so we may have life and have it to the full.
John 15:1 – 17 Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.
Acts 4:12 There is no other name by which we can be saved.
Romans 3:21 – 26 All have sinned and fallen short.
Romans 10:9 Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord.
So with that in mind, here is what I told the group in our practice session.

I started off asking everyone there this question...
How many people here have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?
(every hand went up)
I then asked this next question and it was silent!
How many people here have been accepted by God?

I had their attention! Now they were ready to listen.
I quoted John 3:16 and told them what the word "Believe" really means. I told them it was an action word based less on the intellect on more on the obedience of the believer.
I talked about sin and the need to repent. I talked about how Jesus' first words in ministry were, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Basically, I gave them the whole gospel message.

I told them about repentance, obedience, faith and trust. I gave them the example of putting the Lord Jesus on as told in the bible. An airplane is going to crash and you are told there is a parachute under the seat. What are you going to do with that parachute? Will you just believe that it will save you? NO! You will put it on. For without it, you will die! The same way with Jesus. Just believing is not good enough. Not if it is only an intellectual belief, for even the Devil believes and trembles. I followed all of that up with the Love of God in sending His Son to die on the cross for us. We do not have the right to make up our own set of rules on how to get into heaven. God has given us His Word and His Word tells us what we must do.

Repent of our sins, for without repentance, there is no salvation!
Put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you!
Be obedient to His Word.
Be holy just as He is holy! Without holiness, no one will enter heaven!

I talked about the choice that each person must make. Their decision will have eternal consequences.

When the talk was over with, I went into another room with one other pastor and one of the team leaders of the Weekend. The team leader was all smiles and just said, WOW! You really hit it right on the head with that talk!!

The other pastor (a woman pastor of a methodist church)...
She scolded me in front of the other man. She said that she did not like the message. She kept repeating, "Where is the hope? Where is the hope? Had she listened to the sermon she would have heard me say that the only hope we have is in Jesus Christ. Otherwise, we are all destined for hell. She said I shouldn't have talked about the Law of God and about sin. She said that many people who will be listening on the Weekend will be atheist and they don't want to hear about sin. They want to hear about hope.

As far as she was concerned, the Holy Spirit had no chance of saving those people with my sermon. I had mentioned in the sermon how many people just sit in church and do not take their faith out into the streets where it belongs. She said I was attacking churches and she did not like that.

After we prayed we went back into the room of other people (a mix of adult leaders and high school boys who are acting as leaders too)
They all gave their reviews of my sermon.
They loved it! They all had that WOW statement.

It's as if they had never heard a sermon about repentance and how important it is to their walk with Christ. I pray that the lady pastor is convicted within her heart. She seems to be another one of those entertainment valued pastors. Tell a couple of jokes and then tell nothing but "feel good" messages. Mustn't offend anyone!!

I want to encourage all people reading this today.
You will all have opportunities to talk to someone about Christ. It might be the only opportunity you get. Will you give them a soft gospel filled with God's love and nothing else? Or, will you give them the whole gospel message of sin and the need to repent followed by God's love? If you do the first one, if they die without repenting of their sins, you have done them no favors by talking to them. Without repentance there is no salvation! Period!

I pray that you give them what they need to hear. If they are offended by God's Word (much like this lady pastor), then do not worry. It is not our job to do the "saving," we leave that up to God! Our job is to present the whole gospel message. Will you do it?

by the way, the lady pastor told me next time to be sure to follow the outline. What outline will you follow when talking to people? The best outline available is found in the Bible. Just do as Jesus and the Disciples did! Law to the Proud, Grace to the Humble!  For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God...

But praise be to God, He sent his only begotten Son to take our punishment upon Himself, that by faith in Him we can have eternal life.  Have you given your life to Christ yet?  Don't wait another day, we are living in the End Times as you read this message!

God is 100% Love
God is 100% Wrath

which side of the fence are you sitting on?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

As President of the USA I could have made a difference!

Prior to the last election, I had written a blog on how I wanted to be your next President of the United States of America.

Well it is time for an update:

2012 will be the year that Brian Culver runs for President! You need a person like me to run this country. Here is why...

10. I tell great jokes
09. I like to take vacations too (each month!)
08. I know how to read teleprompters
07. I was born in America and can prove it. I typed up my own birth certificate!
06. You can find my school records to verify who I am
05. I adopted my son, married my girlfriend, mowed the yard. I have done it all.
04. I am not a lawyer, I am not a lawyer. You can't make me, you can't make me!! (Gilligan)
03. I am not a millionaire so I can relate to most people
02. I still only have about $75 to my name. Where is my pepsi??
01. My name is not OBAMA

Seriously, here is why you should vote for me as a write in candidate for the 2012 election

10. I am saddened to see the direction this country is going
09. I am a Christian and will NOT do anything that contradicts the Word of God
08. I will not cater to the Muslims or any of the other evil sects out there
07. I am a blue collar worker. I know how to get my hands dirty
06. I have lived paycheck to paycheck most of my life
05. This IS and always has been a Christian nation. Just because someone does not like that, does not change the truth.
04. I promise CHANGE, I promise to bring integrity back to the office of President
03. I will see to it that our country is protected at home first and foremost (right to bear arms will always exist in my administration!)
02. I will enforce illegal immigration laws!
01. My name is not OBAMA

And Jesus said, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." Barak means lightening Bama means high places. Did Jesus see Satan as Barack Obama? Let's get him out of the office of president. Elect me! I am a child of God! This nation was founded on the principles of for the people, by the people and of the people (something like that!)

I am not perfect but I could sure use a vacation every month! Elect Brian Culver as a write in candidate for President of the United States of America. It would be my honor to serve you. I am taking campaign donations now in an effort to get some national exposure.

I promise you change!
(buy a pepsi from me and I will give you change back from your dollar!)
Since I am not in office now as your elected President of the United States, please allow me to share with you what you have missed.

1.) Splitting of land of Israel about to happen later this month!  (I am not in favor of this!)
2.) Peace plan to be offered later this month between Israel and Palestine! (this will never work)
3.) Drones can be used against American citizens on american soil with no right to a trial. (I am heavily not in favor of this one!)
4.) USA is purchasing a billion bullets AND wanting to take away our gun rights (I am against this one too)
5.) People can be detained if found to be an enemy of the state, such as christians who stand up for God's Word. (I would never allow this to happen)
6.) USA Money has been sent to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Palestine totalling in the hundreds of millions of dollars! (I would not have given them one cent of american money!)
7.) Microchip about to be forced on people as a result of Obama healthcare plan, pages 1001-1004 (as a Christian I would never force this on people either)
8.) a muslim has been put in charge of our CIA. (how outrageous is this??  I would never have done this to our country!)
9.) for the first time in our history, a Christian pastor did not do the inauguration ceremony AND a Koran was used by our President (I am a Christian and would not do anything to support muslims into a position of power in our country!)
10.)  We have a muslim running our country and a socialist who is tearing down the very fiber of our country. (as a Christian, I would have and still do, put Jesus first in all decision making. Our nation needs to get back to its roots.  Christians need to stand firm in their calling to make their calling and election sure.  We need to be sharing the gospel message to all people)

Dear friends, we are living in the End Times right now.  The return of Jesus is very soon.  Are you ready?  Do you see the signs ahead that are warning you to get right with Jesus?  Today is the Day of Salvation.  Believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and walk with Him today.  If you are already saved, then I urge you to endure to the End!  Finish the race, finish the race, finish the race!  And all will be well with your soul.

May God bless you all today.  Live for Jesus in all you do.