FRL NOW 5-26-17 : The Name Of Jesus

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. Philippians 2:9-10

Once you make up your mind to keep the commands of Jesus and begin to allow the Word to dwell in you richly, the Name of Jesus will become far more powerful to you. It will become more than just a word. It will become a force that will cause every circumstance and every demon that tries to stand in your way to bow its knee to your command.

I tell you, the Name of Jesus works. There is far greater power in it than any of us have yet realized.

My faith is so set on the authority of the Name of Jesus that there are times I just say, “In the Name” and the power of God comes on the scene.

In fact, I’ve discovered that the Name of Jesus—just the Name alone—is effective when spoken by a Word-abiding believer. Revelation 19:13 says the Name of Jesus is the Word of God! So, when an evil spirit is trying to bring sickness, poverty, depression or any other garbage into my household, I don’t have to quote every scripture I know to stop him. I can just point my finger at him and say, “Jesus!” That’s like throwing the whole Word of God in his face at one time!

Discover for yourself what the exalted Name can do. Begin to speak it with confidence and authority. There is power in the Name of Jesus. - Kenneth Copland

Friday Night Dinner Ride 5-26-17 Don’t miss tonight’s Ride! We will meet at 6pm at Kohl’s parking lot and at 6:30 Road Captain Howard McCann will lead us on an awesome ride! Come with a full tank!

2017 FRL Trip to Colorado June 14-18, 2017
The trip is set,reservations are made, and excitement in the air! Begin praying for God’s grace, protection, provision, and divine appointments for this trip.Detailed information will be sent to attendees soon.

Take authority! Speak His name!
Tony

FRL NOW 5-12-17 : Great Joy

Yesterday my youngest son, Andrew, asked his best friend since Jr. High School if she would marry him. There is a pic from that moment that not only gives away her answer but it radiates the joy these two shared during that life changing moment. This is the type joy we as parents long to see our children experience.

Andrew had planned the event with great thought and detail. He took Kenzie on a walk through a botanic garden. As they walked through the park they “happened” upon one of her best friends who greeted them and then opened a handwritten note from Andrew and read it to Kenzie. This repeated a few times along the walk as they again “happened” upon another friend.

The walk continued to a natural archway of vines. Andrew opened and read a final note to Kenzie and then, with photographer strategically nearby, got on one knee and proposed. SHE SAID YES!

JoyAfter rejoicing with them at a dinner party, again meticulously planned by Andrew, I studied this pic and was overwhelmed at the joy of their moment.

It was at that moment I was reminded that Jesus Himself lovingly, meticulously, and with great joy, planned a very special proposal moment for you and I.

He walks us through a garden of life and has placed loved ones along the way to bring us love notes from Him in the form of encouragement, prophetic words, and memories. He has opened His love note written in His blood as He loved us enough to shed it on a cross. And He calls us His bride!

May we always be filled with the Joy of knowing He sought us, loves us, and is returning for His bride!

Friday Night Dinner Ride 5-12-17 We will meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 98th & Indiana, at 6pm. At 6:30 Road Captain Preston Langford will lead us to a great diner. BRING CASH! They do not take plastic.

2017 FRL SUMMER TRIP TO COLORADO June 14-18. Reservations are almost full! Don’t delay another day if you plan to attend. Email tony.frltrips@gmail.com if you are interested in going.

Get ready bride, The Groom returns!
Tony

FRL NOW 5-5-17 : John the Baptist

John the Baptist stood out like a sore thumb. Created and set apart by God for a specific task. A great task. The greatest. To prepare the way of the Lord. A human megaphone for Jesus, John the Baptist spoke words of maximum volume as he pointed others to the One and Only and prophetically authenticated the divinity and eternal nature of Christ.

John knew who he was and he knew who Jesus was. He was all about Jesus. Unashamedly unique, John didn’t cave to comfort, popularity, expectations of others, or tradition. Instead, he walked in obedience to God and sought to make much of the Messiah.

He was an odd bird who ate some seriously unconventional food. I’m down with the honey that he was fond of, but I stop way short of snacking on locusts.

Seriously.

It just wouldn’t even cross my mind to put a big bug in my mouth for nutrition.

Just saying.

And then there was his crazy fashion sense. Pretty sure his clothes caused more than a few eyebrows to rise. Camel’s hair was not necessarily the fabric of choice for the average Hebrew man in his day. But that’s what John wore.

Clearly, impressing others with his coolness was not John’s forte, nor his priority. He was different. Probably not the first one picked for the dodge ball games at Hebrew school and he might’ve even got teased: “Your breath smells like stinky bugs!” Who knows? What we do know about John the Baptist is that he was born for greatness, not for average. But he didn’t go about his days trying to be great. John was focused on pointing people to Jesus—not himself. He was on a sacred mission, which left others wondering about him.

The crowds wondered who he was.

They wanted to know why he did the things he did. The Israelites hadn’t seen a prophet in four hundred years. Something was surely up with this guy. One day John was baptizing people in the Jordan River. The priests and Levites hounded him with questions.

Finally they said, ‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Make straight the way for the Lord.”’

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, ‘Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?’

            ‘I baptize with water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’” (John 1:22-27)

Commissioned by God to be famous for Jesus, John had a humble heart and perspective. “I’m not even worthy to untie this guy’s sandals

I love what Pastor and Author Dr. Tony Evans has to say about this topic. “God is not opposed to greatness. God is opposed to pride. Big difference. Unfortunately, it is a difference not widely understood or embraced.”

Peter reminds us of this in his letter to the believers in the early church. “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:5b-6, NIV).

Our job: be humble before God and to others.

God’s job: to lift us up as He sees fit, when He sees fit… all to elevate Himself.

“He (God) mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble” (Proverbs 3:34).

Ultimately, to be great in God’s eyes, we have to get over ourselves and become the least. (Gwen Smith)

FRIDAY NIGHT RIDE 5/5/17 We will meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 98th & Indiana Ave., at 6pm. At 6:30 we will go kickstands up for a great ride to dinner. Don’t miss out on the fun!

2017 FRL Summer Trip to Colorado June 14-18 Join us for 5 days and 4 nights of great riding through the rocky mountains. Email tony.frltrips@gmail.com for hotel reservations. Rooms are limited.

You can be both humble and great!
Tony